Angel

Season 4 Episode 15

Orpheus

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2003 on The WB
9.5
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Faith has tricked Angelus into feeding on her, thus imbibing a powerful narcotic along with her blood. Now both of them lay near death, observing the turmoil that is Angel's conscience as they fight against the mystical drug. Meanwhile, the gang brings an old friend from Sunnydale to help with the search for Angel's lost soul.moreless

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  • Faith, Willow and the 3rd 10/10 in a row

    10
    ORPHEUS



    The Good;

    Fabulous, the wonderful flashbacks and Faith and Willow working together with AI, just amazing!



    The Bad;

    All too wonderful for anything like that. A bit stupid that they put Ally's name in the opening titles, spoils the suprise of her appearance somewhat.



    Best line;

    Faith; "Dust in the wind. Candle in the wind. There'll be a general wind theme"

    plus

    CC; "Oh sh...!"

    and flapper "Pound snow you mook!"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    2 headed foetal pigs? Yuck!



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12



    Cheap Angel; 6



    Fang Gang in bondage: Angel chained up at the end

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2



    Fang gang knocked out: Faith in a coma, again! Gunn knocked out by Connor

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 16

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 5

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1



    Kills;

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+4 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 18 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 11 vamps+ 13 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamp+ 1 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 13 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 10

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Characters killed:

    255



    Recurring characters killed;

    9;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, CC, Connor, Faith



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 1

    Wes; 7

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 2



    Packing heat;

    Wes; 8

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor plus possibly The Beast

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 3; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy



    Kinky dinky:

    CC accuses Connor of liking the way Faith 'cracked her whip' and thinks he wants to be in her 'leather clad lap'. Wes tells Willow about having a woman chained in a closet, she seems more intrigued than shocked. Angelus refers to keeping Faith's thighs warm. CC and Connor's relationship is described as 'icky'. Faith says of Connor 'Break me off a switch, there's going to be a whipping!". Angelus refers to 'eating' his mama!!!!



    Captain Subtext;

    Willow describes Connor as handsome and androgynous, hmmmm? Plenty of Fred/Willow subtext, even Wes gives a little look when Willow strokes Fred's chin, especially when Willow asks 'What's Fred's story?' and speaks of 'The call of Fred'. Fred wants to discuss Baachanals with Willow. However she later tells Fred 'I'm seeing someone' by which she means Kennedy back in Sunnydale. Faith calls Angelus 'princess'.



    Know the face, different character; 4



    Parking garages;

    6,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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



    What the fanficcers thought;

    Not much fic on this ep itself but quite a lot on Willow and Faith's drive back to Sunnydale which must have been a pretty awkward trip. They normally go along the lines of Faith apologising for what she's done followed by Willow forgiving her and explaining her own dark deeds. Then they stop at a motel and have a night of lesbian sex. After all, Willow says that she 'got a Slayer' out of helping Angel Investigations.



    Missing scenes;

    According to the commentary we have an extra scene where Faith and Angelus see Angel discovering the Hyperion? Why not include that on special edition DVDs?



    Questions and observations;

    Willow makes her 3rd appearance on Angel. This is actually quite momentous as it means she's actually the 2nd most prolific character in the Buffyverse. Angel is number 1 with 167eps (57eps of Buffy and 110 eps of his own show), Willow is 2nd with 147eps (144 eps of Buffy and 3 appearances on Angel) and Buffy herself is joint 3rd with 146eps (144 eps of her own show and 2 guest slots on Angel not counting archive footage taken from Buffy or the movie) with Cordy who also has 146 appearances (57 eps of Buffy and 89eps of Angel). Then comes Xander with 143 eps of Buffy (he's in every ep of Buffy except 'Conversations with Dead People'), Giles with 123 eps of Buffy, Spike with 120 (97 eps of Buffy and 23 of Angel) and Wes with 107 (6eps of Buffy and 101 of Angel).

    I'm sure most Xena fans will recognise Adrienne Wilkinson who played Xena's daughter Livia/Eve as the flapper whose dog Angel saves. Met her at a convention once and she's beautiful and charming. Gina Torres, another Xena/Hercules alumni will turn up in a few eps time and Orpheus is the name of an early Xena ep.

