Angel

Season 2 Episode 4

Untouched

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2000 on The WB
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Angel unwittingly crosses paths with Wolfram and Hart when he comes to the aid of a young woman, Bethany , who possesses telekinetic powers far beyond her control. No stranger to losing control, Angel takes her in and tries to help her deal with her gifts. However, Angel is distracted. He has no idea that his sleep has been fitful because of the influence of a daytime visitor.moreless

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  • Carrie get's even

    7.0
    UNTOUCHED



    The Good;

    Some lovely stuff from Lilah and some nice humour with Gunn.



    The Bad;

    I think the whole abused child bit is a little overdone, if you want to see that go so Michelle Tractenberg's excellent film 'Mysterious Skin' (but be warned, it's hard to watch)



    Best line:

    Angel; "Do you know what it's like to get a re-bar through your torso?"

    Cordy; "Actually yes I do. Benefits of a Sunnydale education" (Lover's Walk)



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The whole incest storyline is super-icky, father's once more getting a rough ride in the Buffyverse. Plus Bethany squishing the thugs with the dumpster but as Gunn says "Mr rapist-for-hire? See me crying?"



    Apocalypses: 4



    Angel Cliches



    Damsel in distress; 17, yep and how



    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; Bethany actually comes on to Angel which is unusual to see. Wes confesses he has no knowledge whatsoever about telekenisis. Cordy warns Bethany about Angel, hints of jealousy.



    In disguise; yep as a detective, must have been taking hints from Kate so 5



    DB get's his shirt off; yep, amazing how he always get's wounded in the chest but Cordy never does? 10



    Cordy's tattoo;3



    Cheap Angel; Cordy says she likes her men "Less broody, more spendy"

    5



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 8

    Wes: 2



    Fang gang knocked out: Angel and Cordy

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1



    Kills: none this ep for anyone although I love the way Cordy fights off the thugs with her lattes.

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 17 vamps, 18 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.



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6



    Characters killed:

    25



    Recurring characters killed;

    4;



    Total number of Angel Investigations: Gunn now being paid so add him in

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 8,

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy



    Kinky dinky:

    Bethany comments that Angel's Darla dream must make him 'Pretty happy' to judge by his bed covers. Indeed they resemble the x-rated cover of a period romance novel, bodice-ripping by the fireside. Bethany says guy's love the whole 'innocent and fragile' thing. Cordy comments that she came in the top 10% of her class and Wes wonders was that class 'Advanced bosoms?" (I think she gets more a C in that area?



    Captain Subtext;

    Lilah's relationship with Bethany smacks mightily of lesbianism just in the same way as her picking up Faith at the club did. When Gunn boasts about his new axe and hopes he might 'Get the chance to stick it in something" Cordy comments "Men, all alike!"



    Know the face, different character; 2



    Parking garages;

    4,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 11

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla



    What the fanficcers thought; read a very good one on fanfiction .net once where Buffy confronts Hank about abusing her as a child. He confesses to being abused himself, she forgives him then he turns himself in, REAL tearjerker called ' The Monsters of Childhood'

    Incest fetish-fic of course HUGELY popular but almost invariably Buffy/Dawn/Joyce (Charmed sisters, Gilmore Girls etc) as consenting adults.



    Questions and observations;

    Hugely dark, you wonder if this is what Joss and co intended the series to originally be like in terms of both 'Damsel in distress of the week' and in the dark nature of the subject matter (Lonely Heart for instance was originally called Corrupt and had Kate not only posing undercover as a prostitute but had gotten too far into her role, actually working as one and having sex with her clients. At that point the studio stepped in. Of course the studio seems to have no such problem with Dollhouse which is basically the ultimate fantasy escort agency).

    Marks out of 10; 7/10. Good ep, suprisingly funny in places and all about redemption, I for one am glad Bethany didn't kill her father. Also more and more depth added to Lilah and that's always a good thing.

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  • 'My friends don't hire men to rape or kidnap me, at least not my close ones anyway.'

    9.7
    The fourth episode of the season and once again it managed to impress and even slightly amaze.



    The episode begins with Cordelia and Wesley fighting about paying Gunn. Then Cordy has a vision about a girl, the girl is running from two muggers who want to rape her but just before they do so, she squishes them with a big trash can. Angel arrives way to late and when he’s able to find the girl, she’s afraid and stabs him with a torso. The problem mostly with this episode was the terrible acting done by the girl. Her voice was uneven and it felt like she was uncomfortable acting. Anyway, Angel tries to help her and gives her his card but she’s to afraid and goes to her friend. who is, Lilah Morgan.



