Rewatching Angel – Episode 49

Angel - TitleWelcome to Rewatching Angel, the part of the blog where I rewatch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off: Angel. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love these shows so many years ago.

Fredless

  • Fred is concerned about her crush going off to visit his old girlfriend now that she’s alive again.
  • Cordelia and Wes act out a melodramatic version of the Buffy and Angel story… trying to explain why Angel and Buffy can never be.
  • Angel critiques their performance, but doesn’t want to talk about his meet up with Buffy.
  • Remember, she’s on a competitor’s network.
  • And since Fred is the only one not making fun of Angel, he takes her to get ice cream.
  • Which leads to chasing a demon down into the sewers.
  • When they’re searching for the demon’s lair, Fred notices some strange crystals.
  • Since they made a big deal about those for a few seconds, they’ll probably be important later.
  • Angel sends Fred back to the hotel while he keeps looking for the demon.
  • Back at the hotel, Cordelia bumps into a dangerous looking device that Fred has cobbled together. Because… reasons…
  • In walk Roger and Trish, they need to talk with the team at Angel Investigations about their missing daughter.
  • Turns out, they hired a detective who tracked down their daughter, Winifred, to the Hyperion Hotel.
  • Fred comes into the lobby, spots her parents, and promptly takes off.
  • Turns out Fred had sent her parents a letter informing them that she was safe and not to look for her.
  • But that was the first time they’d heard from her in five years… since she’d been trapped in another dimension all that time.
  • Angel walks with the head of the demon he just killed. Pretty proud of himself.
  • But they have to pretend it’s a prop for a movie. Because Fred’s parents.
  • Fred had bolted up to her room, trying to scrub all the writing off her walls so her folks wouldn’t think she was so crazy.
  • But by the time they all get up there to see her, she’s gone.
  • Fred’s parents… when they’re alone… they whisper, “Is it time?” Seems sketchy.
  • They all head out, including the parents, searching for Fred…
  • Who is now at Lorne’s place, which is still completely trashed from a couple episodes back.
  • He sees how scared she is and he tells her that she hasn’t run far enough.
  • Angel’s looking in the sewer, while everyone else checks out the library.
  • They can’t figure out where she could have gone.
  • Angel gets a call from Wes and they figure out that Caritas might be where Fred would go.
  • Oh, and Angel’s being watched in the sewer by what looks like a giant bug.
  • Fred’s long gone by the time they get to Lorne’s.
  • The parents can’t decide if these detectives are bad at their jobs or if they’re just trying to throw them off so they can’t find her.
  • Angel talks to Lorne one on one and figures out he knows where she is. Lorne tells him that she just doesn’t want to confront her parents.
  • Fred’s at the bus station, anxiously thinking about what she can do next.
  • Then they all walk in. She freaks out seeing her parents.
  • Fred opening up to her parents is heartbreaking.
  • She’s not afraid of seeing them. She’s afraid because seeing them means that the entire five years that she was gone really happened.
  • It means that all the terrible things that happened to her in a demon dimension were real.
  • And just as her parents begin to really comfort her, one of those giant sewer bugs drops from the ceiling.
  • Looks a lot like a monster praying mantis.
  • I wonder if it’s any relation to the substitute teacher that Xander had a crush on way back in season 1 of Buffy.
  • The fight with the big bug leads outside the bus station.
  • Surprisingly, the bug is splattered by a bus driven by Mrs. Burkle.
  • Back at the hotel, they’re recovering from the battle and Fred makes the decision to go home with her parents.
  • She just doesn’t think she fits in with the rest of the team.
  • I should point out, though, Fred notices those weird crystals on the head of the demon that Angel killed earlier.
  • She doesn’t say anything about it, but the camera lingers on her stare for a moment…
  • I also want to point out, while Fred is upstairs packing and talking with Angel, Cordelia and Trish are talking about how Roger loves the Alien movies.
  • But she does point out that he fell asleep during that last one.
  • At the time, the most recent Alien movie was Alien: Resurrection, which was written by series creator Joss Whedon.
  • Ha!
  • Once Fred comes back downstairs, she says her good-byes.
  • In the cab, Fred notices more crystals on the sweater she was wearing during the fight with the giant bugs and tells the driver to turn around.
  • The gang sits around talking about Fred’s parents and Wes reveals just a little much about his strict upbringing.
  • Unnoticed by the team, the demon head begins to move… like something is trying to break out of it.
  • This attracts all the giant bugs… so many…
  • Fred arrives just in time to position that device she made… which launches an axe at the demon head, allowing baby bugs to spill out.
  • The giant bugs gather up their younglings and leave the hotel.
  • She figured out the crystals were just dried up giant bug goo.
  • They had laid their eggs in the demon’s head.
  • This little incident convinces Fred that she should stay in LA.
  • Body count: Demons – 1; Giant Bugs – 1

2 thoughts on “Rewatching Angel – Episode 49

  1. Pingback: Rewatching Angel – Episode 49 | The Confusing Middle | Fantasy Gift Resources: Books, Art, Music, News

  2. Another great episode! Fred is such a great part of the show and I think this is the first episode where we really saw her potential. The Cordy/Wes mock romance of Bangel scene is one of the funniest moments of the entire show. “Oh Buffy…I love you so much I almost forgot to brood!” Love it!

    Great recap and points! 🙂

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