Angel

Season 2 Episode 15

Reprise

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2001 on The WB
9.1
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Angel learns of the impending visit of one of Wolfram & Hart's demonic "Senior Partners," and he plans to use the visit to launch a kamikaze mission to the beast's home dimension to take on evil at its very source.

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  • Action overload!

    9.0
    REPRISE



    The Good;

    Hell of a shock when Darla makes the Angel/Darla shish kebab. Good scenes at WR&H and the Darla/Lindsey stuff is great.



    The Bad;

    How come Angel can sense Darla at the Hyperion but not when she's evesdropping on him and Denver?



    Best line:

    Lilah; "Stake the bitch!"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    One of the WR&H employees pulls their child out of daycare as a sacrifice? Killing the mom and her family is horrible! Kate's suicide attempt also ain't nice.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 17



    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; at the end Darla rips it off

    12



    Cordy's tattoo;4



    Cheap Angel;

    6



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 9

    Wes: 3



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 1



    Kills:

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 22 vamps, 31 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1 demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 5 vamps+ 2 demons.



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6



    Characters killed: Denver plus the family

    35



    Recurring characters killed; byebye Denver

    5;



    Total number of Angel Investigations: 3/1

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 10

    Wes; 1



    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Angel and Darla and how!

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 2; Buffy and Darla

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde



    Kinky dinky:

    The Claimac demons apparently 'raped' the villages of man in addition to laying them waste. Speaking of which Angel 'taking' Darla at the end is about as close to rape as you'll ever see from a heroic character on TV. Their foreplay is him chucking her through a glass door!



    Know the face, different character; 2



    Parking garages;

    5,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 14

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



    Questions and observations;

    Why no commentary on all these great eps? Why do people sacrifice goats? They're the nicest animals out but they always seem to be associated with evil. Must have been fun to have them on the set that day. David Fury of course is one of the sacrificers. First mention of Lilah's mum. Lorne doesn't like Lloyd Webber, not even 'Memory'? Wes and Virginia breaking up, awwwww! Cordy remarks she has no friends in LA, I guess she didn't keep up with the girls from 'Expecting' or 'She' (you'd think being knocked up against their will by a demonic entity and ending up in his breeding hot tub together would have bound them closer?). Darla with the glove rather reminds me of the old TV series Witchblade. Last appearance of Holland, not a nice guy but a great character. He's right of course, supernatural evil depends on human weakness. Poor Kate!

    Marks out of 10; 9/10, truly great

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  • Reprise

    10
    Reprise was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development and action, intrigue and humor. I was glad to see the Host tell Angel how it really is, and to see the rest of the gang going about their paths without Angel. I really enjoyed when Angel thought he was going to the home office, and found out that it is right here in everyday reality. This episode had a lot of character building as well as plot buulding. I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Angel tries to kill the Senior Partners.

    9.6
    After 3 somewhat pointless filler episodes, the ball finally gets rolling again with Reprise. Reprise is an excellent episode and probably one of the darkest in the entire series. Angel goes on a suicide mission, Cordelia is about to walk into a demon's trap, Wesley gets dumped and Kate attempts to kill herself. This episode is the beginning of the end of the magnificent Darla arc, which ends until S3 next episode. Reprise and Epiphany feel like a two parter as they're about finishing the season arc and getting the characters back on track.



    The story of a Senior Partner moving onto our plane of existence was excellent and W&H itself was finally hurt- as they've said before, their employees are expendable, so killing them isn't hindering them hugely. One complaint is that the Senior Partner went down pretty fast and didn't even attempt to fight, which is a bit weird. Darla finally made a reappearance in this episode, back to evil, conniving self. Her manipulation of Lindsey was well done- he's in love with her so her using this to keep safe and get a fresh supply of blood is a good idea on her behalf. I don't think she got enough screen time however and was hugely underused in this episode- they could have got rid of some of the Caritas scenes. However what we did see of her was brilliant as always. Her attempt to achieve power was interesting if not explained well- why would she want the ring? Anyway, despite only being in a handful of scenes, what we seen was excellent as always. The Cordy/Wesley scenes were good and Cordelia's character has evolved so much and it's very clear in this episode. She says she doesn't have any friends (she counts Wes and Gunn as family) and it doesn't seem to particularly bother her, a massive step up from the girl who's friend's opinions used to be everything to her. I was sad to see Virginia go. As far as I'm concerned she's a good character and has some great lines.



    Kate was shockingly likeable in this episode, thankfully seeing as most of this season she's been the Uber Bitca. Her getting fired was very sad- as she's said, a police officer is all she's ever been. Her breakdown was heartwrenching and her suicide bid shocking yet believable. Elisabeth Rohm was excellent in this episode.



    I felt sorry for Angel in this episode. He just doesn't care anymore and it's hard to watch our main character go on this self destruct mission. The montage of scenes at the end, before he sleeps with Darla, was excellent and really helped us feel what he was feeling as the music was so sad and beautiful.



