Angel

Season 1 Episode 6

Sense & Sensitivity

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 1999 on The WB
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Kate is forced to enroll in sensitivity awareness training with her fellow police officers. When she uncharacteristically breaks down and makes a scene at her father's retirement party, Angel begins to suspect that something unusual is happening. Kate and the rest of the force seem to be completely unable to control their emotions and focus on their jobs, and this distraction may turn deadly.moreless

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  • "Sense and Sensitivity" is another fun, fairly light hearted episode that also gets to the root of some pretty important issues.

    7.0
    This is in keeping with the previous episode which was mostly happy-go-lucky, yet had Cordelia near-suicide at the behest of a murderous ghost and equally murderous demons at the throat of Doyle. Here, the writers tackle another issue that becomes important once you hit the adult world beyond school: Sensitivity. But, what is it really? Is it important? To what extent is it appropriate and, how dangerous can its lax extremes be? These are some of the issues that face adults in the modern world every day, especially in the increasingly tolerance-freaked working world where there are still men who petition employees as sexual playmates and women who constitute any mention of a female part as sexual harassment.



    Seeing this subject tackled was kind of fun. The focus here lies in two characters: Angel, firstly; his rough, broody exterior is being found by his friends to be too insensitive. After hacking up a slimy demon he pretty much orders them to clean it up quite gruffly, gives little thanks and keeps tossing orders when they get back to the office. Cordelia is downright insulted by his lack of concern, and even Doyle seems a little hard-pressed to defend the dark avenger. It also seems to be eating into their social lives, and Cordy in particular feels unappreciated in proportion to what she's giving up. Then there's Kate, who is emotionally bottled and takes out her rage on criminals, but to measures found too extreme by her colleagues. We've seen a bit of her character up to this point; she's forthright, ruthless and gets the job done. But behind every trait is a story and an influence, and finding out Kate's story is one of the highlights of this episode.



    The plot kicks into gear when Angel helps Kate take down a mobster named Little Tony who is behind murders of several prominent police officers. Lee Mercer makes his first appearance as the Wolfram and Hart lawyer representing Tony, and is notably more chilling than in his later episodes. He's very entertaining and love-to-hate during his scene, and as a result of his intervention, the police precinct is ordered to undergo sensitivity training.



    In most shows, set ups like these are used like little gimmicks to have the characters acting wildly out of step with who they are for cheap comedy, but occasionally they can be done well. "Spin The Bottle" and this episode are both fine examples of character development and important lessons gained through what is, plainly, a gimmick. I'd like to say as well that I enjoy writer Tim Minear's offbeat sense of humour here, and having the trainer's 'talking stick' work as the object of demonic influence was madly inspired; the episode does work pretty well.



    The quality peak of this episode hits in Kate's dramatic breakdown at her father's retirement party. It was brought on by the sensitivity spell but comes from a very real place. Elisabeth Rohm does some fantastic work here, making the moment both heartbreaking and appropriately sympathetic without overplaying, and it's where all of Kate really comes to light. It's pretty simple: Her father was an emotional bottle and so she became one in turn. Allen, the trainer, hit the mark when he spoke to her in the class: "Your inappropriate sarcasm masks anger. And you know what anger is, Kate? - It's just fear. - Fear of being hurt. Fear of loss. You've been hurt, haven't you, Kate? And you're afraid of being hurt She reveals in her speech that she joined the force because it was all she knew; all her father could ever express after Kate's mother left them.



    Seeing Trevor Lockley, her father, before and after the party we can tell he does care for her and in some way wants to show it, but like her, is trapped beneath his own issues. When he tells Kate of her speech, "you make an idiot of yourselffar as I'm concerned, it never happened," he really means it. But we see that he still cares, as we find out in "The Prodigal", though the consequences also turn out direly. It left me to wonder that maybe if he were capable of being with her more up front he may not have taken to the demonic-criminal element to help his daughter financially, thus indirectly saving his own life and sparing Kate even more pain.



