Subtlety >> Slouching Towards Bethlehem

C/A spice: Strong

We had a very C/A WB promo for this episode! "Their's was a love of destiny. Then she disappeared to a realm unknown. Now, his search will end... and the mystery will begin."

Love of destiny, is it? Yay Kyerumption!

As Fred, and Gunn enter, they see Angel has stopped short at the doorway. Cordelia is standing in the hotel lobby.

Angel: "Cordelia?"

Cordy: "Who are you people?"

Angel comes down the steps towards her.

Angel: "My god. It's you. You're back!"

Cordy backs away and Angel comes to a stop.

Angel: "Don't you remember? - Angel."

Cordy shakes her head a little, staring at him.

Angel to Gunn and Fred: "Um, you see her, too, right? I'm not just..."

Awww, that's so cute! Angel thinks he's hallucinating again, because he misses her so much, obviously.

Angel: "It's okay. We're friends. You know us. Fred. Gunn. You're dazed, or something must have... Thank god you're back."

Cordy: "So... we know each other?"

Angel: "Yeah. Really well."

Cordy: "Okay. Um. - Who am I?"

It seems she doesn't remember herself, or Angel. Huh. Well, that really puts a bumper in the C/A 'ship - but what worthwhile relationship doesn't have its obstacles? It's about overcoming them, right?

Angel: "What *do* you remember?"

Cordy: "I don't know. Numbers, animals, flossing?"

Angel: "But not us."

Cordy: "Or me. I don't remember me."

Angel: "You're Cordelia Chase. You work here - with us. You've been gone for a while but you're safe now."

Angel takes a small step closer and again Cordy backs away. Angel stops.

Angel: "It's okay. We - we're friends. We're here to help you."

Cordy: "I've been gone?"

Angel: "What's important is that you're back."

Angel's happy that Cordy's back, at least. He's working from the state of mind that everything will be fine as long as Cordelia is here with him. Remember what Angel said in Ground State? "All those months under the water I kept thinking to myself 'I got to get home to Cordelia. I get back and I find out that she's gone. I keep thinking 'I got to get Cordy back home.'"

Anyway, Angel wants to talk to Fred privately about Cordy, so he makes up in excuse about looking for some of Cordy's things in the office. He kinda trips over a chair while backing up into the office... reminds of me 'Disharmony' :-)

Okay, now we're in Angel's office.

Angel: "Well, that could've been a disaster. - Hi. Welcome back. You're safe. By the way, there is a green demon right behind you."

Fred: "Don't you think we should tell her? I mean, we *do* live in a world of demons and icky things. She's bound to find out."

Angel: "Well, yeah, sure. But, I mean, let's be smart. I want her to remember who *I* am before I freak her out with the whole undead, drinks blood part of my résumé."

Fred: "Angel, aren't you curious why she's back?"

Angel stops to look at her: "I hadn't even... - I was just so happy to see her. - Why is she back?"

Fred: "I don't know. But if Cordy has been where we thinks she has - anything is possible."

They look over and see Cordy standing out in the lobby watching them. Both raise a hand to give her a little wave and a smile.

Cordy quietly to herself: "Okay. That's creepy."

I just loved this whole little exchange.

More of Angel Investigations bad-at-covering up material.

Angel: "The machine will get it."
Cordy keeps backing away.
Angel: "You really don't have to be afraid."
Cordy: "Easy for you to say. I don't know that. Don't know you - this place..."
Cordy on answering machine: "Hi, you've reached Angel Investigations. We can't come to the phone right now, but if you leave your name and number we will get back with you..."
Cordy: "That voice..."
Machine: "Thanks. Now wait for the beep."
Cordy: "Oh, my god. It's me."
Man on phone: "Yeah, this is Murray, down at the spa. Listen, it's after midnight..."
Cordy: "I work here."
Murray: "Better get down here. That demon broad came back. Looks like it's ready to..."
Angel clears his throat at Fred and she hurries towards the phone.
Murray: "...hatch its bloodsucking little..."
Fred to phone: "We're here!"
Cordy stares from Fred to Angel back to Fred and the phone.
Fred: "Uh-huh. Okay. We'll be right there."
Fred hangs up the phone and turns to smile at Cordy and Angel.
Cordy: "Did - he say - demon broad?"
Fred: "Yeah. His - uhm, wife. It-it's and ugly divorce case thing. You know, private eye stuff."
Cordy looks at Angel and Fred shakes her head at Angel behind her back and mouths 'no, it's not' to Angel.
Fred: "I should get Charles and terminate it before the situation multiplies."
As Cordy looks back from Fred to Angel, Fred charades a big belly and then something coming out of it.
Angel: "Okay. I'll - just stay here and - help Cordelia - settle in."

Did everyone catch that adoring look Angel gives Cordelia? For a minute there, he just looks at her and smiles dreamily. Cordy, in her de-memoried state, probably didn't know what to make of it.

Angel: "So..."

Cordy: "I wanna go home. - Do you know where I live?"

Continuing on....

