Recap: Angel S 05 E 01 Conviction
A client of Wolfram & Hart threatens to activate a weapon that will kill everyone in California if he's convicted.
- Adam and/or Eve: Eve tosses Angel an apple with obvious symbolism. Accepting her challenge, Angel takes a bite out of it.
- Ask a Stupid Question...
Hmm. So tell me... (Reveal Shot
that Angel's staring at a wall full of paddles and whips) Why do they call you "Spanky"?
Angel: That's what I figured.
- Author Appeal: This episode (directed by Joss Whedon) has a group shot blatantly centered on and composed around Fred's bare feet put up on a stool or table.
- Backhanded Compliment
Fred: Oh, that's so sweet. And a tad condescending.
- Berserk Button: Mistreatment of children. Particularly sons. And on that note, do not mention Connor. Ever.
- Better Living Through Evil: Angel loves his cool cars and Harmony loves her benefit package.
- Big Damn Heroes: Gunn pulls it this time, by successfully getting a ruling of mistrial.
- Big Eater
Fred: I think I've lost my appetite, which is kind of a first.
- Blondes Are Evil: Eve. Given Angel's preference for small blonde women, this is likely deliberate.
- Call Back: Harmony quickly getting over the news of Cordy's coma harkens back to Cordelia doing the same thing in her Buffy days. (e.g. Willow being turned into a vampire in "Doppelgangerland".)
- Card-Carrying Villain / The Fundamentalist: Agent Hauser is unimpressed with the stated mission of their new CEO and tries to kill him.
- Chaos Architecture: The interior of Wolfram & Hart has changed since "Home".
- Chekhov's Gun: The envelope addressed to Angel, which he finally opens at the end of the episode. The Deus ex Machina amulet from "Chosen" falls out, emitting a swirly thing which turns into Spike.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Harmony was last seen in Season 2 "Disharmony", and Spike in Season One's "In The Dark" (and the Grand Finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Harmony had joined the Fang Gang only to betray them on her first assignment. And the last thing Angel found out about Spike was that his One True Love Buffy Summers had inexplicably fallen for him. Needless to say Angel is not happy to see either character.
- We discover who the masked man pushing a mailcart is in "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco". The spooky doctor (Dr. Sparrow) reappears in "Smile Time".
- Cliffhanger / To Be Continued: The Return of Spike!
- Cool Car: Angel geeks out over his garage full of them.
- Continuity Nod: Spike rematerialises in flaming agony, just as he died in the BtVS finale "Chosen".
- Double Entendre: Angel tells Eve not to mention the Connor word.
Angel: That's not a name I want passing through your lips.
Eve: (grins, coyly) And what would you like passing through my lips?
- Dynamic Entry: Spike
Angel: You like to make an entrance.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Gunn is no longer bald.
- Feet First Introduction / Sharp-Dressed Man: Smart!Gunn.
- Flashback Echo: A brief flash-frame of the panther from "Home".
- For Inconvenience, Press "1": Angel tries to get the hang of his new intercom system.
"You have reached Ritual Sacrifice. For goats, press 1, or say 'goats'."
"To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound button."
- Gory Discretion Shot: Hauser's brains get splattered against the wall of the school building. We get a flash-frame of a student checking out the mess.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Angel kicks Hauser's shotgun so it discharges under his own chin.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The W&H Spec Ops team open fire on Angel across the length of a school classroom. Admittedly what bullets did hit him wouldn't have killed him.
- Insistent Terminology: Harmony objects to being called a secretary — she's an 'assistant'. Angel threatens to kill her because he's still pissed about Harmony's double-cross the last time they met. "Secretary's fine!"
- I Take Offense to That Last One
Hauser: You pathetic little fairy.
Angel: Hey! I am not little.
- Ironic Echo: Spanky tells Angel he doesn't spank guys. Angel knocks him across the room with one of his bats. "I have no problem spanking men."
