Angel

Season 3 Episode 7

Offspring

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 2001 on The WB
8.8
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As the crew researches a prophecy predicting the imminent arrival of a being who may have a profound impact on the world, Darla arrives at the hotel -- pregnant, angry, and looking for the daddy - Angel. Cordelia, hurt that Angel did not tell her about his night with Darla, takes Darla's side in the matter. Baffled by how the pregnancy is even possible, Angel and company turn to Lorne for some insight.moreless

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  • The kick inside (and out)

    8.0
    OFFSPRING



    The Good;

    Season 3 really kicks into high gear with the arrival of Darla and her 'passenger'.



    The Bad;

    ?



    Best line:

    CC; "What are friends for?"

    Darla; "Knocking you up and leaving you high and dry"

    Just beating Lorne's "It's beyond my Ken and my Barbie and all my action figures"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Cordy describes Angel as not going evil but 'going male' which is positively misandrist.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Darla the pregnant mother is still pure evil, defying all our expectations



    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    9,



    Cheap Angel; 7



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 2



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 2



    Kills:

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 28 vamps, 40 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 7 demons+1 vamp

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 8 vamps+ 6 demons.



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 7



    Characters killed:

    45



    Recurring characters killed;

    7;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    5, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn and Fred



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1



    Packing heat; Wes takes the pistol from the scroll owner

    Wes; 4

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 3 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde



    Kinky dinky:

    Wes refers to the date rape drugs GHB/rohypnol. CC refers to the Furies as Angel's 'chippies' and hopes they're on the pill. CC refers to Angel 'boning' Darla.



    Captain Subtext;

    The Kyrumption subtext between CC and Angel finally comes to the fore but Darla's arrival puts a spanner in the works. Darla seems appalled by the world suggesting her baby is already giving her a soul.



    Know the face, different character; 4

    Jack Conley as Sahjhan, also played the werewolf hunter Cain in the Buffy season 2 ep Phases



    Parking garages;

    5,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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



    Questions and observations;

    Hang on everybody, we're going for a hell of a ride! Holst appears to be a Catholic which is ironic given that he's based on Oliver Cromwell who was markedly anti-Catholic despite being largely regarded as a champion of liberty. Gunn is a great juggler, I wonder if he was taught by the same person as Buffy in 'Hell's Bells'?

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

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  • This was one of the best episodes ever. I already must admit Angel is way better than Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I think all the great episodes are in Angel because it is way more cleverly plotted than Buffy The Vampire Slayer. .moreless

    10
    This is the best episode you should see the look on Angels face when he realized he was going to be a Dad it was hilarious!!!! I don't think I will ever stop watching this episode and Cordelia made it all the funnier I do admit I feel so sorry for Angel being in the middle of all this. It must be torture for him finding out Darla is pregnant with a child which is like impossible because vampires can't become pregnant but I guess Angel and Darla must really love each other really really deep down inside . Bottomline is this was the best episode ever and everyone needs to see it please!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Offspring

    10
    Offspring was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this character driven episode as Angel must decide what to do with Darla who is carrying his child. I think this episode really see's the begining of awareness between Angel and Cordelia's feelings for one another. I thought this episode was very intriguing how the writers tied in the past and brought one of Angel's greatest enemies into the future. I enjoyed the flash backs, as well as the scenes with this new foe who seems to be behind whats happening. I can't wait to watch the next episode and hopefully find out more!!!!!!!moreless
  • Darla returns!

    9.3
    Offspring is a fantastic episode and really gets Season 3's arc going in an excellent way and brings back a much loved character- pregnant no less!



