Cordy is closing up the office for the night. I'm looking forward to the episode on which she has to prepare her tax forms. She opens the door to find Wesley standing there, holding a stake. Wesley enters, closes the door, and asks where Angel is. "Not here" is Cordy's pithy response. Wesley reminds Cordy of his mix-up with the morning paper earlier, and says, "That's when I saw this," pulling out a clipping. Cordy stares at it in horror and says, "Oh my God. You cut up Doctor Folger's newspaper? You're gonna get us kicked out of this building!" If no one's complained about the demons crashing in through windows, why would they care about a stolen newspaper? Also, note yet another coffee reference in the good doctor's name. Wesley encourages Cordy actually to read the clipping, and Cordy painstakingly sounds out the words. "Third body found in alley. So?" Wesley says, "Note the modus operandi. The mutilation of the corpse with the religious icon?" Wesley explains that as Watcher, he did research on Angel in Sunnydale. "In the late 1700s, it was Angelus's custom to sign his victims by carving a Christian cross into their left cheek. He liked to let people know he'd been there." A Christian cross. Not that other, different-looking kind. Cordy speaks for us all when she tells Wesley, "You get to leave now." She continues, "You're not going to come in here and accuse Angel like this. I don't care how many files you have on all the horrible things that he did back in the powdered-wig days! He is good now, and he is my friend, and nothing you or anyone else can say will make me turn on a friend." An uncharacteristic display of loyalty there, or maybe she's just angling for a raise since Angel has suddenly entered behind Wesley. Angel comments, "He's right." I guess she was after a raise, because Cordy tells Wesley, "You stake him, and I'll cut his head off." Wesley aims a cross at Angel and orders, "Come no closer!" "I'm not going to hurt you," Angel insists. "Why should we believe a thing you say?" Wesley asks. Angel laughs, twists Wesley's arm around, grabs him by the neck, and says, "Because that's how fast I could take you if I wanted to." There's a brief glimpse of the old Angelus we knew and loved! Or, at least, knew and didn't despise quite as much.
Episode Report CardStrega: D | 529 USERS: C+
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