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Angel: Disharmony

Harmony: "We always said we were going to do something cool with our lives. Now look at us. You're an office manager, and I'm dead."

Cordelia and Harmony together doing an emotional flashback to Sunnydale High was a plot that had to happen, and I think they carried it off very well. The whole motivational vampire training had me on the floor, and the Cordelia/Willow phone call alone was worth the price of admission. Harmony has worked out better as a vampire character than I ever thought she could. I'm glad that Harmony didn't get staked and can still return to the Buffyverse. She's a fun character.

So. Wesley the boss was sure sticking it to Angel: sensitivity training, fetching coffee. At least Angel managed to win Cordelia back with the clothes, and wasn't that a hoot?

Bits and pieces:

— The book Harmony stuck her gum in was a printed book, and there are no printed books that are twelve centuries old since the printing press was invented in 1455. Sorry, I'm a librarian, things like this just have to be said.

— We got a better look at the tattoo in the small of Charisma Carpenter's back, but I still can't tell what it is.

Quotes:

Wesley: "And I'd love a cup of coffee."
Angel: (laughing) "That's very funny."
Cordelia: "Two sugars in mine."
Gunn: "Mocha cappuccino here."
Angel: "Man. Atonement's a bitch."

Cordelia (on the phone with Willow): "Harmony is a vampire? That's why she, oh, my god, I'm so embarrassed! (giggles) All this time I thought she was a great big lesbo! (pause) Oh, yeah? Really? Well, that's great. Good for you."

Cordelia: "That's Harmony. She's visiting for a couple of days."
Wesley: "It's all right to speak freely in front of her. She's a vampire."
Gunn: "Don't we kill them any more?"

Cordelia: "Harmony is looking for a little guidance."
Host: "Yeah, I picking up on the 'betwixt and between, got to find my corner of the sky' vibe loud and clear, kitten."

Harmony: "You kidding? Free blood, potato skins? Hey, I'm thinking about doing another number. Now what do you think: Candle in the Wind or the Princess Diana Candle in the Wind?"
Cordelia: "Go nuts. Do 'em both."

Angel: "Look, if she's in trouble, we'll rescue her."
Gunn: "Now we saving a vampire from vampires? I got two words for that: nuh and uh."

Cordelia: (to Angel) "Oh, my god. These are gorgeous! You have the most amazing taste! You have, like, a gay man's taste, and that's saying something."

Three out of four stakes,

Billie
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Billie Doux reviewed all of Buffy and Angel, so she knows the plural of apocalypse.

10 comments:

  1. About there being no printing press, it could be that that was the only copy, handwritten. That would make it very precious.

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  2. Rish - If you look carefully, you can see the book's printed and not handwritten. Thanks for mentioning this Billie, it drives me nuts too.

    I think it's so funny that Cordelia and the Scoobies are supposed to be the same age. At this point, Cordy has her own apartment and fancy wine glasses while everyone in Sunnydale is living at home and either working little jobs or in college. What sort of 20 year-old has an apartment as fully furnished as Cordy's? Angel can't be paying her THAT much. I know it's TV, but it's funny the Whedon crew would be so realistic in Sunnydale and so fantastical in LA. I seriously doubt Sunnydale's cost of living is higher.

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  3. sunbunny - Actually, Cordelia's apartment is very, very cheap because it's haunted, and no one managed to live there for long (and there were also some suicides), hence why it's called rent-controlled.

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  4. ANGEL RE-WATCH comments begin here! Remember, no spoilers for future episodes. Want to talk spoilers and foreshadowing? Season two spoilers are posted here.

    And wow, I didn't have much to say about this episode, either.

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  5. Vampire Harmony makes me laugh.

    As does Angel doing his little dance at the end when Cordy is la-la-la'ing over the new clothes.

    oh, and vampire motivational psychobabble!

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  6. Could someone explain why Wesley is in charge? Why not Cordelia (who gets the visions that make the tasks happen) or Gunn (who is, as Billie has pointed out, the only one with real detective chops)?

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  7. I had the same thought that sunbunny did during this episode. All of a sudden, Cordelia seems so much older than those her age in Sunnydale. Maybe it's because she hangs out with people older than she, or maybe it's the visions? Either way, she seems much more mature than Willow.

    But, agreed that the phone call is hilarious.

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  8. I really enjoyed this episode, especially after the heavy episodes that we've been watching on the Buffy re-watch.
    Much needed light relief from Harmony, I love that she's pretty much the same as she was when she had a soul (she was hardly a loyal friend with one).

    Yeah Cordy does seem older, I think it is partly to do with the city setting, and the lack of teenage characters (in addition to the way her life is progressing in general).

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  9. I also enjoy Harmony and think that one of the reasons Cordelia seems older is because of the contrast with Harmony. Harmony really highlights how much Cordelia has changed. Angel trying to make amends was lovely and sometimes cringe worthy but I particularly enjoyed the ending and the look on Wesley's face when buying dresses worked so well. We saw a little bit of the old stuffy Wesley and a little bit of the old frivolous Cordelia. It was fun.

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  10. "Imagine what could have happened if you'd gone nuts and slept with Darla!"
    "You know I would never do that..."
    lmao! That awkward expression from Angel, so cute.
    Pretty decent comedown from the season's peak, usually I've been more down on Buffy's equivalents.
    Harmony did nothing wrong.
    Is it a spoiler to mention I only realized at the end of this episode that we basically just saw Kate's last appearance in the previous? It's a really good note to exit on, but I always forget it's all we ever see of her again :( Oh well
    And I agree with drnanamom, I liked seeing old Wes again, and Cordy too although I still miss the harsh Cheated Survivor version of herself after she found out about Xander and Willow. Loved that edge.

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