Angel

Season 3 Episode 14

Couplet

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2002 on The WB
8.4
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Angel feels isolated, obsolete and even a bit jealous when Groosalugg arrives in town from Pylea, immediately saves the gang in battle, and is welcomed into the loving arms of his former princess, Cordelia.

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  • Prophecy and parenthood

    7.0
    COUPLET



    The Good;

    A not so subtle tale of Angel drawing away from CC, funny but nothing really special UNTIL the final scene with Wes' revelation changing what had been a lightweight ep utterly.



    The Bad;

    Tree demon looks stupid



    Best line:

    Angel; "Life is short, ok not mine but most peoples"



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12



    Cordy's tatt; 10



    Cheap Angel; 9 quite the reverse, he's very generous to CC



    Fang Gang in bondage: Gunn and Fred trapped by the tree roots. So is the guy chained to the wall at the brothel but he doesn't want to be released. Or judged.

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 3

    Fred; 2



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 3



    Kills: 1 demon for Gunn and one for Groo

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 39 vamps, 55 and 1/2 demons, 7 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 8 vamps+ 9 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 8



    Characters killed:

    46



    Recurring characters killed;

    8;



    Total number of Angel Investigations: add Groo to the mix

    7, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Groo



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1



    Packing heat;

    Wes; 5

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: once again CC drawn to someone with a demon essence

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

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde



    Kinky dinky:

    CC on the Groo "RRRRrrrrrrr", likes his (admittedly formidable) muscles. CC wants to know if they can 'com without actually shukking'? (Second base?) She plans to rip the Groo's shirt off later, shouldn't she let him get his strength back first? Angel in a brothel not for the first time or I dare say not the last, seems a fun place for all. Reputedly there was a scene where Angel stumbles across Kate Lochley working in the brothel but Elizabeth Rohm was too busy doing Law ?der. Gunn refers to voodoo booty rituals but he might be making that up.



    Captain Subtext;

    Groo and CC and Fred and Gunn pair up leaving Angel and Wes to wander around like a gay couple. Angel objects to Groo 'handling his weapons' which is nothing to CC asking him to help her have sex with Groo. She also states that 'No women is going to tempt you' which he doesn't take as a compliment. The Madam thinks he and the Groo are a gay couple, Groo mentioning 'his princess'. Poor Wes wonders that Fred thinks of him as a brother.



    Know the face, different character; 4



    Parking garages;

    5,



    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;

    Who wants to bet me that it was Numfar that did the 'Dance of Revolution'? AI still take the occasional paying case in order to fund Connor's college tuition (and presumably CC's holiday). Much in the same way as Buffy seems to increasingly rely on Dawn for her emotional needs as she slowly parts with Riley, Angel seems to get over CC by concentrating his affections on Connor whilst Wes throws himself into his work. Personally I love the Groo and I'm glad to have him on the show. CC refers to her cousin, we know she has no sister but is she an only child? Did you notice that the woman the demon grabs in the park looks the spitting image of Cordy (maybe her stand-in/stunt double?)

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, good fun and you really feel for Angel and Wes

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  • The "Not My Boyfriend" Club

    5.1
    Couplet-Angel feels isolated, obsolete and even a bit jealous when Groosalugg arrives in town from Pylea, immediately saves the gang in battle, and is welcomed into the loving arms of his former princess, Cordelia.



    Well, we're back to filler fluff as Angel spends the episode being so jealous over the Groosalugg and Cordy spends her time wanting to bang him. There were some good scenes like Gunn and Fred getting closer and the uniqe tree demon that sucks the life out of humans. But everything was too silly with Angel and Wesley being all moppy because they lost their girls and Groo looking like Angel. Groo is also continues to show no personality besides liking Cordelia so much. Not to mention, Cordelia is absent for a few episodes after this one which sucks. But the episode ends are a dark and great note with Welsey translateing the prophecy and we see The father will kill the son" on his note pad! All and All, a mediorce episode that is just silly but has a great ending.moreless
  • Couplet

    8.5
    Couplet was a really good episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character growth and development. There was also the return of the Groosalugg, which made Cordelia really happy. Angel helped Cordelia to experience some happiness by visiting a brothel to get a potion so she would not lose her powers. I thought this was a very interesting story, and the characters situations were very engaging. The ending of the episode was very good and surprising, and I certainly can't wait to find out what will happen in the next epiosde. This epiosde definitely puts a twist on the season's storyline!!!!!!!moreless
  • Groosalugg reappears.. yay?

    8.7
    Couplet is a very good episode but a few things about it just didn't sit right with me. It had some good comedic moments but it just felt rather pointless and I really would have preferred no Groo. At all.



    The main story of Cordy and Groo on their quest to have sex just really bugged me. All this season and some episodes last season we see the closeness Angel and Cordy formed and their evident feelings for one another, yet here she decides she'd much rather have an Angel clone instead of the real deal. Eh? She spent all this episode effectively turning Groo into Angel when the real one wants her. It just comes off irritating, as does Cordy in this episode. I actually like Groo as a character but I honestly would prefer him to never reappear after There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb. Their relationship is forced and frankly uninteresting, so I could never really be fully engaged in this episode. On first viewing I really hated it but after subsequent viewings I do rather like it minus the Cordy/Groo parts.



    Anyway ignoring that, the rest of the episode is pretty damn good. Gunn and Fred were great in this episode and the whole internet tree demon was surprisingly good. I liked the parallels between Angel and Wes here, as both lost the girl. I felt Angel even though he was more obviously jealous handled it much better than Wesley who sinks into a dark place at the end of this episode and doesn't get out of it until the start of S5, only to sink into it after Fred is killed. I'm not a HUGE fan of Dark Wesley, as he got a tad whiny for me in S4 but I'm glad they did it because he needed more of a character arc.



