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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/angel_deep_down.jpg]] ²²The Fang Gang searches for Angel, unaware that Connor was responsible.²²----²²* ActorAllusion: Linwood refers to his department at Wolfram & Hart as his "corner of the sky," a reference to the song "Corner of the Sky" in the musical ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}''. John Rubinstein, who plays Linwood Murrow, originated the title role in the Broadway production.²* AlmostKiss: Angel and Cordelia in Angel's first dream.²-->'''Connor:''' "[[GetARoom Do I have to watch this part?]]"²* AloofAlly: Wesley. He goes through great lengths to rescue Angel from the bottom of the ocean, even letting Angel drink from him once it becomes apparent pig blood won't be enough to return Angel to lucidity. He also calls Fred and Gunn to warn them about Connor so that they can make sure he's restrained before Wesley and Angel return to the Hyperion. However, after Wesley drops Angel off and makes sure that Gunn and Fred have secured him, he abruptly departs instead of attempting to fully reconcile with everyone, curtly saying that his business with them is done. He does give one final note that Angel will need more blood before walking out. ²* AndIMustScream: Having spent three months trapped at the bottom of the ocean, Angel's gone [[HorrorHunger mad with hunger]] and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation loneliness]]. By the time Wesley finds him and fishes him out, he's suffering from BadDreams and hallucinations.²* AndStarring: Alexis Denisof is moved from third billing to the very end of the cast list, complete with "And" credit. He'll remain there for the rest of the series. ²* AsYouKnow: Some clunky exposition between Wesley and Justine.²* BewareTheNiceOnes / MoodWhiplash / BaitAndSwitchComment: Fred enters Connor's room with milk and a sandwich on a tray.²-->'''Fred:''' ([[TeamMom stroking Connor's hair]]) "I can't imagine what you've been through, Connor, being taken away by Holtz, raised in that place. It must have been horrible. I know you're still hurting but, I promise, it's not nearly as much as you're gonna hurt for what you did to your father." (zaps Connor repeatedly [[TaserTagWeakness with a taser]])²* BlatantLies: Wesley tells Lilah he doesn't know or care where Angel is. After she leaves he goes and unlocks the closet to reveal Justine in a cage, BoundAndGagged and chained to a SlaveCollar. Given that she could [[TheImmodestOrgasm hear everything Wesley and Lilah got up to]], the scene has [[FanDisservice disturbing sexual implications]].²* BreakTheBadass: Justine has been so thoroughly broken by Wesley that he's able to dissuade her from trying to attack him by simply threatening to take away the bucket she uses as a toilet.²* BreakThemByTalking: This one flies thick and fast from all sides.²* BriefAccentImitation: The list of words Fred can't get away with include "Bro," "Dawg," and "Word."²* CallBack:²** Angel mentions his [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer girlfriend]] sending him to a hell dimension for a hundred years ("Becoming, Part 2").²** To BTVS "The Body" where Buffy remembers a happy family-and-friends dinner gathering, only to cut back to the reality of her mother's dead body.²* CatchAndReturn: Connor catches an axe being hurled at Fred and then throws it back at the hurler.²-->'''Connor:''' "Did you see that? Wasn't that cool? (Laughs) That was cool!"²* CeilingCling: Marissa hiding from Connor, Gunn, and Fred.²* ChekhovsGun: Fluffy (for "The House Always Wins")²* CrashingDreams / MoodWhiplash: Angel's dreams always start off with an ideal vision -- his TrueCompanions (including Wesley and Connor) sharing a hearty meal and a FriendshipMoment, Cordelia confessing her love like she intended in "Tomorrow", Angel and Connor fighting side by side -- then things turn ugly as Angel's hunger or rage breaks through.²* DaydreamSurprise²* DesignatedParents: With [[AndIMustScream Angel]], [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cordelia]], [[PutOnABus Lorne]] and [[DatingCatwoman We]][[TheAtoner sl]][[WeUsedToBeFriends ey]] not available, [[OfficialCouple Fred and Gunn]] have fallen into the role of Connor's surrogate parents, worrying about his tendencies toward destructive rebellion in the way that his own parents might worry about it. ²* DirtyCoward: Lilah and the Senior Partners conclude that Linwood is too much of a coward to get the job done.²* DramaticIrony: The audience knows that Connor betrayed and drowned Angel, but Fred and Gunn don't, adding tension to their hunt for him with Connor's help.²* EasilyForgiven: Angel chooses not to punish Connor. He does throw him out of his house though.²* ElectricTorture: While Connor is tied to a chair he gets tasered again by a [[BewareTheNiceOnes pissed-off Fred]].