Angel

Season 2 Episode 9

The Trial

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2000 on The WB
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  • Angel at the top of it's game

    9.0
    The Trial



    The Good;

    Love the valet and the trials, they're both excellent, the suprise ending is a killer, thankfully they left Juliet Landau's name out of the credits this time so it's a genuine shock.



    The Bad;

    Very little, terrific ep but Angel seems to be overwhelmed by the WR&H thugs very easily



    Best line:

    Lindsey; "How did you think this was going to end?"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The trials are almost akin to gorno, especially the key in the vat of Holy Water.



    Apocalypses: 4



    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; oh yeah!

    18



    In disguise; 7



    DB get's his shirt off; oh yeah!

    11



    Cordy's tattoo;3



    Cheap Angel;

    5



    Fang Gang in bondage: Angel chained up by the valet

    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; 1 vamp and 1 demon, 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:

    30



    Recurring characters killed; Darla dies for the 3rd time

    4;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn



    Angel Investigations shot;

    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:

    Darla has once more turned to prostitution to support herself.



    Captain Subtext;

    The eps so full he really doesn't have time to appear. Although Darla/Dru I suppose at the end.



    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;

    Oddly Holland believes in god whilst Darla wears a cross whilst tricking (she takes it off when she goes to find a vamp to sire her). Angelus comments that in Romania they know how to treat a creature of the night (Dracula?). Holtz mentioned for the first time. The dumb vamp Darla propositions says he was sired in 1992, by Lothos and co in the Buffy movie? Anne Rice mocked again. Why doesn't Angel sire Darla and then resoul her? He wonders what would happen if he sired someone when he had a soul, in 'Why we fight?' we find out. Jasmine referenced once more. Does JB really sing or is she voiced over? The valet is great, you really could see him as Jeeves, his little 'Use it wisely' speech at the end is reminiscent of Highlander. The actor recurs in a Dollhouse ep where he plays Beyonce's manager.

    One thing, Angel is owed a life restored by magical means. So why does he never call in that marker and try to bring back Doyle, Cordy, Fred etc?

    Marks out of 10; 9/10, Angel at the top of it's game.

  • The Trial

    10
    The Trial was a perfect and very classic episode of Angel. The episode was perfect because Angel went through Trials, like any Hero would, on a Hero's Quest. I also thought Darla or Julie Benz played human really well, and I see where she got her role for Rita in the tv show Dexter which was not on air until well after the series Angel was run and in syndication. I really enjoyed watching this episode which had lots of character development, action, intriuge, and surprise. I really enjoyed the ending, and it seemed very fitting. I can't wait to see what will happen next!!!!!!!
  • Angel goes on a quest for Darla's life.

    9.8
    The Trial is without a doubt, in the top 10 all time Angel episodes. Every single scene screamed with excellence and there is no single fault with it whatsoever. The twist at the end is still shocking no matter how many times I've seen it. The whole episode is built around Darla dying but when she does at the end, it's entirely unexpected and takes a while to sink in. Darla hits rock bottom in this episode: the evil law firm that brought her back from the dead and have been most of the reason why her mental state is deteriorating fast tell her she's dying of a syphilitic heart condition. She's so desperate to live and to be free of her humanity, she goes to a vampire bar and picks the biggest loser there to sire her. This really gives us insight to how scared she is of dying- to have this disease is the worst thing imaginable for her as she hasn't had to fear disease for 400 years. But as the episode goes on she begins to accept her fate- evident when Angel is told he has to die to save her and she screams "No!" suggesting she'd prefer to die than watch him die. At the end of the episode, she's finally accepted it and decided to let death take her when her time is up. Darla has evolved so much since her first appearance as a human- to face death and accept it when you've been living for 400 years is a tough thing to do but she does.

    Angel's quest to save her proves he does care about her on a deep level. Their connection is so deep that he sacrifices himself to save her- he doesn't die of coure but he's willing to. He feels that if Darla can achieve redemption, then maybe there's a chance he can too and by saving her, he's saving himself. Darla recognizes his feelings for her saying "No one's ever cared about like you have". Angel's anger when the man at the Trials refuses to heal Darla even though he passed is shocking. He's so broken that she's going to die- their relationship is so powerful. The Trials were a very unique way for Angel to win Darla's life. The first stage was a rather generic fight but the second stage is awesome. Watching Angel run across a floor of crucifixes and have to place his hand in holy water to get the key was intense. The set used was magnificent, giving off a holy, eerie vibe. The last stage was good also- the wall of stakes was a nice idea. Cordy, Wesley and Gunn weren't really central to this episode- a good thing as they don't really fit in to the Darla arc much and their role is sort of the same every episode: nag Angel about Darla. It does get tiresome after a while. The final scene is one of my favourite scenes of any TV show ever. Darla had finally accepted her death and at that pivotal moment, Lindsey burst in with armed guards who knock Angel out and Drusilla enters, turning Darla into a vampire. It's so shocking and gripping; it's near impossible to look away from the screen. Lindsey was annoying in this episode- I was glad Angel mocked him for loving Darla as he's blind to not see she has no interest in him. Drusilla was a welcome addition and the perfect vampire to kill Darla- it was an excellent idea to have her do it. Angel's face is so full of pain as he watches her die. It's an amazing twist. Also, the music in this scene is truly epic and flawless- it made that entire scene feel so much more intense and scary- especially when Drusilla bites Darla. It was standout.

