Season 1 Episode 1

City Of

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Angel is investigating on the library computers, neither of the articles relates to their headlines.The first article about a murder victim actually consists of three unrelated paragraphs involving an ex-wife, recycling, and rhino horns.The second re-uses and extends the recycling paragraph from the first.

      On a trivia note, most of those same paragraphs were previously used on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in 1x05 "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date."

    • When Russell and Cordelia are talking in his mansion a close up shot shows his hair at a shorter length, but when they go to a farther shot it's longer again.

    • When Angel is grabbing Tina by the arm and she pulls him into the sunlight, his arm immediately goes up in flames. But in every episode of Buffy preceding this and in most episodes of Angel following this a vampire has to stay in the sunlight for several seconds before the fire comes.

    • When Cordelia meditates, you see a green book with a dollar sign on it (Meditation: for a beautiful life by Amanda Smith). In the episode "I Fall to Pieces" (1x04), Dr. Meltzer has the same book on his desk.

    • In the original script, after Angel feels Tina's dead body for a pulse, he tasted the blood that got on his fingers. This was filmed, but eventually cut.

    • The LA public library was originally going to play a large part in the series. Tons of stock footage of Angel using computers and books was shot, but was only ever used for this episode.

    • In many later episodes of Angel, it is made clear that vampires can sense each other. However, the vampires Angel ends up attacking in the first scene do not appear to know Angel is a vampire. This might be because the ability to sense each other was not yet codified as it was never used in Buffy, where Angel was a secondary character. However, this may also be a skill that only vampires of a certain age and experience have. Newly sired vampires have been shown previously not to be as powerful as older vampires.

    • All of the vampires' faces in this episode are different from any other incarnation of "vamped" faces on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Joss Whedon decided to experiment with the make-up to try and make them look scarier. He decided they looked silly, and in subsequent episodes went back to the normal vampire faces.

    • A goof seen in the first episode and that appears in the opening credits of every episode is when Angel is walking down an alley. In a puddle of water you can see his reflection.

    • When Angel and Doyle first meet, Doyle says to Angel that he comes uninvited so that Angel knows he is not a vampire. It was of course already clear as we had seen his real face right before that, but also a vampire doesn't need a invitation to enter if the owner is a demon, which Angel clearly is.

    • As Russell falls from the window, you can clearly see his reflection in the glass windows of the building.

    • When Angel brings Tina back to his room, he hands her a cup of tea. She starts crying, holding the cup. In the next shot when she's sitting on Angel's bed, her cup is nowhere to be seen. Then a few shots later, she's holding it again.

    • The stunt man's neck during the fight between Angel and Russell is only partially covered with makeup.

    • Angel's sweater changes color several times. When he comforts Tina, it is black. When he arrives at the library, it is gray. A little later, as he piles weapons into his bag it is black again, but when they cut to a close-up shot of his arms the sleeves of the sweater are gray. While most of the changes are between scenes, and can therefore be explained away, the one while he's packing his bag is clearly a mistake.

    • In the garage scene, Angel closes the car door when he jumps out at Stacey, but it is open when the shot cuts to her perspective.

    • When Angel arrives at the apartment and takes off his wrist braces, he has his rings on. When he turns to Doyle, they've disappeared. He is also not wearing a necklace, but one appears upon his neck without explanation a minute or so later.

  • Quotes

    • Cordelia: I didn't know you were in L.A.; are you living here?
      Angel: Yeah... You?
      Cordelia: Malibu. A small condo on a beach. It's not a private beach, but, you know, I'm young, so I forbear.

    • Tina: Well, it was nice threatening you.

    • Doyle: You know, there's a lot of people in this city need helping.
      Angel: So I noticed.
      Doyle: You game?
      Angel: I'm game.

    • Tina: I came here to be a famous movie star. But, they weren't hiring.

    • Angel: Okay, you've told me the story of my life which, since I was there, I already knew... Why aren't I kicking you out?

