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.
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
Hard to put your finger on it but sometimes this ep feels almost too clever for it's own good
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
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
We see it when she's breaking into the police station.
Fang Gang in bondage:
Fang gang knocked out:
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:
Alternate Fang Gang: supersensitive Angel
Characters killed: one cop shot although we don't know if he dies?
Total number of Angel Investigations:
3, Angel, Doyle and Cordy
Angel Investigations shot:
Packing heat; unlike the Sunnydale Scoobies Angel Investigations periodically resort to firearms, here Doyle with a shotgun
Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:
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.
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
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.
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!"
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
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. :)
‘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.
You can see one of the differences in Season 1 compared to the later seasons. Season 5 Angel would've know that it was something mystical going on within the first Act of the episode. He was still clueless throughout more then half of this episode. Obviously there are some people who are not in Kate's(the cop) fan club and I have to admit, I thought they would get rid of her sooner then they did. She was officially off the show in the Second Season (Epiphany). I have nothing against her but there was no need to have a REAL cop involved when Angel was supposed to be the police (mystical police). They already created a sub-culture with Wolfram & Hart as lawyers so they didn't need to include real world cops. I like this episode...all the crying and all the emotional breakthroughs that everyone was having was good comedy. This was one of the first officially goofy episodes of the series. "You want to hear about whiplash...I'll tell you about whiplash....I have EMOTIONAL whiplash!!!!"
the first comedy episode of the show and it was good but not fantastic
i think angel was funny as mr sinsible and cordelia and doyle had the best chemestry again but i did not like all the cop things in the episode or that bad guy who wanted to kill kate. the relationship of kate and angel was cute and i wish it would have been that way instead of making kate hate angel. very nice and funny episode
A con-man gets caught thanks to Angel (after a hilarious act) and Kate and the other cops are forced to undergo 'sensibility training' LOL. In the end, it was all a hoax and anyone who touches this enchanted stick turns all mushy and sensitive. Including Angel - which is an absolute crack up. He hugs Doyle and Cordy and gets all worked up about emotions and vandalism and all sorts. It is an absolute laugh hour. After which, when the con-man tries to escape and kill Kate because she caught him, he gets knocked out by Angel. After all that, Kate and Angel have an awkward moment. Angel leaves and then he sees a sad moment between Kate and her father. I really recommend watching this episode.
This episode was ok. It really didnt do anything to further any storylines. We did get a glimpse inside the Father/Daughter dynamic between Kate and her Dad. Seems her Dad kind of ignored her after her Mother died, and yeah she has issues about that. It seems that the only reason she became a cop is to please dear old Dad. Anyway, the sensitivity training class was pretty funny. Also the retirement party for Kates Dad was humorous with all of these burly type cops breaking down and talking about their feelings. It wasnt a strong episode though, but it did have a few funny moments. Angel in a Hawaiaan shirt was hilarious.
Fun words to learn and know: Angel: “You know, Anthony, you can be a rainbow and not a pain-bow.”
Dialogue to lose inside the sofa in Hell: Cordelia: “Mr. and Mrs. Spock need to mind meld now.”
I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed this episode upon re-watching it. I guess the reason for my initial feelings of apathy toward this episode was its focus on Kate, a character I don’t much care for. For that reason, I remembered it as being only mediocre, but it is, in fact, quite comical. The cop who’s bawling his little eyes out as Pop Lockley walks him out of the bar is particularly hysterical. The look on his face is absolutely priceless!
There were a couple of things I didn’t get. Firstly, why is Kate such a mega-bitka in the first session with the talking stick? This is behavior one might expect to see exhibited among insecure teenage boys; it’s atypical in the extreme to see a full grown, otherwise mature, woman conduct herself in such a juvenile manner. Behavior like this isn’t doing anything to win me over. Secondly, what’s with the Dr. Laura obsession? The people of the Buffyverse seem to be incapable of mentioning any other psychiatrist. I’ve got to say that, given her politics, I find this surprising, as, Cordelia aside, I don’t see the characters we know and love identifying with or finding enjoyment in listening to her spew her hate filled bile.
<sarcasm>Finally, I’m so relieved to know that I can rest assured, safe in the knowledge that fathers the world over are nothing more than vicious swine who care nothing for their children.</sarcasm> Was every member of the Jossverse writing staff emotionally abused by their father? I’m completely floored that we’ve never seen a loving father/child relationship portrayed on any of these shows. Instead we’re treated to helping after helping of bastardic behavior. *note: Not to worry boys and girls; I realize bastardic is a made up word.
Kate, our favorite "I am a rock, I am an island" police officer is forced to attend sensitivity training with the rest of her squad. With this so called training that is designed to help the officers deal with their brutality and emotions Angel and gang discover a plot by our friendly neighborhood evil law firm Wolfram & Hart designed to put some of their criminal clients back on the streets. And even though Angel does manage to sweep everything up nicely and save the day he also manages to get infected by the same sensitivity training that has infected every cop in Kate's precinct. It's actually pretty hilarious!