    As for Angel, we know his problems a little better; why he'd be reserved and what made him that way: Mostly his ex, although there is more to it and the series gets further into it later on. Angel's problem is not a lack of emotion or care like Cordelia would suggest; he's swirling in it with his loss of Buffy and guilt over his past sins. While a bit out of character in his coldness at some points in this episode, it's clear that his problem is his inability or unwillingness to express his emotions, overt or otherwise. His standing with his friends here reflects a lighter side of Trevor and Kate's relationship. Through the sensitivity-washing that affects him and the entire precinct, some very funny and decently well written comedy occurs, but more importantly we get answers:



    Sensitivity is the awareness of the feelings and motivations of those around you. It's quite important in a close relationship and needs to be carefully expressed, even though you may be discomforted by it; feeling something in your own heart is not enough, and refusing it open air can harm a relationship. Its appropriateness stretches not much further out past these close relationships and though the occasional dramatic gesture can be just what's needed, it probably should not be the norm if only for the sake of daily order. True sensitivity should not be practiced in the work place so much as respect and decency. And, taken to the extreme, sensitivity can override logic and rationale.



    In fact, it can even create a paradox: the super-sensitive Angel as well Kate and the cops are the embodiments of ignorance and self-involvement; Kate nearly gets killed because of effected-Angel's refusal to participate in violent action, a police officer releases all the dangerous criminals and a fight even breaks out amongst the officers. Notice they're doing all this because of their own altered and exaggerated feelings, not for any real or sane reason.



    What's best about this episode is how it shows the at-the-time new series' commitment to making even the smaller players in the game important and well-known to the viewers. BtVS had already done some of that of its own, and would continue doing it until its end. AtS starts proudly carrying the tradition even this season with Kate, Lindsey McDonald and Lilah Morgan, all of them supporting characters at most yet still given time to smooth into real people we know. One of the best scenes of "To Shanshu in LA" was so good because of how we knew Kate as Angel does. Likewise, the aforementioned "The Prodigal" would've been nothing it was without this episode's set up.



    It does have its problems, yes. Some of the transitions from drama to comedy were poorly handled and the material as a whole doesn't transcend greatness by any stretch, nor is the development as important what's occurred so far in the series. But, it's far from useless and the entertainment value is good on its own too, as I always welcome seeing Angel try to pull off the wearing of a hat.moreless
  • Sense and Sensitivity

    4.0
    Sense and sensitivity



    The Good;

    Very funny to watch the cops acting supersensitive but also affecting to see Kate's father and all his little putdowns of her and her emotive speech is a heartbreaker if there ever was one



    The Bad;

    Hard to put your finger on it but sometimes this ep feels almost too clever for it's own good



    Best line:

    Angel "My parents were great, tasted a lot like chicken" (and as we later learn he's not joking)



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Nasty the way little Tony keeps calling Kate a bitch



    Apocalypses: 4



    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; yep 3.

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; supersensitive cops rather than the macho LAPD we're used to seeing

    In disguise; 2. yep, Herb Saunders from Baltimore again

    DB get's his shirt off; 2

    Cordy's tatto;2

    We see it when she's breaking into the police station.



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 4

    Wes: 1



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 8

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 1

    Doyle; 1



    Kills:

    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. It looks like the thing that attacks Fred in Supersymmetry



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 1

    Angel: 1



    Alternate Fang Gang: supersensitive Angel

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 4



    Characters killed: one cop shot although we don't know if he dies?

    14



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    3, Angel, Doyle and Cordy



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 5,



    Packing heat; unlike the Sunnydale Scoobies Angel Investigations periodically resort to firearms, here Doyle with a shotgun

    Doyle; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 1?

    Angel: 1;Buffy



    Kinky dinky:

    Kate wants to picture Angel in his underwear. Kate observes the crush of Doyle on Cordy. One of the cops states that the stress of his job makes it impossible for him to make love to his wife. AI group hug.



