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Recap / Angel S 02 E 15 Reprise

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Tension mounts at Wolfram & Hart as their 75-year review approaches. Convinced he'll never be able to atone for his past, Angel decides to use this opportunity to make an end run on Hell itself.

  • All for Nothing: Angel severing his ties to his friends and embarking on a one-man war against Wolfram & Hart. He actually succeeds, destroying a Senior Partner's (temporary) body and summoning an elevator to take him to the root of their evil. The elevator just deposits him back on Earth.
  • As Long as There is Evil
    Holland: "Our firm has always been here. In one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And that — friend — is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us."
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  • Back from the Dead: Holland Manners operates the lift to "the Home Office". As he tells Angel, Wolfram & Hart contracts continue beyond death.
  • Back for the Dead: Denver
  • Bait-and-Switch: Angel creeps down the corridor of an abandoned building, listening to what appear to be ghostly screams. He enters a room and switches on the light. My God, it's full of goats!
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Virginia appears to be asking Wesley to leave his demon-hunting life for her, but Wes surmises she's actually working up the nerve to break off with him.
  • Blood Magic: Spoofed with the two wannabe sorcerers following a list of instructions for a goat sacrifice subcontracted to perform the animal sacrifice .
    (reading from a booklet) "Make sure all troths are securely fastened and sacrifices tilted as shown in diagram F-12 to ensure full drainage into sacred offering bowl. Using a clean, diagonal motion, slit throat of sacrifice with the pre-blessed ceremonial dagger provided... I didn't see that in the box."
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  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Angel kidnaps Lilah saying that he wants the same thing from her that he took from Lindsey. Lilah clearly thinks she's about to have her hand chopped off, but then we cut to her sensibly pressing her still-intact thumb against the scanner as Angel waits menacingly by her shoulder.
  • Call-Back: To the end of BTVS "Surprise" where Angel lost his soul after sleeping with Buffy — once again as Dramatic Thunder crashes outside, Angel wakes next to a sleeping Darla in evident pain.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Denver from "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been" reappears - 50-odd years older. And is promptly killed.
  • Creator Cameo: Writer David Fury as an unsuccessful goat sacrificer.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Discussed; Cordelia rants about Angel's jerkassery and remarks that she can't tell him to "get laid" for this reason... then decides that may very well be better for them, since they'd finally have an excuse to stake him.
  • Death Glare: Angel goes to Caritas and finds a bunch of Wolfram & Hart lawyers there, checking to see if they'll have a future post-review. The Host points out that they want one other thing — Angel dead. Angel turns to see every one of the lawyers glaring hate at him.
  • Death Seeker: Angel
  • Despair Event Horizon: Angel and Kate
  • Destination Defenestration: Angel goes out the window of Wolfram & Hart. Won't be the last time either.
  • The Dreaded: Every employee of Wolfram & Hart is terrified by the prospect that a Senior Partner is coming to town.
  • Driven to Suicide/Drowning My Sorrows: Kate gets drunk and takes an overdose of sleeping pills after being fired. In a way, Angel going to Darla with the intent of losing his soul counts a as metaphysical one.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Darla starts to give an Evil Laugh as Angel kisses her passionately — Angel asks her why she's laughing and throws her through the French doors.
  • Earth All Along: The Home Office, the source of the power of the Senior Partners, is earth itself.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: The usual annoying music plays at the hellevator descends. Those Senior Partners really are evil!
  • Exact Words: Lilah tells Lindsey what happened at the last 75-year review.
    "Nearly half of mid-management was sacked. And Lindsey, they use actual sacks."
  • Hellevator: Angel is invited to finally enter the "Home Office", the source of Wolfram & Hart's power, and gets into an elevator... which goes down. And down. And down. And down... and finally arrives at street-level, the exact same spot. Even Angel has to point out the Anviliciousness of the "Our world is Hell" moral.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Angel realizes where the "Home Office" is, he wanders the streets, witnessing the everyday evil that is in each human.
  • Hero Insurance: Averted; Kate loses her job — letting Angel rough up Captain Atkinson is the final straw for the police department.