    The flashbacks help us track the various stages of Angel through the years. They basically fall down to;

    1. Post resouling daze; (as seen in Darla)

    2. Try to get back with Darla in Peking;

    3. Coming to America; ('Orpheus')

    4. Brooding loner; (up until the events of 'Are you now or ever have been?')

    5. Hedonism aka The Manilow Years; (up until feeding on the guy in the doughnut shop in Orpheus)

    6. Street tramp; (up until meeting Whistler in Becoming pt2)

    7. Sunnydale

    CC refers to Willow as Glinda, the good witch from The Wizard of Oz (Cordy herself doing a good impression of the Wizard behind the screen). If you haven't seen Wicked go immediately, it's great and you'll never watch TWOO the same way again. What a shame we never get Barry Manilow to guest star as he did on Will and Grace. Gunn once again tells Connor off, once again playing the father role to him. The guy who walks past Angel in the doughnut shop may have been doing cocaine and that's why his blood is racing. With the exception of flashback this will be the last time we see Angelus begging the question is he actually gone for good after Angel and Angelus' epic face off in the dreamworld.

    Maybe I've been watching too many Michael Jackson tribute shows but everytime I see the 1920s sequence with it's flappers and zoot-suited fedora wearing wiseguys playing dice outside the speakeasy I keep expecting them to break into 'Smooth Criminal'?



    Marks out of 10; 10/10 Faith AND Willow in the same episode of Angel, makes you want to cry with happiness! Rewatched this one 4 times! I know I previously said 5 by 5 was my favourite but actually this is my favourite although the Wes drops the knife bit is still my favourite moment ever

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  • Orpheus

    10
    Orpheus was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because Willow came from Sunnydale to help find Angel's soul. I thought her interactions with Fred were funny. I liked how Faith and Angelus were going through Angel's past, and learning more through these flash backs. There were some good scenes with magic as Willow unknowingly was battling Cordelia to free Angel's soul. I really enjoyed the cross over from Buffy. I thought the ending was presented perfectly and it was a shock to the gang. I really look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Willow!

    9.8
    Orpheus is an outstanding episode and without a doubt the best of Season 4. It had lots of Faith (yay!) and of course a certain redheaded witch called Willow!



    Willow was a delight in this episode and was more interesting here than she was in the entire Buffy S7. She was funny and felt like old Willow before she went all boring and Kennedy-loving *hates Kennedy* I loved the little Fred/Willow subplot and thought it was hilarious! Whilst she wasn't exactly necessary to the plot, it was nice callback to Becoming where she first re-ensouled Angel. I loved the flashbacks. I'm a sucker for these episodes but this was the best of the flashback eppies (except maybe "Darla"). It showed different parts of Angel's life rather than Angelus and had some great scenes. I enjoyed the narration by Faith and Angelus and loved the Angel vs Angelus fight at the end- it was great to see them finally duke it out! Throughout the whole episode we are continually told Faith is dying so I was sitting waiting but thankfully it didn't happen! Although sadly this is her last episode.



    I loved loved loved the Willow/Cordevila magic fight! It was really well done and gave us good insight into Cordy's power. She was becoming more and more unhinged all episode and I loved the scene where she throws the knife at Willow just as the door closes. The floating head was awful however- could it have looked more fake? Very bad special effects. I loved Cordevila all episode actually- her plan was falling around all around her! I'm sad she's going soon as she's infinitely more interesting than Jasmine outside Cordelia and really would have preferred she stayed all season. Her power over Connor is also more powerful than I thought and she even convinces him to kill his own father. She's crafty indeed. Loved seeing Faith smack Connor around as well!



    The ending was good but not overly dramatic as it should have been. It looked like Cordy's going to reveal herself and her motivations. She looks fit to burst! Orpheus was an outstanding episode and one of the best of the series. It rounds off the Faith and Angelus arcs excellently and had some stunning scenes. Not to be missed.moreless
  • Faith and Angelus share a mystical mind meld. Willow is called to help re-ensoul Angel.

