Season 2 Episode 21

Through the Looking Glass

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 15, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Angel and friends are trying to survive in a strange new world. Cordelia has inexplicably been made Princess of Pylea, but she begins to suspect that her guards may actually be her jailers. Wesley and Gunn search for a way to free Cordy from the castle, while Angel and Lorne get a very cold reception from the Deathwok Clan.moreless

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  • Romps and revolution


    The Good;

    Angel sees his hair in the mirror for the first time, you always wondered? (I guess Dru always fixed Spike's?) Lovely reveal of WR&H, very clever. Also like the double bluff of Cordy meeting the Groo. All the scenes with Lorne's family are hysterical.

    The Bad;

    Aside from that this seems to be a case of 6 characters rushing about in search of a plot?

    Best line:

    Lorne's mother; "No longer do the dance of joy Numfar"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Angel still enjoys telling the story of cutting Lindsey's arm off, still some bad feeling there obviously.

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Angel actually enjoys playing the hero, revelling in his (literal) moment in the sun.

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tattoo; 6,

    Cheap Angel; 7

    Fang Gang in bondage: Wes, Gunn and Lorne again

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 9

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Lorne again

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 2

    Kills: Angel kills 2 demons

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 26 vamps, 35 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 3 demons

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 7 vamps+ 2 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil: almost Angel but not quite

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang: demon Angel

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 7

    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 is expected to Com-shuk with the Groo, as Gunn observes "Sounds dirty to me". Obvious sexual attraction between Queen C and Groo, Lorne asks should he call the guards back with their cuffs? Cordy once again in a bikini despite saying she doesn't want to seem 'too easy' for the Groo. Cordy observes it's along time since she Com-shuked and remarks on her propensity to be impregnated by demons "Do I send out some sort of 'Com-Shuk me' vibe?" There's a great t-shirt slogan for you. Even the Groo of course is part-demon but can only mate with humans.

    Captain Subtext;

    Huge beauty and beast vibe between Angel and Fred, Fangel right from the start. Lorne also seems enamoured of Groo so more evidence for the bi vibe. Wes keeps a picture of Cordy in his wallet

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 15

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

    Questions and observations;

    Here's the Groo, yay! After being abused and pushed around for the last 3 eps Cordy is now a Queen as she always wanted to be. Some beautiful small details like Cordy's little finger gesture when she tells the constable who wants the 'Most high princess' to feast on AI's blood "You're most high if you think that's going to happen!". Also Cordy reaching out to embrace her friends who walk past her to the food, shades of Indianna Jones (except Angel who makes for the mirror). Wes' idea of a list of demands sent to the Princess sounds reminiscent of Magna Carta.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10

  • pylea part 2

    this is not the way i wanted this season to end! with bad episodes! pylea was horrible. this episode is another pylea episode. not as bad as the last one and actually above average but still. so dissapointing!!!

    we meet groo. eew! fred again. eew! angel changes into a ugly vamp troll. eew! the monks. eew! what makes this episode above average is angels acting. and cordelia as a princes. she looked very good and was great as a princes! also the family of lorne were kind of funny. but still this episode was dissapointing but not horrible!moreless
  • Through the Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass was a perfect and funny classic episode of Angel. This episode continues the story line taking place in Pylea, with some new twists. Wesley and Gunn escape through the castle's sewers and Cordelia is stopped as she appears to be popping a squat holding lots of loot. Angel is enjoying being a reveared hero, until he is asked to kill a girl, Fred the one who disappeared from LA. Well rescues her and ends up turning into a demon, and in the Pylean dimension he looks more like the demons true form. I thought it was great how Angel and Fred were interactiong, and touching that she led him away from attacking Gunn and Wesley. I was shocked by the ending, and I can't wait to see what happens!!!!!!!moreless
  • That other dimension thing was such a great idea. this episode has some little slow scenes but in overal it's perfect. again Fred steels the episode. but Cordy and Groo come in second. only thing I didn't like was Angel's make-up. but it was still amazingmoreless

    Through The Looking Glass

    man, this episode is just another masterpiece. the sets. the acting. it's fantastic. we see more about the gorgeous Fred and Cordy meets Groo. it's really well written as well with some small flaws. I didn't love the Angel make-up. but apart of that. it's was perfect. Joss was hilarious!.

