by Billie Doux
Cordelia: "I don't even know what you are anymore."
Angel: "I'm a vampire. Look it up."
Cordelia: "What a jerk. I mean, if it was anybody else, I would just say get laid already."
Well, knock me over with a feather; my jaw actually dropped at the end of both Buffy and Angel last night! Can you say holy cliffhanger, Batman?
Did Angel turn into Angelus? How could he? How could a roll in the hay with Darla bring about a moment of true happiness? (and was that scene hot, or what?) I mean, Angel has had sex exactly once before in the past five years, if you don't count flashbacks and alternate universes, and I'm sure he was in some serious need there, but didn't he and Darla do a bunch of interesting things in his sleep earlier this season? Didn't he tell Darla that she blew his head off but she never made him happy? I'm going to feel irked if Angel *did* turn, because it just doesn't make sense to me. On the other hand, if Angel really can sleep with someone and not turn into Angelus, it opens up some interesting plot possibilities, and I'm all for that.
Okay, enough prattling on about sex. It's clear to me, if not to Angel, that he's desperately missing his staff. Why else is he constantly asking Kate and the Host for help? Not to mention that poor guy Denver from 1952.
Are our three musketeers falling apart already? Wesley has lost Virginia and he's in a wheelchair; Gunn has taken to the streets, and it looks like Cordelia is walking into some serious danger. The substitute staff is in trouble, too; did Kate O.D.? And hey -- Angel is constantly hounding her for help, her involvement with him has indirectly cost her the job that means everything to her, she's downing sleeping pills with booze, and he can't even pick up the phone and talk to her?
That whole elevator thing with dead Holland Manners and the demonic Musak was just wonderful (we're getting into some interesting theological territory there). When is W&H going to get wise and "sack" Lindsey? How long can he get away with following his own agenda? It's fascinating how he seems to have a conscience at times ("I'm always dirty"); it makes him so intriguing and unpredictable.
Bits and pieces:
-- Is Drusilla gone? Or is she just taking the slow way back from Sunnydale?
-- In this episode, the Host called Angel "big fella", "darling," and "Angelcakes."
Wesley: "Things'll pick up. They're bound to."
Cordelia: "Yeah. It's LA. The evil's probably just tied up in traffic or something."
Lindsey: "They're just running scared."
Lilah: "They should be. I dug up everything I could find on the last seventy-five year review. It's all in there. Makes the Christmas purge of sixty-eight look like fun old times. Nearly half of mid-management was sacked. And Lindsey, they use actual sacks."
Angel: "We need to talk."
Host: "And you should have booked in advance. I don't think we can get you on stage tonight."
Angel: "I'm not here to sing."
Host: "Oh, is that what we're calling it now?"
Angel: "You've read them. You've seen it. You know what's coming."
Host: "Now, Angel-cakes, you wouldn't appreciate it if I were to blab your personal stuff to every Tom, Dick and vampire that walked in the door, would you?"
Host: "Every seventy-five years your friends over at Wolfram and Hart have this review. I think the general angst isn't so much about the review, but more about the reviewer. And let's just say it ain't Rex Reed."
Angel: "What is it?"
Host: "It's evil. It's dark. It's merciless. Actually, now that I say it out loud, it sounds an awful lot like Rex, doesn't it?"
Angel: "Can it be killed?"
Host: "Most anything that can manifest in order to move in this dimension can be killed. Kinda the down side of being here. That and the so-called musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber."
Dark and dreary and full of supporting cast and very good. Four out of four,