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Recap / Angel S 04 E 20 Sacrifice

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The Fang Gang flees underground, where they find themselves stalked by a demon from a world that used to worship Jasmine.

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Up to Eleven when the Fang Gang flee into the sewers to escape Jasmine. Not only is there already a cadre of survivors living there, but the interior more resembles Cheyenne Mountain.
  • Action Mom
    Lorne: (pointing a woman about to Wrench Whack Wes) Soccer mom, 12 o'clock!
  • All Up to You: Angel is the only one who can go to the spider demons' world to retrieve Jasmine's true name, because the atmosphere is poisonous to humans and, as a vampire, he doesn't need to breathe.
  • An Aesop: Lorne gives the vigilante gang a good talking to about their Fantastic Racism.
    Lorne: And that's why when we use words like "ugly-ass" and "beastie," we can sometimes do more damage than we intend to. It ain't all about sticks and stones, my young friends. That's all. A little life lesson. One to grow on. (points) Knowing... knowing is half the—
    Golden: Man, shut up!
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  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Averted — Angel is the only one who can pass through the portal onto the alien world, as its atmosphere would kill anyone who isn't already dead.
  • And I Must Scream / Body Horror: One of the spider-demon's victims turns out to be a vampire, imprisoned in his flesh wall yet still alive.
    Vampire: Just drop the cliche serial killer crap and stake me already! Please!
    Spider Demon: I tear your guts all inside out. I stitch your guts every all over. Why don't you go dead?
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
    Angel: What else do we know about [the High Priest]?
    Wesley: I'm just guessing that he's bigger and meaner than our big, mean friend over there.
    • Subverted when he turns out to be a short guy with only two legs.
  • Badass Boast: Angel makes it clear to Golden's gang that he can take their weapons off them easily, so they better take the pointy bits out of his face.
  • Blade on a Stick: Golden's gang are armed with these.
  • Blood Magic
    Wesley: Are you preparing a spell?
    Spider Demon: Mmm, this blood magic. Flesh magic. Older than words. More much power.
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  • Book-Ends / You Shall Not Pass!: Angel holding the door so his friends can escape, is inverted at the end of the episode with them holding the door so he can escape.
  • The Dragon: Connor for Jasmine.
  • Cliffhanger / Oh, Crap!: Angel arrives on an alien planet to find himself surrounded by hundreds of bug-like aliens.
  • Contrived Coincidence / Leaning on the Fourth Wall
    Fred: It's weird, really, us running into you like this. I mean, we're professional monster killers.
  • Creepy Child: Any child possessed by Jasmine.
  • Curse Cut Short / Tongue Trauma
    Vampire Victim: Why don't you go f— (screams as the demon attacks him)
    Spidery Demon: Pssh! More talky meat. (throws the victim's tongue over to Wesley)
  • Death World: The Spider demons' dimension has an atmosphere that's fatally toxic to humans. Angel's the only one who can survive there, since he's a vampire and doesn't need to breathe.
  • Destination Defenestration / Car Cushion: The gang are in the car, arguing about whether to go back for Angel. Suddenly Angel and Connor's beaten body slam onto the hood.
    Angel: (drags Connor's body off the car) Let's go.
  • Evil Laugh: Jasmine really goes to town on this.
  • Fanservice: Some of Jasmine's more attractive followers strip down to their underwear to feed her.
  • Flashback Cut: Angel sees his son's blood on his knuckles and flashes back to beating him.
  • Foreshadowing: Fred tells Gunn she doesn't ever want to become an emotionless shell. Next season, she'll be killed and her body taken over by an emotionless Eldritch Abomination. The name of the episode? "Shells."
  • Good Is Not Nice: Angel doesn't hesitate to leave his badly injured son behind.
    Fred: What if he doesn't wake up?
    Angel: What if we took him and he did?
  • Healing Hands: Jasmine fixes the injuries Angel inflicted on his son.
  • Healing Factor: Cuts appear on Jasmine's body as the Fang Gang fight her minions — she just laughs maniacally and the wounds heal moments after they're inflicted.
  • Hive Mind: Jasmine can now speak and act directly through all her followers (including Connor) and everyone who hears her voice falls under her control.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Gunn on knocking out Matthew.
    Gunn: There's a whole new world of bad going on upstairs, and your boy was walking into it blind. Now, we did what we had to, and frankly, I ain't interested in your opinion on the subject!
  • I Know Your True Name: Wesley has a Eureka Moment.
    Spider Demon: You creatures! Throwing your names all over all the time! That's why you're so weak. Too many are knowing your names, takes your power away.
    Wesley: She has a name, and it has power over her! That's why she keeps it a secret!
  • In a Single Bound: Angel falls down a hole, and his friends get ambushed by Golden's gang. Angel leaps out of the hole to stop them.
  • La Résistance: Averted — Golden's gang are obvious candidates, but they fall under Jasmine's spell the moment they hear her voice.
  • The Magnificent: She Who Walks Among Us.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The National Guard.
  • Meat Moss
  • Mercy Lead
    Wesley: Aren't you worried I'll just run away?
    Demon: Hm. Not worried. Good at catching furries.
  • The Mole: By the time Fred and Gunn catch up with Matthew, he's already fallen under Jasmine's control.
  • New Era Speech
  • Not Helping Your Case: Lorne tries to convince Golden and company that Angel is good
    Lorne: He only drinks pigs' blood.
    Angel: Lorne!
    Lorne: Well, it's true. Ya gotta give an undead fella points for that, right?
  • Oh, Crap!: Matthew says to the Fang Gang in Jasmine's voice: "I see you..."
  • "Open!" Says Me: Hilarious Outtakes include a scene where Angel runs to block the door that Connor is trying to break through, only to fall on top of him when the doorframe falls to pieces.
  • Power Glows: The Key which opens a Door of Doom to the spider-demons' world.
  • Punctuated Pounding: On a more serious note; Connor trying to break down the door with Angel on the other side.
    Connor: I'm finally part of something! (crash) I belong! (crash) I won't let anyone ruin that!
  • Right Behind Me
    Lorne: It's strange, but under that blood-feeding creature of the night facade, [Angel] seems a bit heartless lately.
    Angel: Hearts get in the way.
    Lorne: Hearing as good as ever, though, boss!
  • Rock Bottom
    Gunn: We need a damn break. But the universe don't seem to be handing breaks out to the underdog lately. No leads, no database, no weapons, no shelter.
    Wesley: And very little gas.
  • Rule of Three: Jasmine and Connor each saying "Angel!" to Lorne shouting Angel's name when he catches sight of him.
  • Run or Die
  • She Who Must Not Be Named
  • Spider Limbs / Red Eyes, Take Warning: Wesley encounters a multi-limbed demon from a planet that used to worship Jasmine.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Angel's reaction when he goes to the spider demons' world... and finds himself surrounded by hundreds of them.
    Angel: Oh, hell.
  • This Is the Part Where...: The National Guard are breaking down the door.
    Wesley: (holding the door) We can't hold it.
    Gunn: Time for the big fight scene.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: The spider demon grabbing Golden. Fortunately Angel makes it let go.
  • Walk-In Chime-In: Angel as always.
    Spider Demon: (choking Wes after he asks too many questions) I just messenger from the ones who love truly.
    Angel: (entering cave) Well, then I guess it's time to shoot the messenger. Or, you know, chop the messenger into little bitty pieces. Whatever.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Gunn doesn't like the idea of being Reduced to Ratburgers. Neither does Angel for that matter.

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