Season 1 Episode 2

Lonely Hearts

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 1999 on The WB
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Doyle receives a new vision that sends the group to the club scene. They soon learn they are looking for a serial killer who has been seeking his prey in D'Oblique, a local singles bar. While searching the crowd, Angel meets a woman named Kate who seems to be the type that the killer has been targeting. Distracted because he is making a real, human connection with Kate, Angel does not notice another young woman being lured out of the bar. The next night Angel manages to find a clue to the killer’s location, and he races against time to prevent another innocent death. However, someone else is heading to the same place perhaps to help Angel, perhaps to stop him.moreless

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  • The theme of connection continues in "Lonely Hearts," the second and sadly overlooked episode of Angel's first season.

    Since it follows such a bang of a series opener and doesn't exactly plot a point in a season long arc it is often forgotten, but is, really, a good piece of work. Written by Buffy regular David Fury, one of the top Whedonverse contributors, this episode is also the second in a collection of S1 episodes that extend the "High School as Hell" metaphor from BtVS into the world of the big city when you're in your early twenties. This episode's offering is a particularly gloomy but quite realistic look at the singles scene; it's also one of the series' better 'monster of the week' episodes.

    Also, in the aftermath of "City of", it helps to establish what Angel's mission is first and foremost: Helping people as a sort of a night-time-only detective. Finding him sitting around in the dark, still in what we assume to be his Buffy-mourning phase, Doyle has a vision sent by the PTB, and the trio of Angel Investigations take off into the night on their first case. The writer's viewpoint on the night-life singles scene is established right away, when Doyle describes his vision to Angel and Cordelia: "No faces really popped out at mejust the

    The vision itself, of a bar with people dancing and partying, is shown to us at a blitzing pace, too fast to focus on or describe with everyone blending together. Not necessarily clever, but topically spot-on. Essentially, the episode's take on the singles scene is that it just plain sucks, and in fact, it goes well beyond that to say that getting trapped in a bar night after night looking for 'the one' presents only misplaced trust setting people up for betrayal, and reflects a desperate need to connect in an environment designed to keep people alone in a crowd.

    Thematically the episode captures the viewpoint quite well, most notably in the form of the demon called "The Screech," who is the aforementioned monster of the week. It's an eviscerating demon that moves from body to body after it has sex with each of its victims, taking the body of the one it seduced and moving on to find the next victim. This is actually a pretty good idea by the way, as it makes for some interesting herrings to be led on in the first half of the episode, elevating the plot beyond mediocre in light of the revelation about the demon.

    After all, what are we to think? We see a woman named Sharon leave with a good looking man as Angel and Co. arrive. Sharon's man subsequently turns up dead, as we see her at the bar the next night on the prowl again, looking strangely more predatory.

    Next thing: she turns up dead, and the man she was after walks away. By then we know the truth, but it's kept us hooked nice and tight. However, this still remains the secondary function; primarily, the demon serves as a metaphor for the average man or woman out on the singles scene. It is fated to move from person to person forever, as it cannot allow itself to settle on one. It wants to connect and find a 'body' to stay with, but can't because of its own inescapable nature, betraying everyone it can convince to trust it. On the metaphorical level, this is a pitch perfect personification of the territory it stalks and feeds on.

    Another thing that makes what could've been a mediocre episode really good is the quality of the B plot, which is exceptional in both its execution and how well it meshes with the main plot line. We also get to see Angel try and flirt, again; funny stuff. Trying to hone in on the soul in danger at the bar, known as D'Oblique, Angel begins chatting up different people, one of whom is a blonde woman named Kate. Surprisingly, they seem to hit it off pretty well.

    Despite what's to come, they're both there looking for something, and their brief connection feels genuine. Angel is still searching for deeper ties to the world, even though he now has friends. Aside from the moment at hand; dealing with cases, the soulful vampire still feels purposeless with no long term direction to go in.

