''Only Angel stands between a man and his deadly obsession.''

Angel Parting Gifts - 1ADH10

Written by David Fury and Jeannine Renshaw - Directed by James Contner - First Aired on December 14, 1999

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


Sold The Short: From the
WB11 home page: Angel pays a visit to the PTB (Powers That Be) and begs them to return Doyle. They refuse and when he protests that he no longer has access to the visions, they reply that when a door closes, another one opens. Meanwhile, a schwarmy telepathic demon named Barney approaches Angel Investigations for help, claiming that he is being followed by a demon-assassin. Later that day, Cordelia is in the middle of an audition, and receives a vision. She soon realizes there was more to Doyle's kiss than she originally thought. Assuming that she can be rid of the visions by kissing someone else, she kisses Angel, and the new client. After a brief interview with Barney, Angel visits his apartment to see if he can learn anything. While he is there, he encounters Wesley, a Watcher he had briefly known in Sunnydale. Wesley was kicked out of the Watcher's Council and is now a rogue-demon hunter in hot pursuit of a dangerous and powerful demon. They soon discover that the demon that was most recently attacked by the killer is of Asian origin. Angel heads over to Koreatown to get more information and Wesley later joins him. After speaking to the dying demon, they deduce that Barney is involved, and Cordelia is in danger. Meanwhile, Barney kidnaps Cordelia and bids her visionary powers at an auction. When the deal goes to the highest bidder, Cordelia's fate is to have her eyes gouged out. Moments before the first incision, Angel and Wesley rush in and save the day. The next morning, Angel invites Wesley for breakfast. Is Wesley here to stay?

Correction: Technically Angel didn't visit the PTB's and ask for Doyle back, he visited the Oracles and asked them to turn back time so he could get him back. Barney was empathic, not telepathic.

The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Angel trying to talk to Oracles into folding time so he can save Doyle. They refuse and send him away, saying a new door will open. Elsewhere we see a pink skinned demon with pointy ears and small horns running in an alley, as he is being chased by a biker in a helmet and leather jacket. (Listen to the teaser here.)


Creature Feature

Barney Oracles We see the Oracles again in this episode. This time they refuse to help Angel, and tell him that wanting them turn back time to save Doyle is selfish.

Barney calls himself an Empath demon, who strangely enough is empathic. He can read emotions of those nearby. He has ruddy skin, 4 small horns and pointed ears and nose.

Demon Kungai The Kungai demon is an oriental demon with a Tak horn on it's head. This horn can drain the life out of opponents. The demon is yellow in color and seems to be able to stick to walls. It is described as very deadly and powerful.

A reptilian demon is seen in the Korean sauna. It speaks but nothing is known about what it is.

There is mention of several human and demons with various powers who were killed, including those with poison tongues, healing hands and telepathy.

Guests 1 Guests 2 A number of the guests at the auction don't seem to be human, but no real details were apparent.

Cool Quotes

  1. Barney: ''Call me Barney. First off you should know right away before there is any misunderstanding... I'm a demon.''
    Angel: ''I appreciate the candor.''
    We have a new candidate for Mister States-The-Obvious. Listen to the quote

  2. Barney: ''You're frustrated.''
    Cordelia: ''That's one spooky talent you got there. You can just look at me grinding my teeth, sighing, grunting and sense that I'm frustrated? Amazing!''
    Gotta agree with her there. Listen to the quote here.


    Big Dog Wesley
  1. Wesley is driving a Big Dog brand motorcycle. They have an official web site at http://www.bigdogmotorcycles.com/.

  2. Barney: ''I don't think he's tracking me down to tell me that I've won the Publisher's Clearing House.''
    The Publisher's Clearing House is a sweepstakes, where winners of large prizes are informed in person by surprise visits. They have an official web site at http://www.pch.com/.

    Boy Scout
  3. Barney: ''Uh, hey, man, I never said I was a Boy Scout.''
    The Boy Scouts of America were chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1916 to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness. They have an official web site at http://www.bsa.scouting.org/. (Thanks to Poppedijn for finding this picture.)

  4. Cordelia: ''Doyle! I thought our kiss meant something, and instead he, he used that moment to pass it on to me! Why couldn't it have been mono or herpes?''
    Mononucleosis, often referred to as mono, is a very common viral illness. About 90 percent of people over age 35 have antibodies to mono in their blood, which means that they have been infected with it, probably during early childhood. When mono strikes young children, the illness is usually so mild that it passes as a common cold or the flu. When it occurs during adolescence or adulthood, however, the disease can be much more serious.
    Herpes is and of a number of viruses from the family Herpesviridae, commonly associated with human diseases like herpes simplex.

  5. Wesley: ''For what purpose I can only guess. The fiend has cut a swath across half the continent. Almost caught up with it in Phoenix. Got a pretty fair look, too.''
    Phoenix, Arazona has it's own web site at http://ci.phoenix.az.us/.

  6. Cordelia: ''I hope you like your coffee black, because the only lightener the boss has in his refrigerator is O positive.''
    O positive is one of several types of human blood, people with this type of blood make up about 37 percent of the human population.

