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Recap / Angel S 05 E 19 Time Bomb

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Illyria rescues Gunn so Team Angel will owe her a favour. But when she starts moving back and forth in time, Illyria becomes convinced they want her dead.

  • Aloof Ally
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Illyria's rampage through the holding dimension. We only hear the sound of gunfire, then she kicks the cellar door down the stairs and punches the Wrath across the room.
  • BFG
    Wesley: This is a Mutari generator. It creates a pinhole to an infinite extra-dimensional space, a negatively charged pocket universe, that should draw her radiant essence, her power, into itself.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Illyria demonstrates this to a large extent, and due to being in a human body she, partly against her will, starts to feel human emotions and assimilate human values. When Wesley betrays her she's perturbed at the fact that it bothers her, as "betrayal was a neutral word in my day. As unjudged a word as water or breeze". She spends quite a lot of time trying to figure out why mortals act as they do. She describes her world view quite well to Angel:
    "I didn't give you a chance [to kill me]. That you learn when you become a King. You learn to destroy everything that isn't utterly yours. All that matters is victory. That's how your reign persists. You are a slave to an insane construct. You are moral. A true ruler is as moral as a hurricane, empty but for the force of his gale. But you; trapped in the web of the Wolf, the Ram, the Hart. So much power here! And you quibble at its price. If you want to win a war, you must serve no master but your own ambition."
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  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
    Gunn: No, hang on. I just wanna get this clause straight. "The child will be pampered, worshipped, and fed a holy diet of berries, panda meat, and urine."
    Fell leader: Well, it's consecrated urine.
  • Circling Monologue: Illyria giving the "no master but your own ambition" speech to Angel.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Illyria kills Spike, Wesley, Lorne and Angel in just 20 seconds without even slowing down time.
  • Cure for Cancer
    Marcus: Curing cancer, Mr. Wyndam-Pryce?
    Wesley: Wouldn't be cost-effective. I'm sure we make a lot from cancer.
    Marcus: Yes, the patent holder is a client.
  • Deal with the Devil: Amanda's husband can no longer work due to brain damage from a workplace injury, and they can't afford to raise a child. The Fell Brethren has promised to cure her husband and raise her child in a dimension where he will be worshiped as divine.
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  • De-Power: Illyria can no longer stop time or travel to other dimensions, but she still has Super Strength.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Pretty much a Running Gag in this episode — Angel, Wesley and Spike all flirt with death by deliberately pissing off a Physical God.
    Illyria: When the world met me, it shuddered, groaned. It knelt at my feet!
    Spike: "Dear Penthouse, I don't normally write letters like this, but—" (Illyria punches him in the face) Oh, ho ho!
    Illyria: Illyria was all they needed to know.
    Spike: (rubbing his jaw) Then came the Internet.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Illyria steps through a portal into Angel's office, holding Gunn in a Neck Lift. She asks how much he's worth to them. Angel Death Glares and snarls threats, but Wesley quickly steps in saying they are grateful to her for rescuing their valued friend. Satisfied that she's got a marker from Team Angel, Illyria tosses Gunn at their feet and strides off.
  • Easily Forgiven: Wesley says he's not sure how to apologise for stabbing Gunn in "Shells". Gunn points out that he's spent the past couple of weeks in a Torture Cellar — that isn't much in comparison.
  • Enemy Mine: Marcus tips off Wesley as to what's wrong with Illyria — the Senior Partners know her of old and they really don't want her around. Once she's safely depowered, Angel accepts she's more useful as an ally against the Senior Partners than dead.
  • False Reassurance: Illyria accuses Team Angel of trying to murder her. Spike replies, "It's not murder if you say yes."
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Spike's reaction to Illyria having the power drawn out of her.
  • Foreshadowing: Angel's decision to hand over the baby to the Fell Brethren is the first of several amoral actions that cause his friends to believe he's become corrupted by power ("Power Play").
