Season 5 Episode 9

Harm's Way

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • The second time Harmony removes the bowl from the microwave to put in Angel's blood, there is a brief glimpse of it behind her as Danny confronts her about it. In that shot, a metal spoon can be seen sticking out of the bowl that was not there when she removed it from inside the microwave (and good thing, too).

    • At 34:38 when Harmony is yelling at Danny, the fridge door is open behind him. Yet when she shoves him back, the door is suddenly closed.

    • Tamika worked at Wolfram & Hart and therefore should have been tested for human blood regularly, as all the vampires are, so she should have been caught at some point.

    • In this episode Harmony makes a big deal over the fact that she is a "right-biter" with Fred. But in just the previous episode, "Destiny", we see her doing a "left-bite" on Spike.

    • In the scene that Angel is listening to a tape while Harmony is reading him his appointments, his hair is shorter than in the next scene when he decapitates Eli.

    • It's pretty clear in the scene where Harmony is gulping blood from the thermos that it's empty - there's a easily-recognizable metallic echo rather then anything like a liquid-gulping noise.

    • What's Danny complaining about? His stuff's already in the microwave, and Harmony takes it out. The microwave wasn't running, so he wasn't heating stuff. Either he just put it in and let it set there, or it was done running. Either way it was hogging up space in the microwave, which is poor office-microwave etiquette.

    • In the scene where Toby's body is on the table in the lab, notice the first close up shot on his face. You can clearly see him blinking.

    • When we first see Harmony at the desk on the phone with her checklist, it has "To Do: Big Demon Summit" in big balloon letters and six checklist items. When we see the hand checking off the final item the letters are plain and there are just four items.

    • During the scene with Spike and Harmony talking at the bar, when Spike says, "Everybody's talking about it," and the camera cuts to Harmony her makeup and hairstyle are obviously different.

  • Quotes

    • Harmony: Okay, that's it! I gotta get out of here. Leave the country. Maybe Mexico. I like Mexico. Or Cancun. I hear that's... Anyway I'll... I'll start over. Change my name... Harmonita...

    • Harmony: You're forgetting one thing: (vamps out) kinda have the advantage.
      Tamika: (vamps out) Kinda not!

    • Tamika: You want to know the first thing I'm gonna do when I get your desk? Smash all of those stupid, ugly-ass unicorns!

    • Spike: (turns to leave) Yeah. Here's the
      thing. Could use a little walkin'-around money. How 'bout a few hundred?
      Angel: How 'bout no?
      Spike: Typical, you cheap sod. Right, then. Settle for some wheels.
      Angel: If it's gonna get you out of here faster, fine. Just not the Viper.
      Spike: Viper it is, then.

    • Spike: Anything you want me to tell Buffy?
      Angel: Yeah...Tell her you're a moron.

    • Harmony: Oh, what? I don't get a good-bye just because I went crazy and tried to rip your throat out while we were having sex?
      Spike: Keep it simple, Harm. It suits you.

    • Gunn: Hardest part of the job - terminating the employee.

    • Fred: There haven't been any side effects since you recorporealized, have there?
      Spike: Bit of a hangover. But that's to be expected after all the drinkin'.

  • Notes

    • David Fury usually writes Harmony's bigger episodes (see "Disharmony" and from Buffy: "Real Me" and "Crush"), but because he was writing and directing "You're Welcome" Elizabeth and Sarah were assigned to write "Harm's Way."

    • The song that plays as Harmony wakes up is "Hey Sailor" by Detroit Cobras.

    • This is the second episode named after Harmony - the first was "Disharmony" (2.17). She is the only character to have a second episode named like that.

  • Allusions

    • Fred: Grab some wine, jam to the Dixie Chicks.
      The Dixie Chicks are an all female country music trio; this country music group is very popular in Fred's native Texas. At the time this episode was filmed, the band had been widely criticized by conservatives for making anti-George Bush remarks, so this may also be an indication that Fred has fairly liberal political views.

    • Narrator: Weyland-Yutani
      In the opening orientation film, Weyland-Yutani is mentioned as one of Wolfram & Hart's clients. Weyland-Yutani is the evil/ruthless futuristic "Company" of the Alien films.

    • Narrator: Yoyodyne
      Yoyodyne Industries is the fictional company created by John Bigboote and the evil Lectoids of the 8th Dimension in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," although it was taken in turn from Thomas Pynchon's novel The Crying of Lot 49.