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Recap / Angel S 04 E 01 Deep Down

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The Fang Gang searches for Angel, unaware that Connor was responsible.

  • Actor Allusion: Linwood refers to his department at Wolfram & Hart as his "corner of the sky," a reference to the song "Corner of the Sky" in the musical Pippin. John Rubinstein, who plays Linwood Murrow, originated the title role in the Broadway production.
  • Almost Kiss: Angel and Cordelia in Angel's first dream.
  • Aloof Ally: Wesley. He goes through great lengths to rescue Angel from the bottom of the ocean, even letting Angel drink from him once it becomes apparent pig blood won't be enough to return Angel to lucidity. He also calls Fred and Gunn to warn them about Connor so that they can make sure he's restrained before Wesley and Angel return to the Hyperion. However, after Wesley drops Angel off and makes sure that Gunn and Fred have secured him, he abruptly departs instead of attempting to fully reconcile with everyone, curtly saying that his business with them is done. He does give one final note that Angel will need more blood before walking out.
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  • And I Must Scream: Having spent three months trapped at the bottom of the ocean, Angel's gone mad with hunger and loneliness. By the time Wesley finds him and fishes him out, he's suffering from Bad Dreams and hallucinations.
  • And Starring: Alexis Denisof is moved from third billing to the very end of the cast list, complete with "And" credit. He'll remain there for the rest of the series.
  • As You Know: Some clunky exposition between Wesley and Justine.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Mood Whiplash / Bait-and-Switch Comment: Fred enters Connor's room with milk and a sandwich on a tray.
    Fred: (stroking Connor's hair) "I can't imagine what you've been through, Connor, being taken away by Holtz, raised in that place. It must have been horrible. I know you're still hurting but, I promise, it's not nearly as much as you're gonna hurt for what you did to your father." (zaps Connor repeatedly with a taser)
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  • Blatant Lies: Wesley tells Lilah he doesn't know or care where Angel is. After she leaves he goes and unlocks the closet to reveal Justine in a cage, Bound and Gagged and chained to a Slave Collar. Given that she could hear everything Wesley and Lilah got up to, the scene has disturbing sexual implications.
  • Break the Badass: Justine has been so thoroughly broken by Wesley that he's able to dissuade her from trying to attack him by simply threatening to take away the bucket she uses as a toilet.
  • Break Them by Talking: This one flies thick and fast from all sides.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: The list of words Fred can't get away with include "Bro," "Dawg," and "Word."
  • Call-Back:
    • Angel mentions his girlfriend sending him to a hell dimension for a hundred years ("Becoming, Part 2").
    • To BTVS "The Body" where Buffy remembers a happy family-and-friends dinner gathering, only to cut back to the reality of her mother's dead body.
  • Catch and Return: Connor catches an axe being hurled at Fred and then throws it back at the hurler.
    Connor: "Did you see that? Wasn't that cool? (Laughs) That was cool!"
  • Ceiling Cling: Marissa hiding from Connor, Gunn, and Fred.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Fluffy (for "The House Always Wins")
  • Crashing Dreams / Mood Whiplash: Angel's dreams always start off with an ideal vision — his True Companions (including Wesley and Connor) sharing a hearty meal and a Friendship Moment, Cordelia confessing her love like she intended in "Tomorrow", Angel and Connor fighting side by side — then things turn ugly as Angel's hunger or rage breaks through.
  • Daydream Surprise
  • Designated Parents: With Angel, Cordelia, Lorne and Wesley not available, Fred and Gunn have fallen into the role of Connor's surrogate parents, worrying about his tendencies toward destructive rebellion in the way that his own parents might worry about it.
  • Dirty Coward: Lilah and the Senior Partners conclude that Linwood is too much of a coward to get the job done.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows that Connor betrayed and drowned Angel, but Fred and Gunn don't, adding tension to their hunt for him with Connor's help.
  • Easily Forgiven: Angel chooses not to punish Connor. He does throw him out of his house though.
  • Electric Torture: While Connor is tied to a chair he gets tasered again by a pissed-off Fred.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • For the mid-season return of Angelus. Wesley is helping Angel into his car.
