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  • 7.0

    Have you met the Burkles?

    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012


    The Good;

    Wonderful acting by AA when Fred's finally reunited with her parents. CC and Wes' Buffy/Angel show is FANTASTIC! A good ep all around. The scene where Fred calms herself at the bus station by reciting Pi and the crazy looking homeless guy moves away from HER is the funniest scene in all of Angel and may be my favourite Angel scene ever.

    The Bad;

    Bit of a reach that they just let the bugs go?

    Best line:

    Fred; (when reunited with her parents) "I didn't mean to get so lost, I'm sorry I got so lost" (tears me up every time)

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Bugs ain't evil and neither really is the demon Angel kills, just driven mad by the eggs in it's skull. We think Fred's parents are evil but they're not. They're also able to accept AI's rather odd lifestyle

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off;


    Cheap Angel; 7

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 2

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 2

    Kills: chalk up one demon bug for Fred's mum and one demon for Angel

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 28 vamps, 40 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 7 demons+1 vamp

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 8 vamps+ 6 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 7

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    5, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn and Fred

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 3

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 3 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Kinky dinky:

    Fred's mum asks if Fred is making 'movies', LA's porn industry probably bigger than it's tourism, film and music combined. Check out CCs fishnets. She seems to revel in playing nurse for the gang and later tells Angel she could 'soothe his ass off'.

    Captain Subtext;

    Lorne wears eyeliner which Fred's dad says men from Texas tend not to do (never been to a 'Gay Rodeo'?).

    Know the face, different character; 3

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony

    Questions and observations;

    A nice ep with Fred now part of the gang more than ever. AI are in awe of the PI the Burkle's hire who can find Fred with only a letter to go on. The Alien films are referred to with JW of course writing part 4. Fred's dad refers to Spiro Agnew who was Nixon's vice president (he was caught up in a corruption scandal before Watergate which is why Gerald Ford, the speaker of the house becomes President following Tricky Dickie's resignation). Famously his name is an anagram of 'grow a penis'. Angel likes ice cream, weird I thought he couldn't enjoy normal food. Lorne smokes and is still bitter about what Gunn's friends did to his bar. Fred considers going to Vegas for a new job, well one day she will. Angel likes golf and apparently watched the Bob Hope Desert Classic which was presumably played in Vegas. In the daytime? Wes' talk of his own parents puts Lineage into perspective.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10 a funny and touching romp before we get down to the more serious stuff of season 3


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  • 9.0


    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 12, 2010

    Fredless was a really great episode focusing on Fred. I thought it was a great concept to have her parents arrive looking for her. I enjoyed watching this episode as we learned more about Fred, and the gang in relation to her. The episode was filled with classic humor, action, mystery and drama. Fred realizes where she belongs and is welcomed to stay at Angel Investigations, and I am happy to know we get to see more of her. The writers are very creative with how they entwine stories together. The directors have a great vision, while the actors play their parts perfectly. I can't wait to watch what happens next!!!!!moreless

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  • 8.9

    Fred's parents arrive in L.A.

    By TwistedConverse, Jul 17, 2008

    Fredless is a nice, touching episode with some hilarious moments and a heartbreaking performance by the incredible Amy Acker. It finished off the Crazy-Fred subplot and lets her real character come through.

    The demon-crystal storyline was a bit dull but it was necessary to the plot so Fred could stay in L.A. I think the bug demons looked actually very good but I don't who was working the camera when they were on screen, as they seemed to stutter and freeze alot, which is quite irritating. Thankfully, it takes a small role in the episode and isn't focused on, leaving more time for the excellent character-based plot going on.

    Fred was more likeable in this episode than she's ever been and I'm so glad she stayed in L.A. as she evolves into an amazing character, eventually becoming the heart of the group after Cordelia falls into a coma and then proceeds to become Illyria. Her breakdown was heart-wrenching and in some crazy way, it made sense. It made her experience in Pylea seem more real and you truly felt for her. Amy Acker was simply outstanding in this scene and she can do emotional scenes so well and makes the character of Fred more loveable. It's not easy to cry on cue just like that but she managed it excellently and is up there with the top actresses in the 'verse. I also liked the nice scene at the end where she paints over her picture of Angel saving her, finally putting her Pylea experience behind her and moving on, and realizing she has a place on the time- she's smart but a different kind of smart from Wesley.

    Roger and Trish Burkle are good characters and the only parents to be seen more than once in the entire verse (excluding Joyce Summers of course). At the start of the episode, I was creeped out by them, as the storyline made it seem like they were abusive, due to Fred's fear of them. After her breakdown however, I felt they grounded the characters and fitted in perfectly with the group. This episode reminds me a lot of the scenes in "The Girl In Question" where Illyria masquerades as Fred to stop them finding out that Fred is dead.

