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:
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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6 February 2001 (USA)  »

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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 »


Hey Baby
Performed by Adam Dorn
(Played at Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn's party)
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Angel and Lorne work together on a case
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty entertaining episode. Lorne is always fun and "Happy Anniversary" has him really teaming up with Angel for the first time. Lorne will be involved in more and more of Angel Inc. investigations as time goes on, so it's nice to look back and see him here. (He also does a fantastic rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" in the Hyperion lobby, which is reason enough to watch the episode.) Anyway, I really recommend that you see "Happy Anniversary" if you're watching the season on DVD.

"Happy Anniversary" revolves around Lorne reading a guy in Karitos and discovering that the world's about to end. Sometime over the next day, the kid will do something that will end existence and Lorne wants to stop him. He heads to Angel for help. Angel grudgingly agrees to help Lorne find the guy and they start searching karaoke bars around town. It turns out that the kid is a grad. student named Gene. He works in the physics department at the local university and his new invention will freeze time. When Gene's girlfriend decides to break up with him, Gene comes up with the idea of freezing them together in one perfect moment forever. Little does Gene know that a sect of demons are trying to bring about the end of the world. They see his invention as the perfect way to wipe out humanity. When Gene activates the machine, it won't just freeze him and his girlfriend. It will freeze the entire world. Angel and Lorne have to kill the demons and stop Gene from accidentally ending humanity. Meanwhile, Wes, Cordy and Gunn work to set up their own detective agency and solve their first real case.

There are some really cool parts to this episode. I like seeing Lorne involved in an investigation. He and Angel are very funny together, fighting demons in the school library and trying to get around in the daylight without human help. Lorne can't drive, so he nearly crashes the car while Angel hides under blankets in the backseat. Then Lorne has to pretend to be the new college mascot as he and Angel look for Gene. ("School mascot?" One guy finally repeats skeptically, "For the Buccaneers?" Lorne rolls his eyes, "Not your school, silly.") Anyway, Angel is annoyed at visiting 15 karaoke bars, Lorne is annoyed by Angel's grouchy mood. The two of them finally get into an argument where Angel admits that he didn't want his friends around. They couldn't take the darkness growing inside of him. But, now he's starting to regret tossing them out of his life. Which is a pretty big admission for Angel. Lorne has a way of getting people to talk about their feelings, whether they want to or not. I also like Cordy, Gunn and Wes's difficulties in running their own agency. They don't have any power or phones or clients. They have to share a desk and they still don't have a new name for their business. They end up sitting quietly in the dark, because, as Wes puts it, "Sometimes you just have to wallow." By the end, they're finally beginning to stand without Angel... But they still can't change the agency's name.

On the down side, there's a lot of back story on Gene and his girlfriend in this episode. Since we'll never see them again, it seems like a waste of time to watch them so much. Also, what's the point of Gene's invention? It really doesn't seem to have a lot of practical applications. Who would want to preserve their dog in an impenetrable bubble, like Gene suggests? Is there a big market for that?

My favorite part of the episode: Wes solving the case for the rich family. He does it like the detective at the end of a bad murder mystery show. Wes is pointing at the suspects and people are gasping as he tells everything that he's discovered about them. Only we haven't seen any of the build up to the murder's "reveal." We didn't watch Wes investigating or even have these people introduced to us, so the whole scene has this great, silly, disconnected quality to it that I really enjoy. I laugh every time I see it.

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