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"Reprise" is the fifteenth episode of the second season of Angel and the thirty-seventh episode in the series. Written by Tim Minear and directed by James Whitmore Jr., it was originally broadcast on February 20, 2001, on The WB network.

Synopsis[]

ANGEL GOES ON A SUICIDE MISSION - Angel learns of the impending visit of Wolfram & Hart's "senior partner," an evil and merciless demon from hell, and he plans a kamikaze mission to destroy the powerful beast that will sacrifice his own life in the process.[1]

Summary[]

Continuing his vendetta against Wolfram & Hart, Angel stops two of the firm's employees from sacrificing goats. Neither man understands the reason for the sacrifice; only that it is to appease someone or something. Once they're frightened off, Angel begins to smash the place apart.

Stephanie Sharp, now free of the third eye in the back of her skull, is presented to her mother by Wesley, Gunn, and Cordelia at Angel Investigations. Mrs. Sharp tells the group that she and her husband have decided that she is obviously a victim of a scam since it is "impossible" for a third eye to grow from the back of the skull. Though she has witnessed the growth herself and approached the group for help, she refuses to pay the bill. After successfully stiffing the group of their payment, she and her daughter leave.  Frustrated, Gunn leaves to patrol the neighborhood where he feels he can be more useful.

At Wolfram & Hart, Lindsey and Lilah discuss the upcoming seventy-five year review. All of the firm's employees are scared of literally being 'cut' and doing everything to make themselves look better (including one offering her firstborn as a sacrifice). Lilah is worried after their recent mistakes, but Lindsey is happy to let the record stand. He confirms to Lilah that Darla and Drusilla have not contacted him since Angel set them on fire.

Angel is becoming increasingly isolated and depressed as incidents conspire to remind him of his failures and shortcomings. He asks Kate for information on the firm and if she can file charges against them, but Kate bitterly refuses. She informs him that because Atkinson filed a complaint against her for letting Angel inside his office, she is forced to work desk duty while a disciplinary hearing is held. Interrupting his apology, Kate tells Angel that she has proof Darla and Drusilla broke out of the wine cellar, not into it. Realizing that Angel locked the Wolfram & Hart lawyers in to be killed, Kate warns him not to ask for her help ever again.

Angel decides to head to Caritas to get information from the Host. However, it seems to be a busy night as the place is full of lawyers. The Host reluctantly tells Angel that the staff at Wolfram & Hart are anxious about an upcoming review. A Senior Partner who manifests itself on Earth will conduct the assessment. The rituals that Angel has been interrupting are the attorneys' attempt to gain brownie points before the Partner arrives. The Partner can be killed once it is on Earth, and the terms Band of Blacknill and Home Office are important. Before Angel leaves, the Host gives him one more piece of information; all the lawyers want to see him dead. However one doesn't have to be psychic to know that, as Angel realizes that everyone else in the room is giving him hostile looks.

Lindsey returns home, where Darla has been recuperating. He gives her a bottle of human blood. Darla thanks Lindsey before confirming that Drusilla will not be returning to LA. When he goes to the shower, she stops feigning weakness and searches his briefcase.

Angel tries to do some research, but finds that most of the books left the hotel along with Wesley. To rectify this, he walks into the office of his former employees and starts to search for the book he needs. When Cordelia refuses to let him take it, there is a tension filled moment as it becomes clear that Angel will use force against her to acquire the book. Wesley rises from his wheelchair and tells Cordy to let Angel have the book so he can remove himself from the premises. Cordelia vents about Angel until Wesley catches her attention: six stitches from his healing gunshot wound tore open when he stood up.

Kate faces the review board at her Internal Affairs investigation, who lay out all of her unusual actions over the last several months including her apparent morbid fascination with unusual cases. Kate cannot explain the true circumstances, and the board concludes that she has become unstable due to her father's murder. They fire her and demand her badge and gun.

Angel returns to the bookstore he visited fifty years earlier when he had sought a way to exorcise the demon infesting the Hyperion Hotel. He is now in search of information on the Senior Partner. A decades-older Denver enthusiastically greets Angel, saying that seeing a vampire wanting to help humans against a demon changed his life. This reminds Angel of how he abandoned all of the humans to be slaughtered by the demon. Denver tells Angel that the Senior Partner wears a ring that allows passage to Hell and will likely manifest in the form of a Kleynach demon since they can travel between dimensions at will. To take the ring, Angel requires a special magic glove that will let him kill the demon by gripping its neck without being incinerated. Denver gets the glove from his kitchen, as he continues to talk about the positive effect Angel has had on his life. Darla stabs him through the back with a sword before he can give Angel the glove. When Angel attempts to assist Denver, he gets stabbed through with the sword. As Angel lies on the ground in agony next to Denver's dead body, she grabs the glove and walks away.

Virginia tells Wesley she is upset about the dangers he must often face. Having been raised by a sorcerer, she is used to monsters, but guns "make it too real". Wesley realizes that she is breaking up with him, and acknowledges how difficult it must be for her.

Kate returns to her apartment and immediately begins to get drunk. She smashes her bookshelves full of trophies and medals honoring her police career to the ground out of pure despair. A photograph of her father brings her to tears.

