Episode 255 – No One Vexes Him As You Do

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×13 Why We Fight and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×5 Arabella

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 57:07

Why We Fight

Written by Stephen S. DeKnight & Drew Goddard; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Angel’s activities during World War II are explored. Discussion points include:

  • How relevant are the flashbacks?
  • Angel’s sketchy decision
  • Angel’s timeline
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Lawson’s soul
  • Where the team is at
Arabella

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

The Gentleman steals away Arabella to Faerie. Discussion points include:

  • Breakthroughs and break-outs
  • An Arabella-shaped hole
  • Jonathan’s PTSD
  • The rules of fairy bargains
  • The insight of madness
  • Honeyfoot Ballads

Next time: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×6 The Black Tower and Angel 5×14 Smile Time.

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Episode 254 – I’ve Been in the Most Desperate Need of You

Episodes discussed: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×4 All the Mirrors of the World and Angel 5×12 You’re Welcome

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:26:02

All the Mirrors of the World

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange explores the King’s Roads. Discussion points include:

  • Mirrors and deep magic from before the dawn of time
  • Jonathan’s protégées
  • Childermass’ wakes up
  • Drs. Segundus and Honeyfoot
  • The King’s Roads
  • Norrell’s reputation
You’re Welcome

Written and Directed by David Fury

Strange experiments with dangerous new magic in service of the war effort. Discussion points include:

  • A fan-favorite farewell to Cordy
  • Giving closure to Doyle and Cordy
  • The Connor Perception Filter
  • What they all got out of this deal
  • Cordy’s second chance
  • Lindsey’s (temporary?) fate

Next time: Angel 5×13 Why We Fight and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×5 Arabella.

Episode 253 – The Walls Scream with the Blood of the Innocent

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×11 Damage and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×3 The Education of a Magician

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 1:15:00

Damage

Written by Steven S. DeKnight & Drew Goddard; Directed by Jefferson Kibbee

Angel’s team encounters a new Slayer. Discussion points include:

  • Madwomen in the attic
  • What to do about Eve?
  • The monsterification of the Slayer
  • The rocky road to redemption
  • Character nods and allusions
  • Watcher-in-training Andrew
The Education of a Magician

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange experiments with dangerous new magic in service of the war effort. Discussion points include:

  • Arabella and Emma
  • Interpreting the tapestry
  • Norrell’s threat and Childermass’ sacrifice
  • The Gentleman’s advances
  • Strange goes to war
  • Raising the dead

Next time: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×4 All the Mirrors of the World Angel 5×12 You’re Welcome.

Episode 252 – We Shall Have to Do Something About This Friendship

Episodes discussed: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×2 How is Lady Pole? and Angel 5×10 Soul Purpose

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:06:25

How is Lady Pole?

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange and Norrell finally meet, and Lady Pole begins to exhibit strange behavior. Discussion points include:

  • Three beach scenes
  • Gentleman magicians
  • Strange and Norrell’s contrasting methods
  • Kindred spirits
  • The occupation of social climbing
  • The Gentleman’s collection
Soul Purpose

Written by Brent Fletcher; Directed by David Boreanaz

Eve makes Angel sick and Spike meets someone named “Doyle”. Discussion points include:

  • Boreanaz’s directorial debut
  • Shades of gray
  • Lindsey aka “Doyle”
  • Are Lindsey and Eve equal partners?
  • Taking over while the boss is out
  • Angel’s hallucinations
  • Spike helps the helpless

Next time: Angel 5×11 Damage and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×3 The Education of a Magician.

Episode 251 – I Require a Mirror and Something Dead

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×9 Harm’s Way and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×1 The Friends of English Magic

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 1:06:25

Harm’s Way

Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Vern Gillum

Harmony seeks to clear her name when she is framed for a crime in the office. Discussion points include:

  • Harmony gets her “Zeppo”
  • Just a working gal in the big city
  • Taken for granted
  • Is the zero tolerance policy smart?
  • Gal pals Harmony and Fred
  • Spike’s quick return
The Friends of English Magic

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

The reclusive scholar, Mr. Norrell, seeks to reawaken English magic in the early nineteenth century and make it “respectable”. Discussion points include:

  • Introducing another new series
  • Point of view and textual history
  • Theory vs. practice
  • John frakkin’ Childermass
  • Norrell moves to London
  • Strange gets a job

Next time: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×2 How is Lady Pole? and Angel 5×10 Soul Purpose.