  • Humans Are Flawed/Humans Are Bastards: If they weren't, they'd be angels.
  • Hopeless War: Thanks to Holland's breaking him by talking, Angel sees his fight as this.
  • Human Sacrifice
    Lilah: "I heard Henderson actually pulled her firstborn out of company daycare to offer it up to... Brown noser. My mother was right. I should have had children."
  • Just for Pun:
    Host: It's got all their legal briefs in a twist about it.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Denver, right in the middle of saying that this time things are going to be different.
  • Limited Social Circle: Wesley suggest that, being an attractive woman on a Friday night, Cordelia should forget work and go out with her friends. Cordelia frankly admits she doesn't have any — things have certainly changed since Sunnydale.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Host refuses to tell Angel what he saw in the futures of the W&H lawyers, but he can reveal what he overheard them talking about in the mens restroom.
  • Meaningful Echo: Darla's "It's about power." — Arc Words from Season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Mundane Utility: Denver had been using the Blessed Glove as an oven mitt.
  • Neck Snap: Mrs. Sharp, courtesy of the Skilosh Demon that infected her daughter. Doubles as You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
  • Noodle Incident: The Christmas Purge of '65.
  • Nothing Good Ever Happens In A Parking Garage: Averted; Angel notes that Lilah isn't using the underground garage any more. Not that it does any good.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Prior to the appearance of the Senior Partner.
  • Power Fist: The knight's gauntlet used to kill the Kleynach.
  • Plot Coupon
    Angel: Look, will the ring get me there or not?
    Denver: Well, you got to get it first. And to get the ring you've got to kill the Kleynach.
    Angel: How?
    Denver: You happen to be looking at the one guy who can tell you how.
    Angel: How?!
    Denver: To kill the Kleynach and get the ring you need the Glove.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The two wannabe sorcerers subcontracted to sacrifice the goats.
  • Reality Ensues: When Angel shows up at his former friends' office to get some research material, Cordelia initially refuses to let him have it until Wesley rises from his wheelchair and tells her to just give Angel the book he needs so they can get him out of the office... and immediately after Angel leaves, he collapses and has to be rushed to the hospital because he tore open his stitches.
  • Revenant Zombie/Back from the Dead: The undead Holland, who keeps his memories and personality, and the puncture wounds from being bitten by Darla.
  • Ring of Power: The band of Blacknil is a plain-looking ring that enables the wearer to move between dimensions.
  • Sex for Solace: A despairing Angel sleeps with Darla, not caring about the consequences.
  • Super Speed: Angel Perp Sweating the two goat sacrificers.
  • Sideboob: We get a nice Fanservice shot of Darla's sexy side when she jumps into bed with Angel.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Angel knocks out both of Lilah's bodyguards at once.
  • Suicide Mission: Convinced he'll never be able to atone for his past sins, Angel decides to launch an assault on Hell itself and wipe out the Senior Partners.
  • Talk to the Fist: Lindsey punching Lilah when she urges the guards to "Stake the bitch!" (Darla)
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Subverted. Wesley, confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the previous episode, literally rises to Cordelia's defense against Angel... and as soon as Angel is out the door, he collapses back into the wheelchair and asks Cordelia to call an ambulance, since he just pulled all his stitches.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Poor Kate.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After having successfully exorcised the demon hatching in Stephanie, the Fang Gang find that the parents don't want to pay — after all Angel Investigations can hardly take them to court and claim an eye was growing in the back of the Sharp's daughter's head.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: After being fired, a member of the review board twists the knife by telling Kate that it's a good thing her father isn't alive to see this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kate leaves a drunken message on Angel's answering machine, cursing Angel for making her believe in him.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Lindsey is letting Darla recover at his apartment; once he's left the room to shower she throws off the blanket and starts going through his files.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Lampshaded by Cordelia. By the end of the episode Angel seems to agree.
    Cordy: "What a jerk. I mean if it was anybody else I would just say 'get laid already!' But no, not him. One decent boff and he switches to evil psycho vamp."

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