Angel/Recap/S02/E19 Belonging

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Cordelia has a vision of a young woman being pulled through a dimensional portal. Team Wesley identify her as Winifred 'Fred' Burkle, a physics student who's been missing for the past six years. Meanwhile the Host hires them to find a Drokken demon, but is deliberately vague as to why until the same portal disgorges a demon warrior who turns out to be the Host's cousin, leading us to discover his origins.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S02/E19 Belonging include:
  • Alien Sky: Cordy looks up and sees two suns. She's not in California any more.
  • All Part of the Show: How the Host tries to explain a portal to another dimension opening in the middle of his club, emitting a rampaging demon.
  • Aura Vision: Landok can track the "waves of hostility" the Drokken leaves behind.
  • Bait and Switch: Team Wesley is apparently out at a restaurant without Angel, when we hear Angel speaking and the camera pans over from the mirror to where they're actually sitting.
  • Bait and Switch Comment: Gunn asks Wesley about the demon they're tracking. Mr. Exposition immediately starts rambling on about Hacklar demons until Gunn cuts to the chase.

Gunn: "I meant, how do we go about killing it?"
Wesley: "Oh... Your standard slice and dice."

Cordy: "How was the big fight? All big and...fighty?"

"Hey. You want food? I can be food. Pretty tasty here. (Quietly) Come on, where are you? (Louder) Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Here kitty, kitty, kitty."

Wesley: "Angel's informant will lead us to the demon's feeding grounds where we manly men will gather round and kill it to death."

Landok: "Your mother's burden is terrible."
Host: "Misses her little green boo, does she?"
Landok: "She rips your images into tiny pieces, feeds them to the swine, butchers the pigs and has their remains scattered for the dogs."

Landok: "To defeat the Drokken, you must be a great and noble warrior."
Angel: (looking both pleased and embarrassed) "Well, you know; I try."

Angel: "[Cordelia's] wearing this...flimsy swimsuit that covers like...nothing."
[For a moment everyone's eyes unfocus, then they glance at each other.]
Wesley: "Appalling."
Gunn: "Disgusting."
Angel: "Right."

  • Kill It with Fire: Averted -- Wesley shoves a lit road flare down the Drokken's throat. The Drokken bites the flare in half. Earlier Wesley and Gunn debate the wisdom of using a flamethrower. They decide it might draw too much attention.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When Wesley shows uncertainty over how to go about killing the Drokken (his confidence having been severely shaken by his phone call to his father), both Landok and Angel grab swords and go charging in.

Host: "Patience not really a virtue with my people."

Wesley: Apparently she felt I'd disrespected the Hacklar's culture by killing it.

Landok: "The same Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan who refused the ancient tradition of hunting and gathering."
Host: "I'll let you in on a little secret, Landok. While the rest of you boys were out hunting I was down at the waterhole chatting up the senioritas, gathering a little love."
Landok: "Your cowardice even extended to the sacred joust."
Host: "For the last time: not a coward. I just saw both sides of the joust. (To Angel) How you're supposed to joust someone when you partially agree with their point of view?"

Cordy: "Oh God."
Gunn: "What is it? What do you see?"
Cordy: "Moo..."
Wesley: "Moo? Some sort of cow monster?"
Cordy: "Move. I think the sashimi is coming up."

  • Weirdness Censor: A woman bumps into the Host at the library and assumes he's there in makeup for a children's reading. The Host slips into the role quite easily.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Wesley call home to boast of how he's now head of Angel Investigations, only to have his father bring up the whole business of being fired from the Watcher's Council.
  • We Will Meet Again

Landok: "I feel we will meet again some day."

Host: "Oh God. I hope not."

  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gunn finds that his gang have gone ahead with their anti-vampire rumble without him, and George has been killed.

Gunn: Why didn't you wait for me?
Rondell: We've been waiting on you for months, bro.


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