    10
    Orpheus Woohoo! My favorite episode of the season. We start off exactly where we left off. Angelus sinks his teeth into Faith and just when you think that it's the end for her he (thank god) pulls away. I was starting to believe that they just brought Faith back in just to kill her off. That would have majorly sucked. I see where they could have gone with it though. Maybe one of the potentials on BtVS would be called, possibly Kennedy… I'm glad they didn't go this way. Anyway. Faith injected herself (rather randomly… don't you have to hit the vein?) with something and was able to trick Angelus. The Hyperion. Gunn enters the hotel hog tied Angelus in tow and he shouts for Connor. Connor is the only one strong enough to help Gunn carry Angelus? Everyone wonders where Faith is and in enters Wesley carrying Faith. This is the first and last time I wish I was Wesley heh. Connor is understandably shocked. Slo-mo shot of the gang walking down the hall… they got me with this. As I said before I'm a fan of slo-mo shots… no matter how cheesy it is. Lorne notices the track marks and scolds Wesley. The drug is Orpheus a mystical opiate it's an enchanted drug. So is this the same drug that the druggies at the bar were on? How come they just seemed high and not "in hell" like Wesley said the drug would take them? Condelia, eew. Lapdog Connor is telling Cordevil everything that's going on. She breaks character and shows Connor her inner beast master when Connor doesn't respond to her question. She blames it all on hormones. Heh. Flashback time… Angel stinks… he saves a puppy (Hee! Mook.). I really would have liked to see the AYNOHYEB flashback in this episode. All this while Willow comes in the picture. I'm not a big fan of Willow on BtVS but she was really cool in this ep.



    Willow goes to see Cordevil but Cordy's not that excited to see her. She accidentally gives Willow the way to get Angel back. That knife to the door effect was really cool. Lorne comforts Faith, aww. I heart Lorne. Aaand we're at the Donut shop. Hee! Mandy. That's one of the funniest running jokes on Angel. Hey! It's Eliza's brother… they kinda look a like. The cashier is shot and Angel does nothing to save him. He lets him die and drinks from him. Faith has now seen something that no one else has. She's seen him drink… well, according to Cordelia she saw everything that Angelus/Angel did but since Cordelia is evil now I doubt she was telling the truth. Faith starts to bleed and hurt. Willesley. They're talking about the spell she's going to perform and also try to one up each other on who's darker. I don't really see why they would want to prove that one is "darker" than the other… that was weird. Lorne wipes Faith's tears, aww, and Connor continues to believe that Faith is dead. Willow explains her spell to Gunn but he doesn't really concur. He needs a simple explanation… we get it Gunn is dumb. Cordevil ain't having this though and she awesomely sends Willow sliding across the room. Cool . I really liked the back and forth between Cordelia and Willow. Hee! Cordy bit her tongue. Willow manages to break the Muo-Ping… thanks to Connor. Flashback to the 90's. Angel sucks on a rat. Eew indeed. Angel's paying for what he did… and suddenly the rules change. I gotta agree with Faith here "Hate the hair." Faith is atoning for her sins by going through this mind meld thing with Angel/Angelus. Cool. Now it's Angel vs. Angelus. The concept of Angel and Angelus fighting each other is really cool but the way it was shot wasn't. Faith has found the strength and is out. Conner makes his way towards Angelus. Cordelia has brainwashed him: Cordelia: You know I have fought harder than anyone to save Angel's life, but there comes a time when you have to weigh risk versus reward. And as much as I love Angel...as a friend... killing Angelus now is the only way to guarantee our family's safety. I know it in my heart now. You're not just protecting me. You're protecting the world. Sometimes one death can spare infinite pain. (...) Connor: (reluctant) What will I tell the others? Cordelia: They can't stop you if they don't know? Connor: What about the sanctuary spell? Cordelia: I can fix it. We're special, Connor. The souling has worked and Faith races to Angel's cell. Faith makes it just in time and puts a major whoopin' on Connor… hence my new avatar. The work's been done Angel has returned Faith feels "Like [she] did mushrooms and got eaten by a bear." Angel says his thanks, they avoid the hugs and I laugh. Faith is heading to Sunnydale 'cause she is sorely needed there. Somebody has to put Buffy in her place. Connor almost kills Angel and he just gets a good talking to? They should have places him in the cell. Willow says her goodbyes and confuses Fred's southern hospitality for signs. We get it Willow you're gay but it's not all about you. Faith and Willow Leave. (Bye Faith!!!) and the whole gang is back. And in enters Cordelia wearing her patented Dress o' doom: Cordelia: Sorry, Angel. But if this is the speech about how the worst is behind us, you may want to save it for later.moreless
  • The Witch Is Back!