    But no matter his needs he's still "putting up walls," fearing his own nature only a little over a year since dying as Angelus. Kate invites him out of the bar with her, but all he can say to it is 'I can't. I have to stay He is on a job, but the statement runs deeper than that for him. Like the demon, his own nature keeps him from the connections he wants most.

    Kate, of course, takes all this as an insult, seeing him flirt with other women only minutes later, still searching for the soul that needs help. But in another twist, Kate turns out a policewoman on the case of a string of murders surrounding D'Oblique's patrons, and confronts Angel at the scene of the Screech's most recent victim. By now we know the truth of the murders, but, ah, it's kept us hooked this far. Fun stuff.

    The scene is tense and Kate appears hard-headed, but underneath is still as she appeared in the bar: Like Angel, she's seeking more, like the Screech and the patrons of D'Oblique. No matter her wants when talking to Angel, her needs were still present. This brings us to trust, another facet in the episode's theme, as we see its various doings and subsequent undoings in not only Kate and Angel, but the Screech and every trusting victim it betrays. And, just as distrust is the key to the demon's life, trust brings it to its end. When at last Kate puts her faith in Angel and stops working against him, the two work together seamlessly and take down the fiend, who by now has made its way into the body of the bartender.

    One thing that does hurt this episode, however, is that Doyle and Cordelia are largely left out. It was forgivable in the series opener and it wasn't even noticeable like it is here; I would've liked to see what they would've done through all of this. This may only be the second episode, but it's still kind of disappointing and detracts from the overall experience.

    They still have a few moments, thankfully. Doyle's crush starts to develop as he tries to socialize with Cordelia, and at one point punches a guy who insults her, taking a decent beating for it. They also reminisce about dating in their youth and the comparable brutality of the big city scene. They, and Angel, have come from close environments where people knew and trusted each other, and shared something in common.

    Doyle tells Cordelia, "you're in the big, bad city now, huh? Where everyone's a stranger - hiding behind walls, keeping This in response to her comment about High School having been so much easier, while Angel fondly recalls his human youth at the local pubs in Ireland. The statement 'High School is over' from "City of" continues to play its tune as Angel and Cordelia really begin to "grow up," having left Sunnydale and the safety of the Scooby gang behind.

    It's also an interesting point to note that Doyle couldn't pick out any single person who needed their help in his vision, and Angel finds himself questioning the point of the trip to the bar at all for the same reason; in reality, most of these people need help, since the Screech is everything they are. They're disconnected, "hiding behind walls - keeping secrets," alone in a crowd with nothing more than the desire to meet that someone but failing to look in the right place. And since Angel is in the business of saving not just lives, but souls, it makes sense that the PTB would send such a vision.

    Overall, this episode does deliver the goods. Like "City of", the dialogue is sharp, entertaining and significant, and the metaphor of the week as well as the demon behind it is done superbly. There's some important development here too, and the establishment of Kate and Angel's dynamic is both interesting and worthwhile.

    Furthermore, episodes like this are what make the 'big' episodes like "Not Fade Away" matter; seeing the heroes in their every day suits and at their moments of communion. It's just a bonus when these episodes are this good.moreless
  • Lonely Heart

    The Good;

    Angel on the singles scene is a joy to behold, another commentary on the reality if life in LA. And Kate!

    The Bad;

    The nightclub actually seems quite hip and not 'stuck in the 80s', better than Henry's.

    Best line:

    Kate; You can go to hell!

