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Recap / Angel S 02 E 19 Belonging

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Cordelia has a vision of a young woman being pulled through a dimensional portal. Team Wesley identify her as Winifred 'Fred' Burkle, a physics student who's been missing for the past six years. Meanwhile, the Host hires them to find a Drokken demon, but is deliberately vague as to why until the same portal disgorges a demon warrior who turns out to be the Host's cousin, leading us to discover his origins.

  • Alien Sky: Cordy looks up and sees Binary Suns. She's not in California any more.
  • All Part of the Show: How the Host tries to explain a portal to another dimension opening in the middle of his club, emitting a rampaging demon.
  • Aura Vision: Landok can track the "waves of hostility" the Drokken leaves behind.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Team Wesley is apparently out at a restaurant without Angel, when we hear Angel speaking and the camera pans over from the mirror to where they're actually sitting.
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  • Battle Discretion Shot: The fight with the Hacklar Demon isn't shown.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Cordy's acting career isn't all that she hoped. Angel finds himself tempted by the Black and White Morality of Lorne's dimension.
  • Black Speech
  • Buffy Speak / Shaped Like Itself
    Cordy: "How was the big fight? All big and...fighty?"
  • Call-Back: When Lorne comes by Angel Investigations for help, Angel starts breaking down a plan before being reminded that Wesley should be doing this since he's in charge now, with Wesley then admitting that the suggeted plan should work out. The exact flip of this situation happened when Wesley pretended to be Angel in "Guise Will Be Guise".
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Angel stalking the Drokken.
    "Hey. You want food? I can be food. Pretty tasty here. (Quietly) Come on, where are you? (Louder) Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Here kitty, kitty, kitty."
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  • Department of Redundancy Department
    Wesley: "Angel's informant will lead us to the demon's feeding grounds where we manly men will gather round and kill it to death."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Angel squeezes his axe handle while describing Cordy's skimpy bikini.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu / I Will Tear Your Arms Off: Furious over the patronising way Cordy's Smug Snake director is treating her, Angel offers to rip his head off. Literally.
  • Disproportionate Retribution
    Landok: "Your mother's burden is terrible."
    Host: "Misses her little green boo, does she?"
    Landok: "She rips your images into tiny pieces, feeds them to the swine, butchers the pigs and has their remains scattered for the dogs."
  • Embarrassing First Name: The Host's full name is "Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan" in his native dimension, and he isn't too fond of his shortened name either — the Host has has green skin, which apparently made some people think of Lorne Greene from Bonanza.
  • Foreshadowing: The director snidely refers to Cordelia as 'princess'. He also dresses her up in a bikini and treats her like shit.
  • Funny Foreigner: Cordy excusing Angel grabbing a woman's expensive shawl and accusing her of being a witch. He's French.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation
    Landok: "To defeat the Drokken, you must be a great and noble warrior."
    Angel: (looking both pleased and embarrassed) "Well, you know; I try."
  • Horrible Hollywood: The director submitting Cordy to a little Hashtag MeToo avant la lettre
  • Humiliation Conga: Every member of Team Wesley appears to be going through this.
  • Hypocritical Humor / All Men Are Perverts
    Angel: "[Cordelia's] wearing this...flimsy swimsuit that covers like...nothing."
    [For a moment everyone's eyes unfocus, then they glance at each other.]
    Wesley: "Appalling."
    Gunn: "Disgusting."
    Angel: "Right."
  • Kill It with Fire: Averted — Wesley shoves a lit road flare down the Drokken's throat. The Drokken bites the flare in half. Earlier Wesley and Gunn debate the wisdom of using a flamethrower. They decide it might draw too much attention.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: One of the many reasons why the commercial is portrayed as degrading to Cordelia is that it uses this trope, with Cordelia and another hot-chick character claiming that the product is "the only one good enough for our man."
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When Wesley shows uncertainty over how to go about killing the Drokken (his confidence having been severely shaken by his phone call to his father), both Landok and Angel grab swords and go charging in.
    Host: "Patience not really a virtue with my people."
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Turns out to be a case of Tempting Fate. Lorne asks "What's say we all forget this ever happened?" after sending his cousin back through the portal. The others agree; Angel, Wesley, Gunn, Cordy...where's Cordy?
  • Mundane Solution: Gunn asks Wesley about the demon they're tracking. Mr. Exposition immediately starts rambling on about Hacklar demons until Gunn cuts to the chase.
    Gunn: "I meant, how do we go about killing it?"
    Wesley: "Oh... Your standard slice and dice."
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: At Cordy's shoot, Angel walks right past a voluptuous bikini-clad blonde smiling invitingly at him, to stand on the desert island backdrop and pretend he's out in the sun. Averted when Cordelia removes her bathrobe to reveal her skimpy seashell bikini.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cordelia uses those Exact Words when she wakes up in another dimension at the end of the episode.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Wesley has a black eye after saving some power walkers from being devoured by a Hacklar demon. The injury wasn't inflicted by the demon.
    Wesley: Apparently she felt I'd disrespected the Hacklar's culture by killing it.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Angel can't believe he's the only one of the Fang Gang who's heard of Lorne Greene:
    Angel: Bonanza? 15 years on the air not mean anything to anyone here? Okay, now I feel old.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Landok, and indeed all of the Host's race, except him.
    Landok: "The same Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan who refused the ancient tradition of hunting and gathering."
    Host: "I'll let you in on a little secret, Landok. While the rest of you boys were out hunting I was down at the waterhole chatting up the senioritas, gathering a little love."
    Landok: "Your cowardice even extended to the sacred joust."
    Host: "For the last time: not a coward. I just saw both sides of the joust. (To Angel) How you're supposed to joust someone when you partially agree with their point of view?"
  • Remonstrating with an Axe: Angel, still fuming over Cordy's director, startles his friends with his wild gesturing when describing the incident.
  • Sex Sells: Cordelia finds she's solely on stage for her gigantimous boobs.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: The Drokken making its first kill.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: How Angel kills the Drokken.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot
    Cordy: "Oh God."
    Gunn: "What is it? What do you see?"
    Cordy: "Moo..."
    Wesley: "Moo? Some sort of cow monster?"
    Cordy: "Move. I think the sashimi is coming up."
  • Weirdness Censor: A woman bumps into the Host at the library and assumes he's there in makeup for a children's reading. The Host slips into the role quite easily.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wesley calls home to boast of how he's now head of Angel Investigations, only to have his father bring up the whole business of being fired from the Watcher's Council.
  • We Will Meet Again
    Landok: "I feel we will meet again some day."
    Host: "Oh God. I hope not."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gunn finds that his gang have gone ahead with their anti-vampire rumble without him, and George has been killed.
    Gunn: Why didn't you wait for me?
    Rondell: We've been waiting on you for months, bro.
  • Ye Goode Olde Days / The Scrooge
    Angel: I'm not cheap, I'm just old. I remember when a few bob got you a good meal, a bottle, and a tavern wench.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Lorne's "costume" looks great...except for the horns, but those are probably tough.

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