    Captain Subtext;

    Kate's dad comments that its been so long since he's seen her with a guy he suspected she might be gay. Angel is once more referred to as a 'Nancy boy'. Angel calls CC 'precious'.



    Know the face, different character; 1



    Parking garages;

    2

    Guantanamo Bay; Kate's interrogation technique leaves a little something to be desired. Angel beats up another of WR&H's lackey. Trevor comments that in his day they didn't need sensitivity as anyone who read Elmore Leonard knows. Cordy's mum calls for her, one of the few references to her family in the series. Angel uses a mobile phone and night vision. Our first sight of WR&H's HQ and Lee. You've got to hand it to the sensitivity coach, he has a point about Kate and co. How lovely does Kate look in her dress? Rather similar to Dawn's in season 5?



    Questions and observations;

    Could have been great but just lacks that certain something? Nice to have Kate ask Angel for help and be the focus of the ep. First appearance of Lee. We're later told that WR&H 'own' the police but obviously not yet.

    Marks out of 10; 4/10

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  • GI Jill and the Drunken Morons

    4.8
    A completely sucky episode and the worst hour of Angel so far, Sense and Sensitivity is just plain embarassing to watch.



    Centering mostly around Kate, the episode has the LAPD being overcome by sensitivity after a mystic casts a spell.



    Elisabeth Rohm is awful in this episode, her GI Jill routine is just embarassing to listen to and she only really convinces when she finally tells her father what she really thinks of him.



    The Mafia subplot is also boring, the only interesting scene being when Angel goes undercover as Baltimore native Herb Saunders and wears a hilarious Hawaiian shirt.



    The scenes where the LAPD are overcome with sensitivity are pathetic to watch and the cops don't come off like they're over-sensitive, more like they're just all drunk.



    There's hardly anything else to say about this hour, it's just so bad. Avoid.



    Director: James A Contner

    Writer: Tim Minear

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  • There's always time to be considerate of others.

    8.1
    Well, the stated goal for the Powers That Be is to get Angel to forge connections in his life. I don't know if the Powers were the ones who led them into the sewer to slay that snake thing (maybe, maybe not -- if they did it's hard to track the significance of the slaying, what greater good it promoted, what greater evil it prevented -- or, as seems to be the nature, what oblique tangent it drew Angel toward in his personal development).



    But whatever took them down there -- it seemed, from Angel's attitude, to be cleanup on an earlier job that got botched somehow -- that he wasn't making these connections. That he was just doing the tasks that got presented to him and not caring about them very much.



    So we have the theme for the show, "Sense and Sensitivity," a light-hearted romp exploring the chaos in humnan relationships when those interpersonal boundaries come down and inappropriate emotions start getting shared.



    "Can you say 'clueless'?"



    Cordy's commentary at the cleanup scene with the not-entirely-slain snake demon is even more ironic than she doesn't realize. Doyle is fighting with the ominous tentacle just a few feet away, but even if she was paying attention to what was going on, she remains blissfully oblivious/indifferent to the fact that he wants her.



    Nope, Angel doesn't appreciate them beyond their immediate usefulness in cleanup jobs. I ... can't imagine anyone is paying Cordy enough to scrape demon guts off of herself, but who told her to wear something dryclean-only into a sewer to fight a demon in the *first* place?



    Kate Lockley isn't quite up to Kyra Sedgewick standards as an interrogator, but what she lacks in finesse she seems to make up for in tenacity. She probably needs that blunted lack of empathy to survive a life growing up with that emotionally absent father and her lack of strong mother figures.



    If the theme of the show is emotional distance, then naturally ...



    This really has got to be the lamest, least assured tactic W&H has. "We have to get a mob figure out of prison. Call in Allen Lloyd for a group hug!" Hard to picture him on their speed dial.



    The problem is that even if [i]some[/i] of the cops were infected with hyper-empathy, [i]most[/i] of them weren't. And there's no guarantee anyone's going to get out of prison in that situation.



