Angel

Season 2 Episode 10

Reunion

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 19, 2000 on The WB
9.4
out of 10
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Drusilla has turned Darla back into a vampire, and Angel must catch them before she rises again and the two go back to their old ways. As he becomes more and more frantic, Angel begins to go off the deep end, and his staff worries that they are the only thing standing between Angel and real darkness.moreless

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  • Darla and Dru on the town

    8.0
    REUNION



    The Good;

    Darla and Dru make quite a pair whilst Angel does his Batman routine. Some nice humour from Lilah and like the way Angel is so consumed by his quest that he tries to ignore his mission sent by the PTBs. And the shock ending is a kick in head.



    The Bad;

    Why does Lilah want to hear police sirens, what are the LAPD going to do against Dru and Darla? Shouldn't Angel have saved Holland's wife at least?



    Best line:

    Lilah (to Lindsey, indicating dead Darla) "Think you got a shot with her now?" Why we love Lilah even though she's a total bitch.



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The scene in the shop with the murdered staff is horrifying



    Apocalypses: 4



    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 17



    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Lindsey (indicating the soon to be vamp Darla) "Can she hear us?"

    Darla "She's DEAD!"



    In disguise; 7



    DB get's his shirt off; 11



    Cordy's tattoo;3



    Cheap Angel;

    5



    Fang Gang in bondage: Angel in cuffs

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 9

    Wes: 3



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Kills:

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 18 vamps, 19 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 5 vamps+ 1 demon.



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6



    Characters killed: 16 including the shopgirls and the motorist

    30



    Recurring characters killed;

    4;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn



    Angel Investigations shot: no but Angel takes a gun away from a demon acolyte intent on suicide.

    Angel: 10



    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde



    Kinky dinky:

    Gunn comments that he's freaked out by the whole incest vibe of the grandaughter remaking the grandmother (as he was with his vamped sister). Dru wants Angel to 'Spank us til Tuesday, we promise to be bad if you do'!!!!!!



    Captain Subtext;

    Loved to have seen the Dru/neighbour scene. Once again Dru seems a very unusual vamp in some regards, more human than most. Dru appreciates Lilah's beauty. All of the Darla/Dru stuff



    Know the face, different character; 2



    Parking garages;

    5,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 13

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



    Questions and observations;

    Like the way it's Gunn who figures out the whole nursery angle, once again showing his brains. Weird seeing Darla in her shroud. Kate and Angel seem a team once more.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10, Angel on top form.

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  • Darla is back. And unfortunately, so is Dru.

    9.0
    A great episode.

    But boy, I can't stand Drusilla, actress which plays her sucks so much that is beyond suck.And that fake "English" accent... just horrible.I hope for her soon and "untimely" demise.

    Back to the episode.I find it great that Angel starts finally to act like the Angel and not some comical version of it, like he did in past episodes (hm, actually whole past season).

    This episode had much more serious tone than any other before and that's what is so good about it.

    Especially the ending, which made me give this episode whole 1

    point more, is beyond great, and it prepares us for many great episodes to come.moreless
  • Reunion

    10
    Reunion was a perfect and classic episode of Angel because it had a lot of character development and some important changes. I really enjoyed watching this episode becauce it combined drama with action and intrigue, while there was some humor in it as well. I think this episode definitely sets future events in motion and it was interesting to see how Angel handled Druscilla and Darla. It was also interesting to see behind the scenes at home of Wolfram & Hart's top lawyers. Darla and Druscilla were absolutely amazingly evil and it was fun to watch them on their spree. I also think the ending was shocking as Angel separated himself from those closest to him. I can't wait to watch what happens in the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Darla rises from the dead and together her and Dru set out to wreak havoc in the City of Angels.

    10
    Reunion is my absolute favourite episode of Angel. The first time I watched this episode, I was literally in awe. It made me feel so many things and they packed so much into 42 minutes. This episode will blow your mind. Darla is without a doubt my favourite character in any TV show ever. There are so many layers to her- this is what I love about this show. It's about demons and vampires and yet the characters are more realistic than most on TV. There are no stereotypical characters- each character is built as a basic type- funny, serious, evil, street and then so much is built around them that they're unique. Reunion is an episode of pure excellence- I've watched it over and over and it never gets boring. There are so many pivotal and memorable scenes from this episode- Darla waking up as a vampire, attacking Drusilla in the streets, the entire scene with the lawyers in the wine cellar. The stakes were so high- everything was so tense and each scene left you wanting more, so much so, that I was dreading the end because it'd be over. In my first watch, I tried to prolong Angel by watching a certain number a week. This was the first time I lost control- after this ended I simply HAD to see Redefinition. Reunion is a beautiful episode- the episode that solidified my love for this show.



