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A serial killer is stalking the streets and Angel fears it might be him. The truth is no less unpleasant.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S01/E11 Somnambulist include:

Kate: “I don’t believe you.”
Angel: “I know you don’t. Even after what you saw you won’t let yourself, which is why you’ll lose.”
Kate: “I’ve heard enough.”
Angel closes his fist around the cross dangling from her necklace and she gasps at the sound of his flesh sizzling.
Angel: “No, you haven’t heard a word, and you won’t. Not now, not yet. (She looks down at the smoke rising from his fist) Because there are some things in this world you’re just not ready to face.”

  • Alone with the Psycho: Cordelia again, though she appears to have learnt some lessons from the previous episode, or from living with a vampire -- she quickly realises Penn is a vampire from his Badass Longcoat used to shield himself from the sun, and raises the blinds to block him off from her.
  • Badass Boast: Wesley is holding Angel at cross-point, while Angel is trying to reassure him he's not the killer.

Wesley: “Why should we believe a word you say?”
Angel laughs, grabs Wesley’s arm and spins him around to grab him by the neck
Wesley: “Because this is how fast I could take you if I wanted to.”

  • The Bait: Angel plans to use Kate's police resources to locate Penn, while following close enough to avert her death. After Kate finds out who Angel really is, she organizes surveillance on Angel knowing Penn will try to contact or kill him.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: Actually a Bait and Switch by Penn while he goes after Kate -- Angel doesn't fall for it.
  • Continuity Nod: Kate hands out pictures of Angel taken from the same precinct surveillance tape of Angel that Lee Mercer was studying in "Sense & Sensitivity".
  • Create Your Own Villain
  • Double Entendre

Wesley: “While executing my duties as Watcher in Sunnydale, I did extensive research. Specifically on Angel, given his uncomfortable proximity to the Slayer.”
Cordy: “He looked pretty comfortable to me.”

  • Do You Trust Me?: Angel asks Kate if she trusts him before handing over information on a Serial Killer without revealing the source. Kate doesn't hesitate to say that she does trust Angel; brutally subverted in that after discovering that Angel is a vampire (and digging up Angelus' history) she never fully trusts him again.
  • Get Out!: Cordelia to Wesley after Wesley deduces that the serial killer is Angelus.

You get to leave now.


Cordy: “No! I don’t care how many files you have on all the horrible things he did back in the powdered wig days! He is good now. And he’s my friend. And nothing you or anyone else can say will make me turn on a friend!”
Angel (doing his Walk in Chime In thing): “Cordelia. He’s right.”
Cordy to Wesley: “You’ll stake him and I’ll cut his head off.”


Penn: “Well, you were right about one thing, Angelus. The last 200 years has been about me sticking it to my father. But I’ve come to realize something –- it’s you! (He jumps up and kicks Angel in the stomach) You made me! (Kicks him in the face, then double fists him a couple of times) You taught me! (Angel drops to the floor and Penn jumps on his back) You approved of me in ways my mortal father never did! You are my real father, Angelus.”
Angel: (Gets up, holding Penn up above his head) “Fine! (Slams him into the ground) You’re grounded.”


Kate: “What are you going to do?”
Penn: “Well, first I thought I’d stop everything and tell you my plan. Or better yet...why don’t I just show you?” (morphs into his Game Face)


Penn: Ah, smell that fear. Makes the blood sweeter.


Cordy: “People really do change.”
Angel: “Yes they do. And sometimes they change back. If the day ever comes that I...”
Cordy: “Oh, I’ll kill you dead!”
Angel: (blinks) “Thanks.”
Cordy: “What are friends for?”

  • Stop or I Will Shoot: Kate shoots an unarmed Penn three times in the chest when he doesn't stop walking toward her.
  • Surrogate Soliloquy: Cordelia practising the Angel Investigations sales pitch to a chair.

Wesley: I think it’s about to speak.

  • Sleepwalking: Angel fears he may be committing homicidal somnambulism -- murders committed while sleepwalking.
  • Vampire Invitation: Unlike certain people in Sunnydale, Kate isn't foolish enough to invite Angel in once she knows he's a vampire. Later Angel walks into Penn's hideout and points out that as Penn is a vampire he doesn't need an invitation.
    • Chekhov's Gun: The fact that she doesn't invite him in will become a fairly huge deal in the s2 episode "Epiphany".
  • Walk in Chime In: Kate is briefing her officers on Penn when the killer in question starts complaining about the terrible likeness of his artist's sketch.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Penn seeking revenge on his Puritan father by recreating his murder.
  • Who Are You?
  • Wolverine Claws: Penn has a metal finger extension which he uses to carve a cross into his victim's cheek.
  • You Remind Me of X: Angel sees a young blonde girl who from the back appears to be Buffy. The episode also has numerous Call Backs and Ironic Echos of Bangel incidents in Angel's interactions with Kate Lockley.

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