    Justine: "He'll turn on you! He won't be able to help it. That's what he is. Sooner or later he will turn on you, and all your friends!"
    • For "The House Always Wins". Lorne is in Las Vegas, and is sending messages his friends can't understand.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Mr. Suvarta gave Lilah "some great hints on office furniture."
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven / Holy Backlight: Where Cordelia is.
  • Game Face: Inverted - Marissa reverts to her human face when trying to sweet-talk Connor into letting her go. It doesn't work.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lorne calls from Las Vegas, telling the gang to "make sure Fluffy's getting enough love". Fred has no idea who he's referring to.
    Fred: "Wait. You don't think he was referring to anything of mine that's fluffy, do you? Because that would just be inappropriate."
    • And later when Fred tells Gunn he's top dog.
      Fred: "Don't let it go to your head."
      Gunn: (pulling her close) "That's not the direction it's flowing."
    • Lilah and Wes, post-coitus.
      Lilah: "Hmm. That didn't suck. Well, maybe just a little bit."
      Wes: "Perhaps that is something we can expand on next time."
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Angel is weak, raving and hallucinating when Wesley pulls him out of the water, but after Wesley feeds him his own blood and carries him back to the Hyperion, Angel is strong and coherent enough to face down Connor. Subverted when Angel collapses after Connor leaves, showing that he was bluffing about being strong enough to take him.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The vampire gang Gunn and Fred confront.
  • He Knows Too Much: Connor staking Marissa when he realises she might have seen Connor and Justine disposing of Angel.
  • Honey Trap: Lilah to Wesley — he's not fooled, telling her bluntly that he has no idea where Angel is.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Justine is about to Wrench Whack Wesley from behind when (without turning around) he calmly threatens to take away her toilet bucket the next time she's in the cage. Justified as he likely saw her reflection in the window.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Angel tells Connor the truth about Holtz's death. After a brief pause, Connor responds:
    Connor: Even if, you still deserved it.
  • Immortality Hurts: Try spending it at the bottom of the Pacific. Gives you some perspective. Kind of an M. C. Escher perspective.
  • Killed Off for Real: Linwood.
  • Klingon Promotion: Gavin discovers that Lilah is bonking Wesley and tells Linwood in order to finally supplant his rival. Lilah responds by accusing Linwood of being afraid of Angel and his son, which is why he hasn't tried to find out where Angel is. Linwood is unimpressed until Lilah says that the Senior Partners agree with her.
    Linwood: "This is outrageous! Are you actually telling me that you went over my head?"
    ''[Lilah touches her stylus to the palm-pilot in her hand. We hear an electronic beep — then a blade whips out of the backrest on Linwood's chair slicing quickly and neatly through his neck.
    [Gavin and the other board members stare shocked as Linwood's head rolls along the table.]
    Lilah: "Mr. Suvarta didn't think Linwood's sky was sunny enough. You're all reporting to me now. (Sits down) Get out."
    [Everyone quickly and quietly gets up and files out the room.]
    Lilah: "Gavin."
    [Gavin freezes. Lilah gives him a slight smile, then indicates the decapitated head with her stylus.]
    Lilah: "Please remove that."
  • Knight In Sour Armor
    Angel: "Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be. You're not a part of that yet. I hope you will be. I love you, Connor. Now get out of my house."
  • Lecherous Licking / Not Staying for Breakfast: Lilah Morgan
  • Love Confession / Big Damn Kiss: Cordelia and Angel in his second dream. Then he vamps out and feeds on her.
  • Mandatory Line: Cordelia
  • Manipulative Bastard: Wesley wins the prize in this episode — fooling everyone including Lilah about his intentions while keeping control of a vampire-hating prisoner in order to locate and rescue Angel.
  • Morality Pet: Angel makes it clear that whether Connor lives or dies depends on whether he did anything to Cordelia.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
    Gunn: "His nickname back in Quortoth was the Destroyer. And unless you put Conan in front of that, I'm guessing it's not a good sign."
  • Neck Snap: Angel to Connor in his third dream.
