Angel's Secrets

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes


Original Air Date: February 24, 1998
Review by: Chrystal

Episode Review

I loved this episode. Lots of classic lines and passion. And obviously lots of deliciously evil Angelus at his worst. David's sexy voice over had me glued to my seat.

"Passion lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting and though unwanted unbidden it will stir, open it's jaw and howl."

It was so intense how Angelus was staring at Buffy in the Bronze and then when he gently touched her as she slept. I melted! How much I miss my sweet, tender Angel. I'm more convinced than ever that Angelus does still love Buffy, but he can only express it in a warped twisted way.

"It speaks to us. Guides us. Passion rules us all and we obey. What other choice do we have?"

I think that Willow had one of the most insightful Angel lines. When Buffy said that she couldn't believe how different Angel was now. Willow said, "sort of . . . except you're still the only thing he thinks about." I was glad that someone remembered how much Angel loved Buffy. Everything he did to help and save her and her friends.

I also really liked the Angelus/Dru/Spike interaction. From Angelus's comments and Dru's reaction, I definitely think that Angel and Dru are doing the deed, though it's just my opinion of course.

I couldn't believe that Angelus told Buffy's mom about them making love. He is so malicious. I felt bad for Buffy when she had "the talk" with her mother, but at least she acknowledged that she loved Angel. I was beginning to think that this little fact had been forgotten. Joyce now knowing about Angel and Buffy and Angelus' erratic behavior is going to bring some interesting conflict in the future when Angel's soul returns and Buffy gets involved with him again.

I thought Jenny's death was wild, but I didn't feel particularly sad. I just thought, what a great plot device. Angelus taking Jenny back to Giles' place and setting up the romantic scene was cruel beyond cruel. I felt so sorry for Giles when he saw that she was dead. He was lucky that he wasn't charged with murder. I think it would be great if Giles is the one to demand that Angel suffer by staying alive rather than killing himself when his soul returns and he realizes the terrible things that he has done.

"Passion is the source of our finest moments; the joy of love, the clarity of hatred and the ecstasy of grief."

I couldn't believe that Angelus went over to Buffy's place to see her reaction to hearing about Jenny's death. Not only does he inflict pain, he enjoys watching it. I must say that I did love his smile as he walked away.

Xander's attitude towards Angelus is so obvious. Xander needs to be honest and admit that the reason that he hated Angel in the first place because he was jealous of Buffy's feelings for Angel. Angel never did anything to Xander. He actually saved his life on a few occasions. Only now does Xander have a valid reason to hate Angel. Giles going after Angel was pretty cool. I don't get how come it was so easy for Buffy beat Angel when the first time they fought he held her off for a long time. When Buffy hit Giles and held him as they both started to cry, it was so moving.

"It hurts sometimes more than we can bare. If we could live without passion maybe we would know peace, but we would be hollow, shuttered, dank. Without passion, we would truly be dead."

I didn't like Buffy giving up on Angel, but I understand. I really wish she would at least make an effort like Jenny did to save him. Oh well, the disk is still around. I can't wait to see how Joss wraps up this season. However, we will have to wait until May which is really far off.

My poor Angel, poor Buffy. They have a long poignant and painful road back to each other. Next season promises to be full of angst. David was simply outstanding in this episode and deserves many kudos for his performance. I was thoroughly impressed by his acting abilities

On one an absolutely shallow final note, I still think that those leather pants are yummy!

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