    • Angel: I don't get a lot of visitors.
      Tina: (looks at the weapons hanging on the walls) At least not ones you like.
      Angel: I have relationship issues, too.

    • Doyle: Say you wouldn't have a beer of any kind in here, would you?
      Angel: No.
      Doyle: Come on, you must have something besides pig's blood!

    • Cordelia: I thought I was going to faint while barfing.

    • Angel: You want to charge people?
      Cordelia: Well not everybody, but sooner or later we are going to have to help some rich people, right?

    • Cordelia: I was just saying that if we're going to be helping people out, maybe a small charge. A fee. You know, something to help pay the rent. And... my salary. You need someone to organize things and you're not exactly rolling in it Mr. "I-Was-Alive-for-200-Years and Never-Developed-an-Investment-Portfolio."

    • Doyle: What happened to Russell?
      Angel: He went into the light.

    • Doyle: Well, listen, best of luck to ya man. I've got some fairly large coin riding on the Vikings tonight, but I'll be there with you in spirit, yeah?
      Angel: You're driving.
      Doyle: Wait a minute! No, no! I'm not combat ready, man. I'm just the messenger!
      Angel: And I'm the message.

    • Cordelia: I am somebody. I matter. People will be attracted to my positive energy and help me achieve my goals. I'm right where I'm supposed to be and not dying for something to eat!

    • Stacy: You get in his way, he'll kill you. He'll kill everyone you care about.
      Angel: There's nobody left I care about.

    • Tina: I guess this is the part where you "comfort" me. Not that you didn't earn it.
      Angel: No. This is the part where you have a safe place to stay while we figure things out.
      Tina: You mean you don't want...
      Angel: You have enough people taking advantage right now.
      Tina: Boy, are you ever in the wrong town.

    • (Angel has a gun on a hired goon)
      Stacy: You know, I don't think you're going to use that thing.
      (Angel punches him and knocks him out)
      Angel: Good call.

    • Cordelia: Well, I better get mingly. I really should be talking to people that are somebody. But it was fun!
      Angel: It's nice that she's grown as a person.

    • Angel: Why me?
      Doyle: Because you've got potential, and the balance sheet ain't exactly in your favor yet.
      Angel: Then why you?
      Doyle: We all got something to atone for.

    • Doyle: But he's cut off, from everything. From the people he's trying to help.
      Angel: I still save 'em. Who cares if I don't stop to chat?

    • Oliver: You're an actor.
      Angel: No.
      Oliver: That wasn't a question. I'm Oliver. Ask anyone about Oliver. They'll tell you I'm a fierce animal. I'm your manager as soon as you call.
      Angel: I'm not an actor.
      Oliver: Funny. I like the humor. I like the whole thing. Call me. This isn't a come on. I'm in a very serious relationship with a landscape architect.

    • Doyle: I've been sent. By the Powers That Be.
      Angel: Powers that be what?

    • Angel: Have you guys seen my car? It's big... and uh... shiny.
      Vampire: (grabs Angel) Piss off, pal.
      Angel: (smells the vampire's breath) Ugh..breath mint?

    • Cordelia: A cockroach! In the corner! I think it's a bantamweight!

    • Angel: Why would a woman I don't know want to talk to me?
      Doyle: Have you looked in a mirror lately? Well, no, I guess you haven't.

    • Russell: Angel. We do things a certain way in LA.
      Angel: Well, I'm new here.
      Russell: But you're a civilized man. We don't have to go around attacking each other. Look at me. I pay my taxes, I keep my name out of the paper, and I don't make waves. And in return, I can do anything I want.
      Angel: Really? Hmm. Can you fly? (throws Russell out of skyscraper. He catches fire and turns to dust.)
      Angel: Hmm. Guess not.

    • Angel: (making tea) Do you take milk and sugar?
      Tina: Yeah.
      Angel: ...because I don't have those things.

