Darla: "You know, in a perfect world, Angel would be here right now, helping me burn this city to the ground. This is his job I'm doing. But where is he? Probably flogging himself in a church somewhere."
Drusilla: "Ooh, flogging! Eew, churches."
Now, see, I knew that Lindsey was going to survive the Wine Cellar Massacre, and I even thought he might have planned it in order to move up at Wolfram & Hart... so I was half right, hmmm? I had also thought that Angel had once again become Angelus, though, and I was completely wrong about that. Unfortunately.
Let's start with the good stuff.
I loved every scene in this episode that had Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn in it. I got a huge kick out of them arguing, getting drunk, and singing karaoke together; Dan nearly fell out of his chair laughing. And their decision to follow up on Cordelia's vision alone, and then to keep the agency going in spite of Angel -- that was terrific. Good for them. I was reminded of the way the Slayerettes kept up with things when Buffy ran away from home.
The carrying-on at Wolfram & Hart was also a lot of fun. Lindsey just gets better and better; I enjoyed his obvious delight at surviving his co-workers, and his disappointment that Lilah made it, too. Lilah is an amusingly despicable character, and I'm pleased that the writers kept her on board; it was worth it if only for the catty, vicious way Stephanie Romanov and Christian Kane played off of each other.
Darla and Drusilla make an intriguing pair of villains, and I'm still liking them. And is it me, or do they really look striking together? Well, not now, though. I'm assuming Darla and Drusilla will recover from what Angel did... and that brings me to Angel. Setting fire to his former vampire lovers? What the hell is going on? I really, really hated Angel as a dead serious, stone cold, demon slaying commando; it turned me completely off. I hope there's some serious Angel character clarification and progression in the next episode, or at least a change in direction, because I hate where this is going.
Bits and pieces:
-- Keep those karaoke bar sequences coming. Love them. Andy Hallett (the Host) is such a unique and wonderful character and the bar itself and the Host's gift is a great plot device.
-- Wesley is still involved with Virginia from several episodes ago.
-- Another really fun demon. "Godzilla, Darsilla, whatever." :)
-- David Boreanaz's profile is just too distinctive; I noticed an obviously-not-David stuntman several times during the fight scenes.
Virginia: "He fired you? He can't fire you! You're on a mission to protect the innocent. You can't fire someone on a mission. What did he say, exactly?"
Wesley: "You're fired."
Lilah: "What's wrong, Lindsey? You bitter because your girlfriend didn't slit my throat?"
Lindsey: "That might be overstating it. More like bummed."
Lilah: "You know what I don't like about suspicion? The part where they find us two weeks from now, dead in some freak accident."
Lindsey: "We did nothing wrong."
Lilah: "I'm sorry, have we met? Because I work for Wolfram and Hart. Responsibility has nothing to do with it. If they're looking for a scapegoat, we might as well grow horns and start eating garbage."
Darla: "Wow. That was something. But violence without victims, see, that's where you lose me."
Lilah: "One of us is going to die, Lindsey."
Lindsey: "Everybody dies, Lilah."
Lilah: "But not everybody ends up in a dog-food processing plant in San Pedro."
Cordelia: "Vampires, sloth demons... you know what's really, really evil? Tequila."
Wesley: "I need to be dead now."
Host: "Well, well, I can see the maudlin segment of tonight's binge is in full swing."
Cordelia: "You, Mr. Big Mojo-guy, are supposed to give us guidance now."
Wesley: "She's right. We came, we sang, we... fought the urge to regurgitate."
Drusilla: "I didn't like that barkeeper. Hmm, can't get his eyes off my fingers."
Drusilla: "Oh, it's beautiful! Dank and dark. It reeks of death."
Darla: "That's motor oil, Dru."
I honestly don't know how to rate this episode, since I loved some of it -- a lot -- and hated some of it -- a lot. So, no rating this week,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.