    cut to where Over The Rainbow ended. Cordy on the crown. she is playing with the guys and says off with their heads...'Kidding'

    the credits start

    cut to Cordy sending everyone away. she wants to hug them but they go for food. Angel looks in the mirror and they say that she is like the messiah. Lorne and Angel are going to talk to Lorne's family. cut to those tribuno guys. they don't get why she has the sight but need her after tecum-shock she will be killed if she survives. Lorne and Angel arrive and Lorne's mother hates him and says that when he left they celebrated it. then Landok comes out and they honor Angel and they take him with them. Lorne is all upset 'It's the homecoming I ever dreamed of'.

    cut to the guys reading some of the books. the messiah has to cum-shock with the Groosalugg. Gunn says that it sounds dirty. then they see that the animals on the books are the wolf, ram and hart. they think that the priests can't be trusted. cut to Angel telling tales to the village people. he's very happy but Lorne isn't and then Landok asks him to swing the shovel. cut to Wes and Gunn wanting to take Cordy with them but she wants to stay a princes. then the priests come and they say that the Groosalugg is coming and she will mate with him. she doesn't want that and suddenly wants to leave but they wont leave her so she tells them to go and to Wes and Gunn that they're leaving.

    cut to them giving Angel an axe and putting that girl Winifred on a stone and he has to decapitate her. but Angel doesn’t want to so they start to fight and Lorne sings and nobody can handle that. Angel and Fred leave on a horse when others beat Lorne out. cut to them trying to escape through a poop place. Gunn and Wes go in but Cordy is to late and they see her and say that the Groosalugg is coming. Wes and Gunn get out and Wes says that she didn't make it so they need to find Angel.

    cut to Angel and Fred arriving to a place. she goes off into a cafe and he follows. she doesn't want to talk but he sees a card of hers and remembers that she's the girl from Cordy's vision. he knows about her and she says that it's a dream and she thinks she's dead but he says she isn't. she says she needs to save that other girl but he says that they made her a princes and she says that it's nice for her. cut to Cordy she doesn't want to com with the Groosaluggand then he arrives. she sees an ugly demon but then Groo. he's very handsome and she likes him.

    cut to Fred and Angel outside and they are attacked so Angel changes but it another beast and tears one of those bad guys into pieces. Fred is scared 'bad things always happen here'. he smells her but leaves her behind and goes away. cut to Groo talking to Cordy and that he was vanished from his tribe because he was half cow. she says she is all cow. she tells everyone else to leave. he says to her that he wasn't able to have sex with the females of this tribe and that he wanted to die but won of everyone he fought with. that's how they made him that way. then the killers bring Lorne but she says not to kill him and she goes back to Groo.

    cut to Wes and Gunn outside. then a bast attacks them. Wes sees that it's Angel and a weird girl takes the beast and Wes tries to help Gunn. then other humans come and attack them. cut to Fred going in a cafe and Angel following her. he sees himself in the water and scares himself and turns back and falls on the ground. (this scene is beautiful and one of he best of the season).

    cut to Groo and Cordy, she says that she isn't a princes but he says that she is no matter what she says because she's beautiful. he says that she has to declare it and she will do much good.

    cut to the priests they know she still hasn't com-shucked so they are gonna send her a note. cut to Wes and Gunn as hostages. The guys want to kill them after Wes showing them that they know the princes. cut to Angel getting better. he tells Fred that they saw him and now he can't ever go back. they saw him and he can't go back. she says that he can stay there with her. cut to Groo and Cordy. those priests come and send Groo away. she tells him to stay but he leaves. the priests say that they are the bosses and that she has no power there. they open a plate and she sees the head of Lorne on it.


    Best episode quotes:

    Wesley: Cordelia?

    Gunn: No way!

    Angel: You're - safe.

    Cordelia: Little bit. They made me their ruler.

    Wesley: But this is fantastic!.

    Cordelia: Well, it's not like my throne couldn't use a few extra cushions, but I'm really not gonna complain because - throne?

    Wesley: You could order them to release us!

    Cordelia: Yes. I really could.

    Narwek: Shall we gut the cows now that you might dine on their ignoble flesh, oh most high?

    Cordelia: You're most high if you think that's gonna happen. Besides, shouldn't there be some extended groveling first?

    Angel: Cordelia?

