Season 1 Episode 10

Parting Gifts

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1999 on The WB
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Cordelia discovers that she has inherited Doyle's visions, and it plays havoc with her career. Meanwhile, Angel must save a new client from the creature that is hunting him, and a Rogue Demon Hunter comes to town.

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  • Here's Wes

    The Good;

    Wonderful reintroduction for Wes and a nice period of mourning for Doyle. Plus Cordy's audition and the Oracles again.

    The Bad;

    Once again, Alexis Denisoff's name is in the titles, ruining the suprise a little

    Best line:

    "Grass stains!" (all in the delivery). Also liked Wes "I bet you always wondered what became of your old pal Wesley?"

    Angel; "Tell you the truth I never gave it much thought"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Barney's plans for Cordy are beyond horrible. But she teaches him not to mess with Queen C

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; nope, 2.

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    In disguise; 3

    DB get's his shirt off; 3

    Cordy's tattoo; 3 yep she bares that beautiful midriff again

    Cheap Angel; 2

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 4

    Wes: 1

    Fang gang knocked out: yep, Cordy

    Cordy: 9

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 1

    Doyle; 1


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

    Angel: 1 demon for Angel. So that gives Angel 8 vamps, 4 demons, 2 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 1

    Angel: 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 5

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    2, Angel and Cordy

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 5,

    Packing heat;

    Doyle; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 1?

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Kinky dinky:

    Wes in motorbiking leathers which are so tight they 'chafe'. He and Cordy share a second kiss, Cordy is sold as a slave for the first time.

    Captain Subtext;

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy characters appearing in Angel; (unless someone can correct me no original Angel character ever appears on Buffy?)

    6; Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes

    Questions and observations;

    Another WR&H lackie but this one doesn't become a recurring character. Angel says that vamps don't sleep in coffins but Dracula does. Angel recognises talent when he sees it, Wes' translation skills alone make him invaluable.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10

  • "When one door closes, another opens..."

    Wow, great episode. With Doyle dead I thought the show was just going to be bad for the rest of the season but no, they got me right back into the show by bringing Mr. Wesely Windum-Price back.

    There wasn't much I didn't like about this episode. I didn't like seeing Glenn Quin in the credits, it just gave me small false hope that he would come back but he didn't and never would. The other thing I didn't like was that Cordy was getting beat up, this is when she wasn't train to fight at all so she really couldn't help herself.

    Now to the stuff that made this episode good. The introduction of Wesely. Wes joins the cast in this episode and he stays on right till the last episode. Also the villian actually surprised me. That never happens. I usually know exactly what was going to happen with the villian but it surprised me. Instead of it being the big guy that attack them. It turned out to be a seemingly helpless demon who comes to Angel for help.

    This is a very pivotal episode because it adds a new character to the mix who brings a certain needed thing to the show. Great episode, 9.0.

  • 'I thought our kiss meant something. And instead, he used that moment to pass it on to me. Why couldn't it have been mono or herpes?'

    ‘Parting Gifts’ isn’t exactly the way I wanted this show to continue. Doyle dead for good and replaced by a character I usually wanted to hit on the face on Buffy. But actually, the episode was pretty good and was a decent introduction to Wes and a decent moving on from Doyle.

    It begins with Angel talking to the Oracles and asking them to bring back Doyle. They tell him that his friend is dead and that for every door that closes, another opens. The door that opens is for Cordy who has a vision during a commercial which was hilarious and by far the best scene of the episode. So Cordy is now pissed off at Doyle because she sees it as a curse and begins to kiss people around in the office hoping that her visions will transfer into them.

    Meanwhile this demon called Barney is fleeing from someone who is after him. He goes to Angel for help. Angel goes to kill his hunter which turns out to be Wesley who has become a rogue demon hunter in leather. Wesley has improved as a character, he’s more funny and less annoying. I enjoyed him in his leather pants scratching his crotch which was hilarious.

    Anyway, there is a demon on the lose that Wesley has been hunting because he thinks it’s a bad demon but it turns out that Barney was hunting it and Barney is the bad demon and he cut off the horn of the other one and killed it. Now he wants Cordy because she has the visions and he’s going to sale her.

    Angel and Wesley go to save Cordy and they find out where she is after Cordy drew what she saw in a vision. They safe her and Cordy kills Barney with a horn that sucks out his life force.

    The episode wasn’t that special but the good humor and way to move on from Doyle worked surprisingly.

    Cordy kissed Angel and Barney and later also Wes who enjoyed the kiss much more than their first one.

    I wasn’t so fascinated by Barney though and enjoyed watching him die.

    Wesley ends up having breakfast with the gang because he doesn’t really have a place to go now that he doesn’t have a job.

    The episode worked even with all those circumstances,.

