Season 1 Episode 14

I've Got You Under My Skin

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When one of Cordelia's visions shows a young family in trouble, Angel goes to investigate. Before long, he suspects that one of the family is suffering from demonic possession, but he must determine who is possessed and how to remove the creature without harming the host.

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Will Kempe

Will Kempe

Seth Anderson

Guest Star

Katy Boyer

Katy Boyer

Paige Anderson

Guest Star

Anthony Cistaro

Anthony Cistaro

Ethros Demon

Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Ryan is trying to kill his mother in Angel's apartment, Angel runs down the stairs trying to conceal his laughter. When Wesley is holding a cross at Ryan and is spouting Latin, Angel bursts into laughter and tries to hide it by putting his head down.

    • Earlier in the episode Stephanie's windows have bars, but later when Angel rescues her from the fire, the bars are gone.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Wesley: Angel, before we go any further, I just want to assure you, inasmuch as we'll be fighting side by side... what that demon said before--
      Angel: I know you're not planning to kill me, Wesley. But you're willing to, and that's good. Now come on.

    • Ethros Demon: I know you bring death. I do not fear it. The only thing I've ever feared is in that house.

    • Wesley: Hello, Sister? Good evening. Sorry to disturb your prayers. I hope we didn't make you lose your place.
      Nun: Not at all. How can I--(turns toward Angel) You would come into a place of worship?
      Angel: I'm not what you think.
      Nun: No? (moves her cross toward Angel's hand and he recoils)
      Angel: Okay. Yeah, I am.

    • (regarding Angel's brownies)
      Paige: What's your secret, Angel?
      Angel: I use... chocolate. Which why they're brown. Which gives them their name... brownies.

    • Seth: What are you laughing at?
      Stephanie: Angel's funny.
      Seth: Yeah? He hides it well.

    • Cordelia: Jeez, we got it! Circle, angry, kill-kill-kill! Go to church already.

    • Wesley: A little Silas Eucalyptus Powder ingested by the host...
      Cordelia: Then what? Dad goes "grrr"? Head spins around?
      Wesley: Essentially.

    • Ethros Demon: Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? Nothing! That's what I found in the boy: no conscience, no fear, no humanity, just a black void. I couldn't control him. I couldn't get out. I never even manifested until you brought me forth. I just sat there and watched as he destroyed everything around him. Not from a belief in evil, not for any reason at all.

    • Angel: (about the demon) It'll be looking for a hostile environment, somewhere damp. Probably returning to primordial volcanic basalt for its regeneration.
      Cordelia: Huh?
      Wesley: Sea caves.
      Cordelia: Why didn't you just say that?

    • Angel: You've never done this before. Look, it takes tremendous strength, mental strength.
      Wesley: Resistence to suggestion. Yes, I understand that. I like to think of myself as possessing a certain...
      Angel: Wesley, you don't even have sales resistance. How many thigh masters do you own?
      Wesley: The second one was a free gift with my Buns of Steel.

    • Paige: I'm not going to him, okay. I'm playing by the stupid rules.
      Cordelia: Good! We can watch tv or play cards. You'll get caught up, won't even hear your son's pain.

    • Wesley: You've heard of Lizzie Borden? She killed her parents with an axe.
      Cordelia: I remember the children's rhyme. And how come they're all full of death and cradles falling and mice getting tails cut off? Anyway, the whole thing needs a ratings system, don't you think?

    • Seth: This bother you?
      Angel: No.
      Seth: Lotta health nuts these days, you know. Like anyone needs to live forever.
      Angel: No one needs that.

    • Wesley: A knife with that mark is the only way to kill a Kek demon. It could be very useful.
      Angel: Especially if Kek demons weren't extinct.
      Wesley: They are? Oh dear. Well, perhaps there's one out there hibernating, ready to awaken at any moment and embark on a grisly rampage.
      Angel: I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    • Wesley: Well, then I guess you have to do it. (throws cross at Angel, who catches and quickly drops it as it burns his hands)
      Angel: That was vulgar.

