Angel/Recap/S03/E08 Quickening

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Holtz seeks his revenge on a modern day Angel. Darla's impending birth attracts the attention of various factions including Wolfram & Hart.

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  • Bad Boss: Linwood asks a Wolfram & Hart psychic why he didn't see this vampire child business coming.

Psychic: "I can't apologize enough, sir."
Linwood: "You're right. You can't. (Laughs) But I'm not without compassion. I'm gonna give you a chance to save your job - and your skin."
(Psychic smiles relieved, then frowns and leans in a bit closer to Linwood)
Psychic: "No, you're not. You're gonna have me killed."
Linwood: "Now, why couldn't you have had that kind of foresight when we needed it?"
(Someone puts a plastic bag over the psychic's head and smothers him)

  • Bait and Switch Comment: Darla appears to be going to tell Angel to "be careful", but then she tells him to "Just get out of here."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lampshaded by Cordelia when Fred borrows a knife off Gunn, grabs Darla and threatens to kill her baby if the vampire cult doesn't back off.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
    • "A man works hard...builds something...waters it...grows rich and powerful...leaves his wife for a younger beauty. These are the reasons we take certain blood oaths."
    • "It is I who feel fortunate. A vampire birth is unprecedented. I look forward to dissecting both the mother and the child."
  • British Teeth: Holtz asks if England has changed over the centuries.

Sahjhan: "It went through a rough patch about sixty years ago, but it's mostly unchanged. Warm beer, boiled meat, bad teeth. That's why I moved to LA."

  • The Chosen One: A group of vampires naturally assume this would be the case of any child born of a vampire. Wolfram & Hart are scrambling to secure Darla before any other crazies or magical powerbrokers find out.
  • Cow Tools: Dr. Fetvanovich's sinister-looking surgical implements.
  • Cliff Hanger: Angel meets Holtz, while back in the convertible Darla is having her baby.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Lilah Morgan is shown pricking her finger in order to sign a legal document in blood.
  • Cut Apart: Holtz and his men surround a house. They appear to be just in time to stop Angelus and Darla killing the women and children within. It turns out the house is empty and Holtz realises after reading a note that the two vampires are at his house.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Lilah threatens to "have your skin peeled off and stapled back on inside out." And there's the vampire cult's way of honoring Darla. They promise the kill the humans and use their blood to nourish her, then "slice you open, wear your entrails as a belt and consume your eyeballs before we worship the miracle child."
  • Deal with the Devil: Sahjhan tells Holtz he'll die a bitter old man who missed his chance to get revenge on Angelus and Darla.

Holtz: "And is this the part of the tale where the demon offers the broken man the chance to change all that?"


"Alright then, sir. Are you now or have you ever been a vampire? Are any of your friends vampires?"


Recording: "Hi, you've reached the Tittles. We can't come to the phone right now. If you wanna leave a message for Christine, press one. For Bentley, press two. OR TO SPEAK TO OR WORSHIP MASTER TARFALL, UNDERLORD OF PAIN, PRESS THREE."

  • Heel Face Revolving Door: A smirking Darla refuses to help when the vampire cult says they'll kill the humans to nourish her, until they mention cutting Darla up. Darla quickly jumps off the table to stand next to Angel. "OK, I'm in."
  • Hypocritical Humor

Angel: "Nobody's gonna do anything until we know exactly what's going on. Now, if anybody has a problem with that they should leave now. (Darla goes to leave -- Angel pulls her back) Not you."

  • If I Do Not Return: Angel tells the others to wait five minutes while he retrieves the prophecy. If he's not back they're to leave. Six minutes later Cordy is preparing to leave, with only Fred objecting, when Darla has her Screaming Birth.
  • Insecurity Camera: Goes to a Snowy Screen of Death just when Holtz is confronting the Spec Ops team. Also the audio cut out when Darla's name was mentioned, so Wolfram & Hart only know who the pregnant lady is when Lilah recognises her from the footage.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: The Teaser shows Darla and Angelus killing Holtz's family. On hearing a baby cry Darla asks, "Are you going to do it [kill the baby], or shall I?" Cut to Darla in the present day asking Angel the same question regarding her own child.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: A Running Gag with Sahjahn.

"The buildings [in the 21st century] are taller, machines more powerful, and you can get really great Thai food at two in the morning."


Commander: "I'm confident my men will be able to capture and retrieve the target. The larger question revolves around subsequent extraction of the target's cargo."
(Linwood looks blank)
Gavin: (quietly) "Getting the baby from Darla."


Angel: "Me. A father. To a son. You know what that means?"
Fred: "We're surrounded by vampires?"
Angel: "No, it's a human bo..." (looks up and sees the vampire cult) Oh. We are surrounded by vampires."


Sahjhan: "I'll take you to them. Two centuries into the future."
Holtz: (contemptuous) "Through black magic and sorcery."
Sahjhan: "No. On a mule cart. Of course through black magic and sorcery. I'm a demon."


Gavin: "Keee-yi-ha ow. Someone doing an incantation?"
Transcriber: "No. Angel started training female one in martial arts. I think she got in a lucky punch."

  • The Scapegoat: Linwood says that if Wolfram & Hart can't fix this fiasco the buck stops with him. Lilah can't hide her smirk as she gives her sycophantic praise, only for Linwood to inform Lilah that he means he'll name her as the scapegoat.
  • Screaming Birth

Darla: "Something's wrong. The pain..."
Angel: "You like pain."

Darla: "This is different. I want it out -- now!"


Fred: "It probably wouldn't hurt to wait another minute, right? I mean, what's the worst thing that could happen in another minute? (Darla goes into labor) Ask a stupid question..."

  • They Would Cut You Up: Everyone is eager to dissect Darla -- either for religious reasons or just to find out how she could give birth in the first place.
  • Vampire Invitation: Angelus and Darla get around this by greeting Holtz's daughter by name, claiming to be friends and asking if they can come in; when Sarah nods Angelus says, "Is that a yes, then?" causing her to state it verbally.

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