Angel

Season 1 Episode 12

Expecting

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2000 on The WB
8.2
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After a wild night on the town, Cordelia wakes up to find that she is at least six months pregnant. When it is found out that it is a demon that Cordelia is carrying can Angel and Wesley find a way to prevent the imminent birth from killing her?moreless

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  • Cordy's big bad bundle of joy

    7.0
    Expecting



    The Good;

    Cordy hits the town with the girls but gets more than she bargained for. Great to see Phantom Dennis back and his scenes with Cordy are beyond lovely.

    Love the reaction of the doctor and nurse during the ultrasound. Very good ep



    The Bad;

    How come Cordy is dressed after sex?



    Best line:

    Angel; You're not alone

    Cordy; That's kind of the problem



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Cordy and co in the goop, yuck



    Apocalypses: 4



    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 8, a whole bevy of them



    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;



    In disguise; 3



    DB get's his shirt off; 3



    Cordy's tattoo;3



    Cheap Angel; 2



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 5

    Wes: 1



    Fang gang knocked out: Wes by Cordy

    Cordy: 8

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 2

    Doyle; 1



    Kills:

    Cordy: I'll give this one to Cordy. 3 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel: half a demon so 8 vamps, 4 and 1/2 demons, 2 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon



    Fang Gang go evil: yep, Cordy overwhelmed by her maternal instincts

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 5



    Characters killed:

    20



    Recurring characters killed;

    1;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    2, Angel and Cordy



    Angel Investigations shot: yep, Angel

    Angel: 6,



    Packing heat; Wes with a pistol (presumably taken from the gun club?)

    Wes; 1

    Doyle; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: I thought it was Xander who had the thing for demons?

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy



    Kinky dinky:

    How gorgeous are CCs friends, especially Sarina? Obviously this goes some VERY dark places, it smacks of GOT fetishism (beautiful women being raped and impregnated by demons/monsters/aliens who they then fall in love with), the ultrasound reminds me of the infamous maternity ward scene in Aliens vs Predator; Requiem (of course Joss wrote Alien Ressurection so he's no stranger to the concept). Considering that Joss is supposed to be this great pro-feminist he puts his heroines through a lot of nasty stuff, almost like he wants to have his cake and eat it. Wilson apparently nearly had phonesex with the resteraunt manager to get them in. Cordy drinks Angel's pig's blood, Angel states he never realised how disgusting it was until just then. At the end Cordy states she's learned sex is bad and men are evil. Angel agrees.



    Captain Subtext;

    The girls assume Wes and Angel are a couple. Angel says it adds mystery. Angel describes Cordy as family and she says she trusts him and Wes implicitly.



    Know the face, different character; 2



    Parking garages;

    3,



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy characters appearing in Angel; (unless someone can correct me no original Angel character ever appears on Buffy?)

    6; Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes



    Questions and observations;

    Fun story, putting Angel Investigations together more and more. How wonderful that when Wes has to come up with a name for him and Cordy he decides on Mr and Mrs Penborne. Angel comments that their French client made him want to drink a lot. Alcohol or blood? CC refers to Angel giving her date the 3rd degree which he and Doyle also did in the Bachelor Party. Wes refers to David and Goliath, the Watchers Council occasionally make biblical references.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10

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  • 'I learned, um, men are evil? Oh wait, I knew that. I learned that LA is full of self-serving phonies. No, had that one down, too. Ahh...sex is bad?'

    9.6
    ‘Expecting’ is yet another excellent episode of Angel with comedy, drama and just crazy fun and good special effects. It’s also the second Cordelia-centric episode is close to be as good as the first.



    This episode features Cordy dating, going out on a date but before that two of her friends come to the office and meet Angels and geeky Wesley who tries to impress them by hitting his axe in the wall. Wes really proves to be a good and fun character in this episode, his chemistry with Angel isn’t as good as with Doyle but still has definitely a couple of points, mostly because Cordy’s friends thought they were gay. Also when they go out hunting they walk into the wrong house and Wesley does that geeky thing which makes him funny.



    Meanwhile Cordy gets seduced by a guy and she takes him over to her apartment and sleeps with him which wasn’t a good thing because she was pregnant the next morning. She looked a lot more than one day pregnant. I absolutely adored the hospital scenes which were hilarious how she and Wes played to be a couple and Cordy did the heavy-hormoned mom. They also discover that Cordy has 7 offspring things in her stomach, she just hopes they’re healthy.



    Meanwhile Angel finds Serena who is Cordy’s friend pregnant as well. He goes after the guys who impregnate the women and they all turned out to be human and working for some demon who makes them rich and powerful and they impregnate women with the demon’s spawn.

    Cordy is also staring to get more hormoned, she drinks Angel’s blood and when Wes begins to talk about destroying her offspring she gets mad and hits him with a book and goes to the sewers.



    In the sewers there are a lot of other impregnate women and they are all going to have a baby shower, literally.

