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Angel descends the stairs, doughnuts at the ready. Looking into the bedroom, he sees that the bed is made, and Faith isn't there. He looks around and calls "Faith?" I keep waiting for him to whistle for her like she's a puppy and call, "I've got doughnuts!" to entice her to come out of her hiding place. He finally spots her leaning in the kitchen doorway and tells her, "I have doughnuts." I was hoping for a different delivery on that line, but it's still funny.

He puts the doughnuts down and begins speaking. With lots of. Long. Pauses. Which I will helpfully edit out. So that you don't go. Insane.

As he slowly steps toward her, he says, "I understand what you're going through and I want to help, but there are a few things you have to do. First, I need you to give me that knife." The camera pans down to reveal that, sure enough, even though Angel's got closets full of axes and swords, she went for the bread knife. Faith thinks about it, and finally hands it over. Angel tells her she should be resting, and Faith replies, "I've been asleep for eight months. You rest."

A blipvert lands on the Wolfram & Hart building. Lilah hurries into Lindsey's office and says that instead of killing Angel, Faith has moved into his apartment. Lindsey has an annoying habit of looking directly ahead into the empty air even though he's talking to Lee, who is standing two feet to his right. He asks, "Who else knows about this?" Lee says, "No one outside of this room." Well, and presumably Angel and Faith, right? Lindsey summarizes their position, which is basically, screwed, and asks, "How are we gonna fix it?" Cut to Lee, sitting there quietly with his massive contusions and neck brace, who hisses, "I say we kill her," through his wired jaw.

Faith has flashbacks to killing the Mayor's aide, and hears the voice of her conscience, which sounds a lot like Buffy whining, "You killed a man!" She reacts by stuffing her things back into her bag just as Angel enters. The captioning has Faith say, "Leave me alone," but I guess she was just thinking that very intently. Angel tells her she's in no condition to leave, and if she goes now, she'll be running for the rest of her life, which won't be very long. Faith tries to walk away, saying, "It doesn't matter." Angel spins her around and says it matters to him. She asks why he's being nice, and tries to walk past him out the door. When Angel doesn't move, she says, "[Are] you gonna step aside, or do we throw down? I mean, am I your prisoner here?" Angel says she isn't a prisoner, and Faith says, "So I'm free?" Angel says, "I don't know about that," and then pushes the door open and adds, "but the door's open." His other superhero identity is Captain Obvious. As Faith passes him and walks out into the hall, Angel starts getting all metaphorical: "Where are you gonna go? Back out into that darkness. I once told you [that] you didn't have to go out into that darkness, remember?" Which darkness was that? Oh, that darkness. Faith stops and tries to decide if she's wearing too much makeup (answer: yes) as Angel tries wacking her over the head with an extended metaphor. He says, "You thought you could just touch it. That you'd be okay. Five by five, right, Faith? But it swallowed you whole. So tell me, how'd you like it?" Faith suddenly whirls and punches him. Then she looks confused, and says, "Help me." Angel, his self-satisfaction validated, agrees to do so.

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