''The woman who cursed him with everlasting life
uses Angel's dreams to seduce him into everlasting darkness. His heart
is no longer in the fight. Desire is leading him further and further
First Impressions - 2ADH03
Written by Shawn Ryan - Directed by James A. Contner - First Aired on October 10th, 2000
Creature Feature -
Cool Quotes -
The Morgue -
Famous Faces -
Points Of View
The Short: Angel Investigations is moving into the Hyperion Hotel,
but they need financial advice. This brings their former client David Nabbit
calling with advice, which helps out. Gunn enlists the help of Angel
Investigations in ousting the demon Deevak who has moved into his
neighborhood and is taking over the local crime. After an unsuccessful
attempt to get information from an informant, the group go home, only to
have Cordelia have a vision of Gunn in trouble.
She is unable to contact Wesley or Angel, so she takes Angel's car to save
Gunn by herself. When she arrives at Gunn's place he seems fine and the car
gets stolen. Gunn helps her recover the car, but falls into a trap set by
Deevak, who it ends up is the informant. Angel and Wesley catch up in
time to help Gunn defeat Deevak and his vampire minions, but Cordelia now
understands that the danger to Gunn wasn't the demon, but Gunn himself.
He keeps taking unnecessary risks and is going to get himself killed, so she
swears to watch out for him, despite his objections. Meanwhile Angel gets
reoccurring romantic dreams sent by Darla to seduce him back to her.
The Long: Unfinished.
Deevak is a big strong demon who looks like his face is melted. He displayed
the power to turn into a human form, similar to vampires, Bracken and
Anomovic demons, but in his case the two forms
were so different you couldn't recognize that they were the same person.
In his human form he went by the name Jameel, and still had some level of
superhuman strength. He wanted to take over the street crime in
Gunn's part of Los Angeles and had humans and vampires working for him.
- Wesley: ''Shotgun!''
Wesley surprised me with that one.
- Wesley: ''...now about the naked thing.''
Angel: ''I'll get dressed.''
Wesley: ''Much appreciated.''
No, there is no sexual tension between Wesley and Angel at all...
- Gunn: ''You two? I find Deevak I'm gonna need more than C3PO
and stick figure Barbie backing me up. No offence.''
C3PO is a robotic character from the Star War series of films played by
C3PO was a very intellectual but somewhat comedic character who was a
professional interpreter. The Star Wars series of films was referenced
by Willow is When She Was Bad, Spike in School Hard, Buffy in Choices,
Xander in The
Freshman, Xander in Fear, Itself and Cordelia in Sense And Sensitivity.
Ken and Barbie are a famous doll line by Kenner. Barbie has her own web site at http://www.barbie.com/. Also referenced by Willow in Welcome To The Hellmouth, Cordelia in Halloween, Pete in Beauty And The Beasts and by Sharon in Lonely Hearts.
- David: ''I was in Kuala Lumpur. Hostile take-over. Ah,
identify yourself, traveler. Are you also a fellow demon killer?''
Kuala Lumpur is the captiol of Malaysia with a population of 1.1 million
people. Kuala Lumpur came into being in the late 1860s when a band of
prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Kelang and
Gombak rivers and imaginatively named the place Kuala Lumpur which means
- Cordelia: ''When you do find him, you may wanna be a little
more Guy Pearce in L.A. Confidential and a little less Michael Madsen in
Gunn: ''I haven't bothered to see a movie since Denzel was robbed
of the Oscar for Malcolm X.''
L.A. Confidential is a 1997 film with Guy Pearce as Ed Exley. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast. It also featured John Mahon as the police chief. John played Trevor Lockley in season 1 of Angel. Plot: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal Los Angeles police
force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the
shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992
film with Michael
Madsen as Vic Vega. Plot: A gang of thieves carry out an armed robbery
on a diamond warehouse. The police are after them so quickly that they
suspect they have a rat in their company. This film starts right after the
robbery, with flashbacks to before the robbery, and to the planning of the
crime. We are also introduced to the main characters in flashback mode.
Plenty of fast action, and plenty of blood and gore.
Malcolm X is a 1992 film
Washington as Malcolm X. Plot: Biography of Malcolm X, the famous
African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father was killed by the
Ku Klux Klan. He became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation
of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out
of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he
converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim. He
changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz and stops his anti-white
teachings, as he realizes his mistakes. He is later on
assassinated and dies a Muslim martyr.
The Oscars (a.k.a. the Academy Awards) are the
annual presentation of awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. An Oscar is considered the highest honor one can receive in show
business (and drive's one's asking price up as well).
Denzel was nominated for a best actor Oscar
for the roll of Malcolm X in 1993, but it was won by Al Pacino for his roll in
Scent of a Woman.
They have an official
web site at http://www.oscar.com/. Also
referenced by Xander in Beer
Bad and Cordelia in Eternity.
(Thanks to the BuffyGuide for this entry.)
