"In the Dark"
Written by Doug Petrie; directed by Bruce Seth Green

It’s crossover time! (See “The Harsh Light of Day.”) A woman named Rachel runs into an alley, where Lenny, the guy she’s running from, catches up to her. He blasts her for lying and humiliating him and she baits him to come after her. He pulls a gun on her, but Angel arrives to save the day (again) and knocks him out. It turns out that Rachel made a deal with Angel to show up in time to take care of Lenny. From a nearby rooftop, Spike (James Marsters) watches and, unable to hear Rachel and Angel’s conversation, fills in his own humorous dialogue. He’s in town in search of the gem of Amarra, which he’s figured out is en route to Angel, and wants to kill Angel. Oz, gem of Amarra in hand, arrives in L.A. and pulls up to Angel’s apartment building. Inside, Cordelia and Doyle are happy that Rachel was their first walk-in client and that they’re actually going to get paid. Doyle points out that they only have an invoice so far, so they’re not exactly rich yet. Oz enters and Cordelia greets him happily, asking him about the Scoobies and the Bronze. He asks about their detective work, wondering if Angel has a hat and a gun. Angel returns and trades a few words (very few) with Oz, who gives him the gem of Amarra and tells him that Buffy wanted him to have it. Cordelia wonders if Buffy is moping around like Angel is. Doyle and Cordelia encourage Angel to put the ring on, but he’s a little hesitant. Oz mentions that Spike found the ring but Buffy got it away from him and wanted Angel to take care of it. Doyle, Cordelia, and Oz head out to hit a bar, but Angel stays behind, choosing to go into a sewer and hide the ring behind a brick.

The next day, Doyle is hung-over and complaining to Cordelia at the office. Angel does tai chi in his apartment and receives a call from Rachel, who tells him that Lenny got out of jail, thanks to his lawyer. Angel heads to his car (in an underground garage), but before he can get in, he’s hit over the head with a beam. Spike appears and tells him that he’s looking for the gem. Angel refuses to give it back to him and the two of them fight. Cordelia and Doyle arrive and Spike decides to run off, promising Angel that he’ll get the ring back from him. Angel tells Cordelia and Doyle that they should lie low until Spike’s gone, suggesting that Doyle take Cordelia to his apartment. There, Doyle tries to get information on Spike out of some contacts and Cordelia criticizes Doyle’s living arrangements. Angel goes to Rachel’s apartment and promises that he’ll be able to keep her safe from Lenny. She tells him that usually, when they get back together, it’s because she wants to. He encourages her to get away from Lenny for good, even though it’ll be hard. At Doyle’s, Cordelia fills him in on the Misadventures of Spike and Buffy, mentioning that he’s already killed two Slayers (see “Fool for Love”) and that he and Drusilla tried to kill her via the Judge (see “Surprise” and “Innocence”). Angel calls and Doyle sends him to a place called the Orbit Room to talk to a guy named Manny.

Angel finally tracks down Spike, who’s in the process of trying to kill a girl, and Spike takes off. Angel catches up to him but Spike now has an accomplice who ties Angel up with a chain. Cordelia and Doyle worry about Angel, since they haven’t heard back from him. Spike’s accomplice, Marcus, prepares to torture Angel as Spike brags that he’s an expert. Marcus notes that Angel has a soul, which means that he has “something to lose.” Later, Marcus has gotten nowhere, Angel is quipping rather than spilling the truth, and Spike is fed up with Marcus’ questions and classical music. He tells Angel that Buffy has been seeing another guy and doesn’t seem to care about Angel anymore. Angel doesn’t bite, instead shooting back that Buffy is still able to beat up Spike. Spike heads to Angel’s apartment, but has a hard time finding the ring (especially since it isn’t there). Marcus tries to expose Angel to some sunlight, telling him that he wants to help him find innocence in the light. Spike goes to the office, where Cordelia greets him with a crossbow. Spike tells her and Doyle that Angel will die if they don’t find the ring for him, and that they only have until sundown to save him. As Marcus keeps talking, Angel tries to get ahold of a stake Spike dropped earlier. Marcus asks Angel what he wants, and Angel replies that he wants “forgiveness.” Angel gets the stake and is about to kill Marcus when Spike returns. He stops Marcus from killing Angel, reminding him that they need the gem first.