    10
    Orpheus-Faith has tricked Angelus into feeding on her, thus imbibing a powerful narcotic along with her blood. Now both of them lay near death, observing the turmoil that is Angel's conscience as they fight against the mystical drug. Meanwhile, the gang brings an old friend from Sunnydale to help with the search for Angel's lost soul.



    It's always fun to see Buffy characters make it on to Angel, we've seen Willow make small cameos on Angel, but here she makes full on appearance in the series. Alyson Hannigan brings her lovable charm as Willow on the Angel and immediately steals the show with her cute babble, not to mention kick a$$ power display! All her scenes range from hilarious to amazing, like when she meets up with Cordelia:



    Willow: "So how you been?"



    Cordelia: "Higher power, you?"



    Willow: "Ultimate Evil, but I got better."



    Also there's her hilarious scene with Wesley:



    Wesley: "I've been to a place that's dark, you couldn't understand..."



    Willow: "I flayed a guy alive and almost destoryed the world."



    Wesley: "Ohh, well, I once locked a women in a cage in my closet."



    Willow: "You see, that's dark."



    Wesley: "It doesn't compare."



    Also, there's Willow thinking Fred is attracted to her and says:



    Willow: "I'm seeing someone."



    Then the magical fight between Evil Cordy and Willow is great to watch. Especially when Cordelia says:



    Cordelia: "Okay Glinda, you wanna go."



    There are also some great scenes with Faith and Angelus trapped in Angel's flashbacks. Faith is hilarious as she taunts Angelus. It's also sad as Angel fed on a dead man and finding himself so helpless to the thrist. The best part would have to be Angel fighing Angelus in the alleyway. Although, there are some dodgy double effects at first, the fight is great and it's cool watching both sides of the vampire battle it out. Connor continues on a downhil spiral of annoyance as he continues to become Evil Cordy's lapdog. I loved the scene where Faith wakes up and kicks the crap out of him, gotta love her for that! Willow re-in-souls Angel and Faith then goes off with the quirky witch for the big apocalypse in Sunnydale. So everything seems cool now for the gang, until Cordy reveals to them that she's pregnant, ohh boy! All and All, a truly classic episode with some amazing scenes, hilarious dialogue, perfect fights, and an unforgettable appearence by our powerful, lovable witch Willow.moreless
Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Master's Voice

Guest Star

E.J. Callahan

E.J. Callahan

Old Craps Man

Guest Star

Jeremy Guskin

Jeremy Guskin

Cashier

Guest Star

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Faith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Angel immigrated to the US in 1902.

    • When Angel gets his soul back, he seems to remember everything right away (he goes up to Connor and says, "I'm back."), but the first two times he gets his soul back (after killing the gypsy girl and on the episode of Buffy, " Becoming (2)") it takes him a while to remember what happened.

    • Willow says that the soul restoration spell is the first one she learned, but in the BtVS episode "Passion," we see her doing a spell to revoke Angel's invitation to Buffy's house.

    • The book that Fred offers to Willow about info on the Hellmouth is completely blank when Willow opens it.

    • At least two different types of dog are used when Angel rescues the puppy - they're noticeably different.

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Wes: No other major changes I'm not up on?
      Willow: Just little things...so, Fred, what's her story?

    • Connor: All right, I get it. I messed up.
      Faith: Hey, cheer up, punk. That just makes you one of us.

    • Willow: Yes, hi. You must be Angel's handsome yet androgynous son.
      Connor: It's Connor.
      Willow: And the sneer's genetic. Who knew?

    • Angelus: Why do I have to go through this again?
      Angel: Because maybe it's not about you, jackass.

    • Connor: First he's slaughtered Lilah, now he's killed Faith--
      Wesley: She's not dead yet.
      Connor: You're lying to yourselves. If you all think I'm taking this personally, you don't have to. But inside you know I'm right. We need to put Angelus down.
      Willow: I don't think so. I think you need a witch.

