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Recap / Angel S 04 E 18 Shiny Happy People

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The Fang Gang fall under the influence of Jasmine.

  • Answers to the Name of God
    Wesley: My god...
    Jasmine: (smiles) People keep saying that.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Fred trying to kill Jasmine.
  • Bad Liar / Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Fred trying to see the man Jasmine hospitalised.
    FRED: Um, hi. Um, yes. I'm looking for a patient — a man. He was brought in Thursday, named Stover.
    NURSE: Are you a family member?
    FRED: Am I—? Yes. I have a family. I'm a member. (nurse looks at Fred again) He's my brother. Father. My father's brother.
    NURSE: (looking at the computer) I have a Stoller.
    FRED: Half-brother. Uncle. Half-uncle. Stoller...
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: After fleeing from Jasmine's Nightmare Face, Fred has a Hope Spot re Angel.
    Angel: Sometimes, when I look in her eyes, I've seen it too. It's overwhelming. The lies, the deceit...just melts away. (smiles) Nothing left but the beauty.
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  • Berserk Button: The Fang Gang whenever someone tries to harm Jasmine.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Gunn and Wesley are trying to think of a name for She Who Has Not Yet Been Named. Gunn suggests Helen, which was his grandmother's name. Wes prefers Aristophila, "Supreme Lover of All Mankind." Fred enters from futilely trying to scrub the blood from Jasmine's blouse.
    Wesley: All right. What about—
    Fred: Clorox.
    Gunn: "Clorox — She bleaches away the hate."
    Wesley: Probably best we avoid brand names.
  • Convenient Coma: Cordelia. She'll stay that way until Season 5's "You're Welcome".
  • Chekhov's Gun: Fred saying she washed Jasmine's blouse till her fingers bled.
  • Decapitation Presentation: A vampire is shown holding up a human head which he then hurls down a bowling alley.
  • Disposing of a Body
    Lorne: Oh, relax. It's just a buzz saw. Nothing to get worked up over. It's Gunn and Wes down in the basement. They're dismembering that armor-plated demon, Skip.
    Fred: Oh, right. Well, there's been an awful lot of dismembering going on in that basement lately, if you ask me.
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  • The Evils of Free Will
    Fred: Have you noticed how we all just kinda do what she says; don't ask questions?
    Angel: Isn't it a relief? Constant questioning — it's finally over.
  • Facial Horror / Two-Faced: Stoller's face has become infected where Jasmine touched him.
  • Gambit Roulette: Jasmine claims that virtually everything that's happened in the series up to the point of her arrival on Earth was the result of her manipulation. She may have just been trying to be impressive, though.
    • The odd thing is of how little importance to her actual plan was the stuff that she was obviously directly responsible for. It's revealed that she is the master of the Beast, the demon that came to LA to slaughter a group of mystical beings in order to black out the sun and cause LA to become a haven for vampires and force the gang to release Angelus to deal with the Beast, only to have to deal with the trouble of re-ensouling Angelus after the whole ordeal. And this is all AFTER she has possessed Cordelia and has a vessel to release herself to Earth. The excuse given is that this is all a distraction so no one notices that she has possessed Cordelia, when in fact she could've just ran off somewhere for the time being before giving "birth".
    • They do mention that she claims all the disasters she had caused where in fact "a higher being's birth pains", and the people claiming that this was "all part of the plan" were either working for her, or came out of her mouth. In other words, Unreliable Expositor.
  • Glamour Failure: Fred and Stoller have seen Jasmine's true face, decayed and crawling with maggots.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Stoller
  • Human Shield: Fred holds a knife to Lorne's throat to escape the Hyperion and her Mind Controlled friends.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: The gang ask what evil form Cordy's spawn has taken.
    Fred: Eight legs, three heads, horns...?
    Lorne: Hey!
  • The Man Behind the Man: The true Big Bad of the season makes her appearance.
  • Mind Control: Anyone who sees Jasmine instantly loves her.
  • Naked on Arrival: Jasmine
  • Nightmare Face: The viewer who can see the one Fred sees more than once is made of sterner stuff than all the Fang Gang put together.
  • Not Himself: Connor turns up at the Hyperion acting "not evilish". Then Angel talks about finding Cordelia's child and worshiping her. Uh huh. The Fang Gang exchange a Meaningful Look. Wesley tries to explain to Angel that he's under a spell, then Jasmine enters the room and puts the whammy on everyone. By the end of the episode only Fred is regarded as the odd one out.
    Angel: She was acting weird earlier, and I just thought it was Fred being Fred.
  • One True Threesome (In-Universe): Jasmine tells Gunn and Wes that their mutual love for Fred should bring them together, not force them apart.
  • Only Sane Man: Fred is smitten with Jasmine like everyone else, until she sees her true face.
  • Oh, Crap! / Cliffhanger: Jasmine appears on a morning talk show, bringing the entire city under her influence.
  • Pals with Jesus: Jasmine uses the Fang Gang as her Praetorian Guard.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Angel is stricken with remorse because he came to the warehouse to kill Jasmine, and offers her his neck and his sword. Jasmine graciously forgives him.
  • Production Posse: Another former Serenity crewmember, Gina Torres as Jasmine.
  • The Nicknamer: Fred calls Jasmine "Your Holy Bodiness". Gunn asks if she's a "Power That Was".
  • Kneel Before Zod: The automatic response of everyone who sees Jasmine.
  • Serious Business: Fred trying to clean the blood from Jasmine's blouse.
  • Taking the Bullet: Angel leaps in front of the quarrel fired at Jasmine.
  • Titled After the Song: "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M..
  • Walk-In Chime-In
    Bowling Vampire: I'm telling you, something big is coming, and when it gets here, we're gonna be in prime position for—
    Angel: (with the entire Fang Gang, who are brandishing sharp objects) An ass whoppin'?
  • Weapon Twirling: Connor does a Buffy-like stake-twirl after dusting a vamp.

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