Angel
Inside Out

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This Ain't No Love Song

Cordy's gone back to the chanting. She sits cross-legged on the floor in a circle of candles. Her outfit looks especially silly when she's sitting on the floor and has to pull it up so it's not tangled in her legs. I guess most outfits would look odd in that situation, though. Connor watches unhappily.

In the next room, the girl is in a corner, her hands bound. She opens her eyes suddenly, and sees Connor kneeling in front of her. He offers her water, and she instantly bursts into tears and begs to be let go. It doesn't take her any time at all to process what's happening; she just opens her eyes and starts crying. I mean, she's got reason, but, well, I'm petty. She wails, "My mom's gonna be so mad!" and I like the fact that her mention of a family seems to pain Connor. He apologizes to her, and then an echoey voice says, "Listen." Connor looks around suspiciously and asks if someone's there. The echoey voice is more clearly Darla's this time, and she says, "I've always been here. Close to your heart." Just to the left of the aorta. She continues, "After all --" and then materializes in a pale dress and white sweater. "Isn't that where a mother belongs?" She smiles us into the commercials. Parents always drop in right when you're doing something embarrassing, don't they?

When we return, Darla claims, "The Powers have sent me to give you a message." Connor, shell-shocked, says she's not his mother. She replies, "I have her memories, her feelings. Isn't that what makes a person who they are?" Interesting question. And interesting way of avoiding Connor's question. The girl goes back to crying and begging to be let go. Darla looks at the girl curiously and says, "I know that sound." Darla squats next to the girl and says Darla nurtured fear "in all the people that [Darla] murdered." Connor whispers, "My mother's dead." The girl looks up at him, startled, at which point it becomes clear that she can't see Darla, and I start thinking it'd be pretty damn funny if Darla was The First. Maybe The First moonlights for TPTB while it's waiting for something to happen on the other show. Darla goes on about how she shared Connor's soul when he was inside her, which I still find ridiculous. She says, "You brought light to my shadow, filled my heart with joy and love, and caused me to make really dopey sentimental speeches like this one." Bah. Connor asks if Darla killed herself because she hated him. For the benefit of the understandably confused, I'll point out that Holtz doesn't know why Darla staked herself, and only Angel heard her rooftop speech about the glories of motherhood. I'm not sure Angel's had a chance to tell Connor about the details of his birth, and even if he had, I don't know if telling Connor "your horribly evil undead mom loved you so much she killed herself" would really cheer the kid up. Darla explains that she did what she needed to do: "My life for yours." She repeats her line about how Connor was the only good thing she ever did, and says, "I'd die every day for the rest of eternity for you." I'm sure she means that nicely and everything, but perhaps she should tone it down. Darla looks at the girl and asks, "And this is how you repay me?" Connor, resigned, says, "We need her for our baby. To keep it safe." Darla hisses, "By anointing it in the blood of an innocent? You really think that safety can be plucked from the arms of an evil deed?" I guess dying four times makes you a little more poetic. Connor quotes Cordy: "Good, evil. They're just words." Darla begs Connor, "Don't let my death mean nothing." I think the meaning of her death is her problem.

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