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Season 2 Episode 13

Happy Anniversary

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Angel and the Host search for a physicist who they fear will cause the end of the world, but they are hampered by two Lubber demons who are seeking to subvert the scientist's work to their own dark ends. Wesley, Cordelia and Gunn settle into their new digs, where Virginia brings them their first official case.moreless

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  • Lorne's introduction as a possible regular


    The Good;

    Lorne really comes into his own, we see him set up to become a regular character . Love Angel Investigation's Agatha Christie moment.

    The Bad;

    Why does the scientist act suprised at Lorne's appearance when he's been to Caritas? His plan is pretty stupid, surely after a while someone will notice and pull the plug? And won't the time freeze affect the demons too? And won't the time freeze stop the electricity thus disrupting the process?

    Best line:

    Gunn; "Truth is there's always more down"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Apocalypses: oh yeah


    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 17

    In disguise; yep, posing as a grant fund agent


    DB get's his shirt off; 11

    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel;


    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 8

    Wes: 3

    Fang gang knocked out: Lorne, all the makings of an Angel investigations regular right there

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 1

    Kills: a demon for Gunn and 2 for Angel

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 22 vamps, 33 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1 demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 5 vamps+ 2 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations: 3 or 1

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 10

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Kinky dinky:

    The sympathy bone! Does anyone actually ever do that for real? The most slow motion sex in history. How exactly do they know that Kevin is impotent?

    Captain Subtext;

    Lorne acts in a stereotypically gay fashion but he describes Cordy as hot-o-rama suggesting he's actually Bi? The bartender remarks that they don't get many of Lorne's kind in his bar, we think for a moment he means gay but he actually means demon.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 14

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

    Questions and observations;

    For some reason the demons seem to dress like Abraham Lincoln (or the Amish)? The weapons they use are similar to the hunga-munga used by Buffy in Anne. What do they do with Aunt Helen, turn her over to the police to charge her with murder by demon? A lovely metaphor from Lorne on holding the note. The beginning of Angel's eventual coming back to the good fight. Mike Hegarty who plays the Bartender is one of those faces you see all over US TV. Cordy dances, she's quite a groover just as she was in Buffy. Wes dances too and is much better now than he was in 'She'.

    Marks out of 10; 7 out of 10, funny enough but not really a classic and suffers in comparison to what's gone before and what's to come.

  • YAY LORNE! Not so yay: everything else.

    Happy Anniversary is a dull, pointless episode and the worst of S2. The main story is ridiculous and completely uninteresting. The secondary storyline only gets about 5 minutes screen time but was good. This episode's only saving grace was Lorne.

    The whole stopping time thing was frankly very stupid. It felt out of place in Angel's universe- far too sci-fi. The nerd who stopped time has to be the most boring character ever created; they could have made him a funny cliched nerd but they went for Uber Dull nerd. The whole breaking up with his girlfriend thing was just shown too much and it was unnecessary- they never appear again (thank God). The demons were as usual awful and annoying and they could have done the stopping time things themselves! The freezing the love thing was just ridiculous also- no one would ever do that unless they were psychotic which the nerd wasn't. This episode is like She from S1- much too sci-fi for Angel.

    Lorne was this episode's one great thing. He was funny, interesting and it was good to see him put to a good use. Andy Hallett is excellent as him. I like how he interacted with Angel also- he finally got Angel to open up and be slightly less broody.

    The Cordy/Wes/Gunn story was good IMO but too short. Virginia was funny and I liked seeing her again. The whole family demon thing was good and could have been put to a way better use and used instead of the time freeze story.

    Happy Anniversary is a boring episode- the plot is completely ridiculous and it wasn't put together well. You could easily give this episode a miss- but then again it's still Angel which is miles ahead of most TV.moreless
  • Happy Anniversary

    Happy Anniversary was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because we saw Cordelia, Wes, and Gunn all moving on and Angel doing his own thing. The episode had a really great story, and led to a lot of character development for all the caracters including the Host. I really enjoyed his line that music notes are just noise unless they change. There was a lot of action, drama and intrigue in this episode. I think that Angel realizes in this episode how much he needs his crew. I can't wait to watch what happens in the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Lorne and Angel's Excellent Adventure

