Blipvert. As Angel and Doyle leave a liquor store, Doyle continues his Jiminy Cricket act. He tells Angel, "It's about reaching out to people, showing them that there's love and hope still left in this world." In the midst of this, an old woman asks Doyle for spare change and without missing a beat he responds, "Get a job, you lazy sow." Okay, that did make me giggle. Doyle also points out that Angel is very attractive. ["Not." -- Wing Chun] Angel asks who sent Doyle, but Doyle isn't sure. Doyle explains that he sometimes gets headaches during which he sees images, and that whoever sends him these visions is just trying to make things right. After his latest vision, he wrote, "Tina, Coffee Spot, S.M." on the back of a scrap of paper. Doyle asks, "You game?" Without answering, Angel channels a blipvert and then drives off in his black convertible to handle his first mission. (Okay, how'd he get a car? Is there a twenty-four-hour MVA?) I think the poor guy really missed having someone to boss him around the way Buffy used to do.
Tina is a waitress at a dog-friendly coffee bar who wants to make money fast. She was also one of the many Carries on Days of Our Lives, and I recognized her as the baby-sitter in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Anyway, Angel strikes up a casual conversation with Tina, asks her if she's happy, and after some back and forth she agrees to meet him when her shift ends at 10:00. Y'know, Angel is having one hell of a busy night. Let's be really generous and figure that sundown was at 7. Since then Angel's hung out at a bar, killed some vamps, gone home, talked to Doyle, and gone to the coffee place, and it's not even 10 PM yet! And this is Los Angeles, where it can take an hour to drive down to the supermarket.
So it's 10:00, or probably 10:30, since Tina has changed into a snazzy black dress and put her hair up. Angel asks if she wants to go out for a drink, and she pulls out mace or pepper spray or something. She says she knows who he is, and that he should tell Russell to leave her alone. Angel denies any connection to Russell, and claims that he started talking to her because she looked lonely, "and I figured then we had something in common." This melts Tina's heart, and she apologizes, explaining that she's having "relationship issues." Angel asks who Russell is, and I picture Space Ghost saying "Russell rhymes with muscle." That's probably just me, though. Tina won't say who Russell is, but does explain that she is from Montana, came to town to be a famous movie star, and now wants to go back home. But right now she has to go to a party, so Angel takes her there. Okay, if she thought that Angel was one of Russell's henchmen out to nab her, and believed that she'd need mace to defend herself against him, why the hell did she agree to meet him after work, by herself, in an empty parking lot? Methinks Tina ain't too bright.