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Recap / Angel S 03 E 03 That Old Gang Of Mine

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Gunn has divided loyalties when he discovers his old gang are killing demons at random.

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Gio's gang have basically gone full Holocaust on the demon world, hunting down and murdering any they find, guilty or innocent, and any human who associates with them, treating them as not people, not human, and thus forfeit their lives simply because of their race and not being pure blood.
  • Attack Hello: On arriving at his old hideout Gunn is attacked by a couple of new members who don't recognise him, including a crossbow-wielding Gio.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: The demon-killing monster is established as big, powerful and pissed-off. Cut to a huge silhouette shambling through the sewers accompanied by a rattling breath... who turns out to be a frightened demon holding a soft-drink, and is quickly massacred.
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: The Previously On… features Angel sleeping with Darla and then throwing her out. The teaser then opens on Angel apparently apologizing to Darla for his actions, when actually he's apologizing to Merl for Perp Sweating him in Season 2.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones:
    • Cordelia lampshades this when Fred wrests control of a hostage situation from a violent killer with aid of a crossbow.
    • The cowering, praying demon in Caritas becomes an enormous bug monster when truly threatened.
  • Big "SHUT UP!"
  • Catapult Nightmare: Gunn does this after dreaming of staking his sister.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Fred laughing at something a shrub said. Later in Season Five when she becomes Illyria, one of her powers is Talking to Plants.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Gunn is torn between his old street gang and his new friends in Angel Investigations.
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  • Covered in Gunge: Gio's people leave some icky messes.
  • Description Cut: Subverted; Wesley speculates at to what kind of demon might have done the terrible murders he's investigating. Cut to a hideous demon slouching through the sewers, who then turns to reveal it's harmlessly sipping soft drink. The demon nervously enquires who's there, and is promptly rushed and murdered by Gio's gang.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Wesley remonstrating Gunn for holding back information. By the end of the season, Wesley's decision to withhold information on the prophecy re Angel killing Connor will cause a major rift between him and his friends.
    • Also regarding some events that happen much later in the series when Gunn holds some information on the sarcophagus while the rest of the crew is trying to figure out how to save Fred.
  • Evil Counterpart: Gio is a fanatical demon hunter who corrupted Gunn's old crew while he was gone.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: Merl storming off, then realising he needs a lift.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Angel apologises to Merl for beating and torturing him in Season 2, but clearly doesn't put the same effort he did into making up with his human friends (as Merl points out, a genuine apology doesn't require cue cards).
    • Gunn asks Wesley why they're investigating the murder of demons at all, but is forced to confront the issue when his gang is threatening Angel and Lorne.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The Transuding Furies. Except when Angel's name is mentioned.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: One of the demons slapped around by Gio turns out to be a huge bug creature that bites his head off.
  • Gesundheit
    Angel: "Here. I want you to go this address."
    Cordy: "What is it?"
    Angel: "Transuding furies."
    Cordy: "Gesundheit."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar / Boldly Coming
    Furies: "Only Angel is equipped to make good on this debt."
    Cordy: "Angel. (Rude noise) I don't know. For a guy, who's a couple of centuries old — not very big with the wise investing. (Looks at the smiles on the Furies' faces) And when you say 'equipped' that isn't what you mean, is it?"
    Furies: "Mmmmm, Angel."
    Cordy: "Got it. And 'eww!'"
  • Gunge- Splattered Innocents: Fred gets splattered with the green blood of a demon when Gio's gang burst in firing.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Angel is wearing his Black Leather Pants of Evil! No wonder Cordy listed him as their chief suspect in Merl's death.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Subverted; Angel encourages Merl to take a swing at him. Merl swings a bottle at his head, giving Angel something to smirk over when Merl is zapped by Caritas' protection spell.
  • I Have Your Friends: Cordelia is released so as to fetch Angel. Gunn already knows he'll be expected to kill him.
