Angel/Recap/S03/E18 Double or Nothing

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Seven years ago Gunn sold his soul to the owner of a demon casino. Now he wants to collect.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S03/E18 Double or Nothing include:

Fred: Don't forget your machete!
Gunn: Yes dear.
Groo: He is very fortunate to have such a woman looking after his weapon.
(Fred tries not to giggle)
Lorne: Not touching that one.

  • Bait and Switch
    • Lorne notes that Wesley is too smart to walk into Angel Investigations. Just then the door opens and everyone looks up in see Groo and Cordelia back from holiday.
    • Fred points out that if Angel loses his soul playing the card game he'll turn into Angelus and kill them all. Angel hands Cordy a wooden stake and says she knows what to do if he loses. When Angel does lose, Cordy immediately rams the stake through Jenoff's palm, holding him in place so Angel can lop off his head.
  • Bait and Switch Comment: Fred is the only member of the gang to visit Wes in the hospital and offer sympathy, only to give him a What the Hell, Hero? speech and tell Wes he's not to come back. She concludes by dropping the bombshell that the prophecy was false and that his actions were all for nothing.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Team Angel turn up just in time to save Gunn from soul-sucking.
  • Big Eater / Beyond the Impossible: Fred eats so much that even she is full.
  • Blood Oath: A spike that comes out of a ring Jenoff is wearing draws blood while he's shaking Gunn's hand, which is then placed on the soul contract.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her / Something They Would Never Say: Gunn tries to push Fred away with some very mean words in order to spare her the pain of his leaving/death (not clear). Although visibly upset at first, she sees right through this ploy and tells the others he must be in some VERY BAD trouble because Gunn would never really say those things unless he was TRYING to push her away to protect her.
  • Captain Obvious: The Fang Gang try their Big Damn Heroes thing, only to find they're vastly outnumbered in a casino full of demons.

Cordy: Angel...
Angel: I know.
Groo: We are surrounded.
Angel: I know.
Fred: We have to save Charles!
Angel: I know!


Cordy: Fred, I hate to say this, but... are you sure he didn't? I mean, those things you said he said to you...
Fred: I know I said he said those things to me, but he would never say those things to me!
Cordy: Those things he said?
Fred: Exactly!


Repo Man: We all pay our debts to Mr. Jenoff.
Gunn: There must be something else. Something else he can take.
Repo Man: Gee, I never heard that before -- except every damn time the bill comes due.


Angel: Let me get this and Gunn are dating?

  • The Confidant: Cordelia sits in Angel's burnt-out apartment with a good book so she can provide comfort and a sympathetic ear when he needs it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jenoff
  • Rule of Symbolism: Wesley returning to his empty apartment.
  • Rule of Threes: Happens literally when Angel turns up the Three of Hearts (to Jerrod's Five of Clubs).

Angel: A three?
Gunn: A three?
Jenoff: A three!


Lorne: Groo, you might want to avoid saying the name--

Cut to Monica: Wesley, right. [snip] That's who we talked to. Is he here?

    • Repo Man's first meeting with Gangbanger!Gunn.

"You got a name or just a 'tude?" (Cut to Repo Man introducing Gunn to Jenoff) "Name's Gunn."


Gunn: Must be my lucky day.
Repo Man: (from the door) It's not.


Angel: You live as long as I do, eventually you lose everyone. It's what happens. I'm not sayin' you get used to it but you expect it, you deal. But [Connor] was just... (beat)...he was just a little... You think you know something about living, cause you have this really long past. And that's really all you have, in my case anyway. Then one day you wake up and you have something else...
Cordy: A future.


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