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Recap: Angel S 02 E 03 First Impressions
Angel is in the karaoke bar talking to The Host. The Host is impressed with Angel’s performance and tells Angel that he really put his in heart into his singing. He begins to sing a ballad and Angel wanders out to the dance floor where Darla waits for him. Darla wants to know if Angel has told anyone else about their "dates." He responds that he hasn’t. He wanted to keep her all to himself. They begin to kiss...and Angel wakes up alone in his bed. It was just a dream.

Gunn arrives at the offices to meet Angel and discovers that Angel is still asleep. Gunn is tightly wound. A demon named Deevak has put several of his men in the hospital. Cordelia offers Gunn her and Wesley’s help, at which he scoffs. Their conversation is interrupted by David Nabbit's arrival. He's just returned from a hostile takeover in Kuala Lumpur and is responding to Angel's page. Time to throw down with some demons, awww yeah! Angel comes down the stairs and asks David for advice on how to purchase the hotel without a down payment. Slightly deflated, David agrees to have his money people work up some numbers for Angel.

After David leaves, Angel and the others prepare to leave. Gunn is unhappy with the idea of taking Cordy and Wes along but Angel is insistent that they need the entire team working on this. When they arrive to meet the snitch, Jameel, that has the information on Deevak, Jameel is not cooperating. He's afraid he's been followed. He's right.

A group of vampires storm into the garage. The others fight him but they seem to have trouble with the vamps. They finally manage to dust the bad guys, but not without getting pretty banged up in the process. Wesley remarks that Angel seems off his game. They agree to go back and regroup. Gunn is furious that they're not ready to go up against Deevak and leaves. Cordy drops Angel off at the hotel and mentions how he seems to be sleeping a lot. He just glares at her and she takes his car home with her.

When she gets home, she sits down to read a book and is hit with a powerful vision involving Gunn. She tries to call Angel but he isn't answering his phone. He’s in the midst of another dream about Darla. Cordelia, unable to reach anyone, leaves a message for Wesley and heads out to save Gunn herself.Cordy drives Angel's car to Gunn's place. Cordy peeks into the room and sees Gunn practicing his fighting skills with Joey, a member of his crew. Cordy thinks Gunn is in danger and her ax aims true - on Joey's head.

Angel is still dreaming. Darla tells him that the others will try to separate the two of them. Angel hears a pounding and turns to find Wesley nailing a coffin shut. He attacks Wesley and wakes up to find himself attacking Wesley. Once he's no longer in danger of being choked to death, Wesley explains the situation. Angel gets dressed and the two of them hop on Wesley's motorcycle to go find the others.

Cordy is bandaging Joey's head. Gunn is kind of embarrassed that a girl tried to "save" him in front of his crew. He insists the he can take care of himself. Gunn walks Cordy out and tells her that he doesn't need or want her help. Outside, they stand before an empty parking space and Gunn looks around. He asks, "So, where's your car?" D'oh.

Gunn and Cordy arrive at the used-car dealership. Henry, who runs the garage chop shop in the back, informs Gunn that the only guy in the neighborhood who would steal a 1967 Plymouth convertible is Desmond, who's at Tito's party. Gunn spots a few familiar cars from the neighborhood. He warns Henry to stop stealing local cars or else he'll put them out of business. And not by opening his own stolen car business and beating his prices, either! Gunn and Cordy head to the party. Deevak comes out from behind Henry and threatens Gunn's life. Just as they’re leaving, Deevak appears. The man at the chop shop was working for Deevak and sent them to the party as a trap.

At the party, Gunn tells her to keep close. Cordy assures him she can blend, but this isn't Cordy's kind of party and so she stands out like a sore thumb. They walk through the house looking for Desmond, and spot him pouring himself a beer. Gunn demands the return of the car, but Deevak's vamps come in and attack Gunn. In the melee, one of Gunn's friends, Veronica, is injured. Cordelia springs into action trying to stop the blood flow and they rush her to the hospital. Gunn is furious with himself for getting his friend injured. He mistakenly refers to Veronica as Alonna - his sister who was turned last spring and dusted at Gunn's hand. Gunn punches the wall in his anger. Cordy can only try to comfort him and tell him it wasn't his fault. Just then, Desmond, who also got hurt, is about to leave on the elevator, when Cordy stops him, demanding to know where the car is.

