Bachelor Party

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Bachelor Party

At the shower, Harry insists "This can't be right." She has translated the spell and discovers that it says "something about ingesting past love." Harry turns to the rest of the guest and says, "Richard said having the former husband present was some sort of tradition. I was just wondering --" The still-unnamed aunt interjects, "Well, they're certainly not going to eat your ex-husband's brains!" Mom clears her throat. Cordy and Harry run out of the room.

Angel is still napping while Dad draws a dotted line on Doyle's forehead. As Richard insists to Doyle that Harry will understand, one of the brothers places a shrimp fork on the box enclosing Doyle. Dad picks it up and asks, "He's going to eat the guy's brains with a shrimp fork?" The brother responds indignantly, "Pardon me if our ancient ancestors didn't leave behind any former-husband brain-eating forks!" Dad suggests that a soup spoon would be more appropriate. Richard apologizes to Doyle, saying, "We're a little fuzzy on the etiquette." Dad explains that "The accursed books tell us all very plainly that ingesting a priorly [sic] married prospective bride's former primary mate's fresh brains will ensure a happy second marriage. This way Richie can incorporate all the love that you and Harry shared, making their union whole. It's an Ano-movic thing -- don't ask." Props to the actor who had to recite all that with a straight face. Well, under the makeup. Doyle suggests to Richard, "Why don't I just give you that hug and we can call it even." Richard is hurt that Doyle might be backing out after giving his blessing. "Now I'm not so sure I even want to eat your brains," says Richard. Dad says, "Don't be petulant, Richard. You'll eat his brains. He can't take back a blessing. Now apologize to your friend." Richard reconsiders, and tells Doyle, "I'd be honored to eat your brains."

Angel finally wakes up, and vamps out. Richard prepares to make an incision as Angel bursts through the front door. One of the brothers says to Doyle, "You brought a vampire to my brother's bachelor party?" Angel has no problem battling a dozen guests now that he's got his plastic eyebrows on. Does this mean that, like Doyle, Angel is stronger when he's a demon? But he's never a demon, because he has a soul! Or he's always a demon, but he has a soul. Or do all demons have souls? Please, won't someone set up guidelines for the writers? While the battle ensues, the Doyle-in-the-box is spun across the floor several times. I think this is meant to be comedic. The lock holding the box closed suddenly opens, and the camera pans up to show that Doyle has his Pinhead look. Doyle says, "Harry says I should mix with other demons? I'll mix!" and bursts out to join the melée. There is much punching and kicking. Now that Doyle is free, why don't he and Angel just get out of there? There's no one else there to rescue. I guess it's fun to smash up furniture.

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