Angel/In the Dark
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In the Dark is the third episode of the first season of Angel and is the third episode overall. Angel is given the Gem of Amarra, a ring that makes the wearer invulnerable (as long as he's a vampire). But, the ring only manages to bring more trouble his way.
Monster of the Week
- Marcus: While not a monster in the traditional regard, he is a notoriously cruel and torturous vampire who is credited with developing several techniques of torture. Although, he never admits which ones. He has a penchant for Mozart's 47th symphony and killing children. By the end of the episode, he steals the Gem of Amarra but is killed by Angel before he can do any damage.
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Songs are listed in order of appearance in the episode.
- Unknown Artist - Smoker's Revenge
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 41
- Angel Investigations: Angel has his first walk-in customer and the agency's first (potentially) paying gig.
- Angel: Angel is given the Gem of Amarra, but rejects it because it isn't truely redeeming. He admits that the only way he can achieve forgiveness and redemption is by continuing his fight in the dark. He says that if he adapts to life in the day, then he wouldn't be able to see the things that people can't help themselves against in the night.
- BtVS - 2x03 - School Hard: Cordelia makes a reference to the main arc of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Spike and Drusilla raised a demon called The Judge.
- Cordelia: This one time he and Dru raised this demon that burned people from the inside. It was this whole weird thing with an arm in a box.
- First Appearance: This episode marks Spike's first appearance on the Angel spinoff. He made several appearances previously on the Buffy series and will go on to become a billed cast member.
- First & Final Appearance: Oz, a billed character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer played by Seth Green, makes his first and only appearance crossing over to Angel.
Behind the Scenes
- Buffy Crossover: This episode is the second part of a story begun in The Harsh Light of Day, an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The episodes were originally aired back to back.
Allusions and References
- Angela's Ashes: Angela's Ashes is a novel written in 1996 by Frank McCourt about an Irish family immigrating to America from Ireland. The story is told through the eyes of a child and recounts experiences of American bigotry and Irish poverty. The book was adapted into a film in 1999 starring Emily Watson
- Cordelia: I think the trick is laying off the ale before you start quoting Angela's Ashes and weeping like a baby man.
- Johnny Depp: In 1994, Johnny Depp destroyed $9,767 worth of furniture in a New York hotel. It was a major media snafu because he was brought to jail in front of TV new cameras. However, no charges were brought after he paid for the things that he destroyed.
- Cordelia: When you're are done giving the place the Johnny Depp once-over, I hope you have the cash to pay for all of this.
- Human Torch: The Human Torch is one of the members of the Fantastic Four, a Marvel comics superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Johnny Storm developed the power to turn into living fire after being caught in a cosmic storm with his friends and family. He's most well known for shouting "Flame On" before bursting into flames and flying away.
- Cordelia: It's daylight and you're ringless. Unless you're changing the act to human torch, I don't think so.
- Angel being captured and tortured into saying all he wants is forgiveness by Marcus.
- Oz bursting through a wall in his van in order to help Cordelia and Doyle rescure Angel.
- Spike: [as Rachel] How can I thank you, you mysterious black-clad hunk of a night thing?
Spike: [as Angel] No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. And now I'm just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth. No, not the hair! Never the hair!
Spike: [as Rachel] But there must be some way I can show my appreciation?
Spike: [as Angel] No, helping those in need's my job, and working up a load of sexual tension and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough.
Spike: [as Rachel] I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so...
Spike: [as Angel] Say no more. Evil's still afoot. And I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair-gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!
- Angel: Oz.
Angel: Nice surprise.
Angel: Staying long?
Oz: Few days.
Doyle: [long pause] They always like this?
Oz: No, we're usually laconic.
- Doyle: So what, you don't get the ring because your period of self-flagellation isn't over yet? I mean think of all the daytime people you could help between 9 and 5.
Angel: They have help. The whole world is designed for them, so much that they have no idea what goes on around them after dark. They don't see the weak ones lost in the night, or the things that prey on them. And if I join them, maybe I'd stop seeing, too.
- Angel: I don't know about you, but I had a nice day. You know, except for the bulk of it while I was nearly tortured to death.
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