    The return of Darla is of course brilliant. In Season 2 I can remember being incredibly drawn to her character and I was delighted to see her back in action in this episode and finally relieve us of the suspense that has been building up ever since "Heartthrob". Julie Benz is magnificent in her role and she has to play yet another side of Darla and does so excellently. The teaser with the flashback to Holtz capturing Angelus in Rome, 1771, sets the tone of which the entire season is to follow. Right from the start, it lets us know we are in for something special, as flashback episodes are usually always brilliant. It also serves to introduce Holtz for the first time he was seen in "Heartthrob" and gives us a glimpse into the relationship he was with Darla and Angelus. What's shocking is that Holtz isn't that bothered about Angelus it seems but more interested in Darla- we've seen her brutality before but this was the first time I ever got the sense she is worse than Anglus. I like Keith Szarabajka as Holtz- he's not really menacing as a villain but as a character he's interesting and it's great to get to know why he hates Darla and Angelus so much for. He probably would have been better if Sahjhan had been even slightly menacing, so they could've provided a good duo but Jack Conley, IMO, is quite bad at Sahjhan. He has no presence on stage and you never truly fear him. He doesn't really act- more just says his lines in a one tone, boring voice and his makeup isn't all that convincing. Villain-wise, he's bad, especially when compared to other amazing Buffyverse villains like Lilah, Drusilla, Glory etc. Bad casting ruins his character.



    Darla however, adds an amazing presence to the group and just fits in so perfectly- as a villain she's amazing but as a character she's breathtaking and so multi-layered. It's nigh on impossible to take your eyes from her when she's on screen. She looked hopeless in this episode- bad clothes, unkempt hair, no make-up, a far-cry from the usual glamourous vixen she usually is. Sometimes I did miss the old unpregnant Darla but I felt this storyline was right for her character, so the writers can take her to new places. Her breakdown near the end of the episode is gut wrenching- to see her so utterly destroyed to want death is hard to watch and reminds us of her asking Angel to kill her last season. She's just such a joy to watch in every episode she's in and automatically pushes the episode from great to outstanding.



    Aside from the Darla arc, there is some other great character development in this episode, especially for Cordelia and Angel's relationship and growing attraction to one another. This relationship, along with Tara/Willow is the one relationship in the entire 'verse that feels right- like they're meant for each other (and yes I'm including Bangel- they were never right for each other). They just seem to fit perfectly together and Charisma Carpenter and David Boreanaz have amazing chemistry together and play off each other so well. Angel's crush on her is simply excellent to watch and although she never admits in here, it's obvious Cordelia feels the same due to her jealousy and feelings of betrayal when she learns Angel slept with Darla, going as far to take Darla's side over this, leading her to the near fatal experience when Darla bites her. Angel also seems to care about her even more than his unborn child at this stage, saying he'll kill Darla for doing this.



    I also have to add in, Lorne- you're not the only who loves Fred. She was so completely loveable here and showed her inner strength in her damnation of prophecy. She's also the first person to notice Angel and Cordy's evident attraction to one another and her whole speech on "cairumption" was great. Offspring is an excellent episode that starts off an arc that continued into the late parts of S4 and brings back Darla, which was always gonna be great. Simply unmissable.moreless
  • Big Mama's In Town!

    8.6
    Offspring-As the crew researches a prophecy predicting the imminent arrival of a being who may have a profound impact on the world, Darla arrives at the hotel -- pregnant, angry, and looking for the daddy - Angel. Cordelia, hurt that Angel did not tell her about his night with Darla, takes Darla's side in the matter. Baffled by how the pregnancy is even possible, Angel and company turn to Lorne for some insight.



    Well, we finally get into the arc of the season in full swing when Darla finally returns to L.A. knocked up and not happy! It's great seeing the reaction of the whole gang when Darla returns pregnanct. Angel is at a loss for words since he has to explain he slept with Darla, with Cordelia being hurt that he lied to her. Julie is great as the pregnanct vampire gone wild, and there are some tense scenes like her feeding on Cordelia and her stalking kids at an arcade. The best part of the episode with have to be the revelation that the unborn child has a soul, which makes the unholy pregnancy more interesting. The only downside in all of this is that this episode also begins the Holtz arc. Don't get me wrong, the flashback scenes were great as usual and I fell bad that he lost his family, but he never came off as a threat worth building up, that's just my opinion. All and All, a great episode that starts the Miracle Child arc well.moreless
Jack Conley

Jack Conley

Demon

Guest Star

Steve Tom

Steve Tom

Stephen Mills

Guest Star

Robert Peters

Robert Peters

Arney

Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Lorne

Recurring Role

Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Holtz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene where Wes and Gunn are trying to find the scroll and they are confronted by the owner of the collection, Wes prevents the owner from calling the police by saying "You can explain to them why you keep so much GHB on hand. You know, Rohypnol, the date-rape drug." While this may be an effective ploy, Rohypnol and GHB are two completely different chemicals. Both have been used as "date-rape drugs", but GHB is Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, while Rohypnol is the trade name for Flunitrazepam.

