Season 2 Episode 5

Dear Boy

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2000 on The WB
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Angel's continued restless nights send him into dreams of 1860 London and his first encounter with Drusilla, but when he sees Darla in his waking life, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn fear he has gone off the deep end and may revert to his evil ways.

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  • The great Darla/Angel get together


    The Good;

    All the Angel and Darla stuff and the Kate stuff. Love the cheating wife subplot too.

    The Bad;


    Best line:

    "God doesn't want you, but I do"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Awful scene between Darla and Angelus whilst driving Dru mad. She is a virgin and a saint, how different her life could have been. Darla grabbing/killing the actor.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 17

    In disguise;

    Whilst surveiling the cheating wife in the hotel so 6

    DB get's his shirt off; 10

    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel; AI jump at the chance of a paying client Cordy noting he has Mastercard etc. Angel asks Wes if he has any money he can lend him for Caritas


    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 8

    Wes: 2

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Kills: one demon for Gunn

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 17 vamps, 18 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 5 vamps + 1 demon.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed: 3, the actor, the Lord and the Streetwalker


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

    Angel Investigations shot: Angel shot by the cops who respond to the call

    Angel: 9,

    Packing heat; we have the first appearance the tranquliser guns.

    Wes; 4

    Doyle; 2

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Wes; 1 bleached blonde according to Angel and to the amazement of Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Angel forces himself on Darla but being Darla she revels in it. "You're hurting me, I like it". Angel tells Darla she can 'Scream all she wants'. Darla says she's pretty familar with the international sign for 'enough' whilst Angel says what they did together 'blew the top of my head off'. Angel has 'a thing for convents', hmmm? The nuns or the teenage schoolgirls in uniforms? Darla kills the streetwalker even though she was one herself. Angel smells Cordy's hair, the first hint of Cangel. When Angel refers to his love Cordy thinks he's talking about Buffy. Cordy's 'Pet me I'm a whore' outfit certainly fits the bill. Angel observes that Wes has recently had sex with a bleach blonde, probably the girl from 'Judgement', much to Cordelia's incredulity. Buffy the cheerleader gave Angel a happiness Darla couldn't give, maybe Darla should get the costume and some pompoms?

    Captain Subtext;

    In fanfic the bleach blonde Wes had sex with is often Spike. Lorne refers to his bartender Ramon as a 'treasure'.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy characters on Angel; Dru for the first time 12

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru

    Questions and observations;

    Angel is 247 years old and now a coffee addict contrary to what was stated in The Prom. Great ep, the renewal of the Angel/Darla relationship and it's terrific on all levels, great things to come. Angel seems to have established a reputation as a PI for the superanatural, AI's spying on the cheating wife is quite professional with listening devices, mini-camera's, the works. In the Buffyverse there appear to be no aliens (what about the Queller demon from season 5?). Kate is now a pariah in the LAPD but is still loved by her friends and colleagues. Lorne is back for the first time in a while. Some great satire on Hollywood actors. Gunn has a long and colourful record with LAPD.

    Marks out of 10; 9/10

  • 'It's like living with the world's oldest teen-ager. He can't be having a growth spurt at two hundred and forty-eight, could he?'

    ‘Dear Boy’ is one of the most amazing episodes of this show thus far. In this episode Angel discovers that Darla is back, only now as a human.

    The episode begins with a Cordy vision which brings the gang to a place with a lot of monk-ish people who all seem to be possessed, but there is something wrong with Angel, he seems to be off his game and instead of helping the gang he keeps hitting the same guy.

    Angel is really off and goes outside after being weird and sniffing Cordy, outside he sees Darla who is trying to make Angel crazy together with Lindsey.

    Both Darla and Lindsey want to get back at Angel, only both are also using each other. They hire an actor who will play Darla’s husband and she has to play the innocent woman who is being stalked by Angel. At a restaurant where Angel and his crew are investigating if a woman is being abducted by aliens or just having an affair, Angel sees Darla but when she runs into the light his crew thinks he’s gone insane but he knows better, she came back as human. Kate is also back in this episode, a friend gives her Angel’s case and where he might be hiding, she goes to the hotel where she meets Gunn and says that she cares about the victims and even though Angel isn’t bad, he isn’t good to her either.

    Darla should get her own series, together with the actor they make Angel come in but when he comes in she has called the police and made a vampire hit her and kill the actor, in that way it seems like Angel did all that. When Darla tells everything to Kate she makes it seem obvious it was Angel, when Kate doesn’t look he grabs Darla from above.

