Season 1 Episode 3

In the Dark

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Fire accelerant is visible on Angel's back when he runs into the sun and catches on fire.

    • When Oz and everyone is in Angel's apartment, Doyle leaves, then Cordelia turns to leave. As she does, the top of the tattoo on the small of Charisma's back can be seen. Her skirt appears to have been pulled up in an attempt to hide it.

    • When Oz crashes through the wall in his van, the barrels crash into Spike and knock him into the wall. But, when Oz pulls out the crossbows and yells, "Spike!" he's on the other side of the room.

    • Spike's reflection can be seen on Angel's car.

    • The first thing Marcus does to Angel is impale him with a hot poker. This poker is not pulled out until the crew is making a get-away in Oz's van. Yet, when Angel is fighting Marcus beneath the boardwalk, one can clearly see through the hole in the back of his shirt (made by the poker, originally) that there is no wound. Even Angel does not heal that quickly.

    • In the part where Angel is reaching for the piece of wood Spike threw down, when he gets it over to his area he is wearing tie shoes. Then while he tries to stake Marcus, Spike grabs his feet. Just for a moment or two you can see that they are different shoes. They are black zip-up boot shoes with no shoe laces.

    • Take a look at Angel's hands when he hanging in the chains. They are hooked into them with his fingers bent over the cuffs. If Angel were to straighten his fingers he woud be able to slip through the cuffs to get out of them.

    • Time Index 36:03, after Angel puts on the ring and the gang is talking to him - Boom Mic is visible near the top left-hand corner of screen.

    • Time Index 08:54 - The shadow of the boom can be seen on the wall in the top right hand corner of the screen.

    • It's not hard to see that when Marcus supposedly puts the poker into Angel's leg, he's aiming off to the side.

    • Marcus shoves a single red-hot poker into Angel, then the shot shifts to Spike. When it shifts back to Angel a moment later, he has two pokers in him.

  • Quotes

    • Angel: So, you and I duke it out, huh? This your big strategy for getting the ring back?
      Spike: I had a plan.
      Angel: You? A plan?
      Spike: A good plan. Carefully laid out. But I got bored. All that watching, waiting. My legs started to cramp. I hate to quip. Just tell me where the damn ring is.
      Angel: It wouldn't go with your outfit.

    • Spike: Cordelia, you look smashing. Did you lose weight?
      Cordelia: Yeah! Actually there is this great gym on...(catches on) HEY!

    • Doyle: So what, you don't get the ring because your period of self-flagellation isn't over yet? I mean think of all the daytime people you could help between nine and five.
      Angel: They have help. The whole world is designed for them, so much that they have no idea what goes on around them after dark. They don't see the weak ones lost in the night or the things that prey on them. If I joined them, maybe I'd stop seeing too.
      Doyle: (clearly moved, but at a loss for words) And who'd look out for all the insomniacs?

    • Cordelia: Oh! And this one time, he and Dru raised this demon that burned people alive from the inside. It was this whole weird thing with an arm in a box.

    • Angel: You're at a crossroads right now, I know. It's either go with the easy fix and wait for the consequences, or take the hard road and go with faith.
      Rachel: Oh God… You're not from that freaky church on Sunset, are you?
      Angel: In yourself . That -- that kind of faith.

    • Doyle: You got a real addiction to the brooding part of life, did anyone ever tell ya that?
      Angel: Once or twice.

    • Cordelia: (to Angel) It's daylight, and you're ringless. Unless you're changing the act to human torch, I don't think so!

    • Cordelia: How'd you do that?
      Doyle: Well, you gotta get lucky sometimes.
      Cordelia: I could hug you! (Doyle stretches out to hug her) Not that lucky.

    • Doyle: Where's Angel?
      Spike: Um, tall, brooding guy? Cave Man brow? He's having the living hell tortured out of him.

