Angel/Recap/S01/E17 Eternity

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Angel finds himself attracted to an actress who wants to remain forever young. Unfortunately her efforts to achieve this cause Angel's evil alter ego to resurface.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S01/E17 Eternity include:
  • Annoying Laugh: Cordelia in Rebecca's presence.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Cordelia on stage. Subverted when we find Cordy can put on a good performance when her life is on the line.
  • Big Damn Heroes / Super Window Jump: Angel does his thing.
  • Brutal Honesty: Angelus as always; lampshaded by Cordelia at the end, who points out that she deserves such honesty from her friends too.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Oliver Simon, the talent agent who gave Angel his card in the premiere episode "City Of" in the belief that he was an aspiring actor.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Averted; Angel can tell instantly the stalker's letter isn't written in blood.
  • Crazy Prepared: Cordelia for Angelus' return. Turns out she's bluffing, but it sounds good.
  • Cut the Juice: Angelus kills the lights like he did in "Innocence" before making his appearance before Cordy and Wes.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Angelus worries that no-one will believe he's killed anyone famous; he suggests cutting off Rebecca's head and putting it on a pike like in the olden days.
  • Diving Save / Rescue Romance
  • Dramatic Shattering: Angelus exuberantly breaks the wineglass on an overhead beam.

Oh, God. I love this stuff! Wow! Remind me to get the name of your dealer –- before I kill you.

  • Dressed to Kill: Angel in a tux, posing as Rebecca's bodyguard.
  • Evil Makeover: Worried that Angel might have slept with Rebecca, Cordelia turns up at her house the following morning wielding lattes and a huge cross.

Cordy: Well, judging by the outfit, I guess it’s safe to come in. Evil Angel never would have worn those pants.

Wesley: You took the role and made it your own.
Cordelia: Really? Thanks. Angel, was I good?
Angel: I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t think so.
Cordelia: Thanks....you didn’t say it.

Rebecca: When I looked into the mirror and you weren’t there I didn’t scream. I didn’t run. I understood.
Angel: No. You weren’t afraid. You looked into that mirror and all you saw was yourself. That’s all you ever see, Rebecca, and that’s what really frightens you.

  • Not So Dire: Wesley and Angel are panicked that there's no escape from the horror. The "horror" in question being Cordelia's acting.
  • Oblivious Mockery

Wesley: Angel’s moment of true happiness occurred because he was with Buffy. You realize how rare that is –- true happiness? And what are the odds he’s find that with an actress?
Cordy: What’s that supposed to mean?
Wesley: I was...I meant TV-actress.
Cordy: Save it.

Angelus: Now that I respect!

Rebecca: You’re crazy.
Angelus: Oh, no. I’m a vampire.


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