Season 2 Episode 9

The Trial

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • In the final trial, when Angel is chained, there are manacles around his wrists. In some shots, it appears that the manacles are no longer on his left wrist, and Angel is just holding his arm up.

    • This is the first episode to mention the character of Holtz, who was a constant burden to Darla and Angelus in the 18th century.

    • On the first line of this episode, when Cordelia says, "Don't you think we should check on him?" her lips don't move.

    • Angel burns his right arm to fetch the key in the holy water--he uses the same hand to unlock the door, but the closeup shows him unlocking the door with his left hand.

    • When Gunn is showing Angel Darla's necklace, the way his hand's holding it is different in the two shots.

    • Drusilla cuts her chest with a fingernail to feed blood to Darla, but the cut appears a little bit above her fingernail.

    • As the third trial begins and Angel is chained, there is blood all over his mouth. In the next shot, it's gone.

    • When Angel bisects the demon during the trial, the stunt harness used is pretty obvious.

    • In the scene between Angel and The Host/Lorne, the Host gets handed the same drink twice in consecutive scenes.

  • Quotes

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

    • Lindsey: Does it really look like you need to throttle me for information?
      Angel: Need to?
      Lindsey: Yes, she's dying. Yes, those medical reports you saw are real. You want a second opinion, here. How about a third, hmm? How about a tenth?

    • (while Darla is singing)
      Angel: Aren't you supposed to be reading her?
      Lorne: I'm a channel surfer. 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 again, no matter how much you want it.

    • Darla: (to Angel) Just because we had a thing for 150 years don't presume you know me!

    • Cordelia: (Angel) barely says "Good morning and get me a glass of blood" anymore.

    • (talking to Darla)
      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, 'kay?

    • Angel: (about to jump into an empty pool) I'm either coming back with a cure.. or you're gonna see something kinda funny.

    • Jeeves: My apologies for any discomfort this may be causing. I really can't imagine the pain.
      Angel: (facing a wall of stakes) How about we switch places and you won't have to, huh?

    • Angel: I may not be able to come in, Lindsey...
      Lindsey: Wipe your feet.
      Angel: What?
      Lindsey: Wipe your feet. You can come in.

    • Cordelia: Hi. You're planning on sleeping over?
      Darla: I'm dying.
      Cordelia: So just for the one night then?

    • Cordelia: You lied to us.
      Angel: I did, I know.
      Wesley: Why?
      Angel: I figured you'd nag.

    • The Host/Lorne: You still testy from the last time?
      Angel: I don't know, when you sent me to that Swami who was dead and his imposter tried to kill me? Why would I be testy about that?

    • Angelus: This man Holtz, how does he keep finding us?
      Darla: Well, we stay in the best hotels, order room service, eat the waiters. People talk.

    • Angelus: This is outrageous. Don't these people know who we are?
      Darla: I think they do, which would explain the lynch mob.

    • Cordelia: 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: (about Wolfram & Hart) Yes, but you were just soulless bloodsucking demons. They're lawyers.
      Angel: (to Darla) She's right. We were amateurs.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lorne (The Host): Ground control to Major Tom, we may not be able to save this bird.
      "Ground control to Major Tom" was a line from the David Bowie song "Space Oddity."

    • Cordelia: It seems to me that after 400 years of death and destruction you get voted off the island.
      "Voted off the island" is an expression given birth by the CBS show Survivor. In this game show, contestants must live in the wild, often on an island, for an extended period of time, with the winner being the last person left on the island. Every episode someone is chosen to leave the game (and, thus, the island), and the contestants vote for which person should be removed.