|Season 3, Episode 7|
|Air date||November 05, 2001|
|Written by||David Greenwalt|
|Directed by||Turi Meyer|
Offspring is the seventh episode of the third season of Angel and the fifty-first episode overall. Written by David Greenwalt and directed by Turi Meyer, it was originally broadcast on November 5, 2001 on the WB network.
While Angel and the crew research a prophecy predicting the imminent arrival of a being who may have a profound impact on the world, Darla, pregnant and angry, arrives at the hotel looking for Angel. Baffled by Darla's condition, Angel turns to Lorne for some insight on this situation while Darla gets a sympathetic ear from Cordelia, unaware that Darla is still very evil. Also, more of Angel and Darla's murderous past is shown when they murdered an Englishman's family back in 1767 in which the man, Daniel Holtz, begins a life-long crusade as a vampire hunter-killer to exterminate them.
In Rome in 1771, Angelus is trapped in the sewers by his nemesis, Holtz. Finally having caught up with the monster who murdered his entire family, Holtz tortures Angel for a day, until Darla arrives and rescues him, killing everyone but Holtz.
In present day LA, Darla arrives in Los Angeles on a bus, having drained all of the other passengers first.
Meanwhile, Angel trains with Cordelia in her hand to hand combat skills. They discuss the hinted prophecies that the apocalypse is coming. Angel is skeptical as he's heard a lot of similar rumors in his long lifetime. Cordelia has decorated the dungeon with plastic flowers, and talks to Angel about plans for his birthday. Fred walks in on them sparring and, after Cordy has left, tells Angel that the two of them are attracted to one another, an idea that Angel greets with incredulity.
Gunn and Wesley break into a home to steal the lost Nyazian scroll, which has part of the prophecy. They are caught by the owner and make a deal with him to see the prophecy. Back at the hotel, the crew talks about prophecies, about the prophecy of Angel being turned into a normal man. Fred does calculations to figure out when the prophecy will come to pass, and they all show that it has already begun, starting with some unspecified bad thing.
At that moment, a heavily pregnant Darla walks in and tells Angel he's knocked her up. Cordelia is very upset that Angel would sleep with Darla, especially because he swore he would never do anything like that. Angel says this is impossible as vampires can't have children, and Wesley confirms this is true. Cordelia acts very protective of Darla, as one does for a pregnant woman, and is very angry at Angel. Fred wonders if this is the prophesied bad event. Angel wonders if she's really pregnant, and Darla offers to let him hear the heartbeat.
The gang goes to visit the host at Caritas, which he is in the midst of rebuilding. He is currently being visited by the three witches first seen in That Old Gang of Mine, and who are former lovers of Angel. Their presence further inflames Cordelia, who takes Darla to lie down in the back.
They talk with the host about what the pregnancy means. They wonder if this child is an evil being from prophecy, and its destiny is bad. But Fred says "screw destiny," that they can defeat anything.
Cordelia starts to bond with Darla over demonic pregnancies, until Darla attacks Cordelia and starts feeding off of her.The struggling Cordelia then has a vision, and Angel arrives and flings Darla across the room. Darla runs away and Angel tells Cordelia that he'll kill Darla for what she just did. Cordy remembers her vision--Darla has a never ending hunger now that she's pregnant, and she craves young blood. Angel prepares for battle as Cordy realizes she knows where Darla must have gone.
Angel catches up with Darla in an amusement park, about to feed off a toddler. The two struggle, and Angel strangles Darla, to no effect because she doesn't breathe. He grabs a stake and is about to strike her down, while she begs him to kill her and make her hunger stop. But Angel stays his hand--what Darla said has finally registered. He realizes that while they don't breathe, the baby has a heartbeat and breathes, and so the baby must have a soul. He takes her back to the hotel to take care of her, while taking precautions against her feeding off anyone there. Fred realizes that the thing from the prophecy is about to arise at any moment. In an underground cavern, there is chanting, and then out of a stone tomb emerges... Holtz!
- David Boreanaz as Angel
- Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
- Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
- J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
- Amy Acker as Winifred Burkle
Special Guest Starring
- Andy Hallett as Lorne
- Jack Conley as Sahjhan
- Steve Tom as Stephen Mills
- Keith Szarabajka as Daniel Holtz
- Heidi Marnhout as Fury #1
- An Le as Fury #2
- Madison Gray as Fury #3
- Robert Peters as Arney
- Sergio Premoli as Monsignor
- Van Epperson as Bus Driver
- Peyton Miller as Johnny
- Christian Miller as Johnny
- Kathleen McMartin as Mom
- Theresa Arrison as Johnny's Mom
Angelus - "Darla, shouldn't we be killing Holtz?" Darla - "I know. But it's just so much fun ruining his life. He's like family now."
Cordy - "Hey, what are friends for?" Darla - "If you ask me, they're for knocking you up and leaving you high and dry." [Angel spins around to see a very pregnant Darla standing on the top landing leading down into the lobby from outside.] Darla - "Hello, lover. Long time no see."
Angel - "Darla?" Cordy - "Darla?" Wesley - "Darla?" Fred - "Who's Darla?" Gunn - "Angel's old flame, from way back." Fred - "Not the one who died?" Gunn - "Yeah. No, not that one, the other one that died and came back to life. She's a vampire." Fred - "Do y'all have a chart or somethin'?" Gunn - "In the files. I'll get it for you later."
Angel - "Cordy that's Darla. Maybe you don't want to..." Cordy - "Did you or did you not look me in the eye and say that you would never do a thing like this with her?" Darla - "Oh, he lied? What a surprise." [Fred carrying a glass of water] Fred - "Hi. I'm Fred. Is water okay, or did you want some blood?" [Darla takes the water as Wes gently pulls Fred back away from Darla.] Angel - "Cordy. I'm sorry I lied. It was just...it was a very dark time." Cordy - "Oh! You used her to make you feel better during your dark time. Well, that makes it all heroic." Angel - "It wasn't like that. It just happened. It wasn't like I went evil or anything, I just..." Cordy - "You just went male."
Lorne - "Born out of darkness to bring darkness." Angel - "Great. So, we're saying that my child is the scourge of mankind?" [Darla moans.] Cordy - "You guys are upsetting her!"
Angel - [talking about Darla] "Where is she?" Wes - "She got away." Gunn - "We tried to stop her by hitting her fists and feet with our faces."
Darla - "How could you put this in me? I hate you!" [Darla hits him again, but Angel refuses to let go of her throat.] Darla - "They breathe. They breathe and pound. I don't breathe, you idiot! You can't strangle me!" [Darla laughs.] Angel - "I'm not gonna strangle you." [Angel pulls her away and slams her back up against the wall, pulling out another stake.] Darla - "Come on! Do it!" [Angel hesitates] Darla - "Do it!" [Angel slowly lowers the stake and looks down at Darla's belly. We hear a heartbeat. Angel slowly steps back from Darla. Darla lunges, grabs a hold of Angel's jacket and shakes him.] Darla - "Do it! Do it! Make it stop!" [Angel gently restrains her, wrapping her tightly in his arms and pulling her up against his chest.] Angel - "No it won't, Darla. Darla, listen to me." Darla - "Make it stop! Make it stop." Angel - "The child. The child has a heartbeat. It has a soul." [Darla flailing wildly] Darla - "No! Not my child! No!" Angel - "Our child. Our child. Our child. That's why you've been craving purer and purer blood. That's why it's been driving you out of your mind. It has a soul." [Darla collapses against Angel's chest, sobbing] Darla - "No, it doesn't." [Angel holds her] Angel - "It does." Darla - "It can't." Angel - "Yes, it does. It does."