    The Trial is an episode that will leave you stunned. It's without a doubt the best so far and it's virtually flawless. A true gem.
  • Angel undergoes a Trial to save Darla's life.

    9.4
    This episode is really well done and it makes you want for Darla to become a vampire again. The scene in the bar with the vampire she tries to get to turn her is hilarious. Angel's reaction to the news is really touching and watching him and Angel bond over caring for Darla was sweet. During the trial Angel was prepared to die for her, but her life just couldn't be saved. Then the end when Lindsey brought Drusilla in to 'save' Darla and Angel is forced to watch, this part is amazing.
    In addition to what goes on in this episode, a lot of different story lines are set up that don't come up for another season because Joss Whedon is a genius. Darla is given another chance at life that turns out to be Connor and Holtz is mentioned for the first time.
  • Trial By Death!

    9.1
    The Trial-Angel is still haunted by memories of his 150-year relationship with Darla and asks Gunn to help him track her down. He soon discovers, however, that he is faced with an impossible choice: watch her die from a terminal illness or "save" her by turning her once again into a soulless monster.

    Such a great episode that puts us back into the Darla Arc full force. You can't help but feel Darla this hour, she as a human she got killed by syphilis at an early age, then was forced to become a soulless creature for 400 years, to get killed and brought back as a human only to die again. It makes Angel's suffering seem stable in comparison. David and Julie continue to act so compassionately together, while rest of the main cast has some fun bashing Darla. Like Cordelia and Wesley delievering some funny lines like:

    Darla: "I played mind games...we both palyed mindgames."
    Cordelia: "Yeah, but you were a souless blood sucking demon, they're lawyers."

    and

    Wesley: "We well hit you on the head
    Cordelia: "With large objects."

    The ancient trial part of the episode was the best part with a great setting and some elaborate fighting. There are also some disturbing parts like the long hall with crosses on the floor and walls! Let's just say watching Angel going through that obstacle was brutal to watch and the holy water to top it all...OUCH! But it was so sad scene where the trial Overseer couldn't save Darla. Just Angel's reaction was so heartbreaking and David played it perfectly. The episode ends shockingly with Lindsey bringing in Drusilla to bite Darla and make her into a vampire again. It's an intense scene watching the Drusilla sire Darla and the denseless look Angel gives as he watches Darla die! You just can't wait to see what happens next! All and All, a top-notch episode which sets up greatly of probably the best episode of Angel's run.
  • Druscilla turns Darla.

    9.5
    Angel tries to save Darla from mortal death by taking on 3 challenges. While he succeeds, unfortunately the reprieve is unsuccessful since there seems to be a rule that a person can only be brought back as a mortal mystically one time and W&H already did this.

    Angel vows to stay with Darla through the end and Darla seems to be ready to face her death as a mortal having seen what Angel was willing to give up to save her.

    It appears W&H had a backup plan and brought Druscilla back to turn Darla. Sets up for some pretty interesting episodes to come.
  • Angel is determined to save Darla from her fate.

    9.6
    Death is inevitable for every human being. For the first Darla escaped death (paradoxically) when she was turned into a vampire, the second time when she was brought back by Wolfram & Hart. Now she is in need of a third rescue as doctors declare she has only a few weeks to live.

    Angel becomes desperate to find another way to help her aside turning her back into a vampire what Darla is wishing for. He partakes in a mystical trial where his faith, courage, determination and compassion are tested. Angel passes the tests, but the forces can't restore Darla, because she has already had her second chance at life. During the trial, Darla gets to experience everything Angel goes through for her, Angel's pain, love, and caring, and it serves as a revelation that helps her accept the death she is facing. The episode ends in a heartbreaking scene, where Angel promises Darla won't have to be alone anymore, that he will be with her all the way. But Wolfram & Hart has other plans for Darla, and the episode ends in a most shocking note.
  • The Trial for Darla's Life

    7.5
    In an attempt to save Darla from the cancer that was killing her all those years ago before she was first sired, Angel seeks out a mystical test that will earn him her life back. And boy oh by does he get tested. A demon that it practicly impossible to beat because he is more or less vulnerable, holy water, crosses, stakes, and whole lotta hell. And for Darla, that part I don't get but okay. After he passes this test and earns her life he is told that because her life was altered once before by mystical forces that nothing can be done. She was already given a second chance, a second life. And though it is a second chance and Darla and Angel almost comes to grips with it Wolfram & Hart still have other things in mind, after all they were the one's that brought her back, and join forces with a new ally. Another Sunnydale alumni, to bring her back to their team.
  • This episode provides a nice follow up to ‘Darla’ and proves to be a pivotal episode for the rest of the season.

