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Connor's human family comes to Wolfram & Hart looking for help, unaware that Angel his real father. Meanwhile, Wesley begins to realize that their memories have been altered.


  • Aesop Amnesia / Deal with the Devil: Averted when Hamilton enters the Torture Cellar and offers to release Gunn in exchange for— Gunn puts his amulet back on and lies down on the table. "Come on Sparky, this heart ain't gonna cut itself out."
  • Affably Evil / You Talk Too Much: Angel warns Connor this is Sahjhan's tactic for disarming his opponents.
  • The Alcoholic / Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Angel tells off Wesley for continuing to drown his sorrows when there's work to be done.
  • Alien Lunch
    Connor: You know, they have dried scorpions in the vending machines downstairs.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Averted; Connor's 'good' memories help stabilize his personality when the real ones come flooding back.
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  • Back for the Dead: After a lengthy stay in his urn, Sahjhan is intentionally released so that Connor can kill him.
  • Badass Adorable: Connor Reilly — a polite, good-natured and boyishly handsome young man, but shy, innocent and somewhat awkward. Except he can punch demons over the roof of an SUV.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Angel is stunned when Connor steps off the elevator and says, "Hey Dad!" Turns out he's addressing his human father who's standing across the room.
  • Blatant Lies: Angel is telling Connor how boring things are at Wolfram & Hart, when Spike gets hurled out into the corridor by Illyria.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Spike tells Illyria not to touch his clipboard. Later when Spike gets tossed out the door, there's a pause, then his clipboard comes flying out after him.
    • Illyria can talk to plants, which Fred was shown doing in her Cloud Cuckoolander moments.
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    • Connor asks if Angel has torrid affairs with female vampires. Connor is the child of Angel and his vampire paramour Darla.
    • "She put a whole petri dish in her mouth?"
  • Butt-Monkey: Spike being pounded on by Illyria.
  • Call-Back:
    • Cyvus Vail obsesses over Sahjhan killing him, the same way Sahjhan did over Connor. Because it was predestined Sahjhan had to arrange for Connor to die at a particular time (he failed due to Prophecy Twist), just as Sahjhan has to be killed by a particular person.
    • Cyvus sends demons to attack Connor, knowing it will activate his latent talents. Lilah Morgan did the same, sending rapists after a woman with telekinetic powers in "Unleashed".
    • When Angel tries Perp Sweating Marcus, the new Liaison to the Senior Partners calmly points out that things have changed.
    "I'm not a little girl. You and I won't be making love on this couch any time soon."
  • Can't Stay Normal: Angel's son ends up fitting this trope nicely. To make a very long story short, Angel agreed to a devil's bargain with Wolfram & Hart to rewrite Connor's entire life, brainwashing him so he can live happily with a human family. Not long afterward, however, Angel is blackmailed by Cyvus Vail, the sorcerer responsible for Connor's new memories. Vail announces that he needs the old Connor back, since it is only he who can kill Vail's nemesis, Sahjhan. Hoping to preserve Connor's new life, Angel attempts to re-train his son from scratch in the art of fighting — only to be waylaid by Wesley, who restores Connor's memories by shattering Vail's Orlon Window. Wesley, who suspected Angel of involvement in Fred's death, hoped to rewind time by undermining the basis on which Angel joined the firm.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Gunn 'waking' when his memories are rebooted after his daily torture session. Nightmare indeed...
  • Chekhov's Gun: Cyvus Vail telling Angel that the Orlon Window will restore the original memories of anyone it's broken near — this turns out to be Connor, Wesley and Illyria.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Demon warrior Sahjhan, the Big Bad from Season 3.
    • Cyvus Vail will turn out to be another member of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Wrath torturing Gunn. Hamilton points out that it will get round to using every one of its Wall of Weapons and torture devices.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Connor's "thing for older women" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to his sleeping with Cordelia in Season 4.
    • The Wrath politely hands Gunn a lightbulb after his torture session. In "Underneath" the sessions were commenced each day by the prisoner's 'wife' asking him to go down to the cellar to get a replacement bulb.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Spike after being tossed out the door by Illyria.
    "You filthy harlot! I'm gonna tear your neck out!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Connor must have studied snarking in college. Becomes Snark-to-Snark Combat when he meets Sahjhan.
  • Dominatrix: We get a Close Up On Head shot of Spike's head under Illyria's boot.
    Illyria: I'd like to keep Spike as my pet.
  • Double Consciousness: Connor's False Memories of his loving parents help him cope with the real memory of being raised in a hell dimension, being manipulated into bringing forth an Eldritch Abomination, collaborating with said creature and later killing her, and trying to commit suicide. Wesley's restored memories however drive him deeper into depression.
  • Double Meaning: Connor's final conversation with Angel is ostensibly about his human father, but he's actually telling Angel that he understands what he did and forgives him.
  • Dramatic Irony: Wesley talking of how he trusts Angel. Later he comes to believe that Angel betrayed them, only to find out the opposite is true when his memories are restored.
  • Dynamic Entry: A demon mook gets Punched Across the Room, sliding to a stop in front of Cyvus Vail.
    Cyvus: Did you kill all of my guards?
    Cyvus: I should have given them the day off...
  • Eye Awaken / Kubrick Stare: Connor when his memories return and he instantly Takes A Level In Badass.
  • False Memories
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Angel tells Connor the spectacular truth about the supernatural world. Connor doesn't seem fazed.
  • Flashback Montage: Wesley is bombarded with memories when the Orlon Window is broken.
