''Angel forsees a marriage where the groom and his family have a special tradition. A ritual one of the guests will not be prepared for.''

Angel Bachelor Party - 1ADH07

Written by Tracey Stern - Directed by David Straiton - First Aired on November 16, 1999

Synopsis - Creature Feature - Cool Quotes - References - Continuity - Goofs - Trivia - The Morgue - Cast - Famous Faces - Points Of View


Cordelia The Short: From the WB11 home page: Just as Doyle is inches away from finally making a connection with Cordy, his estranged wife shows up at Angel Investigations begging for a divorce so she can marry the new love of her life. After the initial shock of it all, Doyle agrees to consent to the divorce. Meanwhile, Angel discovers that the fiance comes from a long line of pacifist demons, but this doesn't seem to rock anyone's boat. After Doyle consents to the divorce, the fiance invites Doyle to join his bachelor party. Unbeknownst to Doyle, the fiance's family has a ritual to fulfill: the fiance needs to eat Doyle's brain in order to have a successful marriage. As the party proceedings begin, Angel gets suspicious and wanders upstairs. There he discovers these demons may not be as pacifist as they seem. He is ejected from the restaurant by the family. Downstairs, Doyle is about to be eaten with a shrimp-fork, but Angel and Cordy and the fiance arrive on the scene and come to the rescue.

The Long: We open in Angel's office as Angel reads a book and Doyle tries to talk him into going out to a sports bar. Cordelia is all dressed up and has a date with Pierce, a rich boyfriend (see Reference #1). Although Cordelia tries to slip out when Pierce arrives, Angel and Doyle introduce themselves to him and ask where they are going (see Reference #2). After Cordelia leaves Doyle looks through Angel's book and finds a picture of a hottie, who he asks about, then realizes it's Buffy. Doyle has a vision of a man being eaten in a vampire nest, so Angel and Doyle go to save him. (Listen to the teaser here.)


Creature Feature

Book Demons Richard Howard Straley and his family are Anomovic demons. Including Richard there were 11 male and 5 female demons. They seem to be very human with the ability to change into a demon form with red scaly skin and vestigial horns. They are long lived and it is implied their knees bend in both directions.

Harry Harry (presumable Harriet Doyle, at least before the divorce) is an ethno-demonologist, who scouts clans of demons and records their culture. A normal human woman, Harry is one of the people who is aware of the demon world.

We learn that half breed demons only sometimes carry on the ''demon genes''. Doyle's mother didn't tell him about his father being a demon until his demon self manifested at the age of 21.

Cool Quotes

    The Straleys
  1. Uncle John: ''Let's see. First we greet the man of the hour. Then we drink. Then we bring out the food. Then we drink. Then comes the stripper, darts, then we have the ritual eating of the first husband's brains, and then charades.''
    Ben: ''Wait! What was that? Charades?''
    Demons do know how to have a good time. Listen to the quote here.


  1. Cordelia: ''I'll have you know that Pierce has a lot more than money. He has a house in Montecito, he has a Mercedes CLK 320 and a place in the hills with a lap pool.''
    Mercedes-Benz is an automobile maker and part of the Daimler Chrysler company. They have a web site at
    One of America's richest towns, Montecito is on the celebrity-stocked shoreline just east of Santa Barbara. (Thanks to Melissa Evans for this information.)

  2. Angel: ''Out to dinner?''
    Pierce: ''Le Petite Renard.''
    Le Petite Renard translates from French to English as ''the little fox'', but it doesn't seem to be a real restaurant in Los Angeles. (Thanks to Melissa Evans for this information.)

    Giorgio Armani
  3. Cordelia: ''Here I am at Le Petite Renard with Mr. Armani, who could keep me in blue boxes for the rest of my life...''
    Angel: ''Blue boxes?''
    Cordelia: ''Tiffany's!''
    Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Italy, and was the son of a shipping manager. Rising from humble origins, he intended to become a doctor but left medical school and worked as a buyer, beginning in 1957, for the Milan department store La Rinascente. In 1964, after a seven-year stint in that position, Armani pursued a career in fashion design, training in the atelier of Nino Cerruti. About 10 years later, with the help of his friend and business partner Sergio Galeotti, Armani launched his own label of ready-to-wear for men and women. Each year he added new offerings to his company, introducing perfume, accessories, a jeans line, the lower-priced diffusion line Emporio Armani, and sportswear.
    Tiffany's & Co. is a high cost retail sales company established in 1837. They have a web site at http://www.tiffany.com/.

  4. Harry: ''Around. Uhm, Kiribati, Togo, Uzbekistan, a few spots that were a little less touristy.''
    Kiribati The Republic of Kiribati is composed of three island groups in the central Pacific Ocean. The island groups, from west to east, are the Gilbert, Phoenix, and Line islands.

    Togo The Republic of Togo is in western Africa is a narrow strip of land stretching about 320 miles northward from a coastline of about 32 miles on the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Uzbekistan The Republic of Uzbekistan is in Central Asia and gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

  5. Cordelia: ''So, it was a green card thing.''
    A Green Card is an official document issued by the U.S. government to aliens, allowing them to work legally in the Unites States. Marriage to a U.S. citizen is a fast way to a green card, because the applicant becomes an immediate relative. (Thanks to Melissa Evans for this information.)