    9.7
    Another brilliant episode from season 2, in which we get to see Angel do what he does best: play the hero.
    His desire to save Darla from the disease that the human version of her was dying from all those years ago is truly heart warming. Although Angel has saved many damsels in distress in the past, this is the first time (though not the last) that we feel he is truly invested in the person he is trying to save.
    Wolfram and Hart. Their contribution in this episode indicates that perhaps they knew she would know all along even before they brought her back The fact that Hollad Manners so desperately wants Angel to turn Darla in order to get him to embrace their dark side shows that they don’t really seem to know Angel at all. However may be they do know Darla whose first actions upon hearing this news is to go out and try and get turned by a rather dumb vampire. Darla’s desperation shines through here so its very believable when she agrees to go with Angel.
    The scene with Lindsey and Angel is really well written. Both hate each other but are bounded by one thing- Darla. Lindsey is actually rather nice to Angel here showing how much he cares for her, a fact that Angel soon realises.
    Angel’s admission that Darla is in fact Darla leads to another wonderful Caritas moment, this time from Darla. Pretty much every character this season sings at Caritas and each brings something truly wonderful to the episode. Darla’s song is very sultry and sexy and fits the mood of the episode perfectly.
    Lorne then leads Angel and Darla to the heart of the episode, the Trials. Compeered by an English butler (random!) these trials are such fun to watch. My favourite has to be the second one where Angel must walk over crosses and dip his hand deep into Holy Water, all very graphic but such a powerful scene.
    The final trial has to be the strongest though with Angel accepting death for his sires life, even though he knows it may be better for the world to let her die. Its actions like these that catapult Angel towards achieving the Shanshu.

    Sadly though and because this is a Joss Whedon show, nothing is that simple and Darla is forced to accept her death in a truly tender moment with Angel. Unfortunately for the pair, again there is another twist is a truly shocking and explosive scene; Lindsey brings back Drusilla to sire Darla just as Darla was starting to find peace. Lindsey’s actions are mostly selfish here but it makes for some great tv!

    Wes, Gunn and Cordy take a backseat in this episode, they appear very little, foreshadowing for future episodes perhaps?

    Overall this is a wonderful episode, both well written and acted that ranks very highly in the season and series.
  • What do you do when a person can't be saved? Try anyway!

    9.9
    This was another one of the best of Season 2. Angel tracks down Darla (thanks to Gunn) and soon finds her in a dive bar trying to get "made" by a nerdy vamp. After berating her for her behavior, Angel finds out she is dying. He doesnt want to accept this, since W&H is behind it all. He soon finds out that it is, indeed, true. He takes Darla to Caritas and the host hears her sing (good song!) and tells Angel of a way he might be able to save her. Angel is desperate and will do anything, as we soon find out. He goes through the Trials, and in the end is willing to die to save her. This should be enough, right?? Well, turns out since Darla was brought back to life once already, all bets are off. In the end, Angel is almost willing to turn her himself but she (Surprise!) talks him out of it because she has seen how much Angel cares by what he has already done. This was perhaps one of the sweetest moments I have seen so far with these two...and then....Enter Lindsey with (dum dum DUM!) Drusilla. Dru ends up turning Darla as a helpless Angel looks on.
  • Darla wants her groove back.

    8.5
    I Didnt think much of this episode the first time i saw it but it is now one of the best episodes of season 2, the ending is what makes the episode and brings back Drusilla making it that much more shocking. It also shows how far Angel will go for Darla.
  • human darla goes byebye

    10
    the episode that made me love darla and fell bad for her and what angel did to try to keep her alive. darla learns that she is dying from syfilles so she wants to become a vampire but angel promises her life and he goes into some trails to give her a new life

    angel is a hero and he manages to pass all the tests to find out that she has a second life and is dying so there is no other way than to turn her into a vampire but then its to late darla says that she gets it now and that she was meant to die like she was meant to at first. the episode that sad and the end just makes you cry
  • Truly a great episode that foreshadows Jasmine.

    9.8
    OK, where to start. This episode was FANTASTIC. I LOVED the fact that Jasmine was actually planned when this episode was written. Proof? Darla sits outside the hotel and picks up a jasmine flower. Drusilla's entrance was brilliant shocking and having not seen season 2 before I was so upset to watch the good darla being taken away, just when she was coming to terms with humanity. Even though there wasn't a lot of the other characters in this episode (Cordy etc.) it was still bloody brilliant. This was pure quality. Angel style. Did I mention that this episode rocked?!
  • Whose life is it anyway?...