    • Angelus: Does anyone notice a fight with your alter ego going on?!

    • Faith: You're reliving Angel's good deeds. You are in hell! Wicked!

    • Angelus: This isn't my life, it's his!
      Faith: Angel's?
      Angelus: It annoyed the crap out of me the first time around. This sucks!

    • Cordelia: (doing a spell) Hear me Angelus. Heed my warning. Awaken at once, return from the darkness... (after realizing her spell isn't working) ...or just lay there and let that red headed meddler put your soul back. Whichever.

    • Faith: Break me off a switch, son, there's about to be a whuppin'.

    • Lorne: (to Wesley) Speaking of sense, are you on permanent sabbatical from yours?

    • Willow: Good things come in jars: peanut butter, jelly, those 2-headed fetal pigs at the natural history museum…
      (strange look from Wesley)
      Willow: Oh, come on! Who doesn't like those 2-headed fetal pigs?

    • Angelus: (to Faith) It's no big mystery - they suffer, they die, and that's what they do.

    • Angelus: (to Faith) Is that the nasty little lie that kept those thighs nice and warm in your prison bunk?

    • Fred: All this stuff about bachanals and spells... Actually I think it's funnier in Latin, you know how that is sometimes.
      Willow: I'm seeing someone.

    • Lorne: The more you take, the deeper you sink.
      Wesley: It leads you down to hell...and leaves you there.

    • Faith: (as Angel listens to 'Mandy') It must kill you that he's got a jones for the power ballad.
      Angelus: The concerts were even worse.

    • Faith: When is this?
      Angelus: When isn't it? Twenty years after that stupid donut shop and his fingers never smelled of anything but rat!

    • Willow: C'mon, everybody loves fetal pigs!
      Wes: Oh, sorry. I think my sense of humor's trapped in a jar somewhere.
      Willow: Does seem like you've given in to the grumpy side of the force.

    • Wesley: A lot has happened, not just Angelus. I've been... I've changed. I've seen the darkness in myself. I'm not sure you would even begin to understand.
      Willow: I flayed a guy alive and tried to destroy the world.
      Wesley: Oh. Well . . . I never flayed anyone . . . I did keep a woman chained in a closet. (pause) I know, it's not the same.
      Willow: No, no, that's dark. You've been to a place.

    • Angel: Faith, listen to me. You saw me drink. It doesn't get much lower than that. And I thought I could make up for it by disappearing.
      Faith: I did... my time...
      Angel: Our time is never up Faith. We pay for everything.
      Faith: It hurts...
      Angel: I know. I know.

    • Angel: I'm not perfect Faith. Even with a soul I've done things I've wished a thousands times I could take back.
      Angelus: Yeah, like those Manilow concerts!

    • Angel: Get up! You've to get up now Faith. You have to fight. I need you to fight. Do you understand what I'm saying?

    • Willow: All I need to do is harness the Delothrian ebb, focus it through my little marble-o-doom here and we'll restore the Muo-Ping's entropic equilibrium.
      Gunn: Jar go smash?
      Willow: Smash-O-Crash.

    • Gunn: I just wish I could have seen you kick the crap outta Jr. here.
      Faith: Yeah, it was pretty funny.

    • Faith: See, Brits know how to say goodbye. Angel here wanted to hug.
      Angel: I did not!

    • Fred: Does anyone else think their relationship is kinda....icky?

    • Cordelia: Wow! Are my hormones out of whack! Crazy Pregnant Lady on aisle nine!

    • Angelus: I think it's time to send you to that puppy saving place in the sky.
      Faith: Arf, arf psycho.

    • Faith: Dude, you just rescued a puppy!

    • Wesley: Are there forces gathering? Did the call of magic draw you here?
      Willow: Oh, no. More like the call of Fred.

    • Faith: Angel, good to see you. Hate the hair.

    • Faith: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
      Angelus: No, but I ate her with it.

    • Willow: How have you been?
      Cordy: Higher power. You?
      Willow: Ultimate evil. But I got better.

