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Recap / Angel S 03 E 19 The Price

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The Hyperion becomes infested with translucent demon slug-like thingies.

  • An Axe to Grind / Snark-to-Snark Combat:
    Groo: This weapon will serve me better.
    Angel: Little big for our purposes, isn't it?
    Groo: I have had no complaints.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Angel and Cordelia briefly do this when they plan to hold off the Sluk Demons while Groo and Lorne take Fred to safety.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Sluks aren't an unfortunate side-effect of Angel's black magic incantation. They are actually fleeing from Quor-toth in an attempt to escape the Destroyer, who is using them to find a rift back to our dimension.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment
    Groo: You and I have fought side by side on more than one occasion. Fellow warriors, shoulder to shoulder. By now, my counsel must assuredly hold weight, so I beseech you to heed my words. "Pomegranate Mist" is the wrong color for this room.
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  • Big Blackout: After learning the Sluks glow in the dark, Angel decides to kill the lights and go searching with torches. The others are not happy.
  • Body Snatcher: The Victim of the Week and Fred both have Sluks crawl into their mouths and force them to talk in the Royal "We".
  • Cliffhanger: The Destroyer turns out to be Connor, now a sixteen-year old demon-slaying badass looking to kill his vampire father.
  • Continuity Nod: To Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "After Life" where Willow first defined thaumogenesis after creating a demon as a byproduct of the Black Magic spell used to resurrect Buffy. Buffy presumably told Angel about the incident during their off-screen meeting earlier in the year.
    • Angel is looking at the snowglobe and says it doesn't ever snow in Southern California. Cordy reminds him that it did once.
  • Damsel in Distress: Fred
    Angel: Groo. Damsel in distress. You know the drill.
  • Description Cut: Angel says someone should be down in the lobby in case they have a walk-in client. He's told no-one ever comes in on Sunday. Cut to Victim of the Week walking in the door.
  • Deus ex Machina / New Powers as the Plot Demands: Cordelia suddenly starts to glow, then emits a burst of whiteness that cleanses the Hyperion of all Sluks.
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  • Equivalent Exchange: Thaumogenesis — creatures manifested as a by-product of using dark magic.
  • Exact Eavesdropping / Damning With Faint Praise
    Groo: You said... earlier. Angel's feelings were your only concern. He is all that matters.
    Cordy: Oh. Oh, no, Grooey... I— I meant, work priority. Work. You see? You. You're my... other... stuff priority. You get that, right?
  • Facial Horror / Literally Shattered Lives: A person infected by a Sluk starts to dry out and their skin cracks, before eventually disintegrating into powder.
  • Gigantic Gulp: A demon possessee, in the form of one Philip J. Spivey, attacking a slushee stand.
  • Gilligan Cut
    Angel: Glad to hear you're enjoying this, 'cause somebody's got to go down to the basement and shut off the power.
    Gunn: (shaking his head) Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh... (Cut to a nervous Gunn creeping down the stairs of a Creepy Basement)
  • Heal It with Booze: Fred is infected by a parasite that soaks up all the water in her body, so they force it out by making her drink an entire bottle of vodka. Alcohol dehydrates you, by the way...
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Said by both Angel (re saving Connor) and Gunn (re saving Fred).
  • I'm Standing Right Here
    Groo: You are truly a goddess.
    Cordelia: Well, demoness, anyway. Sure beats horns and a tail.
    Lorne: (offended) Hey. I'm standing right here.
  • Jabba Table Manners: The Victim of the Week drinking peach smoothies.
  • Lock Down: Angel locks the doors to the Hyperion (though it would surely take more than that to stop small scurrying creatures) and the gang go on a search-and-destroy to stop the infestation before it spreads.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast / Spell My Name with a "The": The Destroyer
  • Negated Moment of Awesome / Single-Stroke Battle:
    • Angel knocking down the Victim of the Week with one punch.
    • The monster is roaring and slavering when Connor appears and decapitates it with one stroke.
  • Never Say That Again: None speak the name of the treacherous Wesley.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
