The Trial

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 11/28/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Angel is still haunted by memories of his 150-year relationship with Darla and asks Gunn to help him track her down. He soon discovers, however, that he is faced with an impossible choice: watch her die from a terminal illness or "save" her by turning her once again into a soulless monster.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Douglas Petrie

  • Tim Minear

  • David Greenwalt

  • Bruce Seth Green

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Angel at the top of it's game

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • The Trial

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 10, 2010

  • Angel goes on a quest for Darla's life.

    By TwistedConverse, Jul 08, 2008

  • Angel undergoes a Trial to save Darla's life.

    By addict666, Feb 09, 2008

  • Trial By Death!

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 29, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Darla: Is this how a guy like you gets his rocks off? Jeeves: Oh, I have no feelings about this contest one way or another, miss. Do you?

    • Lindsey: Does it really look like you need to throttle me for information? Angel: Need to? Lindsey: Yes, she's dying. Yes, those medical reports you saw are real. You want a second opinion, here. How about a third, hmm? How about a tenth?

    • (while Darla is singing) Angel: Aren't you supposed to be reading her? Lorne: I'm a channel surfer. Look, you're a big hunk of hero sandwich. You want to save the girl and I can see why. But you're missing the crucial point here. Things fall apart. Not everything can be put back together again, no matter how much you want it.

    • Darla: (to Angel) Just because we had a thing for 150 years don't presume you know me!

    • Cordelia: (Angel) barely says "Good morning and get me a glass of blood" anymore.

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    Notes (1)

    • Music: Sung by Darla in Caritas -- "Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)" by Ella Fitzgerald

    Trivia (9)

    • In the final trial, when Angel is chained, there are manacles around his wrists. In some shots, it appears that the manacles are no longer on his left wrist, and Angel is just holding his arm up.

    • This is the first episode to mention the character of Holtz, who was a constant burden to Darla and Angelus in the 18th century.

    • On the first line of this episode, when Cordelia says, "Don't you think we should check on him?" her lips don't move.

    • Angel burns his right arm to fetch the key in the holy water--he uses the same hand to unlock the door, but the closeup shows him unlocking the door with his left hand.

    • When Gunn is showing Angel Darla's necklace, the way his hand's holding it is different in the two shots.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Lorne (The Host): Ground control to Major Tom, we may not be able to save this bird.
      "Ground control to Major Tom" was a line from the David Bowie song "Space Oddity."

    • Cordelia: It seems to me that after 400 years of death and destruction you get voted off the island. "Voted off the island" is an expression given birth by the CBS show Survivor. In this game show, contestants must live in the wild, often on an island, for an extended period of time, with the winner being the last person left on the island. Every episode someone is chosen to leave the game (and, thus, the island), and the contestants vote for which person should be removed.

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