    Angel takes Darla back to the place they fought the demon at the beginning, there he makes her loose her innocent appearance and brings out the real her. Darla was brought back as a human and wants to be together with Angel again, he’s her Dear Boy. But Angel doesn’t want to go bad and tells her that now that she has a soul the memories of everything she did will come back to haunt her sooner or later. This episode is absolutely amazing, the flashbacks of Angelus and Darla were fantastic and we also saw Drusilla and a scene just before she got turned. Also Darla proved to be a brilliant character and Julie Benz gave an amazing performance together with David Boreanaz. Angel begins to go off his path just like W&H wanted, he sings for the Host who tells him he’s not on the right path and at the end he tells his crew that he wants the lawyers to bring it on, this episode marks the beginning of his darkest time.moreless
  • This episode is filled with the most passionate acting I have ever seen.

    This is the reason why they pay big bucks to great actors. This episode is the example of the reason why people love vampire stories.

    The dialog and wording of this episode was great. I give props to the writers and the actors of this episode. This episode is filled with the most passionate acting I have ever seen.

    It brought back memories of a few relationships that I had in the past. Karen, Kayla, and Gabriella, this one's for you.moreless
  • Overall, this episode was the first of the second season to address the season arc directly, and it set up many of the important plot elements in the process.

    Much like the “Buffy” episode that aired during the same week, this episode was all about bringing the smoldering plot elements strewn throughout the first few episodes into the forefront. Where the fifth season arc for “Buffy” began in earnest, with many elements left open to question, the second season arc for “Angel” was more or less laid out in this episode. When this one was over, the goals of Wolfram and Hart were fairly clear; the character exploration that resulted was the entire point of the arc.

    Following up on Darla’s slow but steady seduction of Angel, this episode takes it to the next level and explores the desired effect in more detail. As a result, the rest of the world around Angel finally gets the chance to react to the subtle changes in his personality. It’s not a pretty sight, especially since the writers finally get around to bringing Kate back into the picture.

    As mentioned in many other Buffyverse reviews, one of the primary theories regarding vampires pertains to how the darkest impulses of the human personality translated into the demonic personality. As seen with characters like Spike and Angelus, the prevailing psychology of the vampire appears to be an extreme and twisted version of the worst aspects of the original human. In terms of Angel, Liam wanted to prove how clever he could be, devalued by his family and society. Angelus thus became cruel and unusual in how he would toy with the world around him, gaining infamy in the process.

    This is important, because it was something largely untouched in the early seasons of “Buffy” and the first season of “Angel”. The earlier seasons always set a wide divide between the human and the demon. In Angel’s case, Angelus was evil in and of himself. Angel was the human haunted by the deprivation of Angelus, this horrible alter-ego that had taken over his body. But this season arc explores the intricacies of the concept, showing how Angelus was an outgrowth of something within Angel from the very beginning.

    That idea was an important response to the end of the first season. If Angel is foretold to be restored to his humanity at the end of the fight, there are metaphorical aspects that come into play. Is this meant literally or spiritually? Overall, it works better from the spiritual point of view, and this season is very important in terms of exploring the part of Angel that fuels Angelus. It’s not the demon, as noted later, but the full depths of Angel’s emotional and psychological anger and bitterness.

    As noted, the plan by Wolfram and Hart is to use Darla, as Angel’s obsession for 150 years as Angelus, to bring out the darkness within the core of Angel’s human personality. The theory would be: if the evil within Angel was a seed that flourished in Angelus, how much darkness was actually present in the man? And if Darla was the woman who turned him, wouldn’t she be the best chance at bringing out that darkness again?

    The plan definitely works, because despite what Angel might say otherwise, his entire existence is shaken by the possibility that Darla is alive and manipulating him. It doesn’t take very much to make him act out, and Darla is more than happy to see it happen. Julie Benz does an incredible job (with the help of the wardrobe department!) of playing up Darla’s seductive side, but she’s equally effective at portraying Darla as the wounded ex-wife, returning with a vengeance.

    After all, Darla was the center of Angelus’ universe for a long time, and a lot of his choices were made to live up to her expectations. It was bad enough when Angel’s soul was restored, but then Angel chose Buffy over her. There are few rejections more crushing than a stake to the heart. Darla is the woman scorned, and this is not only her way of getting back a pound of flesh, but stealing Angel back from Buffy.

    One key to the larger season arc is dropped in this episode, in terms of Angel’s curse and how it works. In the second season of “Buffy”, the emphasis was on sex as the trigger for Angelus’ return. However, the true condition was “a moment of pure happiness”, which is something else entirely. Angel makes it clear that he never loved Darla, no matter how heated a passion they felt for each other. So the stage is set for the moment, later in the season, when Angel and Darla have sex, without Angelus being unleashed.

