In the Dark

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/19/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Oz visits L.A. with a present for Angel from Buffy. It’s the Gem of Amarra, a ring which has been a vampire myth for millennia. While wearing it, a vampire is immune to crosses, stakes, and can even walk in daylight. It isn’t long before Spike arrives in town, searching for the ring. And he has no plans of leaving until he gets it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Glenn Quinn

    Alan Francis Doyle

  • Douglas Petrie

  • Bruce Seth Green

  • Fan Reviews (34)
  • In the Dark

    By tarafan2, Aug 05, 2013

  • In the dark

    By joxerlives, Dec 28, 2011

  • A Ring of Endless Anti-Sunlight

    By maxpower03, Jun 29, 2005

  • Hullo, Spoike. :)

    By tjaman, Jul 27, 2005

  • 'I don't know about you, but I had a nice day. You know, except for the bulk of it, where I was nearly tortured to death. '

    By SleepTight, Aug 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Angel: So, you and I duke it out, huh? This your big strategy for getting the ring back? Spike: I had a plan. Angel: You? A plan? Spike: A good plan. Carefully laid out. But I got bored. All that watching, waiting. My legs started to cramp. I hate to quip. Just tell me where the damn ring is. Angel: It wouldn't go with your outfit.

    • Spike: Cordelia, you look smashing. Did you lose weight? Cordelia: Yeah! Actually there is this great gym on...(catches on) HEY!

    • Doyle: So what, you don't get the ring because your period of self-flagellation isn't over yet? I mean think of all the daytime people you could help between nine and five. Angel: They have help. The whole world is designed for them, so much that they have no idea what goes on around them after dark. They don't see the weak ones lost in the night or the things that prey on them. If I joined them, maybe I'd stop seeing too. Doyle: (clearly moved, but at a loss for words) And who'd look out for all the insomniacs?

    • Cordelia: Oh! And this one time, he and Dru raised this demon that burned people alive from the inside. It was this whole weird thing with an arm in a box.

    • Angel: You're at a crossroads right now, I know. It’s either go with the easy fix and wait for the consequences, or take the hard road and go with faith. Rachel: Oh God… You’re not from that freaky church on Sunset, are you? Angel: In yourself . That -- that kind of faith.

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    Notes (3)

    • The opening scene where Rachel is cowering to Lenny is shown in the opening credits of each episode.

    • Music: As Oz is driving into town -- "Smoker's Revenge" by Professor Angel Dust & The PH Force While Angel is being tortured -- "Symphony No.41" by Mozart

    • This episode is the second part of the story begun in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Harsh Light of Day" (4x03). The two episodes were originally aired back-to-back.

    Trivia (11)

    • Fire accelerant is visible on Angel's back when he runs into the sun and catches on fire.

    • When Oz and everyone is in Angel's apartment, Doyle leaves, then Cordelia turns to leave. As she does, the top of the tattoo on the small of Charisma's back can be seen. Her skirt appears to have been pulled up in an attempt to hide it.

    • When Oz crashes through the wall in his van, the barrels crash into Spike and knock him into the wall. But, when Oz pulls out the crossbows and yells, "Spike!" he's on the other side of the room.

    • Spike's reflection can be seen on Angel's car.

    • The first thing Marcus does to Angel is impale him with a hot poker. This poker is not pulled out until the crew is making a get-away in Oz's van. Yet, when Angel is fighting Marcus beneath the boardwalk, one can clearly see through the hole in the back of his shirt (made by the poker, originally) that there is no wound. Even Angel does not heal that quickly.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Cordelia: It's daylight and you're ringless. Unless you're changing the act to human torch, I don't think so. The Human Torch is one of Marvel Comics' "The Fantastic Four." Johnny Storm, one of four astronauts caught in a cosmic ray storm, returned to Earth to find he had gained the superhuman power to burst into flame and fly with no harm to himself. This character was also referenced by Xander in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Witch" (1x03).

    • Spike: Lucy, I'm home. This is a famous quote from Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo in the 1951 comedy TV series I Love Lucy, which he would often call to his wife Lucy as he walked into their home.

    • Cordelia: When you are done giving the place the Johnny Depp once-over, I hope you have the cash to pay for all of this.
      Johnny Depp is a photogenic Hollywood enigma renowned for turning down commercial scripts. Depp came to Hollywood with his Florida rock band The Kids, but ended up becoming a teen idol via Fox TV's fluffy teen-detective drama 21 Jump Street. While staying at New York's Mark Hotel in September 1994, he trashed $9,767 worth of furniture and was carted off before TV news cameras to spend a night in jail. Damages were paid for and no charges were brought.

    • Cordelia: But I doubt that the main characters are Betty and Barney Rubble as you so vehemently insisted last night. Also I don't think Oz appreciated being called "my little Bam-Bam" all night.
      Betty and Barney Rubble are the neighbors of Wilma and Fred Flintstone in the cartoon The Flintstones. The Rubbles' son, who is very strong, is Bam-bam.

    • Cordelia: I think the trick is laying off the ale before you start quoting Angela's Ashes and weeping like a baby man.
      Angela's Ashes is a 1996 book by Frank McCourt about an Irish family moving from Ireland to America, seen through the eyes of a child. In 1999 it was made into a film of the same name starring Emily Watson.

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