Episode 250 – Well, That Was a Slap and a Tickle

Episodes discussed: Class 1×8 The Lost and Angel 5×8 Destiny

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:30:20

The Lost

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Julian Holmes

Charlie has to finally decide whether or not to use the Cabinet when the Shadow King returns. Discussion points include:

  • A two-parter with no second part
  • What to expect when Quill’s expecting
  • Love interest Matteusz
  • Pro and anti-Cabinet factions
  • Favorite episodes and Big Finish Continuations
  • April’s fate and the Weeping Angels
Destiny

Written by David Fury & Stephen S. DeKnight; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

Angel and Spike vie for the title of resident champion and hero. Discussion points include:

  • Angel and Spike’s frenemyship
  • Fighting over the girls
  • The notable absence of Wesley
  • Office conflict
  • Lindsey and Eve
  • The Holy Grail (filled with Mountain Dew)

Next time: Angel 5×9 Harm’s Way and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×1 The Friends of English Magic.

Episode 249 – It Comes Down to Trust

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×7 Lineage and Class 1×7 The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

Linage

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Jefferson Kibbee

Wesley’s father comes to Wolfram & Hart. Discussion points include:

  • The One with Wesley’s Dad
  • What are Wes’ mistakes?
  • Angel’s forgiveness
  • Who is Eve, again?
  • Roger Wyndham-Price
  • Fred’s affections
The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Wayne Che Yip

We find out where Quill went during the gang’s detention. Discussion points include:

  • Quill’s “chip”
  • Ames’ motivations and interests
  • (Sir) Ballon
  • The Metaphysical Engine
  • Time in the Cabinet
  • Quill’s back again

Next time: Class 1×8 The Lost and Angel 5×8 Destiny.

Episode 248 – Athletes Can Have Brains

Episodes discussed: Class 1×6 Detained and Angel 5×6 The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco

Detained

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Wayne Che Yip

Quill gives the gang detention. Discussion points include:

  • Cabin scenario?
  • Why does Quill lock them in?
  • The nature of their prison
  • Telling half-truths
  • The problem of Susan
  • Uncontrolled emotion
Brave-ish Heart

Written and Directed by Jeffrey Bell

Angel wonders if he’s lost passion for his work. Discussion points include:

  • Angel’s disconnect
  • Gunn’s fulfillment
  • Wesley’s sins erased
  • Number Five himself
  • Other candidates for the Prophecy
  • Angel’s passion

Next time: Angel 5×7 Lineage and Class 1×7 The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did.

Episode 247 – The New Regime is Here to Stay

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×5 Life of the Party and Class 1×5 Brave-ish Heart

Time Stamp: Class starts 1:04:05

Life of the Party

Written by Ben Edlund; Directed by Bill L. Norton

The pressures of Lorne’s job get to him. Discussion points include:

  • Finally, a Lorne episode!
  • Brand redemption
  • The value of morale
  • Hulk Lorne
  • How much has been forgotten?
  • The importance of self-care
Brave-ish Heart

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Philippa Langdale

April and Ram take on the Shadow King while the petals take over Coal Hill. Discussion points include:

  • Tanya opens up (a bit)
  • The Underneath
  • How much of a stock job is Ram?
  • Non-declarations of love
  • Dorothea Ames and the Governors
  • Quill’s bargain

Next time: Class 1×6 Detained and Angel 5×6 The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco.

Episode 246 – I Don’t Suppose We Could Have a Moment of Cuddling?

Episodes discussed: Class 1×4 Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart and Angel 5×4 Hell Bound

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:13:07

Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Philippa Langdale

The connection between April and Corakins strengthens. Discussion points include:

  • The mid-season finale (sort of)
  • Quill’s role and the good parents
  • Sensitive Ram and aloof April
  • Corakinus gets it on with his minions
  • April’s Dad
  • Chekhov’s Cabinet
Hell Bound

Written and Directed by Steven S. DeKnight

Spike is tormented by ghosts as his situation worsens. Discussion points include:

  • Fred overextended
  • Wolfram & Hart’s profit motive
  • What happened to Fred and Gunn’s relationship?
  • Is this the real Hell?
  • Interpreting the Prophecy
  • Gunn is singled-out

Next time: Angel 5×5 Life of the Party and Class 1×5 Brave-ish Heart.