    When the girl, Bethany goes to bed. She dreams of her father again, you could see that she developed her power through that so it had to be something important. Lilah enters her room and tries to get closer but then Bethany wakes up and accidentally throws a lamp at Lilah’s head, then she runs to go to Angel for help. Himself is having more Darla dreams, of biting each other.



    The next morning Bethany arrives to Angel seeking for help. Cordy senses a vibe about her and when Bethany begins to talk about family business, Wesley thinks he knows what’s going on with her. Her father was abusing her as a child, when he gets closer to her and talks about her father it sets her off and that’s what controls her telekinesis powers.



    That night when Angel goes to bed he has more Darla dreams until they get interrupted by Bethany who wants to ‘make love’ or ‘have fun’ with him. But she doesn’t want to be touched. She tells him about the men and that she is a great big slut. She believes she can make Angel happy but he doesn’t think she’ll like him when he’s happy. He eventually convinced her to go back to bed, Darla had to hide because of that and is still in his bed room, couldn’t he smell her?



    When Cordy and Bethany go out they suddenly get interrupted by some men who kidnap Bethany, Angel follows them and saves Bethany and tells them that Lilah is behind this all, she gets upset and refuses to believe that Lilah has anything to do with it. When she goes up to a room her father suddenly shows up called by Lilah. It was to break her and it works, he wants to take her back home and the more he talks the most upset she gets, so much she almost choke him and then throws him out of the window but cutting his fall just before hitting ground. Now she can finally get over what he did to her and control her powers.



    ‘Untouched’ was definitely flawed but managed to impress a lot, the writing was very good at times. It also gave the underused Lilah more background of who she is. Her scenes with Darla and Holland were very nice. The episode also contained a very dark and interesting storyline, child abuse. Bethany was abused as a child and because of that she developed some power of moving things with her mind – telekinesis. When she throws out her father she is finally able to control her – gift.



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  • My favorite sceen is when Wesley approaches Bethany about her father and he strikes a angry chord in her.

    9.7
    I loved this episode. My favorite sceen is when Wesley approaches Bethany about her father and he strikes a angry chord in her. I think the sceen was well thought out.I was shocked to learn that Joss did not write this episode cuz it was so good and the segments with Darla feed my thirst i love to see Angel and Darla together amazingly Joss got me to like both buffy and Darla for Angel i never saw him with one over the other they are both perfect loves for Angel.moreless
  • abused girl

    8.0
    the episode was drama and sad about a girl who was abused and now has a power and is dangerous. the episode was good but maybe a little boring and i wish the stories were about darla not about a girl i never seen



    but the epsido was well written and a good add to the show just not one of the best
  • Angel and the team protect an abused girl with special powers whilst Wolfram and Hart pursue her.

    8.7
    Untouched is definitely one of Angel’s more disturbing episodes of the entire show.



    On the surface it seems like an ordinary Angel episode. Angel saves the girl from her father, from W&H and ultimately from herself, in the scary city of LA. In fact it feels not to dissimilar from the pilot episode. But this episode gives so much more than that.



    The subject of child abuse is a difficult one to approach, for any TV show. It’s a subject that needs delicate handling and Angel manages it quite well. Interlinking it with the supernatural element of telekinesis was a stoke of genius and made the episode very interesting. The actress who plays Bethany does a brilliant job here and makes the character easily believable. The scene in the bedroom with Angel is especially disturbing and makes for some good morbid TV.



    Lilah’s role in Bethany’s life is also interesting. W&H motives are clear, this girl has power and they want to use it for their own evil purposes. Lilah is obviously assigned to this job because she is a woman and therefore less threatening to Bethany. The most interesting part of her involvement however is the power play in W&H and the way that Lilah deals with this. Her and her assignments are obviously seen as less important that Lindsey’s, which could be symbolic of her role at W&H at least at the moment.



    Cleverly interwoven into this plot is that of Angel and Darla as she continues to drive him mad. I love the way in which the writers are building up the arc, which will nicely pay off in the next episode and the rest of the season as a whole.



    The only other point of the episode to mention is that Gunn is now officially part of the team accepting payment for the work that he does. I love the way that the writers are subtly incorporating Gunn into the team without making it seem too forced.



    A good episode which didn’t seem to be too filler despite the stand alone-ness of the main plot.moreless
Daisy McCrackin

Daisy McCrackin

Bethany Chaulk

Guest Star

Madison Eginton

Madison Eginton

Young Bethany

Guest Star

Drew Wicks

Drew Wicks

Uniform Officer

Guest Star

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Darla

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Holland Manners

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Bethany comes back to Lilah's after being attacked, she has no mark on her forehead but there was an excessive amount of blood on her left temple when she spoke with Angel in the scene before. It makes sense that she cleaned up before coming back, but there should be a visable cut.