    However, that //is// the situation we're presented with. After handling the talking stick (Cordy: "There's a stick that talks?") the cops are all chaotic, emotional misfires that can't even address a simple mugging ("You're really not listening to your mugger's feelings on this.") And the cop at the door when they went into lockdown: "It's always 'Find this,' 'Rescue that' with you people. See how *you* like it!"



    Wild.



    David Boreanaz got to do some seriously fun things in this episode. It's just incredible that Angel is ready, at the drop of a hat, to become "Herb Saunders from Baltimore." We did *not* get to see enough of him. And after handling the talking stick, that psychobabble he was spouting was just fun. He was horrified at having threatened physical violence against Allen Lloyd (meaning he probably didn't kill him. How *did* Angel get into his home? Oops.) ;) And he feels *judged* by Cordy and Doyle when he vamps out. :D He was worried about the vandalism in breaking into the police station, and his dialogue with Kate was just amusing throughout:



    Kate: "That gun really makes you come off as hostile."

    Angel: "Not to mention your body language."

    Kate: //after shooting someone in the head// "And how do you think that makes [i]me[/i] me

    feel?"

    Angel: "Anthony! You can be a rainbow. And not a 'pain'bow."

    Kate: "Some people just really need to live in the problem."



    Just ... mad, mad fun.



    Kate's honest reactions to Angel, with her own emotions so on the surface, were wonderful, although it's just as well they don't hook up, since Elizabeth Rohm is about to go to New York and long distance relationships are hard. :)



    It //is// too bad that everyone resolved to pretend nothing had ever happened. I'm guessing Kate and that guy at the next desk who'd been pining for her for two years could've maybe hooked up and been happy together.



    The emotional strength Kate was calling upon for her reactions was well anchored in her interactions with her father. Even after collaring a big-time mob figure, her dad buys her a drink and immediately lets her know that she's just going to screw it up somehow. And his assumption that she was gay was really sensitive on his part -- what a great dad :roll:



    And all of the stuff he put her through while he was grieving his late wife was just evil and wrong. I know people aren't Superman, and I know they can't always be there for everyone else when they've suffered a loss. But little Katie was so alone when her mother died, and her father couldn't be even a little bit comforting? That's so ... terrifically sad.



    And that curt dismissal at the end. Yee-ouch. Family relationships in the Joss'verse, huh?



    So no, ultimately, nothing really happened. The whammy wears off and everyone feels embarrassed. W&H loses a client through the client's own stupidity. Angel got a little more prominent on W&H's radar (not that he was completely unknown before -- killing Russell Winters kind of put them on notice). Angel's regard for his subordinates is tolerant at best. And we learn that emotions are dangerous, dangerous things and must be locked away and never acknowledged because otherwise we risk doing things that make us look foolish.



    But at least Angelus didn't pop out in a fit of drug-induced euphoria and then go away again for no reason whatsoever. Also, the absence of a crazy-making death shroud also sets this one above ... certain other later episodes.



    Not the best, but still "Angel," and therefore ... quite enjoyable. :)moreless
  • 'You know, Anthony, you can be a rainbow and not a pain-bow.'

    9.6
    ‘Sense & Sensitivity’ is the sixth episode of Angel and the first ‘comedy’. It succeeded with sharp and very fun dialog.



    Kate is back, she’s a badass cop who never has to pee and always gets what she wants. She asks Angel for help to catch a guy and they do, but he doesn’t do it the way she wanted and gets mad on Angel.



    Meanwhile Angel sends Doyle and Cordy on a mission, Cordy doesn’t like it and while she complains Doyle gets attacked ’Can you say, clueless’?. Cordy keeps complaining to Angel about him unappreciating them and that he doesn’t ever say thanks and stuff like that.



    But meanwhile, W&H aren’t happy with Kate and a guy named Lee talks with Tony who was captured by Kate and says that he will remove Kate.

    They make the cops have to take a sensitivity training, a man with a talking stick. Soon after that the cops begin to change dramatically, suddenly they are all completely sensitive.