²* {{Foreshadowing}}:²** [[spoiler:For the mid-season return of Angelus.]] Wesley is helping Angel into his car.²-->'''Justine:''' "He'll turn on you! He won't be able to help it. That's what he is. Sooner or later he will turn on you, and all your friends!"²** For "The House Always Wins". Lorne is in Las Vegas, and is sending messages his friends can't understand.²* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Mr. Suvarta gave Lilah "some great hints on office furniture."²* FluffyCloudHeaven / HolyBacklight: Where Cordelia is.²-->"God, [[HellOfAHeaven I am so bored]]."²* GameFace: Inverted - Marissa reverts to her human face when trying to sweet-talk Connor into letting her go. It doesn't work.²* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Lorne calls from Las Vegas, telling the gang to "make sure Fluffy's getting enough love". Fred has no idea who he's referring to.²-->'''Fred:''' "Wait. You don't think he was referring to anything of mine that's fluffy, do you? Because that would just be inappropriate."²** And later when Fred tells Gunn he's top dog.²--->'''Fred:''' "Don't let it go to your head."²--->'''Gunn:''' (pulling her close) "[[SomethingElseAlsoRises That's not the direction it's flowing.]]"²** Lilah and Wes, post-coitus.²--->'''Lilah:''' "Hmm. That didn't suck. Well, maybe just a little bit."\²'''Wes:''' "Perhaps that is something we can expand on next time."²* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Angel is weak, raving and hallucinating when Wesley pulls him out of the water, but after Wesley feeds him his own blood and carries him back to the Hyperion, Angel is strong and coherent enough to face down Connor. Subverted when Angel collapses after Connor leaves, showing that he was bluffing about being strong enough to take him.²* GratuitousSpanish: The vampire gang Gunn and Fred confront.²* HeKnowsTooMuch: Connor staking Marissa when he realises she might have seen Connor and Justine disposing of Angel.²* HoneyTrap: Lilah to Wesley -- he's not fooled, telling her bluntly that [[BlatantLies he has no idea where Angel is]].²* HyperAwareness: Justine is about to WrenchWhack Wesley from behind when (without turning around) he calmly threatens to take away her toilet bucket the next time she's in the cage. Justified as he likely [[RevealingReflection saw her reflection in the window]].²* IgnoredEpiphany: Angel tells Connor the truth about Holtz's death. After a brief pause, Connor responds:²-->'''Connor''': Even if, you ''still'' deserved it.²* ImmortalityHurts: Try spending it at the bottom of the Pacific. Gives you some perspective. Kind of an Creator/MCEscher perspective.²* KilledOffForReal: Linwood.²* KlingonPromotion: Gavin discovers that Lilah is bonking Wesley and tells Linwood in order to finally supplant his rival. Lilah responds by accusing Linwood of being afraid of Angel and his son, which is why he hasn't tried to find out where Angel is. Linwood is unimpressed until Lilah says that the Senior Partners agree with her.²-->'''Linwood:''' "This is outrageous! Are you actually telling me that you went over my head?"²-->''[Lilah touches her stylus to the palm-pilot in her hand. We hear an electronic beep -- then a blade whips out of the backrest on Linwood's chair [[OffWithHisHead slicing quickly and neatly through his neck]].²-->'''Lilah:''' "[[BondOneLiner Just under it, actually.]]"²-->''[Gavin and the other board members stare shocked as Linwood's head rolls along the table.]''²-->'''Lilah:''' "Mr. Suvarta didn't think Linwood's sky was sunny enough. You're all reporting to me now. (Sits down) Get out."²-->''[Everyone quickly and quietly gets up and files out the room.]''²-->'''Lilah:''' "Gavin."²-->''[Gavin freezes. Lilah gives him a slight smile, then indicates the decapitated head with her stylus.]''²-->'''Lilah:''' "Please remove that."²* KnightInSourArmor²-->'''Angel:''' "[[ArcWords Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and cruel.]] But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be. You're not a part of that yet. I hope you will be. I love you, Connor. [[BaitAndSwitchComment Now get out of my house.]]" ²* LecherousLicking / NotStayingForBreakfast: Lilah Morgan²* LoveConfession / BigDamnKiss: Cordelia and Angel in his second dream. [[MoodWhiplash Then he vamps out and feeds on her.]]²* MandatoryLine: Cordelia²* ManipulativeBastard: Wesley wins the prize in this episode -- fooling everyone including Lilah about his intentions while keeping control of a vampire-hating prisoner in order to locate and rescue Angel.²* MoralityPet: Angel makes it clear that whether Connor lives or dies depends on whether he did anything to Cordelia.²* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast²-->'''Gunn:''' "His nickname back in Quortoth was the Destroyer. And unless you put Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} in front of that, I'm guessing it's not a good sign."