  7. Cordelia: ''Well, thanks for that insight, Mr. Emotional radar.''
    The name radar has been derived from the initial letters of the phrase RAdio Detecting And Ranging. It denotes a method of scanning the surrounding space by means of high-frequency radio waves which are sent out from a powerful transmitter and are reflected by any objects which they encounter. The reflected beam is picked up by a receiver; its strength and direction gives information on the size, distance, altitude, etc. of the object.

    Ace Ventura
  8. Barney: ''All righty then...''
    This saying was made famous by Jim Carrey's character Ace Ventura in the 1994 comedy film Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Plot: To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why?


  1. Angel: ''Previously on Angel.''
    Hero - Doyle asks how Angel could have given up all he ever wanted. Doyle has a vision. Doyle punches Angel, kisses Cordelia, stops the beacon and dies.
    Lonely Hearts - Cordelia asks what's with those visions he has.

  2. Male Oracle: ''You try our patience. What is done...''
    Angel: ''...can not be undone, you keep saying that, but I need Doyle. You can fold time, you've done it before. Bring him back.''
    I Will Remember You - Angel first met the Oracles and they turned time back for him.

  3. Barney: ''I'm sensing a little performance anxiety here. Little trick, picture everybody...''
    Cordelia: ''In their underwear.''
    Puppet Show - The underwear advice was given to Cordelia before she went on stage for her school talent show by Rupert Giles. This advice was also given to Kate by Angel in Sense and Sensitivity.

  4. Wesley: ''Good Lord, Cordelia? Angel never mentioned. Well, this is nice.''
    Graduation Day Part 2 - Angel and Cordelia both last saw Wesley during her graduation from high school. That was when she and Wesley first and last kissed.

    Lee Mercer
  5. Barney: ''Sold for 30,000 to the lovely lawyer from Wolfram & Hart.''
    Sense & Sensitivity - Wolfram & Hart were last seen when Lee Mercer was representing Little Tony when Angel caught Tony for the police.
    I Fall To Pieces - The law firm of Wolfram & Hart was last mentioned when we discovered they were lawyers for Doctor Ronald Meltzer.
    City Of - Wolfram & Hart were the lawyers for the vampire Russell Winters.


  1. Unfinished.


  • The Male and Female Oracles are the 3rd and 4th reoccurring non-star characters on the show. They were last seen in I Will Remember You.

  • I wrote up a conversion of Wesley for Champions 4th edition role playing game at http://angel.fcpages.com/cswesley2.html.

    Ethan Robin Sachs
  • During the first broadcast of this episode, they showed a Galaxy Quest commercial with Robin Sachs as Sarris, who played Ethan Rhane in season 2, 3 and 4 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

  • Although Glenn Quinn appears as a star in the credits he does not appear in the episode except in flashbacks to previous episodes.

    Charisma's Tattoo Tattoo
  • When Cordelia goes to make coffee for Barney, you get another shot of the tattoo on the small of Charisma's back.

  • We learn Angel speaks Korean and Welsey speaks the language of Kungai demons.

  • New name for Angel: Broody Boy (by Cordelia).

  • New name for Cordelia: Lot 32 (by Barney).

  • New name for Wesley: Tiger (by Angel).

  • The Morgue

      Barney Dead
    1. Anonymous Kungai demon: In the Lotus Spa, dehorned by Barney before the show, but doesn't die from it until during the show.
    2. Barney: At the auction, life drained with a Kungai horn by Cordelia.


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

    Guest Starring:
    Barney Maury Sterling as Barney
    Oracles Carey Cannon as the Female Oracle (Left)
    Oracles Randall Slavin as the Male Oracle (Right)
    Wesley Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

    Producers Jayson Creek as Producer #1 (Left)
    Producers Sean Smith as Producer #2 (Center)
    Producers Sarah Devlin as Producer #3 (Right)
    Soon Jason Kim as Soon
    Demon Brett Gilbert as the Reptilian Demon
    Kungai Henry Kingi as the Kungai Demon
    Hank Lawrence Turner as Hank (Right)
    Coming soon! Cheyenne Wilber as Concierge
    Mac Dominique Jennings as Mac (Wolfram & Hart lawyer.)
    Woman Kotoko Kawamura as the Ancient Korean Woman
    Coming soon! Robert "Duckie" Carpenter as the Demon Bidder (Uncredited)

    Famous Faces

    Doyle Barney Maury Sterling, who played Barney, said in an interview that he auditioned for the part of Doyle.

    Zander Steve Banner Alexis Denisof, who played Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, appeared as Steve Banner in the Highlander episode Diplomatic Immunity 6.04. He also played the voice of the villain Zander on the Batman Beyond two parter Curse of the Kobra. There is a very good web site devoted to Alexis at http://www.betsyda.com/denisof/denisof.html.

    Security Guard Kungai Henry Kingi, who played the Kungai Demon, played the part of the security guard in the Kindred: The Embraced episode Live Hard, Die Young, and Leave A Good Looking Corpse 1.05.

    Points Of View


    Man I miss Doyle. Doyle and Cordelia seemed so good together. Wesley was never one of my favorites, first he walks in and tries to replace Rupert, then Xander, now Doyle. He's a constant replacement character. Barney was refreshing, evil, but not just physically threatening, just cleaver and greedy.

    7 out of 10

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