    Like Wesley and Darla before him, Gunn demonstrates his willingness to take Angel down if he should return to his evil ways. This is also an important element of the season arc, because if his entire team is willing to take that measure, then the later decision not to stake Angel becomes a sign that the team does not believe he has fully reverted. It also sets them apart from Kate, who has little patience for the nuances of the situation.

    Kate’s journey has taken some interesting turns by this point, and by making her one of Angel’s opponents, that dynamic is a lot better than the first few episodes would have indicated. Her reaction to her father’s death has led her to a Mulder-esque fall, which has led her to blame Angel for every bad thing that happens. It doesn’t matter whether or not Angel could have prevented the deaths or foreseen the danger.

    It’s not unlike shooting the messenger, but it pertains to the season arc in a number of ways. Kate’s animosity eliminates one source of cooperation from Angel’s world, which serves to isolate him even more. More importantly, Kate’s attitude foreshadows what would happen later in the season, as Angel makes the direct choice to allow people to be killed. Where does one draw the line? At what point does Angel’s culpability begin? It is a question that would continue to be explored right up until the end of the series.

    Dave Greenwalt always had a strong sense of Angel and his psychology, and this episode hits at the heart of what the second season would accomplish: transforming the series from a noir-heavy action piece into a study of redemption and the demon within. The strength of the second season is reflected in this episode, especially in terms of the foreshadowing and plot development. This is a stepping stone to some of the disturbing yet rewarding episodes still to come.moreless
  • darla's problems

    beautyful just beautiful. a darla episode about her past and how she and angel met drusilla. the episode was so well written!!! the end of the episode is one of the best moments of the series. i also loved cordelia she was funny and lookg beautiful in her yellow dress
Cheryl White

Cheryl White


Guest Star

Matt North

Matt North


Guest Star

Sal Rendino

Sal Rendino


Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Angel is walking down the promenade, after the fight and before the flashback, the footage of him from the front and behind don't match. For example, Angel walks toward a juggler and will clearly pass him just before the camera angle switches, but there is no juggler behind him.

    • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 episode "Some Assembly Required," Angel reveals that he is 241 years old. But in this episode, Angel says that he is 247. The years don't add up. If the age from BtVS was correct, then Angel should only be 244, not 247. Discrepancies in Angel's age occur throughout the series.

    • Right before Angel says that Wes slept with a bleached blonde, Wes finishes loosening his tie. Then he pats Angel on the back and in the next shot he's loosening his tie again.

    • Darla gives her address as 1409 Galloway in Studio City. Galloway is in Pacific Palisades. Also, across the street from her address you can see a house with the number 729.

    • Why doesn't Kate know about Darla? She did extensive research on Angel in a previous episode, "Somnambulist" (1x11), and even found out information in that episode that Giles claimed only the Watchers had in their diaries.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Darla: What do you expect? They're only human.
      Angel: You better embrace that mediocrity, honey. You're talking about your own kind now.

    • Angel: That's enough!
      Darla: I'm pretty familiar with the international sign for enough and you have a ways to go!
      (Angel grabs Darla's arm)
      Darla: You're hurting me! I like it!

    • Wesley: You really stood up to him. (as Cordelia) "The next time I talk to him I won't weenie out like you, Wesley."
      Cordelia: Don't start with me. And if I sound like that, shoot me. (Wesley pulls out a gun) Just a joke!
      Wesley: It's not for you. It's a tranquilizer.

    • Wesley: You can't blame Angel for... he's trying to do what's right!
      Kate: That's right, he's good, I keep forgetting. I'm sorry, and why'd he kidnap that woman again?

    • Angel: The bltch is you have a soul now. Pretty soon those memories are gonna start eating away at you. No matter how hard you try, you won't be able to escape the truth of what you were. Believe me, I know.
      Darla: But you can escape. You can escape it all. Remember what it was like to get lost, huh? Every thought a million miles away, every part of your being alive! All you have to do is let me give you one little moment of happiness.
      Angel: You took me places, showed me things, huh? You blew the top off my head. But you never made me happy.
      Darla: But that - that cheerleader did? We were together 150 years! We shared everything. You're saying never?
      Angel: You couldn't understand.
      Darla: I understand alright. Guy gets taste of something fresh and he thinks he's touching God.
      Angel: It wasn't about...
      Darla: Oh, you bet your ass it was! There was a time, in the early years, when you would have said I was the definition of bliss! Buffy wasn't happiness. She was just new!

