Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"I Fall to Pieces"

Plot: The agency is visited by Melissa, who is being stalked by Ronald, a man she went on a date with only once. He's a very successful surgeon who can't accept the fact that she wouldn't want to be his girlfriend. She tells the gang he knows everything she does, even when she's alone, and she wants Angel to find out how he's spying on her.

Turns out, he has the ability to remove parts of his body, such as his eyeball, and send them off on their own. We see a floating eye watching over her as she sleeps. Angel gets Detective Lockley to put a cop outside her door.

Later on, he detaches his hands and sends them to feel her up as she sleeps. She wakes up and starts screaming. The hands strangle the cop when he comes in to save her. Angel hides Melissa at his apartment, where he leaves her in Doyle and Cordy's hands. Ronald shows up and sends his parts in through the vents to kill Melissa, but the gang manages to keep his parts separated long enough for his whole body to come apart. They bury him in boxes, and Cordy happily collects money for their first paid job.

This was the first weak episode. The story is silly and the special effects are kind of lame. A neatly detached hand threatening someone is about as scary as Thing on "The Addams Family." You just don't care enough to worry about what is going to happen.

Quote: Cordelia: We need more of these.
Doyle: We'll have more soon enough.
Cordelia: Well, we need them now. Have a vision.
: I just can't perform on demand.
Cordelia: We need the clients. Have a vision.
Doyle: That money's corrupted you.
Cordelia: If I hit you in the head, will you have a vision?
Doyle: Get away from me - you're insane.

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