  • Healing Factor: After having his heart cut out, we see Gunn's wound repair itself; he then gets up off the table and resumes his normal day.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather / Likes Older Women: Connor is introduced to Illyria.
    Connor: Um...I like your outfit.
    Illyria: Your body warms. (to Angel) This one is lusting after me.
    Connor: It's the outfit. (whispers to Angel) I guess I've always had a thing for older women.
    Angel: (mutters) They were supposed to fix that...
  • Heroic Second Wind: Sahjahn easily bests Connor despite his Super Strength...until his memories are restored.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: When Connor gets back his real memories, he can't get back to his new, normal life fast enough.
  • Immortal Immaturity: When Connor finds out Angel is a vampire, he asks if he's five hundred years old. Angel asks petulantly, "Do I look 500?"
    • Ironically, Connor actually isn't far off. When Angel first appeared on Buffy he was 242 years old, and later spent a few hundred years being tortured in a Year Inside, Hour Outside Hell dimension. He could plausibly be even older than 500.
  • Ineffectual Death Threat
    Connor: Here's how it works. I kill this Sahjahn thing, and we walk. You come near my family again, and I'll slit your throat. And if that doesn't kill ya, I'll chop your whole head off. And if that doesn't work, I'll—I'll just keep... stabbing you till you bleed to death. Understand?
    Cyvus: (smirking) I do.
  • I Was Just Joking, Round #1:
    Connor: I told [Dad] that you took me out demon fighting and, uh, almost got me killed. He wants to have a talk with you.
    Angel: All right. I'll, uh-.
    Connor: I'm kidding! Man,... you gotta lighten up.
  • Literal-Minded
    Lorne: [Cyvus] is powerful. Heads up a large demon empire, has tendrils stretching throughout L.A.
    Angel: Tendril-tendrils?
    Lorne: Metaphor-tendrils.
  • Made of Iron: Connor's parents bring him to Wolfram & Hart after he survives being hit by a truck.
  • Mood Whiplash: Angel rescues Connor's family from demons.
    Connor: (in shock) You almost broke that guy in half! (grins) That was awesome!
  • Mooks
    Wesley: Kith'harn demons. In Los Angeles, they're the known henchmen of a warlock called Cyvus Vail.
  • Mugging the Monster: Cyvus sends his mooks to attack Connor and his family — not to harm them but so Connor will discover his powers when he fights them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Wesley's reaction to his old memories.
  • Neck Snap / Hoist Demon Mook Over Head: Angel killing the demons attacking Connor. Connor is impressed.
  • Nice Job Breaking the Orlon Window, Hero
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Sahjhan's manipulations in Season 3 were responsible for Connor becoming badass enough to kill him.
  • The Nicknamer: Spike refers to Angel as "Broody Pants".
  • The Nose Knows: Spike can tell what type of booze Wesley has been drowning his sorrows in.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sahjhan when he realises who this young pup is, then more seriously when Connor turns badass.
  • Off with His Head! / An Axe to Grind: Sahjhan's demise. He looks baffled right before it happens, too. All that work, to no good end?
  • Percussive Therapy: Illyria gets to work off her angst by beating up Spike. And he doesn't even get laid this time.
  • Perma-Stubble: Wesley's version of a Beard of Sorrow.
  • Power Glows: The Orlon Window.
  • Punch Catch
  • Punched Across the Room: Happens several times.
  • Reality Warper: Cyvus Vail, though even he needed the help of the most powerful sorcerers on the West Coast to alter Connor's life history.
  • Relative Button: Connor doesn't hesitate to agree to kill Sahjhan if it will protect his family.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The Orlon Window is a box, as in Pandora's Box.
  • Sealed Evil in an Urn: This trope is why Cyvus wants to ensure his enemy's permanent death. Urns can be broken.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: Cyvus puts one around the room where Connor fights Sahjhan in case he loses; it also means Angel can't help his son.
  • Sound-Only Death: The Wrath cutting out Gunn's heart. Again.
  • Talk To The Foot: Spike is telling off Illyria for punching him in the face.
    Illyria: (smiling) I enjoy hurting you.
    Spike: Well, we're gonna have to fix that, 'cause— (Illyria kicks him in the face)
  • Tempting Fate: Connor tells his parents they don't have to be scared — cue a demon ripping the car door off its hinges and yanking out Connor.
    • Spike tells Illyria not to punch him in the face. She kicks him in the face instead.
    • "Lucky shot." It's obvious though that Sahjhan realises he's screwed.
  • Three Wishes
    Sahjhan: Thank you mortal, for releasing me from my cursed prison. In gratitude I grant you three wishes.
    Connor: Really?
    Sahjhan: Nah, I'm just messin' with you.
  • The Triple
    • Wesley re Illyria: "She's either counting oxygen molecules or analyzing the petri dish she just put into her mouth. Or sleeping. I can never quite tell."
    • Spike re Illyria: "So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack truck, selectively alter the flow of time, and, uh... (flips through his clipboard) possibly talk to plants."
  • Verbal Backspace: The Wolfram & Hart doctors are treating Connor's parents. Angel assures him they're in good hands...claws.
  • With Friends Like These...: Wesley warns that 'testing' Illyria could be dangerous. Angel just says they'll have Spike do it.
  • You Can't Fight Fate / Only I Can Kill Him: Angel offers to kill Sahjhan himself, but Cyvus says that events have to follow prophecy, so Connor must do it.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Both Spike and Connor hint at this re Angel.
  • Your Vampires Suck
    Connor: So, do you spend all your time making out with other vampires like in Anne Rice novels?
    Angel: No! (beat) Well, I used to...
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