    • Gunn: As evil blood-sucking vampires go, how would you rate Angelus?
      Wesley: Historically, as bad as they come. Especially when he was with his sire, Darla.
      Cordelia: We're researching her now to see if she has some kind of resurrection powers. Maybe she's a vampire cat with nine lives!
      Gunn: So, he and Darla together, bad combo.
      Wesley: They rampaged through half the known world, until Angel got his soul.
      Cordelia: Imagine Bonnie and Clyde if they had 150 years to get it right.

    • Darla: (about Lindsey's plastic hand) He did that to you. What's it feel like?
      Lindsey: Doesn't feel like anything.
      Darla: Can I? It's very smooth. You don't feel anything.
      Lindsey: Not in my hand. How is it seeing him again?
      Darla: It's strange.
      Lindsey: He betrayed you.
      Darla: Everyone betrays you, that's not what eats you in the long winter's night...
      Lindsey: Yeah? What does?
      Darla: Missed opportunities. He got a soul and it sickened me. All that power wasted on a whiny mopey do-gooder. God, I could eat his eyeballs.
      Lindsey: Our plans for Angel are a little more long term than that, but if you can't help yourself, then, by all means, be my guest.
      Darla: You're fun for a human.

    • Lindsey: You've given us more information on Angel than we had when he first got here. Nobody knows him better than you do. Especially the side we're interested in.
      Darla: So, what is the plan exactly? I tease him to death?

    • Darla: Down boy, let the plum ripen.
      Angelus: You always come up with something new.
      Darla: Keeps me young.

    • Gunn: My Uncle Theo always said, "Never buy a dull plow, and never get in the middle of a religious war."
      Cordelia: Do you really have an Uncle Theo?
      Gunn: Nah. But it's still good advice.

    • Cordelia: Its disciples are human; they're killing each other. I think the fight is over how to worship it.
      Angel: This is why personally I rarely go to church…(nobody laughs) I thought it was funny.

    • (after Cordy has a vision)
      Angel: You all right? You sure you don't want to sit down?
      Cordelia: If I sit, I'll throw up in my head.

    • Cordelia: It's us. We haven't seen you all day. We were just wondering if everything was, you know, copasetic?
      Angel: I didn't go bad, Cordelia.
      Cordelia: Oh, I was never worried about that, Boss. Of course, Mr. Fussypants always assumes the worst.

    • Angel: You're gonna feel it, you know. What you did. That man you got killed.
      Darla: Please - he was an actor.
      Angel: I'm serious.
      Darla: Like a heart attack and just about as much fun.
      Angel: Darla, you hurt anyone else and I'll kill you.
      Darla: Will you? Isn't that against your Cub Scout code?

    • Angel: It was Darla. She's back - and she's human now - but I know her scent.
      Wesley: Angel, you can't just, sniff a person and know...
      Angel: You had sex last night, with a bleached blonde.
      Wesley: Good Lord! How'd you...?
      Cordelia: That's unbelievable. I didn't think you ever had sex.

    • Cordelia: What if, every time you identified a demon in one of your big old books we give you ten bucks...or a chicken pot pie?
      Wesley: Wait, I have another idea, no! Get a vision.
      Cordelia: Well it's not like you can hit me in the head and "wham!" it happens.
      Wesley: What if we test that theory with one of my big old books?

    • Cordelia (while Angel is smelling her hair): Personal bubble! Personal bubble!

    • Wesley: (talking about Angel) Oh, he's an eccentric, all the great ones are. Sherlock Holmes, Phillip Marlowe...
      Jenkins: Those are fictional characters.
      Wesley: Right you are, which gives Angel rather a leg up when you come to think of it.

    • Wesley: We made you some tea.
      Angel: Yeah.
      Cordelia: It's right on the table right there in front of you.
      Angel: Table seems far.
      Cordelia: Oh, you must be all worn out from sleeping for the past few days. It's like living with the world's oldest teenager. (to Wesley) You don't think he's having a growth spurt at 248, is he?
      Angel: 247!

    • Kate: He hasn't changed.
      Gunn: You're right. He hasn't. He's still a vampire.
      Cordelia: Gunn, not helping.
      Gunn: So how did he get into that house?

    • Wesley: (talking about Darla) Vampires don't come back from the dead.
      Angel: I did and I saw her. I'm not crazy.
      Wesley: Where?
      Angel: Right between the clowns and the big talking hot dog.

    • (after going undercover)
      Cordelia: That was really fun. The public humilitation, running from the hotel security staff, and the nifty little outfit which seemed to tell so many conventioneers, "Pet me, I'm a whore."

    • Darla: (to Angel, after burning him with a cross) You see, no matter how good a boy you are, God doesn't want you! But I still do.

    • Angelus: Convents. They're just a big cookie jar.

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