Winifred "Fred" Burkle
In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Angel, Angel tells Buffy that he hasn't "fed on a living human being since that day." But in this episode we see that Angel not only feeds off of Lawson, he also turns him into a vampire.
However, the uses of the word "fed" could have been intentional by the writer(s), just as they had him say "living". Angel didn't bite Lawson to "feed," he did with a specific purpose in mind.
When showing the gang tied up and in nooses Lawson says they have double aught wire around their necks. Wire gauges get bigger as the numbers get smaller with 00 gauge being .365 inches in diameter. What is around their necks looks to be about 18 gauge which would strangle them and would make it hard to cut them down but is too thick to cut their necks like a garotte.
Angel's language skills: This episode establishes that Angel is relatively fluent in German; previous episodes have shown that he speaks Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese (all at least on a conversational level) as well -- thus, Angel can communicate in at least seven human languages.
SS man wearing black uniform: The SS man, a Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) is wearing a black uniform aboard the sub in 1943. A common Hollywood mistake: After the beginning of WW2 in September 1939, the regular SS began wearing grey uniforms. The black uniforms were only worn on special occasions, like public state funerals but not during regular duty. Then again, the black uniforms make their demonic side more visible at first glance in a film... ;)
In "The Trial", Angel briefly entertains the idea of turning the dying Darla, with the theory that perhaps she'll keep her soul since he has one. This logic doesn't fly thanks to the existance of Lawson.
Lawson: We all need a reason to live, even if we're dead. Mom, apple pie, the Stars and Stripes... that was good enough for me. Until I met you. Then I had this whole creature-of-the-night thing going for me -- the joy of destruction and death -- and I embraced it. I did all the terrible things a monster does. Murdered women and children, tortured fathers and husbands just to hear them scream, and through it all, I felt nothing. Sixty years of blood drying in my throat like ashes. So what do you think? Is it me, Chief, or does everyone you sired feel this way?
Spike: I wanna be called Captain. I mean hell, I did eat him.
Angel: Check the torpedoes before I stuff you in a tube and send you for a swim, "Captain."
Spike: Really ought to do something about security. They'll let anybody in here, won't they? Fred gave me the Cliff Notes. So sailor boy finally came back for a yo-ho-ho, did he?
Angel: Finally came back...
Spike: Took him long enough... I know revenge is a dish best served cold but his must've been frozen solid
Angel: I don't think that's what he was after.
Spike: No? Then what was he looking for?
Angel: A reason.
Lawson: Come on chief, give me a mission.
(Angel stakes him)
Angel: We need them. I'm not getting trapped at the bottom of the sea!
Spike: And I'm not getting experimented on by his government!
Spike: Sneaky bastards, the SS. Don't ever go to a "free virgin blood party". Turns out, it's probably a trap.
Angel: You were captured at a "free virgin blood party"?
Spike: I know. Who'd'a thought?
Angel: You're a Nazi.
Spike: What? Oh! No, I just ate one.
Spike: Bloody brilliant. Turn the poor sod to save the ship, then make him dash for dry land before Mr. Sunlight scorches him a new one. You're still a dick.
Angel: Yeah. I am. (Moves aside, giving Spike a clear path to the ladder)
Nostroyev: I will tear you open and play "Coachman, Spare Your Horses" on the lute of your entrails!
Lawson: Aren't you going to ask how I got in here?
Angel: Nah. You'd be amazed how many people break into this building on a regular basis.
Angel: Spike's not in the S.S. He just likes wearing the jacket.
This episode received a 3.8/5 in the Nielsen overnight ratings.
This episode is the first (and last) time we see Spike with black hair.
In the WWII flashback, Spike objects to being experimented on by the US government. Unforunately for Spike, this happens in season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as the government-run Initiative put a nonagression chip in Spike's head.
Angel vehemently says he isn't getting trapped at the bottom of the sea in the WWII flashbacks. Again, unfortunately for him, (just as in Spike's case) Angel was trapped at the bottom of the ocean at the end of season 3, when Connor betrayed him.
The character Cmdr. Petrie is a possible reference to Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Doug Petrie.
Lawson is the only vampire Angel sired while having a soul.
This marks the third time a vampire from Angel's past has come back to try and kill him (not counting Darla or any other familiar characters). The first time was in "Somnambulist" (1x11) in Season 1 and the second time was in season 3's "Heartthrob" (3x01).
The name "Prince of Lies" originated in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Lies My Parents Told Me" (7x17), which was also written by Drew Goddard. In the episode, Drusilla suggests nicknames for a freshly sired Spike, one of the names being "Lucien, Prince of Lies." However, director David Fury cut it out, and Drew was excited to finally be able to use the name in this episode.
In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Checkpoint" (5x12), Buffy points out to her professor the near impossibility of killing Rasputin and insinuates he could be a demon. Nostroyev here says he was Rasputin's lover -- this would seem to lend validity to her assessment. We also learn that "scourge of" seems a more common title applied to vampires then previously implied.
The title of this episode, "Why We Fight," is a reference to the "Why We Fight" propaganda documentary film series made by the U.S. during WWII.
One of the men who recruits Angel refers to their group as "The Demon Research Initiative," likely an earlier form of The Initiative seen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4.
WB used the promo title "1943" for this episode.
Camden Toy's characters are well known to "Buffyverse" fans, if not his face. In addition to appearing as the Prince of Lies, Camden appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer several times under heavy makeup: as one of the Gentlemen in "Hush" (4x10), as Gnarl in "Same Time, Same Place" (7x03) and as the first Turok-Han to escape from the Hellmouth from "Never Leave Me" (7x09) to "Get It Done" (7x15).
Lorne: You been to Skybar lately?
Skybar is a very trendy bar located in the Modrian Hotel in Los Angeles. Due to its amazing views of the city, and its location right on the Sunset Strip, it was a hot nightlife spot since its opening, but many believe that it has dropped in quality in recent years (as Lorne implies in this comment).
Spike: Fred gave me the Cliffs-notes.
Cliffs-notes makes study guides and summary books of texts for students.
Spike: Yeah let me know how that works out for you, Popeye.
Popeye the Sailor is a famous comic strip character. He gains strength by eating spinach.
Hodge: He's some sort of super soldier like Steve Rogers, or Captain America.
Steve Rogers aka Captain America was a comic book hero introduced during World War II. He was a genetically altered super soldier who fought the likes of Nazis, Japanese and other threats to America during the war.
Title: Why We Fight
This episode is themed around Spike and Angel's past in World War II involving the Nazis, the title of this episode "Why We Fight" is also the exact same title of episode nine of the series "Band of Brothers" based around the American 101st Airborne regiment Easy Company fighting the Nazis in Europe during World War II.
Spike: ...revenge is a dish best served cold...
This line is originally attributed to Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, in his book Les Liaisons Dangereuses. (The line is a translation; the original French reads, "La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid.") Star Trek, Kill Bill, and Angel are just some of several shows and movies to borrow it.
The Prince of Lies:
The Prince of Lies is likely meant to be the vampire known as "Count Orlock" from the movies Nosferatu and Shadow of the Vampire.
Also, possibly an unintentional reference, but "Prince of Lies" is an additional title for Belial, a rather gruesome fallen angel "fighting the bad fight" from the horror novel Fallen Angel by Graham Masterson.
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