    Angel; Been there, done that

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Can you say 'eviscerated'? The nasty has some obvious influence from the Aliens series and some obvious influence from a very bad film called The Hidden which Kyle Maclachlan made before he got famous.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; nope, still 1

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; we think there's a male killer picking in helpless females but that's not the case. Also Angel tries to use his grappling hook only to pull the beam down

    In disguise; no but he poses as a vet which Fred will also pick as a job for him in Dad

    DB get's his shirt off; not this time so that makes 1

    Fang Gang in bondage: no although Kate tries to handcuff Angel

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 4

    Wes: 1

    Fang gang knocked out: no but Kate is

    Cordy: 6

    Angel: 6

    Wes: 1


    Cordy: none this ep. 3 vamps, a demon from her time in Sunnydale

    Angel: 1 demon for Angel. So that gives Angel 7 vamps, 2 demons, 1 human.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 1

    Angel: 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 1

    Angel: 3

    Characters killed: 7 including a couple offscreen

    Total; 9

    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    3, Angel, Doyle and Cordy

    Angel Investigations shot: no although Kate shoots at Angel, shoots the lock out with her backup gun and shoots the bartender at the end.

    Angel: 4,

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 1?

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Kinky dinky:

    On a scale of one to incredible exactly how gorgeous is Kate? No shortage of beautiful women in the Buffy/Angelverse but even so! Hard to imagine her in a cop's uniform (although I'm sure many have with the fanfic to prove it). Only in LA could the character of Sharon be called 'dowdy'. Now, of course this ep was originally known as Corrupt and was much darker in tone. It concentrated largely on Kate who was posing undercover as a prostitute but had gotten too far into her role and was actually having sex with her clients (sounds like the plot of some late night Channel 5 film, Undercover Heat anyone?). The studio said no and the series is probably the better for it (although we still have an oblique reference to sexual dysfunction). Unfortunately this meant we lost this rumoured scene;

    Cordy (posing as a streetwalker, approaching a group of hookers on a corner) "Hello fellow prostitutes, how's tricks?"

    Hooker; "Bitch, if you're living the life I'm Julia Roberts!"

    Even so she's still mistaken for a prostitute at the club and will interview a bunch of them in Carpe Noctem. Presumably the scene in the opening titles with the lovely girl in the bikini top getting into the sports car also comes from this sequence. Angel also get's propositioned by a girl who get's turned on by him hitting people. Doyle examines one of Cordy's bras which she thinks is 'So high school'. Kate refers to herself as a 'self flagellating drunken slut'. Doyle uses internet porn. Cordy and Doyle slumber on each other's shoulder.

    Captain Subtext;

    For the second time in 2 eps Angel is mistaken for hitting on a guy in a bar. Cordy also says she's a student of humanity and can tell one of the clubbers is a 'closet dyke'. Weird she never twigged Willow, huh?

    Questions and observations;

    The guy who is the third victim says he was a real 'something is out there' geek, a reference to the X-files I almost missed. There's also 'High school's over' which might be a oblique ref to Buffy. Angel sitting alone in the dark rather reminds me of how we first see Bruce Wayne in Batman Returns. Angel muses how different the dating scene is to when he was Liam, small town boy getting used to the big city.

    Marks out of 5; 3/5 good ep but Angel still dealing with the case of the week

  • Single City

    It's always difficult for shows in the first season to be completely perfect and the second episode of Angel shows that the Buffy spin-off was still trying to find it's feet.

    Lonely Heart is a perfect example of Angel-lite. It follows the basic formula of many early episodes: Doyle gets a vision, Angel Inc. try to hunt down the victim, they discover the demon, big action climax, nice resolution.

    Originally written as a dark, gritty hour called "Corrupt" about prostitutes, cocaine and sex addicts, writer David Fury explained in an interview that two days before filming began, the WB got hold of the script and demanded he re-write the entire episode, making it more "family-friendly".

    The end result is a mixed bag. The storyline, involving a demonic parasite demon that passes from body to body during sex, is intriguing and the single's bar setting is effective but it eventually turns extremely tedious, leaving you praying that it ends soon.

    The introduction of Kate Lockley gives the show it's first recurring character but she doesn't give much of an impression here. Elisabeth Rohm gives a fine performance but her "should I trust Angel" schtick eventually wears thin as she appears more on the show.

    Cordelia is, as always, hilarious and the running gag of nobody being able to tell what sort of creature is on the Angel Investigations' calling cards is brilliant ("Is it a butterfly, a bird, an owl or a lobster?").