    Cordelia: Okay. - Off with their heads! Just kidding.

    Narwek: Your Majesty, I must protest. To allow dangerous criminals to roam free in your presence?

    Cordelia: You're gonna make me use my 'important voice' aren't you? - Leave us!

    Wesley: Oh, thank god!

    Gunn: Yes! Food!

    Lorne: I thought we'd never see food again!

    Angel: What happened?

    Cordelia: What's it look like? They jabbed me with hot pokers for a while and then made me a princess.

    Wesley: It doesn't make sense, does it? I mean, in a world where humans are slaves and chattel - why would they elevate one to monarch?

    Lorne: You had a vision, didn't you, pudding?

    Cordelia: Uhm, yeah. And can I just say - visions? Not getting any easier. I mean, I'm still kind of vibrating - though that could be from the hot pokers.

    Lorne: See there? She had a vision. That explains it.

    Gunn: It does?

    Lorne: Well, see there is this prophecy.

    Angel: A prophecy? Great. Because those always go well.

    Lorne: Well the priests that have been running this mess for the last several millennia, the Covenant of Trombli - humorless bunch. Anyway, they teach of a coming messiah. The cursed one. A being with the pure sight, who one day will claim the throne and restore the monarchy.

    Wesley: When you say 'pure sight'...

    Lorne: I mean a direct link to the powers that be. I mean her!

    Gunn: She's the messiah?

    Cordelia: It could happen.

    Wesley: It has happened. At least that's what these Trombli believe. And so long as they do, we might actually stand a chance of surviving this place long enough to find our way out.

    Cordelia: How did you get in?

    Gunn: The same way you did: opened a portal with the book.

    Wesley: We, ah, seem to have misplaced it though.

    Cordelia: The portal or the book?

    Gunn: Both.

    Cordelia: I don't know about portals, but they've got books here. Those trombonal guys? They used some when they swore me in.

    Wesley: I've got to see those.

    Cordelia: In kind of in a hurry to get back to the 'Cordelia is not a princess' dimension, aren't you?

    Gunn: Okay, but say we do find the instructions, don't we still need one of those inter dimensional hotspots?

    Wesley: Yes, that's true. - Angel.

    Cordelia: He's reflecting!

    Wesley: Yes the metaphysical laws which govern our world don't seem to apply here.

    Gunn: He can walk in the sun, too.

    Angel: Okay - this is because of going through the portal, right?

    Cordelia: No. It always looks like that.

    Wesley: Angel, while we search for the proper incantation, it might save time if you go with the host. Hit the streets, see if you can document any - portal activity.

    Angel: I don't get it.

    Wesley: Well, the host knows this world, we need to ascertain if...

    Angel: No, I mean why didn't anybody tell me about this? Look it's...

    Cordelia: Uh. You look good.

    Angel: You're not just saying that, are you?

    Wesley: Angel, please! Go with the host. Track down his cousin Landok. Speak to his family and find out...

    Lorne: Whoa, whoa, back up, back up. You want me to talk to my family? On purpose?!!

    Wesley: Well, it's that - or face the possibility of never returning to our own dimension again.

    Lorne: Come on, gorgeous, you can stare at yourself in my grandmother's glass eye. Oh, and while we're here it's just Lorne, okay? To the people of Pylea a host is just one more thing to lay your eggs in.

    Angel: Yeah, yeah, fine. Hey, can we get my coat?

    Wesley: The books Cordelia, can you get us access?

    Cordelia: Am I not the princess?

    Lorne: Boy. I'd give my left horn to not have to do this. Hi-de-ho! Guess who's back.

    Mom: Krevlorneswath? - Can it be true? I've often prayed that I might look again upon your face.

    Lorne: Well, you're in luck then.

    Mom: You have shamed our clan and betrayed your kind.

    Lorne: Thanks, mom.

    Mom: Each morning before I feed I go out into the hills where the ground is thorny and parched, beat my breast and curse the loins that gave birth to such a cretinous boy-child!

    Lorne: My mother.

    Mom: Your father was right. We ate the wrong son.

    Lorne: Well, enough of this sentimental reminiscing. Just a couple of quick questions, then I'll skeddadle. You remember back around five years ago when I first disappeared - did you notice anything - odd?

    Mom: We noticed feasting and celebrations. Your brother Numfar did the dance of joy for three moons. Numfar! Do the dance of joy.