  • No Sympathy:
    • Fred approaches Cordelia, trying to convince her to speak to Angel on Wesley's behalf. Cordelia tells her point-blank that she won't, and doesn't care about Wesley's side.
      Fred: Look, whatever he did... It's Wesley. You care about it. I know you do. Can you imagine the pain he's in, how horrible he must be feeling—
      Cordelia: Angel's feelings are the only ones I care about. He's my priority.
    • Later, Wesley gives Gunn, and by extension all of Angel Investigations, a What the Hell, Hero? speech for ostracizing him, bitterly remarking that they turned against him and shut him out for something that he was tricked into doing without ever letting him explain his side of the story. Gunn flat-out tells him he's not interested in Wesley's side.
  • Not Named in Opening Credits: Vincent Kartheiser as Connor.
  • Oh, Crap!: First the gang think they've only got one Sluk. Then they see several. Then they hack up the floorboards and find hundreds of Sluks swimming around in water.
    Cordy: Oh my God! We have a pool?
    • After defeating the Sluks, Lorne reminds everyone that Possessed!Fred said to them that the Sluks were being driven into this world by the Destroyer, which was coming specifically for Angel. Fred calculates that the Destroyer should be arriving right Cue arrival through the rift of a huge slavering monster with big teeth.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted — Fred can't take over the role of demonologist just because she's their resident brain.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Cordelia comes across the chained doors to the Hyperion ballroom and asks, "Do we even have keys for this?" Angel gives a sly grin and does his thing.
  • Perp Sweating: Angel interrogating the Sluk inside Fred by withholding water from her. Except Fred is too dried out to sweat.
  • Power Glows: The Miracle of Saint Cordy.
  • Power of Friendship: Averted. Stung by his former friends' ostracism, Wesley turns down the opportunity to build some bridges. He tells Gunn how to expel the Sluk from Fred, but says he's not to seek his help again.
  • Shout-Out: Cordy uses lines from a classic commercial when trying to remove the pentagram from the lobby.
    Cordy: Tried soaking it out, tried scrubbing it out. No question, we've got "Ring Around The [Lobby]!
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Lilah and Gavin think that Angel trying to smother his friend is a sign of this. Locking a roomful of people in with two vampires the previous year doesn't count. They were, after all, lawyers.
  • Speak in Unison
    Angel & Cordelia: "We saw it." / "You saw it?"
  • Stab the Scorpion: Cordy is trying to convince Groo that Angel isn't more important to her than he is when Groo gets a killer look in his eye and raises his axe. Cordy is babbling that they can work this out when she realises he's looking at a Sluk crawling up the wall behind her, ready to pounce.
  • Swiss Cheese Security / Failed Attempt at Drama: Lilah uses an enchanted tarantula kept inside a combination-locked box to enter the password of her encrypted email, only for Gavin to walk into her office and smugly tell her its contents.
  • Tempting Fate: Angel impales a Sluk with a thrown dagger.
    Lorne: Well Go Team! That wasn't so— (Sluk pulls free and wriggles off)
  • That Came Out Wrong: Cordy re Groo.
    He is such a sweetie. So loyal. And loving. Like a puppy-dog. I know. That didn't sound very good. But he is. A puppy-dog. A sexy, well-built, go-all-night, puppy-dog. Okay, that sounded worse.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Cordelia and Gunn both make it very clear that they don't care about Wesley's side of the story or why he kidnapped Connor; he betrayed their trust, and that's all there is to it. Fred, however, is more sympathetic and even tries to persuade Cordelia to speak to Angel on Wes' behalf.
  • We ARE Struggling Together / No Honor Among Thieves: The rivalries inside Wolfram & Hart - and the rift between Wesley and Team Angel - prevent the Sluk infestation from being handled efficiently, endangering Los Angeles and perhaps the rest of the world.
  • Wham Line: "Hi Dad."
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gunn to Angel for messing with Black Magic in the first place.
    • Also delivered by Wesley to Gunn for all of Angel Investigations after they turned against him and shut him out for something that he was tricked into doing which resulted in his throat being slit. Gunn tells him point-blank that he doesn't care about Wesley's side of the story.

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