Season 2 Episode 22

There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 22, 2001 on The WB
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With the help of a strange girl from L.A. named Fred, Angel struggles with the inner beast that Pylea brings out in him. Cordelia learns that her role as princess involves mating with a demon, and Wesley and Gunn band with rebel forces to overthrow the government and Her Majesty. The gang must solve the problems of an entire world, and still manage to find a way back to their own.moreless

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  • Bacl to LA


    The Good;

    The basket scene alone makes this wonderful. All told it's pretty good stuff though, a revolution in three eps.

    The Bad;

    It seems rather contrite that the entire world of Pylea is ruled by this small band of priests and their tiny army.

    Best line:

    Wes; "Why do people keep putting me in charge of things?"

    Gunn; (exasperated) "I have NO idea!". In many ways Gunn is the straight man of Angel Investigations, constantly staggered at the rest of the gangs grand notions.

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Severed Lorne's head, Pylea has a 'mutilation chamber'? Everyone keeps spitting on poor Lorne. The Groo sets his own hand on fire to intinidate Angel before they fight. He feels pain but just overcomes it!

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; Lovely heart to heart between Wes and Angel over the fireside but we later learn that Wes doesn't necessarily believe it, he just needs Angel to.

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tattoo; 6,

    Cheap Angel; 7

    Fang Gang in bondage: Angel by Groo

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 10

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Angel after the fight in the cave

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 13

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 1

    Kills: 3 demons for Angel, 3 for Wes, 2 for Gunn and 1 for Cordy

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 2 demons

    Angel; 26 vamps, 38 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 6 demons

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 7 vamps+ 4 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 3

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 2; Buffy and Darla

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Kinky dinky:

    Cordy touches the Groo 'by accident' in the dark. She refers to Groo and her on their wedding night having a 'shared burden lifting' but denies that she has much experience. She doesn't like the idea of Com-shukking in front of the priests. The priests tell Groo that if Angel should win he will ravage and defile Cordy again and again until she has no more screaming in her.

    Captain Subtext;

    Do the Covenant represent the Taliban? Check out the slave-girls expression when Cordy orders her to strip naked. Also check out that Lorne's eyes flicker open to watch. Lorne observes that Groo works out when Cordy rubs him up against him. When Cordy tells Groo she loves him Angel is a little afronted that she doesn't say she loves him too. Gunn's speech at the end neatly sums up post American Civil War history.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony

    Questions and observations;

    To judge by his remarks when he and Wes are going to be executed Gunn is a Christian who believes when he dies he'll go to Jesus. CC can scream like a Classic Dr Who companion (as can Dawn, see Shadow). Angel doesn't snore. In demon form he rather resembles the Incredible Hulk. Lorne doesn't have 5 toes on each foot although we don't know how many he does have. Wes is faced with the General's classic dilemma of having to sacrifice some of his men for the greater good. How do they get Angel's car out of Caritas? Willow at the end is heartbreaking, how much can Alysson Hannigan emote with just her expression?

    Marks out of 10; 8/10 good end to an enjoyable arc but you're keen to get back to LA.

  • Pylea and Plrtz Glrb

    While still trapped and divided in Lorne's home dimension of Pylea the gang struggles with the problems that this strange world creates for them. The best within Angel, the vampire in him, is magnified in this world and is very hard for him to control even more so then in his world. Gunn and Wesley work to try and free Cordelia from a potentially very dangerous situation, though she is queen the strange rulers of Pylea seem to be a lot more evil then one would think. And Pylea may be more then it seems, having a very surprising connection to our favorite evil law firm Wolfram & Hart. With the help of Fred, a young woman who had been trapped in Pylea for years, the gang does manage to get home safely and all in one piece. Even Lorne! However, they come home to a old friend with some very sad news.moreless
  • The Mystic Knights of Headless Lorne

    There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb-With the help of a strange girl from L.A. named Fred, Angel struggles with the inner beast that Pylea brings out in him. Cordelia learns that her role as princess involves mating with a demon, and Wesley and Gunn band with rebel forces to overthrow the government and Her Majesty. The gang must solve the problems of an entire world, and still manage to find a way back to their own.

