March 22, 2004

ATS: Episode 21

Just the smallest bit of information for Angel: Episode 21. Although filled with familiar faces, they are all from previous episodes of this season of Angel. No sign of any Sunnydale alumni showing up in Los Angeles at this point. But things seem to be taking an interesting turn.
Angel: Episode 21

Illyria is concerned because someone (he) has stopped talking to her. This is because she has become so adept at acting like Fred, she's fooling practically everyone. She's talking to Spike about it, and he points out that perhaps that's the scariest thing about her. The fact that she still looks, and can even act, like Fred.

Meanwhile, Hamilton introduces Angel and Gunn to a U.S. Senator, Helen Brucker. She's accompanied by her assistant, Ernesto, who Angel immediately recognizes to be a vampire. It also turns out that Brucker has had a long-term with Wolfram and Hart, having personally known Holland Manners.

Brucker has a simple request. She's up against a tough candidate in the next election, a war veteran, family man, dog-loving, kids and education-style candidate. Which just won't due, so she needs Dr. Sparrow to do a little mental gymnastics and make her opponent think he's a pedophile.

Gunn starts to explain that they don't do this kind of thing anymore, when Angel cuts him off. He's more than happy to help the Senator. Gunn is stunned by this turn of events, even more so when Angel asks him to leave the office, so he can discuss this one-on-one with the Senator.

Wesley is in his office, researching information on a specific kind of demon. While he's reading this info, the book's text fades out.

Later, Angel is at a demon conference/party. Many familiar faces are there, Sebassis, Izzy, the Vinji leader and one of the Fell Brethren. Izzy is bragging about how they delivered for Angel. Even down to the coming of Illyria. (note: in this bit, Izzy refers to a lamb for the slaughter, then asks who it was. Angel replies that it was Drogyn. I don't think Izzy was referring to the 'lamb', but who was behind the plan to release Illyria.)

He starts to introduce Angel to those in the room. Sebassis is especially pleased about the return of 'Angelus', though Angel is quick to correct him that he's still going by Angel. He refers to Angel's new alliance with the group, and at this point Senator Brucker steps up to them. Angel is surprised that she's so well connected. Izzy then directs Angel's attention to another guest, Cyvus Vail.

Vail explains that he's hear Angel has been looking for him, Angel corrects him. He was only pretending to be looking for him. Izzy's pleased, and gets them to shake hands.
Not much to go on, but the main gist seems to be giving the impression that Angel has turned. It's my take that this is a plan by Angel to find out who's pulling the strings. In fact, isn't it nice that Angel managed to get all his enemies from this season into one room.

Sadly, no word on any other 'familiar' faces showing up in this episode. Then again, it would not surprise me if the Wolfram and Hart story arc was wrapped up in this episode. If 5.22 is going to be the 'final episode', they may want to finish this season's arc an episode earlier than usual. (just as they did last season, or as was done in Buffy: Season Four).

(Thanks to 'T' for the info)

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