Winifred "Fred" Burkle
Numero Cinco has appeared in the background of several previous episodes at Wolfram & Hart, but this is the first time we hear him speak.
Why doesn't Wesley shoot at the demon's unprotected head?
Holland Manners' W&H business card reads "Attorney's at Law," with a misapplied apostrophe. I guess evil proof-readers cost too much.
Wesley: Angel, the church we're looking for is about a half mile...
(Angel does a screeching U-turn)
Spike: Always was a bit of a drama queen.
Spike: (about the Shanshu prophecy) It's a bedtime story to get vampires to play nice.
Spike: Hey Fred, did ya hear? Angel attacked the old mail guy!
Fred: Not number five! You didn't hurt him?
Angel: No! He attacked me!
Lorne: Fred, you're sorta like a woman.
Fred: That's not a compliment.
Angel: We are trying to kill it ,not pin it...... okay, pinning works.
Spike: Can't smoke, drink, diddle my willy. Doesn't leave much to do other than watching you blokes stumble around playing Agatha Christie.
Five: What can I say about a demon who killed the people that mattered most to me?
Angel: You can start by saying how you killed it back.
Five: You were going to drag me into your quest to find the Aztec warrior.
Angel: No I wasn't! I was going to give you some mail!
Angel: Hey, Wes, did you know that the devil built a robot?
Wesley: El Diablo Robotico. Why?
Angel: Nobody ever tells me anything.
Angel: I really hate this place!
Angel: The reason why I know this Aztec demon is not eating the hearts of heroes is... He didn't take mine. Am I honestly supposed to believe that it had no problem sticking a sword in my stomach but then decided, "Oh wait, his heart's not heroic enough?" Ha! I don't think so.
Wesley: I understand you're feeling rejected. But this Aztec warrior... it wants the hearts for sustenance. It wants it for the meat, not the metaphor.
Angel: What are you saying?
Gunn: As meat goes, your heart's a dried-up hunk of gnarly-ass beef jerky.
Angel: Yeah, but, stick a piece of wood in it, and I still die.
Lorne: Once the word spreads you beat up an innocent old man, well, the truly terrible will think twice before going toe-to-toe with our Avenging Angel.
Spike: Yes. The geriatric community will be soiling their nappies when they hear you're on the case. Bravo.
Angel: I'm just...I don't know, just feeling a bit...
Spike: Are you serious? Here you are, finally living a piece of the high life--new clothes, new cars, my old tumble fetching you tasty snacks--and what's your gripe? "I feel disconnected." You want to feel disconnected, try being a bloody ghost for a bit. Try bobbin' around with no touch or taste or smell. Not many fates worse than that, I'd wager. (Number 5 walks past with mail cart) Ok, maybe that.
Wesley: Remind me again how you ended up in the front seat?
Spike: I called shotgun.
Wesley: Oh. I thought we were doing a weapons check.
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Spike makes a comment to Angel about wishes being horses, and in "Not Fade Away", he says: "wishes happen to be horses today."
As a sign of honor, Luchadors do not remove their masks in public, unless they lose a match to another luchador for their mask.
The main musical theme of this episode is "Guero Canelo" by Calexico.
Last episode was Halloween and Dia de los muertos is on November 2nd, so this episode should take place 2 days after last episode.
As seen in Numero Cinco's flashback, he is approached by a lawyer from Wolfram & Hart and offered a job. The name of the man, as seen on the card, is Holland Manners.
Angel makes reference to the fake prophecy "The Father Will Kill The Son." Wesley doesn't remember because of the spell.
Although Lucha Libre (Free Wrestling) is an actual Mexican sport, the specific reference here is to El Santo, a real masked wrestler who starred as himself in films in which he took on cases ranging from simple kidnappings to re-animated mummies. In a weird way, "Angel" continues the local tradition.
This episode was originally going to be called 'Night of the Luchadors,' "Luchadors" translated to English means "fighters." Numero Cinco is spanish for 'Number Five,' which is what everyone seems to call him.
Gunn: Your Herbie Hancock here...
Likely a reference to the 1995 movie "Tommy Boy" starring Chris Farley. In the movie, Tommy confuses musician Herbie Hancock with John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence known for his large signature.
Gunn: Went a little Johnnie Cochran on you.
Gunn makes reference to the famous defense lawyer named Johnnie Cochran who has defended the likes of OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur to name a few.
Wesley: Yeah, remind me again how you ended up in the front seat.
Spike: Called shotgun, mate.
Spike is referring to the custom in which a person who first says "shotgun" claims the right to sit in the front seat of the car. This was originally used to refer to the person sitting next to the driver in stage coaches who was holding a shotgun and whose duty was to protect the coach from possible attackers.
Demon name: Tezcatcatl
The demon featured in this episode that everyone calls Tezcatcatl is probably based on the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, the god of night and material things. The rival of the sky god Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca was a trickster and a tempter.
Lorne: (to Fred) Oh, you're all woman. You're everywoman. You're Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman is a female super hero from the DC comic books who is often associated with empowered women. Joss Whedon was actually hired to write a script for a Wonder Woman movie but left the project when he and the studio disagreed about the direction the film should take.
Wesley: Nigh Invulnerable
When Wesley mentions that the Tezcatcatl is "nigh invulnerable" from eating the hearts, this is likely a reference to the comic book superhero "The Tick" who often referred to himself as "nigh invulnerable" and who was created by Ben Edlund. At the time this episode aired, Ben Edlund was a writer and producer on Angel.
Spike: Doesn't leave much to do other than watching blokes stumble around playing Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie was an author, who wrote crime novels with very many intrigues. They often had a very surprising ending.
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