    The final scene was a shocker. After sleeping with Darla, Angel wakes up gasping in pain while a storm brews outside. This entire scene is almost the exact same as the end of "Surprise" (BtVS 2.13), leading us to believe Angelus has returned. It was a good twist.



    Reprise is an excellent episode. It's sad, dark and exciting and a massive step up from the last 3 episodes. Definitely not to be missed.moreless
  • Welcome to the Home Office

    10
    This is an excellent episode. I love the interactions in this episode between Darla and Lindsey and he tries to protect her even though she doesn't need and is playing him in order to get what she wants. One of my favorite scenes is when Angel storms into the new Angel Investigations and demands for the book and Cordy tells him no but Wes stands up and tells him to take it and injures himself in the process. Then the moment of truth occurs when Angel breaks into Wolfram and Hart and then steals the ring so he can go to the home office, only to realize that the home office is earth and that evil is inescapable and unavoidable. When he has nothing left he finally turns to Darla in a moment of weakness and their passion and hate is so great to watch. At the end of the episode and Angels' soul hangs in the balance you kind of just want him to go evil.moreless
  • The Partners Are Coming! The Partners are Coming!

    9.5
    Reprise-Angel learns of the impending visit of one of Wolfram & Hart's demonic "Senior Partners," and he plans to use the visit to launch a kamikaze mission to the beast's home dimension to take on evil at its very source.



    The last episode of the Darla arc that raises up some impressive revelations. Angel is still driven by his passion to destroy Wolfarm and Hart and the upcoming meeting with the senior partners doesn't help. One thing that annoyed about this episode is they build up this reveal of one of the senior partners and we get a slight glimpse only to disappearance when Angel attacks it. It just sucks because we never get to see any of the senior partners for the rest of the series. Anyway, Darla's invovlment is mysterious and brings some shocking moments like killing the librarian from Angel's past and stealing the gaunlet. But her plan and purpose seems so vague throughout this hour besides the last 5 mintues. There are other amazing scenes like Angel walking into Welsey's office and just not' giving a damn. I just love these lines delievered:



    Cordelia: "I don't know what you are anymore."

    Angel: "I'm a vampire, look it up!"



    Kate gets fired by Internal Affairs and you feel kinda bad for her...only a bit, not like I'm gonna start to like her again. Brigid Bannagh makes her last appearence as Wesley's girlfriend and it never made sense why she just broke up with Wesley after only a few episodes. Sam Anderson gives a brilliant performance when he returns as Holland Manners and his elevator scene with Angel is excellent, also when Angel appears back in L.A. when he realizes that his living in hell. It's a really powerful statement as we see the world is hell because it can't exist without evil and when Angel realizes that, he knows he has nothing to fight for. But it only gets better from there how Darla appears at the hotel and Angel has sex with her! Completely unexpected and when Angel wakes up from it all, it looks like his about to lose his soul again! All and All, a superb episode that's one of the best episodes of the season!moreless
Brigid Brannagh

Brigid Brannagh

Virginia

Guest Star

David Fury

David Fury

First Worshipper

Guest Star

Thomas Kopache

Thomas Kopache

Denver

Guest Star

Christian Kane

Christian Kane

Lindsey

Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Denver is talking about the glove and hands Angel the book, it's the same Glove of Myneghon entry from the Buffy episode "Revelations," as is the prop they use. They've slightly altered the prop, removing the studs on the back of the hand and the spider-like claw.

    • The first three paragraphs of Lindsey's paper on the 75 year review simply repeat themselves.

    • When Angel barges into the new agency to grab a book, Cordy takes it away and gives him a phone book. He puts that back. But when Wesley instructs her to give him the book, she gives him a different book than the one he had choosen before. Either he doesn't notice, doesn't care, or someone goofed.

    • When Angel spots Darla with the black wig, he puts the holy water on her to reveal her vamp face, right? Well, if you look closely, you'll see that she was already in vamp mode before the water actually hits her face. This is definitely a goof because if she was already in vamp mode, the people standing right next to her would have noticed.

    • If you look closely, when Angel pulls the top off the bottle of holy water, a little spills on his hand. Shouldn't he be like "Ouch!"

    • Angel pulls Darla's dark wig off, but during the fight there's a brief shot in which you can see her wearing the wig.

    • In the previous episode Angel was shot 3 times in the abdomen. In this one, he was stabbed clean through by Darla. Yet, when he wakes up after that night of passion with Darla, none of those wounds are visible. We know Angel doesn't heal that fast.

    • Why didn't the shamans alert security when they sensed Darla? They alert security for Angel, but Darla was clearly there before he was. Does Lindsey control security single handedly?

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Holland: Something you're supposed to prevent. Now, what was that?
      Angel: The apocalypse.
      Holland: Yes, the apocalypse, of course. Another one of those. Well, it's true, we do have one scheduled. And I imagine if you were to prevent it you would save a great many people. Well, you should do that, then. Absolutely, I wasn't thinking. Of course, all those people you save from that apocalypse will then have the next one to look forward to, but hey, it's always something, isn't it?