- Wesley: ''Angel, it's the law in California. Do you want us to
get pulled over?''
California vehicle code 27803 states ''(a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
(b) It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(c) It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(d) This section applies to persons who are riding on motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles operated on the highways.
(e) For the purposes of this section, "wear a safety helmet" or "wearing a safety helmet" means having a safety helmet meeting the requirements of Section 27802 on the person's head that is fastened with the helmet straps and that is of a size that fits the wearing person's head securely without excessive lateral or vertical movement.
(f) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety benefit while operating or riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.''
- Gunn: ''Look, I told you, you wanna jack beemers in Brentwood,
be my guest, but leave the neighborhood cars alone.''
A beemer is a common term for a car made by German automobile manufacturer
BMW. They have a web site at http://www.bmw.com/.
Brentwood is a very expensive area on the west side of Los Angeles, just west of
Bel Air and Westwood.
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for helping find this information.)
- Gunn: ''I ain't buying any of this Dionne Warwick crap.''
In the early 1990s, former singer Dionne Warwick hosted the Psychic Friends Network's 30-minute infomercials, coaxing late-night television viewers to call one of its 2,000 psychics, who foretold the future at $3.99 a minute.
- Angel ''Previously on Angel.''
Warzone - Gunn hunts vampires, loses his
sister to them and has to slay her.
Rm w/a Vu - Cordelia gets an apartment with a
To Shanshu In L.A. - Wolfram & Hart raise Darla
from the dead and plan to use her against Angel.
Judgement - Darla plans to see Angel.
- Angel: ''I still can't believe you're here. I mean, I killed
Angel - Angel staked Darla with a crossbow bolt in the
back to save Buffy from her.
- Wesley: ''Very well, we'll just move our offices back to your
Judgement - Angel Investigations had moved into
Cordelia's apartment after their offices exploded.
- Gunn: ''Relax? Every time you ask me for a favor, I'm
To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel asked Gunn to watch
over Cordelia and Wesley in the hospital while Angel hunted down Vocah.
Judgement - Angel asked Gunn for help locating
the lair of a Prio Motu demon.
- Gunn: ''The minute I take it easy somebody like Alonna pays
Warzone - Alonna was Charles Gunn's little
sister who was killed by vampires, then sired as one. Gunn then had to slay
Note: When Darla removes Angel's shirt as they make out on the couch you can clearly see he has no tattoo on his back, but since this is a dream sequence, it's not technically a goof.
- When David Nabbit talks about how to buy the hotel with no money down, he mentions ''FHA with PMI to cover the down''. PMI is Private Mortgage Insurance. When you put down less than 20% on a purchase loan, this insurance policy covers the lender in case the borrower defaults on payment (gets foreclosed on) and the borrower pays the premium monthly. FHA call their version of PMI MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium). FHA must have a down payment of 3% minimum although is can be in the form of a gift from either relatives or a charity organization. This has nothing to do with no down loans.
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for pointing this out.)
- When Angel and the guys rest on the car after their fight with the vampires you can clearly see Angel's face reflected in the finish, despite the fact that he is a vampire and should cast no reflection.
- When Angel and Wesley ready to drive away on the motorcycle, Angel puts his harm high on Wesley's body, but when the camera angle changes to a far shot, Angel's arms are much lower.
There are two other vampires that attack Angel and crew at the meeting,
who seem to be staked off camera.
- Anonymous vampire: In a parking garage, staked by Cordelia.
- Anonymous vampire: In a chop-shop, staked by Wesley.
- Deevak: In a chop-shop, axed in the head by Angel.
David Boreanaz as Angel
Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
David Herman as David Nabbit
Andy Hallett as the Host Demon (Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan)
Christopher Babers as Jameel
Cedrick Terrell as Henry
Julie Benz as Darla
Edwin Hodge as Keenan
Lucas Babin as Joey
Alan Shaw as Deevak
Angel Parker as Veronica
Ray Campbell as Desmond
Sarah Brooke as the Nurse
Janet Song as Doctor Thomas
Kelli Kirkland as the Young Black Woman
Sven Holmberg as Ty (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Warzone.)
Michele Kelly as Alonna (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Warzone.)
Sam Anderson as Holland Manners (Middle, uncredited, seen in flashback to To Shanshu In L.A.)
Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Judgement.)
Kelli Kirkland, who
played the young black woman, played the part of Yolanda in the 1994
television series Superhuman
Samurai Cyber-Squad. She also played the part of Rinna in the
Star Trek: Voyager episode
Favorite Son 3.20.
Points Of View
This was a bit of a letdown. Sure it was nice to see David again, and
Darla is just plain hot, but I think Gunn is a little overplayed. So
boring and stereotypical of a rebel-hero. The fact that they have to
reintroduce Dennis every time he makes an appearance is wearing a little
thin, as well as they using of him for a running joke. How about giving
Dennis a major part?
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