  • "Rogue?" Nope. "Demon?" No Way! "Hunter?" Ehh...

    Doyle's death is still weighing in drastically on the Angel regulars. The character most affected is Cordelia. It's unsurprising, since both she and Doyle admitted their love for each other around five seconds before he bought the farm. Shame.

    In Parting Gifts, Cordelia discovers that Doyle's kiss at the end of last episode ensured his visions would be passed over to her, meaning she is now Angel's direct link to the Powers That Be. She discovers this at the same time that a mysterious rogue demon hunter stalks through LA, hunting down a shady empath demon who seeks shelter with Angel Investigations.

    Cordelia's inclusion in the series prior to this episode didn't really have a point. Yeah she was hilarious but was that all that was to it? Cordelia as comic relief? Thankfully, due to Doyle's death, Cordelia now serves a purpose on Angel, being her vampire boss's link to the Powers That Be. Charisma Carpenter is the heart and soul of this episode. From her comedic commercial audition at the start to her running gag of kissing every man (or demon) she sees in a desperate attempt to pass over her new gift, Charisma gets the audience's attention throughout, even when she isn't saying anything, and that's one huge feat for somebody who was previously just seen as the comic relief on this show.

    Parting Gifts introduces former Watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce to Angel and, no offense to Doyle and the excellent Glenn Quinn, but his inclusion in the show seems much more natural than Angel's Brachen demon buddy. It seems bad to say so but it's undoubtedly true. Wesley's lame efforts to prove himself tough and, in his words, "rogue" make for some moments of hilarity and his painful excuses to stay in the final scene prove him to be a sweet, kind soul. As well as a competent (if slightly slow) warrior against evil.

    A story all about sadness, friendship and trying to prove your worth, Parting Gifts is a well executed introduction to the next chapter of Angel. Alexis Denisof's addition to the cast is inspired and he gels with both David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter almost immediately. A solid episode.

    Director: James A Contner

    Writer: David Fury, Jeannine Renshaw

    Rating: Bmoreless
  • wesley is in town

    killing doyle was not a good move and so was this episode. the whole demon selling thing was so stupid! i hated wesley too he is a nerd. what is good about this episode is cordelia who continues to grow with her visions now that doyle gave her before he died.

    the episode was not only bad cordelia kissed angel and it had some funny moments with cordelia but everything else was boring and annoying.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Cordelia: I'm not going anywhere, so get used to it. I am staying right here. (her wristwatch starts beeping) Oop, I gotta go.

    • Wesley: Well, I'll be off. Farewell Angel. Who knows when our paths will cross.
      Angel: Wesley.
      Cordelia: Do you even know where you're headed?
      Wesley: Rogue Demon Hunters rarely do. Wherever evil lurks, wherever the forces of darkness threaten humanity, that's where I'll be.
      Cordelia: Oh, okay. Well, keep in touch.
      Wesley: Yes, yes, I will. But now evil lurking everywhere bids me onwards! So, I go.
      Cordelia: Take care!
      Wesley: Yes. (starts to leave but ducks back in) No rest for the wicked fighters. Through storm and rain, heat and famine, deep painful gnawing hunger, I go.
      Angel: Breakfast?
      Wesley: Ooo! I suppose so.

    • Barney: I'm a demon, sure. I'm evil, but, hey, I'm not, you know... *evil*.

    • Barney: You scared the heck out of me.
      Cordelia: You? I scared you? Look in the mirror lately?
      Barney: Every chance I get.

    • Wesley: I'm a fool. A sniveling, great...
      Angel: Ugly, grey, blobby thing.
      Wesley: Yes! I'm an ugly, grey, blobby...what?

    • Cordelia: I'm really not a seer. I only had a vision once, and I'm pretty sure it was just something I ate!

    • Cordelia: Oh! A vision! I'm having a vision. A demon. A creepy little... You! It's definitely you. You're in great, great...
      Barney: Danger?
      Cordelia: Pain! (she knees him in the groin)

    • Cordelia: One of the perks of the job: After an all-nighter of fighting the lurking evil, we get eggs!

    • Cordelia: Not that he didn't have it coming. He was a horrible evil monster.
      Angel: He did kill a lot of people.
      Wesley: Viciously mutilated their corpses.
      Cordelia: Plus he started the bidding on me at a paltry $2,000.

    • Cordy: That friend of mine, Doyle? He used to get these brain flashes. Messages from the PTB. The Powers That Be. Visions of all sorts of stuff: people in trouble, things about to cause trouble, places trouble is happening in.
      Barney: And your friend left you that little inheritance?
      Cordy: I'm never going to forgive him for doing this to me.
      Barney: What? Choosing you? Trusting you with an enormous responsibility? Believing that you were the only one worthy of such a rare and important gift?
      Cordy: Did I mention the drooling?
      Barney: I get the impression Doyle didn't have much by way of possessions?
      Cordy: No. No, he didn't.
      Barney: Seems like he gave you the most valuable thing he had.

