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Recap: Angel S 04 E 22 Home
As a reward for them stopping Jasmine's attempt to bring peace on Earth, the Senior Partners offer the gang control of the L.A branch of Wolfram & Hart.
- Absolute Cleavage: Just because Lilah is dead, doesn't mean she can't look sexy.
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration / Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
Angel: She was eating people!
Lilah: They knew what they were getting into.
Lorne: Her stomach?
Lilah: World peace comes at a price. Jasmine understood that. She consumed, what? Couple dozen souls a day? Now weigh that against ending the suffering of millions, (grins widely) but you fixed that.
Fred: No, we didn't. I—I mean, we did, we—we fixed it, but not in the way that you're trying to make it sound.
Lilah: Jeez, it's not like it was a criticism.
- Back from the Dead: Lilah's Magically Binding Contract with Wolfram & Hart extends even past her death.
Lilah: (to Angel) What's the matter, ace? Didn't think you were the only one that ever got to come back from hell around here, did ya? (clears throat) Speaking of which, could I possibly get some ice water?
- Badass Adorable: Fred eagerly helps herself to a sound-suppressed Heckler & Koch submachine gun which she carries like a teddy bear for the entire tour.
- Berserk Button: Connor talks a cop out of shooting himself. But when he realises the man had a family he was going to leave behind, Connor beats him unconscious. Issues, anyone?
- Better Living Through Evil: Fred is offered a multi-million dollar state of the art lab, Wesley has access to Wolfram & Hart's extensive library, Lorne is offered the Entertainment Division and Gunn is offered a brain upgrade. Angel gets an office with a view and his son gets a lifetime of trauma wiped away.
- Bittersweet Ending: Angel looks through the window into Connor's new home, where he's happily sharing dinner with his family.
- Book Ends: The dinner scene with Connor's new family is like the family gathering meal Angel dreamed of in the season premiere.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your insane son, your comatose girlfriend, the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.
- Call Back: To BtVS Season 5, in which reality was changed so that Buffy suddenly had a little sister, Dawn.
- Cessation of Existence: Wesley burns Lilah's contract with W&H to at least give her this. It doesn't work.
wouldn't be eternal if they actually consumed anything.
- Chekhov's Gun: The locket plays an important role in the Buffy Grand Finale "Chosen" and the Season 5 premiere of Angel.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Knox plays an important role in Season 5. Sirk will reappear in "Destiny".
- Continuity Nod: Wesley is introduced to Sirk, a former Watcher working for Wolfram & Hart after the destruction of the Council in Season 7 Buffy.
- The file and the amulet Lilah gives Angel is later brought to Sunnydale. Angel gives the amulet to Buffy, who hands it over to Spike. And so endeth the series.
- Deal with the Devil
- Dénouement Episode
- Despair Event Horizon: Connor
- Double Entendre: Lilah tries to tempt Angel with the latest intel from Sunnydale.
can handle herself.
Lilah: But isn't it more fun when you handle her?
- Lilah explaining she's not a vampire. "Angelus drank from me, it's true, but like with most men, it was a one-way street."
- Driven to Suicide / Taking You with Me: Connor has rigged his hostages, Cordelia's body and himself with explosives so they will all die when Angel shows up to do his Big Damn Heroes thing.
- Elevator Going Down: Gunn clearly is hoping for this, and is shocked when his attractive guide takes him to see the Conduit instead.
Gunn: Already rubbed elbows with Little Miss Muffet once. Don't need a repeat with her replacement, and here I am thinking I'm getting seduced. Well, I'm getting screwed all— (enter the Panther...)
- Felony Misdemeanor
Lorne: So it's an evil limo. I get that, but does that mean we don't restock the cherries?
- Give Him a Normal Life: In exchange for accepting Wolfram & Hart's offer, reality is altered so Connor has grown up with a normal, loving family.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Wolfram & Hart's source books, which can display text from any book in their archive. Well it seemed pretty nifty in 2004, before Kindle.
- Hypocritical Humor: Lorne is taken on a tour by a member of Wolfram & Hart's Entertainment Division.
Preston: I had this prepared. Confidential list. Peepers only. Thought you might want to take a gander at our roster. (opens the book) Just a rundown of some of the talent we represent here.