It's the most bizarre episode, but it's really fun to watch if you turn your brain to stun.
Basically, it mixes gangland bosses with the very special lawyering powers of Wolfram and Hart. Sensitivity training turns the police into little bunnies so attached to their emotions that they're writing poems to the criminals, and asking victims to feel their muggers' inner pain.
It doesn't move the series on in any way, but it does give us the chance for some very funny scenes, some great lines and Elisabeth Rohm doing a bit of a star turn, going from feisty, kick-ass cop, to gentler cop's daughter, to grief-stricken, unloved daughter, to naughtyish coquette to every place else. And Angel being so sensitive that he's not prepared to 'go vamp' in case Cordelia & Doyle judge him.
It takes the proverbial out of all those therapies that may or may not be worthwhile and certainly some of the guru-like stuff that is just so ridiculous.
Hilarious to watch and it's actually quite nice to see an Angel episode that isn't quite so dark as most of the others.
Sense and Sensitivity-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. The worst episode of the season so far, Sense and Sensitivity is just painful to watch. Elizabeth Rohm returns as Kate and is given some embarrasing material like acting like a drunk nut. Elizabeth tries her best with the material, but comes off forced when she's playing over emotional Kate. I mean her scene with her father was good, but from there she completely lost me. Also the rest of the episode has the whole police deparment acting like embarassing recks and freeing criminals. It just seems no one on set understood the meaning of "Overly sensitive", especially David Boreanaz whose performance as the overly sensitive Angel is poor and just looks embarrassed playing the part. Cordelia and Doyle are have the only good parts in the episode, especially when Cordelia pays Doyle no attention when his being attacked by a sewer monster. All and All, a dull episode with some bad performances and an embarrassing plot.
Sense and Senitivity is a fun, silly episode and whilst not the best, it's entertaining and humourous.
S&S gives us good insight into Kate's character. We've seen her a few times since Lonely Hearts but only to help Angel. This episode tells us of her relationship with her father and her inability to express her feelings. Her breakdown was sad and revealing- we learn that her mother is dead and that ever since, her father has been cold and unfeeling towards her. It's made all the worse at the end- instead of sitting down with her to discuss her feelings, he tells her she embarassed him and not to let it happen again. I don't much like Trevor Lockley and am quite glad he only had a minor role in the show. He deliberately set out to hurt and embarass Kate at times, questioning her sexuality in front of Angel.
David Boreanaz and Elisabeth Rohm stole the show this week, with their hilarious delivery of lines. This episode only got good at the bar scene, with Kate's breakdown. I liked Lee Mercer, the W&H lawyer. He was cold and calculating and ultimately more interesting that Lindsey.
S&S was a good episode with character development and some great lines. I enjoyed it thoroughly and whilst not distinctly memorable, the scene with Angel dressed up as a campy guy from Hawaii will stick with you.
Line of the episode:
Angel: You could be a rainbow and now a "pain"bow.
Sensitivity Coach: (to police officer) Is there something you've always wanted to ask your mother?
Kate: "Will you marry me"?
I'm really not much for the character of Kate, actually a lot less then I am for Cordelia. This episode though I thought was one of her better performances. Actually kind of related to her, which was kind of scary but good. I like relating to the characters but sadly one episode isn't going to change my mind on a character. Also liked going back to Angel's past. It was really great and sad to see how his life use to be like when he was alive. Also was laughing really hard after he touched the sensitivity stick. Overall a very great episode that actually got a tear from me, which doesn't happen too often. Which in my opinion shows great praise.
Sense & Sensitivity was a good episode of Angel. This episode gave us a more in depth look at Kate's character as she was subjected to Sensitivity training along with the whole police force. It was interesting and nice to learn more about her, and the relationship issues she has with her father. I'm sure some viewers could really relate to them. This episode wasn't the best, or particularly one of my favorites, however it does have a lot of plot building in it. We get to see more of the Wolfram & Hart Lawyers, and some supernatural action they conjured up for the police force. It was an interesting wrap up to the Little Tony story. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!!
Cordy and Doyle, but mainly Cordy, complain that Angel doesn't really appreciate them and is rather offhand. But did they like it when he became changed by the talking stick and wanted a group hug?
This was really a silly episode with just one or two highlights - the best being Angel in his Hawaiian shirt and hat chatting inanely to the mobsters just before flattening them.
This sensitivity thing was supposed to make people be nice to each other wasn't it? Or did I get this wrong. it degenerated into brwls in the precinct and Kate and Angel suddenly snapped out of it to shoot Tony. Confused.com that's me!
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