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Recap / Angel S 05 E 11 Damage

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Spike and Angel must capture a crazed vampire Slayer. Andrew (Tucker's brother) makes his first of two Angel appearances.

  • 20% More Awesome: Andrew boasts that he's become "82% more manly" than the last time Spike saw him.
  • Abandoned Warehouse / Creepy Basement: Dana goes to the place she was tortured years before.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Spike wakes up to find himself chained to a pole with his hands severed.
    Dana: Can't touch me now.
  • As You Know: Andrew's exposition starts out like this for the benefit of the non-Buffy watchers. Lampshaded.
    Angel: That's, um...really great, but we...actually know all that.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dana. Perhaps Bonesaw Crazy would be more accurate.
  • Back from the Dead: Spoofed when the sanitarium doctor warns that someone should stop Spike, because if he goes after Dana, he'll wind up dead. Angel mutters, "He'll just end up coming back."
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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Andrew, or so he'd like everyone to think. Needless to say he puts on a long coat as well while out with Spike.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Dana being a crazed Slayer instead of a case of Demonic Possession. Spike appearing to be the one who tortured Dana as a child, but she's actually confusing him with the real psycho.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Angel is engaged in his usual one-man rodeo show when suddenly he gets on the phone and demands backup from the Wolfram & Hart tactical squad. Turns out the "possessed" woman is actually an insane Slayer.
  • Bloody Handprint
  • Call-Back
    • "Sorry luv, I don't speak Chinese" is the same line Spike said to the Peking Slayer before he killed her (BtVS "Fool for Love"). Dana speaking Chinese is apparently due to her accessing that particular Slayer's memories.
    • Andrew lighting up a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe only to start coughing, then engaging in overdone exposition (BtVS "Storyteller") and being partnered up with an annoyed yet tolerant Spike (BtVS "Empty Places").
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    • A Slayer having memories of past Vampire Slayers is a nod to the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
    • Dana's appearance after acquiring street clothes heavily copies Spike's introduction, from stomping off with bonesaw rather than smoke in hand, to the same punk rock tune roaring away.
  • Chair Reveal: Giles has sent his best man to handle the crisis...
  • Comically Missing the Point
    Angel: (re Spike being thrown out a window) You should've waited!
    Spike: Hey, keep your knickers on. Least now I know what we're dealin' with. It's a Chinese demon. Maybe a water dragon or one of those elemental thingies. (Angel sighs, rolls his eyes, and walks away) What?!
  • Continuity Nod: We're filled in on what has happened with the Scoobies and Potentials after the Buffy Grand Finale.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Angel intervenes to stop Dana cutting off Spike's head.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Spike threatens to wedgie Andrew unconscious.
  • Credits Gag: Michael Krawk as "Vernon the Creepy Psychic". Sounds like a spin-off to me!
  • Demonic Possession: Initially suspected to be the cause of Dana's insanity.
  • Destination Defenestration: Spike gets tossed out of a fifth-floor window by Dana.
    "Just thought I'd see what it was like to bounce off the pavement. Pretty much what I expected."
  • Didn't See That Coming: Andrew takes Dana to be with the other Slayers, by having 12 Slayers with him, all of whom hadn't dated Angel.
    Spike: What happens to her?
    Angel: I don't know. Andrew and the Slayers took her. Didn't trust us to help her.
    Spike: Andrew double-crossed us? [beat] It was a good move. Hope for the little ponce yet.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Dana breaks the arm of a store employee.
  • Facial Markings: Dara marks her face with blood streaks.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Andrew boasts about how he Took a Level in Badass, but Screams Like a Little Girl when he trips over a body.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Dana has a brief moment of clarity towards the end, when Spike finally manages to get her to separate herself from all the previous Slayers and him from her kidnapper. Unfortunately, even comparatively sane Dana thinks a vampire who's killed two Slayers should die.
  • First-Name Basis: Andrew referring to Giles as "Rupert", albeit once. Somehow it's doubtful he does that to Giles' face.
  • Flipping the Bird: Spike wants to do it to Angel, but without hands, it's a bit difficult.
  • For the Evulz: Dana's torturer
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Gunn says they're battling evil and still have all their fingers and toes. He should have included hands.
    • Andrew says that Buffy is now in Rome. This sets up the events of "The Girl in Question".
    • Buffy and Giles rounding up the Slayers into an organization, which becomes a key part of the BTVS Season 8 comic series.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Andrew states the Scoobies don't trust Team Angel for his association with W&H. Clearly Giles sends Andrew and not Willow or Xander because, if Angel does prove to have gone over to the side of evil, Andrew is expendable and his loss wouldn't affect Buffy as much as someone closer to her.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    "Willow and Kennedy are in Brazil. They're based in Sao Paulo, but, um, every time I talk to them, they're in Rio."
  • Ghost Memory
  • Gilligan Cut: Angel turns down the idea of having the Wolfram & Hart Tactical Team back him up, saying this demon possession case needs to be handled by someone with finesse. Cue Angel exiting the the same time as Spike steps out of the lift next to it. Let the snarking commence!
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Dana cutting off people's heads.
  • Got Me Doing It: Angel, after spending a meeting with Andrew, who insists on putting the Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble.
    Angel: She's a Slayer. She has every reason to hate us, and she's unstable. In her mind, there probably aren't any good vampyres. (Beat) Vampires.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Andrew throughout, and spoofed at the end.