  • Good Costume Switch: From now on Gunn will wear a hooded sweatshirt more suited to his gangbanger days, rather than the pin-striped suit he wore after his brain upgrade.
  • Heroic BSoD: Wesley shifts between stoic Deadpan Snarker and the ragged edge of lunacy.
    Lorne: It's like he's two different people. One is almost catatonic, the guy you see doing the impatient shuffle around the hallways, and the other is just cooped up in there all day, jittering like a bug on a hotplate, obsessing over every single tidbit he can find on Illyria.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For those not impressed by Twilight, Illyria saying re vampires, "You sparkled and you stank!"
  • Hiroshima As a Unit of Measure: Wesley's conservative guess of the destruction caused by Illyria's implosion: Several city blocks. Angel requests an "unconservative" guess. Wes: "Rand & McNally will have to redraw their maps."
  • Horrible Hollywood
    Wesley: She's monumentally self-possessed. She still thinks she's the god-king of the universe.
    Gunn: So she's like a TV star.
    Wesley: No, nothing that bad. Bit more violent, though.
    (Description Cut to Illyria punching Spike across the room)
  • Human Sacrifice: The rites of Gordabach.
  • I'll Kill You!: Illyria is lying on the floor after Wes drains her powers — when he moves to comfort her, she gasps out, "Touch me and die, vermin".
  • I Lied: Wesley's BFG won't kill Illyria, contrary to what he'd earlier told Angel.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: Inverted — Gunn expresses distaste for continuing to serve the interests of "hideous, scaly, evil clients", only for an attractive pregnant human woman to enter. "I'm here about the demon pact."
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: Angel gets Lorne to follow Illyria around. Needless to say a hat, blue suit and sunglasses aren't much of a disguise for a flamboyant green-skinned demon.
    "I repeat, Bluebird got wise. Secret Demon's cover is blown. Over. Hel-hello?! Is this on? (Lorne puts the walkie-talkie away) Hey Leery, now when did you catch on to me? In the elevator? That was a tough one."
  • Killed Mid-Sentence
    Lorne: That's funny. I didn't even see her leave.
    Spike: Well, that's the problem. You don't always see her when she's— (explodes into ash, revealing Illyria behind him with a stake).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Illyria rips the amulet off Gunn, who points out that he can't leave because someone has to wear the amulet. Illyria does her Quizzical Tilt at the Wrath who's charging at her...then we cut to the Wrath lying on the table. The Wrath's eyes open and we see the demon is wearing the amulet. It then calmly takes up its own knife and cuts out its own heart.
  • Laughing Mad: Wesley has a tendency to give some rather disturbing giggles when discussing Illyria.
  • Layman's Terms: Spike's engine-leak analogy for Wes' technobabble about how Illyria is shedding her power.
  • The Magnificent: "I am Illyria, God-King of the Primordium, Shaper of Things!"
  • Meaningful Echo: Angel's repeats Illyria's words, "Serve no master but your ambition" before he lets the Fell Brethren take Amanda's child.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Fell Brethren are cooing over Amanda and her child; meanwhile Gunn is trying to get her to Read the Fine Print of the contract she has to sign. Gunn suddenly realises the child will be used for a ritual sacrifice and is blurting this out when the Fell Leader pounds the table and shouts, "WHOSE LAWYER ARE YOU?!"
  • The Nicknamer: Illyria is called "Babe the Blue Ox" (by Spike) and "Our Lady of the Blue Bummer" (by Lorne).
  • Not Herself: Illyria. Wesley too is starting to worry his friends with his obsession over her.
  • Power Incontinence: Illyria's physical form proves too unstable to contain her essence. She's forced to power down permanently, or else explode.
  • Power Glows: When it's about to destroy a few city blocks via involuntarily exploding.
  • Puny Earthlings / Pitiful Worms: Loads of this from Illyria.
    "Jealousy. Plankton envying the ocean that holds them."