    Wes goes there to save them but then is disrupted by the big demon who wants to eat him but Wes knows the story about David and Goliath so he isn’t afraid. Angel then comes to play with and he throws something with ice to the demon and it freezes him making all the women loose their babies. Cordy then grabs something and throws it on the demon making it burst into pieces, Cordy really hates dating.



    ‘Expecting’ developed Cordy in a way to become more family of Angel and Wes, she now trusts them with her entire life and Angel even called her family. The episode also had a lot of hilarious moments and I also enjoyed Dennis quite a lot.





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  • Possess Me Baby One More Time

    5.5
    I'm usually a sucker for Cordelia-centric episodes but even I couldn't get into this one, which is essentially a pseudo-Rosemary's Baby storyline blended in with an "after-school special"-esque message of "have sex and suffer the evil, demonic consequences", which has been used to death in the Buffyverse.



    Expecting sees Cordelia sleeping with somebody on the first date. The next morning, he's gone and she's pregnant. And not just a couple of hours pregnant, I mean about two-hundred months pregnant. Whilst Cordelia goes into mental breakdown, Angel and Wesley attempt to discover what sort of demon was responsible for Cordy's unwanted spawn.



    Despite featuring a scene-stealing performance from Charisma Carpenter and some neat gags involving Wesley's general incompetence, Expecting is a complete mess of an episode. It seemed as if writer Howard Gordon didn't really know what direction he wanted to go in, creating a weird mix of drama, emotion and full-on horror. Because of this, the entire episode feels disjointed. Going from effectively creepy moments like Angel visiting Serena's apartment to Cordelia breaking down at the thought of having a baby, you just don't know where you're at during the course of the hour. Sometimes that's great in TV, but in some cases, like this one, it's just awkward.



    The performances in Expecting are probably the best thing about the episode. Both the aforementioned Carpenter and Alexis Denisof excel throughout and it's amazing to see how quickly Denisof has settled in with the cast, almost feeling as if he's been there all along. Daphnee Duplaix also performed well, which is surprising since she's most notable for being one of Playboy's numerous Playmates of the Month. The humor was also really good, in particular the opening scene, with Wesley (being generally neurotic) accidentally hitting a wall with his axe and making a complete ass out of himself when hunting some demon spawn with Angel.



    Though it's a pretty decent episode which moves along at a steady pace, there are just too many things wrong with Expecting to let you fully enjoy it. Despite the excellent performances, it just doesn't come together as well as it should have.



    Director: David Semel

    Writer: Howard Gordon

    Rating: Cmoreless
  • Slight filler but still good.

    8.0
    Even though this episode felt like sort of a filler to integrate Wesley into the group by simply throwing in a demon or ten it was still good. We got to see the family vibe of Angel Investigations return, after the loss of Doyle. And got some very funny moments from Wes, disgusting and kind of scary moments from Cordy, and Angel step a bit out of his brood mode a little bit. That is always a fine treat.moreless
  • cordelia is pregnant

    8.8
    this is the worst cordelia episode but it still rocks!

    it's about cordelia having unsave sex with a guy and gets pregnant over the night. this is why everybody has to have save sex!



    the episode was funny! wesley was not annoying at all but he was kind of sweet by wanting to save cordelia. angel was awesome for beating those guys who made the girls pregnant and the monster at the end was big!

    this is one of the funniest episodes of the show. a classic but not the best.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • It should be noted that she is able to have sex without transferring her visions, since later episodes state that she could not have sexual intercourse and keep her visions without taking a potion which was not required in this episode.

    • This might only show on the DVD but there is a scene marker in the "flash" between the opening shot of the building and the office door. The flash is actually a couple frames of the same building shot better lit with a scene marker in front of it and another building lit the same way. The scene marker has a fair bit of info on it including Scene X1005 Take 3 Date 8-11-99.

    • As Angel and Wesley are heading out the door to go after the "baby creature," Angel's reflection can clearly be seen in the side window, as Wesley turns around to retrieve his axe from the wall.

    • When Angel is in a phone booth talking to Wesley and removing bullets from his side, you can clearly see his reflection on all sides of the phone booth as the camera circles.

    • Time Index 20:26, when the doctor is talking about the blanks on the patient information form - In the doctor's office, the boom mic is visible for about two seconds in the top center of the screen.

    • Cordy drinks the blood, which dribbles out of her mouth and onto the floor, then wipes it off of her mouth with her sleeve. Later when she hits Wesley with the book, there is no blood on her mouth, her sleeve or the floor.

    • During the fight at the gun club you can see a piece of wall come off (it's white styrofoam) and you hear it crunch when Angel steps on it.

    • When they close the refrigerator you can still see the light on around the edges.

    • In the scene at the OB-GYN's office, when the syringe is dropped it is clear, but in the close-up it has writing on it.