    All-in-all, Lonely Heart is a slightly empty episode which shows the signs of several re-writes. It's watchable but hardly anything special.

    Director: James A Contner

    Writer: David Fury

    Rating: Cmoreless
  • Doyle recieves a vision of trouble at a singles' club which leads Angel to a demon who transfers bodies after sex.

    It is hard to say definitively, but this episode is probably the worst of the entire series. That being said, I don't think it is so bad.

    By episode 2, "Angel" still had not found its feet yet. This installment comes off as extremely predictable and formulaic. However, through the mediocrity, there are some bright spots.

    We get to see more character interaction between Cordelia and Doyle, for one. And it is clear that Angel is still unsure about his mission. The episode opens and closes with Angel sitting alone in his apartment, brooding. I think it was meant as a way to come full circle in terms of story, but it indicates that Angel is still finding his way.

    Also, this episode introduces Kate Lockley, who will appear more throughout this season and next. She's mostly useless in this episode, however.moreless
  • Well ... they can't *all* be gems ...

    First, a song:

    TOUCHED by Vast

    Touched, you say that I am too

    So much of what you say is true

    I'll never find someone quite like you again

    I'll never find someone quite like you, like you

    The razors and the dying roses

    Plead I don't leave you alone

    The demi-gods and hungry ghosts

    Oh G-d, G-d knows I'm not at home

    I'll never find someone quite like you again

    I'll never find someone quite like you again

    I, I looked into your eyes and saw

    A world that does not exist

    I looked into your eyes and saw

    A world I wish I was in

    I'll never find someone quite as touched as you

    I'll never love someone quite the way

    That I loved you

    No one does music quite like Joss, and while the story montage this song was woven through was a little clumsy and very disturbing, this song was a shining and well-chosen expression of longing. It's almost like a white flag from the writers, throwing up their hands and saying "Y'know what? Ignore the further conquests of the Tamlar demon, ignore Angel's haphazardly clueless wandering around and *please* ignore Kate's creepy home invasion. This -- this song -- says everything we're trying to get across here.

    That and it so completely rocked

    On to more important matters.

    Like the visions. Again with the vague. And again with the ulterior motive. Yes, the visions did lead them to a Tamlar demon, which allowed for a nice tidy little sermon on the evils of casual sex (avoid it -- not because you could contract an STD or an unwanted pregnancy or find yourself alone with a psycho, but because you could become terminal host to a Tamlar demon and we've all been there, am I right, people?)

    Never mind this episode, this *show* has a broad basic theme about how lonely everyone is and all about how no one should ever try to do anything about it because true love and happiness is an illusion and having sex turns you evil.

    We do meet Kate. Hullo, Kate. Kate vaguely legitimizes Angel's activities (which is odd, given how terribly she's written as a police investigator), and puts a public, acceptable face on the things that bump and grind in the night.

    Kate gives Angel access to files and records Angel is going to need to have access to in order for the writers to develop this charade of Angel the Private Investigator (oo, arr, anyone got any privates need investigatin'?) when he is no more nor less than a vampire with a soul. He's not especially equipped to help the hopeless. He's not even especially good at it. Where did he get books? He's got no books. No one in that group has books. Where'd the books come from? :o

    Also, the Tamlar demon's been operating since the dawn of time. Nice that the Powers That Be finally got someone working on that (if that was indeed their objective) and at least five bodies later, the police and Angel arrived at the same conclusion.

    That Angel did it.

    WHAT? Wait, no. That wasn't it. Angel didn't do it. But even with Kate as his best alibi -- he spent the entire night talking to her -- she's still certain he's done it. Based on, perhaps, this compelling line of reasoning: "Hey! *You* were a person in that bar! I'd better follow *you*!"

    No wonder it's taken them so long to catch this thing.

    And never mind the bartender going up in flames so no autopsy would show much of anything (btw: so much fun to watch a zombie trying to get his smoove on), what about all of the other victims, the condition they were in? How on earth could they manage to explain that?

