Subtlety >> Deep Down

C/A spice: Strong

Last we left the gang: Wesley was exiled, Lorne left for Vegas, Groo left Cordelia, Angel and Cordelia were just about to profess their love to each other when Cordy was called to a higher realm and Angel was sunk to the bottom of the ocean by Connor.

The first scene of season four is a family dinner, in all the sense of the word. There's turkey, there's stuffing, there's gravy, there's toasting, there's a laughing and joking...

Lorne: "Back in Pylea they used to call me 'sweet potato.'"

Connor: "Really."

Lonre: "Yeah, well, the exact translation was 'fragrant tuber' but..."

The group chuckles at his joke.

Cordy: "You're not hungry?"

Angel: "No! I'm starving. It's just... I wanna freeze this moment. You - Connor - all of us - safe - and happy - and together. Considering what we went through over the summer..."

Notice how Angel says Cordelia and Connor first, and then everyone else is more general - "all of us".

Wes leans forward to raise his glass in a toast: "To family."

Angel, smiling, raises his own glass as the others follow suit: "To family."

Lorne: "As long as it is not mine!"

Everyone laughs and clinks glasses. Cordy picks up a water pitcher and holds it over Angel's glass.

Cordy: "You can't toast with an empty glass."

Angel: "It's not bad luck, is it?"

Cordy: "Angel, relax. It's over. Things are back the way they should be and nothing is ever going to break us apart again. (Leans closer towards Angel) And if anything tries I'm gonna have to go all glowy and personally kick it's ass."

Angel, leaning closer: "I like it when you glow."

Cordy, leaning closer still: "Well, play your cards right..."

They're close enough to kiss, smiling into each other's eyes.

Connor: "Do I have to watch this part?"

Ohhhh, that was *nice*. Angel's hallucinations have *nice* near-kissage. Meanwhile, continuing on... It's time to eat and the rest of the group is passing food around, but leaving Angel out. He finally grabs a plate, but by the time he does, there's only a bit a water left in it.

Angel: "Cordy, what..."

Angel moves his hand and knocks his water-filled wineglass to the floor, where it shatters into a thousand pieces.

Cordy: "Now look what you've done silly."

Angel's always turns to Cordelia first.

Angel's second hallucination is another wishful dream that turns into a nightmare.

Night. Ocean waves break against the shore at the bottom of the bluff, sending up plumes of white spray. This is the exact same scene from Tomorrow when Angel is waiting for Cordelia and Connor shows up. Except this time, it goes right.

Angel turns arounds - to find Cordy, all in flowing white, waiting for him beside his car.

Angel: "Cordelia. - I didn't think you were coming."

Cordy: "You know me better than that. Better than anybody."

Angel gives slight laugh and sticks his hands his pockets.

Angel: "I don't know if that's true."

Cordy: "Yes. You do."

Cordy slowly walks over to the edge.

Cordy: "It's so beautiful here."

Angel, watching her: "Yes. Yes, it is. - Just the way it should be."

He frowns as we get a quick flash of him and Connor tumbling down the bluff.

Angel: "But it's not. This isn't how it happened."

Another flash of him and Connor, fighting.

Cordy: "I know. - I like this version better."

Angel: "It was Connor. He was here. He..."

Flash of Connor tazering Angel.

Cordy puts a hand against the side of Angel's face.

Cordy: "I can't remember what it was like - not knowing you, not being close to you. I'm in love with you Angel. Deep down I think I have been for a long time. I needed you to know that."

Angel pulls Cordy into a kiss, then pulls back to look at her.

Angel: "I need you, Cordy. I need you."

He leans in to kiss the side of her neck, then vamps out and sinks his teeth in. Cordy gasps as Angel gulps down her blood.

Angel pulls back: "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry!"

Cordy lets out a scream as Angel returns to feeding - only to wake up wide-eyed and screaming in his watery grave.

Deep Down is partially named for a C/A moment. I think that's a first! I thought Charisma Carpenter did a good job with this scene, but David's acting was kinda bland. Eh. Except for the kiss. That was damn good kiss. The dreamy look on Cordy's face afterwards says she thought so, too. Although... this is their fourth kiss and it's *still* not a real one!

Also, did we hear the nice, slow, harmonious orchestra music in the background? C/A's new theme song for melodramatic scenes?

Angel's back up from deep down and he's not too happy with Connor. What's the main reason why? You'd *think* it's because Angel just had to spend a summer trapped in a big metal box under the ocean...

Angel: "Wesley told me everything that's been going on. So, as far as I'm concerned what you *deserve* rests on one answer: (Angel leans in closer) Did you do something to Cordelia?"

Fred and Gunn are worried about Angel, but Angel is only thinking about Cordy.

Angel: "I need Cordy - now. Wherever she is, whatever she's going through, we have to find her."

And there's the mission statement for next week.

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