Over the Hill Whore
When Cordelia & Wesley are going through the newspapers on the floor, there's a close-up of the clipping of Judy. If you pause and read the article, the bottom-most visible paragraph is repeated in both columns, complete with the typo in the word "immeadiate".
When Judy is talking to Angel as she is smoking a cigarette in their room, the cigarette grows longer and shorter between shots.
While the bookstore owner is screaming at Angel in the front of the store, you can see on the left hand bottom corner, a bit of David's hair and perhaps his hand, just before he comes up behind store owner and grabs him.
How did Judy stay inside the hotel without food and possibly water for 48 years without starving or dehydrating?
In the flashback when we see the embezzled $11,000, several of the bills are the new '96 $100 bills.
The photo Cordelia has in her hand is a little different than the close-up one she ends up handing Wes. In the far shot Angel is to the right of two men. When the camera goes in for the close-up the photo shows Angel standing between the same two men.
The newspaper clipping on Judy Kovacs says she worked at the Union National Bank, but later she tells Angel she worked at the City Trust Bank.
In the 1952 flashback, you can see the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside Denver's bookstore, with a star or two. However, the first star wasn't put down until February of 1960.
Detective: You won't mind if I just come in and take a look around then?
(Angel pretends to let him in then slams the door into his face)
Angel: Gee, guess I do mind.
Denver: Vampire wanting to slay a demon in order to help some grubby humans? I just don't get it.
Angel: To be honest, I'm not sure I do either.
Judy: I'm so sorry I killed you. Can you forgive me?
Angel: Of course.
Wesley: I can sense it. There is a pattern here... Some force was residing at the Hyperion over the last decades, affecting staff and residents. I just fear there is no real way to...
Cordelia: A Thesulac. Paranoia demon. Whispers to its victims, feeds on their innate insecurities.
(Wesley stares, amazed)
Cordelia: (pulling a phone from behind her back) Angel wants to talk to you.
Thesulac: Well, I don't know about you but I'm stuffed! God I love people! (to Angel) Don't you? They feed me their worst and I kind of serve it right back to them, and the fear and prejudice turns to certainty and hate, and I take another bite and mmm-mmm-mmm! What a beautiful, beautiful dance! Oh, you got your feelings hurt, didn't you? See now what happens when you stick your neck out for them? They throw a rope around it! And you thought you'd made a friend. (Angel begins to walk away) News flash! You had! That's what made her the yummiest morsel of all. You reached her, buddy! Restored her faith in people. Without you she would have been just another appetizer. But you plumped her up good! Now, she's a meal that's gonna last me a lifetime! Hey, you know what? There is an entire hotel here just full of tortured souls that could really use your help. What do you say?
Angel: Take them all.
Beatnik Store Guy: So, you were, what, about my age when you were made?
Angel: I don't know. How old are you?
Beatnik Store Guy: Just north of 30.
Angel: Why'd they fire you?
Judy: Because I'm not what I say I am. I've been passing since I was 15 years old.
Judy: For white. My mother was colored, my father - I didn't even know him! My blood isn't pure. It's tainted.
Angel: It's just blood Judy. It-it's all just blood.
Judy: Nobody believes that! Not even my mother's family. I'm not one thing or the other. I'm nothing.
Angel: I know what that's like.
Judy: Yes. Yes, I am. I am something. I'm a thief! I've never stolen anything before in my life. It's just, God, the things that they called me.
Angel: Fear makes people do stupid things.
Judy: It was stupid. And I wish I'd never done it.
Angel: I didn't mean you. I meant your former employers. They were afraid. That's why they fired you.
Cordelia: Something the matter?
Angel: I, um, I think it's gone bad. It's starting to coagulate.
Cordelia: Huh? No. That's cinnamon... What? I can't try something?
Cordelia: (about the hotel) Seventy years of violence, mayhem and paranoia. Bad vibes.
Angel: We're moving in.
Cordelia: I mean, a few throw pillows and what's not to love?
Judy: Uhm - uhm - my-my boyfriend, he's kind of the jealous type...