Angel shows Cordy into a room of the hotel stacked full of cardboard boxes.

Cordy: "This is it? Everything?"

Angel: "Fred and Gunn, they moved everything over from your old apartment. After you... (Angel sees her pick up a dress slipper and look at it) You remember that? (Cordy just looks at him) You wore it when we went to the ballet."

Cordy: "The ballet? For real?---You and me?"

Angel: "We all went, but, yeah."

Cordy puts the slipper down and moves on.

Angel: "It was pretty special. I thought maybe you'd remember because...---It's too bad. We had ah, really good time. Working together, too."

Ah, the ballet, my favorite C/A episode.

Cordy picks up a blue teddy bear and looks at it.

Cordy: "I wish I could remember."

Angel: "Me, too.---I wanna help you get those memories back."

Cordy sits down on the edge of the bed and looks up at him.

Cordy: "Great.---But not tonight."

Angel swallows, nods and backs towards the door.

Angel: "I understand. If you need any..."

Cordy: "I will."

Angel: "You really are among friends."

Angel backs out of the room, closing the door.

I liked how he doesn't push, respects her decision. Although, I think one of the reasons she doesn't trust him or the rest of the gang is because they all treated her like she was made out of glass and would freak out easily.

A couple of scenes later, Cordy hears Fred and Gunn talk about killing demon babies and freaks out.

Cordy runs from them---right into Angel.

Angel: "Easy, easy. I can explain..."

Cordy pulls free of his grip and runs out the garden doors, Angel following behind her.

Out in the garden she is attacked by two dark clad men. Without a moments hesitation, Cordy counters their attack with kicks and punches of her own.

Angel joins the fight and they quickly dispatch the two attackers.

They fought together really perfectly. It just fit.

Gunn and Fred come running out into the garden.

Cordy: "Wow. How did I...?---I am a spy!"

Angel lets out a sigh and folds his arms across his chest.

Cordy: "I get it now! You're all spies. Probably Russian, and-and you brain washed me and want me to believe you're my friends so I spill the beans about some nano-techno thingie that you want."

Gunn: "So---I look Russian to you?"

Cordy: "Black Russian."

Angel: "That's a drink."

Cordy: "Says the head spy."

Angel: "Nobody here's a spy. Those two guys are lawyers, weird as that may seem, from Wolfram and Hart. They must know you're back. (To Gunn) We have to keep her in the hotel so she's safe."

Cordy: "Safe! Is that some kind of joke? Your friends here were just talking about murdering children! And-and there's-there's singing---and blood, and pointy things. And did I mention the singing? I mean, what the hell is going on here, Angie?"

Angel: "Angel."

Cordy: "Whatever."

Angel: "I know things seem weird, and maybe even scary, but you have to believe me when I tell you that we're trying to do everything we can to help you get through this difficult time. The Cordelia that we know, the person that you're trying to remember is very much at home here. Bizarre as that may seem. So I ask you to look inside, to believe me, when I tell you that you're safe, and that you're among friends who only want the best for you."

Cordy looks at Angel for a moment, then her tense posture relaxes a little.

Cordy: "I---believe you."

Clueless Cordy is so funny.

Gotta love this scene. Useless bit of trivia: It was the one shown when David Boreanaz appeared on Regis and Kelly.

Cordy is sitting on the bed of her hotel room. Angel is leaning in the open door.

Cordy: "So I'm not a spy?"

Angel: "No."

Cordy: "Am I a mom?"

Cordy pulls out a photo of a baby. Angel comes to take a look at it.

Angel: "That's my son. That's Connor. But no, you---you're not his mother."

Cordy takes the picture back and looks at it.

Cordy: "So---we---we weren't a happy family."

Angel sits down on the bed beside Cordy.

Angel: "Not like that."

Cordy: "And---you and me? We weren't..."

Angel: "Weren't?"'

Cordy leans a little bit closer towards him: "Together?"

Angel: "Not exactly."

Angel leans closer towards Cordy. It looks like they will kiss. Suddenly Cordy jerks back.

Cordy: "Was I a nun?"

Angel: "What?"

I know what she was thinking. He's hot. I'm hot. There must be tons of attraction. We would look so good as a couple and our kids would be gorgeous, so why aren't we together? --- Damn it, either I'm a nun or he's gay! Better try the nun thing first, so as not to offend.

Cordy: "Were we not a happy family because I was a nun? I was going through my stuff and I found all these..."

Cordy picks up a bunch of chains and puts them in Angel's hand. Angel sees the crosses on them and his face morphs into its vampire visage. Cordy screams and jumps off the bed.

Cordy runs down the stairs, right into Lorne de la Verde --- freaks out again. Angel stops her and Cordy has completely had it now. She calls him "Mister".

Cordy to Angel: "What I want is answers, and I want them now, mister!"

Angel: "Okay. Maybe we haven't been 100% honest, because, well---we were afraid that the truth would scare you."

Cordy: "Yeah, and the lying and deceit have been so comforting."