Wesley and Cordelia talk on the phone, both depressed about their lives and lack of work. They attempt to convince each other that things are going to get better, but it's clear neither of them really believe it. Cordelia then gets a call from Mrs. Sharp, who now offers to pay if Cordelia will come over. She is unaware that Mrs. Sharp was being forced to call by a demon who has already murdered the rest of the Sharp family. After Cordelia agrees to come over, the demon kills Mrs. Sharp by snapping her neck.

As Lilah heads to the review, she is approached by Angel who forces her to get him inside. When he arrives, he fights with Darla after spotting her in disguise among the crowd, and the Senior Partner soon materializes. Security guards attack Darla after Angel exposes her as a vampire by dousing her with holy water. In the confusion, Angel gets the glove away from Darla, dons it and flies at the demon's throat. The Senior Partner implodes, but the force of Angel's leap carries him crashing out the window.

When he hits the ground, Angel puts on the ring, causing elevator doors to open in the foundation of the Wolfram & Hart building. Angel finds none other than Holland Manners waiting for him inside. Angel initially doesn't understand, since Holland should be dead. However Holland explains that he is indeed deceased (complete with the vampire bite marks on his neck) but his contract with Wolfram & Hart lasts well beyond death. He then offers Angel his trip to the Home Office but warns it is one way. Angel accepts since, at this point, eliminating the Senior Partners is his only purpose.

During the long elevator ride, Holland asks Angel what he believes stopping Wolfram & Hart would ultimately achieve because, even if he succeeds in stopping the apocalypse the company has planned, there will eventually be another one. Angel responds that he has no intention of letting Wolfram & Hart win. Holland remarks that they don't plan to do anything as simple as winning, which catches Angel's attention. The vampire questions the reason to fight if not for victory. Holland explains that as far as he and the Senior Partners are concerned, there is no fight which is why there is no victory for them. Evil has lived in human hearts since the beginning of time, when the first caveman killed his neighbor. Wolfram & Hart will remain and cannot be destroyed as long as evil exists. As Angel considers this grim outlook, the elevator comes to a stop.

The door opens and Angel prepares to leap into hell, only to find that he is exactly where he started. Holland explains that after all the things Angel has seen (and, in some cases, done), he shouldn't be surprised - the Home Office is Earth. Holland ends by reminding the vampire that every single human has evil inside them, and if this weren't the case, all people would be angels. Angel lets the glove fall to the floor of the elevator and leaves, realizing there is no big final battle to be fought. Holland pleasantly bids Angel goodbye as the doors close.

Angel walks away, feeling despair and hopelessness around him as he witnesses some of the darker aspects of humanity. While Angel is returning to the hotel, Kate calls him. When he doesn't pick up, she leaves a message on his answering machine, giving her reasons for killing herself. Angel mutes the machine. Angel discovers Darla waiting for him upstairs. Angel kisses her, realizing he wants to feel something, anything. He has decided that nothing he does matters, so he might as well do what he wants. She pushes him away at first, but he takes her roughly, and soon they are having sex. Later, as a storm crashes outside, Angel awakens with a gasp and clutches his chest.

Continuity[]

  • The ending to this episode mimics the ending of the Buffy episode "Surprise," hence the title "Reprise."
  • Denver reappears in this episode, first featured as a young man in the flashback segments of "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been," 48 years earlier.

Appearances[]

Individuals[]

Organizations and titles[]

Species[]

Events[]

Locations[]

Objects[]

Death count[]

  • Denver, stabbed by Darla with a sword.
  • Francine Sharp, snapped by a Skilosh demon.
  • Stephanie Sharp, killed by a Skilosh demon.
  • Kleynach demon/Senior Partner, split by Angel with a glove.

Behind the scenes[]

Production[]

Broadcast[]

  • "Reprise" had an audience of 3.1 million households upon its original airing.[2]

Pop culture references[]

Goofs[]

  • The confidential Wolfram & Hart review, as viewed by Darla for a few seconds, contains only three amusing paragraphs before repeating itself without paragraph breaks.
  • Like in the episode "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been," the bookstore window says the shop was established in 1973 despite first appearing in a 1952 flashback.

Music[]

  • Uncredited actors — "My Heart Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
  • Uncredited actors — "Reunited"
  • Daniel Stein — "Poolside"
  • Robert J. Kral — original score

International titles[]

  • Czech: "Revize" (Revision)
  • Finnish: "Maanpäällinen helvetti" (Hell on Earth)
  • French: "Le grand bilan" (The Big Review)"
  • German: "Die Quelle des Bösen" (The Source of Evil)
  • Hungarian: "A visszatérés" (The Return)
  • Italian: "Un viaggio di sola andata" (A One-Way Trip)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Reinício" (Restart)
  • Russian: "Реванш" (Rematch)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Repetición" (Reprise)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Repetición" (Reprise)
  • Turkish: "Kurtarma" (Recovery)

References[]

  1. "EpisodeGuideSeason2." Geocities.ws. Retrieved on March 20, 2024.
  2. "Nielsen Ratings for Angel's Second Season." Nielsen Ratings for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, & Firefly. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008.
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