    • Angel: So are you, uh, happy?
      Tina: What?
      Angel: You look sorta down.
      Tina: You've been watching me?
      Angel: No, I just, I was uh looking towards there, and you walked...through there.
      Tina: You don't hit on girls very often, do you?
      Angel: It's been a while.

    • Russell: (to Angel) You made a big mistake coming here.
      Cordelia: You don't know who he is, do you? Oh, boy! You're about to get your ass kicked!

    • Cordelia: I grew up in a nice house. It wasn't like this, but we did have a room or two that we didn't even know what they were for. Until the IRS got all huffy about my folks not paying taxes for, well, ever. They took it all.

    • Doyle: Let me tell you a little bedtime story.
      Angel: But I'm not sleepy.
      Doyle: Once upon a time there was a vampire. And he was the meanest vampire in all the land. All the other vampires were afraid of him, he was such a bastard. Then one day he's cursed by gypsies. They restore his human soul. And all of a sudden he is mad with guilt. You know: "What have I done?" You know, he's freaked.
      Angel: Okay. Now I'm sleepy.
      Doyle: Yeah, well, it's a fairly dull tale. It needs a little sex, is my feeling. So sure enough: enter the girl. Pretty little blonde thing, Vampire Slayer by trade. And our vampire falls madly in love with her. Eventually the two of them, - well, they get fleshy with one another. Well, I guess the technical term is perfect happiness. But when our boy gets there, he goes bad again. He kills again. It's ugly. So when he gets his soul back for the second time, he figures hey, he can't be any where near Miss young puppy eyes without endangering them both. So what does he do? He takes off. Goes to LA. To fight evil and atone for his crimes. He's a shadow, a faceless champion of the hapless human race.

    • Doyle: Wow, you're really going to war here. I guess you, ah - you've seen a few in your time, yeah?
      Angel: Fourteen, not including Vietnam. They never declared it.

    • Angel: Los Angeles. You see it at night and it shines. Like a beacon. People are drawn to it. People and other things.They come for all sorts of reasons. My reason? No surprise there - it started with a girl.

    • Cordelia: I finally get invited to a nice place, with no mirrors... and lots of curtains? Hey, you´re a vampire!
      Russell: What? No, I'm not...
      Cordelia: Are too!
      Russell: I don't know what you´re talking about.
      Cordelia: Hey, I'm from Sunnydale. We had our own Hellmouth! I think I'd know a vampire when I'm... alone with him... in his fortress-like home. And you know, I think I'm just feeling a little light headed from hunger. I'm just wacky... And kidding! Ha, ha.

    • Angel: You don't smell human.
      Doyle: I take offense to that. I'm completely human! (sneezes, causing his face to become demonic) On my mother's side.

    • Doyle: (To Angel) Everyone's got their demons.

    • Angel: You think (Cordelia's) a hottie.
      Doyle: Ah, yeah, she's a stiffener all right, I can't lie about that.

    • Cordelia: So um, are you still...*Grrrr*?
      Angel: Yeah. There's not actually a cure for that.

    • Doyle: You know, it's not all about fighting and gadgets and such. It's about reaching out to people, showing them that there's love and hope still left in this world.
      Homeless Woman: (interrupting) Hey, spare change?
      Doyle: Get a job, you lazy sow! (to Angel) You know, it's about letting them in your heart. It's not just saving lives, it's saving souls. Hey. Possibly your own in the process.

    • Angel: Where's home?
      Tina: Missoula, Montana. You've been to Missoula?
      Angel: During the Depression. My depression. I-I was depressed there.

    • Angel: Doyle, I don't wanna share my feelings, I don't wanna open up. I wanna find the guy that killed Tina and I wanna look him in the eye.
      Doyle: Then what?
      Angel: Then I'm gonna share my feelings.

  • Notes

    • "City Of" was one of the pilot episodes of several popular WB series (along with Felicity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson's Creek) that were featured in The WB's farewell broadcast on September 17, 2006.

