Rewatching Angel – Episode 98

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.

Soul Purpose

  • We’re flashing back to the opera house where Spike gave Angel a beat down to get to the mystery cup first.
  • But it’s different this time.
  • This time, Spike drinks from the cup and Angel begins to painfully burn away.
  • Then Angel wakes up, haunted by this constant nightmare that he’s no longer the hero of his own story.
  • Spike is hanging out in a strip club and is approached by a familiar face.
  • Well… familiar to us.
  • Lindsey McDonald, who we saw at the end of last week’s episode in bed with Eve.
  • Spike has no idea who this guy is, but he claims to be Spike’s new best friend.
  • Lindsey claims he’s responsible for bringing Spike back and returning him to normal.
  • Then he introduces himself as Doyle.
  • Not cool, McDonald. Not cool.
  • Gunn and Wes argue about what to do about a warlock and Angel gets frustrated because dealing with it is a gray area…
  • It’s the right thing to do and it’s cost effective for Wolfram & Hart.
  • “Doyle” claims that the Powers That Be are the ones pulling his strings… that they send him the visions that the real Doyle and Cordelia used to get.
  • Spike is supposed to help whoever “Doyle” sees in his visions.
  • So he sends her to help a girl being attacked by a vampire.
  • He easily kills the attacking vampire.
  • The girl thanks him, but he goes all Spike on her with his dose of honesty about her stupidity for walking through a dark alley.
  • Back in the office, Angel is tired of the arguing and snaps… he tells them to just kill them all.
  • The head warlock, all his minions… they’re evil, they should die.
  • The others are worried about him being stressed out.
  • They advise him to get some rest and sleep in tomorrow.
  • Angel returns to his penthouse and Wes follows him, noticing that he can barely move.
  • Angel admits he feels like he’s getting sick, but Wes points out that vampires don’t get sick.
  • Wes tells him he’s probably having a hard time coming to grips with the truth, that he’s irrelevant.
  • Just before he pulls out a stake and shoves it into Angel’s heart.
  • But that didn’t really happen… all a hallucination.
  • Spike carries on helping the helpless, dusting a couple more vampires along the way.
  • The next day, Eve is looking for Angel and has something that she claims the Senior Partners are interested in learning more about.
  • Looks like the corner of some big stone doohickey with strange writing on it.
  • It appears to be late in the morning and Angel is still in bed asleep… sweating…
  • Fred comes in and wakes him, letting him know he looks terrible.
  • She says she knows what to do, snaps on some gloves, then tells him she’s gonna take a look under the hood.
  • Then she cuts him open, as if performing an autopsy.
  • She pulls out organs… and when she gets to his heart, it’s just a dried up little walnut.
  • The objects she pulls out get stranger… and she pulls out a fishbowl with a dead goldfish, claiming it’s his soul.
  • Then we see that Angel is obviously still dreaming.
  • Back downstairs, Gunn comes in to let Wes and Fred know that reports are coming in of a vampire going around saving people last night.
  • Lindsey then provides Spike with his own apartment, but there’s really not much to it.
  • Angel’s next dream involves Spike and Buffy having sex in his bed.
  • That one doesn’t last long before Angel jerks awake.
  • He heads downstairs and runs into Fred, claiming he feels better… except he neglected to put on shoes before getting down to the office.
  • Gunn comes in and tells them they’re gonna miss it.
  • Angel then walks by the refreshments counter and into his office where everyone is enjoying a great view of the apocalypse.
  • He tells everyone he has to do something about it, but Wes says that Spike will take care of it.
  • Gunn suggests he goes back to bed… or at least change clothes.
  • That’s when Lorne points out there’s something on his shirt.
  • Back in bed, some creepy little slimy critter is attached to Angel’s chest.
  • Next, everyone is celebrating Spike’s big win after he defeats the apocalypse.
  • Now the world is a perfect utopia, thanks to Spike.
  • Time for Spike to get his reward… he gets to be a real boy.
  • Spike is made human again, beating heart and all.
  • Off to the side, Angel has apparently been demoted to the mailroom.
  • He walks away with his mail cart, super sad.
  • Gunn and Wes visit Spike at his new apartment to find out what he’s up to.
  • They want to know why Spike left if he’s just gonna be fighting the good fight.
  • Spike’s not interested in joining their evil empire… he’s convinced they can’t change Wolfram & Hart, not from the inside or the outside.
  • They want him to come and work with them, but Spike can’t believe Angel would sign off on that.
  • Then Spike figures it out: Angel doesn’t know they’re there.
  • Eve and Lindsey talk about their plans… that they’re trying to make the Senior Partners think they’re backing the wrong guy in the Shanshu race.
  • Thanks to Eve and her exposition, we learn that Lindsey’s new tattoos are designed to keep him invisible to the Senior Partners.
  • Fred checks with Harmony to see if she’s heard from Angel, but no… so she suggests giving him a call.
  • The phone rings, but Angel doesn’t budge.
  • He darts up in another dream where Lorne is playing an old west honky-tonk tune on a piano.
  • In the real world, Eve comes in and asks Fred if she’s found anything about the stone she brought in, claiming the Senior Partners are really turning up the heat on her for this thing.
  • Lies. All lies!
  • In the dream, Lorne tries to get Angel to sing and the others turn against him in the audience.
  • Then Eve walks in and points out how badly he’s suffering.
  • Lorne points out that the thing is still on his shirt and he sees the creature for the first time.
  • He rips it off his chest and crushes it.
  • In his real bedroom, Eve walks in and congratulates him on killing junior…
  • She tells him she’s not really there and that the dream is almost over before unleashing a larger version of the creature on him.
  • He manages to throw it off and falls to the floor.
  • Lindsey pays Spike a visit and fakes getting a vision in front of him.
  • Then he tells Spike he may want to pay attention to this vision…
  • Cut back to Angel crawling to the phone, but the creature latches on and Angel is suddenly sitting in a recliner out in a grassy field.
  • The rest of the team are with him, telling him he doesn’t have to care anymore… that he can stay here forever.
  • Then they all suddenly start shrieking…
  • Because in the real world, Spike is ripping off the parasite and killing it.
  • Back in the office, they explain what the parasite was and what it was doing to him.
  • When they’re trying to figure out how it got into the building, Angel remembers that Eve did this to him.
  • He notices she’s wearing the same earrings now that she was wearing in his “dream.”
  • What’s her game?
  • Did the Senior Partners turn the firm over to Angel just to make him a vegetable?
  • Eve tries to deflect by playing some mind games and walking out.
  • But they’re on to her.
  • Body count: Vampires – 3; Dream parasites – 2

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