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Note: This article is about the episode. For the comic, see Reunion (comic).

"Reunion" is the tenth episode of the second season of Angel and the thirty-second episode in the series. Written by Tim Minear with Shawn Ryan and directed by James A. Contner, it was originally broadcast on December 19, 2000 on The WB network.

Synopsis[]

REBORN — Angel goes on a frantic search after Drusilla turns Darla back into a vampire, and he must catch them before she rises again and the two go back to their old ways and paint the town red. Meanwhile, as Angel goes off the deep end, his staff worries they are the only ones standing between Angel and real darkness.[1]

Summary[]

Gunn carries Angel back to the hotel, having been called by him for help. Angel babbles about the recent events and reveals to his co-workers that Drusilla has returned and made Darla a vampire again. He intends to stake Darla before she wakes up. Wesley and Cordelia look for any information they can find on Wolfram & Hart's plans for Drusilla and Darla.

Angel breaks into Lindsey's apartment only to find it completely empty. The property manager stops by and remarks that Lindsey's cousin — a "sweet, but very odd English girl" — was visiting him and expecting a daughter, whom she wanted to be born near the stars. Angel realizes that the cousin is Drusilla and she wants to give Darla a traditional rebirth with a view of the stars. While Drusilla prepares the ritual in a greenhouse at the top of a building, Gunn suggests they check all the plant nurseries associated with Wolfram & Hart.

Angel finds Darla buried beneath a layer of dirt, wearing a veil. Just as he's about to stake her, Drusilla knocks him down with a shovel. While Angel fights with Drusilla, Darla awakens. Angel battles against both women until Darla, disoriented and confused, leaps from the top of the building to the street below. With no information about the two female vampires or their whereabouts, Angel arms his friends, and they all head to Wolfram & Hart for answers.

Holland talks to Lindsey about a wine tasting at his house. Drusilla reveals herself from the shadows and says she's worried about Darla. Suddenly, Darla appears and drags Drusilla out of the building. As Angel speeds through Los Angeles, Cordelia gets a vision which would send them in the opposite direction. Angel is now hellbent on stopping Darla, so he ignores the vision, but Cordy has to resort to threatening her boss with a stake in order to make him turn the car around. Meanwhile, Darla is beating Drusilla up around the city, demanding why she turned her into a vampire. Drusilla breaks down into tears and explains her reasons for remaking her grandmother. Darla feeds off a nearby driver and transforms into the bloodthirsty Darla of the past. After she feeds, the women happily stroll down the street, holding hands.

In a garage, a man prepares to kill himself as a sacrifice to the demon Morgog when Angel and the others arrive. Despite being warned by Cordelia to handle this with care, Angel quickly disarms the man, smashes his shrine and gives him a few halfhearted platitudes before abruptly leaving. The team protest his behavior, telling him the Powers That Be may have sent the vision to stop Angel from hunting down Dru and Darla. However, Angel doesn't care and leaves the team behind. Holland calls Drusilla and tells the ladies to massacre the town with the full support of the firm. Darla and Drusilla raid a clothing boutique for new clothes, killing two sales clerks in the process.

Angel crashes through a window into an office at Wolfram & Hart and confronts Lindsey. Holland introduces himself to Angel as the head of Special Projects. Angel presumes he means projects like Darla, but Holland corrects him. Darla is nothing more than a tool — Angel is the project. Angel tries to get information about Darla and Drusilla but fails. Holland tells Angel that, when it comes to the innocent lives lost through his schemes and manipulations, he just can't seem to care. Angel is arrested and put in a police car with Kate. She says she can't stop Darla and Drusilla and releases Angel, hoping he will.

Holland's wife, Catherine, leads Lindsey into the wine cellar of their home. Holland gives a speech to his colleagues but is interrupted by the appearance of Darla and Drusilla. They announce they intend to massacre the lawyers in the wine cellar. Holland apologizes to Darla and tries to convince her that the firm is an ally. She senses fear from everyone in the room except Lindsey. Back at the boutique, Angel talks to a woman hiding in a dressing room and finds out where Dru and Darla are heading.

After being bitten by Drusilla, a dying Catherine invites Angel inside by pleading for help. He watches as the lawyers beg him to stop the imminent slaughter by Darla and Drusilla. Darla tells him that he never gave her that last kiss, and Angel responds that he will, but not tonight. Realizing his intentions, Lilah begs Angel to save them. Holland also pleads with Angel, telling him people are going to die. Angel tells him that, somehow, he "just can't seem to care" then locks the door. Holland is the first to die, bitten by Darla. Angel walks upstairs with the sounds of lawyers screaming pounding on the door.