    Lorne: Actually what I meant was more along the lines of a strange flashing, kind of a weird pulsating... You remember when I said we didn't have music in my world? Wish I could say the same about the dancing. lights. Really you couldn't have missed it. Big, bendy, swirly...

    Mom: No longer do the dance of joy, Numfar!

    Lorne: Nothing like that at all then.

    Mom: Now take your cow and get off my lawn!

    Landok: That is no cow. My friend! It is good to see you again. I would have perished in your strange world were it not for your bravery.

    Mom: You know Krevlorneswath's cow?

    Landok: He's Angel! The brave and noble drokken killer.

    Angel: Just Angel is really...

    Landok: He is as valiant and courageous a warrior as I have ever known.

    Mom: Then he shall be welcome in our home and we shall will him. Numfar! Do the dance of honor.

    Lorne: Landok, hi. Say, the drokken killer and I have a few itty-bitty portal queries and then we'll...

    Landok: We shall adorn my gallant friend in raiments befitting a warrior, that our neighbors may know of his valor.

    Angel: Uh, guys - no wire hanger because that's leather! Oh. Guys, hey, - all this isn't really... Nice! He-hey!

    Landok: Come! You will be our guest of honor at the village feast. There you will tell the tale of your bravery and courage against the vicious drokken.

    Angel: Hey, now, about the hair - do you think that...

    Lorne: Why, it's the homecoming I always dreamed of.

    Wesley: I do seem to be finding references to the cursed one.

    Cordelia: Really? There is stuff about messiah me?

    Wesley: Com-shuk.

    Cordelia: Huh?

    Wesley: Contextually a - a verb.

    Cordelia: Something I'm going to do?

    Wesley: With a 'groosalug'

    Cordelia: What does that mean?

    Wesley: I have no idea.

    Gunn: Sounds dirty if you ask me.

    Cordelia: Nobody did.

    Gunn: Look. Why don't we just get somebody who knows this stuff to tell us what it means?

    Cordelia: Like who?

    Gunn: Like one of them priests the host was talking about. These books belong to them, right?

    Cordelia: Well, yeah.

    Gunn: Look, you're the one going on and on about how you're the princess. Can't you just make them translate 'em for us?

    Cordelia: I guess I could. Yeah. Why not? Princess, not really taking a vote, is she?

    Cordelia: I'll make a decree.

    Gunn: Wolf - ram...

    Wesley: And hart. - I'm not sure the priests can be trusted.

    Angel: ...and the scroll is just tipping from his fingertips, and his eyes lighting with fierce determination, and then whack! I chopped off the evil lawyer-beast's hand and he screamed and he screamed and then I left.

    Lorne: Well, you're just a regular Hans Christian Tarantino, aren't you? We should probably be getting back to the palace.

    Angel: I really hate to disappoint the kids. They seem to be enjoying this.

    Lorne: Nice to be seen as a hero without all the pesky moral ambiguities you get back home, isn't it?

    Angel: Yeah. - Maybe it is a little.

    Lorne: They see you a certain way. You start to see yourself that way. You become that image. I get it. I do. Because I know how they see me! Can we go?

    Landok: Angel. You must again tell the tale of the sorcerer who could remove his limbs and reassemble at will!

    Lorne: Right! Right. Because that's a good one.

    Wesley: Cordelia, you must listen to me!

    Cordelia: No, Wesley, I think I've heard enough. You want me to go back to where we'd be slaves? Sorry, don't see the upside to that.

    Wesley: Cordelia, there are forces at work here. You don't know who these priests are. Or what it is they serve!

    Cordelia: Look, you wanna go, go! But I have to stay here and - be a princess.

    Wesley: And com-shuk with a groosalug?

    Cordelia: Better than shoveling demon horse poo!

    Silas: Majesty. - Is everything alright?

    Gunn: Yo, priesty, what's the four-one-one on this groosalug? What's that about?

    Silas: Have you had a vision, Majesty?

    Wesley: Yes. - Yes, she has had a vision. So... you may as well be candid with her. Or she'll know.

    Gunn: No lying to the messiah now!

    Silas: Clearly her majesty has seen the groosalug because it has been summoned from the scum pits of Ur...

    Cordelia: Scum pits?