    Any episode that focuses strongly on Karaoke is a winner in my eyes. Otherwise, the writers really should stay away from writing "scientific mumbo-jumbo". It doesn't fit in the world of magic that the characters live in. This episode did have some funny moments, mostly playing off the fact that Angel in brood mode and Lorne in his normal, over-enthusiastic mode could not be more different. The show still feels wonky, due to Angel still excluding the rest of the gang. Mostly, this episode just fits strangely in the middle of the main Darla arc. It does give us a hint of Lorne's inclusion in Angel's adventures, but only a taste.moreless
  • the end of the world

    i think you have to be a big nerd to like this episode but does that mean it is bad? no, not really.

    the episode is not well put in the season and season 2 does not work as filler but the episode has nothing wrong. it is actually funny and well written and angels ex crew move on and begin to have their own cases and that is good.

    the episode is about a guy who is going to stop time but some demons are gonna stop the wrold from moving with that guys abilities. very nice episode but not what you were waiting for.moreless
Brigid Brannagh

Brigid Brannagh


Guest Star

Matt Champagne

Matt Champagne

Gene Rainy

Guest Star

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield


Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The set used in this episode for the science lab is the same set used for Fred's Lab in the new Wolfram and Hart in Season 5.

    • When Lorne (The Host) is reading a book in the library, he's standing in a section marked "Mystery", and you can see what looks like a mystery novel on the shelf. The book he picks up, however, is a Russian-English dictionary. It's not impossible for something to be misfiled, of course, but it does seem a little unlikely.

    • The man pouring beer when the time-stop bubble is expanding-- When time stops, there is a little beer in the bottom of the glass. When the bubble retracts, there is a lot of foam in the class and the beer almost spills over.

    • The handaxe-like weapon that the Lubber demon uses is the same weapon Buffy uses in the episode "Anne" (3x01) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The weapon is a throwing axe/knife from Africa and is most commonly called a "hunga munga."

    • The text on the white board changes between each scene. It changes by size, font, placement and content.

    • The laws of physics take a pounding in this episode: the time freezing machine is powered by a power outlet, so the field dirupting the space/time continuum would have been terminated once it extended over said power source, as the electrons flowing from the outlet would have also been "frozen" in time, halting the field's progression and effectively shutting the machine down.

    • When Lorne (The Host) is behind the bookshelf in the library, one of the shots shows him wearing what appears to be a wedding ring. The ring is also visible when Lorne is talking to Angel in the lobby of the hotel.

    • When you see Gene typing on the white board explaining to the girl in glasses, he types something with an A. But in the next scene it changes to a P, and in another typestyle.

    • When Angel and Lorne (The Host) were being surrounded by all the Lubber demons in the street, they could have easily jumped back into the car and sped off.

    • Lorne (The Host)'s lip color changes from a deep purple to a blood red and to other shades in-between throughout the episode.

    • Cordelia's hair gets progressively blonder and streakier as the episode progresses.

    • Gene says that he never knew demons existed. However, he was at Caritas, which has plenty of demons singing and drinking.

    • Angel's convertible is missing the rear-view mirror (so the director can get a clearer shot).

    • In the final party scene, Cordelia switches from facing away from Wesley to facing Wesley from one shot to another.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (In their new office with papers laying everywhere)
      Wesley: When they went out of business they just left these here?
      Cordelia: Yup. Also the desk. We'll share.
      Wesley: And when we go out of business we can just leave our stuff for the next guy.
      Cordelia: Hey, hey, negative energy boy. With all of our money pooled together we can stay here a long time.
      Wesley: 20 minutes.
      Cordelia: At least.

    • Angel: Where did you learn how to drive?
      The Host: Just now in your car. Not bad for a beginner, huh?
      Angel: What? You nearly got us killed four times.
      The Host: Someone had to drive. You weren't exactly qualified, huddled under a blanket in back, hiding from the sun.

    • Angel: Why'd you come to me?
      The Host: Isn't it obvious? You're a champion. A unique force for good in a troubled world. Also, all the other champions I know are currently out of town or dead. Why? You don't want to work with me? Is this because I sent you on a couple of missions that turned out to be a little...
      Angel: Pointless and deadly?