    They needed to just leave the police out of it, leave out Doyle's larger-than-life grandiose philosophies about what he thinks all of it means, and *especially* leave out Cordy, who invented a job for herself, plunked down and started in with the gimme gimme gimme. It leads to wonderful stories down the road and yes, characters the series could not survive without. But for right now, it seems artificial and forced and not especially good.

    While I'm here, Cordy does positive reinforcement yoga and meditation. How is that even *possible* in that slovenly dump? You wanna keep the positive energies of success and good fortune flowin', sweetheart, you've got to put the dirty dishes in the sink -- better yet, *do* them once in awhile. It's not in the "home -- hotel -- hotel -- married" strategy, but how's that workin' out for you?

    What I'm saying is, everyone in this outfit needs a day job, because their night job is not gonna pay the rent.

    Especially with the crappy missions they're given.

    And I'm still looking for any evidence that The Powers That Be are especially good or indeed, interested in saving anyone.

    Now, on to some fun:

    Cordy the wh*re and her pimp Doyle. To be fair, those cards were somewhat unspecific about what needs they were there to service (although "Angel Investigations" should've been a tipoff that it wasn't a callgirl operation).

    "You look troubled ... oh, that might just be your lazy eye." Very fun line from Cordy.

    Cordy's thumbnail analysis of everyone in the bar was fun, if entirely unfollowed up.

    And in the future, let's *not* hand a box of business cards to Angel's intrepid sidekick Seizure Boy. "If that was my gift, I'd return it." Damn' straight.

    Ultimately, this was a floppy, monster-of-the-week entry that gave us very little insight into Angel as an investigator (please -- the phone book?), Angel the storyline or Angel the series.

    But it did feature one heck of a song. :)moreless
Lillian Birdsell

Lillian Birdsell

Sharon Richler

Guest Star

Obi Ndefo

Obi Ndefo


Guest Star

Johnny Messner

Johnny Messner


Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • This season of the show was filmed in the then-standard 4:3 ratio, but in some re-airings (notably in the UK) the episodes were incorrectly shown in a widescreen format. In this episode, when shown in the wider format, during the fight with Neil, when Angel gets thrown into the corner of the room, breaking the lamp and end-table sitting nearby, a crew member can be seen on the right edge of the screen. In the correct display ratio, the cameraman is out of the shot.

    • The phone number on Angel's business cards is 213-555-0162. The "555" exchange is commonly used in entertainment because it is reserved for information services. This means that no active number will use the exchange. The "213" area code identifies the location as Los Angeles.

    • While searching the internet, Angel, Cordelia and Doyle come across two newspapers. They are supposedly published within the last couple of months, but if you check the dates the first article was published in 1957 and the other in 1919.

    • Cordelia's angel design on the new business cards are mistaken for: a butterfly (Angel), a bird (Doyle) and a lobster (Kate).

    • During Angel's fight with the geek, stuntmen's faces are visible in several instances.

    • When Kate and Angel are trapped in the basement, Angel produces a Batmanesque gadget to help him get to a window 20-feet up. In later episodes, vampires, including Angel, are seen to scale the sides of buildings and other tall, flat surfaces, thus making the gadget unnecessary, except possibly to hide his vampirism or because it is too hard to climb while carrying someone.
      This may also just be another of the frequent jokes comparing Angel unfavorably to Batman, since Batman is known for using such devices.

    • The DVD subtitles for the song "Touched" by Vast are incredibly incorrect. The lines it shows are "The lizards and the dying rose, is proof I don't need you along. The demi-Gods and angry ghosts. So God, God knows I'm not at home. I'll never find someone quite like you. Again. I'll never find someone quite like you. I, I looked into your eyes and sighed. Oh, that does not exist. I looked into your eyes and sighed. Oh, I wish I was --". The actual lyrics that should be shown are "The razors and the dying roses plead I don't leave you alone. The demi-Gods and hungry ghosts. God, God knows I'm not at home. I'll never find someone quite like you, again. I'll never find someone quite like you. Like you. I, I looked into your eyes and saw a world that does not exist. I looked into your eyes and saw a world that I wish I was in." The DVD subtitles would make someone hearing the song for the first time think that the singer couldn't even form a coherent sentence.