  • It's What I Do
    Gio: I kill monsters. That's what I do.
  • "Jaws" First-Person Perspective: Merl's death.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Gunn's former gang have taken to looking for fights rather than protecting their homes, killing any demon they find even if they cause no harm, murder humans who associate with them, kill innocent bystanders, shoot up any place they find demons, and are pretty unpleasant. Gio even tries to put Gunn across as having an incest thing with his sister, upset that he was knocked back he forced her into becoming a vampire and when she still rejected him Gunn murdered her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Merl
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Gio is shouting at his gang because Team Wesley is kicking their asses, and doesn't notice the big-ass demon rising up behind him until it bites Gio's head off.
  • Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: Gunn is given a stake and told to kill Angel.
    Angel: "Here, Charles — let me make it simple for you. (morphs into Game Face) Take a look. This is what I am. Deal with it or don't. But make a damn choice."
  • More Dakka: Uzi does it...
  • Multiple Head Case: The strange way the three women keep floating up and down and completing each others' sentences implies the Furies are joined together below camera level. Hence Cordelia's downward eye-flick and "Eeew!" reaction.
  • Mundanger: Instead of a demon, the big bad of the episode is revealed to be Gio and his gang. None of them have powers, but they do have firearms.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever caused Gio to flee Miami. Lorne's lines in the original script imply that Gio killed an innocent little girl who he mistakenly thought was a demon.
  • Not So Different: African Americans were one of the targets of the Nazi regime as they were not pure Aryan blood. Here Gio had taken over Gunn's gang and is in full Nazi mode against the demon world, seeing them as sub human and lower than how the Nazis saw Jews.
  • Previously On…: Features Darla even though she doesn't appear in the episode, purely for a Bait-and-Switch Comment gag.
  • Rogue Agent: What Gunn thinks Gio is, only to discover Rondell and the others are in it too.
  • Security Cling: Fred spends half of the episode clinging to Wesley's arm.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot / Gory Discretion Shot: Merl's death.
  • Shoot Your Mate: Gunn and then Fred is offered the opportunity to walk out alive if they kill Angel.
  • "Shut Up!" Gunshot: Gio points out that one of the demons drinking at Caritas Eats Babies, so why isn't Gunn killing it? When the demon starts threatening to eat the children of the man holding him at gunpoint, at the same time as Gio is breaking down Gunn over his sister's death, Gunn screams, "I told you to shut (turns his shotgun from Gio and blasts demon) up!"
  • Slasher Smile: Lorne after getting punched in the face; the effect is enhanced by his bloody teeth.
  • Staking the Loved One: Angel makes it clear that he can only trust Gunn if he's ready to stake him.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Gio has the usual feedback squeal when he sings karaoke.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: In-Universe with Fred singing "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
    Cordy: "I swear to God she picked out the song herself."
  • Talking to Plants: Fred laughs over something funny the plants in the Hyperion's garden have told her.
  • Tempting Fate: Merl shouts that he never wants to see any member of the Fang Gang ever again. He's subsequently murdered.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Lorne, when he accurately reads Gio on becoming a Blood Knight and had fled Miami to hunt and kill more demons, but also because of a fatal mistake he made. His bloody grin after Gio attacks him for this shows that he was right on the money.
    • Fred had always been this but read just below.
  • To the Pain: Fred holding a crossbow to Gio's neck.
    "Now, if I pierce one of your carotid arteries, considering the temperature in here, 'cause I think somebody shot the thermostat, the blood loss is gonna be heavy. And there's a chance I'll puncture a vocal cord and you won't even be able to scream. But you'll want to when the blood loss to your brain results in a cerebrovascular event. That's a stroke. I wasn't trying to sound snooty."
  • Truce Zone: Caritas is protected by a spell that prevents any demon from doing harm; unfortunately it doesn't work on humans.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Averted; Wesley understands Gunn's dilemma, but states that if he withholds information again he'll be fired.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: "Mmmmmm. Angel!"
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Demons are being killed regardless of whether they're preying on humans.

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