Angel/Recap/S03/E02 That Vision Thing

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Cordelia experiences visions that disfigure her physically. Lilah Morgan offers to fix the problem if Angel rescues a man imprisoned by the Powers That Be.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S03/E02 That Vision Thing include:

Lorne: "Who wants to get to you, who has the sizable resources, and who'd be willing to mess up a pretty face like Cordelia's?"

Wesley: "Anything of interest yet, Fred?"
Fred: "Oh, sure. Lots. 'H' is a fascinating letter. Helicopters, helium, helmets, hernias...'
Wesley: "Did you happen to notice 'herbs' in your wanderings?"

Angel: "I don't suppose we know what this dimension is like? I mean, besides fortress-y and demon-y?

  • Chekhov's Gunman: The prisoner Angel freed will turn up again in "Billy", and the demon Skip in "Birthday". The exterminators sent by Gavin Park are revealed to have been planting bugs instead of getting rid of them.
  • Dramatic Thunder / A Storm Is Coming: Darla consulting the shaman. Just call it Foreshadowing.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Averted; Lorne's attempt to use Julie Andrews singing The Sound of Music to help Cordelia relax just makes her ill.
  • Evil Is Petty: Gavin Park steps up his harassment of Angel Investigations, listing fifty-seven city code violations with the city planners office and sending pest exterminators in the middle of the night to clean out the Hyperion.
  • Facial Horror
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Angel and Skip share some amusing eyebrow movements when they first meet.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted when you find the Chinese couple are working for the Powers -- vampires are (after all) evil.

Old Chinese Woman: Your kind not welcome here.
Charles Gunn: Since when can't a brother buy some ginseng tea?
Old Chinese Man: Not you. Him. (Points at Angel) Vampire not welcome.

David Boreanaz: No, Cordy; this isn't about winning, this is about what's at stake, and these waffles are fucking great. Can we eat 'em?

Skip: "And you're here to try to...rescue this guy? (Angel nods) But we're on the same side. Shouldn't you be helping to keep him in here?"
Angel: "I know. I know. Long story. Involves a girl. I don't like it any better than you do."
Skip: "So I really can't talk you out of this?"
Angel: "Sorry. I wish you could. I guess we just have to agree to..." (Skip punches him in the face) "...disagree."

Angel: "Uh, what keeps him in the fire?"
Skip: "My will."
Angel: "How come he's not screaming in pain?"
Skip: "Oh, he is. My will prevents him from being heard. I mean there is only so many 'oh my god! The pain! Please make it stop!' that you can listen to before it starts to bug the crap out of you."

  • The Nameless: The Man in a Fez.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: The key is hidden in a key shop; averted though because it's too distinctive to miss.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Darla isn't surprised the shaman doesn't have any answers for her.
  • The Nose Knows: Skip sniffs Angel and realises he's both a vampire and working for the Powers.
  • Nothing Personal: Angel and Skip have a friendly conversation before trying to beat each other's heads in. Averted with Lilah -- after making the swap, she tells Angel it was "just business". Angel responds by hurling a rebar through the skull of the Man with the Fez. Lilah stares at the corpse, then jumps when she realises Angel is right in front of her.

Angel: "Don't you come at me through Cordelia ever again. You play that card a second time and I'll kill you."

  • Oh Crap: Angel crosses into the fortressed demon dimension. His weapons don't come with him.

Angel: "Sure. Because it would be too easy if I could actually defend myself."

Wesley: "I supposed it is one of the unwritten laws of being a 'dick.' (Gunn give Wes a look) Ah, a sleuth, a gumshoe, Sherlock."

Gunn: "All I know is you use the word 'dick' again and we're gonna have a problem. So what is the name of this place anyway?"

Wesley: "Van Hoa Dong."

Lilah: "To be honest, nobody at the firm thought that you could do it...except me. You're a remarkable man, Angel."
Angel: "Yeah, and you're an evil bitch."

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