    • When everyone is sitting in the hotel after Darla comes in, Cordy sits on the couch thing in the lobby, looking off to the side. You can see her smile at someone off camera for about a split second.

    • Sahjhan smokes a cigarette and sprinkles salts and herbs on Holtz's sarcophagus. But in later episodes we learn that a long time ago Sahjhan was made incorporeal, which means he could not have held the cigarette or the salts and herbs.

    • Why does Gunn "watch" Darla by turning his back on her and facing the other way?

    • Despite the fact Holtz was torturing Angel with a trident for some considerable period of time, there's no blood on his stomach or his shirt.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Wesley: Why does he have to do everything alone?
      Fred: He just can't bear to have us see him do it.
      Wesley: Kill Darla? She did try to kill Cordy and she's a vampire.
      Fred: Who is carrying his child. The one thing he can never have even if he lives forever.

    • Fred: Can I say something about destiny? Screw destiny. If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fighting it till we whoop it. Because destiny is just another word for inevitable. And nothing is inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye and say, "You're evitable." (pauses) Well, you catch my drift.

    • Cordelia: What can we do for you?
      Darla: Well, you can get your little gang of supernatural detectives to find out what the hell is happening to me and how to stop it.
      Cordelia: Are you going to take some responsibility here? Angel?
      Angel: Oh, me? Of course I am. Wes, let's get on this right now.
      Wesley: What do you suggest?
      Angel: I suggest you ah, use your books and find out what's going on. What do I have to think of everything?

    • Angel: Ok, last time we were working on not pulling your punches and kicks, right? Don't worry about me.
      (Cordelia begins throwing punches) That's good. Good. That's it. Now where's your weight? Balls of your feet. Don't forget to--
      (Cordelia punches Angel in the face)
      Cordelia: Oops! Oh God. You said that... (Angel smiles at Cordelia and appears unhurt) Are you okay?
      Angel: I'm a vampire. You can't hurt me. Good.
      (Cordelia laughs and as Angel turns away from her his face twists up in pain and he grabs his nose)

    • Angel: Take you and me, for instance. We're very different, very different, obviously. Human, vampire. Woman, man...pire.
      Cordelia: Has someone been putting vodka in your blood?

    • Cordelia: Angel, are you trying to say you love me?
      Angel: What?
      Cordelia: I love you too.
      Angel: You do?
      Cordelia: (To Wes, Gunn, and Fred) Angel loves me, I love him!
      Angel: Oh, my God.
      Cordelia: You guys love us and we love you.
      Wesley, Gunn, Fred: We love you, Angel!

    • Furies: Mmmm, Angel!
      Cordelia: There goes some more of Angel's chippies. You girls are on the pill, I hope.

    • Cordy: Hey, what are friends for?
      Darla: You ask me, they're for knocking you up and leaving you high and dry.

    • Fred: Who's Darla?
      Gunn: Angel's old flame, from way back.
      Fred: Not the one who died?
      Gunn: Yeah. No, not that one, the other one that died and came back to life. She's a vampire.
      Fred: Do ya'll have a chart or somethin'?
      Gunn: In the files. I'll get it for you later.

    • (talking about Darla)
      Angel: Where is she?
      Wesley: She got away.
      Gunn: We tried to stop her by hitting her fist and feet with our faces.

    • Lorne: This is way beyond my ken, and my Barbie, and all my action figures.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2002 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for "Best Period Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)".

    • Gunn: (about the baby) Maybe it's some kind of uber vamp?
      In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Bring On The Night" (7x10), ancient, powerful vampires called the Turok-Han make their appearance (located under a seal near the Hellmouth, under the new Sunnydale High School) and the Scoobies call them "uber-vamps."

    • This is the first mention of the Pylean term, "carumption." Fred uses it to refer to Angel and Cordelia's working relationship.

    • This episode marks Jack Conley's first appearance as the demon Sahjhan

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lorne: This is way beyond my ken - and my Barbie, and all my action figures.
      Lorne makes a play on words with the popular doll line, Barbie, and her boyfriend Ken, by Mattel.

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