    • Cordelia: When you're through giving the place the full Johnny Depp-over, I hope you have the cash to pay for all this.
      Spike: Cordelia, love the hair.
      Cordelia: Wish I could say the same to you.

    • Marcus: What do you want, Angel?
      Angel: House in the country. A good pair of running shoes you can also wear out to dinner.

    • Marcus: His skin.
      Spike: Annoying isn't it? Still attached.
      Marcus: Over 200 years of living and so little external damage. What about internal?
      Spike: Do you two need to be alone? Or can we get on with the ouchie part?

    • Angel: Might as well go home, Spike. The Gem of Amarra stays with me.
      Spike: Why? Cuz you're Angel, Vamp Detective now? Ooo. I'm so scared. What's next? Vampire cowboy? Vampire fireman? Oh! Vampire ballerina!
      Angel: I do like to work with my legs.

    • Doyle: You know what'd feel really good right now? One of those mind-numbing, head-cracking visions that I get from time to time. Because that'd really kill me. What, is there some kind of trick to this?
      Cordelia: I think the trick is laying off the ale before you start quoting Angela's Ashes and weeping like a baby man.
      Doyle: Hey, that's a good book.
      Cordelia: So I've heard. But I doubt very much that the main characters are Betty and Barney Rubble, as you so vehemently insisted last night. Also, I don't think Oz appreciated being called My Little Bam Bam all night.

    • Cordelia: Hey, Buffy. How is good old Buffy anyway?
      Oz: She's....
      Cordelia: What? Still the brave little Slayer? Or is she moping around in the dark like... (notices Angel glaring at her) nobody around here.

    • Oz: You guys are, like, detectives?
      Cordelia: No. I'm an actress.
      Doyle: And quite a captivating one at that.
      Cordelia: And between my many gigs, I sometimes choose to help Angel.
      Doyle: He's the detective.
      Oz: Does he have a hat and gun?
      Cordelia: Just fangs.
      Oz: Well, that works.

    • Doyle: All I'm saying is, if you and I ever hope to take that cruise to the Bahamas together, we're going to need a lot more clients with means.
      Cordelia: And an alternate reality in which you're Matthew McConaughey.

    • Oz: (about Angel) He's very pale. Paler than most people.

    • Cordelia: I couldn't get comfortable in here if the floor was lined with mink. How can you live like this?
      Doyle: I didn't until last week. Then I saw what you did with your place and I just had to call my decorator.
      Cordelia: No way. My apartment is nowhere near this yucky. It smells like bong-water in here.

    • Doyle: Manny the Pig said he didn't know anything about a vampire called Spike.
      Angel: So?
      Doyle: Yeah, well that was before I said anything about Spike.
      Angel: I'll start with Manny the Pig then.

    • Cordelia: (on searching for the ring) This isn't a needle in a haystack. This is a needle in Kansas.

    • Spike: To quote a popular Sunnydale phrase, "duh!"

    • (after Angel gets a ring that makes him unkillable)
      Doyle: Why don't you put it on and I'll stake you. It'll be fun!
      Angel: Maybe later.
      Doyle: What, are you out of your mind?
      Angel: I said, maybe later.
      Doyle: Yeah, but...
      Angel: Doyle!

    • Angel: Oz.
      Oz: Angel.
      Angel: Nice surprise.
      Oz: Thanks.
      Angel: Staying long?
      Oz: Few days.
      (long pause)
      Doyle: (to Cordelia) They always like this?
      Oz: No, we're usually laconic.

    • Oz: Hello, LA.
      Cordelia: Oz? Oh my god. Oz. It's so good to see you. Good old Oz. Oz. Oz!
      Doyle: Lets me just take a stab at it, you'd be Oz?
      Oz: Good guess.

    • Cordelia: This is so cool! I mean, here you are in LA and you're the total embodiment of all things Sunnydale.
      Oz: It's a burden, but I manage.
      Cordelia: We have some serious catching up to do. How is everything? How's, how's the Bronze?
      Oz: The same.
      Cordelia: And the gang?
      Oz: They're good.
      Cordelia: Good? Good! Good.
      Oz: Are we done?
      Cordelia: Completely.