    • When Angel is talking to the police officer the camera is on the cop, and then it's on Angel. Behind Angel there are people standing in the distance. Then the camera goes back to the cop then back to Angel and the people are gone. The camera goes back to the police officer and then back to Angel and the people in the distance are standing there again.

    • When Angel runs out of the hotel, he is not wearing a coat. But when he gets to his destination he is wearing one.

    • When Cordelia applies gauze on Angel's chest and shoulder she clearly has problems and puts tape every here and there. Then when we see Angel in his bedroom, just minutes later, he takes off his shirt and the bandage is nicely fitting with just one strip of tape at the bottom and one at his back.

    • Darla has clearly stuck her teeth in Angel's shoulder during the flashback/dream. However, after he pulls her head away, there are no bite marks. Angel has also bitten Darla's shoulder, but there are likewise no marks.

    • In the scene when Bethany throws Wesley and Angel to the ground in the Hyperion's garden, we can see that the sole of Angel's shoe is black, but after he escapes from the sun light into the shadows, the shoe's sole has a major yellow part.

    • When in the scene with Bethany and her father, after the explosion Angel is seen pinned against the far back wall in the background as the father speaks. After he's finished, Angel is seen on the ground again, getting up and Bethany pins him to the wall.

    • When Bethany's father arrives her telekenetic powers cause an explosion smashing windows in two floors and hurtling Angel and Cordelia into the wall, yet her father wasn't affected in any way. Surely her subconsious would have either aimed the blast at her father, or uncontrolably aimed the blast in all directions.

    • Cordelia is pierced in the bicep by the nail, and she starts the scene holding her bicep. But in the next shot, as she stands up, she is clutching her forearm instead.

    • The gypsy girl in the dream sequence is played by a different actress then the one we've seen in previous flashbacks.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lilah: Shut up! Just shut up. One more excuse from you and I am going to bury you alive, next to my house so I can hear you screaming.

    • Angel: What do we know about telekinesis?
      Wesley: Ah yes, the power of moving things with one's mind. (takes a deep breath) That's pretty much it. The power of.. moving.. I.. I'm better with demons really.
      Angel: Time to broaden your horizons.
      (Gunn enters)
      Gunn: You call, I come. Loaded for bear, ready for battle... and something else that starts with "B."
      Wesley: What is that?
      Gunn: (about his axe) Isn't this the thing? Some the kids in my camp put it together for me. Thought I might get the chance to stick it in somethin' tonight.
      Cordelia: Men are all alike.
      Gunn: The fair Cordelia. You still saving my life?
      Cordelia: Every minute.
      Gunn: How's that working out?
      Cordelia: You're alive, aren't you.

    • Wesley: Angel, are you sure this isn't a demon of some kind?
      Angel: She's just a girl.
      Cordelia: Just a girl who could kill your ass by blinking.

    • Lilah: You're special, Bethany. In the old, non-retarded sense of the word.

    • Angel: Did you get a hold of your friend? Is she okay?
      Bethany: She says she's fine - worried about me. How do you explain... She'd just think I'm crazy.
      Angel: Are you?
      Bethany: What?
      Angel: Well, if you are, you know, crazy, I just think things will go smoother if I know up front.

    • Lilah: You think that's it? Poof, you're cured and all you're nightmares are gone?
      Bethany: I'm not an idiot, Lilah, and I'm not a child.
      Lilah: Yes you are, and you need us. Sooner or later your powers are gonna get out of control, and you're gonna need a friend.
      Bethany: My friends don't hire men to rape or kidnap me, at least not my close ones anyway.

    • Bethany: So, are you and Angel...?
      Cordelia: Oh, no. I like my men less broody and more spendy.

    • Angel: You wanna make love, but you don't wanna be touched?
      Bethany: "Make love"? What are you, from the eighteenth century? I was just... I just wanted...
      Angel: What'd you want?
      Bethany: Are you shocked I'm a great big slut?
      Angel: You'll find I'm not easily shocked, Bethany.
      Bethany: Everyone thinks I'm so fragile and innocent. Men love it.
      Angel: Do you?
      Bethany: Do I love it? Who cares. I'm - I'm - like the chambermaid. I just leave. When a guy's on me, I... I made up the room, I showed him in and I leave till he's gone. Come back and clean up the mess.
      Angel: And the men?
      Bethany: What, you think they'd notice or care I'm not there? Would you?
      Angel: I don't think everyone's as bad as you'd have them be.
      Bethany: Oh, right. You love the people. Love them so much, you've got a hundred rooms to be all alone in.

    • Angel: You're gone.
      Cordelia: You can't fire Wesley! I'll quit, too! Unless you're firm.

