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Angel meets a demon princess who is helping women escaping from an alternate dimension. UST ensues.


Tropes in this episode:

  • Another Dimension: "Demon dimensions" are used as an excuse to bring aliens into the Buffyverse without worrying about the attendant issues like First Contact or Faster-Than-Light Travel. It also handwaves all those demons with their own unique societies living among us without being noticed.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Wes is distracted by a rare Nancy Petticoat rose.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: When the art gallery security guards are searching for him, Angel averts suspicion by briefly pausing to lecture on a painting of the French poet Baudelaire, suggesting that Baudelaire's poem "The Vampire" was based on an encounter with a real vampire (possibly Angel himself, as he tells his audience that Baudelaire was actually "a little taller and a lot drunker" than he appears here).
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  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Angel is trying to talk to Cordy on the new cellphone she got for him; first the battery is running low, then the reception is bad so he keeps misunderstanding her Buffy Speak. Eventually he loses patience and tosses it in the back seat.
    Angel: These things were definitely cooked up by a bored warlock.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Wesley can't tell that the hot girl complimenting his sweater is trying to flirt.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Jhiera was meant to be a recurring character, complete with some Belligerent Sexual Tension with our lead, but we don't see her again. One of the Oden-Tal females, however, will show up again as an extra in the demon brothel in "War Zone".
  • Corpsing: The episode took far longer to shoot than usual since the cast kept breaking up in laughter. The set had to be shut down for an hour and a half because David Boreanaz (Angel) and Alexis Denisof (Wesley) couldn't stop laughing. It got to the point where David and Alex resolved not to look at each other to avoid cracking up. But as Joss Whedon pointed out on the DVD commentary for the episode, there are still points where David can't keep a straight face.
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  • Credits Gag: The Wes and Angel dance scenes are played during the credits.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ko removal = female circumcision.
  • Eureka Moment
    Wesley: [looking at a book] Aha!
    Cordy: That better be an "Aha!" of triumph.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Wes and Cordy overhear the Vigories talking of their plans.
  • Facial Horror: Along with exploding eyeballs.
  • Facial Markings: Jhiera has a black lightning-bolt tattoo over her left eye and cheek.
  • Fanservice Extras: The Oden Tal runaways don't speak; they just look good in little clothing.
  • Fantastic Arousal: The Oden Tal females' spinal ridges (called "ko") glow red-hot with their arousal. Jhiera can channel the heat into a forceful palm-strike attack.
  • Foreshadowing: Our first mention of portals to other dimensions, which will become important in later seasons.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Cordy at her party telling someone off-camera: “Diego, pants on!”
    • Angel, in a Shirtless Scene, explains he had to take a shower after meeting Jhiera—a cold one, presumably.
    • Wesley (under the influence of a scantily clad Oden Tal girl) mentions how tight his clothing seems, and asks her to have a feel.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Residents of the Oden Tal dimension live in a patriarchal society where the women are all enslaved. The male warriors, known as Vigories, remove the "ko" from each female to temper their sexual energy and make them more pliable.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Fired Guns Akimbo by Angel and later used as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Horny Devils: When females of the Oden Tal come of age, they goes through a period where their "ko" supercharges their sexual urges, which manifests as intense heat and Super Strength. At first they can't control this power, and need to be cooled constantly in baths of ice. They also can affect men when they're in sexual heat; Angel and Wes are both shown struggling with this.
  • I Can't Dance: Angel is at a party Cordelia is hosting. He's trying to fit in, chatting with a girl, when she asks him if he wants to dance. We have an Imagine Spot of Angel flailing around wildly, a big grin on his face, while the girl looks on in horror. Cut back to a closeup of Angel as he deadpans, "I don't dance." You can see it here. Wesley also can't dance, but appears to be oblivious to this fact.
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: Jhiera sees that Angel is tailing her and tells a security guard at the art gallery that a strange man in a black coat is following her; Angel realises this, slips out of his Badass Longcoat, and poses as an art expert.
  • Indy Ploy: "Here's the plan: I walk in, hit people in the face hard, we see how it goes from there."
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Vigories refer to the Oden Tal females as "it" in clearly dismissive tones.
  • Knight Templar: Both Jhiera and the Vigories have elements of this—they both regard humans as expendable in their conflict, and Angel has to make it clear that if innocents are killed as a result, they'll have to deal with him.
  • Man Hug: Angel rejects Wesley's offer of a grateful hug.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jhiera is buxom and wears a black leather Sexy Backless Outfit with a Cleavage Window... She's hot, OK?
  • Mundane Utility: Cordelia accidentally orders coffee beans for the office instead of ground coffee, and suggests that Angel grinds them by squeezing the packet with his vampire strength. He tries it and manages only to burst the bag, sending coffee beans all over the office, which Wesley promptly slips in when he arrives.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Angel warns Jhiera that while he supports her cause, if she ever crosses the line and endangers the people of his world, she's in for a world of hurt, Sonny Jim. Angel has a bit of trouble spitting it out since he's reeling from Jhiera's sexual aura. When she turns to leave, Jhiera's "ko" is burning red, signaling that the feeling is mutual.
  • Naked on Arrival: Gi, one of the Oden Tal women, tumbles through the portal sans clothing.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Mars, the health spa guy. His first appearance has him pondering a sand garden.
    Jhiera: Where are the women?
    Mars: And "namaste" to you too.
  • Power Tattoo: Jhiera sports a black facial tattoo over her left eye.
  • The Pratfall: Wesley falls over the car door as he tries to leap out of Angel's convertible, and later slips on the coffee beans.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Wesley, according to Cordelia.
    Cordy: Wow. Groveling isn’t just a way of life for you, it’s an art.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Cordelia to Angel.
    Cordy: I’m so glad you came. You know how parties are. You’re always worried that no one is going to suck the energy out of the room like a giant black hole of boring despair. But there you were—in the clinch!
  • Sunglasses at Night: Jhiera, to hide her Purple Eyes.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
    Girl: Nice sweater. Hand knit?
    Girl: I didn’t mean—I mean it’s a great sweater.
    Wesley: Oh, well, I-I’ll pass that on then—to the person who knit it. I—I mean, I would, if I knew who did—but I don’t. So I won’t pass it on to anyone, will I?
  • Sand In My Eyes: Wesley, when Angel offers him a job at Angel Investigations.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: Averted, as Angel Investigations doesn't have that coverage. Wes says he'll floss.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Angel and Jhiera. Never to be resolved thanks to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Besides, Angel Can't Have Sex, Ever because of his curse.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode was inspired by the Blake's 7 episode "Power", which had a similar Battle of the Sexes.

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