    • In the scene when Angel runs after the barman towards the end, after the barman has tried to pass on the demon to Kate and Angel stopped him, there is a mirror, and when Angel runs past it, he has a reflection.

    • After the fight with Tahlmer, Angel stands up and is not bleeding. When he faces Kate, he has a bleeding wound on his forehead. When he shows up at Cordy's shortly thereafter, the wound is gone (although the latter may be just quick vampiric healing).

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Kate: So, did you... did you just stop in?
      Angel: No, I'm sort of looking for someone.
      Kate: Oh, if I'm keeping you, you know...
      Angel: No, no, no. I'm just looking for someone to... rescue. Are you maybe in need of some rescuing?
      Kate: Well, that's the strangest line I'm gonna hear tonight.

    • Kate: I didn't thank you... for saving my life.
      Angel: I think saving mine was a start.

    • Cordelia: Demons. Is there anything more disgusting?
      Doyle: You think so?
      Cordelia: Come on. Look at this one. This demon wears a wreath of intestines around its head. I mean honestly, what kind of statement is this thing trying to make?

    • Angel: This socializing thing is brutal. I mean I was young once. I used to go to bars. It was never like this.
      Doyle: No, you used to go to taverns man. Small towns, everybody used to know each other.
      Cordelia: Yeah, like high school. It's easy to date there. We all had so much in common. Being monster food every other week for instance.

    • Angel: I'm just wondering... You notice anything unusual here tonight?
      Bartender: Unusual?
      Angel: Yeah, you know, out of the ordinary... Possibly even dangerous?
      Bartender: Don't worry, it's early yet. The really hot women don't usually mosey in until after 11:00.

    • Doyle: Well, we put together that list of eviscerating demons that you asked for. We actually narrowed down to three or four...
      Angel: I saw it. It's a burrower.
      Cordelia: It's a donkey? Oh, we didn't see any donkey demons.

    • Angel: How'd you pick up computer skills?
      Cordelia: Downloading pictures of naked women?
      Doyle: Well that's more or less accurate.

    • Angel: I know you guys have been working hard and cooped up inside a lot. And, uh, to show my appreciation, I was thinking, the night being you know, young and all... that the three of us could, well, should maybe ... go out. You know... for fun.
      Cordelia: Or.... we can... go home!
      Doyle: And you can sit in the dark alone.
      Angel: God yes. Thank you.

    • Kate: Sure, that's actually on my To Do list this week, "Walk into serial killer's trap."

    • Talmar: You're not human.
      Angel: Newsflash, pal, you're a bit off the evolutionary chart yourself.

    • Angel: Are you okay?
      Girl: Well now, that's for you to find out.
      Angel: No, I mean, I'd really like to know. So, how do you want to do this? Twenty questions?

    • Kate: I prefer those cool bars that are hard to get into, but I can't get into them.

    • Kate: Depends on how many daiquiris I've had. Oh, God, way to come off like a drunken slut. Slut's better then a hypocrite though, right? I'm moving up.
      Angel: Kind of hard on yourself.
      Kate: That's me a self-flagellating-hypocrite-slut.

    • Kate: I sound like a big hypocrite, don't I? Ragging on this place. I still come here most every night. How else are you going to meet somebody outside of work? It's either this, or sit at home alone in the dark.
      Angel: Hmm. Wouldn't want that.

    • Cordelia: Plus, your visions are kind of lame. A bar? That's nice and vague. I mean, they should send you one of those self-destructing tapes, you know, that comes with a dossier?
      Doyle: Well, I'll be sure to mention it.