    • (Virginia finds Cordy, Wesley, and Gunn sulking in their run-down new office)
      Wesley: Sorry, sweetheart. You just caught us in a moment of... Well...
      Cordelia: Reality.
      Virginia: Oh - that. I avoid that.
      Gunn: How do you avoid reality?
      Virginia: Money. It cures everything but boredom (holds
      up a basket of food)
      and food cures boredom, so there you go. Imported chips and packets of cheese.
      Gunn: Thanks.
      Wesley: We'll enjoy them huddled 'round our pathetic candles.
      Cordelia: We'll make pathetic nachos.
      Virginia: You guys are really down.
      Gunn: Yeah, and don't try to tell us there's nowhere to go but up. 'Cause the truth is, there's always more down.

    • Lorne: (about living) It's like a song. Now, I can hold a note for a long time--actually, I can hold a note forever--but eventually, that's just noise. It's the change we're listening for. The note coming after and the one after that. That's what makes it music.

    • Angel: Is there a reason you're here?
      Lorne (The Host): Yes, there is. What's today, Thursday? Tomorrow night the world's gonna end -- thought you might like to know.

    • Wesley: (from under the desk, trying to fix the phone) Aha! Things are looking up. I think I found the right wire. Ah!
      (The lights go out.)
      Gunn: I'm so glad I met you guys. It's entertaining. Really.

    • Lorne (The Host): (to Angel) It's not always gonna be this way. The song changes. Unless, of course, we don't get there on time, in which case - you'll be frozen in this crappy mood forever. I shudder to think.

    • Lorne (The Host): But when he started singing -- man, he knocked me out!
      Angel: He was good.
      Lorne: No, Angel-face, he knocked me out.

    • Lorne (The Host): If the world were to end tonight, would it really, in your heart of hearts, be such a terrible thing? (Angel doesn't answer) Now, now, sweetie, is that a fun place to be?
      Angel: I think you should shut up now.
      Lorne: I'm the Host. Have you met me? I never shut up. You pushed your friends away. You went from helping the helpless to hunting down the guilty. Blood vengeance is a luxury of the lesser. You're a champion, Angel. I mean you were, at least.

    • Angel: Redemption. Darla had a shot at redemption. They took it from her. Now I have to hunt her down and kill her. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna kill her, and then I'm gonna burn that law firm to the ground. My crew - they couldn't handle that. That's good. It means that they're still human. It means they're better off fired.

    • Angel: You want to know what my problem is? I'm screwed, that's my problem. I can't win. I'm trying to atone for a hundred years of unthinkable evil. News flash: I never can! Never going to be good enough. Now I got Wolfram and Hart dogging me. It's too much! 200 highly intelligent law school graduates working fulltime driving me crazy. Why the hell is everyone so surprised that it's working? But no, it's "Angel, why are you so cranky? Angel, you should lighten up, you should smile. You should wear a nice plaid."
      Lorne (The Host): Oh, not this season, honey.

    • Lorne (The Host): You know what your problem is? Are you listening?
      Angel: Do I have a choice?
      Lorne: Your heart isn't in it anymore.
      Angel: I don't have a pulse, so technically, I don't have heart.
      Lorne: Technically, someone puts a stake through it, you don't have anything anymore. So, Bubba, your heart counts.

    • Lorne (The Host): (to Angel) Man, you just keep getting darker and darker. And the funny thing... your aura? Beige.

    • Angel: Can you just get to the point, already?
      Lorne (The Host): Yes I can, if you'll let me get in a word edgewise, Mr. "Get to the pointy-pants."

    • Angel: Seventeen Karaoke bars. You know I need to lie down and scrub out the inside of my head.

    • Lorne (The Host): (to Angel) So, what we should do is start with the other Karaoke bars, see if we can get a lead on him. That is, if you're not too busy killing lawyers and setting girls on fire.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      Sung by Gene at Caritas -- "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen

      Karaoke at Caritas -- "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers

      At Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn's party -- "Hey Baby" by Mocean Worker


    • Lorne: You keep plugging away at that novel, F. Scott.
      Lorne is referring to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote, among other things, The Great Gatsby. Interestingly enough, The Great Gatsby is about a man who loves a woman and cannot have her, then gets desperate. Rather fitting for this episode.