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Gunn's head is now filled with human and demon law, plus the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Apparently it helps with elocution.
- Mad Doctor: Gunn gets a brain upgrade via a spooky doctor's Zeerust equipment.
- The Magnificent: Fred keeps trying to answer the phone with her formal department head title, then gives up and just introduces herself as 'Fred'.
- Miss Exposition: Eve, their Liaison to the Senior Partners.
- Mistaken for Gay: Angel as usual.
- Mood Whiplash: Harmony is distraught over the news that her childhood friend Cordelia is in a coma. Briefly.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Wes enters the trial room and sits next to Lorne, who says they're running out of ways to stall the trial. What are they going to do if Fries is convicted? Wes pulls aside his jacket to reveal a shoulder-holstered pistol.
Lorne: Oh, and here I thought we were desperate.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Angel discovers this when he tries to do his usual mysterious stranger rescues Damsel in Distress in The Teaser, only to be swamped by the Wolfram & Hart Spec Ops Team toting automatic weapons, lawyers who get the Victim of the Week to sign an indemnity, and a PR man to take photographs of their new CEO in action.
- The girl incredulously asks Angel if it was all for the publicity.
- Off on a Technicality
- The Oner
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Lorne sits at the back of the courtroom in a trenchcoat, hat and sunglasses. Despite having a conspicuously green face, no-one notices anything.
- Perp Sweating: It helps when there's a wall of BDSM equipment in the room.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Fries has implanted the virus in a magical container inside his own son.
- Power at a Price: Eve makes it clear that if Angel wants to continue running the LA Branch of Wolfram & Hart, it has to make a profit. Which rules out just murdering his way down their client list.
Eve: And that means keeping your clients (most of them, anyway) happy.
Gunn: Means letting them get away with stuff.
- Roof Hopping / Slow Motion: Angel in The Teaser, doing his thing.
- Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!: Gunn is instantly upgraded to über-lawyer thanks for Wolfram & Hart's surgeon. The procedure makes him an expert on human and demonic law within a few hours.
- Secret Ingredient: In the mug of pig's blood Harmony gives the boss. It's otter.
- Sexy Secretary: Harmony.
- Signed Up for the Dental: Harmony on why she joined Wolfram & Hart.
Harmony: And let's face it, who needs dental more than us?
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil (In-Universe): Lorne is assessing the Wolfram & Hart employees to see how evil they are. His tick list has the categories: Okay, On the Bubble, Evil, To Be Fired, Yikes!
- Spoiler Opening: James Marsters is in the opening credits, though he doesn't turn up 'til the last scene of the episode.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Eve has a habit of turning up in peoples' offices uninvited.
Gunn: This gonna be a thing with you, jumping out at people, or do you just not have an office of your own?
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech / Title Drop
Hauser: You're minuscule. A dust mote on the shelf of that great institution. Now, you think I'm just a trigger-happy jerk who follows orders, but I am something you will never be. I'm pure. I believe in evil. You and your friends, you're conflicted. You're confused. We're not. That is why you are gonna lose, because we possess the most powerful thing in the world... conviction.
- Tracking Device: Angel finds out he's being tracked by his own company, who aren't impressed by his tendency to play the lone hero.
- The Triple
Wes: (surprised) Spike!
(Harmony pops her head around the door)
Harmony: (delighted) Blondie bear!
- Van in Black: The Spec Ops team are in one, listening in on their CEO's phone conversation.
- Verbal Backspace
Fries: Let me put it this way. If they bring in a conviction, bye-bye, California. I say the magic word, the only people left standing are gonna be the ones that are already dead.
Harmony: (sighs) Oh, well, that's a relief. (stutters) I mean— (points angrily) Hey!
- Written-In Infirmity: Alexis Denisof was suffering from a thankfully brief case of Bell's Palsy when the episode was filmed, so the camerawork shows only the right side of his face as much as possible.