Angel/Recap/S05/E14 Smile Time
Angel is turned into a puppet while investigating a cursed children's show. Hilarity Ensues.
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Fred: Angel! You're...you're...cute!
Puppet!Angel: You're fired.
- Battle Discretion Shot: Puppet!Angel fighting Spike in the elevator.
- Berserker Rage: Angel is not happy about being a puppet. When Spike addresses this Angel flies into an absolute rage.
- Breather Episode: The second Angel is revealed to be a puppet the reviewers of Television Without Pity gave it an A. For the next thirty minutes they treated it as the funniest thing in the series, then give it an A+ when Puppet!Angel vamps out.
- Bridal Carry: Lorne carrying his injured puppet prince.
- Chair Reveal: Angel showing the gang what he's turned into.
- Credits Gag: The "self esteem" song plays over the credits.
- Deal with the Devil
- The Doll Episode
- Game Face / Cute Little Fangs
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Nina wakes up with white Angel-stuffing in her mouth and cries, "I ate him!"
- Happy Fun Ball
- Hugo Award: Nominated 2005.
- Humiliation Conga
- Hypocritical Humor: Angel saying he's paying more attention to what goes on around him, just before he's clawed by a just-morphed Nina.
- Life Energy
- Moral Myopia: The demons trying to put on quality kids entertainment which sucks out their energy.
- Oblivious to Love: Angel and Wesley.
- Power Walk: Parodies when the doors to Angel's office open and Wesley, Gunn, and Fred walk out in slow-mo... and then the camera pans downward, revealing a sword-wielding Puppet!Angel walking in front of them.
- Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: Plenty from all puppets.
"I'm going to rip you a new puppet-hole, bitch!"
- Don't forget Angel's reply to having a little demon in him.
"I have a lot of demon in me." Puppet!Angel vamps out.
- Puppet Permutation
- Puppet Master
- Running Gag: Angel cannot control his anger when turned into a puppet. He first fails to work a remote and reacts with, "Stupid plastic piece of crap!" Then when fighting Spike in an elevator he goes, "Stupid...grimy...piece of crap!"
- Sealed with a Kiss: Fred and Wesley.
- Smash Cut: "YOU'RE A BLOODY PUPPET!" Cut to Spike being hurled through the doors of Angel's office.
- Subverted Kids Show
- Tastes Like Diabetes (In-Universe)
- This Means War: After hearing the Self-Esteem Song, Angel demands the Wolfram & Hart Spec Ops team take out Smile Time.
- The Voiceless
- You Need to Get Laid
- Back to Angel