    A good ending to the Pylea arc and a nice look back on how far the characters how come this season. Our heroes are still seperated and have to band together to stop the demonis preists who are getting unpatient with their new ruler. I have to say Lorne's alive head made for some priceless moments like everyone's reaction to him being only a head throughout the hour. Again, the Angel and Fred scenes continue to be the best of the episodes. There's already a nice relationship between the 2 characters and Fred's awkward and quirky humor is great to watch, especially when interacting with the rest of the cast. It's nice to see Wesley and Gunn made it out safe and making the human rebels into some allies was a good idea. Too bad known of them have any personality and are really one-note characters used to fight, but nothing to complain about. I liked how Angel finalyl explained to Wesley and Gunn why he fired them. He didn't want his friends to be apart of his darkness and wanted to protect them from that, which is a nice little development. The Groosalugg continues to be pretty average character wise and you can tell Cordelia is just gushing over him because of his looks. The fight scene between Groo and Angel was good, and the castle sneak attack was good. Nice to see Cordelia slashing and gashing that demonic guy's head, such a cool scene. So Pylea is saved blah, blah...Lorne's farwell to his family is hilarious with his mother's last words to her son. So the group and a new ally, Fred, go back home and find Willow at the hotel and if you've seen the fifth season finale of Buffy, you know why. All and All, a good season finale which closes off the season nicely.moreless
  • Where was I Tuesday, May 22, 2001? Not watching Angel. Although I watched Buffy, I had honestly never been a fan of anyone she dated. While I get that Angel has his own destiny to fufill, those who love you don't really leave.moreless

    I would love to have it explained to me. In my experience men so often have this kind of idea of romance: star-crossed lovers and distance... But real love is about being there every day.

    I didnt' see this episode until so many years later, but when I see Willow sitting there I can't seem to stop crying. In what kind of love do you find out someone died from afar? Anyway, it must have been fun for those who were watching both when they were new to watch how they affected one another. There aren't that many crossover episodes, this certainly isn't one - this is really all about the introduction of Fred, but there are all kinds of little shadows between the two shows. How great to have two shows you created on TV at the same time; it allows for a lot.moreless
  • Angel, Gunn & Wes attempt to rescue Cordelia from the High Priests.

    Well, this is it. The final episode of what is in my opinion, Angel's best season. It's a tribute to the writers than with the black hole of despair Season 2 was, they managed to end it on a high note! There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb was a funny, charming episode and finishes off the excellent Pylea arc nicely.

    Things begin with Cordelia being presented with Lorne's head on a plate. We never really get a sense of fear however, it's fairly obvious he'll be alright. And there we have it, a minute in and he's talking! The entire "I wish to defile it more!" moment made me laugh. I think Andy Hallett is excellent as Lorne and as this season's progressed, he's turned into a much loved character and probably more interesting than Gunn who's a regular! Mark Lutz is good as Groo but I didn't buy the whole love between him and Cordelia. It's obvious, even this early on that Cordelia and Angel have an amazing connection- Groo butting in on that in S3 was extremely annoying IMO. We can see Angel's slightly annoyed when Cordy says she loves Groo and he asks if she loves him too as a "friend and co-worker". Ahh, I like Cangel moments.

    The rebels were an interesting inclusion here. They are not Fred crazy but still seem pretty out there. They refer to Gunn and Wes as cows, even though they themselves are cows. Or humans if you wanna use the correct term. I liked them and Wesley's "If you try not to get anybody killed, you'll get everyone killed" line is true- lives are lost in war and it's no point trying to save everyone- it won't work. Fred is another great thing about this episode- she's such an excellent character and I'm so glad she became a regular the next 3 seasons- most of her storylines are excellent (yes I liked Gunn/Fred) and Amy Acker is sublime as her- she never hits a false note. I thought all of the cast were brilliant here and this gave them an oppurtunity to show that they can do real comedy- I find the dialogue here very Buffyesque, which is good because Buffy in general has better dialogue in Angel IMO.

    There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb is a fantastic episode and finishes off the Pylea arc excellently. There was never a dull moment and from beginning to end it was sheer entertainment.


