Angel: Season 2, Episode 13

Happy Anniversary (6 Feb. 2001)

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Gene is a brilliant physicist, smitten with love, who is on the verge on discovering a method of manipulating the time and space relationship. One night at karaoke, Lorne discovers that ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Champagne ...
Gene Rainey
Val (as Victoria L. Kelleher)
Mike (as Danny LaCava)
Lubber #1
Geremy Dingle ...
Student Clerk
Guy on Stage
Norma Michaels ...
Aunt Helen (as Norma Micheals)


Gene is a brilliant physicist, smitten with love, who is on the verge on discovering a method of manipulating the time and space relationship. One night at karaoke, Lorne discovers that Gene has no future past the next day as well as the rest of the world. Lorne and Angel set out to prevent Gene from freezing time around the world to preserve his fractured relationship. Meanwhile, Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn establish their own private investigation firm and stumble upon an intricate case involving a wealthy family and a demon. Written by Patrick "The G" Gurney

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The location used for Gene's university library is clearly a public (community) library, not an academic one. A poster encouraging reading can be seen, for example. See more »


[first lines]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: When they went out of business, they just left these here.
Cordelia Chase: Yep. Also the desk. We'll share.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: And when we go out of business, we can just leave our stuff for the next guy.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith
Performed by Andy Hallett
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Introduction of Lorne as a regular
6 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


The Good; Lorne really comes into his own, we see him set up to become a regular character . Love Angel Investigation's Agatha Christie moment.

The Bad; Why does the scientist act surprised at Lorne's appearance when he's been to Caritas? His plan is pretty stupid, surely after a while someone will notice and pull the plug? And won't the time freeze affect the demons too? And won't the time freeze stop the electricity thus disrupting the process?

Best line: Gunn; "Truth is there's always more down"

Apocalypses: oh yeah 5

Angel Clichés Damsel in distress; 17

In disguise; yep, posing as a grant fund agent 8

DB get's his shirt off; 11

Cordy's tattoo;3

Cheap Angel; 6

Fang Gang in bondage: Cordy: 5 Angel: 8 Wes: 3

Fang gang knocked out: Lorne, all the makings of an Angel investigations regular right there Cordy: 10 Angel: 12 Wes: 5 Doyle; 1 Gunn; 1 Lorne; 1

Kills: a demon for Gunn and 2 for Angel Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons Angel; 22 vamps, 33 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans Doyle; 1 vamp Wes; 1 demon Kate; 3 vamps Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans. Gunn; 5 vamps+ 2 demons.

Fang Gang go evil: Cordy: 2 Angel: 2

Alternate Fang Gang: Cordy: 2 Angel: 6

Characters killed: 30

Recurring characters killed; 4;

Total number of Angel Investigations: 3 or 1 4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

Angel Investigations shot: Angel: 10

Packing heat; Wes; 2 Doyle; 1 Angel; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast Angel: 1;Buffy Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

Kinky dinky: The sympathy bone! Does anyone actually ever do that for real? The most slow motion sex in history. How exactly do they know that Kevin is impotent?

Captain Subtext; Lorne acts in a stereotypically gay fashion but he describes Cordy as hot-o-rama suggesting he's actually Bi? The bartender remarks that they don't get many of Lorne's kind in his bar, we think for a moment he means gay but he actually means demon.

Know the face, different character; 2

Parking garages; 5,

Buffy characters on Angel; 14 Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, Master, Anne

Questions and observations; For some reason the demons seem to dress like Abraham Lincoln (or the Amish)? The weapons they use are similar to the hunga-munga used by Buffy in Anne. What do they do with Aunt Helen, turn her over to the police to charge her with murder by demon? A lovely metaphor from Lorne on holding the note. The beginning of Angel's eventual coming back to the good fight. Mike Hegarty who plays the Bartender is one of those faces you see all over US TV. Cordy dances, she's quite a groover just as she was in Buffy. Wes dances too and is much better now than he was in 'She'.

Marks out of 10; 7 out of 10, funny enough but not really a classic and suffers in comparison to what's gone before and what's to come.

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