    • Music:
      While Angel is watching Tina -- "Maybe I Belong" by Howie Beck

      At Margo's party -- "Ladyshave" and "Teenage Sensation" by Gus Gus

      In the pool hall -- "Right of Left Field" by Wellwater Conspiracy

    • Doyle wasn't originally supposed to be an Irishman but was written as such when Glenn Quinn was cast as Doyle. The role of Doyle was Glenn Quinn's first role where he was able to use his own Irish accent.

    • The word "Wolfram" is German, and is also the chemical name for the substance "Tungsten" - the wire in a lightbulb.

    • Angel's sidekick for the series wasn't initially intended to be Doyle. The original scripts featured Whistler who appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes "Becoming Part One" (2x21) and "Becoming Part Two" (2x22).

    • In the opening of the credits there is a shot of a girl standing on an empty street. That scene actually comes from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Anne" (3x01).

    • David Boreanaz (Angel) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase) are the only live actors to appear in the pilots of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, though there are also flashbacks of Buffy during Doyle's recounting of Angel's life.

    • In this episode Angel calls Buffy and when she answers he hangs up. This links to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Freshman" (4x01) where Buffy gets a phone call, answers but it seems that there is no one there.

    • Christian Kane originally auditioned for the part of Riley Finn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Series creator (of both shows) Joss Whedon was so impressed he offered him the part of Lindsey.

    • Angel drives a black 1968 Plymouth GTX convertible.

  • Allusions

    • Title: City Of
      Los Angeles, the show's setting, is nicknamed the City of Angels.

    • Cordelia: A cockroach! In the corner! I think it's a bantamweight!

      Bantamweight is a weight class in boxing. Bantamweight boxers weigh between 112 and 118 pounds (51 and 54 kilograms).

    • Angel: (Gets into wrong convertible) Dammit!
      The convertible that Angel mistakenly jumps into appears to be the one belonging to vampire Nick Knight from popular Canadian show Forever Knight. Knight drives the same car as Angel is seen driving in this episode. Knight is also a 13th century vampire, making him actually a bit older than Angel himself. The Forever Knight TV movie also takes place in LA, though the series took place in Toronto.

    • Cordelia: I grew up in a nice home. It wasn't like this, but we did have a room or two that we didn't even know what they were for. Until the IRS got all huffy about my folks not paying taxes for, well, ever. They took it all.
      The IRS is the Internal Revenue Service, who are the agency under the Department Of The Treasury in charge of collecting income taxes in the United States.

    • Doyle: Well, listen, best of luck to you man. I've got some fairly large coin riding on the Vikings tonight, but I'll be there with you in spirit, yeah?
      The Vikings are the Minnesota Vikings, a football team with the National Football League.

    • Angel: Russell? Let me guess. Not big on the daylight and the mirrors? Drinks a lot of V8?

      V8 is a mixed vegetable drink, produced by Campbells, that is bright red due to its high tomato juice content.

    • Angel: During the depression. Ah, my depression. I was depressed there.

      The Great Depression was the severe U.S. economic crisis of the 1930s, supposedly precipitated by the 1929 stock market crash. Certain causative factors are generally accepted: overproduction of goods; a tariff and war-debt policy that curtailed foreign markets for American goods; and easy money policies that led to overexpansion of credit and fantastic speculation on the stock market. At the depth (1933) of the Depression, 16 million people - one third of the labor force - were unemployed. The effects were felt in Europe and contributed to Adolph Hitler's rise in Germany. The policies of "The New Deal" relieved the situation, but complete recovery came only with the heavy defense spending of the 1940s.

    • Doyle: You know I'm parched from all this yakking, man. Let's go treat me to a Billy Dee.
      Billy Dee Williams is an actor who did commercials for Colt 45 brand malt liquor.

    • Doyle: I like the place. I mean its not much with the view, but it has a nice bat-cave sort of an air to it.
      The bat-cave is the headquarters of Batman, a costumed crime fighter from DC Comics that inspired several TV shows, cartoons and films.

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