    Ahh, Season 2. After a season of basically 22 fillers, we get the most amazing arc Angel has ever done and probably one of the best in the entire 'verse. There was only one below average episode, a few average, several excellent and a lot of simply outstanding episodes. Happy Anniversary remains the only episode this season to be genuinely bad but it had some good moments. First Impressions, Judgement and Blood Money were good but not great. Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, Guise Will be Guise, Epiphany, Disharmony, Over the Rainbow and Through the Looking Glass were excellent. However, Dear Boy, Darla, The Trial, Reunion, Redefinition, Reprise and There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb were all outstanding and some of best episodes of the entire series. The Darla arc was completely mind-blowing and had me hooked from start to end. There were so many twists and turns and it was so amazingly put together. The character development this season was excellent. Cordelia fully emerged as an almost completely different woman than she was in S1. Her arc is a joy to watch. Wesley also grew more into his leadership role, leaving behind the bumbling idiot he was previously. Gunn became more and more a member of Angel Investigations and left his annoying gang behind. Angel went to such a dark place this season, and it a tribute to the writers that they managed to end the season with him upbeat and happy. The introductions of the much loved Fred and Lorne was another high point of the season, as these two are much loved characters.

    The performances this season were simply breathtaking. Julie Benz takes the Best Actress award any day for her portrayal of Darla. Julie makes that character ten times more interesting and as a result, produced an amazing character we get attached to very quickly, even when she's evil. Charisma Carpenter grew alot this season also. When BtVS started she wasn't all that god but in this season, she was excellent. David Boreanaz also grew and became a much better actor. J. August Richards was great in his portrayal of Gunn as was Alexis Denisof as Wesley. Amy Acker was sublime as Fred and Andy Hallett was brilliant as Lorne. Everyone gave their 100% and it shows.

    Season 2 of Angel was amazing. It had an almost perfect arc and was followed by another excellent arc. This is truly excellent television and should definitely not be missed.

    Score: 10/10

    Rank: #1 of 5moreless
Lee Reherman

Lee Reherman

The Captain

Guest Star

Brody Hutzler

Brody Hutzler


Guest Star

Michael Phenicie

Michael Phenicie


Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Winifred "Fred" Burkle

Recurring Role

Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Cordy is telling the slave to take her to the mutilation chambers, the door behind the slave opens and closes between shots.

    • Lorne (like, presumably, all other members of his race) does not have five toes.

    • When everyone is looking at Lorne's head in the sack, there is no make-up on his closed eyelids.

    • The outfit that Cordelia is wearing should give a clear view of the tattoo on her back, but it is not visible. Most likely it was covered with makeup or digitally removed, despite the fact that the tatoo has been visible on Cordy many times.

    • During the scene after Silas slaps Cordelia and threatens to kill her, the hand that he holds her neck with changes between the colors purple and pink throughout.

    • When Angel is fighting the demons that are after Fred, his shirt is torn. Later when he is fighting the Groosalaug his shirt is intact. He could not have changed the shirt because he did not bring extra clothes to Pylea.

    • During his fight with Groo, Angel's shirt goes from stained to unstained and back again several times.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Fred: You'll get better with a little rest and care.
      Angel: I don't think so.
      Fred: Why wouldn't you?
      Angel: Well, you saw what I turn into. Back in LA it's bad, but here it's...
      Fred: We all got our demons.

    • Fred: Are you sure about that?
      Cordelia: Trust me. Tacos everywhere. And... soap.

    • Cordelia: Do you mind if I hit him over the head with you?
      Host: Yes!

    • Angel: I challenge the Groosalugg to mortal combat. Come out and face me, you spineless coward!
      Fred: Ooo, why did you add that coward thing? That's really gonna piss him off.

    • Rebel: Five cheers for the other-worlders.
      Wesley: Oooo, in this world you get five.

    • Lorne: Just put me in a bag and take me to the mutilation chamber.
      Cordelia: I have no idea where the multilation chamber might be, I...
      Lorne: So I guess I'll just sit here and die, then. Find someone who knows!

    • Fred: You can't go back out there, they'll kill you and you'll turn into that beast. (pause) Maybe not in that order.