²* NeckSnap: Angel to Connor in his third dream.²* TheNicknamer: The Powers That Screw You²* NothingUpMySleeve: During the opening fight, a vampire snatches a crossbow off Fred.²-->'''Vampire:''' "I see Angel left you a little toy toy, huh?"²-->'''Fred:''' "More than one." (Fred stakes him using Angel's wrist-stake-launcher)²* NotSoDifferent: Implied with Wesley and Justine; both have betrayed their mentors and are helping their enemies.²* OhCrap:²** The minute Linwood finds out that Lilah went behind his back and spoke with one of the Senior Partners, he knows he's done for. ²** Connor's reaction when Fred reveals she knows that he was behind Angel's disappearance, right before she tasers him.²* OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce²-->'''Fred:''' "He's just a boy."\²'''Gunn:''' "Are you sure about that? Offspring of two vampires. Last time I checked that's not supposed to happen. And jumping off a six-story without busting your coconut kind of sways me to the side of not just a boy."²* OpenSaysMe: Connor kicking open the door to Marissa's crib.²-->'''Gunn:''' "Or we can do it the loud way."²* PreviouslyOn: A long one due to all the plot elements that the audience has to be reminded of from over the summer break.²* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Vincent Kartheiser as Connor.²* PutOnABus: The last thing we see of Justine is when Wesley throws her the key to her handcuffs, telling Justine to stop being a slave.²* ReassignedToAntarctica: Linwood and Gavin suggest reassigning Lilah to a "third world dimension".²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Angel confronts Connor and asks him "what do ''you'' deserve?", Connor, realizing how much trouble he's in, tries to make a break for it... but Angel intercepts him and tosses him into the wall.²-->'''Angel''': Daddy's not finished talking.²* SeriesContinuityError: No mention is made of Groo disappearing, even though Cordelia is the only one who knew he was leaving and didn't have an opportunity to tell anyone. Gunn also has his goatee in Angel's dream, which Angel shouldn't know about.²* SlowMotionDrop / DramaticShattering: The glass in Angel's first dream.²* StabTheScorpion: Wesley discovers that pig's blood isn't enough to revive Angel. He takes out a wicked-looking knife and looks at Justine.²-->'''Justine:''' "Oh, screw you. I'm not feeding that thing."²-->'''Wes:''' "Your blood's too thin." ''(Cuts open his own vein)''²* SuperSpeed: Marissa jumps out a window, clambers up a wall onto the roof and finds Connor already there.²* SuperWindowJump: Marissa, quickly followed by Connor.²* SpikyHair: More jibes.²* ThatManIsDead²-->'''Wes:''' "That part of my life is dead. Doesn't concern me now."²* TotallyRadical: Fred trying to master Gunn Speak.²* TheTriple: Angel's touching reunion with his son.²-->"So...how was ''your'' summer? Mine was fun. Saw some fish. Went mad with hunger. Hallucinated a whole bunch."²** Wesley's "BreakThemByTalking" lecture to Justine.²-->'''Wesley:''' You and Holtz deserved each other. You two have so much in common. Pain, loss, deep-seated lack of anything approaching humor."²** Given that Wesley is saying this, it could also be a case of IResembleThatRemark.²* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Invoked: Gunn and Fred are convinced that Connor did something to Cordelia as well, pointing out that Cordelia couldn't have just "happened" to disappear the same night Connor dumped Angel into the ocean.²* VillainsNeverLie: Connor appears to accept Angel's word that he didn't kill Holtz. But then again, he's had three months to think about it and so probably suspects the truth anyway. Gunn is skeptical when Connor says he didn't kill Cordelia, but Angel says that Connor has lied enough to him that he's learned to tell the difference. "The truth has a better sound to it, less nasal."²* WallCrawl: Marissa fleeing Connor.²* WhatTheHellHero: ²** Gunn and Fred both give one to Connor after discovering that he was responsible for Angel's disappearance.²** They also give one to Wesley over the fact that he knew what Connor had done to Angel, but didn't tell them or warn them. Wes just leaves.²--->'''Gunn:''' What took you so long to tell us about Connor?\²'''Fred:''' You knew what he could do to us.\²'''Wes:''' You're human. He wouldn't have hurt you. I thought you were safer not knowing.\²'''Fred:''' We were safer? You really don't care anymore, do you?²*** Wesley's reaction to Fred's final question verges on ArmorPiercingResponse, as he simply notes that Angel will need more blood, due to Wesley being "fresh out." Given the very prominent piece of cloth wrapped around Wes' arm, Fred and Gunn are quick to deduce the meaning of this.

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