''Cordelia gets an offer she can't refuse, but to keep the fame and the glory someone close to her will pay the price.''
Birthday - 3ADH11
Written by Mere Smith - Directed by Michael Grossman - First Aired on January 14th, 2002
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The Short: On her birthday, Cordelia has a vision that is so powerful it knocks her spirit right out of her body and leaves her in a coma. As the crew of Angel Investigations try to bring her back with no success, Cordelia is visited by her guide Skip, who tells her she was never meant to have the visions. He says even if she got back in her body she will never recover and her next vision will kill her. He offers her the opportunity to change her past so she never met Angel at the party in Los Angeles or started Angel Investigations. Although she doesn't want to leave Angel, it is better than death. Cordelia chooses to take on the life she might have had and ends up a successful actress with a nagging feeling that she should be doing something. She shortly runs across Wesley, Gunn and Angel while investigating glimpses of her last vision, where she learns that Angel is going insane because of the loss of Doyle and the visions he has been receiving.
Cordelia ends up getting the visions from Angel, returning her memories of her past life. Skip then tells her she can't keep the visions as a human, so they agree to turn Cordelia into part demon so she can withstand the visions. Cordelia wakes up back at the Hyperion, where she stuns the crew with her control of the visions, as well as her unexpected ability to levitate.
The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Cordelia demonstrating her award acceptance speech to Fred as they clean the floor of the Hyperion lobby. Gunn comes in from cleaning in the other room and asks where Wesley is, who is still out. Angel comes in with baby Connor, and he makes Cordelia clean up before she can hold him. Wesley rushes in looking panicked. In the bathroom Cordelia pops some pills then walks out to find the crew with a cake singing Happy Birthday to her. Angel lets her hold the baby and gives her a present, then the other bring out their presents. Cordelia struggles over opening her presents or holding the baby, but then tells Angel to take the baby as she senses a vision coming. The visions hits and Cordelia sees a teenage girl being attacked by a monster as Cordelia is thrown back into the weapons cabinet, ending up on the floor unconscious. Cordelia wakes up on the floor several feet away from where she fell down,
and notices the others around her motionless body and she thinks she might be dead. (Listen to the teaser here.)
(Thanks to jonathaN help with this sound clip.)
- Cordelia: ''I sure did. Ah, Jude Law was a little busy, huh?''
Jude Law is..
- Cordelia: ''That's right. She's in a house on Oak street the middle of Reseda. It feels like we have some time here, but, but you can't hear me at all, can you?''
- Fred: ''Seltrax.''
- Host demon: ''Oh, for the love of god, somebody get me a sea breeze.''
A sea breeze is a mixed drink made up of 2 measures vodka, 3 measures Cranberry juice and 3 measures Grapefruit juice. Get 4 or 5 ice cubes and crush them by placing them in a plastic bag and hit them with a rolling pin. Pour the ice in a tall glass, add the above ingredients and stir. Add a straw and a slice of lime to decorate.
- Skip: ''Actually, this is more a construct of a mall. You know, like in the Matrix.''
Cordelia: ''You've seen the Matrix.''
Skip: ''Oh, I love that flick. When Trinity is all 'dodge this' and the agent just crumples to the, and I'm not really instilling any awe anymore, am I?''
The Matrix in a 1999 action sci-fi film starring Keanu Reeves as Thomas A. Anderson and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Also reference by Buffy in Superstar.
- Cynthia: ''She's up in Ojai visiting friends.''
Ojai is a city about two hours north of Los Angeles It has it's own web site at http://www.ojai.org/. Also referenced by the host in Guise Will Be Guise.
(Thanks to Younglw for helping with this.)
- Skip: ''We've been over this. I respect what you're trying to do. It's noble and heroic, and all that other Russell Crowe Gladiator crap.''
Russell Crowe is an actor born in 1964 in New Zealand. His film credits include played General Maximus Decimus Meridus in the film Gladiator.
Gladiator is a 2000 action film. Plot: Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.
- Skip: ''You may wanna think about that. The only way you get to keep the visions is by becoming, part demon. The process isn't easy. It'll make your vision pain feel like a stroll through Candyland, and even after the pain subsides the effects of the transition will be numerous and unpredictable. You may never be able to lead a human life again.''
Candyland is a childrens board game. All players enter their pawn on the multi-colored track at the start sign on the lower left corner of the board. The cards are placed face down on the playing surface, and each player takes a card and moves their pawn as indicated on the card. Players alternate, moving one after the other, regardless of the position of their pawn on the board. The intent of each player is to arrive at the end of the track before any other players.
- Cordelia: ''No. The one I'm having right now. There is a young man in a park in Glendale. Uh, somewhere near a pond. There is a demon waiting for him. He's red with four, no make that five horns.''
- Cordelia: ''Previously on Angel.''
- Host demon: ''...Last time I tried this...''
That Vision Thing - The host attempted to link minds with Cordelia.
- When Angel fell asleep he snores. Since when does he breath? He's a vampire.
- Anonymous three mouthed demon - In the girls living room, stabbed with a sword by Wesley.
David Boreanaz as Angel
Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
Amy Acker as Winifred "Fred" Burkle
Andy Hallett as the Host Demon (Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan)
Patrick Breen as Nevin
Max Baker as the Clerk
David Denman as Skip
Heather Weeks as Tammy
Aimee Garcia as Cynthia York
Glenn Quinn as Allen Francis Doyle (Seen in scenes from Hero.)
Jake Tupen, Connor Tupen and Trent Tupen as Connor Angel (Uncredited)
Patrick Breen, who played Nevin, played the part of Quellek in the 1999 comedy sci-fi film Galaxy Quest.
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