Uh, no, no, no, no. I don't think you have to tell me what you represent here, young man. I know. Evil. Pure evil in the— (Preston flips through the pages of the book, catching Lorne's attention) Huh. Which is also apparently everyone I've always wanted to meet!
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Connor
- Improvised Weapon: Inevitable when you have a fight in a sporting goods store.
- Interrupted Suicide: Connor stops a cop from killing himself out of Jasmine-withdrawal, only to learn that he has a family. Parental Abandonment being a...sore spot for Connor, he demands to know what the guy was thinking. "I don't know." Wrong answer.
- Ironic Echo: Lilah repeats back Angel's speech from the season premiere. "Nothing in this world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and it's cruel, but that's why there's you, Angel. You live as if the world were as it should be."
- It Doesn't Mean Anything: Lilah shows the neck scar where Wes chopped off her head.
Lilah: It's OK, lover. I never felt a thing.
- It Meant Something to Me: Wesley's efforts to free Lilah from eternal damnation are futile, but she appreciates the effort.
- Kill It with Fire: Wesley, in one last sentimental gesture, attempts this on Lilah's employee contract (which binds her to the firm for eternity). A duplicate contract immediately appears in the drawer.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Lilah explaining the temptations of corporate life.
"Money, clothes, women. Did I mention we have a juice bar?"
"Necro-tempered glass. The whole building's fitted with it. Helps keep those uplifting, wholesome rays from charbroilin' the boss, and 30% more energy efficient."
- Manly Tears: Angel and Connor
- Marionette Motion: Lilah appears to have some difficulty in walking when she first appears at the Hyperion, as if she's not quite used to moving around in her reassembled body.
- Meaningful Echo: "There's a signed dollar in your wallet that says different." Lilah repeats the words that Imaginary Lilah spoke to Wes while he was working himself up to dismember her, implying it was her ghost he was speaking to, rather than a figment of his imagination.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve except a Grappling-Hook Pistol: Go Wes!
- Panthera Awesome: The Conduit to the Senior Partners takes the form of a black panther.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Lilah wears a neck scarf to hide the scar from her beheading. When Angel grabs her by the throat, she tells him to be careful as her head comes off easy.
Wes: It's a lie.
Lilah: Lah. It's a Lilah.
- Also Lilah's "ice water" comment is a riff on the popular retort, "And people in Hell want ice water."
- Reflective Eyes: Gunn is reflected in the eyes of the panther.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Only Angel remembers Connor.
- Saying Too Much: Wesley slips up and refers to Lilah as a "loved one."
...Figure of speech.
- Ship Tease: Even in an episode that makes it clear Wesley did feel something for Lilah, we get a moment of Fred spinning out from Lorne...and bumping straight into Wes, where they linger just a second too long.
- Shout-Out: to Trading Places with his new employees all greeting "Mr. Angel".
- Stunned Silence: For several long moments at the start of the episode, absolutely no-one speaks. The camera pans around all six characters as each one shifts position or opens their mouth as though about to speak, but no-one does. It's clear the entire cast is absolutely stunned by whatever Lilah has just said. Lilah herself doesn't speak just waits, smug and amused, as Angel's team try and gather their wits and find their voices. Word of God reveals that it was deliberately timed to coincide with the length of time it takes for the credits to scroll across the screen as they'd once observed how long it takes and thought it would be funny to have absolutely no talking for that long if they could ever think of a plot. They thought of one.
- Suggestive Collision: Lorne starts to Happy Dance with Fred in the middle of the lobby. She spins out and bumps into Wesley.
- Sword over Head: Angel finds himself raising a knife over Connor's neck. Against all expectations, however, Angel brings the knife down with full force.
- The Unreveal: We don't discover what Gunn was offered by the Senior Partners until next season.
- Verbal Backspace: Lilah tells the Fang Gang she's got the offer of a lifetime! (Musicalis Interruptus) "...just not...my lifetime."
- Walk In Chime In: The Fang Gang turning up one by one to take the ride in Wolfram & Hart's limo.
- White Void Room
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Connor's trip to the mall doesn't end well.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Angel kills Connor, ironically fulfilling the false prophecy responsible for Connor's messed-up life in the first place.