Season 1 Episode 10

Parting Gifts

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • After Cordelia kisses Wesley he remarks that "it went considerably better than last time." Wesley is referring to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Graduation Day (2)" (3x22) in which Cordelia & Wesley share a very awkward kiss.

    • This episode marks the first on screen kiss between Cordelia and Angel.

    • The tattoo at the base of Charisma Carpenter's spine, is visible when she's making coffee at Angel's stove.

    • During the scene when Wesley confronts Angel, you can see that David Boreanaz couldn't hold back his laughing after slapping away the crossbow.

    • When Angel is startled by the demon in the bathhouse, he turns all the way around. Then the camera cuts to a new shot and Angel is still turning around.

    • When Angel is in his office with Barney his hands are either in his lap or steepled under his chin from shot to shot depending on which camera angle is used.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.