    • Doyle: Tell her what a great guy I am.
      Angel: I barely know you.
      Doyle: Well, perfect, that should make it easier for ya.

    • Kate: Well you just looked bad. Not that you look bad. You look very nice. I think I'm just going to have my drink.
      Angel: Thanks.
      Kate: For thinking you look bad, or thinking you look good?
      Angel: You choose.

    • Doyle: This isn't a marketing seminar, princess. You know, we need to operate a little bit more below radar.
      Cordelia: What radar?
      Doyle: The police. You know the service our friend Angel provides? Might put someone in mind to the V word.
      Cordelia: Vampire?
      Doyle: No, vigilante.

    • Doyle: You know, maybe we should go over this thing again of you getting out in the world and involving yourself with people. It's Friday night! It's the most social night of the week! I mean a couple of lookers like us should be out there enjoying the night life, instead you're sitting here moping around in the dark like some kind of a ...
      Angel: Vampire?
      Doyle: Well, yeah, I was gonna say slacker, but yeah, to you Mr. Obvious.

    • Kate: I'm sorry, that was harsh.
      Angel: Hey, no. I'm not very good at this... talking.

    • Cordelia: How's Angel doing?
      (some guy angrily walks away from Angel)
      Angel: Seriously, I wasn't hitting on you.

    • Doyle: (to Cordelia) See, you need to chat people up a bit more casual like, you know? "Hi, what's your name? How's life treating you? What's that you say? Minions from hell getting you down?"

    • Doyle: Violence isn't going to solve a thing here. (headbutts guy harrassing Cordelia) On the other hand, it is kind of festive.

    • Angel: You actually live here?
      Cordelia: Hey, is it my fault if maid service was interrupted? It was supposed to go home, hotel, hotel, husband.

    • (Doyle, picks up a lacy brassiere and holds it to his chest)
      Cordelia: That is so high school. "Cordelia wears bras! Oh, she has girlie parts!"

    • Kate: You're telling me you're an investigator?
      Angel: More or less.
      Kate: Where is your license?
      Angel: That's the less part

    • Cordelia: I guess the single life is particularly tough on you.
      Angel: Why?
      Cordelia: Well, a couple hundred years ago, the only thing you had to worry about was a hangover. Today, because of your curse thingy, you can't sleep with anyone or else you might feel a moment of true happiness and lose your soul, become evil -- again -- and kill everyone.
      Angel: Thanks Cordelia. I always appreciate your perspective.
      Cordelia: No problem. Hey. The last thing I want is to show up at the office and find that I'm working for a homicidal monster.

    • Cordelia: What's with those vision things of yours?
      Doyle: Well, they're messages I get, from the higher powers, whoever they are. You know, it's my gift.
      Cordelia: If that was my gift, I'd return it.

    • (Cordelia designs a new business card)
      Angel: There's our number.... it's right next to a, um, a butterfly?
      Doyle: It's obviously not a butterfly you idiot, it's a, uh... bird. No, wait, no it's an owl! A bird that hunts at night! Brilliant! It's a ....
      Cordelia: It's an angel!

    • Cordelia: Hi! If you're in trouble just call this number. We can help. Hi! Being harassed by someone or something? Dial us up, day or night. Hey, you look troubled, or is that just your lazy eye? Anyway, call us. We're very discreet.

    • Kate: Well, I'll tell you what. I can go wherever I want, and you can go to Hell.
      (Kate walks into D'Oblique)
      Angel: (to himself) Been there. Done that.

    • Doyle: I think we deserve a night of fun, don't you think? I mean, it breaks up the nights of death and mayhem.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Music:
      When the gang arrives at the club -- "Girlflesh" by THC

      After the bar fight -- "Neo-Climactic" by Sapien

      During Doyle's vision -- "Deadside" by Ian Fletcher

      When Angel meets Kate -- "Do You Want Me" by Kathy Soce

      When Angel bumps into Kate -- "Lazy Daze" by Mark Cherrie & Ian McKenzie

      When Kevin and the bartender are talking -- "Emily Says" by Chainsuck

      When the bartender hits on the girls at the bar -- "Quango" by Helix

      As Angel is hunting for the killer -- "Touched" by Vast

      As the gang discusses how to socialize -- "Ballad of Amave" by Chucho Merchan

      When Kate is waiting for Angel at the bar -- "For You" by Adam Hamilton

    • David Boreanaz does the "previously on Angel" voiceover for the first time on the series.