    • You can see Angel's reflection in the mirror screen in Cordy's bedroom.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Wesley: (bursts through the door) Don't move a muscle, demon spawn! Cowards! Don't make me trash it out of you. Where do you lay your eggs? In the cellar?
      Angel: Wesley…
      Wesley: In the bedroom?
      Angel: Yeah, that's right. Termites lay their eggs anywhere, such as next door. And we fight termites -- wherever they may roam.
      Wesley: (sheepishly, to the elderly couple whose home he has burst into) Sorry about the door.

    • Cordelia: This producer was so nice. He said I was his first choice. We're going out to dinner tonight.
      Angel: Tonight?
      Wesley: Well, best you get back on the horse, I suppose.
      Cordelia: He is so sweet! He says that all I have to do is let him impregnate me with his demon master's seed, and I've got the part!

    • Wesley: (to the big demon) As a heathen I wouldn't expect you to be familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath. But I assure you it's of particular relevance to this situation.

    • Angel: (sees Cordelia drinking blood) I don't think I've ever realized just how disgusting that was.

    • Wilson: Who're you talking to?
      Cordelia: My ghost? I have a ghost. He's jealous. Kidding. The apartment's great, but things are always breaking and, uhm, and I have no one to complain to, so sometimes just to keep myself company I talk to myself.

    • Cordelia: All right, Dennis. Knock it off. This is the one guy I've actually liked in a long time. And if you keep killing the mood, I'll kill you! All right, empty threat, you being a ghost and already dead. But I'll do something worse! I'll play Evita around the clock, the one with Madonna!

    • Wilson: So you left Sunnydale and came to LA. What was that like?
      Cordelia: Skydiving without a parachute. Except for the smashing your body to bits part. Actually, no, it was like that, too.

    • Wesley: That was bracing.
      Angel: Yeah. Baby just hatched. Wouldn't want to run into him when he grows up and gets his driver's license.

    • Angel: I don't lounge all that well.
      Wesley: Good one! Oh, yes. (puts his arm around Angel) No, he's ah, he's no lounger this one.
      Serina: The good ones are always gay.

    • Angel: You look nice.
      Cordelia: Aagh! Oh, and now, I look like the Joker.
      Angel: Sorry.
      Cordelia: Hopefully, I'm still too young and carefree for a heart attack. Would it kill you to hum a little tune when slipping up on people?
      Angel: I don't hum.

    • Cordelia: I learned something, too. I learned, um, men are evil? Oh wait, I knew that. I learned that LA is full of self-serving phonies. No, had that one down, too. Ahh...sex is bad?
      Angel: We all knew that.
      Cordelia: Okay. I learned that I have two people I trust absolutely with my life. And that part's new.

    • Wesley: Hello. I was just in the neighborhood, patrolling with my new Bavarian fighting axe when I suddenly thought, "Perhaps Cordelia has had a vision." Perhaps you need my help in the battle against evil.
      Angel: We seem to be evil-free at the moment.
      Wesley: I also packed along a "Word Puzzle 3-D," if either of you has the nerve to take me on.
      Cordelia: Gee, Wesley, I'd love to… but unlike you, I'm not in my eighties quite yet.

    • (discussing filing)
      Angel: All right so, why is Mrs. Benson filed under "F?"
      Cordelia: Because she's from France. Remember what a pain she was?
      Angel: Yeah. It made me wanna drink a lot.
      Cordelia: Well, that's the French for ya.

    • Demon: Who are you?
      Wesley: Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Rogue Demon Hunter, and I'm here to fight you, sir, to the death...preferably yours.

    • Wesley: I mean, no one's more fond of Cordelia than I, but if she wants to go gadabouting with those doxies...
      Angel: I think they liked you.
      Wesley: Really? I...I...didn't mean doxy in a sexually promiscuous sense, exactly....I.You don't think sticking the axe in the wall put them off?
      Angel: That was charming.
      Wesley: What about the fact they thought we were gay?
      Angel: Adds mystery.

    • Wilson: This is a private club, featured word, private.
      Angel: You don't talk to me, I'll kick your ass. Featured word, ass.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode contains one of the clips for Wesley from the opening credits. The clip is Wesley accidentally swinging an axe into the wall. He later has a difficult time pulling the axe out of the wall.

    • Music:
      While Cordelia and Wilson are talking in the bar -- "Games You Play" by Splashdown

      When Cordelia turns on her radio -- "Deeper Than a Milkshake" by Shayna R. NuDelman

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Wesley: As a heathen I wouldn't expect you to be familiar with the Biblical story of David and Goliath. But I assure you it's of particular relevance to this situation.

      According to the Bible, a giant named Goliath, representative of the Philistines, challenged the Israelites to send a champion against him to put and end to the ongoing war between the two nations with a single combat. According to the Biblical account, in the resulting contest, David, a young man who was much smaller than the giant, killed Goliath with a single stone shot from a sling.

    • Cordelia: Now I look like the Joker.
      The Joker is a comic book criminal whose face looks like he is wearing clown makeup. He is one of Batman's arch nemeses

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