Dear Boy

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Blonde on Bland

The monks and the MoG wander outside. Gunn says, "So this whole 'teamwork' deal -- that's a thing of the past, now?" Angel says the job got done, and tells Cordy to take the car as he tosses her the keys. "I need to, uh..." he non-explains as he wanders away. Wesley tells Gunn that Angel hasn't been sleeping well. Cordy adds, "He's off his game." Gunn stares after Angel and asks, "Since when is it a game?"

Angel walks through the wackiness that is the Promenade. He glances to one side and spots Darla walking parallel to him. Need I mention that she's wearing red? As she passes in and out of view, he has little flashes of his dreams of Darla. His expression is...worried? Sad? Happy? Excited? Scared? Well, it's his catch-all expression for "I am experiencing a powerful, unspecified emotion." You know the one. Credits are due.

We're plunged straight into a flashback. Oh, joy. Angelus strolls along the streets of what we'll soon enough understand to be Victorian England. The credits inform us that Juliet "Drusilla" Landau will be in the episode. The WB's spoiler hotline starts ringing as viewers call in to complain. Angelus has long hair, of course, but for once, it doesn't look horrifying. I'm not saying it's great, but it's better than usual. Of course, that could be due to the dim lighting. He ducks into an alley and reaches out to take a woman's hand. As Darla steps into the half-light, Angelus slurs, "I thought we were meetin' in the square." He says this quietly, so that his attempt at an Irish accent doesn't cause any permanent ear damage. Darla glances at the man's corpse behind her and explains that "he was propositioning a streetwalker and dickering over the price. Can you imagine? I told him I'd do him for nothing." That's what she says. I expect she meant to say something more like, "The spoffy cove was trying to be catchy with a sloop of war when I said I'd fake the rubber." I've got some strange books. Angelus tells Darla that she's very charitable, and they smooch. Then Angel asks why she killed the prostitute, and the camera pans up a bit more to reveal a dead girl next to the man. "I just liked her," Darla explains. She leads Angelus back into the street saying that she has a surprise for him, but he has to guess what it is. He looks around at the passersby, and spots a family walking away from them. "The three daughters," he says. "All virgins." Darla says he's close. Angelus says, "The one in the middle has something delicate and unique. Did you find me a saint?" Darla says it's even better: "She has the sight." As the family stops, the middle girl turns and we are not particularly surprised to see that it's Drusilla. Angelus hisses, "She sees the future. She is pure innocence, yet she sees what's comin'. She knows what I'm gonna do to her." Dru stares as Angelus and Darla approach. As Dru turns back to her family and walks away, Angelus adds, "I'll really have to come up to snuff for this one." Darla stops and says, "Down, boy. Let the plum ripen." Dru stars in her very own blipvert.

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