    • Lorne's Mom: I thought that you were lost to us forever, but you came back. The runt of my loins came back after raining such misery on our lives and managed to shame us even further! (Spits at Lorne)
      Angel: Alright then we'll just be...
      Lorne's Mom: Who is supposed to do our labor now that your cow friend has freed the slaves? Do you know what they call me at the hall of drinks and chants? Mother of the vile excrement!
      Angel: Be sure to keep in touch.
      Lorne's Mom: Go on misfit, go back to your world where no one knows his place. May you rot in Tarknar!

    • Angel: Can I say it? I wanna say it.
      Wesley: Say what?
      Angel: There's no place like--.
      (Angel opens the doors to the hotel and see a grieving Willow sitting on the couch.)
      Angel: Willow?
      Cordelia: What's...
      Angel: It's Buffy.

    • Lorne's Mom: (Distraught) Numfar, do the dance of shame!

    • Angel: Look, when I fired you guys the reason I... Darkness was coming out in me. I didn't want you near it. The thing that comes out here is ten times worse. Wes - I do this - you know I won't come back from it.
      Wesley: Yes, you will. I know you. (Glances over at Gunn) We know you. We know you're a man with a demon inside - not the other way around. We know you have the strength to do what needs to be done, and you will come back to us.

    • (Right after being made leader of the rebels)
      Wesley: Why do people keep putting me in charge of things?
      Gunn: I have no idea.

    • (while Cordelia screams)
      Lorne: I realize this is a bit of a shock, but I can explain. Take it easy. Okay, get it out of your system. That's good. You have to breathe sometime. Good lord, shut up, woman!

    • Lorne: Wait a second. Since when do I have five toes?

    • Groo: It was worth it for one moment of your intimate touch.
      Cordy: That was an accident. I-it was kind of dark and - oh - you mean the hug.

    • Cordy: (to Groosalugg and Angel) Stop! Stop the fight. I love him!
      Angel: You love me?
      Cordy: Not you, dumbass! Him! I love him!

    • Fred: Tacos! Sorry. I didn't mean to holler at you. I love tacos. Do-Do they still have 'em, you know, back...
      Angel: Home? Yeah. They didn't outlaw tacos.
      Fred: (giggles) No. Of course not. I've been trying to make an enchilada out of tree bark.
      Angel: Bark enchiladas. How's that goin'?
      Fred: There's work to be done.

    • Cordy: (trying to cover up the fact Lorne's head is alive) I like the filthy head. That is... I uh,... I want to defile it more. (spits) I'll just keep it to… spit upon. And, and, when I grow tired of that… I-I- I will make it, ah, … a planter! A traitor planter for all to see, or maybe a candy dish.

    • Lorne: My psychic friend told me I had to come back here. I didn't believe her. Then I realized I did have to come back here, because - I really always thought I had to come back here, deep down inside, you know? I had to come back here to find out I didn't have to come back here. I don't belong here. I hate it here. You know where I belong? LA. You know why? Nobody belongs there. It's the perfect place for guys like us.
      Angel: That's kinda beautiful.
      Lorne: Ain't it?

    • Angel: Do I snore?
      Fred: Um, I don't remember any snoring.
      Angel: Good.
      Fred: I remember caterwauling.

    • Gunn: I've got a plan.
      Wesley: Oh, thank God! What is it?
      Gunn: We die horribly and painfully, you go to Hell and I spend eternity in the arms of baby Jesus.
      Wesley: Oh.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the last episode to feature the brief appearences of Sarah Michelle Gellar (only her back) and Elizabeth Rohm (her face) in the title sequence/opening credits. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) appears between Alexis Denisof's credit and J. August Richards' credit. Elizabeth Rohm (Kate) appears before David Boreanaz's credit.

    • Although Alyson Hannigan was not listed in the opening credits, she was credited as a Special Guest Star at the end of the episode. It was done this way to keep Willow's arrival at the hotel a surprise.

    • Plrtz Glrb is Pylean for Home.

    • Whitney Dylan plays Cordelia's serving wench. She also played Lysette, the girl Xander took for a ride in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Zeppo" (3x13).


    • Title:
      Referencing the movie (1939) and novel The Wizard of Oz, in which the main character was finally able to get home by clicking the heels of her magical shoes together three times and chanting "There's no place like home."