    • Virginia: Creepy crawlies and scary monsters I can handle. But guns? Kinda makes it all a little too real, you know?
      Wesley: The gun was fired by a zombie, if it makes you feel any better.

    • Denver: To kill the Kleynach and get the ring, you need the glove.
      Angel: Okay, now you're making this up.

    • Denver: You know, you changed my life that day. I mean, a vampire comes into my place looking to kill a demon to save human beings? Well, I figured if something like that could happen there really must be good in the world.
      Angel: Right, so you never heard of this term before, "Home Office"?
      Denver: Hey, how'd that go, anyway? It was a Thesulac paranoia demon, if I recall.
      Angel: Yeah, I don't know. I think it killed everyone there.
      Denver: ...Oh. Well, the point is, you tried.
      Angel: Actually, I pretty much walked out and let the demon have the place and everyone in it.

    • Wesley: Clearly it's easier for the Sharps to cast us as con artists rather than accept the grim reality that Skilosh spawn nearly hatched full-grown out of their child's skull.
      Gunn: Gee, wonder why?

    • Holland: Welcome to the Home Office.
      Angel: This isn't...
      Holland: Oh, you know it is. You know that better than anyone. Things you've seen. Things you've -- well, done. You see, if there wasn't evil in every single one of them out there --why, they wouldn't be people. They'd all be angels.

    • Angel: Why fight?
      Holland: That's really the question you should be asking yourself, isn't it? See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We go on no matter what. Our firm has always been here... in one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And that, friend, is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us.

    • Angel: You're not gonna win.
      Holland: Well... no. Of course we aren't. We have no intention of doing anything so prosaic as "winning." (laughs)

    • Angel: You're...
      Holland: Holland Manners.
      Angel: ...not alive.
      Holland: Oh, no. I'm quite dead. Unfortunately my contract with Wolfram & Hart extends well beyond that.

    • Angel: Is it bad?
      The Host/Lorne: Oy. But I really can't divulge to you what I read in another being. But I can tell you what I overheard in the men's restroom.

    • Cordelia: (about Angel) I mean if it was anybody else I would just say 'get laid already!
      Wesley: Cordelia...
      Cordelia: (pacing) But, no, not him. One decent boff and he switches to evil psycho vamp. Which, in a way, would be better for everyone. Better for him because he'd get some, and better for us because then we could (makes a staking motion) stake him afterwards.

    • (Darla drives the sword through Denver and into Angel)
      Darla: That's right, Angelus, go towards the bleeding mortal, because that's smart.

    • Darla: You always have a shower when you come back from that place. I don't know why... you're never dirty.
      Lindsey: I'm always dirty.

    • Angel: You know... I've... Well, I really couldn't help but notice the goats. Yeah, a lot of goats. Goats, many. Those are goats, guys!

    • Denver: Do you realize what this Home Office probably is?
      Angel: I think I have a pretty good idea.
      Denver: Hell. Why the heck would you want to go to Hell?

    • Lindsey: Either we pass the review or we won't. You really think a few last-minute dark rites and rituals are going to make a difference now?
      Lilah: Everyone else seems to think so. I heard Henderson actually pulled her firstborn out of company day care to offer it up to... Brownnoser, my mother was right. I should have had children.

    • Lorne: Look, all these messy rites and rituals crashing all over town? They don't mean anything. Nervous children trying to score as many brownie points as they can before daddy gets home. I got news – Daddy? Not impressed.

    • The Host/Lorne: Almost anything that can manifest, in order to move in this dimension, can be killed. Kinda the downside to bein' here. That, and the so called musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    • The Host/Lorne: I think the general angst is not so much about the review, but more about the reviewer. And, let's just say it ain't Rex Reed.
      Angel: What is it?
      The Host/Lorne: It's evil... it's dark... it's merciless. Actually, now that I say it out loud, it sounds an awful lot like Rex, doesn't it?

    • Lilah: I dug up everything I could find on the last seventy-five year review. It's all in there. Makes the Christmas purge of '68 look like fun old times. Nearly half of mid-management was sacked. And Lindsey, they used real sacks.

    • Angel: In the larger sense, I really don't give a crap.
      Holland: Now, I don't think that's true. Be honest. You've got the tiniest bit of "give a crap" left.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Elisabeth Rohm (Kate Lockley), Gerry Becker (Nathan Reed) and Julie Benz (Darla) are all uncredited in this episode.

    • Music:
      Karaoke in Caritas -- "My Heart Doesn't Live Here Anymore" by Scott Nikoley & Jaime Dunlap

      In the elevator -- "Poolside" by Daniel Stein

      Karaoke in Caritas -- "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb

    • Tim Minear originally wanted this episode to end with Angel staking Darla after having sex with her and him saying: "Was it good for you?" However, Joss Whedon wasn't ready to let Julie Benz and her character go just yet.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Host/Lorne: That, and the so called musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber.


      Andrew Lloyd Webber is a well-known composer for musical theater. Many of his works have been nominated for/won various awards. Some of of his more well known compositions include Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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