Angel and Wes arrive at the crashed party, but there's only an ambulance and a couple stragglers heading back home. One of the partygoers, a young girl, walks out disoriented. Wes and Angel interview her about what happened, but she clams up. Behind the ambulance, Angel offers the girl a consoling smile and headbutts her, causing her to turn vamp-face! "Start talking."

When Gunn and Cordelia finally arrive at the garage where Angel's car is stashed, Deevak is there. He grabs Gunn by the throat. Cordy tries to help but is easily overpowered. Deevak morphs into his human form...Jameel, the snitch. Cordy pulls some mace from her purse and squirts some in his eyes. Deevak releases Gunn and switches back to demon form just as Angel and Wes enter the garage. They battle with Deevak’s men, and Angel is finally able to embed an axe into Deevak’s skull to kill him.

Afterwards, Cordelia tells Gunn that the danger in her vision wasn't from Deevak. It was from Gunn himself. He's on a self-destruct mission and Cordy warns him that she’s going to hang around until he can find some peace. She reminds him that he never thanked her. They just exchange a smile and Gunn leaves.

Angel returns home to the hotel...and Darla. She comforts him and tells him how wonderful she is. As she begins to seduce him, we see a smiling Angel lying in bed. It’s just another dream. — Or is it? We see a hand and then we realize that Darla is in bed with Angel while he lies in unconscious bliss. Gah!


