Smile Time

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Strega: A+ | 11 USERS: A+
Angel's A Puppet.

Moments later, Angel is telling Wesley about his encounter with Nina. Wesley asks how Angel responded, and Angel says, "I ignored it completely, changed the subject, and locked her in a cage." Wesley blinks at the last part, while Angel complains that he and Nina had a platonic relationship and now she's hitting on him all of the sudden. Wesley interrupts, "Are you blind?" He says that there are "things called signals. Odorless, yes. Invisible, certainly," and adds that Nina's been hitting on Angel for months. "Odorless"? And they aren't invisible; that's sort of the point. And shut up, Wesley. Angel thinks Wesley is mistaken, but Wesley says, "This comes from people who know. This comes from The Ladies." The Ladies turn out to be Fred, Harmony, and "the girls from transcription." Wesley quotes Harmony: "Why else would a chick who's coming in to spend three nights in a jail cell dress like it's her first date?" See, that right there isn't invisible. That's all I'm saying. Anyway, Angel realizes the truth and moans, "The Ladies are right! Nina's down there right now turning into a werewolf, and liking me!" One of the reasons I liked this episode so much is that even the pre-puppet parts are funny. Plus, it gives me an excuse to be extra-alliterative with things like "pre-puppet parts." Angel insists that he can't have a romantic relationship, and Wesley mocks him for worrying about becoming Angelus. Wesley insists that even the best relationships make do with "acceptable happiness." I actually buy the argument, but it does seem a little ridiculous to make fun of Angel for worrying about the fact that he could put everyone he knows in terrible danger. Come to think of it, maybe Wesley's not concerned about it because he knows that Angelus is all talk. Anyway, Wesley mocks Angel for "hiding behind [his] Gypsy curse." Angel frantically insists that he can't have a relationship: "I'm not that guy! That guy is charming and funny and...emotionally useful!" Hee hee. Wesley shouts, "Get over it!," which is always so helpful, and Angel asks why Wesley is yelling at him. Wesley starts projecting like a big-screen TV at this point. He says that if there's someone "who represents even part of what you think makes the world worth fighting for and who doesn't view you as an entirely sexless shoulder to lean on, you have to do something about it." The "sexless shoulder to lean on" is a big giveaway there, since that's much more Wesley's self-image than Angel's. Angel understandably asks, "Who are we talking about here?" And then we do that ironic conversation thing, because Fred walks in, and so Wesley says "Fred," and Angel double-takes. That bit isn't just dead, it's actually buried and maggots are eating it away at this point.

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