  6. Harry: ''I know it's wild, huh? I'm definitely the ying to his yang, but it works! He's got a good heart, Francis, just like you.''
    Yiny and yang is...

  7. Angel: ''It's Angel. Where are you?''
    Cordelia: ''In the nether world know as the 818 area code. Why?''
    The 818 area code covers the area of the San Fernando Valley, which is considered the boonies to the people of the west side of Los Angeles. (Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for finding this.)

  8. Harry: ''Oh, please Uncle John! When is the last time you pried your self away from ESPN long enough to spill the blood of a she-goat?''
    ESPN is a sports cable television channel. When ESPN started in 1979 they were the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. The full name was dropped in February 1985 when the company adopted a new corporate name ESPN, Inc. They have a web site at http://www.espn.com/. (Thanks to Melissa Evans for the history of ESPN.)


    Xander & Willow
  1. Cordelia: ''I mean I swore when I went that road with Xander Harris, I'd rather be dead then date a fixer-upper again.''
    What's My Line Part One - Cordelia refers to her former boyfriend Xander Harris, who she started to see when they were trapped together by an assassin.
    Lover's Walk - Cordelia broke up with him when she discovered him kissing another girl, Willow Rosenberg.

  2. The vision Doyle had at the end was a scene from the fight in the opening of Pangs, the next Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode.


  1. When Harry walks in, watch the necklace Doyle is wearing. Every time the camera cuts away from him and comes back it changes from being under his shirt to on top of it and back again.

  2. When Angel jumps Richard in the back room of the restaurant he raises his hands to defend himself, and you can clearly see how the red makeup on his hands stops at his wrists.

  3. When Pierce and Cordelia are having dinner watch the background. A waitress walks up to the lady behind her, then they cut to Pierce for less then a second, and the same woman walks up again.

  4. During the bachelor party, Angel walks into the kitchen, and you can see his reflection in the window of the kitchen door briefly.

  5. You see Angel's reflection again in the glass shutters back in his office.

    Angel Angel Cut
  6. When Angel vamps out in the alley he has a cut on his forehead that magcially heals as he goes into vamp face, although this may just be an example of super-fast healing, it looks very odd.


  • You can download audio clips from this episode at http://www.glennquinn.com/multimedia/audio/angel_bachelor.html.

  • Buffy Summers is the second reoccurring non-star character on the show. She was last seen in City Of.

  • We learn Doyle's full name is Allen Francis Doyle.

  • Since Doyle states he married before he was 20, and Harry says it's ''four years later'', that would imply Doyle is at least 23 years old.

  • This is not the first Richard we've seen. The Mayor of Sunnydale was Richard Wilkins.

  • This is not the first Rachel we've seen. The girl Angel saved in In The Dark was named Rachel.

  • New name for Angel: Loser-Pineing-Guy (by Cordelia).

  • The Morgue

    1. Anonymous vampire: In it's lair, staked by Angel (off camera during the fight).
    2. Anonymous vampire: In it's lair, staked by Angel (off camera during the fight).
    3. Anonymous vampire: In it's lair, staked by Angel.
    4. Anonymous vampire: In front of Angel Investigations, staked by Doyle.


    Angel Angel David Boreanaz as Angel
    Cordelia Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
    Doyle Glenn Quinn as Allen Francis Doyle

    Guest Starring:
    Harry Kristin Dattilo as Harry
    Richard Richard Carlos Jacott as Richard Howard Straley

    Ben Ben Ted Kairys as Ben
    Nick Nick Chris Tallman as Nick
    John John Brad Blaisdell as Uncle John
    Pierce Rib Hillis as Pierce (Credited as Robert Hillis.)
    Martha Lauri Johnson as Aunt Martha
    Rachel Kristen Lowman as Mother Rachel
    Coming soon! David Polcyn as Russ
    Buffy Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Anne Summers (Uncredited, seen in a picture and vision from Pangs.)
    Coming soon! William Vogt as Jamie the Vampire (Uncredited, seen fighting Buffy in the vision from Pangs.)

    Famous Faces

    Kristin Harry Kristin Dattilo, who played as Harry, played the girl in the Aerosmith music video Janie's Got a Gun.

    Ken Carlos You might recognize Carlos Jacot from his part as Dr. Tobe Hodge in the 1999 film Bats. He also played the demon Ken in the episode Anne.

    John Brad Blaisdell, who played uncle John, played Yint in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Honor Among Thieves 6.15.

    Pierce Rib Hillis, who played Pierce, played a part in the Aerosmith music video Love Is Hard On the Knees.

    Aunt Martha Lauri Johnson, who played Aunt Martha, played the secretary in Saving Private Leo 4.17 on Charmed.

    Points Of View


    Probably my second favorite so far, and strangely another non-vision directed episode. The vision of saving the guy from the vamps was just a side note. The Anomovic restaurant owners were a different kind of demon. Generally human-like, but when you get deep down they are still demons. It was nice to see Cordelia try to warm up to Doyle, only to be shocked by meeting his wife. Another bonus was that the main plot was solved without any death, an uncommon surprise. I hope we see more of Harry and the Straley clan in the future.

    8 out of 10

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