Back at Angel Investigations, Wesley, Gunn, and Cordelia listen in horror to Angel's description of the events, questioning his actions and partially blaming themselves for not doing something sooner. They are all concerned about him and ask if he realizes they are the only thing standing between him and true darkness. Angel agrees; he fires them and walks out on his former employees.

Continuity[]

  • Drusilla sings: "Run and catch, run and catch, the lamb is caught in the blackberry patch," a rhyme she said in "Lie to Me" her mother used to sing to her. She also sang it in the episode "What's My Line? Part Two."
  • Angel's decision to let Darla and Drusilla slaughter the lawyers was similar to Buffy's choice to leave Ford at the mercy of vampires in "Lie to Me."
  • In "The Thin Dead Line," Kate will tell Angel she's working on the cases of "two women killed in a clothing store" and "thirteen lawyers from Wolfram & Hart slaughtered in a wine cellar," referring to the deaths caused by Darla and Drusilla in this episode.

Appearances[]

Individuals[]

Organizations and titles[]

Species[]

Locations[]

Objects[]

Death count[]

  • Unidentified man, blood drained by Darla.
  • Clerk woman, blood drained by Darla and Drusilla.
  • Clerk woman, neck snapped by Darla.
  • Holland Manners, blood drained by Darla.
  • Twelve unidentified Wolfram & Hart lawyers, killed by Darla and Drusilla.

Behind the scenes[]

Production[]

Broadcast[]

  • "Reunion" had an audience of 3.0 million households upon its original airing.[2]

Goofs[]

  • When Cordelia has her vision and Angel's car is spun around, skid marks from previous takes are visible.
  • When the car skids while turning around, a green/yellow mannequin can be seen where Cordelia is supposed to be sitting.
  • In the widescreen version, about 15 minutes in, during a reaction shot of Gunn's face, you can see Cordelia's mouth moving during Angel's dialogue.
  • In the widescreen version, when Darla throws Drusilla on the ground in front of the outdoor café, their doubles can be seen standing on the left side of the screen waiting for their cues.
  • When fighting with Drusilla over Darla, Angel tells her it's the 21st century. The 21st century started January 1, 2001. This episode was the last to air in the 20th century.

Pop culture references[]

  • When Angel proposes to break into Wolfram & Hart, Cordelia says: "nice plan, general Custer." This refers to the battle of Little Bighorn, where the American general George Armstrong Custer and his men were outnumbered three to one.
  • Gunn's line: "You had me at 'everyone gear up.'" spoofs the famous line "You had me at hello" from the film Jerry Maguire.

Music[]

International titles[]

  • Czech: "Shledání" (Reunion)
  • Finnish: "Kuollut taas" (Dead Again)
  • French: "Retrouvailles" (Reunion)
  • German: "Die Wiedergeburt" (The Rebirth)
  • Hungarian: "Családi összejövetel" (Family Reunion)
  • Italian: "L'ultima degustazione" (The Last Tasting)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Reunião" (Reunion)
  • Russian: "Воссоединение" (Reunion)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Reunión" (Reunion)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Reunión" (Reunion)
  • Turkish: "Tekrar Birleşmek" (Reunite)

Adaptations[]

Quotes[]

Holland: "You don't kill humans."
Angel: "You don't qualify. You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die — innocent people."
Holland: "And yet, I just can't seem to care."
Guy: "No! I have to do this. Morgog commands me. His will be done. Morgog... Don't! Stay back."
Cordy: "Easy, Boss. This kid's ready to snap, crackle and pop. I felt it in my vision. We've really got to handle this one with care. You know, delicate... ly."
Guy: "Jeez! Oh, jeez!"
Angel: "Listen I'm not here to hurt you, kid, okay? And Morgog's not the way. Morgog couldn't find his way to his hairy spine-hump without a roadmap! So, don't go killing yourself, he's not worth it. And you've got, you know a million… reasons… to live… I bet. Okay? Got it? Good."
Wesley: Yes, but Angel, I don't think the four of us in one car patrolling a city of ten million people is going to yield results."
Angel: "You're right. Which is why we're going to follow the one solid lead we have — we're going to Wolfram & Hart."
Cordy: "Hitting the pause button. Wolfram & Hart, as in vampire detectors, crack security system and armed guards? Nice plan, General Custer."
Drusilla: "It's not Daddy. It's never Daddy. It's the Angel-beast."
Lilah: "For god's sake, help us."
Holland: "Angel... Please... People are going to die."
Angel: "And yet, somehow, I just can't seem to care."

References[]

  1. "EpisodeGuideSeason2." Geocities.ws. Retrieved on January 15, 2023.
  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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