- Author's Saving Throw: After Cordelia's much-maligned arc in season four which ended with her put into a coma, this was seen as a massive one for her character as it restored her to the person the fans loved and reaffirmed why she was important to the show and to Angel himself. This despite the fact that she died in the episode, because it was done so beautifully overall.
- Character Rerailment: After the horrible treatment Cordelia got in season four, this was viewed as a return to the persona that the fans fell in love with - while keeping her Character Development intact."Cordelia exits the series needed, loved and wanted. And with her last breath says "you're welcome" because she knows her worth."
- Harsher in Hindsight: This is truly the last time we see the Angel gang all together in the one episode. And not just because Cordelia exits the series here; three episodes later, Fred will follow her!
- Take That, Scrappy!: A couple directed at Eve. Harmony slaps her to get information out of her, and Cordelia refers to her as "Lilah Jr".
- Win Back the Crowd: This helped redeem Season 5 in the eyes of fans who didn't like the standalone nature of the episodes. The next half of the season was better received.
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