    Kate then asks Angel on a date to her father goodbye party. Kate has become sensitive and begins to cry and gives a magnificent performance. Poor Katie, her father never said a word about a better place or called her beautiful (even though she is). Soon the other cops get sensitive too and begin to fight, Angel realised it’s not going well with it and decides to go to the person with the talking stick.



    Meanwhile Cordy and Doyle have to baby-sit Kate who has gone whacky, it was hilarious that she coupled Doyle and Cordy together which freaked out Cordy. And then she grabbed her gun and made them let her go.



    While all the cops get mad, Angel goes to the talking stick-man and touches it. While Doyle and Cordy wait for him at the police station, Angel arrives and instead of helping them he hugs them. He has gone mad or jus overly sensitive.



    Tony then escapes to kill Kate but Angel is right on time to protect her, he knocks out Tony because he felt unheard ‘You can be a rainbow and not a pain-bow’.



    This whole episode was a big adventure, Angel hugging his crew was brilliant and also Angel being sensitive is as must see. I also loved Kate once more, even though her father was a jackass and I hated the way he treated her. ‘Sense & Sensitivity’ ended up to be a great episode with great comedy which opens a door to comedy episodes on Angel.

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John Capodice

John Capodice

Little Tony Papazian

Guest Star

John Mahon

John Mahon

Trevor Lockley

Guest Star

Ron Marasco

Ron Marasco

Allen Lloyd

Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Angel: 8843 Hyperion way. The name "Hyperion" becomes very important in season two, starting with the episode "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been", which was also written by Tim Minear.

    • This marks the only time in the series that Angel has to use night-vision equipment.

    • Timecode 36:30. After climbing through the police station window, as Cordelia bends over, then straightens up, Charisma's tattoo can be seen.

    • When Kate gives the speech at her father's retirement party, she starts with no purse and her arms at her side, then she suddenly has a purse and one hand is on her hip.

    • When Kate sees her father at the station she is carrying books, but they subsequently disappear with no indication she put them down.

    • When Kate chases Spivey, he throws his bag on top of the car, but when the shot cuts back seconds later, the bag is gone. A little later it's back again.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Kate: I am not a bitch! I'm just protected!

    • Police officer: (to prisoner) I wanted to express my regret for having treated you so shabbily. So I composed a poem about it.

    • Doyle: Hey, excuse me. I need help.
      Police Officer: We're closed!
      Doyle: You're the police! You can't close!

    • Doyle: Cordelia thinks you're insensitive... which is ironic, considering the source.

    • Cordelia: What's her deal? To much, uh... (makes an odd gesture with her thumb toward her mouth)
      Doyle: Thumb sucking?
      Cordelia: Alcohol!
      Doyle: Don't look at me like that. I'm not the one who needs to brush up on her finger pantomime.

    • Cordelia: I'm so glad we came down here to watch Late Night with Creepy Cop Lady.

    • Cordelia: You've got pensive face.
      Angel: I've always got pensive face.
      Cordelia: Pensiv-er face.

    • Cordelia: Can we get you some coffee or Valium? Or both?
      Kate: He walked out on me. He just walked out.
      Cordelia: Oh! He'll be back.
      Kate: Not Angel. My father.
      Cordelia: Oh.
      Kate: I have to find him.
      Doyle: Maybe you should just hold off on that for the time being. Angel said we should wait here.
      Kate: I hear what you're saying, but I need to find my daddy now.
      Doyle: Detective Lockley, you're not exactly yourself at the moment. Why don't we all just...
      Kate: Help each other!
      Doyle: Right, by staying here together.
      Kate: Well, we could do that, but see I have this...
      Cordelia: Personal problem you're gonna share 'til dawn?
      Kate: ...gun. And I don't want to come off as insensitive, but if either one of you try and stop me I'll have to blow you the crap away because I'm gonna find my dad.