    9.8
    Season 2, at this point, had been an interesting ride. The new digs, the return of Lilah, and so on. It was at this point that the season, and the show, kicked into much higher gear. The Darla scenario was getting more serious(and deadlier), and Angel showed that he was still completely into Darla and saving her. This storyline and others showcase how much stronger season 2 was than season one. This season had a much clearer narrative and purpose, whereas season 1 was just moving along and trying to find it's identity. It's purpose. Same can be said about Angel himself. It's no big suprise to say that season 2 was a lot darker and more intense than all of season 1. And it only gets bleaker from this episode on. This episode was the calm before the storm. Afterwards, the you know what hits the fan and has Angel descending into a mood that no one saw coming. And the ending?. Well, I touch on that a little bit later. But wow. One of the best endings of "Angel" ever. Ever!. I know no one saw that coming either. What we have here is a magnificent and beautifully touching episode that shows how much of a champion Angel is. And I promised myself I would never use the word "champion" since it gets used a lot during the course of the series!. Lol. Is Darla saved?. Does she get to live again?. Well, read on and find out...

    Darla receives word from Lindsey that she is dying and has only a couple months to live. Hoping to save her life, Darla sets out to find immortality once again.

    As if the Darla returning storyline wasn't a great idea to begin with, what the writers have done with it in this episode was another great twist. Not surprisingly, the great Tim Minear wrote this one along with the fantastic "Buffy" writer, Douglas Petrie. It wasn't enough that the newly brought back Darla would be a problem for Angel, but the reinstated human needed to have some serious problems of her own. That's the way it works in the Whedon universe. Through the flashbacks, we have learned that Darla was a prostitute who was dying when The Master turned her. We learn that she was dying of syphilis. Well, that has come back to haunt Darla. Since she was brought back as a human, she doesn't necessarily get to start anew. She picks up right where being human left her. Dying of syphilis. She only has a short time left. Lindsey, who has fallen for Darla, can't believe it, and neither can Angel. Lindsey even gets a lot of other doctors to confirm it. Darla is dying. Angel is conflicted with his feelings. Should he save her?. Why is he saving her?. Is Darla a good peson who can be trusted now that she is human?. We get more flashbacks in a time where Angel and Darla are running from vampire hunter Holz(and you know he will be an important figure in all of season 3). They take up refuge in a barn, and Darla knocks Angel out and takes off into the darkened night saving herself. And now here we are in the present time. Is Darla worth saving?. Could she possibly stick it to Angel again?. Angel obviously must believe in her because he does what he can to save her. His reasoning?. She never had a chance. She had a horrible life and was taken away at such a young age. She never had a chance to do anything or be anyone. Angel makes it his mission to make sure that Darla gets her chance. And maybe, in doing so, will set him off on his own path to redemption and the shanshu. But the price is high.

    The Host sends Angel off to go through a set of trials, hence the title, that has Angel getting there by jumping into an empty pool. Angel must go through and endure three different trials to save Darla's life. It's not pretty. As expected, he has to fight with some kind of demon. Taken care of. He has to run across a long hallway that is dotted, from top to bottom and sideays, with crosses. The last trial?. Death. Angel is placed in front of a whole wall of stakes, ready to pierce him and turn him to dust. He is ready to go through with it. But he lives. He proved that he is a true champion(there's that word again!)and faces death to save Darla. So, he lives. But Darla is not so lucky. When the man begins to heal Darla, he tells them that it is not possible since she has already been given a second chance. He cannot help her. All this for nothing. And Darla, having seen what Angel went through to save her, wants it stop, realizing that maybe this is just the way it is and that she will have to accept it. Other people have brought up some interesting comments about this. Why would Angel give up being human and be with Buffy, but will sacrifice himself to save Darla?. He wouldn't stay human because the world needs him. They need a cha...uh...hero. So why is he so willing to die for Darla?. What good would come from Darla being alive and human, and Angel dead?. Interesting.

    Lindsey has been becoming more and more interesting as time goes on. We know that he is definitley head over heels in love with Darla, and has been working against his emplyers here and there. As I mentioned before, he does not believe the reports from Wolfram & Heart that Darla is dying, and gets several other reports from doctors himself. It's clear that Lindsey wants to save Darla as much as Angel does, even though Angel kind of mocks him when he realizes that evil lawyer boy is in love with her. But Angel points out that Lindsey can't love Darla, like Angel, because he has no soul. Well, sorry Angel, but Lindsey is very much alive and human. His heart beats and his soul is in intact, even if he is somewhat evil. Lindsey's love goes so deep that he will do anything, like Angel, to save the dying blond one. Which brings us to the ending...