    I like that the gang actually did miss Fred when she left as I was wondering how'd they feel without her but as shown, they did miss her when she'd gone. This episode subtly hints at Wesley's feelings for Fred when he excitedly votes her to stay. The episode also has some nice Cordy/Angel moments as well, showing their growing attraction to one another.

    Finally, the Wesley/Cordy scene where they pretend to be Buffy and Angel was one of the funniest moments of the series. It seriously brightened this episode up even more.

    Fredless is a heartwarming episode that focuses on the least explored member of the group and finally finished the Crazy-Fred arc.moreless

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  • 6.9

    Dr. Suess' Frighten Fred and Eggs In Your Head

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 31, 2007

    Fredless-Fred's parents make a surprise visit to Angel Investigations. However, rather than being happy to see them Fred seems terrified and flees the scene. Not trusting Mr. and Mrs. Burkle, the gang prepares to protect Fred from them---providing she can be found. Meanwhile, a strange, insectile demon stalks the crew.

    A nice filler with a weak plot but a heartbreaking performance from the Fang Gang's newest member, Fred. Amy Acker really sets her place on this show and show some of her impressive acting skills. You are completely convinced about Fred's fear of seeing her parents and revelation why she's running is so touching. Fred's parents make for an interesting characters, especially when Fred's mom runs over that big bug demon. Speacking of the bug demons, they were disgusting looking, too bad that plot went stale and some scenes dragged. All and All, a decent episode with a stand out performance from Amy Acker who is becoming a fine new cast member.moreless

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  • 7.0

    By orallukeaplacia, Mar 14, 2007

    THE GOOD: The character development in this episode is nice. This is the 2nd time I've seen this episode, and like a lot of people, the 1st time you expect Fred to be avoiding her parents because they're some kind of demon or something. In truth, her parents "existing" means that the hell she went through in Pylea really did happen. When she gains her confidence and realizes that she has a place in Angel invesitgations, the scene of her whitewashing her and Angel on a horse is a beautiful display of conquering one's demons. THE BAD : Angel was at it's best when it was Wesley, Cordelia and Angel. When Fred was breaking down everyone's roles, you got to see that. Cordy's the heart, Wesley's the brain, and Angel is the power. Gunn is just extra muscle, and the show even acknowledges that. He's so desperate to create a real role for hismelf that he gets the legal "upgrade" in season 5. Fred is the science geek. Great, except demonology is hardly science. Only if the show has some lame-o scientific monster (giant bugs?! come on...) brought in is she actually of any use. The only thing Fred was ever good for was becoming Illyria.moreless

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  • 9.5

    Fred stays!

    By mattsafreak, Jan 03, 2007

    2 good things happen in this episode: Angel comes home from his meeting with Buffy, who is alive again (YAY!) We also get to meet Freds parents and learn why she isnt so happy to see them again. I must admit, I was one of the people who thought there surely must be something wrong with Roger and Trish Burkle. I thought there could have been some abuse involved or some dark family secret. It was so sad and sweet when we find out the real reason Fred didnt want to see them: She didnt want to face the truth that she really had been in Pylea for 5 years. What made the ep even better was when she decided she belonged in L.A. with Angel and the gang! Gotta love Fred!moreless

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  • 8.0

    Fred finds her place.

    By SMGslayer97, Oct 23, 2006

    I really loved seeing Fred find her place, as she had already become one of my favorite new characters. She was outside the group at the start of the series and her role in Angel Investigations wasn't quite clear. This episode really showed that her science and intellegence really did fit with the group. She really did find her place as the little sister of the group, helping everyone is every way she could and befriending each and everyone in her own specidic way.moreless

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  • 7.5

    fred and her parents

    By AngelRocks, Oct 13, 2006

    i never liked fred a lot because pylea was terrible but this episode which is about her is pretty good but i think the plot really sucked. first they make us think her parents are evil but they are not.

    the thing about the episode is the beginning is classic when wesley and cordelia do the bangle relationship it was funny! i also loved fred's fairy tale story. good episode

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  • 9.3

    Lots of twists and character development.

    By NeAvO_1989, Jul 18, 2006

    This episode is based about the new series regular Fred played brilliantly by the actress Amy Acker. Fred's character really develops in this episode as it shows her trying to hide from her parents as she isn't ready to cope with life out side of Pylea.

    The twist in this episode was thinking that Fred's parents weren't human and they were trying to catch Fred but in fact the reason they were actually Fred's parents and the reason why she was running from them was because she wasn't ready to talk to them about her being stuck in another dimension.

    I found this episode had lots of feelings behind it and shows the growth of Fred and how she is finding herself in the world and with Angel and friends.

    This episode had a touching end when Fred painted her walls with a shot of her smiling as she painted over the drawing of her and Angel on the horse, when she was rescued from Pylea. This shows her accepting the last few years of her life as a slave and that the is ready to start her life nice and move on.moreless

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