    • Tony: Oh, I've been wanting to see you again.
      Kate: I'm sure he'd say the same thing, but that gun really makes you come off as hostile.
      Angel: That and the body language. It's so closed.

    • Angel: He admitted it to me after I... threatened him with physical violence.

    • Kate: (to Angel) You have the most intense eyes. I see such an old soul.
      Doyle: He gets that a lot, you know.
      Kate: (to Angel) I thought that enigmatic thing was just an act to get women. The truth is, you don't have an insincere bone in your body, do you?

    • Kate: My best friend Joanne, her mom was soft, and she smelled like macaroni and cheese, and she'd pick me up on her lap and she would rock me. She said that she wanted to keep me herself. She said that I was good and sweet. Everybody said I was. Do you realize that you've never told me that I'm pretty? Not once in my life?

    • Doyle: So, you were right. Papasian's planning something.
      Angel: What did you hear?
      Doyle: Papasian's planning something.
      Angel: That's it?
      Doyle: Johnny Red says, quote, "Papasian's planning something."
      Angel: I thought he might be planning something.
      Doyle: See? You were right.
      (Cordelia looks at them confused)

    • Kate: After mom died, you stopped , you know? It was like you couldn't stand the sight of me. Her face, her eyes looking up at you. But big girls don't cry, right? You said, gone's gone, and there is no use wallowing. Worms and dirt and nothing, forever. Not one word about a better place. You couldn't even tell a scared little girl a beautiful lie.

    • Cordelia: Mmm-hmmm!
      Angel: What?
      Cordelia: Nothing! I just find it endlessly fascinating how your instincts are so highly attuned when it comes to boring old evil, but you have yet to make any mention of these new shoes.
      Angel: Look, Cordelia. Women's shoes... men... they just don't...
      Doyle: Great shoes! New?

    • Tony: If I'd known how bad you wanted me, I mighta let you catch me sooner.
      Kate: If I'd known how much you needed the exercise, I might've let you run a little longer.

    • Angel: Cordelia, you need to...
      Cordelia: No! I don't care what horrible thing is about to happen -- asteroids are hurtling towards Earth, unspeakable evil is rising in the San Fernando Valley, Jar Jar is getting his own talk show, whatever -- I don't want to hear about it. Not 'til you ask us how it went.
      Angel: ... call your mother back.

    • Angel: I'm a little reserved, it doesn't mean I don't care.
      Cordelia: It's like you don't have a pulse.
      Angel: Well... I don't.

    • Cordelia: It's time for you to get all vampy! Grr! Kate needs you!
      Angel: (with a sad look) I don't want to. You both withdraw when I go vamp. I feel you judge me.

    • Cordelia: Mr. and Mrs. Spock need to mind meld now.

    • Trevor Lockley: So, Angel, how long you been seeing Katie?
      Angel: We're, um, pretty new friends.
      Trevor Lockley: Well, good to see her out with a man. I was starting to wonder if she didn't lean in another direction altogether.
      (Kate sips drink nervously)

    • Trevor Lockley: In my day we didn't need any damn sensitivity.

    • Angel: My parents were great. Tasted a lot like chicken.

    • Angel: You know, Anthony, you can be a rainbow and not a pain-bow.

    • Kate: Look at Doyle. Really look at him. What do you really see?
      Cordelia: A bad double polyblend?
      Kate: That's defense, Cordelia. Maybe you should try to open your heart to a new possibility.
      Doyle: Hey, you know, she's starting to make some sen...
      Cordelia: Angel!

    • Cordelia: You know what I think? I think he uses his tortured, creature of the night status as a license to be rude and insensitive. Sure, he's polite to the helpless and the downtrodden. But he ignores the people who are close to him, the people who matter the most, you know? Can you say "clueless?"

    • Cordelia: All right, I'm here. What's the big emergency? These middle-of-the-night hours are really eating into my potential social life.

    • Cordelia: Does giant tentacle spew come out with dry cleaning?

