Subtlety >> Halloween

C/A spice: Medium/Strong

This is the sixth episode in season two of BtVS.


At the Bronze, Angel is sitting alone at a table, looking very bored. Cordelia spots him with his bored look and comes over to his table. "Shy", by Epperley, is playing.

Cordelia: I know. Is the Bronze so not happening? Or what? (sets down her drink and sits)

Angel: Oh. Hi.

Cordelia: Hi!

Angel: I'm waiting for Buffy.

Cordelia: Great! I'm supposed to be meeting Devon, but he's nowhere to be seen. It's like he thinks being in a band gives him an obligation to flake.

Angel smiles at the joke.

Cordelia: Well, his loss is your incredible gain!

Buffy comes in, looks around and sees Angel at the table with Cordelia, laughing.

Cordelia: So I told Devon, 'You call that leather interior? My Barbie Dream Car had nicer seats!' (they both laugh)

Buffy's upset seeing Angel there with Cordelia and turns around to leave. Angel notices her as she's about to go.

Cordy did always had a way of getting Angel to laugh, and even smile at jokes, since the very beginning.


Angel spots Buffy and goes over to her. They talk for awhile and Buffy's now about to leave.

Angel: I thought we had...

Buffy: A date. So did I. But who am I kidding?

Buffy: Dates are things normal girls have. Girls who have time to think about nail polish and facials. You know what I think about? Ambush tactics. Beheading. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of. (turns and goes out the door)

Cordelia: (comes back) Cappuccino?

She holds the cup up to him. He looks at her, down at the cappuccino and then back at the door.


A jealous slayer is a cranky slayer.

Willow: Poor Xander. Boys are so fragile. Speaking of, how was your date last night?

Buffy: Misfire. I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed.

Willow: Was he mad?

Buffy: Actually he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino.

Willow: Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act.

Buffy: You mean that 'actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene' act?

Willow: You know what I mean. Uh, she's not his type.

Buffy: Are you sure? I mean, I don't know what his type is.


Later, Buffy and Willow are in the bathroom poring over a watcher's diary about Angel.

Cordelia comes into the bathroom and goes to the mirror.

Cordelia: So, Buffy. You ran off last night and left poor little Angel all by his lonesome. But I did everything I could to comfort him.

Buffy: I'll bet.

Cordelia: (gets out her blush) So, what's his story anyway? I mean, I never see him around. (brushes some onto her cheeks)

Willow: Not during the day, anyway.

Cordelia: Oh, please. Don't tell me he still lives at home. Like, he has to wait for his dad to get back before he can take the car? (puts the blush away)

Buffy: Cordelia, I think his parents have been dead for a couple of hundred years.

Cordelia: (touches up her lip gloss) Oh, good. I mean... (faces them) What?

Buffy: Angel's a vampire. I thought you knew.

Cordelia: (turns back to the mirror) Oh, he's a vampire. (puts away the lip gloss) Of course! But the cuddly kind. Like a Carebear with fangs?

Willow: It's true.

Cordelia: (steps over to them) You know what I think? (crosses her arms) I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer.

Cordy's always thought that Angel was "cuddly" ala her comment, "You're pretty cuddly for a vampire." in I Fall to Pieces of season one of Ats.


Ethan Rayne's chaotic "turn into your costume" spell is in full effect. Both Buffy and Xander have amnesia and Willow's a ghost. They're in Buffy's house and Cordelia has just joined them.

Angel comes in from the kitchen.

Angel: Oh, good! You guys are alright. It's total chaos out there.

They both look at him.

Buffy and Xander: Who are you?...

Cordelia: (to Angel) They don't know who they are, everyone's turned into a monster, it's a whole big thing. (smiles) How are you?


Buffy runs off and Angel, Cordy, and Xander find her again in an alley.

Cordelia: Buffy! Are you okay?

Buffy sees Angel, yelps and cowers behind a box.

Cordelia: What's your deal? Take a pill!

Buffy: He's, he's a vampire!

Cordelia: (to Angel) She's got this thing where she thinks... (exasperated) Uhhh, forget it. (to Buffy) It's okay. Angel is a good vampire. He would never hurt you.

Buffy: (slowly stands up) Really?

Cordelia: Absolutely. He's our friend.

I liked this scene.


Cordy gives up pursuing Angel. Sigh.

Xander: It was way creepy. It's like I was there, but I couldn't get out.

Cordelia: Yeah, I know the feeling. This outfit's totally skintight.

She looks up at Angel as he comes over to Buffy.

Angel: You okay?

Buffy: Yeah.

He puts his arm around her shoulders and leads her away.

Cordelia: Hello?! It felt like I was talking, my lips were moving and...

Xander: (shakes his head). Give it up, Cordy. You're never gonna get between those two. Believe me, I know.


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