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Angel is on the hunt for a demon that kills men and women it picks up at clubs.


Tropes in this episode:

  • Adorkable: Kate sums up Angel's appeal.
    Kate: How do you get them to trust you, Angel? Give them the big dark eyes, the ‘I’m not good with talk’ speech?
  • All There in the Manual: The bartender's name (Danny) is revealed in the script.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The bartender.
  • Attempted Rape: Invoked when Talamour ties down Kate and prepares to jump into her body.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Twice. Suave Kevin chats up the shy Sharon at the bar, so she's obviously the Victim of the Week. No wait, his eviscerated body ends up lying on the bed while she puts on a maneater magenta dress — SHE must be the killer! But no, the killer is a body-snatcher; the corpse is just the cast-off.
  • Bar Brawl: Angel and Doyle end up on the winning side of this one.
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  • Book-Ends: Begins and ends with Angel sitting alone in the dark.
  • Body Surf: Talamour moves from one host to another trying to find a suitable body that will host him forever.
  • Bullethole Door: What works when your fancy James Bond grapple gun doesn't.
  • Chest Burster: How Talamour jumps from one body to the other.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Doyle and Angel are trying to work out what the design on the Angel Investigations card is.
    Angel: Hey, look at that, there's our number. It’s right next to a… a um — a – a butterfly?
    Doyle: It’s obviously not a butterfly, you idiot. It’s a – a bird. No, no, wait, it’s an owl. A – a bird that hunts at night. Brilliant! It’s a— a...
    Cordelia: It’s an angel!
    • Becomes a Brick Joke at the end of the episode, when Angel leaves Kate his card and she asks if it's a lobster.
  • Come Alone: Averted; Angel tells Kate to bring as much backup as she wants. She comes alone anyway.
  • Coolest Club Ever: D'Oblique. Subverted by Doyle, who describes it as "one of those 'terminally stuck in The '80s' places."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Yes, Talamour does have a phallic shape. Yes, how it jumps from a host body to the next after sex is reminiscent of an STD. And, yes, its need to find a permanent host body - specially when its time within Danny is running out and his body is rotting away -is a clear metaphor of how repulsive can someone made desperate by loneliness become.
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  • Facial Horror: Makes it difficult to get a date when half your face is coming off. It's a result of Talamour's presence within the body, seemingly causing necrosis.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Spoofed; Angel tries to use a hand-held grappling hook to get himself and Kate (prompting the response "Who Are You?") out of a room they are trapped in, but the wooden beam the wire attaches to crumbles under their weight.
  • Half Truth
    Kate: You’re telling me you’re an investigator?
    Angel: More or less.
    Kate: Where's your license?
    Angel: That’s the less part.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Neil
  • Hypocritical Humor: Doyle again.
    Doyle: Violence isn’t going to solve a thing here. [headbutts man] On the other hand it is kind of festive.
  • Frame-Up: Sort of. Angel allows the murders to be pinned on Danny the bartender, the last victim of Talamour.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Doyle developed his computer skills downloading porn.
  • I Resemble That Remark!
    Kate: How else are you gonna meet somebody outside of work? It's either this or sit at home alone in the dark.
    Angel: Wouldn't want that.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Angel asks how Doyle got to be so good with computers. Cordelia snarks that he learned by downloading pictures of naked women. Doyle doesn't deny this.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Angel's introduction to Kate, who inquires about what he does for a living.
    Angel: I, uh... well, basically I'm... uh, I help— I'm a veterinarian.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Team Angel in the bar.
  • Man on Fire/Kill It with Fire: The demon's rather convenient weakness.
  • Meaningful Echo: Anything to do with trust, loneliness or making a connection.
  • Mistaken for Gay: While the group are questioning people at the D'Oblique, we see Angel anxiously telling a guy "No, really, I wasn't hitting on you!"
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Kate believes Angel to be the killer when she finds him in Neil's apartment, along with the body of Sharon.
  • Must Be Invited: Averted. Angel can enter the killer's place uninvited because the invitation rule doesn't apply to demon lairs and the legal owner (the host body) is dead.
  • My Card: Cordelia has some cards done up for Angel Investigations.
  • Nameless Narrative: The episode doesn't mention that the bartender's name is Danny.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Angel is caught in the room with the latest victim by a gun-toting police officer.
  • Oblivious Mockery: Cordelia telling Doyle how gross demons are.
  • Preemptive Apology: Kate is cuffing Angel after finding him with the latest victim.
    Angel: I’m sorry.
    Kate: Is that a confession?
    Angel: I didn’t do that. I’m sorry for this! [hits her and dives out the window]
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The demon possesses human bodies and took over their mind, however it had to go from body to body on a regular basis, because once it's been in a body for too long, the body started to deteriorate...sensibly enough, as the initial immolation action would logically kill the victim, with the possessed body then being little more than a still-warm corpse. The third season also had the "sluks", transparent crustacean-like demons who entered their hosts through their mouths, the downside being that these creatures required lots of water to survive, causing their hosts to dry down and die.
  • Running Gag: Noone can tell the logo in the Angel Investigations card is shaped like an angel. Angel thinks its a butterfly, Doyle is sure its an owl and Kate asks if its a lobster.
  • See You in Hell:
    Kate: Well, I'll tell you what. I can go wherever I want, and you can go to Hell.
  • Self-Deprecation: Doyle and Kate.
    Doyle: Tell [Cordelia] what a great guy I am.
    Angel: I barely know you.
    Doyle: Well, perfect, that should make it easier for ya.

    Kate: Way to come off like a drunken slut. Slut's better than a hypocrite, right? I'm moving up?
    Angel: You're kind of hard on yourself.
    Kate: Well, I'm a self-flagellating hypocrite slut.
  • Sleep Cute: Cordelia and Doyle after a hard night's research.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: I'd get used to it, Kate. We actually see Angel move off when Kate's back is turned, but a second later when she turns back he's all the way down the alley.
  • Super Strength: Within a host body, Talamour has strength that rivals that of Angel.
  • Super Senses: Talamour can also sense Angel isn't human but vampire.
  • Tap on the Head: The demon knocks Kate out with a bottle.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: Talamour (in the bartender's body) tries to stick Angel's head in it, but ends up getting set on fire himself.
  • Trash of the Titans: Cordy's apartment.
    Doyle: I think it's refreshing to see a woman living like this, you know. It means you're not so uptight, you live for the moment— [steps in a bowl of oatmeal] You're disgusting.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Kate shows her badge (and her gun) to Angel at a mid-episode cliffhanger.

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