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Angel Investigations is swamped with people seeking help, while its Champion becomes obsessed with putting aside money for his new child.

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  • Ahem: Fred declares to her heroic saviours, "I could kiss you both!" Fred and Wesley are clearly hoping she would, when Lorne ahems to let them know he's still tied up on the floor.
  • An Aesop: Spoofed when Angel keeps glancing at the Briefcase Full of Money while telling the others that money isn't everything. Eventually Cordelia steps in to save him.

Cordy: "They tried to cut Fred's head off. We earned every penny."
Angel: "Hold the baby."
[Cordy takes Connor from Angel as everyone else rushes over to the spilled money and starts to stuff it into their pockets.]

  • Alien Lunch: Lorne turns down the Nahdrahs offer of eyeballs and insects on crackers.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Lampshaded by Fred as she's being clamped into a chair next to the Prince.

Fred: "Oh god. I don't have to marry him, do I?"

Ally: "And the sex -- God, do I miss the sex."
Wesley/Gunn: "Tell me about it."

  • Badass and Baby: Averted; Connor-toting Cordy is smart enough to negotiate Fred's release. Unfortunately Lorne is not so smart.
  • Beauty and The Beast: Ally agrees to give her romance with Zombie!Brian another spin. He didn't even hold his fatal poisoning against her. D'awww.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Cordy turns up in time to save Fred, then Wes and Gunn turn up in time to save her, then Angel turns up in time to save everyone -- I guess Ryan showed him how to work his voicemail.
  • Breather Episode
  • Brick Joke: Cordelia gripes over how she can't call Angel because he doesn't know how to use his voicemail. Later Angel's Cell Phone goes off and he's trying to answer it but only getting a beeping sound, causing Ryan to yell out to him. "I think it's your voicemail!"
  • Briefcase Full of Money

Angel: Fifty...
Cordelia: ...thousand...
Fred: ...dollars?

  • Decapitated Army: Lampshaded, averted and spoofed after the Prince gets decapitated.

Gunn: "Well, I guess you cut off the snake's head..."
(All the Nahdrahs start clicking and raise their weapons.)
Wes: "You piss the other snakes off."
(Nahdrahs knock Wes and Gunn to the ground and start beating the crap out of them.)

Lorne: "Either they're going to talk to their Prince, or they're going to go and eat a cheesemonkey."

  • Groin Attack: Cordy asks if the Nahdrahs have groins. When Lorne confirms this, Cordy kicks one between the legs, only to get a metallic clonk and a sore foot. I guess those metal plates don't just go on their faces.
  • Half Truth

Sam Ryan: "Have you ever had any experience with vampires?"
Angel: "Some"

  • Hidden Purpose Test: The riddle Fred is asked to solve is a test to see if her brain is intelligent enought to transplant into the Nahdrahs prince.
  • Impaled Palm / Yubitsume: Holz punishes Justine for ignoring his orders by sticking an awl through her palm. He gives her the option of removing the awl and walking away from his cause; when she decides to stick around he knows she has what it takes to be The Dragon of his team of vampire hunters.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Holtz asks whether Justine has the commitment for the work at hand. She retorts, "At hand? That's a joke, right?" We find out why when the Reveal Shot shows she has an awl stuck through her hand. Holtz leaves telling her that if she lacks the commitment, she can just pull out the awl and walk away. When he returns she's still impaled on the table. "I decided to stick around."
  • Longing Look / Love Triangle: Wes and Gunn catch each other casting such glances on Fred...simultaneously.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: The Prince
  • Mock Millionaire: Sam Ryan pretends to be the owner of his former employers company so he can pay Angel (with a bogus check) to clean out a vampire nest.
  • My Fist Forgives You: After Holtz yanks the awl out of her hand, Justine wraps it up and then backhands him. With her injured hand.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The pizza parlour gag in The Teaser.
    • Cordelia tells Lorne her offer to return the money in exchange for Fred. Lorne throws in some threats assuming the rest of the gang are with her (he's tied up on the floor and can't see). They're not.
  • Oblivious Mockery

Harlan: "Whoever heard of a vampire out to make a buck, right?"

"I want you to go out and find others like you. People who have suffered as we have, people with the same rage, the same fire. You'll know them when you see them. Their eyes -- will look like this feels." (Justine screams as he yanks out the awl)

Angel: "Lorne, I need you to use your contacts to find out what Holtz is up to. He's out there somewhere. We can never forget that. Finding him is our number one priority."
Gunn: "I thought you said..."
Angel: "Finding Holtz and making money are our two number one priorities. (Cordelia clears her throat) Helping the helpless, finding Holtz, and making money are our three number one priorities."


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