    Darla is a character that changes so much- from seductress to mentally unstable to dying to being one of the most evil character's in this show- and all of this happened realistically. She is probably one of the most unique characters of the Buffyverse- no other character was even close to like her and she's pure TV gold and a joy to watch. A classic example is that when she woke up as a vampire, she didn't automatically run and feed like most vampires- she attacked her sire. Her human self had not fully left the building- she had chosen to die naturally and Drusilla had stolen that from her. The scene in the streets where she beats Drusilla up and asks "Why?" did she do this to her is such a memorable scene- it shows that she is not the same vampire she once was. When she finally does feed, she is back to classic Darla and here they could had her go after Angel to kill him- but what did she do? She slaughtered the W&H lawyers in the wine cellar for punishment of how they treated her when she was human. Darla is a character that I am very drawn to- Julie Benz just plays her to perfection, never hitting a flat note, always stealing the show.



    Drusilla was a much welcomed addition to this episode- she brings a new presence to the show. We know from BtVS exactly what Drusilla is like- evil and insane yet possessing a childlike quality. She is unique also and her and Darla were the best team Angel has ever seen. This episode was excellent without her but she added so much to it- terror and yet humour at the same time- she is very funny. Juliet Landau is always brilliant as her and her and Julie play off each other well- they have great chemistry.



    The main cast were not to be outdone however. David Boreanaz puts in an amazing performance. This is the episode where Angel went into his darkest place (outside Angelus) and David played him very realistically- we can see his decent into darkness very clearly and it's hard to watch him so much in the course of this episode. Charisma, Alexis and J. were great as well- they weren't a huge focus in the episode but they were needed definitely. I felt Charisma shone in the last scene particularly- her performance was heartfelt and real and we could see Cordelia desperate to stop her closest friend fall into this darkness.



    The W&H team (Lilah, Lindsey and Holland) were also excellent in this episode- I thought Christian Kane put in a better performance than usual. Lilah was fantastic to have back- her and Lindsey's relationship is interesing and it was great to see her return after 6 episodes. Holland was also very good here- suitably evil and it was with an amount of satisfaction that I watched Darla kill him with- he had played his part I think and it was time for him to go.



    Reunion is pure gold. It changed the series and was a defining moment of the Darla arc. I wish there was a score higher than 10- Reunion would have deserved it.moreless
  • "Run and catch..."

    10
    After being changed back to her former self, Darla and Drusilla decide to have a night out on the town... and blood is on the menu. Angel becomes obsessed with catching the two, disregarding others that need his help. Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn become increasingly worried about him, fearing he is becoming very close to the darkness.



    This was such an amazing episode. After the episode "Darla", I was beginning to like good Darla and I was really hoping Angel would save her. I still like good Darla, but I much prefer evil Darla. I'm also extremely happy that Drusilla is back. Her and Spike were my favourite "Big Bad" in season 2 of Buffy, so I'm enjoying her being back in Angel...still as crazy as ever!

    I'm really not liking Angel at the moment. He had some funny moments, but he was mostly just dark. And Not in the broody yet lovable normal Angel way, or the fun and crazy Angelus way, he was just plain dark. The events leading to the end of the episode really brought out the darkness in him. As for the ending...complete and utter darkness! It left me a little shocked.moreless
Stephanie Manglaras

Stephanie Manglaras

Landlord

Guest Star

Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker

Female Shopper

Guest Star

Katherine Ann McGregor

Katherine Ann McGregor

Catherine

Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau

Drusilla

Recurring Role

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Darla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Angel crashes through the window of Wolfram & Hart, we see no indication that this created any kind of pressure differential. All large buildings are pressurized; there should have been a very strong breeze throughout the entire scene in Lindsey's office. In addition to things blowing about, the doors to his office should have been quite difficult to open, and would have slammed shut almost immediately after being released.

    • During the monologue Angel gives, after Cordelia calls him General Custer there is a shot of Gunn where you see Cordelia screen left talking, but there is no sound.

    • Darla's vampire face is different than the one she had in Buffy the Vampire Slayer before Angel killed her. It seems logical that the face should be the same since she is the same person. Likely this was simply due to the fact that there was a different effects crew on Angel.

    • After Kate takes Angel's handcuffs off in the cop car, he opens the door and walks away. Real cop cars have a child lock so people in the backseat cannot leave under their own steam. The cop has to open the door for them from the outside.