    Andrew: Think we're just gonna let you take her back to your evil stronghold? Well, as they say in México... No. We're not...gonna... let you.
  • Heel Realisation: Spike becomes unusually introspective after getting his hands cut off.
    "Lass thought I killed her family. And I'm supposed to, what, complain? Cause hers wasn't one of the hundreds of families I did kill? I'm not saying you're right, cause...I'm physically incapable of saying that. But for a demon, I never did think that much about the nature of evil."
  • Improvised Weapon: Dana's bonesaw.
  • In-Joke: Spike's comment that Angel is looking "old" is an reference to David Boreanaz's inevitable visible signs of aging, despite the fact that Angel, as a vampire, is immortal.
  • It's the Only Way to Be Sure: Dana's advice on dealing with vampires: heart and head, keep cutting until you see dust.
  • Karma Houdini: Team Angel aren't willing to risk alienating the Senior Partners by punishing Eve without evidence she was behind the events of "Soul Purpose".
  • Madness Mantra
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Between her own psychosis and mystical dreams that make her remember generations of previous Slayers, Dana has ... issues.
  • Messy Hair: Dana.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Did you hear how Andrew and Spike saved the world by closing the Hellmouth? Buffy helped...
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • One of the effects of turning every Potential in the planet into a Slayer.
    • Anti hero example with Spike throughout the episode. First he reveals to Dana that he's a vampire, then let's slip he killed one Slayer, then that he killed Nikki Wood. Spike going after a emotionally scarred girl who thought he was the one who tortured her, then telling her he's the famed vampire that killed two Slayers, that'll end well.
  • The Nicknamer: Spike dubs the doctor "Show-And-Tell-Me-Nothing". Lorne refers to their Liaison to the Senior Partners as Parasite Eve.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Dana's drawings on the wall of her room.
  • Noodle Incident
  • The Nose Knows / Scarily Competent Tracker
    Spike: All right, pet. No getting away. Got your scent locked in now. Could track you for miles.
  • Not So Different
    Spike: The tingling in my forearms tells me she's too far gone to help. She's one of us now. She's a monster.
    Angel: She's an innocent victim.
    Spike: So were we... once upon a time.
    Angel: Once upon a time.
  • Oh, Crap!
    • The doctor realizing Dana didn't get her Thorazine.
    • Angel when he realizes Dana is a Slayer.
    • Spike when he finds his hands have been cut off.
  • Oh My Gods!: Andrew says "Yoda knows who" instead of "God knows who."
  • "Open!" Says Me / Super Strength
  • The Ophelia: Dana's not all there.
  • Past-Life Memories
  • Perp Sweating
    Spike: What he said. But with a bit more of a threat at the end.
  • Pietà Plagiarism
  • Psychic Powers
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Spike and Angel.
  • Reference Overdosed: With a former member of the Nerd Trio on the scene, geek references to other movies and TV shows sky-rocket.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Dana re: Spike. For being the vampire who killed two Slayers as well as believing he was the one who tortured her before.
  • Shout-Out: An In-Universe one, with Andrew on board.
    Andrew: You're like... you're like Gandalf the White, resurrected from the pit of the Balrog, more beautiful than ever. (Hugs Spike, sobs) Ohh... he's alive, Frodo. He's alive.
  • Slashed Throat: The security guard who tries hitting Dana in the back of the head while she's holding a bonesaw.
  • Slasher Smile: Dana letting Spike know that vamping out in front of a Slayer might not have been the smartest move he's ever made.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom
  • Stealth Insult: Andrew gets in a whammy when he implies that Buffy doesn't trust Angel any more because he's gone over to the enemy.
    • Andrew to Wes, showing some people in Sunnydale are still pissed about the events of BtVS Season 3. "My hypothesis exactly, Pryce. I see Mr. Giles may have been wrong about you."
    • Angel strikes back. "Get Andrew on this. See if he knows...anything."
  • Take That!: Andrew says that Buffy is in Europe training Slayers, giving them "...the full X-Men minus the crappy third act."
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Angel and Spike.
    Angel: Look, shouldn't you be out in the streets, protecting the city from people like you?
  • There Are No Therapists: Well there are — they just don't know who they're dealing with. Whether the Slayer Organization can do any better is debatable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Andrew boasts of receiving training from Giles. When he faces down Angel and a Wolfram & Hart spec ops team, even Spike is impressed.
  • Tranquillizer Dart
  • Trenchcoat Warfare: Andrew opens his coat to reveal he's a Walking Armoury.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: From Gunn saying to Fred (re joining Wolfram & Hart) "End of the day, I'm thinking we made the right choice." to Angel saying to Wes and Lorne, "Maybe we made a mistake coming here."
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Angel doing exposition to Wesley over the mobile phone, intercut with Spike facing Dana.
    Angel: (to Wesley) I saw a tape of her. She was speakin' a half-dozen languages. One of 'em was Romanian.
    Spike: (to Dana) Likin' the view, are we? What say we have a nice, quiet chat... about mistreating little girls... demon to demon. (Game Face)
    Angel: She was yelling about being chosen. She's not a demon, Wes...
  • Volleying Insults: Angel and Spike when they find each other at the hospital.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dana ends up being taken in by the Slayer Organization and sent to England, so you'd expect the Buffy season 8 comics to feature her in some capacity. Unfortunately, the Buffy and Angel comic licenses were held by different companies during Season Eight.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: An off-screen one; Buffy refuses to let Angel have a Slayer because he's now working for Wolfram & Hart.
  • You and What Army?: Turns out Andrew has his own Amazon Brigade.
    "Check the view screen, Uhura. I got 12 Vampyr Slayers behind me, and not one of them has ever dated you."

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