Welcome 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.
Spin the Bottle
- Lorne takes the stage and sings a couple lines of the Barbra Streisand classic, “The Way We Were.”
- Lorne is narrating this episode…
- Cordelia confronts Angel about his feelings for her and he doesn’t know how to answer her questions.
- But he makes clear that she was his dearest friend and he just wants that back.
- Lorne walks in on the conversation with the magical answer to getting Cordelia’s memories back.
- It’s a bottle.
- But it’s a magic bottle.
- And Lorne is convinced that it’s foolproof and cannot go wrong.
- Narrator Lorne makes a face, which clearly indicates that it can and will go wrong.
- Angel’s not sure about the magic, but Cordelia is ready to take the chance.
- Lorne says they need to gather the six.
- Which means they need to call Wesley to be part of it.
- And that means things are awkward thanks to last week’s “kill the professor” shenanigans.
- Wes and Gunn nearly get into it over Fred.
- Then the magic happens.
- Everyone sits in a circle and the bottle goes crazy, spinning and toppling over.
- Oh… now I get the title of the episode.
- Everyone’s out of it… Lorne wanders into the office and collapses.
- Fred starts talking to a plant.
- They’re all basically high as a kite.
- And Cordelia, in her rattled state decides the best move is to smash the bottle.
- Suddenly, Cordelia is the same person she was in pre-Buffy Sunnydale.
- Good call back when she sees Angel for the first time, saying the same thing she said the first time she saw him back in the first season of Buffy.
- This is fantastic.
- Everyone is back to their 17-year-old selves and I forgot how amazing this is.
- Angel is his pre-vampire self, Liam.
- Should be a nice surprise when he discovers he’s a vampire.
- Wes is a student at the Watcher’s Academy.
- Cordelia freaks out because she realizes she has short hair now.
- They decide to look for weapons and find Lorne unconscious in the office.
- And they assume he’s the devil.
- Meanwhile, Connor is still pissed about Cordelia leaving him and takes it out on a couple of vampires.
- The hooker he saves claims she’s gonna reward him, but she wants $50.
- So… Connor’s still an angry, horny teenager.
- Ugh… I really don’t like this season.
- Gunn and Wes argue over what to do with Lorne while Fred examines him.
- The gang’s arguing finally leads to them figuring out that they’re not 17 anymore.
- Wes has a theory that they’ve been placed in the hotel as a test.
- Like what they do to Slayers, trapping them somewhere with a dangerous vampire.
- So they all split up to explore the hotel.
- Angel and Cordelia split off and he discovers that he’s the vampire in this scenario.
- Angel decides his best move is to leave, since the hotel is clearly evil.
- But he can’t handle the outside because cars.
- He runs back in and claims there were demons outside, so it’s safer inside the hotel.
- Wes decides that one of them could be the vampire, so he passes around a cross.
- When Angel gets the cross, Lorne wakes up and distracts everyone from his burning hand.
- They confront Lorne about leaving them with a vampire and Lorne lets it slip that Angel is the only vampire in the group.
- He doesn’t realize what’s happened to everyone.
- To shut him up, Angel knocks him out again… and kinda realizes he has super strength.
- Then he starts stalking his victims.
- Connor shows up just in time to meddle in things and manages to save Cordelia.
- She tells Connor that if he kills the vampire, she’ll give him a big reward.
- Women keep throwing that phrase around this episode…
- And it’s really just feeding into Connor’s Oedipus complex.
- Fred is alone with Lorne and he convinces her that he’s her friend.
- While they fight, Angel and Connor kind of bond over their hatred of their own fathers.
- Fred unties Lorne and he manages to put together a little one-at-a-time potion that should fix everyone.
- It works on Fred… now on to everyone else.
- Well… this makes things awkward.
- Cordelia is the last to receive her share of the potion and, with her memories returned, she backed away from everyone.
- Because, with her memories, came a horrible vision of a horrible creature whose eyes have just been opened.
- Lorne wraps up his story on stage by telling everyone to stay away from magic.
- Angel goes after Cordy and she tells him she remembers all of it and she just has to be alone for a while.
- But before she leaves, he asks her if they were in love.
- She says they were… past tense… and walks away.
- And this whole time, Lorne has been playing to an empty house…
- Sidebar: I keep saying I really don’t like this season, and I mean it.
- But it does have its bright spots, like this episode.
- Most of what I don’t like about this season, I can’t talk about because it will give away a lot of the overarching plot of the season.
- Hopefully you’ll all come to understand what I don’t like about it when the time comes.
- Body count: Vampires – 2
4 thoughts on “Rewatching Angel – Episode 72”
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Really funny episode!!!!
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