    Silas: ...and will arrive before night fall.

    Cordelia: So that's the really close scum pits then.

    Silas: Everyone is very anxious for her majesty to com-shuk with the groosalug.

    Cordelia: Of course! Why wouldn't they be? Now these two? They didn't even know what the com-shuk was. - You tell them!

    Silas: The com-shuk is a mating ritual.

    Gunn: I told you it was dirty.

    Cordelia: Yes. Exactly. The mating ritual - which is - great? It's been a really long times since I've had - a good com-shuk. So, uhm, I'm just gonna run out for a minute - because I wanted to - ah, get it a gift! you know, groosalugs, hard to buy for. So, ah, - I should hurry.

    Silas: I'm must insist you do not leave the palace, majesty. The rebels are about. There are rumblings.

    Cordelia: Rebel rumblings.

    Silas: We doubled the palace guard.

    Cordelia: Doubled, huh? Uh-huh. - But you will tell me when the groosalug gets here?

    Silas: Yes of course, your majesty.

    Cordelia: Okay then. Well. Uh, you can go now.

    Silas: Thank you, your majesty.

    Cordelia: Let's get the hell out of here.

    Wesley: Hurry up.

    Cordelia: If you ever find a way to get us out of here, I want you to find me a dimension where some demons doesn't want to impregnate me with its spawn! Is that just too much to ask? What is it about me anyway? Do I put out some kind of come 'shuk' me vibe? I mean, you'd tell me, right? Okay. Smells like I'll be mating with the groosalug.

    Wesley: You can do this, Cordelia. The sewage empties out beyond the castle. It's our only sure bet. Just - hold your breath.

    Cordelia: Why can't we use the front door?

    Gunn: You really think you'd be able to get your booty out the front door?

    Cordelia: Hey!

    Gunn: That booty.

    Cordelia: Oh. I just wanted a little something to remember my reign by. Is that so wrong?

    Gunn: Ooh - god.

    Wesley: Come on.

    Cordelia: You first.

    Silas: We've been looking for you, your majesty. Someone must speak to the servants about leaving that door open.

    Cordelia: Uh. Yeah. It's kind of whiffy in there. Oh. Ah. I just thought I would have this stuff - appraised!

    Silas: Your majesty, the groosalug approaches.

    Cordelia: Oh. - Good.

    Angel: Hello? Hey, great place. You don't have to be afraid of me. Really. I-I'd never...hurt you? So, ah... So, you don't wanna talk to me?

    Fred: I can't, huh?

    Angel: Why won't you?

    Fred: Because - you're not real. - Or I'm not real. Somebody here isn't real and I suspect it's you. So if you're not real, that means that my head came off back there and that I'm dead now. Dead. And with me being dead and you not being real I can hardly be expected to have some big conversation with you at the moment, because it's just a little too much pressure, alright?!

    Angel: Okay. Okay. What's that you're doing?

    Fred: Uhm, I think I saw it in a dream.

    Angel: You've been here a long time.

    Fred: Always. - Not always. I had a dream. I had a name.

    Angel: Winifred. You're the girl from Cordy's vision!

    Fred: What?

    Angel: They called you Fred. You were studying to be a physicist.

    Fred: That's my dream.

    Angel: You disappeared from a library in Los Angeles five years ago.

    Fred: Stop it.

    Angel: It's not a dream, Fred.

    Fred: It's not?

    Angel: No.

    Fred: And my head's still on?

    Angel: Yeah.

    Fred: You're real? No. No, I don't want you to be real.

    Angel: Why?

    Fred: Because! You're nice, and you saved me. And bad things will happen to you here. Bad things always happen here.

    Angel: No, no, no. Nothing bad's gonna happen. I-It's gonna be okay. We-we can take you out of here.

    Fred: We?

    Angel: Yeah. Me and my friends. We-we're working on a way to get out of here. We can take you back.

    Fred: Can't get back. There is no back.

    Angel: No, there is. If we can open the portal....

    Fred: The portal! She fell through the portal!

    Angel: Who did?

    Fred: That other girl. I couldn't save her. I was arrested. They got her. She's a slave. She'll die!

    Angel: Oh. Cordy. No, she's fine. They made her a princess.

    Fred: They... Really? - Oh. When I got here they... They didn't do that. - Well. That's nice for her.

