Carpe Noctem

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Invasion of the Body Snatcher

My friend Kelly came over to visit, and so during the credits, I try to explain who all the characters are, since she's never seen the show before. Nor has she seen Buffy. Thank goodness I could keep on explaining things during the commercial break. Anyway, when we return to the show, Fred is in the office, yammering all about her movie-going experience to a patient Wesley. Fred's very enthusiastic, and I start to wonder if maybe she has a crush on Angel or something. It's probably just my imagination. She says, "Even though we didn't talk a lot, it was still okay. It was comfortable. It wasn't that awkward kind of quiet. You know that awkward kind of quiet?" There's a beat before Wesley lies, "No, that's never happened to me." I wonder if Wesley has ever experienced a quiet pause that wasn't awkward. In the lobby, Angel has picked up his newspaper and is sounding out the big words in Marmaduke when Cordy says that he should talk to Fred "about the big date [they] had last night." Angel insists that it wasn't a date, and Cordy explains that Fred might not realize that. Cordy says, "She's got the big puppy love. I mean, who wouldn't? You're handsome, and brave, and heroic..." Angel starts smiling at his wonderfulness until Cordy continues, "Emotionally stunted, erratic, prone to turning evil, and let's face it, a eunuch." Hey! Check out the alliteration! Shout-out? Angel gets particularly huffy at the last item on that list. Cordy says it's a figure of speech, which is news to me, and Angel snaps, "Find a better one!" Cordy gamely goes over the curse again for new viewers, although I don't think it cleared anything up for Kelly. Cordy finally gets back to the point, which is that Fred's got to let go of her crush. Angel finally admits that "a short talk" might be in order, and turns back to the paper, asking, "How soon can you do that?" Cordy says Angel has to do it, and hauls him to his feet. I can understand why Angel wouldn't look forward to that chat, but if you're trying to have a delicate conversation with Fred without hurting her feelings, Cordy isn't the person I'd put in charge.

Exhibit A: Cordy shoves Angel into the office and announces, "Angel has something to say!" Fred and Wesley look up expectantly. Angel wisely decides this isn't the right setting to shatter Fred's heart into a billion pieces. He looks at the paper in his hand, and asks, "Did anybody else see this?" He shows Wesley an article about the incredible wilting Woody. I can't believe I said that. You know: the melting guy from the teaser! Wesley recalls seeing a similar case last week, and starts pulling out notes. Cordy points out that nobody hired them to investigate this case. She is ignored. Wesley pulls out an article describing another melted corpse that was found ten days ago, and agrees that they should look into it. Angel tells Cordy to "open a case file," and hurries out. Cordy blinks and then follows after Angel, preparing to yell at him.

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