Cordelia and Doyle search for the gem in the apartment but are, of course, unable to find it. Cordelia suggests that they look in the sewers, which they’re disappointed to see are very big. Doyle secretly uses his demon abilities to find the gem, not telling Cordelia that he did so. They’re about to rush off to get the ring to Spike, but they decide that they need a plan first. They meet up with Spike, telling him that they know where the ring is but don’t have it with them. They demand to be taken to Angel before they give Spike any information. Everyone convenes at the warehouse where Angel’s being tortured, and when Spike again demands the ring, Doyle throws it past Angel. As Spike goes to get it, Oz starts up his van, drives up behind Angel, and holds a couple of crossbows on Spike. He drives off with Angel, Cordelia, and Doyle while Spike searches for the ring. Meanwhile, Marcus walks out into the sunlight without burning up. Spike throws a hissyfit, realizing that Marcus stole his ring. He’s especially ticked off when the sun makes his hair catch on fire. “I really hope they kill each other,” he remarks. Marcus heads out to a pier.

In the van, Cordelia announces that Angel needs to get to a hospital, though Oz points out that most hospitals only tend to humans. Angel tells Oz to turn around, remembering that Marcus mentioned he had “a thing for children.” Marcus approaches some kids on the pier, but before he can do anything, Oz drives his van into him. Cordelia chases the kids off while Marcus fights Doyle. Oz lets Angel out of the van and, though he’s catching fire, Angel attacks Marcus and they fall into the water. The two fight in shallow water and Angel brags that Marcus tortured him for a long time but never got him to crack. He impales Marcus on a plank, takes the ring, and puts it on. He thanks Oz for his help and Oz notes that Angel is pale. (Well, yeah, but that’s not from being tortured, Oz.) Doyle announces that they should give Angel a minute to enjoy being out in the sun. Later, Angel and Doyle watch the sun set from the top of a skyscraper. Doyle says that Angel must feel great to have the ring, but Angel doesn’t want to keep it. Doyle thinks that the ring is his “redemption,” but Angel wants to work to complete his atonement. “I was brought back for a reason, Doyle,” he announces. As soon as the sun has gone down, he takes off the ring and smashes it with a rock. Doyle fills him in on Rachel’s happy ending and Angel says that, despite being tortured, he had a pretty good day. Doyle congratulates him for holding up during the torture and Angel admits that another second and he would have spilled everything.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Rings are pretty, and possibly worth torturing people over.

GRADE: B+ Crossover goodness, but not a whole lot else.

WELCOME TO L.A.: Spike

MEMORABLE QUOTES: “(Rachel voice) How can I thank you, you mysterious, black-clad hunk of a night thing? (Angel voice) No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a bada%$ vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. Now I’m just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth.” (Rachel steps closer to Angel, and he steps back from her) “No, not the hair! Never the hair! (Rachel voice) But there must be someway I can show my appreciation. (Angel voice) No, helping those in need’s my job, and working up a load of sexual tension, and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough! (Rachel voice) I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so…. (Angel voice) Say no more. Evil’s still afoot! And I’m almost out of that Nancy-boy hair-gel that I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!” - Spike

Doyle: “All I’m saying is that if we’re ever going to take that cruise to the Bahamas together, we’re going to need a lot more clients of means.”
Cordelia: “And an alternate reality in which you are Matthew McConaughey.”

Cordelia: “Oz. It’s so good to see you. Good old Oz! Oz. Oz!”
Doyle: “Let me just take a stab at it, you’d be Oz?”

Angel: “Oz.”
Oz: “Hey.”
Angel: “Nice surprise.”
Oz: “Thanks.”
Angel: “Staying long?”
Oz: “Few days.”
Doyle: “Are they always like this?”
Oz: “No, we’re usually laconic.”

Cordelia: “I think the trick is laying off the ale before you start quoting Angela’s Ashes and weeping like a baby man.”
Doyle: “Hey, that’s a good book.”
Cordelia: “So I’ve heard. But I doubt that the main characters are Betty and Barney Rubble, as you so vehemently insisted last night. Also I don’t think Oz appreciated being called ‘my little Bam-Bam’ all night.”

“Do you two need to be alone, or can we go on to the ouchy part?” - Spike to Angel and Marcus


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