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Angel
Season 2, Episode 6
Angel 2x06
Air date November 7, 2000
Written by Jane Espenson
Directed by Krishna Rao
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Cast
Starring
David Boreanaz Angel
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
Alexis Denisof Wesley
J. August Richards Gunn
Guest Starring
Andy Hallett The Host
Art LaFleur T'ish Magev
Brigid Brannagh Virginia
Patrick Kilpatrick Paul Lanier
Todd Susman Magnus Bryce
Co Starring
Danica Sheridan Yeska
Saul Stein Benny
Frankie Jay Allison Thug #1
Michael Yama Japanese Business Man #1
Eiji Inoue Japanese Business Man #2
Ed Trotta Man
Uncredited
Edward Gillow Vampire Hunter

"Guise Will Be Guise" is the sixth episode of the second season of Angel and the twenty-eighth episode overall. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Krishna Rao, it was originally broadcast on November 7, 2000 on the WB network.

Following the guidance of the Caritas Host, Angel leaves town to meet with a swami to try to help him contend with some personal problems, while Wesley impersonates Angel when a shrewd and powerful businessman, Bryce, asks him to guard his daughter Virginia from assassins from a rival corporation. The impostor pretending to be the swami has been hired by the rival corporation to keep Angel away from Los Angeles in order for them to kidnap the girl, while it turns out that Bryce actually wants to keep his daughter safe so that he can ritually sacrifice her to a demon on his 50th birthday in order to gain great power.

Synopsis

In what begins as a quiet day in the office, Wesley is manning the front desk when a man walks in wanting to enlist Angel's services. With Angel out, Wesley tries to handle things but his clumsiness and pleasant manner leave the potential client extremely unimpressed and he leaves, As Wesley curses himself for costing the company business, Cordelia rushes in to tell him that Angel is trying to break in to Wolfram & Hart.

In the lower levels of the law firm, Angel and Gunn successfully enter the building from the sewers only for Wes and Cordy to be there already (having used the front door and dressed in suits). They remind Angel that Wolfram & Hart have vampire detectors so they'll already know he's there, and Gunn is angry to learn that Angel's 'plan' is simply to find where Darla is being hidden before he can be stopped. A guard confronts the group, and Angel responds by sticking a stake in his foot before agreeing to withdraw.

The gang decide to head to Caritas so Angel can get some advice from the Host, with Gunn bewildered that he never noticed such weird stuff going on around him (this being his first visit). Angel explains to the Host that he feels he needs to do something about Darla, however he (and the gang) is spared having to sing by being referred to T'ish Magev, a powerful swami who is known for helping with this kind of problem.

While Cordelia and Wesley hold down the office, a thug holds Cordelia at gunpoint, demanding to see Angel. Quickly improvising, Wesley throws on one of Angel's coats and poses as his vampire boss in order to save her. When they get to the house, Wesley slips by entering the house before waiting for an invitation but manages to save the moment by throwing himself back across the threshold. Wesley is then introduced to Magnus Bryce, a shrewd and rich businessman who made his fortune by mass producing spells and enchantments, who requests Angel's services to protect his daughter from assassins from a rival corporation fronted by Paul Lanier. Bryce then offers Wesley a glass of blood, and Wes forces a little of it down his throats before managing to discard the rest unseen.

Meanwhile Angel arrives as Magev's cabin only to find the swami looks and dresses like a regular guy. Despite this, Magev shows some deep insights about Angel's character judging from the car he drives, the clothes he wears and the way he presents himself to people.

Wesley meets Mr. Bryce's daughter, Virginia who shows every sign of being a spoiled rich girl. At this point, Wes again nearly blows his cover by standing in front of a mirror, but no-one else sees his reflection before he realizes. Wes then demands all mirrors in the house be covered, ostensibly for security purposes. It quickly becomes clear to Wesley that Virginia is actually quite lonely, having spent most of her life in her room thanks to numerous threats over the years. Wesley presses on Virginia the need to be careful, and she accepts 'Angel' as her bodyguard and asks to go shopping. Wesley initially asks if she'd rather wait until morning, only to then realise that shopping in the day isn't really an option for a vampire and the two leave at once.