    • (Angel is reading a book)
      Cordelia: Pretend to read any good books lately?
      Angel: Cordelia. I thought you went home.
      Cordelia: You called him Doyle.
      Angel: It just happened. I hope Wesley is okay with it.
      Cordelia: Oh, who cares about him! This is about Doyle. You never say his name!
      Angel: I say it.
      Cordelia: No, you don't. Look you don't have to be Joe Stoic about his dying. I mean, I know that you have this unflappable vibe working for you, but... you don't have to do that for me.
      Angel: I'm not unflappable.
      Cordelia: Great. So - flap.
      Angel: I miss him.
      Cordelia: Me, too.
      Angel: I've been around death before... a lot! - I've lost people. I've killed people.
      Cordelia: And you are dead. Sorry.

    • (Cordelia makes bad brownies)
      Cordelia: The recipe was handed down to me from my mother who got it from her housekeeper. Plus I improvised a little. You're gonna love 'em.
      Wesley: Me? Doesn't Angel have to... get to try any?
      Cordelia: They're brownies, full of nutty goodness, not red blood cells.
      Wesley: Oh, I wasn't thinking. More of a drinker than an eater, I suppose.
      Cordelia: Maybe, if he'd branch out into the solid, he'd keep a decent knife around.
      (Picking up Wesley's extinct demon killing knife)
      Wesley: That is not appropriate; it's for killing extinct demons. Angel, make her stop. That blade is very old. Who knows what kind of corrosive effect her cooking may have on it.
      Cordelia: Corrosive effect?
      Angel: Cordelia, just put down the very sharp knife.
      Wesley: Well, they don't smell right.
      Cordelia: I think "Mister too much cologne" is the pot calling the kettle stinky.

    • Cordelia: What is this stuff anyway? It's kind of pretty.
      Wesley: Uh, it's the bodily excretions of an Ethros demon.
      Cordelia: No one could have said 'demon poo' before I touched it?

    • Cordelia: Hi, I'm Cordeila, sorry about the possession and everything.

    • Angel: She's making brownies.
      Wesley: Oh, is that what I smell. I thought I'd tracked something in.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Wesley: A father doesn't have to be possessed to terrorize his children.
      This episode foreshadows the events of "Lineage" (5x07) in which Wesley finally confronts his father. In this episode, several references to their relationship are made. The demon, while posessing the boy, goads Wesley with references to his poor relationship with his father.


    • Title: I've Got You Under My Skin
      An obvious allusion to the Cole Porter song of the same name, first performed in 1936 and which has been recorded by a huge number of artists. The title is used a little more literally here!

    • Angel: I made brownies.
      The brownies laced with "eucalypsis powder" which invoke demon conniptions are surely a reference to the popularity of brownies containing everyone's other favourite herbal product, as famously described in the cookbook of Alice B. Toklas (and further referenced in the Peter Sellers movie named after her).

    • Cordelia: I'm wondering if I should put plastic down. Angel, are you expecting any big vomiting here? Because I saw the movie.
      The movie is The Exorcist starring Max Von Sydow and Linda Blair. There are numerous scenes in the movie where Linda's character spews copious amount of vomit during the exorcism.

    • Wesley: You've heard of Lizzie Borden? She killed her parents with an axe?
      Lizzie Borden was the daughter of Andrew Borden and the family was quite wealthy. In August of 1892 Andrew Borden and his wife were brutally murdered with an axe. Lizzie Borden became the prime suspect and was sent to trial. The case against her was circumstantial and she was acquitted.
      Most people in the town felt that she had done it but was acquitted because of her status and the belief that no lady could be capable of doing such a thing.

    • Cordelia: ...The whole thing needs a rating system.
      (When referring to the violence in children's nursery rhymes) A campaign lead by Al and Tipper Gore in the 80s created the Parental Advisory labels for music. Years later another battle was waged on Capital Hill to label all television programs with a rating system. At the same time some fanatical people began demanding ratings for websites. Now some advocates are complaining that certain books are too violent for children, and should contain a rating system. Cordelia's comments are an obvious lashing out (by the writers or producers) at the overuse of the rating system.

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