    Cordelia: You're sure this is a good first date look? I don't want to seem too easy. I was thinking something more in a nice tailored suit - of armor. - So, so I figured we'd start slow. A few dinners, some light conversation, nothing too heavy and then in three or four years, if we still feel like we're hitting it off okay, we'll ah...

    Silas: Your majesty.

    Cordelia: Yeah.

    Silas: The groosalug.

    Cordelia: Say, don't you think it would add an air of feminine mystery if I were to, you know, not be here? Kill me now.

    Groo: Just put those anywhere. Majesty.

    Cordelia: Oh.

    Groo: An animal. A-a beast! To my people I was nothing more than this.

    Cordelia: Why?

    Groo: Can you not see why?

    Cordelia: Not exactly. You seem pretty good to me.

    Groo: You are truly beneficent. Such - compassion - to ignore the flaws of my - polluted birth.

    Cordelia: Well... huh?

    Groo: Why the odd curve of my mouth - the odd bulging of my limbs - the heart beating in the wrong place. As I matured these - defects became more apparent. The Covenant soon determined there could be no mistake. There was cow's blood in my veins.

    Cordelia: So? Heck, I'm all cow! Err, human.

    Groo: No, no! You - you are beyond cow or good. You - you are the transcendent one.

    Cordelia: I am?

    Groo: You've been cursed by the powers.

    Cordelia: Tell me about it!

    Groo: For my people to be part cow is to be less than whole. There was nothing I could do to prove my worth. I was - incapable even of performing husbandly duties with any of the females of my tribe.

    Cordelia: You mean you are...

    Groo: Anatomically equipped to mate only with a human.

    Cordelia: Good to know.

    Groo: I was cast from my village. Cut off from my liver givers. Forced to make my way on my own.

    Cordelia: My parents were busted for tax fraud and my trust fund dried up over night.

    Groo: I - sought to end my suffering.

    Cordelia: Get out! Ah, no. Wait! He can stay. Go on. You sought to end your suffering.

    Groo: I-I foolishly entered every contest of skill and daring that I could in an attempt to snuff out my pathetic life. - But even at this - I failed.

    Cordelia: You did?

    Groo: I won - every match. I - vanquished every flame beast. I defeated every drokken. It seemed nothing could stop me. - The Covenant had no choice but to bestow upon me the name groosalug. The brave - undefeated.

    Cordelia: Wow.

    Narwek: Majesty.

    Cordelia: What?

    Narwek: There has been a disruption at the bach-nal. The prisoner is ready for your swift and cruel punishment.

    Cordelia: Handle it, will you? I'm in the middle of something.

    Narwek: Execute the prisoner.

    Cordelia: Wait! -Hang on! Oh, baby, are you okay?

    Lorne: Not as good as you obviously. - Should I call them back? You could borrow the cuffs.

    Cordelia: Listen, I'll get right back with you. You're pardoned, absolved, shoo!

    Lorne: Uh, what about... Where is Wesley and Gunn?

    Cordelia: Oh, I'm sure they're fine.

    Gunn: You're having a Blair witch moment?

    Groo: And that, my princess, is my story in full. When the Covenant summoned me I was vanquishing the Mogfan beast that bedevils the scum pits of Ur.

    Cordelia: Uh, that's a great story. And you are a great groosalug. But - I'm not your princess. - The truth is, I'm not anybody's princess.

    Groo: Have you not the curse?

    Cordelia: The visions? Oh, yeah, I've got visions coming out of my ears, sometimes a little blood, too, but - that doesn't make me a princess. That just makes me - kind of weird.

    Groo: I do not understand.

    Cordelia: Where I come from, who I really am - is so far from being a princess, you have no idea. I'm an actress.

    Groo: I do not know this word.

    Cordelia: Actress? It means - when I'm finally lucky enough to get the gig, other people tell me what to do, where to stand, how to move, what to say...

    Groo: You are the concubine of your village.

    Cordelia: Felt like one sometimes. Last job I had you should have seen the horrible thing they made me wear! It was this tiny, skimpy, exploitative...Uh, nothing like this!

    Groo: Have they no eyes in this village?

    Cordelia: What do you mean?

    Groo: Can they not just look upon you and see that you are a princess?

    Cordelia: I'm not.

    Groo: No. Pardon my impudence, majesty, but you are wrong. The Covenant has declared it so.