    In what has to be one of the best moments and endings of all time on "Angel", Angel and Darla are in her flea bag motel room adjusting themselves to the thought that Darla will die. All of a sudden, the door bursts open and Angel is taken down by Wolfram & Heart goons, and Lindsey waltzes in. Behind him, in breathtaking slow motion, walks in Drusilla. There have been many stomach dropping, jaw dropping moments on the show, and this one is just...wow. There are no proper words to perfectly describe the mesmerizing moment. Juliet Landau returns, for a brief moment anyway, as Drusilla. Darla is held and Drusilla bites deeply into her neck. The End.

    "The Trial" is an amazingly important and pivotal episode, and not just for the storyline going on in season 2. Things done, seen, and mentioned in this episode will go on to have further consequences down the line. Especially in the absolutely brilliant season three, which is the best season in my humble opinion. But the work here is just amazing. This episode is truly beautiful and perfect.
  • This episode is one of the biggest masterpieces. it's just beautiful. Angel wants everything to save Darla but at the end he realised he can't, the only way is y making her a vampire.

    10
    The Trial

    This episode is just woow, another very serious one which I love. I don't know why but it always reminds me of The Ring which was one heck of an episode. but this one is even better. the trials, god I loved those. I felt so heartbroken at the end of this episode. I felt so sad for the beautiful Darla. when Dru made her a vampire again while Angel watched it. I totally understand why he became to go to the evil side again. poor, poor Angel.

    cut to Cordy and Wesley worrying about Angel. when he comes out he turns out to be doing his laundry. he's very happy. he says he's sorry for putting them through that hard time about Darla. then comes Gunn and says he found Darla. they ask why he lied and he says because he thought they would nag and they leave without Cordy and Wes.
    cut to Darla putting her lipstick on. she doesn't like it and takes it off, then comes Lindsey and says she is hard to find.

    the credits start

    cut to Darla in the office, Holland comes in. he says to be thankful she is there but she didn't even have a choice. They give her some files because they thought she needed to know what is in them. she reads them and looks shocked, she asks Lindsey if he knew about that. cut to Angel and Gunn in the hotel. they don't find something new and that there is a lot of blood. Gunn finds a necklace with a cross so she might have been expecting Angel. cut to France, Darla and Angelus are running from a guy named Holtz(the key element of Season 3) Darla wants to have sex there but someone throws a stick in flames at them.

    cut to a bar, Darla is flirting with a vampire. she wants him to make her a vampire again but he's very dumb, she says to use her and all. she takes him back to an alley and says she will help him make her a vampire and when he is going to bite her Angel kills the vampire. Darla asks what the hell he is doing, he says he saved her. she doesn't need anyone to save her because she always picks the stupid ones. He was talking about saving her from herself. he wants her to give this life a chance, she says she doesn't have time. he says she does but then she says she is dying. she has only two or three months left.

    cut to the fire. Darla doesn't want to die like that and she hits him and hops on a horse. she says she hopes he will survive that, and if they do. they will meet again in Vienna. cut to Angel taking Darla to the office, Darla says Angel just doesn't want to believe. he tells the gang that W&H said she was dying over a couple of months. and he says if they could take care of her while he is gone and that she isn't a prisoner. he leaves. then Cordy and Wes say she is a prisoner and if she tries to escape they will hit her on the head with large objects.

    cut to Angel going to Lindsey, he invites him and in then Angel grabs Lindsey by the throat. Lindsey has information. he shows him medical reports from a lot of different doctors, they all say that she is dying of syphilis, if they could catch in it time but they are 400 years to late. Angel noticed that Lindsey is in love with Darla. Lindsey says that he would give Darla's only chance to survive but Angel says that if he did, she would kill Lindsey, that sounds fun but he won't because there has to be another cure and he will find it.

    cut to Darla outside, Cordy and Wes are still mad on Darla, then comes Angel in. he goes over to her and she realised it's true. she doesn't want to die but he says he knows a place where they can help her. cut to the karaoke bar. Darla starts to sing and Lorne reads it and he says there might be no way to save her. Angel really wants it so Lorne gives him an address to a place where he might have to take a plunge. Darla asks why he is going to do that, he looks at her and then takes a plunge.

    cut to Angel coming to a place where there is a man. he brings Darla in. he tells Angel that there will be three trials and if he completes them she will be made whole and if not. they will die. Angel has to take his shirt off and the man says that the first would be child's play, he has to walk through a door. but nobody has ever survive that. he disappears and a demon comes out. it starts to fight Angel but Angel cuts him into two, then demon falls on the ground and then Angel wants to continue but the door won't open. Darla can see everything. then Angel cuts the demon in two again and hangs each part in another place and then the door finally opens.

    cut to Angel's second. he has to walk through an anti-vampire place, he does that and he burns his feet and the falls on the ground. she gets to the other side but there aren’t any keys so he goes back and puts his hand in water, holy water and grabs the key, after screaming a lot he opens the door and arrives to a place where he gets grabbed. the man appears next to him. then some stakes come out the walls. he tells Angel that the only way for Darla to live is when Angel dies. If Angel doesn't do it she will die. the man likes Angel and asks why if the world needs him and without him in it she wouldn't survive long. he says she deserved a second chance and then to kill him, the stakes fall on him and Darla screams.