    • Wesley: I mentioned her father.
      Cordelia: Well, who's her father?
      Wesley: No, it's... The sort of trauma that can produce this level of psychic power usually involves abuse of some kind - very early on. You'd mentioned a sexual vibe, she made that crack about family business. Statistically speaking, the father was the best guess.
      Cordelia: There's not enough yuck in the world.

    • Angel: Would you like some tea?
      Bethany: Yeah, please.
      Cordelia: You shouldn't worry. Angel does this kind of thing all the time.
      Bethany: Makes tea?
      Cordelia: Helps people. You know, he helps people with problems.
      Bethany: So what's wrong with you?
      Wesley: Where to begin?

    • Cordelia: No leads worth mentioning. Of course, we lost a little time during my 45 minutes of sleep. Good thing I left clothes here, or you'd be smelling me even now.

    • Angel: She said she was staying with a friend.
      Cordelia: Well, that narrows it down to people who have friends. Where do we keep that list?

    • Darla: Exciting, isn't it?
      Lilah: Darla. I didn't see you.
      Darla: Going through their things, all the little pieces of themselves locked away, given you a naughty little thrill of control.
      Lilah: I just like to keep abreast of his latest project. He's probably in my office right now trying to find out about mine. That's just how it works at our firm.
      Darla: Hmm, all you busy little worker bees, plotting your little schemes.
      Lilah: Calynthia powder? Is that how you keep Angel sleeping when he's with you?
      Darla: There is nothing so lovely as dreams. Everything is in them, everything hidden. Open those chambers and you can truly understand someone and control them.
      Lilah: And what's hidden in Angel's secret chambers?
      Darla: Horrors.

    • Bethany: What are you?
      Angel: I've come to help you. My name is Angel.
      Bethany: Ha. Ha. Great, I stabbed an angel. Now I'm really never getting into heaven.

    • Angel: Do you know how hard it is to think straight with a rebar through your torso?
      Cordelia: Actually, I do. Benefits of a Sunnydale education.

    • Bethany: You were right. This is great.
      Cordelia: It's the vanilla that makes the mocha less "latte-y."
      Bethany: Yeah. Where I'm from, you know they still just have coffee. Everything else is that L.A. stuff.
      Cordelia: Yeah. Don't bone my boss.
      Bethany: What?
      Cordelia: Angel. He's strictly a no-bone.

    • Cordelia: There's something. She's got a vibe, I'm getting a vibe. She's vibey.

    • Gunn: I'm still tryin' to get over this man's ugly ass living room. Some people shouldn't be allowed to have money.

    • Cordelia: You can't fire me. I'm vision girl.

    • Angel: The time I've lived, I've seen some horrors, scary behavior, and a couple of fashion trends I constantly pray to forget.

    • Cordelia: (applying a bandage to Angel) I can't get this bandage to...stop moving!
      Angel: I'm not.
      Cordelia: Well then, stop breathing.
      Angel: I don't breathe.
      Cordelia: Then stop flexing your manly boob muscles, or whatever.
      Wesley: That's an ugly looking wound.
      Angel: Doesn't feel pretty either.

    • Wesley: I am not a sheep!
      Cordelia: You are such a sheep. You've never had a single opinion you didn't read in a book.
      Wesley: At least I've opened a book.
      Cordelia: Oh don't even try with the snooty, Wooly Boy. I was top 10 percent of my class!
      Wesley: What class? Advanced bosoms?
      Cordelia: Oh!
      Angel: Hey! What the hell's going on here?
      Cordelia: We were just discussing whether or not we should offer to pay Gunn.
      Angel: ... No you weren't.
      Wesley: Well, our discussions tend to go about 3 minutes, then it's strictly name calling and hair pulling.

    • Bethany: I could make you happy.
      Angel: You wouldn't like me when I'm happy.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In this episode the apple logos on Cordelia's laptop are clearly visible. This is in comparison to Episode 2x2 "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" where all the logos had been covered up by Post-It Notes.

    • Music:
      Playing near the carousel -- "At the Fairground" from the Opus Music Library

    • This is the first time series creator/executive producer Joss Whedon has directed an episode he hasn't written.

    • Cordelia makes reference to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Lover's Walk" (3x08) in which she fell through an old staircase and was impaled on a piece of reebar. That incident was taken from a real event in the life of actress Charisma Carpenter (who plays Cordelia) when she was a small girl.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Angel: You wouldn't like me when I'm happy.
      Probably one of the best known lines of the Incredible Hulk TV series - Bill Bixby as David Banner utters it (sorta) to reporter McGee, and it's repeated in that show's opening credits. Of course, Banner turned into the Hulk when he gets angry, and the line, is "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Still, the end result of a rampaging beast is the same.

    • Cop: No one but our Mr. Bill.
      Mr. Bill was a gag sketch on Saturday Night Live. He was a man made out of play-doh who was constantly getting hurt and smooshed.

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