Angel/Recap/S03/E15 Loyalty

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Wesley is torn over what action to take after translating the prophecy that Angel will kill Connor. Holtz's team puts Angel Investigations under surveillance. Unwilling to wait until he acts, Sahjahn forms a secret alliance with Lilah Morgan.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S03/E15 Loyalty include:

Gunn: "I wanna know how [Angel] does it. No last name, no bank account. How are you ordering stuff off the web?"
Fred: "It's not that hard, really. All you have to do is hack into the shipping database, find someone who is ordering what you want, then substitute your information. (Sees Gunn and Angel looking at her) Except that would just be high-tech robbery."
Angel: "I memorized Cordelia's credit card numbers."
Fred: "Oh. Low-tech robbery."

  • The Bait: Holtz's team lure Fred and Gunn into a nest of vampires to get some idea of how they fight.
  • Bait and Switch Comment: Gunn finds out that Wes has been getting on at Fred about their office romance.

Gunn: "Well, you-you-you got my back, right? You stood up to him and said we're two adults and what we do with our personal lives is none of his business, right?"
Fred: (nods) "You bet I, uh...didn't."


Loa: "You risk your life, human, calling on the Loa. Perhaps what you really seek is death. The pain in your heart begs for it."
Wes: "Then do it and be done. Nothing else will stop me."
Loa: "Simple mortal, your pain is just beginning."

  • Decoy Damsel: Aubrey -- she actually has lost her son to vampires, but went to Holtz for vengeance, not Angel Investigations.
  • Description Cut: A clever one where Wesley's encounter with a prophetic god-like hamburger cuts to Lilah Morgan in a bar saying, "I need a drink", no doubt reflecting how Wesley feels at that moment.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Wesley starts arguing with the Loa about the meaning of the prophecy.

Loa: (zapping Wes with lightning from its eyes) "Your insolence is displeasing."

Wes: (picking himself back up) "You try chatting with a cranky hamburger."


Justine: "I don't understand. How can these people work for a vampire."
Holtz: "I once made a pact with a demon."
Justine: "So you could get to Angelus. So you could kill a vampire."
Holtz: "I'm sure they believe their reasons are good, however misguided. Things aren't always black and white, Justine, good and evil."
Justine: "What about Angelus?"
Holtz: "He is evil."

  • Heroic BSOD: Wesley shows increasing strain as he is divided between loyalty to Angel and his desire to protect Angel's child.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Spoofed with Wesley seeking answers from a loa that takes the form of a plastic hamburger-man statue at a fast food joint.
  • Honey Trap: Aubrey asks Wesley out, but he's already worked out what her game is.
  • Kick the Dog: Fred (who is unaware of Wes feelings for her) suggests Wesley needs to get out from behind his desk and find some romance. Wesley works off some of his frustrations by snapping at Fred about her office romance with Gunn.
  • Foreshadowing: Loads of it.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Aubrey thanks Wesley for dusting the vamps who killed her son. Wesley says he never said there was more than one. Aubrey covers it well though, pointing out that Wesley did say there might be a nest of vampires.
  • Meaningful Echo: Fred after staking a vampire. "I got your back! Well, actually I got his back."
  • Neck Lift: The boardwalk vampire does this to Gunn.
  • Portent of Doom

Loa: "The first portent will shake the earth. The second will burn the air. The last will turn the sky to blood."
Wes: "An earthquake? That's the first portent? We live California!"
Loa: "Earthquake, fire, blood. Be heedful of the signs, human, and trouble the Loa no more."


Sahjhan: "You owe me a dead vampire."
Holtz: "Yes. Well, how shall I put this? What are you going to do about it? Nothing. That's what you'll do. That's all you can do - or else you wouldn't have brought me here in the first place. (Holtz turns back to the table) You've done your part, Sahjhan. Now let me do mine."
Sahjhan: "What is your part? Recruiting a bunch of paramilitary moonie freaks, who run around playing Candid Camera with Angel's buddies? That's crap. Admit it. You're a coward...and I bet Caroline would agree. You remember her, don't you? Your dead wife? Mother of your dead kids? How'd they die? Who swore revenge? Any of this ringing a bell?"
Holtz is silent for a long moment, then says quietly:
Holtz: "Get out."

Sahjhan: "Or what? You can't kill me."

Holtz: (turns suddenly to face Sahjhan) "But I can trap your dimensional essence in a Resikhian Urn. Wonderful devices the urns. They last a lifetime. That is, if you live forever."

Sahjhan: "This isn't over, Holtz."


Wesley: "Well, I must have misunderstood. Here I thought it was a simple blood vendetta, when... what you really want is to protect Angel's son."
Holtz: "You don't believe me."
Wes: "Hmm. Not sure really. Could be the low scary voice that's giving me trouble."

  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Wesley tries to argue that Angel is a different person who should not be punished for Angelus' crimes. Holtz responds that Angelus always exists within Angel, has emerged in the past and will do again in future.
  • Smooch of Victory: Fred/Gunn after killing the boardwalk vamps.
  • Staking the Loved One: A different version of the trope is related by Aubrey. Her son came back near dawn after being turned into a vampire. Aubrey was too afraid to invite him in, and he was killed at sunrise.
  • Suggestive Collision: Holtz falls on top of Justine after pushing her out of the way of a collapsing cabinet. They are implied to have become lovers in the next episode.
  • Take Me Instead!: Wes offers his own life to Holtz in the place of Angel's. Holtz of course isn't interested, but the act shows the Loa might have been right about Wesley seeking death to escape his dilemma.
  • Tempting Fate: Played for Drama when Wesley laughs thinking he's reading too much into everything, whereupon all three portents happen at once. An earthquake causes a gas explosion setting the room on fire, giving Angel a head wound that drips onto Connor's blue blanket.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: After being wound tight for the entire episode, Wesley starts to laugh after hearing Angel talk about how much he loves his son.

Angel: What's so funny?
Wes: "Life. Life is funny. Listening to stupid people talking to hamburgers is funny. Worrying about things that will never... It's all so incredibly funny and...and beautiful."

  • Tested On Vamps: Vampires are chained up in Holtz's hideout so his soldiers can be trained to fight them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Justine has learned unarmed combat and sword fighting skills from Holtz.
  • Trick and Follow Ploy: Wesley follows Aubrey to Holtz's hideout.
  • True Companions: Lampshaded by Holtz who shows his troops the video they took of Fred saving Gunn's life.

Holtz: "This tiny girl; outsized, outmatched, outnumbered -- and she survived. Why? Because she was willing not to. She was prepared to die for the cause rather than abandon her comrade."


Loa: "That the vampire will devour his child is certain. The dark question you harbor is only 'when.'"
Wes: "No. The dark question I harbor is 'how do I stop it?'"
Loa: "It can not be stopped."


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