    • When Angel pulls the sheet off Darla's face, her eyelids flutter, and a pulse is visible in her throat. Also, when Drusilla and Angel begin to fight, the sheet is back over Darla's face.

    • When Angel spins his car around after Cordelia has a vision, you can see that Cordelia is a mannequin and the rest are stuntmen.

    • Given that most "newborn" vampires we've seen rise after being buried, it's a safe bet that the process usually takes more than 24 hours. While it's possible that it varies from victim to victim, there's no way Angel could have known for a fact that Darla would rise before sunrise the next day.

    • When Darla first sits up after awakening, her hair is disheveled and dirty, and her dress is covered in dirt. When she attacks Angel moments later, it looks like she took a little time to straighten herself up after rising - her hair is mostly straightened, with no dirt in it, and her dress looks as though it's been thoroughly brushed off, leaving only a few small stains.

    • Aren't newly sired vampires supposed to be pretty weak before their first feed? How did Darla hold Angel by the throat and lift him off the ground right after she rose?

    • When Angel spins his car around after Cordy's vision, you can see the skidmarks from previous unused takes.

    • A common movie/TV shooting practice causes one goof: the convertible has no rear view mirror. Typically directors remove it because it interferes with shooting people in the front seat.

    • When Angel is sprawled on the couch, the position of his hand varies from shot to shot: at one angle it's in a fist and on the arm, in another it's spread out and hanging over the edge, and then back again.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Darla: All I'm sensing right now is big, stinky fear. (walks toward Lindsey) But not from you. Do you know what I'm getting from you, Lindsey? Nothing. Why aren't you afraid?
      Lindsey: I don't know.
      Darla: You could die here. Chances are you will.
      Lindsey: Yeah.
      Darla: And you don't care?
      Lindsey: I care. I guess I just don't mind.

    • Drusilla: I saw you coming, my lovely. The moon showed me. It told me to come into the 20th century.
      Angel: It's the 21st century, Dru.
      Drusilla: Hmm... I'm still lagging.

    • Wesley: Angel, are you certain about this? A burial isn't necessary for a newly made vampire.
      Angel: It would be for Drusilla. She's a classicist.
      Cordelia: She's a loony.
      Angel: Forget mausoleums. Stick with cemeteries, something with a view of the night sky.
      Cordelia: So, just outside cemeteries, then?

    • Drusilla: You have beautiful skin.
      Lilah: I moisturize.
      Drusilla: That was very thoughtful of you.

    • Drusilla: Oh. I'm ringing. - Do you hear it? I'm ringing - all - over! (Darla grabs the phone) Oh, yeah. I forgot about that.

    • Lindsey: Can she hear you?
      Drusilla: She's dead.

    • Angel: We've got to find Darla.
      (Angel looks in cabinet)
      Gunn: She probably ain't in there.

    • Lilah: For God's sake help us.
      Holland: Angel, please. People are going to die.
      Angel: And yet, somehow, I just can't seem to care. (Angel closes the wine cellar doors.)
      Drusilla: ...Daddy.

    • Drusilla: It's not daddy. It's never daddy. Sss! It's the Angel-beast.
      Darla: Come to punish us?
      Drusilla: Yeah. Yeah. Spank us till Tuesday. Rrr! We promise to be bad if you do.

    • Angel: I can crush the life out of you before they lift a finger.
      Holland: I'm sure you can, just as sure as I am that you won't.
      Angel: Won't I?
      Holland: You don't kill humans.
      Angel: You don't qualify.

    • Wesley: And you - just walked away?
      Angel: No, I walked to my car and then I drove away.

    • Wesley: The three of us are the only things standing between you and real darkness.
      Gunn: You best believe that, man.
      Angel: I do... you're all fired.

    • Wesley: (Darla's) dead already, and come nightfall she will rise again.
      Angel: (pulling out a stake) No she won't, I can save her from that.

    • Darla: Dru, honey, in our new digs, we have to put in a people cellar.

    • Angel: You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die, innocent people.
      Holland: And yet, I just can't seem to care.

    • Angel: I'd be careful who you offer your hand to, Mr. Manners. You might just lose it. Isn't that right, Lindsey?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Gunn: You had me at "Everyone Gear Up."
      In Cameron Crowe's 1996 film, Jerry Maguire, the title character (played by Tom Cruise), attempts to reunite with his estranged wife at the end and upon finding her, launches into a weepy speech about how sorry he is and how much he loves her, before she even has a chance to talk. When he's finished, she responds with "You had me at 'Hello,'" a line which has since become a bit of pop culture, and even inspired a country song.

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