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Angel: Rm w/a Vu

Cordelia: "You're a ghost. You're dead. Big accomplishment! Move on! You see a light anywhere? Go towards it, okay?"

I loved this one. The previews didn't appeal to me, but the episode was just great – proving that you can't tell an episode by its preview. I'm not saying that I prefer funny episodes to serious ones, because I don't; but I think the cast really started to gel and I enjoyed every minute.

Angel and Cordelia are such total opposites and play off each other so well; all of the Angel/Cordelia scenes were well done and deliciously in character. Charisma Carpenter has great comic timing and delivery, and she rocked in this episode. David Boreanaz also has a delightfully light touch with his comic lines, and I like him better every week, if that's possible. I loved the peanut butter exchange in particular.

Some nice Cordelia character development. Of course, she feels as if she's being punished. She's lost her status, and status is such a big part of what Cordelia is. That ghost played right in to Cordelia's insecurities, and to my delight, brought out the inner bitch we all know and love.

We started to learn more about Doyle, but it was more tantalizing than informative, and just not enough. I want more. He seems to have a great line about Angel in every episode; this week's was the one about the overhanging forehead. Maybe it's the brogue that makes the lines sound so good. Well, no, I know it's more than that; it's Quinn's delivery. He's so good.

Good bits:

— The rejected apartment scenes were fun. I swear I've had a landlord just like the one that was drooling on her.

— David Boreanaz always looks gorgeous (to me, anyway). This week, he looked a tad more gorgeous. I'm not sure what it was. Hair cut, maybe?


— The radio was playing "You Always Hurt the One You Love" when the ghost first started attacking Cordelia. That is also what was playing while Mommy was walling up Dennis. Nice touch, there.

Quotes:

Doyle: "Well, if you ever want to, I don't know, stay a night away from the place, maybe give me a call."
Cordelia: "Well, stranger things have happened. No wait, they really haven't."

Doyle: "Tell me stuff."
Angel: "What stuff?"
Doyle: "About Cordelia."
Angel: "Well, I know she can't type or file. Until today I had some hope regarding the phone."

Angel: "They ruled the high school. Decided what was in, who was popular. It was like the Soviet secret police if they cared a lot about shoes."
This was by far and away my favorite line.

Cordelia: "Roaches. Live one, dead ones. All skinny feet and creepy antlers."
Angel: "Antlers?"

Cordelia: "You have mousse? Of course you do."

Doyle: "Man, you know I was crazy about her, and I was wearing her down, too. But no, handsome, brooding vampire guy has to swoop in, all sensitive mouth and overhanging forehead."

Doyle: "Hey, your high school diploma is all burned."
Cordelia: "Yeah, it was a rough ceremony."

Guy: "It's like a community, you know? We share all the upkeep and chores."
Cordelia: "Oh, my urination just hasn't been public enough lately."

Cordelia: "I am not giving up this apartment."
Angel: "It's haunted."
Cordelia: "It's rent controlled!"
Doyle: "Cordy, it says 'die'."
Cordelia: "Hey, maybe it's not done. Maybe it's 'diet'. That's friendly. A little judgmental, sure..."

Cordelia: "That place has that weird little old lady smell, like violets and Aspercreme."

Cordelia: "Another one of Doyle's guys. Tell me, is this the same guy that help me find my poltergeist-delicious apartment?"

Cordelia: "Little old lady ghost. How come Patrick Swayze is never dead when you need him?"
Note from much later: This is so sad now.

Cordelia: "I'm not a sniveling whiny little cry-Buffy. I'm the nastiest girl in Sunnydale history. I take crap from no one."

Three out of a possible four stakes, mostly for the witty script and great character development,

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

11 comments:

  1. Just started watching Angel, alternating with Buffy Season 4. I sure miss Cordy in Buffy - seeing her here I realized how much I had grown to like her. She's terrific in this show though. Like you said - a perfect contrast to Angel.

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  3. I love this episode, mostly cause I love ghost stories. Also, yay for Phantom Dennis!

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  4. Cordelia staying with Angel? Could be fun. Also any excuse to see DB in a towel. (Of course he has mousse.)

    Again with Angel in the daylight. How did he get to Cordelia’s place? Come on show, stop knocking me out of the story.

    David Boreanaz really has chemistry to spare, doesn’t he? His scenes with the cop have lots of sizzle, even Doyle (who I'm not that interested in) is more intriguing to me when interacting with Angel.

    Like you Billie, I really enjoy Angel and Cordelia’s scenes. I also like her character development, but at some point between her breakdown and her ghostbusting she lost me. Not sure why.

    How is Cordelia going to afford the repairs to this place? Does she have a supernatural event rider on her renter's insurance?

    I’m not as fond of this as I have been some of the earlier eps, but I’m still enjoying watching it come together.

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  5. I agree with Sooze: Billie, you hit the nail on the head describing Angel’s and Cordy’s relationship.

    How cool is it that two characters who had almost nothing to do with each other in Buffy (remember how long it took Cordelia to realize Angel was a vampire?) pair so perfectly together on this show.

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  6. Fun episode, Cordy and Angel have great chemistry, my favorite line is Cordy's 'do you have mousse? Of course you do'


    The reference to Patrick Swayze is a bit uncomfortable to hear now.

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  7. As many times as I have watched both Buffy and Angel, I have never watched them alternating episodes. It seems to make so much more sense this way, in an odd way. Watching Cordy struggle to find housing around the same time as Buffy is having roommate issues is fun. The echoes to each show are strong.

    I love this episode, not so much for the story which is silly, but for the coming together of the Scooby Gang 2.0.

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  8. This is my favorite early Angel episode hands-down. I adore Cordelia and her comedic bits with Angel. Every moment in this episode is pretty much perfect. (Except the Patrick Swayze comment...that's just depressing now)

    Everyone has a landline. Cordelia keeps her numbers written down...in a book. So retro.

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  9. Coolest episode so far. David Boreanaz is indeed a gorgeous, gorgeous man.

    I adored all the references to Sunnydale, especially Cordelia going all “I come from Sunnydale, this isn’t scaring me”. It was delightful that she wanted to fight for the apartment, there were many great lines (Jane Espenson’s episodes always do) and Charisma’s delivery was spot on. Cordelia’s breakdown didn’t get to me, though, but her comeback was awesome.

    Yes, the Patrick Swayze line was uncomfortable, and I also thought that Doyle’s gloom lifestyle was rather sad knowing what went down with Glenn Quinn.

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  10. And bam, my favorite unseen character: Dennis. Seeing his interactions with her later, he's just the best roommate.

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  11. ^^^MODERATORS! This guy stole my comment! Oh well...
    ~WELCOME PHANTOM DENNIS~
    With Acts Of Goodness & Kindness
    They should've given him a spot in the opening credits even if he's criminally under-featured

    Angel: "Well, I know she can't type or file. Until today I had some hope regarding the phone."
    It shouldn't be THAT funny but I couldn't stop grinning about it

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