Angel Episode Guide

Judgement
Synopsis: In an hilarious teaser, we are treated to the curious horror of a very West Hollywood demon singing "I Will Survive" as if he's auditioning for the underworld version of Pricilla Queen of the Desert, a sight (and sound) that will haunt me to the grave. Then we see the (as every single press release tells us) well-oiled machine of Cordy, Wes, and Angel spring into action at a local gym where some nasty sacrifice is about take place behind the weight room. More...

Review: For sheer entertainment value, this episode equals many of the gems of last season. More...

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
Synopsis: Angel asks Cordelia and Wesley to investigate the Hyperion Hotel. After coming out in its lobby in Judgement, Angel wants to know the hotel's story, as in how long it's been empty, and why. Wes and Cordy hop to the research, although knowing there's no revenue in it they're puzzled. Meanwhile, Angel goes on a trip down memory lane.More...

Review: Truly first-rate episode with standout performances... More...

First Impressions
Synopsis: Angel's dreams are filled with idyllic and slightly surreal dates with his sire, Darla. He wakes confused and tired, apparently not remembering them upon waking. Gunn arrives at the Hyperion at 3:30, only to find out Angel's still in bed despite the fact that they are meeting with a snitch at 4:00 PM to deal with a demon called Deevak who has moved into Gunn's territory and put two of his crew in hospital. Gunn is anxious and cranky, and none too thrilled being fobbed off on "C3PO and stick figure Barbie." More...

Review: Filler with the sole purpose of inserting Gunn a little more firmly into the AI Fang Gang, and kicking off the Darla arc with a bang, which it succeeded in doing. More...

Untouched
Synopsis: Lilah Morgan sneaks into Lindsay's office at Wolfram & Hart, completely missing the woman standing in the shadows in the back of the room, following her every move. Darla takes great glee in revealing herself to a startled Lilah, who informs her that it's simply the nature of her and Lindsay's relationship; she spies on his projects, and he spies on hers. Darla and Lilah engage in a little girl talk, bonding over the power games they, as women, can play and thethrills from sneaking unasked through a man's secret, hidden chambers. Lilah asks what Angel's hidden chambers contain, and with a grin Darla says "Horrors." More...

Review: There are not words for how much I loved this episode. More...

Dear Boy
Synopsis: Angel's dreams are starting to take a serious toll on him, as he wakes up at ten o'clock at night and doesn't even have the energy to drink the cuppa Cordelia sets down on the coffee table in front of him. Spirits are low, as Cordy and Wes argue about the negative cashflow... More...

Review: Excellent portrait of Darla and Angel's relationship and companion piece and sequel to the first season Buffy episode Angel, albeit a darker, more complex continuation. More...

Guise Will Be Guise
Synopsis: Wesley is having an off day. As he struggles with one of the Hyperion's ancient drawers, it finally comes free and he falls to the floor only to whap his head on the drawers he gets back up in true pratfall manner just as a client walks in looking for Angel's services. Trying to play it cool, as any rogue demon hunter worth his salt should, Wes then manages to slip on the papers littering the floor like a banana peel in a one reel silent movie and the potential client scoffs and leaves. More...

Review: I want to buy Jane Espenson all the Godiva truffles she could ever eat. It's the only thing I can think of to begin to compensate her for the 44 minutes of television she has given me. More...

Darla
Synopsis:Angel is sitting in the easy chair in his room at the Hyperion, sketching a smiling Darla. As he goes over the lines of her face, Wesley appears in the open doorway. Without looking up form his drawing, Angel asks what's up. Wes replies that he's just checking on Angel, to see if he's all right. Angel says he's fine, but Wes isn't so sure, as the camera pulls back to reveal the floor of the room is littered with dozens of sketches of Darla. More...

Review: Building off of the excellent lead-in from Buffy's flashback extravaganza Fool For Love, Darla suffers from only one flaw: at this point, one has to wonder what Wolfram & Hart's plan ever was. More...

The Shroud of Rahmon
From TV Guide.com: Angel and Gunn go undercover to foil the theft of a demonicburial shroud, unaware that the evil garment makes people nearit psychotic. Cordy and Wesley rush to get to them before theviolent effects of the artifact take hold.

From The WB: Angel poses as a flashy vampire hoodlum, and with the help of Gunn prevents a mind-altering shroud from falling into the wrong hands.

The Trial
From TV Guide.com: After Darla discovers she is terminally ill, Angel enters into a series of mysterious trials in an attempt to save her life. The downside: He could get both of them killed in the process.

From The WB: Angel is still haunted by flashbacks of his 150-year love affair with Darla and has Gunn help track her down, but he soon discovers that he is faced with an impossible choice: watch her die from a terminal illness or use his dark powers to turn her back into a vampire and give her eternal life.

Reunion
From TV Guide.com: As if L.A. didn't have enough problems, Drusilla's in town and Darla's about to cut a new set of teeth. In a last-ditch effort to save her beleaguered soul, Angel (David Boreanaz) hastens to find the soon-to-be reborn Darla before she awakens as a vampire. He hits pay dirt (so to speak) at a greenhouse, but is foiled at the last minute by Drusilla's intervention. She and Darla make clean but separate getaways, leaving a defeated Angel with no choice but to head home, regroup and hunt them down. Meanwhile, Drusilla (Juliet Landau) makes her presence felt at Wolfram & Hart, where a confused, fuming and extremely violent Darla (Julie Benz) has a bone to pick with her new mum.

From The WB: Angel (David Boreanaz) goes on a frantic search after Drusilla (guest star Juliet Landau) turns Darla (guest star Julie Benz) back into a vampire, and he must catch them before she rises again and the two go back to their old ways and paint the town red. Meanwhile, as Angel goes off the deep end, his staff worriesthey are the only ones standing between Angel and real darkness.

Redefinition
From TV Guide.com: As Wes, Cordy and Gunn reel from the shock of being fired, their deadly serious ex-boss intently reinvents himself as a coldhearted, one-man weapon of mass destruction. Darla and Drusilla keep busy by recruiting baddies for their new gang. Lindsay and Lilah ponder their Wolfram & Hart futures (or possible lack thereof) with the firm.

From The WB: After firing his staff and cutting himself off from all help, Angel begins intense physical and mental training to become strong enough to stop Darla and Drusilla before they destroy the City of Angels.Meanwhile, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn try to continue the fight for the innocent on their own now that Angelís gone commando.

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