Angel's still grumpy, and Spicule reminisces that Angel "never was one for small talk." Is he kidding? He says that Angel was always "trying to perfect that brooding block-of-wood mystique." No, really, is he kidding? Are they talking about when Angel was evil? I'm not just talking about last season -- check out those flashbacks in the first two seasons. When he's evil, you can't shut him up. Then Spicule and Angel go back and forth making fun of each other. It's painful and seems like fanfic, in that it's not a conversation that makes sense for the characters or advances the story: it's just cute references for their own sake because that's what fans like. It's best summed up by the fact that Spicule calls Angel "Liam," and I won't retract my kiss, but I don't think DeKnight should do comedy banter. Sniping and hair-mockery over with, Angel and Spicule sit on the couch, staring into space. And then I have a chance to win R.E.M. tickets if I log on to my local WB affiliate's website, according to a giant scrolling message on the bottom of my screen. Oh, we're starting to sneak up on the plot again, I guess I'll pay attention. Angel finally admits that he did like Spicule's poems. Spicule snaps, "You like Barry Manilow!" Spicule turns away in a huff and sees a hanged man dangling in the middle of the room. Angel doesn't. The body vanishes, and Spicule nervously decides that it's nothing. But then the hanged guy, de-noosed, is standing behind Angel. At this point, if I were Angel, I'd mess with Spicule's head and get all the creepy beings I could find, get them up in the office pronto, and then tell Spicule that I didn't see anyone else there.
Episode Report CardStrega: C | 996 USERS: B-
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