    Groo really is made to look like a better version of Angel; he can fight just as well, recovers quickly but can also go into the sun and be a lot more human than Angel. I can understand Angel's jealousy towards him and am glad he didn't appear in the following 3 episodes as he would have been out of place. However, saying that, I didn't like that Cordy didn't appear in the next 3 as they're such important episodes!



    Couplet is a good episode, marred by an annoying couple. It's still good entertainment but isn't Angel at it's best.moreless
  • Groo's arrival causes no end of trouble for Angel, but at least he's got his own hair gel. Wesley finally translates the prophecy about Connor and no one's life will be the same again.moreless

    8.8
    At first viewing, I thought this episode was not one of the better ones in the season, and it seems that it only serves to start the two love triangles off: Cordy/Angel/Groo triangle and Wes/Fred/Gunn. How cruel of Cordelia to ask Angel to get the potion so she can com-shuck with Groo. I don't think that she could have switched off her feelings for Angel so quickly after what has been building up over the last couple of episodes, but she did. The cases they work on are not particularly interesting, but fit the theme of the show: relationships.



    Of course the kicker in this ep is the end when Wesley has finally translated the key part of the Troclon prophecy: "The father will kill the son." There was a lot of humor in this episode, especially between Angel and Groo, which I did enjoy. This is the last light-hearted episode of the season, so enjoy it while it lasts! Some of the best scenes are Angel discovering Groo cut his hair exactly like Angel and is wearing Angel's clothes, and Angel and Groo's visit to the demon brothel.moreless
Fanshen Cox

Fanshen Cox

Anita

Guest Star

Scott Donovan

Scott Donovan

Jerry

Guest Star

Steven Hack

Steven Hack

Lionel

Guest Star

Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz

Groosalugg

Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Lorne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Angel's cellphone rings Groo says "your coat is singing", but Lorne has said that there is no music in Pylea so Groo should not know the word "singing" or the meaning of it.

    • One of the "Wolf, Ram and Hart" books from Pylea (last seen in "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb" (2x22)) can be seen when Wes and Angel are in the book store. As soon as the scene transitions to the book store, the camera pans across the "wolf" book for several seconds.

    • The Groosalugg claims that the demon from Cordelia's vision is maybe a Bleaucha, and that he has slain many. He later tells Angel that he is going to behead the demon and give to Cordelia as a gift. When they actually kill the demon, it melts into the ground, making beheading impossible. This suggests that the demon is probably not the one the Groosalugg was thinking about. Or the Bleaucha could have different reactions on the two worlds like Angel does.

    • Cordelia almost has sex twice on the same night, with two different main characters. But, both times, she is interrupted by 'a force of evil'. In "Waiting in the Wings" (3x13) by the dramatist minions, and this time by a vision of the demon they later track.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Wesley: Angel...you're the reason we've all come together. It's your mission which animates us. We each contribute, it's true, but you...you're unique. You're like one of these rare volumes, one of a kind.
      Proprietor: (returning with rare volumes) I've got three of them.

    • Cordelia: I couldn't go through with it.
      Angel: You couldn't?
      Cordelia: No. Not after seeing that disgusting, spiny thing!
      Angel: Spiny?
      Cordelia: Right up in my face!

    • Groosalugg: (Cell phone rings) Angel... your coat is singing.

    • Groo: I shall present this beast's head to my princess as a token.
      Angel: Right, 'cause she'd love that.

    • Angel: (talking about Groo) He seemed...uh, I don't know, uh...short?
      Lorne: Oh absolutely. Clearly the guy shrank, all over probably. Why he's nothing but a muscle-y midget. I'm sure once Cordelia gets him home she'll just pop him in a smallish drawer and that'll be that.

    • Wesley: Why can't you have sex?
      Cordy: I could lose my visionity.
      Wesley: If you want to play it that way....
      Cordy: Vision-ity.

    • Wesley: You should have called one of us.
      Cordy: Oh please, like I'm going to bother you guys in the middle of the night because I want sex and can't have it.
      Wesley: Actually, I meant the vision.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Cordelia: It's not like your strength is in your hair, right?

      Cordelia here refers to the story of Samson and Delilah, found in the Book of Judges in the Christian Bible. Samson was an Israelite hero during Israel's war with Philistine; his long hair provided him great strength. During the war, Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah. The Philistines--eager to capture Samson--bribed Delilah to learn the secret of Samson's power. After Samson confided in Delilah, she cut off his hair while he slept and delivered him, weakened, to the Philistines.

    • Angel: It's better than breadcrumbs.
      This is an allusion to the German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, which was popularized by the Brothers Grimm in the early nineteenth century. In the story, Hansel and Gretel are the children of an impoverished woodcutter. When famine strikes, the woodcutter's wife--stepmother to the children--convinces him to abandon his children in the forest to save food. As they wander through the forest, Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs so that they might retrace their steps.

    • Lorne: (in response to Angel saying he likes being alone) Fine, Miss Garbo. Have it your way. Be alone.
      This is a reference to Greta Garbo and her signature line "I want to be alone" from the 1932 film Grand Hotel.

    • Cordelia: Once you lose the Battlefield Earth hair...
      Battlefield Earth was a 2000 film (set in post-apocalyptic 3000) about an alien race that has taken over Earth. In it, Barry Pepper sports a hairstyle much like Groo.

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