    • First appearance of Elisabeth Rohm as Detective Kate Lockley on the series.

    • If you watch the opening credits, James A. Contner is credited as a Co-Producer, even though in reality, he's the Director. This is apparently a normal habit of Contner who is credited like that in other shows too. Supposedly it is part of his directing contract to be credited as Co-Producer.

    • This episode was a replacement for an original David Fury script called "Corrupt." Intending Angel to be much darker in tone, Fury wrote the script which involved Kate taking drugs and prostituting herself and Angel licking blood off a murder victim. Understandably, when the WB read this they were horrified, production was closed down, and David Fury had to write a whole new script. That script became this episode.

    • Tracy Stone, who played the Pretty Girl (Marcie), also played on Malibu Shores with Charisma Carpenter in the episode "The Fall" in 1996.

    • Cordelia invites Angel into her apartment.

    • Doyle explains that the invitation rule for vampires only stays in effect while the owner of the home is alive.

    • The two newspapers Doyle found the murders in were the West Hollywood Courier and the Los Angeles Globe Register.


    • Kate: Well, I'll tell you what, I can go wherever I want, and you can go to Hell.
      Angel: Been there, done that
      This is a reference to the time Angel spent in a hell dimension after Buffy sends him there in season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Doyle: It's not like you have a signal folks can shine in the sky whenever they need help, you know?
      The Batsignal is a device used by Gotham City to summon Batman, a costumed crime fighter from DC Comics that inspired several TV shows, cartoons and films.

    • Cordelia: Cagney and Lacey Kate? I thought we were hiding from her.
      Cagney and Lacey was a 1982-1988 TV series starring Sharon Gless as Christine Cagney and Tyne Daly as Mary Beth Lacey, two women police detectives.

    • Bartender: Ah, she was there just a minute ago, getting it on with some Screech.
      Screech is a character from the 1989 television series Saved by the Bell played by actor Dustin Diamond.

    • Cordelia: Plus, your visions are kind of lame. A bar? That's nice and vague! I mean they should send you one of those self-destructing tapes, you know, that come with a dossier?
      The 1966 TV series Mission: Impossible featured self-destructing tapes used to send the main character on his assignment. An interesting fact is that Mission: Impossible regulars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain are the real life parents of Juliet Landau, who plays the vampire Drusilla on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

    • Cordelia: Well, you've got to be rich to snag the Calvin Klein model she's leaving with.
      Calvin Klein is a designer whose self-titled firm (founded 1968) was instrumental in the late '70s-early '80s designer jeans craze. In 1979-80, TV ads shot by Richard Avedon featured featherweight pubescent actress Brooke Shields purring "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing" Klein has consistently prospered through provocative advertising. In the '80s TV and print ads for his fragrance Obsession and underwear line used images that were variously pretentious and erotic, but always talked-about.

    • Cordelia: Check out Sarah, Plain and Tall. Has or comes from big money. Sarah, Plain And Tall is a book by Patricia MacLachlin about a 19th century mail order bride.

    • Cordelia: You see jazz-hands over there? Mama's boy. Peter Pan complex.
      Peter Pan is a book by J.M. Barrie. The Plot: The three Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Peter takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
      A Peter Pan complex is a pop-psychology term which is used to describe a person (usually male) who, like the title character in Barrie's book, refuses to grow up.

    • Sharon: Yeah, I had that. Only I had a him, where you had a her. Actually I just had a Ken and Barbie.
      Ken and Barbie are a famous doll line by Mattel.