    • She describes vampires as "The ooze that eats itself."
  • Recap By Audit
    Marcus: Illyria destroyed eleven torture units before she found your man. Two troop carriers, an ice cream truck, and eight beautifully maintained lawns.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Illyria for Fred
    Angel: You're gonna stay with her, aren't you?
    Wesley: Yes.
    Angel: Wes... I don't like where this is going. I don't like where this has been.
    Wesley: I'm not in love with this thing, Angel. But... for some reason, I need it right now.
    Angel: Yeah. That's just weird.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Gunn watches uneasily as Wesley beavers away in his office strewn with Tome of Eldritch Lore, obsessively gathering every fact he can on Illyria. Lorne later warns him to stay away. "That's where he keeps his full-strength crazy!"
  • Sensei for Scoundrels: Illyria can't believe Angel is actually wangsting over being the head of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. At the end of the episode, Angel takes her words to heart, handing over Amanda to the Fell Brethren so he can maintain his position of power.
  • Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: Subverted with Illyria and Spike — he doesn't care if she has Fred's body, even though Fred was his friend.
    Illyria: This shell... you had affection for it.
    Spike: Tons. Loved the bird.
    Illyria: Yet you strike at her form without sentiment.
    Spike: You ain't her. I can see it. Lord knows I can smell it. And I got no problem hitting it.
    • Makes sense, considering in the Buffyverse, vampires are demons which control their victim's body. Spike would have no problem understanding that the person in front of him wasn't Fred, no matter how close the appearance was.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Angel to Illyria.
    "My God, the speechifying. Has it ever occurred to you that now might not be the best time for when-we-were-muck stories?"
  • Take Over the World: Wes predicts that Illyria will never quit her pursuit of this.
  • Taking the Bullet: Realising Spike is about to die (again), Angel shoves him aside, taking Illyria's stake in his gut.
  • Talking to Plants: According to Spike, Illyria spent two hours Mind Melding with a potted fern.
  • Tempting Fate: When Marcus complains about Illyria's roaring rampage of rescue, Angel replies, "Bill me." Marcus: "We will."
  • This Cannot Be!: Angel's reaction to jumping forward in time and finding Team Angel massacred.
  • Time Bomb
  • Trouble Entendre: Angel says they need to get rid of Illyria. Spike asks "Pasture or slaughterhouse?"
  • Unstuck in Time: Illyria keeps moving back and forth within the events of the episode; fortunately she grabs Angel at one point and he gets pulled along in her wake, giving him an opportunity to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Walk-In Chime-In
    Angel: All the evil we've stopped so far, and we're still the Partners' number-one earner.
    Hamilton: (walking in unannounced) Not anymore. Let me ask you something, Angel. Have you ever heard the term "surgical strike"?
    Angel: Ever heard the term "appointment"?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Angel hands the pregnant woman over to the Fell Brethren.
    Gunn: Angel. What are you doing?
    Angel: What we're supposed to. Serve our clients.
    (walks into the conference room, closing the door on Gunn)
  • Wild Card: The reason why both Angel and the Senior Partners want Illyria gone, depowered or dead — despite her potential as an ally for either side, Illyria is too powerful and her loyalties too uncertain.
  • With Friends Like These...: Illyria frees Gunn and wipes out their profit margin at the same time. Eve had warned at the beginning of the season that Angel had to keep Wolfram & Hart's L.A branch profitable if he wanted to stay as CEO.
  • You Owe Me: Apparently the reason why Illyria saved Gunn from the holding dimension. As Angel had just been talking about how Illyria was only staying at Wolfram and Hart because "it reeks of influence", this act has disturbing implications.
  • You Remind Me of X: Gunn describes the worst of his Stepford Suburbia being the buried knowledge that the happy facade concealed horrors without ever being able to know what they were. Angel, who had his son's memories wiped and placed him with a happy, suburban family to conceal the horrors of his past, is silently but noticeably troubled by the description.

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