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Team Angel must track down a woman who's been bitten by a werewolf before she changes.


  • 90% of Your Brain: Gunn clarifies that his mental capacity wasn't "enhanced" when Wolfram & Hart made him a lawyer; the Senior Partners just "revved up some idling brain cells."
  • Bad Boss: Gunn and Wes have guns to their heads.
    Angel: We're not leaving without the girl.
    Crane: I'm willing to let my men die. Can you say the same?
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Once Fred finds the empty drug vial, she distracts the doctor then knocks him out with a desk lamp.
  • Birds of a Feather: Angel identifies with the werewolf dilemma of cutting oneself off from loved ones so they won't be harmed, vs. the risk of surrendering to the monster within because they're now cut off from humanity.
  • Book-Ends: Team Angel gather for a pretend picnic, and end up arguing. At the end they come together for dinner and a genuine Friendship Moment.
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  • Call-Back: To Doyle explaining to Angel in the premiere episode that if he cut himself off from society, the monster wins.
  • The Confidant: Fred is the only one Spike confides in, even though Wesley could also help with his occult knowledge.
  • Continuity Nod: When discussing how organised Nina's kidnappers were, Wesley considers "an underground monster-hunting military organization... it's happened before," referring to The Initiative from Season 4 of BtVS.
    • Wesley's preference for a motorbike harks back to Season One.
  • Cool Car / Better Living Through Evil: The Teaser shows Team Angel have all helped themselves to muscle cars, and in Wesley's case a Cool Motorbike.
  • Daydream Surprise: Nina imagines attacking her niece.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Team Angel hitting a snag.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Fred describes Team Angel as a demon-hunting, helpless-helping, dysfunctional family.
  • Enhance Button: After being handed a visual image taken from the psychic imprints of a blood sample, Angel asks if it can be cleaned up at all. He's cut off by Wesley, who sternly states that it's not a photograph.
  • Exotic Entree / I'm a Humanitarian: Nina is served up as dinner for a group that regards freshly-turned werewolf as a delicacy.
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    • Too bad for Royce, though.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Spike going on about battling a werewolf for hours, only for Fred to reveal that Angel just killed one with a pen. Also Spike saying that he's got a blood feud going with Wesley, only for Fred to tell him he's full of it — he just doesn't want anyone to find out about his problem.
  • Fanservice: Nina is chained up, sprayed with a fire hose, stripped naked, Bound and Gagged and finally garnished. Kinky...
  • Forehead of Doom: When Angel tells Nina he's not human, Nina guesses; "Frankenstein?"
  • Foreshadowing
    • The mutual attraction between Angel and Nina is followed up in "Smile Time".
    • Spike says that something is trying to drag him into Hell. We find out what in the next episode.
    • Wes questions whether Knox and Gunn can be trusted. It turns out to be otherwise in "A Hole in the World".
  • Freudian Slip: Wes reveals his feeling of jealousy over Knox.
    Fred: But still, it's not like everyone there's evil. I mean, we work with these people. Some of 'em I see more than I see you guys, at least lately, anyway.
    Wes: (curtly) And you think you can trust him? (Fred gives him a look) Them.
  • Friendship Moment: The end of the episode has Angel showing his True Companions his apartment, Wes and Gunn kidding him about Nina being a possible Love Interest, and Fred ordering Chinese. Which Angel says he'll pay for, much to Lorne's amazement.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Royce lists possible kidnappers of Nina, including paranormal hunting groups. "Vampire hunting in Eastern Europe. That kind of thing."
  • Idiot Ball: Fred moans about how stupid she was walking up to her van after noticing its lock was broken, instead of just running like hell.
  • Laser-Guided Karma / Good Is Not Nice: Dr. Royce gets bitten by Werewolf!Nina, and Team Angel watch as he's hauled off by Crane's mooks as next month's course. Probably averted though, as the next scene has them discussing how they shut down the restaurant that wanted to do this. They let Royce be taken away because at the time it was just a few of them surrounded by guards. Once they got back to their interdimensional superfirm the power dynamic changed.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Even Angel has to admit that being nearly indestructible is kinda cool.
  • Living Lie Detector: After Nina is kidnapped, Lorne makes the W&H employees sing for him — it later turns out that Royce is taking a drug that enables him to pass the test.
  • Naked on Arrival: Nina when she wakes up from her first transformation in a Wolfram & Hart holding cell. They leave some clothes for her.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: Ghost!Spike is mindlessly wandering around Wolfram and Hart in silence. Fred mistakes his movement through a desk and then a wall for him leading her to a clue, and by luck there really is an important plot item in the desk.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: For one thing, it doesn't look like a gay possum.
    Dr Royce: Lycanthropus exterus. Undocumented in North America... until now, obviously.
    Fred: How is it different from a standard werewolf?
    Dr Royce: Oh, biped, for one thing. Walks upright. Canines are a bit longer than normal.
  • The Pen Is Mightier
    Spike: I had a wee spat with a werewolf myself once. Fought for over an hour! Brutal. Vicious. I almost lost my—
    Fred: Angel killed him with a pen.
  • Perp Sweating: Dr. Royce says he's more scared of Crane than Angel — after all, he's a good guy. Angel promptly brings out the Game Face.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner
    Angel: Hey doggie. Come and get it.
  • Properly Paranoid: Team Angel re their own employees. Unfortunately it's starting to spill over into their own gang, with Wes questioning whether Gunn can be trusted with his enhancements. Ironically it's not the enhancements that make Gunn unreliable, it's the fear of losing them.
  • Pun
  • Race Against the Clock: Lampshaded with Spike with the appropriate tick-tock noises.
  • Running Gag: The leprechaun gag, carried on from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    Gunn: (reading the menu) What, no leprechaun souffle?
  • Ship Tease: Nina/Angel. After all she's not only a creature of the night torn between her good and evil sides, she's also a blonde.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: One of the rare occasions when Gunn uses a gun.
  • The Triple: "Fear, mistrust, a great motor pool." Angel on what he got out of the deal with Wolfram & Hart.
  • That Came Out Wrong
    Fred: (re Knox) Uh, we're, you know, heh heh, friendly, but he's under me— or I'm on top of him. Professionally.
  • This Is the Part Where...
    Angel: This is the part where we take our friend and go.
    Crane: I'm afraid not.
  • Tranquilizer Dart
  • Van in Black: Nina is taken home in one.
  • Wolf Chick: Nina Ash.
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