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Recap / Angel S 02 E 20 Over The Rainbow

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"Can everybody just notice how much fire I'm not on?"

Cordelia's friends (and a reluctant Host) follow her into the demon dimension of Pylea where Cordelia has been forced into slavery.

  • Always Save the Girl
    Wesley: We might never be able to get back!
    Angel: It's Cordy.
  • Bound and Gagged: Cordelia — she talks too much.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Averted
    Gunn: It's no use. This thing's made out of some magical alloy.
    Wesley: Really? (looks at his chains) How can you tell?
    Gunn: I can't. I'm just making myself feel better.
  • Buffy Speak: The portal "swirly-hole thingy".
  • Casual Kink: On being told they would split up going through the portal and maybe end up on opposite sides of the planet, Angel suggests handcuffs to bind them together, only they don't have handcuffs. Wesley starts to cheerfully disagree, then quickly shuts up.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Wolfram & Hart attorney Gavin Park will return in Season 3, taking the role of Lilah Morgan's rival previously held by Lindsey.
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  • Cliffhanger: Our heroes are hauled before Pylea's matriarchal ruler to be executed. They decide to go down fighting and jump their guards as they're hauled inside the throne room, only to find Princess Cordelia giving them the hairy eyeball.
  • Comically Missing the Point
    Lorne: Just remember, keep your heads down. Xenophobia's kind of a watch-word where I'm from.
    Gunn: I don't get it. Why're they afraid of Xena? I mean, I think she's kind of fly.
    Wesley: Xenophobia. Fear of foreigners?
    Gunn: Oh. Then can we pretend I didn't just say that?
  • Cool Gate
  • Daywalking Vampire: Angel finds to his delight that he can walk around in the sunlight, due to the different laws of physics.
    Angel: Let's start gathering some branches, some brush; anything that'll cover up the car. Oh hey, look. There's some over in that patch of sun... I'll get 'em!
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  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Averted. Two Wolfram & Hart lawyers arrive to inspect the Hyperion. Angel puts on his Game Face and tells them it's a bad idea. One of the lawyers gets an Oh, Crap! look, but Gavin Park calmly points out that they'll just go to the real estate agent and compel his co-operation and if he still refuses, "I'm sure that somewhere in your lease agreement there must be one or two loopholes to be...exploited."
  • Eureka Moment
    Angel: I'm just waiting for Wes to have that Eureka moment.
    Wes: [off screen] Eureka!
    Lorne: You mean he actually really says "Eureka"?
  • Evil Is Petty: Wolfram & Hart intend to buy up the lease on the Hyperion when it expires.
    Angel: "You got to be kidding me. You guys couldn't get me to turn evil, so now you wanna evict me? You know, they're trying to annoy me to death."
  • Evil Lawyer Joke / Stealth Insult
    Angel: Lawyers. Don't you people sleep during the day?
  • Gilligan Cut
    (Angel and the gang get into a fight with the demon villagers)
    Wesley: I think we're winning!
    (cut to them tied up in the town square)
  • Hands Off My Fluffy!: A nice Double Subversion — Cordelia is chased by a vicious beast who catches her and... licks her face?. Whew. Then the pet's owner shows up, congratulates the "dog" and chains up Cordelia. Unfortunately, it turns out that while the beast is a pet, it's also a hound used for hunting humans.
  • He Will Come for Me
    Cordelia: I have friends back in LA. They're gonna come rescue me. (not quite convinced) Any time now.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The fake psychic is talking to her client on the phone.
    Aggie: It's like you feel cut off. [hangs up the phone]
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: On realizing that Cordy has been accidentally sucked through the portal, the Host laments the fact that he can't get drunk. On realizing he's stuck in Pylea without the book that can get him back to Earth, he laments the fact that there's no gin and tonic in this dimension to get drunk on.
  • In the Hood: The priests of the Covenant of Trombli.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Subverted with a 'buckle up' montage as the Fang Gang drive Angel's convertible through the portal.
  • Made a Slave: And to add insult to injury, Cordelia is only worth one pig.
  • Mundane Solution: If more than one person goes through a portal they could end up on opposite sides of the planet, but metal averts this. Angel suggests handcuffs, but Wesley says they could end up as a "freakish four-man Siamese twin". So they just drive through the portal in Angel's car.
  • Not-So-Phony Psychic: Spoofed when Lorne consults a psychic for the location of the next portal; she's earning money working a psychic hotline.
    Aggie: "Ah, you know the business. Vague predictions, lengthy pauses; anything to keep the numbers rolling."
  • Now You Tell Me: Gunn is pissed no-one told him about the "freakish four-man Siamese twin" possibility.
    Gunn: That was a risk? How come nobody told me that was a risk?!
  • Off to See the Wizard: The Literary Allusion Title and Cordy clicking her heels three times to see if it helps her get home. "Worth a try."
  • Oh, Crap!: The book used to open the portal doesn't come through with them.
  • On Second Thought
    Fred: I'm not crazy. Well, crazy, but I'm not wrong.
  • Running Gag: Angel is not on fire.
  • Phony Psychic: Invoked. Loren's friend is an actual psychic but makes a living by giving vague predictions and the like.
  • Screaming Woman: Lampshaded by Cordelia.
    Cordy: "Right. Good one, Cor. Scream very loudly so the hellbeasts come to you."
  • Shock Collar: All 'cows' on Pylea are forced to wear them. Though the pain seems to have little effect in getting Cordy to shut up, presumably because she's used to much worse pain from her visions.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Averted.
    Wesley: I'm afraid these impenetrable stone walls are proving im—
    Gunn: You say "impenetrable", I'm gonna kick your ass.
  • Stealth Pun: A non-speaking version when Trensiduf and Vakama are arguing over how much Cordelia is worth. Vakma points out that Cordelia is too skinny, "and ugly too." Cordelia (who's Bound and Gagged) immediately emits a squeal of protest, whereupon Vakma offers one pig for her.
  • Super Senses: Angel listens in on two guards talking outside their cells who handily fill him in on the plot so far.
  • Speak in Unison: The gang realise the spellbook to get them home is missing.
    Gunn: "Who had the book?"
    Angel: "Wesley."
    Wesley: [same time] "Angel."
    Wes and Angel: "No I didn't!"
    Wes and Angel: "Yes you did!"
  • The Triple: The Host on travelling back to Pylea.
    "I'd rather have a hydrochloric acid facial. I'd rather invite a hive of wasps to nest in my throat. I'd rather sit through a junior high school production of Cats!"
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: The Venerable Monarch of Pylea, General of the Ravenous Legions, Eater of Our Enemy's Flesh, Prelate of the Sacrificial Blood Rites, and Sovereign Proconsul of Death.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In this dimension it's What Measure Is A Human. Or rather — Cow.
  • Your Head Asplode: Well, implode according to Fred, if you take off the collar.
  • You Talk Too Much: A Running Gag with Cordelia, even after she has the Shock Collar put on.
    Vakma: "Shut up, Cow! Trensiduf of the Gathwok Clan was right. You talk too much."

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