    cut to Darla, Angel appears next to him. The man doesn't almost believe it and he is proud. he accepted death. Then the man is going to give Darla's new life but then he realised she already is brought back. he says he can't help them. she is living her second chance. and then disappears. Angel cracks and goes inside, he starts destroying the entire place and Darla walks over to him, he is crying(I feel so bad for him).

    cut to the apartment. Darla and Angel. Angel still wants to help her. he wants to save her then by making her a vampire. she says no. she said she felt everything he is going through and just knowing how much someone cares about her is just enough. he says he will be always by her side up until she dies. she is scared and cries when Lindsey walks in, the grab Angel and then Dru comes in. They have Darla and Dru comes over to her and drains her blood and makes Darla drains hers while Angel keeps watching.
    black out

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    Best episode quotes:

    Cordelia: He's been in that cellar a loooong time.
    Wesley: I keep hearing a "chucka chucka" sound. What's he doing down there?
    Cordelia: How should I know? He barely says good morning and get me a glass of blood anymore.
    Wesley: I know. He's just so distraught about --
    Cordelia: Don't say Darla. I am sick and tired of hearing about Darla. If I hear the name Darla one more time. . . And he's not distraught, he's obsessed! And I thought you were going to be a man and talk to him about this.
    Wesley: I was a man. I said . . . things.
    Cordelia: Like what?
    Wesley: Like . . . did he prefer milk or sugar in his tea. It's how men talk about things in England.
    Cordelia: Shh! Listen. It stopped.
    Wesley: He's coming!
    Angel: Hi, guys. What's up?
    Cordelia: Nothing. - So, you were - doing your laundry?
    Angel: Yeah. There is an old washer and dryer in the cellar. Mmmm, don't you love it when they're still warm from the dryer? Wrinkle-free. Yeah, right, after you iron it for 15 minutes.
    Wesley: It's good to see you taking a domestic tack.
    Cordelia: Yeah, you seem all calm and homey. Are you on drugs?

    Angel: There’s nothing I can do but let go.
    Gunn: I found Darla! Wasn't easy. But you said keep lookin' and my wide-ranging knowledge of L.A.'s low rent motels finally paid off.
    Cordelia: You lied to us!
    Angel: I did; I know.
    Wesley: Why?
    Angel: I figured you'd nag.

    Gunn: What do you think they'll do if they find her?
    Angel: Let's get there first and not find out.

    Cordelia: Listen up, Mister, if you expect us to go with you on some wild goose chase then guess again! We're not going to enable you in your addiction!
    Wesley: Didn't we learn anything from the tea?!

    Lindsey: Thanks for coming in.
    Darla: Did I ever have a choice?
    Holland: Of course. - We would never force you to do anything against your will, Darla.
    Darla: It wasn't my will to be here in the first place. I never asked for this life.
    Holland: No. No one ever does. God doesn't give us a say in these matters.
    Darla: God wasn't the one who brought me back.

    Gunn: She ain't here, bro.
    Angel: No. But she was. And not long ago. Scent's still fresh. Lot of fear.
    Gunn: Don't envy that particular talent. Not based on what I'm gettin' with just my standard issue human smeller. Man. Not even for free cable TV, ya know what I'm sayin'?

    Angelus: I hate the French. We should go someplace like Romania.
    Darla: In Italy you said we should go someplace like France.
    Angelus: At least in Romania, they really know how to treat a creature of the night.
    Darla: You were craving rich food. That's what you said -- something French.

    Angelus: It's this man Holtz. How does he keep finding us?
    Darla: We stay in the best hotels. Order room service. Eat the waiters. People talk.

    Darla: How long have you been …
    Vampire: An eternal child of darkness? Since, uh, '92.
    Darla: Nineteen ninety two?
    Vampire: Hard to believe it's already "last century."
    Darla: And in all this - time you've never considered making yourself a - mate?
    Vampire: How do you mean?
    Darla: Well, isn't it true that some vampires choose a mortal, someone they can sire, someone who, too, can walk those lonely nights, hunting with them, feeding with them, joining with them?"
    Vampire: No! That'd just be weird.
    Darla: Weird? - It's mythic!
    Vampire: No, you been reading too much Anne Rice lately! You've got no idea how this thing works!
    Darla: Then teach me.
    Vampire: Oh, what, you want me to make you?
    Darla: Why do you think I came into this bar, for the snacks?
    Vampire: Sweetheart, in this bar, you are the snacks.
    Darla: I live nearby. We can go back to my place, you can do it there.
    Vampire: Y-you're serious about this. So what? I make you and then you'd be like my immortal babe?