Back at the hotel, Cordelia has enlisted Gunn's help in regards to rescuing Wesley and sends him to collect Angel from the swami while she tries to identify the man who held her at gunpoint. In a fancy store which selling wizarding supplies, Wesley escorts Virginia around as she looks for her father a gift for his upcoming fiftieth birthday, wanting something depicting the Goddess Yeska who he is a fan of. The two talk of Virginia's relationship with her father, however she then notices that Wesley is fiddling with a crucifix absent mindedly. When she points it out of him, Wesley pretends to be burned and sticks his hand in an ice bucket (which really does leave him pained). Two thugs sent by Paul Lanier then try to abduct Virginia, but when they think its Angel with her they back off immediately.

Angel and Magev fight with staffs while discussing the difference between himself and the demon inside, Magev questioning Angel on the difference. However, back in the cabin, Magev phones Paul Lanier and reveals he is an imposter who killed the real Magev and has been hired to keep Angel busy (having been informed of Angel's plans by one of the waiters in Caritas). 'Magev' tells Lanier he doesn't know how long he can keep up the act, and is worried that Angel might smell the blood coming from the real Magev. Lanier is confused, since he thought Angel was protecting Virginia, and begins to wonder who the hell 'the English guy' is. In the hotel, Cordelia is looking through mugshots in the police database and lets her eyes wander to a gossip magazine only to identify the gunman who is in a photo with Bryce and Virginia.

Wesley escorts Virginia to her room as she talks about how angry she's feeling, not just at the kidnap attempts but at her whole life and being forced to live like a virtual prisoner and never being allowed to live her own life. As they return to her bedroom they find two mystical guards standing outside it, only to find they're not guards as one grabs Virginia as the other tries to stun who they believe to be Angel. However Wesley, in a quick and uncharacteristic show of skill and strength, manages to fight off the two and send them running. Virginia is grateful once again, but is surprised 'Angel' didn't put on his vampire face. Wesley truthfully claims he isn't like most vampires.

As they fish in the lake by the cabin, Angel and the Magev imposter discuss Wolfram and Hart's resurrection of Darla and Angel's desire to get to her. Angel admits that part of him hates her for what she did to him, and 'Magev' suggests that he'll feel better by finding another small blonde, having sex with her and breaking her heart. Angel, obviously, doesn't consider that the best plan.

Virginia and Wesley make it back to the room as Virginia reaffirms her wish to move out and live her own life, even if it would be a life less glamorous than the one she has now. Wesley supports her in her desires, and the two's developing closeness leads to a kiss, however Virginia backs off telling him she knows about his curse (ironically, just as Angel is describing it to 'Magev'). Wesley claims that its not so much of a curse but a 'hex' and possibly even just a recommendation. Virginia grows a bit suspicious that he's lying to her and Wesley decides to tell her the entire truth about his identity, but the two soon submit to their passions and have sex.

The next morning Gunn arrives at the cabin to collect Angel, but when he tries to go in the Magev imposter knocks him out. Angel then appears on the porch now realizing the real swami is dead, but 'Magev' isn't worried because he is standing in the direct sunlight well out of reach... or at least he thinks, as Angel shows his fishing prowess when he uses the nearby line to hook the imposter's lip and literally reels him in threatening to demonstrate his inner demon.

Wesley wakes up next to Virginia, more than content with how the previous evening went. He gets dressed and leaves the room only to encounter Cordelia who has arrived to rescue him. Wesley tells her he can't leave as he has a job to do, much to Cordy's disbelief as she reminds Wesley that he's not Angel. At this point, Bryce and his guards arrive having being tipped off that it wasn't Angel protecting Virginia. Although Wesley attempts to keep up the charade, he is dragged into direct sunlight and obviously nothing happens. The game is up, and Wesley is forced to reveal his true identity to Virginia who is furious since her life was in danger given that she had no supernatural protection as well as the fact that she made a friend who turned out to be lying to her from the very start. Bryce has Wesley and Cordelia thrown out then berates his goon for bringing him the wrong guy since he risked the 'sacrifice' that will occur at his upcoming birthday party. He orders security be stepped up, determined to make it the party of his life as well as Virginia's.

Wesley and Cordelia arrive back at the hotel the same time as Angel and Gunn, and they bring each other up to speed on what happened. Realizing that Lanier set up the fake Magev and then tipped Bryce off upon finding out Angel wasn't protecting Virginia, he suspects that Lanier is going to make his move at the 50th birthday party being held that night. Upon bringing up the party will include tributes to the Goddess Yeska, Angel (who is confused as to why Wesley is wearing his coat) tells everyone Yeska isn't a goddess but a Davric Demon. Wesley knows of them but is confused since they don't serve humans unless they make a sacrifice on their 50th birthday... at this point all the pieces come together and Wesley realizes Bryce is going to sacrifice Virginia that night and Lanier was trying to abduct her to prevent this as Bryce stands to gain a lot of power if he's successful. Wesley immediately sets out to rescue Virginia and lays out a plan of action, only to be reminded that Angel is supposed to be in charge and defers to him. Angel decides to let Wesley take the lead, but does ask for his coat back.

