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"Belonging" is the nineteenth episode of the second season of Angel and the forty-first episode in the series. Written by Shawn Ryan and directed by Turi Meyer, it was originally broadcast on May 1, 2001, on The WB network.

Synopsis[]

A WHOLE NEW WORLD — Angel and his crew must find a way to kill a bloodthirsty demon who has arrived in town from another dimension through a mysterious, magical portal in the karaoke bar. With the help of Cordelia's visions, they are able to locate someone who can help destroy the snarly beast; however, when it's time to return their source to his home dimension, Cordelia discovers a whole new world.[1]

Summary[]

Cordelia has won a role in a national commercial and the Angel Investigations team celebrates at an expensive restaurant. They playfully ask that Cordelia remember them when she becomes famous. She reassures them she could never forget them as long as she continues to have increasingly painful visions. Angel shows his discomfort with the modern world when he balks at the menu and the cost of the restaurant. Then, he causes a commotion when he grabs a woman who is wearing a shawl, mistaking it for the shroud of a Voltar witch. Shortly afterward, Cordelia discovers the pricey appetizer she has eaten has upset her stomach, causing her to vomit on the restaurant floor.

The following day, Wesley calls his parents to wish his father a happy birthday. Wesley is visibly unhappy when his father criticizes everything he says. Angel makes an appearance on the set where Cordelia's commercial is being shot, enjoying the fake sunlight effect of the beach scene. After requesting to see Cordelia only in her bikini, the director belittles her looks, diet, and attractiveness. Although Angel is prepared to kill the man for Cordelia, she tells him he's hurting her career and asks him to leave. Angel is oblivious that the rules of the entertainment industry are different than his. In his reality, Cordelia and Angel are saving the world; in the world of acting, Cordelia is merely a commodity, and Angel is viewed as an "unemployed musician."

Gunn's friends, George and Rondell, arrive at the Hyperion Hotel, requesting Gunn's assistance with a vampire problem. They are frustrated that Gunn is rarely seen in their neighborhood nowadays, due to his employment with Angel. Gunn wants to help his old friends, but must put his plans on hold when Angel returns with news on the Haklar demon they're tracking.

Angel tells Wesley and Gunn that he is concerned about Cordelia's career goals. At Caritas, a gray demon enters through a portal that opens in the club while the Host is singing. Angel and Wesley return to the hotel after killing the Haklar demon, finding Cordelia in the aftermath of her humiliating work experience. The director made it clear she was only there for her looks, not her acting abilities.

The Host visits the hotel. He is there to request the aid of Angel Investigations to kill the Drokken beast that arrived unexpectedly at Caritas. He stresses the importance of killing the demon, as it is a man-eating demon and probably very hungry. They agree to help but just then, Cordelia gets visions of a woman in a library and a portal opening up behind her. Gunn returns to his friend's hideout to be met with angry, accusatory stares. George has been bitten by a vampire and they don't know if he will return as undead.

At the Stewart Branch Public Library, a description of the woman and pendant Cordelia saw in her vision is given to the librarian, Claire. She recognizes it, but says that its owner, a woman named Fred, has been missing for five years. While investigating the area where Fred disappeared, Cordelia finds a book in an odd language and reads some of it aloud. Seemingly nervous, The Host tries to interject, but hesitates. Suddenly, a portal appears in the library and a large green demon appears.

Despite not being at all thrilled about the demon, the Host acknowledges him as Landok. When Landok recognizes the Host as Krevlornswath from the Deathwok Clan, the Host admits they are cousins. Landok questions the Host's disappearance from their home dimension, but the Host has no interest in returning. The Host is content on Earth, but his cousin wishes to return to his home dimension, where everyone is required to hunt and gather, with other pursuits being of little importance.

Landok offers his assistance and expertise in tracking down and killing the Drokken beast, bringing it back into focus. On the streets, Gunn confronts Rondell, saying they should have waited for him to attack the vampire nest, but Rondell makes it clear that they've been waiting for him for far too long.

The Host tells Angel about his homeland as they look for the Drokken. It is a realm where there is only good and evil, no music or art, no one communicates their thoughts or emotions, and only heroes fight for justice. Angel listens with a look of understanding. With the help of Landok, the gang is able to locate the Drokken. The demon kidnaps a woman for his meal, and the group rushes in to save her. Landok is bitten, the bite being venomous to his kind. Wesley and Angel fight the demon, and Angel finally kills it by throwing a sword through its throat.

Outside, Cordelia reveals they can get Landok back home for a cure by reading from the book. Gunn and Rondell, distraught about their friend's death, set fire to George's body on top of a pile of wood. Landok reads from the book at Caritas, which opens the gateway and causes him to disappear. As the gang reflects on their latest adventure, they discover Cordelia has disappeared.

Cordelia wakes up in unfamiliar territory, realizing she's in a whole new dimension.

Continuity[]

  • When Cordelia is in her bikini, her belly scar is visible from when she was impaled in "Lovers Walk."
  • The non-canon story The Curse, Part Two that Cordelia's commercial was never released in the United States, but it made Cordelia popular in Romania.
  • The denim jumpsuit Cordelia wears is the same one worn by Harmony in "Fool for Love." This could be one of the items Harmony mentions leaving at Cordelia's apartment before leaving town in "Disharmony."

Appearances[]

Individuals[]

Organizations and titles[]

Species[]

Locations[]

Objects[]

Death count[]

  • Haklar demon, killed by Angel, Wesley, and Gunn (only mentioned).
  • Two unidentified men, killed by the Drokken beast (only mentioned).
  • George, blood drained by a vampire (only mentioned).
  • Drokken beast, stabbed in the neck by Angel.

Behind the scenes[]

Production[]

  • The scar on Cordelia's belly is genuinely Charisma Carpenter's from a childhood accident.[2]
  • In this episode, Carpenter's character is belittled and mistreated by the director of the commercial she is filming. 20 years later, she revealed to have experienced a toxic environment at the hands of Joss Whedon during the series.[3]

Broadcast[]

  • "Belonging" had an audience of 3.0 million households upon its original airing.[4]

Pop culture references[]

  • Angel understands Lorne's reluctance to use his name on Earth: because of the actor Lorne Greene.
  • Cordelia refers to the game show Wheel of Fortune saying: "Yeah, Pat. I'd like to buy a vowel."
  • Lorne refers to the character Harry Potter whilst Wes spends the rest of the episode with a small zigzag scar on his forehead.
  • Lorne mentions Elton John's song "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

Music[]

International titles[]

  • Czech: "Sounáležitosti" (Belongings)
  • Finnish: "Terveiset kotiin" (Welcome Home)
  • French: "Origines" (Origins)
  • German: "Das Portal" (The Portal)
  • Hungarian: "Rokonok" (Relatives)
  • Italian: "La città dei lustrini" (The City of Glitter)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Meus Pertences" (My Belongings)
  • Russian: "Принадлежность" (Belonging)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "El portal" (The Portal)
  • Spanish (Spain): "El portal" (The Portal)
  • Turkish: "Aitlik" (Belonging)

Quotes[]

Angel: "I remember when a few bob got you a good meal, mead, and a tavern wench."

References[]

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