    Darla: What the hell do you think you're doing?
    Angel: Saving you.
    Darla: I wasn't in any danger, Angelus. Believe me, I picked a stupid one. I always pick the stupid ones, didn't you know that? - I can take care of myself.
    Angel: I didn't mean from him. I was saving you from yourself.
    Darla: Who asked you?
    Angel: This isn't the answer.
    Darla: You don't even know what the question is. Why can't you leave me alone.
    Angel: You do this thing and I won't be able to leave you alone, don't you get that? I'll never be able to leave you alone. Next time it'll be you on the end of this stake. - I'm sorry, but I don't want that, not again.
    Darla: Don't worry. I wouldn't let it happen twice.
    Angel: Where are you going?
    Darla: Not back in there, everyone saw me leave with the Mullet. Try something on the westside, I guess.
    Angel: Another dive, another looser?"
    Darla: What do you care?
    Angel: This isn't you, Darla.
    Darla: You know, just because we had a thing for 150 years, don't presume you know me!
    Angel: So you really want to be made by some creep in some filthy alley?
    Darla: I wanted you to do it.
    Angel: That'll never happen.
    Darla: So I do what I have to do. Anyway, you were made in an alley, if I recall.
    Angel: That's not the point.
    Darla: Yeah, well, what is the point, Angelus?
    Angel: The point is, you were undead for 400 years, you've only been human again for a few months. Why not give it some time.
    Darla: I don't have time.
    Angel: You do. You've been given a second chance. Don't throw that away before you have the opportunity to...
    Darla: I'm dying.
    Angel: What?
    Darla: Yeah. And not some time. Not later. Now. Right now. They showed me the medical files, all the tests said the same thing: I have about two months left, three at the most. So, if you'll excuse me, I'm in sort of a hurry.

    Cordelia: You're, uh, planning on sleeping over?
    Darla: I'm dying.
    Cordelia: So, just for the one night, then.
    Wesley: Dying?
    Darla: He doesn't believe it.
    Wesley: Angel, what's going on?
    Angel: Wolfram and Hart showed her some medical files supposedly proving that she's only got a few months left to live.
    Cordelia: So maybe more than the one night.
    Wesley: And you believe it's some kind of trick.
    Angel: We're talking about Wolfram and Hart! Of course it's a trick. They're trying to play some kind of mind game.
    Wesley: To what end?
    Angel: I don't know, but we're not gonna take the bait.
    Darla: No, you just don't wanna believe it, that's all.
    Angel: I don't wanna believe anything from them.
    Wesley: It's true. They can't really be trusted.
    Darla: I don't trust them, but I know a thing or two about mind games. So do you. We played them together for over a century.
    Cordelia: Yes, but you were just soulless bloodsucking demons, they're lawyers.
    Angel: She's right. We were amateurs.
    Darla: And if you're wrong?
    Angel: I'm not. And I'm gonna prove it to you. Can you guys just watch over her for a while? I'll be back soon.
    Wesley: Of course.
    Cordelia: Don't worry about a thing.
    Angel: Thanks.
    Darla: You can't force me to stay here.
    Angel: You're not a prisoner.
    Darla: I've been hearing that a lot lately.
    Angel: Just give me a chance. - Okay?
    [Angel leaves]
    Cordelia: So, first up - you're a prisoner.
    Wesley: I'd have to concur with that, yes.
    Cordelia: See, you've got our friend - all - in knots.
    Wesley: Can't say we like you much.
    Cordelia: So, sorry about the dying, but if you try to escape - we will hit you.
    Wesley: On the head.
    Cordelia: With very large and heavy objects. - Okay?

    Angel: I might not be able to come in, Lindsey, but --
    Lindsey: Wipe your feet.
    Angel: What?
    Lindsey: Wipe your feet; you can come in.

    Lindsey: Looks like our Darla was a working girl in the New World. Syphilis is what she was dying from when she was human. Now she's human again. Kind of picking up where she left off. Of course, today something like that could be cleared up with a few antibiotics -- if you catch it soon enough. We're about a month and, what?, 400 years too late?

    Angel: Look at you. A few short months with her and you've gone all schoolboy. I was with her for 150 years.
    Lindsey: But you never loved her.
    Angel: I wasn't capable of it. And neither are you.
    Lindsey: Maybe not. But I'd save her if I could. You can . . . and you won't.

    Angel: If I were to do it, if I turned her, how long do you think before she hunted you down and had you for breakfast? Gotta say, I mean, that thought alone almost makes it worth it.

    Cordelia: I mean, not only is she putting his life at stake, but ours! I'm sorry, but after 400 hundred years of death and destruction, seems to me, you get voted off the island. Am I right?

    Host: Look, you're a big hunk of hero sandwich, you want to save the girl, and I can see why. But you're missing the crucial point here: things fall apart, not everything can be put back together, no matter how much you want it.