    Cordelia: It doesn't matter what they say.

    Groo: Then you declare it so. You declare it with your bearing and your beauty - and the mercy that I have seen you bestow upon one of your subjects this very day.

    Cordelia: He was a friend of mine.

    Groo: Then if you treat all of your subjects this way, you will do much good.

    Cordelia: It's a beautiful dream. Really it is. But - it's not real.


    Story: 10

    Acting: 10

    Writing: 10

    Picture: 10

    Gripping: 10

    My Rank: 10


    Total: 10

  • Cordelia relishes her role as Princess of Pylea until she hears she has mate with Groosalugg.

    Through the Looking Glass is another great installment of the excellent Pylea arc and begins with Cordelia loving being Princess. The entire episode is very well written and put together.

    The main plot of the Groosalugg was well done with everyone expecting a huge, hideous demon and then emerges as a muscular man whom Cordelia falls for instantly. I like Groo here but only in Pylea- he annoyed me in S3 so much. This episode has so many hilarious scenes and lines, like the "Numfar, do the dance of joy!" scene is classic. Wesley's "We're not reconaissance cows!" line made me laugh and the whole episode is a fun light hearted romp and a breath of fresh air. The exotic locales get increasingly better in this episode; the countryside around the village is breathtaking and such a nice change of scenery. You feel like every area is different and not just continually reused. The village remained awesome also. The horse scenes were well put together also. I love the castle's interior- it feels like an actual castle. Also, even in this dimension; who's our main foe? Wolfram and Hart of course. The High Priests were menacing and made you intensely dislike them. Their makeup was excellent and they looked genuinely real. Their actions throughout the episode made you want their comeuppance, especially the end where it seems they've killed Lorne! They were a good enemy for Angel & Co. Fred was such an adorable character here and she gets more screen time than last episode which is good. I always loved Fred on Angel so this episode gets bonus points for having her in it. Amy Acker plays her wonderfully and makes you really for this lost, hopeless girl who is persecuted so much. David Boreanaz was also excellent in this episode and Angel was so happy here, far away from the whole Uber Broody guy he became earlier. Through the Looking Glass is an excellent, refreshing episode that pulls you into the world of Pylea and keeps you glued to the TV.moreless
Michael Phenicie

Michael Phenicie


Guest Star

Brody Hutzler

Brody Hutzler


Guest Star

Adoni Maropis

Adoni Maropis

Rebel Leader

Guest Star

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Winifred "Fred" Burkle

Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • In the last scene of the previous episode, Angel tells Lorne that they all heard something important about "someone with visions" to which Lorne replies "I don't like the sound of that", implying that he doesn't know exactly what is going on, but that it doesn't sound good. However, in this episode, when Cordelia explains that she was made a princess just after she had a vision, Lorne seems to know exactly what she is talking about in regards to the whole Pylean prophecy about their Chosen One. Seems kinda odd that Lorne wouldn't have mentioned that to Angel when he started talking about Cordy's vision getting her into trouble with the Pylean priests.

    • Right after Angel saves Fred in the town square, Lorne gets up and starts singing in high pitch and turns around. Notice when the horse and carriage start coming at him, he says 'oh shit'.

    • When Angel follows Fred back to her cave, Fred seems to have suddenly put on makeup, which seems unlikely after living in a hell dimension for five years.

    • Watch carefully in the scene right after Angel first turns into the beast. As he jumps to attack the demons, you can clearly see someone in a blue shirt and sunglasses, like a stuntman. They toss him as if they were helping him through on a trampoline.

    • Angel is really uptight about his hair since he can see his reflection - why's that? In "I Will Remember You" he sees his reflection and doesn't freak out. Granted he was a little overwhelmed about the whole being mortal thing, but you'd think he'd remember what his hair looked like then.

    • In the Buffy episode "Lover's Walk" 3x08, Cordelia is impaled. One would think that she would have a scar, but there isn't one.

    • When Fred has blood on her hand to get Angel-Beast's attention, in close-ups, the blood is down to her wrist. But in the distant shot in between, the blood doesn't even cover her entire hand.

    • Angel is surprised by the way his hair looks when he sees himself in the mirror, however we have seen in Episode 24 that he can be photographed so that checking himself out should only ever be a snap shot away.