Angel sighs: "You're right. Our mistake. I think it's time we came clean---about everything."

Flash forward, the gang tells Cordelia everything.

Angel: "I know it's a lot to take in."

Cordy: "Says the vampire with a soul and his wacky gang of sidekicks."

Gunn lifts a hand: "Uhm. Not a sidekick?"

Angel: "I think there is a way we might be able to sort this out. Pick a song."

Cordy: "Yeah.---What?"

Fred: "`So Lorne can read you."'

Gunn: "`You sing, he sees your future."'

Angel: "`Hopefully he'll be able to explain what's happening and how we can help you get your memory back."'

Cordy: "`I-I can't just sing. I don't even know if I'm musical. Am I?"'

Gunn: "`Sure. You remember any songs?"'

Cordy: "`Well, there's so many... How do I pick?"'

Angel: "Oh, it doesn't really matter. I'm kind of a ballad man myself but, ah---just pick anything."

Cordy takes a deep breath and starts to sing 'The Greatest Love of All'---just as off key as she did when she performed that song in her high school talent show.

After Cordy sings, Fred notices Lorne turns greener... than usual.

Lorne makes his way to the door.

Lorne: "Everything's great. We're all just... ah, I see a-a, ah, very, very---uhm..."

Lorne disappears into the hall, closing the door behind him.

Angel makes his way over to the door.

Cordy: "Was I really that bad?"

Angel: "It wasn't you. It was---the song! It reminds him of, ah---uhm..."'

Angel disappears into the hall, closing the door behind him.

Cordy: "Oh, come on! You guys aren't even good liars. This is ridiculous."

Well, at least Angel white lied a little about Cordelia's singing.

In the next scene, Cordelia encounters Lorne's human-eating client. She freaks out, runs again, straight into Connor. Throughly terrorized by the Hotel of Horrors, Cordy asks Connor to get her out of there. They leave. Angel is very upset when he finds out that she's gone.

Angel: "How could you let her wander off alone?"

Fred: "The words 'grown woman' come to mind."

Gunn: "And the gal does have a history of whuppin' ass. I mean, you saw the hurting she put on those Wolfram and Hart dudes, and (to Fred) Could she really have turned me into a rat?"

Angel: "What if Wolfram and Hart came back? What if there were hundreds of those things? (Angel starts to back away) What if this is the way it starts? I mean, the slouching and the Bethlehem, and they've taken her because of what she knows. Even if she can't remember she knows it."

Angel goes to close and lock the front doors.

Fred: "Have you been caffeinating your blood again, or is there something you're not telling us?"

Lorne comes up: "Well, there is a something. But this isn't it. That was just a client of mine who had a fatal habit of snacking on humans."

Angel: "And you let it in here with Cordy."

Heh, he managed to blame Fred, Gunn, and Lorne for Cordy's gone-ness. But it just means that he's just worried.

Angel: "We got to find Cordelia before... We have to find her. She's out there, alone, no memory and probably terrified."

An unexpected visitor helps Angel find Cordy.

Angel: "Nothing. We're gonna have to widen the search. Call hospitals, police stations. She couldn't have just disappeared.---Okay, once. But not again. Somebody has to know where Cordelia is."

Wes: "I do."

He knows because he heard Lilah talking on her cell phone.

Wes: "She might have spent time with the Powers That Be. Wolfram and Hart will consider her valuable, and I doubt your boy will be able to stop them."

Angel: "My...---She's with Connor.---You have that on good authority?"

Wes: "You don't seem too concerned."

Angel: "Connor's my son. I'm sure he's taking excellent care of her."

Ha! Little does he know.

Wolfram & Hart is attacking Connor's place. Angel and gang burst in and drive them off.

Angel helps Cordy up: "Did they hurt you? Are you okay?"

Cordy: "Yeah, I'm okay."

Connor gets back to his feet: "I didn't expect so many."

Angel: "Well, you tried. I appreciate it. (Looks around) I really like what you've, uhm, done with the... Nice. (To Cordy) We should probably get you back home."

Cordy: "Actually, I'd like to stay here---with Connor."

Walks past Angel to stand halfway between him and Connor.

Angel: "I don't---think that's the best idea. Connor is a great fighter. I helped train him. But you need more than just muscle right now."

Cordy: "You're right. I need someone who won't lie to me. Like you did. All of you---I-I know you were trying to help, but the truth is the only way to do that, and that's what Connor's given me."

Connor stakes a couple of steps closer to Cordy.

Angel looks from Cordy to Connor, then away. He nods slightly and turns towards the exit and Gunn and Fred, who start to file out the door slowly. Angel stops in the doorway and looks back at Connor.

Angel: "Keep her safe."

Angel leaves.

Oh, Angel looked so sad. He's heartbroken but trying not to show it and respect her decision once again. He's willing to wait for her.

Extra Quotage

Cordy: "I don't want a sandwich. I don't want cookies. I want to talk to Angel sans sidekicks."

Cordy: "How big is this dump?---Angel?---Mr. Bumpy Face? Hello?"

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