Angel/Recap/S01/E15 The Prodigal

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Angel discovers that Kate Lockley's father may be involved in the sale of a demon drug. We discover more about Angel's past before he became a vampire.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S01/E15 The Prodigal include:
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Justified in the case of Darla, who's more evil than Liam ever could be.
  • Bait and Switch: Angel in 1753 coaxing a pretty female servant into the shadows, only to be pushed into the sunlight by his father -- he doesn't burst into flame because he's not a vampire, just hungover.
  • Bar Brawl: Liam when he first catches Darla's eye.
  • Captain Obvious: Kate is interrogating a delivery guy attacked by a demon on the subway.

Kate: “Why did you pull the emergency brake?”
Delivery guy: “It was an emergency?”

    • Also Cordelia's high-tech alarm system.

Kwaini demon bursts in the door
Security system: “Door is open.”
Cordy: “Yeah, thanks!”


Darla: You can do anything, have anyone in the village. Who will it be?
Angelus: Any one? I thought I’d take the village.


Security system: “The window is open.”


Father: “Who’ll take you in, huh? No one!”
Liam: “I’ll not lack for a place to sleep, I can tell you that.”


Wesley: “Well, it’s difficult to say under these primitive conditions, - but what I can tell you is it’s synthetic. It seems to contain properties not unlike street PCP, though more metaphysical in nature of course. I did identify Eye of Newt as one of the ingredients, but one suspects added chiefly for taste, rather than kick.”


Demon: “You’re dead!”
Angel: “I’m already dead. (beheads the demon) Welcome to the club.”


Angel is arming himself to the teeth -- throwing star, knife at his waist, knife at his ankle, arm sheath stakes.
Wesley: “What happened to calmly, cautiously, and deliberately investigating before rushing in?”
Angel: “That was Plan A. We’ve since moved on to Plan B.”
Wesley: “And Plan B is?”
Angel: (Axe Twirling) “Do I really have to explain it to you, Wesley?”

  • Rock Star Parking: Lampshaded by Cordelia when she mentions the difficulty of trying to find a parking space while tailing someone.
  • Self-Made Orphan
  • Ship Sinking: The death of Kate's father at the fangs of vampires kills off what little romantic potential she has with Angel after discovering his vampire nature in "Somnabulist".
  • Talk About That Thing: Kate doesn't like using the word "demon", and tells Angel to call it an "evil thing". Hilarity Ensues.

Angel: “It’s just that the ah, Evil Thing -- turns out it wasn’t an evil Thing.”
Kate: “The evil thing wasn’t an Evil Thing?”
Angel: “Well, it was an Evil Thing in terms of that word. It just wasn’t an evil Evil Thing.”
Kate: “There are Not Evil Evil Things?”
Angel:Well – yeah.”

  • Suspect Is Hatless: When interviewing witnesses to a demon assault on the subway, the best Kate can glean from them is suspect is of 'average' height, 'average' build, and 'average' weight. Well, that was helpful.
  • Tough Love: What Liam's father seems to have been going for; he spends all his time telling his son he's useless and not a real man, and that if he leaves now he can never come back... And only realises when Liam tells him to get out of the way that, well, it didn't really work the way it was supposed to.
  • Unusual Euphemism: When Kate says she's not dating Angel, her father asks if it's because he's "West Hollywood" (the term for LA's famous gay district).
  • Vampire Invitation: After he was first made a vampire, Angelus tricked his own baby sister into inviting him in on the pretense that he was an angel taking the form of her beloved dead brother. Cue aversion of Infant Immortality. In the present day Angel watches helplessly as two vampires murder Trevor Lockley, who had invited them in earlier but refused to invite Angel in because he knew violence was about to ensue and assumed Angel was an Innocent Bystander. Angel unsuccessfully tries to deter the vampires by saying he'll kill them the moment Trevor dies and he can enter.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Off-screen; Angel pulls a Kwaini demon out of the top vent of the subway train.
  • Wall of Weapons / Lock and Load Montage
  • Weirdness Censor: It's not just in Sunnydale; with the passengers all giving deliberately vague descriptions of the demon.
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: To Liam's confrontations with his father in 1753 Ireland, and the murder of his family as Angelus.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Lampshaded by Darla when Angelus thinks he's 'won' by killing his father.

Darla: “Your victory over him took but moments. But his defeat of you will last lifetimes.”
Angel: “What are you talking about? He can’t defeat me now.”
Darla: “Nor can he ever approve of you –- in this world or any other.”


Head demon: “Do you know what walks this city? (Kate shoots him four times; he barely flinches) You have no comprehension! You do not understand what stands before you!”
Angel: (Axe Twirling Walk in Chime In) “A big, ugly drug-running demon, who thinks he is a lot scarier than he is, maybe? Yeah. She knows.”

  • You Remind Me of X: Angel watching Kate Lockley with her Buffy-like hairstyle in the cemetery.

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