    • Barney: You're frustrated.
      Cordelia: That's one spooky talent you've got there. You can just look at me, grinding my teeth, sighing, grunting and sense that I'm frustrated? Amazing.
      Barney: It's pretty good at sensing sarcasm, too.

    • Cordelia: (about her visions) I didn't ask for this responsibility, unlike some people who shall remain lifeless.

    • Cordelia: Damn. I can't believe he did this to me.
      Angel: Who did what?
      Cordelia: Doyle! I thought our kiss meant something. And instead, he used that moment to pass it on to me. Why couldn't it have been mono or herpes?

    • Wesley: I'm a fraud. The council was right to sack me. Yes, I was fired. Two. I had two slayers in my care. One turned evil and now is in a vegetative state in a coma and the other's a renengade. Fire me? I'm surprised they didn't cut my head off.

    • Cordelia: If they know what's good for them, the PTB better just stay out of my head.
      Angel: The Powers That Be. You had a vision.
      Cordelia: Boy! Howdy. And guess what, you know how they look painful? Well, they feel a whole lot worse!

    • Angel: Another door opens. You're my link to the Powers, now.
      Cordelia: I'm nobody's link to anybody. I lost control of my entire central nervous system getting that stupid vision. And I'm not certain, but I think I may have drooled a little at the first audition I've had in weeks.
      Angel: What was it?
      Cordelia: Ah, Stain-Be-Gone. It was a national, no less. They'll probably never call me again.
      Angel: The vision! What was the vision?
      Cordelia: Oh. Pfft! Who knows. It was a thing!

    • Angel: Wesley.
      Wesley: I'll wager you never thought you'd see me again.
      Angel: To tell you the truth, I hadn't given it much thought one way or the other. What are you...?
      Wesley: Hup-up-up! I'm the one asking questions here. And I think it only fair to warn you, any sudden movement and I'll be forced to...
      (Angel knocks away Wesley's crossbow) Right. You had a question?

    • Cordelia: Feel this...feeling, creepo!

    • Barney: Little trick - picture everybody...
      Cordelia: In their underwear.
      Barney: I was going to say dead. But hey, if that underwear thing works for ya...

    • Cordelia: Are you all right, Wesley?
      Wesley: No. It's these pants. They tend to chafe one's...legs.

    • Cordelia: Are you working with Angel?
      Wesley: A lone wolf, such as myself, never works with anyone. I'm merely allowing Angel to assist me.
      Cordelia: Okay, wow.
      Wesley: I'm a Rogue Demon Hunter.
      Cordelia: Wow. What's a rogue demon?

    • Barney: If you're a vampire, why aren't you in your coffin?
      Angel: Coffin. I hate that stereotype. You're a demon and you don't know anything about vampires?
      Barney: Only what I learned from TV.
      Angel: (rather irritably) Vampires don't sleep in coffins. It's a misconception made popular by hack writers and ignorant media. In fact, you know, we can and do move around during the day, as long as we avoid direct sunlight. Got it?
      Barney: Gotten. Sorry didn't want to push any sore spots.

    • Wesley: You... butcher an innocent girl, will you? I'm going to thrash you within an inch of your life. And then, I'm going to take that inch.

    • Wesley: And that's why I became a Rogue Demon Hunter.
      Angel: You're a demon hunter?
      Wesley: Rogue Demon Hunter, yes.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Wesley says that he had two slayers under his supervision, one who is now in a coma and another who turned into a renengade. This is a reference to the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where he was supposed to be the Watcher for both Buffy and Faith. Faith was stabbed and put into a coma by Buffy, who later decided that she wasn't going to follow the Watchers Council guidelines anymore.

    • If you look closely at the auction audience, you can spot Machida among them (he was a demon killed by Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2, "Reptile Boy"). This is probably just a re-use of the costume, perhaps just as a cameo appearance.

    • Mac (Dominique Jennings) is the only Wolfram & Hart attorney that appeared this season that did not return for a later story.

    • Although still credited as a regular cast member, Glenn Quinn (Doyle) does not appear in this episode.


    • Barney: I don't think he's tracking me down to tell me I won Publisher's Clearing House.
      Barney is referring to the multimillion dollar Prize Patrol made famous by Ed McMahon.

    • Angel: Vampires don't sleep in coffins. It's a misconception made popular by hack writers and ignorant media. In fact, you know, we can and do move around during the day. As long as we avoid direct sunlight. Got it?
      Angel is refering to the many horror authors who portray vampires as sleeping in coffins during the day. Perhaps the most notable is Bram Stoker's novel Dracula in which the vampire sleeps in a coffin filled with his native soil.