    • Cordy has only been Queen of Pylea for about a day, but the rebels instantly recognize her from the guys' wallet photo.

    • As a demon, Angel rips off the guardsman's leg, but in the next distance shot both the guardsman's legs are intact.

    • Angel's shirt rips for no on-screen reason between shots and stays that way, apparently just to show off David Boreanaz's manly physique.

    • In a scene or two in the cave, you can see where actress Amy Acker is wearing a microphone pack.

    • When Angel first follows Fred into her cave, he looks at his own reflection in the water. As he does, you can hear him say "hurt you", but in his reflection his lips aren't moving.

    • When Cordy prepares to leave with her treasure, you can see her all but trip on her veil.

    • For some reason the producers decided to airbrush out Cordy's tattoo of a rising sun on the small of her back (or cover it with makeup). We've seen it in plenty of previous episodes, but it is nowhere to be seen here despite her revealing outfit.

    • In the Teaser of the program, when Cordy is tied to the log and is being dragged to the point where she is to be sold, you can see high tension powerlines against the blue sky. In "Over the Rainbow" this has been airbrushed out, but someone forgot to use the airbrushed scene in this teaser.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Angel: You okay?
      Fred: Handsome man. Saved me from the monsters.

    • Lorne: See there? She had a vision. That explains it.
      Gunn: It does?
      Lorne: Well, see, there's this prophecy...
      Angel: A prophecy. Great. Because those always go well...

    • Lorne: (to Angel) Come on, Gorgeous, you can stare at yourself in my Grandmother's glass eye. Oh, and while we're here it's just Lorne, okay. To the people of Pylea, a host is just another thing to lay your eggs in.

    • Constable: Shall we gut the cows now, that you might dine on their ignoble flesh, Oh Most High?
      Cordelia: You're most high if you think that is gonna happen.

    • Lorne's Mom: Each morning before I feed, I go out into the hills where the ground is thorny and parched, beat my breast and curse the loins that gave birth to such a cretinous boy-child.
      Lorne: My mother!
      Lorne's Mom: Your father was right, we ate the wrong son.

    • Priest: The Comshok is a mating ritual.
      Gunn: I told you it was dirty.
      Cordelia: (flustered and scared) Yes. Exactly. The mating ritual. Which is great. (Laughs) It's been a really long time since I've had a good Comshok.

    • Cordelia: If you ever figure out how to get us out of here I want you to find me a dimension where some demon doesn't want to impregnate me with its spawn. Is that just too much to ask? What is it about me anyway? Do I put out some kind of Comshok me vibe? I mean you'd tell me right.

    • Fred: Bad things always happen here.

    • (as Cordy grabs some treasure)
      Gunn: Do you really think you'll be able to get your booty through the front door?
      Cordy: Hey!
      Gunn: That booty. (points at treasure)
      Cordy: Oh.

    • (seeing himself in a mirror)
      Angel: Okay, this is because of going through the portal, right? (pushes down hair)
      Cordy: No, it always looks like that.

    • Lorne: Well, you're just a regular Hans Christian Tarantino, aren't you?

    • (seeing a picture of a deer)
      Wesley: Fascinating, a hart.
      Cordy: It's not a heart, it's a Bambi.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Joss Whedon had a conversation with Tim Minear & David Greenwalt over the creation of Numfar: [Joss] "There should be a guy in the background doing a stupid dance like this'. Finally Greenwalt and Minear said, 'Why don't you do the stupid dance? You already look stupid, we've just gotta put make-up on'".

    • Numfar is played by series creator/exec producer Joss Whedon. At the time of filming, no one knew that Joss Whedon was playing Numfar except for Tim Minear, David Greenwalt, David Boreanaz, and a few key make-up people.


    • Gunn: You having a Blair Witch moment?
      The Blair Witch Project is a horror movie about three film students who are investigating the Blair Witch--a legendary creature believed to haunt the nearby woods--so they can film a documentary about her. All three disappeared, only their equipment was ever found.

    • Cordelia: That's not a heart, that's a Bambi.
      Created in 1942, Bambi is a classic animated film by Walt Disney about the birth and early life of the deer from which the film takes its name. The film was based on the 1923 book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.

    • Title:
      Through the Looking Glass was a book by Lewis Carroll, in which the heroine, Alice, steps through a mirror into an alternate reality.