    • Willow: (seeing Wes) It's the Marlboro Man! Or at least his extra stubbly, mentally unstable, insomniac first cousin.

    • Angel: How ya feelin'?
      Faith: Like I did mushrooms and got eaten by a bear.
      Angel: That sounds about right.

    • Cordelia: A coma, huh?
      Connor: That's what it looked like when Wesley brought her in.
      Cordelia: Like she hasn't pulled that one before.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In real life, Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg) and Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce) married on October 11, 2003, seven months after the airing of "Orpheus." "Orpheus" is the last time Alyson and Alexis worked together on-screen in the JossVerse.

    • Nate Dushku (armed robber) is the real life brother of Eliza Dushku (Faith).

    • Because many viewers missed the end of the episode due to breaking news on March 19, the episode was scheduled for rebroadcast on Sunday, March 23, at 9:00 PM, replacing the previously scheduled airing of the movie Blade.

    • Alyson Hannigan (Willow) guest starring on Angel puts an end to WB & UPN's rule of not having main cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Angel and vice versa.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Angelus: What is this, Puff the Magic Dragon City?
      "Puff, The Magic Dragon" is a song written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton in 1963. This folksy children's song was sung by Peter, Paul & Mary. Released on the album Peter, Paul & Mommy in 1969.

      Whether intended by the songwriter or not, the lyrics of the song are usually taken to refer to drug use, which is part of the reason that the song was embraced by the "hippie" movement. It is presumably this meaning that Angelus is invoking.

    • Willow: (seeing Wes) It's the Marlboro Man! Or at least his extra stubbly, mentally unstable, insomniac first cousin.
      In the 50s, concerns over the connection between smoking and cancer drove many smokers to filtered brands. Phillip Morris didn't have a filtered brand, so it scrapped the old campaign in favor of re-launching Marlboro as the company's filtered alternative. They decided to introduce filters as a brand. They still had the brand's feminine image, from the 20s when it was first advertised as a premium cig for women, to deal with. Plus filtered cigs were thought of as sissy cigs. Marlboro turned to Leo Burnett's advertising company. In a 1972 documentary, Burnett recalled the brainstorming session in which they stumbled upon their icon. "I said, 'What's the most masculine symbol you can think of?' And right off the top of his head one of these writers spoke up and said a cowboy. And I said, 'That's for sure.'" The first Marlboro men weren't limited to cowboys. They were all sorts of rugged individuals who smoked their cigarettes while performing equally manly tasks, from fixing their cars to fishing or hunting. Basically, Willow was saying Wes looked rugged, handsome, and manly.

    • Angelus: This sucks! Why do you get to be Marley's ghost?
      Jacob Marley was Scrooge's long-dead business partner in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Angelus is referring to the part of the story where Marley's spirit visits Scrooge to tell him he will be visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come. Marley encourages Scrooge to redeem himself and give up his wicked and miserly ways.

    • Angelus: I don't believe this! You're the one behind this whole True Hollywood Sob Story...
      True Hollywood Stories is a series on the E! channel. Each episode focuses on one celebrity, telling their story through interviews and film footage. The show is known for exposing deep, dark secrets from celebrities' pasts.

    • Faith: Then I will be dust in the wind... candle in the wind. It will be a wind theme.

      "Dust in the Wind" was written by Kerry Livgren and performed by the band Kansas, becoming popular in the late 1970's.

      The song "Candle in the Wind" was written by Elton John to Marilyn Monroe as a tribute years after she had passed away. The lyrics were later changed for princess Diana.

    • Angelus: And now for a poem...Faith goes gently into that good night.
      Angelus' quote is a reference to Dylan Thomas' poem "Don't Go Gentle Into That Good Night".

    • Title: Orpheus
      In Greek legend, Orpheus journeys to the underworld to retrieve his wife Eurydice (killed by a snake bite). Forbidden from looking at her until they return, he forgets and she instantly disappears. It's ambiguous in this loose metaphor whether Angel is saving Faith from hell or vice-versa - since really they're saving one another.

    • Cordelia: You wanna go, Glinda? We'll go.
      Cordelia (who we have known to be evil since the end of "Calvary") is comparing Willow to Glinda the good witch from the Wizard of Oz.

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