Tropes

  • Abuse Mistake: Type A: Cordelia seeing Gunn stick-fighting with one of his soldiers.
  • An Axe to Grind: Cordelia wisely grabs a hand-axe before taking off to see Gunn, but it turns out to be useless.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
    Angel: I can't lift my arm all the way.
    Gunn: That vamp did a number on my ribs.
    Wesley: I'm afraid I threw my back out again. [Pulls a smashed pager out of his back pocket] Lovely.
    Cordy: Ack! Grease stains all over my new outfit. [Angel, Wesley and Gunn glare at her]
  • Big Damn Heroes: With a squeal of tires, Wesley and Angel arrive at Deevak's garage. Wesley turns the bike onto its side, sliding beneath the shutter door as both he and Angel roll out onto the ground.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Turns out Gunn has been doing this; the weaselly snitch he's been Perp Sweating turns out to be the demon he's looking for information on.
  • Call Back: Wesley still has his biker jacket and motorcycle from "Parting Gifts".
  • Catapult Nightmare: Gunn is traumatized by his sister's death in "War Zone."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nabbit doesn't reappear, even as a Victim of the Week.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Gunn ridicules Cordelia's can of mace, but it saves his life by stopping Deevak from throttling him.
  • Dance of Romance: Angel dreams that he's slow-dancing with Darla at Caritas. The Host is singing "Get Here" by Oleta Adams. Curiouser and curiouser...
  • A Day in the Limelight: The main plot of the episode revolves around Cordelia and Gunn.
  • Dream Sequence: Peppered throughout the episode. In the first one, Angel and Darla are slow-dancing while The Host croons. In the second, the couple is shown moon-bathing (complete with Ray-Bans). The third ditches all pretenses and is a basic sex scene.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Darla whispers in Angel's ear that neither his friends nor the people he's saved are properly grateful, and that he's saved enough souls to make up for what he did in the past. It's clear that this message has an appeal to the battle-weary Angel.
  • Dude, Where's Our Car?
  • Erotic Dream / Talking in Your Dreams
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Deevak.
  • Extremely Dusty Home: Cordelia complains of this when renovating the Hyperion. "Oh, this isn't mere dust. This is Son of Dust."
  • Fire-Forged Friends
  • Freudian Slip: Gunn mistakingly swaps Veronica's name for Alonna's - his slain sister.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Averted with David Nabit's help.
  • Get a Room!: As Angel and Darla begin to kiss passionately, Dream!Host can only remark: "Somebody get these two love vamps a room."
  • Ghostly Chill: Cordy is in her apartment and complains to Dennis about how cold it is. Dennis quickly complies and raises the temperature on the thermostat.
  • Half Truth: Cordelia bandaging the head of the schmuck she beaned with her ax.
    Cordelia: Okay, there you go. Good as new!
    Guy: I think you cracked my skull.
    Cordy: [smiles innocently] Well, that's new, right?
  • Heavy Sleeper: Angel hears but fails to wake up to Cordelia's phone call and Wesley's hammering on the door.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Cordelia re Gunn.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: The pink helmet gag.
  • Improvised Weapon: Cordelia grabs the chip bowl and whacks a party-crashing vampire's skull with it.
    • One of Deevak's vamps smiles at Angel's pink helmet. Angel grins back, then promptly uses it to cave in the vamp's face.
  • The Informant!
  • Ironic Echo: Jameel/Deevak parroting Gunn's one-liner from the beginning of the episode. "It's survival of the fittest, bro. And right now you're not looking too fit."
    • Cordelia asks Gunn if he knows how to hotwire a vehicle, prompting much righteous indignation. At the conclusion of the story, Wesley presents to Angel his long-lost car keys — now covered in Deevak's bodily slime. Cheers! Unsurprisingly, Angel declines. "Anyone know how to hotwire a car?"
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Gunn asking Cordelia "So where's your car?" to Wesley asking Angel the same thing.
  • It's All My Fault
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: For once the "beat information out of the snitch" cliche isn't Played for Laughs.
  • King Incognito
  • Knife Nut: Deevak is handy with his ornamental knife.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Angel's fighting skills aren't up to scratch due to his recent lack of sleep.
  • Large And In Charge: Deevak.
  • The Load: This time, Cordy is more than deserving of the title.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Darla is shown to be entering Angel's bedroom at night and infiltrating his dreams. The following episode ("Untouched") reveals that Darla uses Calynthia powder to keep him tranquilized while she, erm— does her stuff.
  • Malaproper: Cordelia mistakingly referring to Jameel as a "pigeon stool".
  • The Mole
  • Money Fetish: David Nabbit goes on a spiel about the many ways that Angel could finance the hotel. Afterwards, Cordelia looks positively weak in the knees. "Does anyone else feel warm?"
  • Meaningful Echo: Cordelia not getting a "Thank you" from Gunn is Played for Laughs; not so when Darla reminds Angel that none of his friends thanked him either.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Startled awake, Angel jolts out of bed and pins Wesley on the floor, choking him. Wes was trying to alert him about Gunn. Angel comes to his senses and releases Wes' throat. Wes looks up and points out, "Now... about the naked thing?" And the shipper forums collectively crashed.
  • Neck Lift: Deevek introduces himself to Gunn in this manner.
  • Nothing Good Ever Happens In A Parking Garage
  • Prophecy Twist
  • Punch a Wall
  • Real Men Wear Pink: At the Hyperion Hotel, Wes brings his motorcycle around, but he's waiting for Angel to put on his motorcycle helmet — a pink motorcycle helmet. Wes argues that Angel needs to put it on or else they risk being stopped by the police. Reluctantly, Angel finally puts it on.
    Wesley: [stifles laugh] Looks good. Hop on board, gorgeous!
    Angel: You'll pay for this.
  • The Reveal
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Shirtless Scene: Dream!Angel
  • Soft Glass: Averted; Veronica gets a serious neck injury after being pushed into some glass shelving, and only immediate first aid by Cordelia saves her life.
    • Also a case of Worst Aid, in that Veronica increases the bleeding by pulling the glass out.
  • Spider-Sense: Cordelia instantly senses the car thief trying to sneak his way to the hospital elevator behind her.
  • Stop Helping Me! (In-Universe)
  • That Came Out Wrong / Digging Yourself Deeper: Veronica greets Gunn at the house party and asks, "Who's your friend?"
    Cordelia: Who me? I'm no friend. I mean, I'm just here on business. I'm a working girl. [awkward stares from all around] ...That came out wrong. I mean, obviously I'm not a "working girl." Not that I couldn't be if I wanted to, of course I could. God, that sounded stuck up, didn't it? I didn't mean to imply that I could be a working girl and you couldn't. Far from it. You'd make a great— Could you just point me to the hor d'oeuvres? [Gunn facepalms]
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Upon failing to reach either Angel or Wesley by phone, Cordelia races off to save Gunn's life all by her lonesome. "I'm gonna die."
  • Use Your Head / Game Face: Used by Angel to expose a vampire trying to sneak past the police line as an Innocent Bystander.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • Wake Up Fighting: Angel, who is obviously not himself, grips Wesley by the throat when the latter tries to revive him.
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