Season 1 Episode 15

The Prodigal

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2000 on The WB

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  • Whedon's father


    The Good;

    Clever opening scene with Liam. Darla, yay! Her words about love infecting the heart always are just incredible. Some nice paralells with Kate and some nice comedy with the alarm system.

    The Bad;

    The head demon looks stupid and looks rather like the guy Cordy will save Gunn from in season 2

    Best line:

    Liam's dad; "I was never in your way boy" (the most tragic line in the whole of Angel AND Buffy!)

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Cordy sawing up the demon. Angelus slaughters Liam's family, even his little sister which we thankfully don't see.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 15,

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    In disguise; 3 no Angel but love Cordy as a blonde, only in Hollywood would that mean you could blend in.

    DB get's his shirt off;


    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel; 2

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 5

    Wes: 1

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 8

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 2

    Doyle; 1


    Cordy: 3 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel: 1 demon and 3 vamps for Angel so 11 vamps, 5 and 1/2 demons, 2 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Kate; 2 vamps for Kate making 3 in all

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 5

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed; Trevor Lockley


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    3, Angel and Cordy and Wes

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 6,

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 1

    Doyle; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Captain Subtext;

    Trevor asks if Angel is 'West Hollywood', the term for LA's famous gay district

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages; yep, that's how Angel gets into the police station


    Buffy characters on Angel; Darla

    7; Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Darla

    Questions and observations;

    All the scenes between Kate and her dad are heartbreaking but pale compared to the tragedy of Liam and his family. We find that Trevor Lockley does care about Kate, he's on the take partially to provide for her (which explains how she can set herself up as a supernatural version of The Punisher in season 6). It seems that Angel(us) got the idea for his name from his sister.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, the flashback scenes a lot better than the modern day stuff

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