Angel: Maybe you shouldn't go wandering into other men's rooms.
Angel: (fighting a demon)
Watch his tentacles!
Cordelia: Excuse me?
Cordelia: Yep, it's not that vampires don't photograph. It's just that they don't photograph well.
Wesley: Angel, you don't find me especially paranoid, do you?
Angel: Not especially.
Wesley: Thank God. I was worried.
Cordelia: It's kind of like a puzzle. The "who died horribly because Angel screwed up fifty years ago?" game.
Wesley: I've been accused of a great many things in my time but paranoid has never been one of them, unless people have been saying it behind my back.
Joss Whedon states in the Season 5 DVD featurette "To Live and Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel", this is one of the best episodes in Season 2 and in the series.
This episode contains a scene with Wes that is used in the opening credits of Seasons 2 and 3. The clip is Wes casting a spell while holding a circular glass object. The spell was to get rid of the Thesulac demon that had infected the hotel.
On the record player in the room next to Angel's -- "Hoop-De-Doo" by Perry Como
This episode received a rating of 4.5/6 in the overnight Nielsen ratings, ranking 6th out of 17 WB shows for that week.
A scene at the end of Act I was cut from the final edit, which showed Angel as very uncaring and apathetic toward the other guests at the hotel during the 1950s. The scene shows Angel drinking and turning up jazz music as the saleman next door kills himself.
In this episode we see Angel smoke for a first time.
This episode makes reference to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo. Judy mentions she is from Salina, Kansas; Judy, in Vertigo, is also from Salina, Kansas.
When Angel goes back to the basement in present day near the middle of the episode, there is graffiti on the right side on a wall. The letters appear to spell "Angel" vertically, but if you look carefully it actually spells "Angela."
In this episode we meet for a first time the owner of "Demons-Books" store. We will meet him again in the next few episodes of the season.
John Kapelos, the hotel manager, formerly played Donald Schanke, Nicholas Knight's partner for two seasons on Forever Knight. Possibly as part of an in-joke, there is polka music playing in the hotel in one scene: Schanke was a big fan of polka music in FK.
This episode represents the first time Angel evers calls Cordelia "Cordy."
You may notice that the Apple Logos on Cordelia's iBook are covered up, on the back with a pink post-it note, and on the front with a small piece of paper.
Comparable to Marion in Hitchcock's Psycho: a young woman runs away with a lot of stolen money (taken from the bank at which she worked) and meets a strange, quiet, young man who harbors a big secret, at a hotel...
The scene where Judy tries to get Angel to "come see the show," in which the "world is going to end"
Film reference to James Dean's classic Rebel Without A Cause. Angel is toting a red jacket, like Jim's in Rebel, the lead female character's name is Judy in both, the location of "the show" seems to be the same observatory, and the actress playing Judy in this episode resembles Natalie Wood.
This episode's title is a line from the McCarthy era witch-hunt for Communists. There were many televised trials and inquests at this time, and the oft-heard question at these was "are you now or have you ever been a communist?"
As well as taking place during this era, this episode is thematically about the sort of paranoia which characterized the McCarthy trials.
Denver: (while watching TV) They keep calling her a "zany redhead." Could be a brunette for all I can tell.
The "zany redhead" in question must be Lucille Ball, star of I Love Lucy. The show premiered in 1951, the year before the flashback sequences.
Angel: Now, it's been a long time since I've opened a vein, but I'll do it you pull any more of this Van Helsing Jr. crap with me.
Professor Van Helsing was the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and its many film and stage adaptations.
Manager: And the weekly bill for 217.
Bellhop: Why me? I did it the last time! Guy gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Angel's room in the Hyperion was #217, which fans of Stephen King will recognize from the novel The Shining, as a room which holds some evil secrets. Fans of the Stanley Kubrick film, however, won't recognize those digits; the owners of the Timberline Lodge, which was used for exterior shots in the movie, asked that the room number be changed to 237, because the hotel had no 237 and they were sure no one would stay in room 217 after seeing the movie.
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