    • Spike: It's called addiction, Angel. We all have them. I believe yours is named Slutty the Vampire Slayer. Thank you. Speaking of little Buff...I ran into her recently. Your name didn't come up. Although, she has been awful busy...jumping the bones of the very first lunkhead who came along. Good-looking fellow. Used her shamelessly. She is cute when she's hurting, isn't she?
      Angel: I think she's cuter when she's kicking your ass.

    • Oz: Yeah. Your buddy Spike dug up Sunnydale looking for (the Gem). Got a fistful of Buffy and left it behind.

    • Angel: I don't know about you, but I had a nice day. You know, except for the bulk of it, where I was nearly tortured to death.
      Doyle: Yeah, well, you stood up.
      Angel: Oh, God. I was this close to telling him everything. I mean, one more hot poker and I was giving him the ring, your mom, everything.
      (pause) How is your mom?

    • Spike: (as Rachel) How can I thank you, you mysterious black-clad hunk of a night thing?
      (as Angel) No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. Now I'm just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth. No, not the hair! Never the hair!
      (as Rachel) But there must be some way I can show my appreciation?
      (as Angel) No, helping those in need is my job, and working up a load of sexual tension and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough.
      (as Rachel) I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so...
      (as Angel) Say no more. Evil is still afoot. And I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair-gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!

  • Notes

    • The opening scene where Rachel is cowering to Lenny is shown in the opening credits of each episode.

    • Music:
      As Oz is driving into town -- "Smoker's Revenge" by Professor Angel Dust & The PH Force

      While Angel is being tortured -- "Symphony No.41" by Mozart

    • This episode is the second part of the story begun in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Harsh Light of Day" (4x03). The two episodes were originally aired back-to-back.

  • Allusions

    • Cordelia: It's daylight and you're ringless. Unless you're changing the act to human torch, I don't think so. The Human Torch is one of Marvel Comics' "The Fantastic Four." Johnny Storm, one of four astronauts caught in a cosmic ray storm, returned to Earth to find he had gained the superhuman power to burst into flame and fly with no harm to himself. This character was also referenced by Xander in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Witch" (1x03).

    • Spike: Lucy, I'm home.
      This is a famous quote from Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo in the 1951 comedy TV series I Love Lucy, which he would often call to his wife Lucy as he walked into their home.

    • Cordelia: When you are done giving the place the Johnny Depp once-over, I hope you have the cash to pay for all of this.
      Johnny Depp is a photogenic Hollywood enigma renowned for turning down commercial scripts. Depp came to Hollywood with his Florida rock band The Kids, but ended up becoming a teen idol via Fox TV's fluffy teen-detective drama 21 Jump Street. While staying at New York's Mark Hotel in September 1994, he trashed $9,767 worth of furniture and was carted off before TV news cameras to spend a night in jail. Damages were paid for and no charges were brought.

    • Cordelia: But I doubt that the main characters are Betty and Barney Rubble as you so vehemently insisted last night. Also I don't think Oz appreciated being called "my little Bam-Bam" all night.
      Betty and Barney Rubble are the neighbors of Wilma and Fred Flintstone in the cartoon The Flintstones. The Rubbles' son, who is very strong, is Bam-bam.

    • Cordelia: I think the trick is laying off the ale before you start quoting Angela's Ashes and weeping like a baby man.
      Angela's Ashes is a 1996 book by Frank McCourt about an Irish family moving from Ireland to America, seen through the eyes of a child. In 1999 it was made into a film of the same name starring Emily Watson.

    • Spike: Quickly, to the Angelmobile, away!
      The Batmobile is a vehicle used by Batman, a costumed crime fighter from DC Comics that inspired several TV shows, cartoons and films.

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