    Darla: I don't think this is right.
    Angel: He said I had to take the plunge.
    Darla: Into an empty pool?
    Angel: Sure, 'cause if you had water you get all wet and miss out on all the skull crushing.

    Angel: I'm either coming back with a cure or you're about to see something kinda funny.

    Angel: What happens if I don't complete the trials?
    Jeeves: She dies instantly. In the meantime, Darla, you can relax with an iced beverage in our antechamber.

    Angel: I'm thinking you've seen this play before. Give me something I can work with.
    Jeeves: I've never given information to a challenger before.
    Angel: How may of 'em asked?
    Jeeves: Well, in theory, the first test is child's play. Once that gate opens all you have to do is walk through it.
    Angel: That's it? What's the catch?
    Jeeves: Yes, well, that would be telling , wouldn't it?
    Angel: Okay, that's one. What's two and three?
    Jeeves: Oh, I really wouldn't know about the last tow tests, sir. I've never seen anyone survive the first one. - Best of luck.

    Darla: This how a guy like you gets his rocks off?
    Jeeves: I have no feelings about this contest one way or another, Miss. Do you?

    Jeeves: He's quite remarkable.
    Darla: Yes - he is.

    Angel: What is this?
    Jeeves: I think you know, sir.
    Angel: Stakes? You call this a test? The only way this can work is you kill me, huh?
    Jeeves: Exactly. You do understand - this third test has no catch, as you out it. Death is the final challenge. - We can't restore one life without taking another. You see? In order for Darla to live, you must die. I apologize for any discomfort this may be causing. I really - can't imagine the pain.
    Angel: How about we switch places and we won't have to, huh?
    Jeeves: Oh, my death wouldn't balance a thing, sir. Yours on the other hand...
    Angel: I die, Darla lives.
    Jeeves: Yes. I'm unaware of any deities the vampire worships, but if you'd like to pray now would be the time.
    Darla: Don't do this.
    Angel: What are you waiting for?
    Jeeves: For you, sir. I can't proceed without your permission. You've earned a choice. Accept your death so she may live or...
    Angel: Or what?!
    Jeeves: Leave. - Refuse the challenge and walk away. No one will stop you. Our doors are all open to you. You've done that yourself.
    Angel: What about Darla?
    Jeeves: Oh, she dies.
    Angel: No deal.
    Jeeves: I expected as much. A pity. I'm beginning to like you.
    Angel: Spare me.
    Jeeves: I'd very much like to. Do you mind if I ask you a question? - Isn't the world a better place with you in it? You can save so many people. It seems - she can barely save herself. You know better than anyone he world can be a very bad place. Take yourself out, put her in - how long will it be before she stumbles, before she falls?
    Angel: I don't know.
    Jeeves: No - you don't. Are you still ready to give her life when she can promise you - nothing?
    Angel: Yes.

    Jeeves: She's - she's been given new life once before - by supernatural means, yes?
    Darla: They brought me back.
    Angel: What are you saying?
    Jeeves: I can't help you.
    Angel: We had a bargain. She's earned a second chance.
    Jeeves: She's living her second chance. But you played the game magnificently. Perhaps you should have told us that she was brought to life - before this all started. I truly am sorry, sir. The fact of the matter is there is nothing I can do.

    Angel: Maybe it would be different. - We don't know. - Maybe, uh... because, you know, I have a soul - if-if I did bite you...
    Darla: No.
    Angel: We don't know what it would do to you.
    Darla: Angel, I've seen it now - everything you're going through, everything you've gone through. - I felt it. I felt how you care. The way no one's ever cared before - not for me. - That's all I need from you.
    Angel: That's not enough.
    Darla: It is.
    Angel: How could the powers allow you to be brought back and dangle a second chance and take it away like this?
    Darla: Maybe this is my second chance.
    Angel: To die?
    Darla: Yes. To die - the way I was supposed to die in the first place.
    Angel: I'm not gonna leave you every moment you have left - I'm gonna be by your side. - You're never gonna be alone again.

    Lindsey: How did you think this would end?

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    10
    This,in my opinion,is simplely the greatest episode of angel.
    what raises it above the other is the chemistry between angel and darla.we know he never loved her[but she loved him]. but, because she has a soul [the whole being human thing] he feels resonpsalbe for her and ,althought after she died for good after giving birth to conner i beleived he had lved her, at this time she was the helpless, and he was the helper, willing to do anything, including sacifercice himslef, to save her.this in my opinion was the main constand of angel [at least for the worst 2,3 seasons, which in my opinion were the best]. in the following episodes you can really see wath the events at the end of this episode [darla being resired] done to him. i believe this was julie benz[darla] best acting on angel, and as for david[angel],epsically in the coming episodes, wow. he produced the best acting talent i have seen since marclin brando in godfather1.
    This is worth 170 pounds sterling for this episde along [170pounds is the brittish price for all the brittish box sets]
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