Belonging is the nineteenth episode of the second season of Angel, and the forty-first episode overall. While the gang attempts to find and kill a demon that came out of a portal, they accidentally abduct the Host's cousin out of his home dimension.
After a demon enters Caritas through a portal, a shaken host comes to Angel Investigations. The Powers That Be send Cordelia a vision of young girl that disappeared years ago, also through a strange portal.
Monster of the Week
- Drokken: Native to the Host's dimension, the Drokken is a large ape-like beast that is extremely strong and feral. Because his skin is too thick for most attacks, either a very strong blow is required to piece its skin or a blade dipped in thromite. The Drokken's bite contains an extremely powerful poison that is lethal to Lorne's people, but the poison is curable with an antidote from the dimension it comes from.
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Songs are listed in order of appearance in the episode:
- Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
- Wesley: A bit more of Wesley's relationship with his father is expanded upon. He clearly is uncomfortable speaking to him and although we don't hear what his father is saying over the phone, it seems to confirm the "fathers don't need to be possessed to terrorize their children" line from a previous episode.
- The Host: The Host's full name is revealed to be Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan, or "Lorne" for short. He's something of the black sheep of the family and may have left his dimension in order to look for something more than champions fighting evil.
- Cordelia: Cordelia is accidentally sucked into Lorne's home dimension when Landok is transported back.
- Happy Anniversary: Angel and Lorne previously teamed up to stop a physicist from accidentally stopping time. They tracked him down to a university library where Lorne had to pretend to be the school mascot and read a Russian/English dictionary.
- Lorne: How come every time you and me hit the big city we end up in a library?
- The Thin Dead Line: Wesley was shot when he attempted to aid Gunn in his crazy plan to videotape the cops using unnecessary, aggravated force.
- Cordelia: Besides, last time we went chasing after him on a hunt you got shot.
- First Appearance: This episode marks the first appearance of Winifred "Fred" Burkle in the series. Although she only appears in Cordelia's vision, she goes on to become a billed cast member.
Behind the Scenes
- Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 4.4/7 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. It was ranked 3rd out of the 17 WB shows which aired that week.
- Final Episode: This is the last episode that Shawn Ryan wrote for the series. Following this, he went on to create The Shield for FX.
Allusions and References
- Elton John: Elton John is a singer who has sold over 250 million albums and has had over 50 Top 40 hits. Among his best known songs are "Tiny Dancer", "Candle in the Wind", and (as Lorne said) "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".
- Lorne: Mr. Elton John hits the first few keys of 'Yellow Brick Road' I defy you not to feel like the only other person in the room.
- Lorne Greene: Lorne Green was one of the stars of Bonanza, in which he played the role of Ben Cartwright. He also had roles in television shows like Battlestar Galactica and the Nineteen Eighty-Four miniseries.
- Angel: Right. Lorne Greene... Bonanza? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here?
- When Angel is on set to ask Cordelia a question, she crosses her arms. It cuts to another shot and she again crosses her arms.
- Angel: Not like here where it's brightly lit and open and everyone can stare at you and... It's a little exposed. Kind of public.
- Gunn: Oh, yeah, that public thing. It happens when you go where the people are.
- Angel: Oh. I'm not cheap; I'm just old. I remember when a few bob got you a good meal, a bottle, and a tavern wench.
- Gunn: What is it? What do you see?
- Cordelia: Mo...
- Wesley: Moo? Some sort of cow monster?
- Cordelia: Move. I think the sashimi’s coming up.
- (Cordelia doubles over, pulling the tablecloth and dishes off the table as she throws up)
- Angel: They'll take that off the bill, right?
- (on the beach set for the commercial)
- Cordelia: What are you doing here?
- Angel: Getting a tan. Not bursting into flames.
- Angel: When was the last time Cordy took crap from any of us?
- Gunn: Never. And the day after never.
- Cordelia: How was the big fight? Big and fighty?
- Angel: Walking I get, but power walking? Why not just run for a shorter time?
- Librarian: Well, the kids'll flip over your costume. It looks so authentic.
- Host: Thank you.
- Librarian: Except for the horns. But those are probably hard to fake.
- Host: If you only knew.
- Host: Yes. Lorne, if you must. Though I generally don't go by that because... green.
- Cordelia: Huh?
- Angel: Right. Lorne Greene.
- (Cordelia and Wesley look puzzled)
- Angel: Bonanza?
- (Cordelia and Wesley still look puzzled)
- Angel: Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here?
- (Cordelia and Wesley continue to look puzzled)
- Angel: Okay, now I feel old.
- Landok: Landokmar of the Deathwok Clan.
- Cordelia: There's that Deathwok Clan thing again. Does that mean that the two of you are...?
- Host: Cousins.
- Landok: Your Mother's burden is terrible.
- Host: Misses her little green boo, does she?
- Landok: She rips your image into tiny pieces, feeds them to the swine, butchers the pigs, and has their remains scattered for the dogs.
- Host: Sounds like Ma.
- Landok: The Drokken goes this way. The aura is strong. It's not far.
- Host: What do you want? A medal?
- Lando: Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan mocks me?
- Host: Just the L.A. in me coming out, I guess.