    • Angel: Make sure you cut up all the limbs and both heads this time. Remember to bury the parts separately. I don't want this thing coming back to life again.
      Cordelia: That's it?
      Angel: I'm gonna go clean out the nest. I'll see you back at the office.
      Cordelia: Okay, am I wrong in thinking that a "Please" and "Thank you" is generally considered good form when requesting a dismemberment?
      Doyle: He appreciates us, in his own...unappreciative way.

    • Cordelia: Would you come on!
      Angel: What's the magic word?
      Cordelia: Ugh!
      Angel: No, I don't think "Ugh" is the magic word, if one would call it a word and even then certainly not a magic one.
      Cordelia: We don't have time for this.
      Angel: There's always time to be considerate of others, Cordelia.
      Cordelia: Oh please.
      Angel: See, wasn't so hard, now, was it?

    • Angel: Well, what's that old saw: picture your audience in their underwear.
      Kate: (giving Angel the once-over) Way ahead of you.

    • Angel: Uh, Cordelia, I wanted to, you know, thank you so much for going through those coroner reports, because I can imagine how not fun it is to read about, you know, coroner stuff.
      Cordelia: Lame.

    • Spivey: I heard it was suicide.
      Kate: Supervisor Caffrey shot himself?
      Spivey: It happens.
      Kate: In the back of the head. Wrapped himself in plastic and locked himself in the trunk of his car?
      Spivey: He'd been depressed.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Kate: Suddenly I'm Dr. Laura. Next thing you know I'll be talking about processing and my inner child. I'm sure I'll be back to my usual level of cynicism in no time.
      "Dr." Laura Schlessinger is the host of the nationally syndicated call-in radio show Dr. Laura. Also the author of several books, she is known for her outspoken fundamentalist views on such issues as premarital sex, homosexuality, and abortion. Dr. Laura arrived on television in the fall of 2000, but due to much negative campaigning for the show (led mostly by gay activists and the website StopDrLaura.com) the low-rated show was quickly cancelled in early 2001.

    • Title: Sense & Sensitivity
      The title is a pun off of Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility.

    • Cordelia: I'm so glad we came down to watch Late Night with creepy cop lady.
      A reference to Late Night with David Letterman or Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Both are late night talk shows that have aired on NBC after Jay Leno's show. In 1993 David Letterman started hosting the CBS show The Late Show with David Letterman and became the main rival to The Tonight show with Jay Leno while his NBC show was replaced with Conan's.

    • Lee Mercer: It means we'll shine a light in the darkest corners of this precinct and give the people a view of the brutality and callousness of this police force that will make Mark Fuhrman look like Gentle Ben.
      Mark Fuhrman was a police officer in the O.J. Simpson case. He was revealed to have rascist views by O.J.'s lawyers and was suggested that he may have planted evidence. Gentle Ben was the star of his own tv show and was a tame and much beloved bear in the series.

    • Cordelia: I don't care what horrible thing's about to happen. Asteroids are hurtling towards earth. Unspeakable evil is rising in the San Fernando Valley. Jar Jar is getting his own talk show.
      This is several references in one:
      •Asteroids hurtling towards earth refer to the fact that in 1998 there were two movies released with the basic plot of an asteroid hurtling towards the earth that is big enough to destroy all life on earth. The movies were Armageddon and Deep Impact.
      •The evil rising in San Fernando Valley is probably a small rib to the fact Charisma was on the television series Malibu Shores which was set in the San Fernando Valley.
      •Jar Jar is the name of a character from Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace. He is widely considered to be the most annoying thing ever conceived.

    • Kate: Where's Little Tony?
      Spivey: Burbank, Stockholm, the planet Mongo.
      The planet Mongo was the home of Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon's arch-nemesis in the comics and various movies.

    • Cordelia: Mr. and Mrs. Spock need to Mind Meld now.
      Mr Spock is a character in the Star Trek universe. He has the ability to link or "meld" his mind with someone else in order to extract information. There is no Mrs. Spock.

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