At the party, Virginia notices a giant stone sculpture in the center of the room but doesn't get the time to question it before she is chained to it and Bryce begins to summon Yeska. Virginia begs to be let out, and Bryce tells her what he's doing is very difficult for him (but obviously not difficult enough) before continuing. Suddenly Wesley and the rest of Angel Investigations bursts in and start fighting the guards as Wesley starts releasing Virginia, reminding her he promised to protect her. However it seems to be too late as Yeska appears and approaches Viriginia... only to reject her as she is 'impure'. Bryce can't believe Virigina isn't a virgin and realizes Wesley slept with her, much to everyone's shock. Bryce is furious, as the reason he wanted Angel to protect her was because he couldn't have sex referring to him as a 'eunuch', a term Angel obviously balks at. As Cordelia voices her disbelief that Wesley was getting action after pretending to be Angel for one day while Angel tries to stress the fact the gypsy curse isn't actually that clear regarding sex, Virginia tells her dad that she hasn't been a virgin for a long time. While Wesley is relieved that he wasn't responsible for deflowering a virgin, Virigina begins listing off a list of her father's staff that she's had relationships with (one of the masked guards making a discreet exit as she does so) before knocking him out over his attempt to kill her. The gang leaves satisfied, but not before Angel tries to make clear he isn't a eunuch.

A few days later, Cordelia is indignant to find that since he's started dating Virginia Wesley is now appearing in the gossip pages as a private detective and bodyguard to the stars. As she complains that reflected glory is her 'thing', Angel tells her not to be jealous that he's getting some attention only to be put out himself to find the article mentions the 'Wyndham-Pryce Agency'.

Continuity

  • In "Heartthrob," Angel again tries to seek out spiritual guidance after Buffy's death at the end of Season 5. This time he visits a group of Sri Lankan monks, who turn out to be Shur-hod demons.
  • The newspaper calls Wesley "bodyguard to the stars", which is what Cordelia called Angel after he saved Rebecca Lowell. ("Eternity")
  • Angel is able to enter Bryce's house without being invited in. In Rm w/a Vu he is able to enter Cordelia's house before she invites him in, explaining that she had told him he was always welcome once she found a place and the invitation had taken effect once she signed the lease. This suggests that when Wesley had been invited in, the fact that the invitation had been intended for Angel was sufficient to allow him to enter the house.
  • Wesley becomes the 3rd member of Angel Investigations to drink blood, Angel doing so in virtually every episode and Cordelia doing so in 'Expecting'.

Body Count

  • T'ish Magev, killed by an impostor

Appearances

Locations

Behind the Scenes

Production

Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors

  • Wesley tells Gunn that The Host reads the souls of demons, although it's generally accepted demons don't have "souls" in the human sense. Wesley is more likely referring to a general aura associated with a creature's life force.

Pop Culture References

  • Lorne is referring to the 3 Rocky movies: "You're Rocky. And Rocky II. And half of the one with Mr. T."

International titles

  • German: Angel für einen Tag (Angel for a day)
  • French: L'usurpateur (The usurper)

Music


Other

  • This episode is included in The Vampire Anthology: Wesley DVD.
  • When Wesley drank the cup of blood that Bryce gave him, he was extremely lucky not to get poisoned or even killed, given that drinking blood is extremely dangerous, especially if the blood is not the same type as the drinker.

Quotes

Angel - "There's no Wyndam-Pryce Agency."
The Host - "You're Rocky, and Rocky II, and half of the one with Mr. T."
Wesley - "Did you encourage this?"
Gunn - "I'm just going along for the ride."
Cordelia - "Gonna be a pretty short ride. They have vampire detectors!"
Gunn - "We know. It's cool, he's got a plan."
Wesley - "A plan?"
Angel - "Yeah, I get to the offices before they stop me."
Gunn - "See? What?! That's the plan? Walking real quick was the plan?"
T'ish Magev - "You need to get over her. Okay, what does she look like?"
Angel - "She's beautiful. Small, blonde."
T'ish Magev - "Right. So here's what you do. You go out and you find yourself some small blonde thing. You bed her, you love her, you treat her like crap, you break her heart. You and your inner demon will thank me, I promise."
Angel - "Um..."

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