  • The Nicknamer: The Powers That Screw You
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: During the opening fight, a vampire snatches a crossbow off Fred.
    Vampire: "I see Angel left you a little toy toy, huh?"
    Fred: "More than one." (Fred stakes him using Angel's wrist-stake-launcher)
  • Not So Different: Implied with Wesley and Justine; both have betrayed their mentors and are helping their enemies.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The minute Linwood finds out that Lilah went behind his back and spoke with one of the Senior Partners, he knows he's done for.
    • Connor's reaction when Fred reveals she knows that he was behind Angel's disappearance, right before she tasers him.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce
    Fred: "He's just a boy."
    Gunn: "Are you sure about that? Offspring of two vampires. Last time I checked that's not supposed to happen. And jumping off a six-story without busting your coconut kind of sways me to the side of not just a boy."
  • "Open!" Says Me: Connor kicking open the door to Marissa's crib.
    Gunn: "Or we can do it the loud way."
  • Previously On: A long one due to all the plot elements that the audience has to be reminded of from over the summer break.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Vincent Kartheiser as Connor.
  • Put on a Bus: The last thing we see of Justine is when Wesley throws her the key to her handcuffs, telling Justine to stop being a slave.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Linwood and Gavin suggest reassigning Lilah to a "third world dimension".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Angel confronts Connor and asks him "what do you deserve?", Connor, realizing how much trouble he's in, tries to make a break for it... but Angel intercepts him and tosses him into the wall.
    Angel: Daddy's not finished talking.
  • Series Continuity Error: No mention is made of Groo disappearing, even though Cordelia is the only one who knew he was leaving and didn't have an opportunity to tell anyone. Gunn also has his goatee in Angel's dream, which Angel shouldn't know about.
  • Slow-Motion Drop / Dramatic Shattering: The glass in Angel's first dream.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Wesley discovers that pig's blood isn't enough to revive Angel. He takes out a wicked-looking knife and looks at Justine.
    Justine: "Oh, screw you. I'm not feeding that thing."
    Wes: "Your blood's too thin." (Cuts open his own vein)
  • Super Speed: Marissa jumps out a window, clambers up a wall onto the roof and finds Connor already there.
  • Super Window Jump: Marissa, quickly followed by Connor.
  • Spiky Hair: More jibes.
  • That Man Is Dead
    Wes: "That part of my life is dead. Doesn't concern me now."
  • Totally Radical: Fred trying to master Gunn Speak.
  • The Triple: Angel's touching reunion with his son.
    " was your summer? Mine was fun. Saw some fish. Went mad with hunger. Hallucinated a whole bunch."
    Wesley: You and Holtz deserved each other. You two have so much in common. Pain, loss, deep-seated lack of anything approaching humor."
  • There Are No Coincidences: Invoked: Gunn and Fred are convinced that Connor did something to Cordelia as well, pointing out that Cordelia couldn't have just "happened" to disappear the same night Connor dumped Angel into the ocean.
  • Villains Never Lie: Connor appears to accept Angel's word that he didn't kill Holtz. But then again, he's had three months to think about it and so probably suspects the truth anyway. Gunn is skeptical when Connor says he didn't kill Cordelia, but Angel says that Connor has lied enough to him that he's learned to tell the difference. "The truth has a better sound to it, less nasal."
  • Wall Crawl: Marissa fleeing Connor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gunn and Fred both give one to Connor after discovering that he was responsible for Angel's disappearance.
    • They also give one to Wesley over the fact that he knew what Connor had done to Angel, but didn't tell them or warn them. Wes just leaves.
      Gunn: What took you so long to tell us about Connor?
      Fred: You knew what he could do to us.
      Wes: You're human. He wouldn't have hurt you. I thought you were safer not knowing.
      Fred: We were safer? You really don't care anymore, do you?
      • Wesley's reaction to Fred's final question verges on Armor-Piercing Response, as he simply notes that Angel will need more blood, due to Wesley being "fresh out." Given the very prominent piece of cloth wrapped around Wes' arm, Fred and Gunn are quick to deduce the meaning of this.

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