Angel/Recap/S02/E17 Disharmony

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Cordelia's old school friend-turned-vampire Harmony arrives on the scene, looking for some direction after breaking up with Spike. Cordelia is determined to give her one. Meanwhile Angel is trying to get back in Cordy's good books, but thinks her attempts to help Harmony are doomed to failure.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S02/E17 Disharmony include:

Cordy: "And you know, you didn't just betray me, Angel. You didn't just hurt me. You gave away my clothes."
Angel: "To the needy."
Cordy: "I am the needy!

  • Bait and Switch Comment: Doug Sander's Rousing Speech to an apparent vampire army turns out to be a motivational speech for vampires.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT rip pages from an ex-Watcher's Tome of Eldritch Lore.
  • The Big Board: Used to plot the disappearances.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted; Wesley and Angel kick down Cordy's door thinking that Harmony is attacking her only to find the two girls painting each other's toenails. Later the Fang Gang sneak in to rescue the humans held in the Palace Theatre, only to find Harmony has tipped off the vampires they are coming.

Wesley: "Get away from her (realizes that Harmony is painting Cordy's toenails) foot!"

Cordy: "Imagine what could have happened if you'd gone nuts and slept with Darla."
Angel: [looking shifty] "You know I would never do that..."

Harmony: "I mean how do you stand everything? Being what you are, how can you deprive yourself of the taste? The sensation of rich, warm, human blood (Angel's eyes glaze over) flowing into your mouth - bathing your tongue - caressing your throat with its sweet, sticky..."

  • Feet First Introduction / Lingerie Scene: Hungry!Harm sneaks into Cordy's room in a white negligee and pink fuzzy slippers.
  • Foreshadowing: Willow's brief cameo prepares the audience for her appearance in the season finale to inform Angel of Buffy's death.
  • Ghost Butler: Phantom Dennis continues to look out for Cordy, slamming the door to wake her up when Harmony sneaks into her bedroom.
  • Gilligan Cut: From Wesley talking about how upset Cordy is to her laughing over old times with Harmony.
  • Guns Akimbo: Cordy laughs over how Cordy has her pistol crossbow pointed at her throat, as that won't kill her. Cordy says it will hurt a lot, and the second crossbow she's holding lower down will certainly do the job.
  • Half Truth: Plenty of this from Harmony when she's filling in Cordy on what happened since they last met.

Harmony: "Hey, I'm not the same person I was back at Sunnydale High.

Cordy: "La, la, la, la, la, new clothes! I have new clothes!"

  • Heel Face Mole: Harmony is sent into the Palace to spy on the cult, but decides Doug's message is more appealing.
  • History Repeats: In Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander ended their post-relationship Snark-to-Snark Combat by buying Cordelia a dress for the prom -- Angel likely had this incident in mind when he tries the same tactic.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted; Wes is out of his wheelchair but is still in visible pain from any strenuous activity. Not that it stops him.
  • Hollywood Tone Deaf: Cordy takes Harmony to sing for the Host. After listening to her butcher "The Way We Were" he comments, "I think your friend should reconsider the name Harmony." (In truth Mercedes McNab sings a bit too well in that scene.)
  • Hypocritical Humor: Wesley telling Angel he can't buy Cordelia's affection, only to be let Death Glaring over Cordy's Happy Dance.
  • In the Hood
  • Kill'Em All: Doug smugly tells our heroes to put down their weapons as they're outnumbered.

Doug: "Really Angel, you don't want all your friends to die horribly now, do you?"
Angel: "No I don't. Wesley?"
Wesley: "Kill 'em all!" [Team Wesley spring into action]

  • Meaningful Name: Wes notes that Cordy calling her friend 'Harm' is quite appropriate.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Cordelia mistakes Harmony as being gay, when Harmony is actually trying to tell her she is a vampire.

Cordelia: [on phone with Willow] Ohhh! Harmony's a vampire? That's why she... Oh, my God, I'm so embarrassed. [giggles and chuckling wryly]
Cordelia: All this time, I thought she was a great big lesbo...! [long pause while Willow says something]
Cordelia: Oh, yeah? Really? Well that's great. Good for you!
Willow: [dryly] Thanks for the affirmation.

  • Motor Mouth: Harmony. She never...shuts...up!
  • Not Himself: Angel is trying so hard to get in Cordy's good books he agrees that Harmony shouldn't be staked on sight. Cordy gives him a funny look while Wesley's immediate response is to point his crossbow at Angel in case he's turned evil.
  • Nothing Personal

Wesley: That is not your friend. That thing may have your friend's memories and her appearance, but it's just a filthy demon, an unholy monster. Uh, no offence.
Harm: About what?

  • Off with His Head: Angel kills Doug Sanders with a fire axe.
  • Ponzi: Doug Sanders is running a vampire pyramid scheme.

Doug: "One vampire turns two humans into vampires. (flicks a switch to the next slide showing the next level down) they each turn to more humans into vampires (flicks to the next slide) and they turn to more into vampires(flick) and so on (flick) and so on. And all it takes for each new vampire to buy their way into our co-op is one, you heard me, *one* human - to be deposited here in our very own food bank."

  • Power Walk: Angel, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn are on their way to rescue the humans captured by Doug's cult. The camera starts with a group shot, then focuses on each of their intent expressions in turn, then suddenly reveals that Harmony is skipping along beside them.
  • Put on a Bus: Until Season 5, when Harmony returns as a regular character.
  • Right Behind Me: Cordelia is on the phone to Willow, who informs her that Harmony is a vampire. Cue Scare Chord as Harmony appears behind her wanting to know what Cordy is talking about.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Angel suggests sending Cordy flowers to make up with her.

Angel: "Yeah, uh, to say, you know, 'thanks.' Uhm. 'Sorry about the migraines.' Uhm, you know, 'I appreciate you?'"
Wesley: "Yes, by all means. And uh, while you're at it pick me up one of those 'sorry you were shot in the gut' bouquets."

Cordy: "You got a place to stay?"
Harmony: "You offering?"
Cordy: "Do I have to say it?"
Harmony: "Yeah."

[while trying to kill Angel with a fire axe] "Why are you working with these humans, Angel? You should be maximizing you inner potential, empowering your vampire self."

  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wesley uses his new boss status to lecture Angel on exactly how he sucked as boss.

Wesley: "This won't be easy for any of us, Angel. You're going to have to change your behavior. Engage your co-workers from time to time. Be sensitive to their feelings, their opinions, especially before you take some action one might construe as...oh, let's just call it insane. It goes a long way to show you - appreciate and respect them. [beat] This is torture for you, isn't it."
Angel: "Yes."
Wesley: "Good."

Wesley: What are you doing?!?! This book is 12 centuries old!!
Harmony: Okay, so it's not like I messed up a new one.

Wesley: "I'd love a cup of coffee."
Angel: (with a laugh) "That's, that's very funny."
[Wesley slides the doors to his new office shut in Angel's face. Angel turns around to look at Cordy and Gunn.]
Cordy: "Two sugars in mine."
Gunn: "Mocha cappuccino here."
[Both of them walk off, leaving Angel standing there alone]
Angel: "Man. Atonement's a bitch."


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