Angel: Season 3, Episode 1

Heartthrob (24 Sep. 2001)

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Even as Angel mourns Buffy's death, he must do battle against a vampire he was friends with back in 18'th century Marseilles - and whose girlfriend he has just killed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Young Man Hostage
Sandy (as Dalila Brown-Geiger)
Vamp #1 (as Christian Hastings)


Returning from his sojourn to mourn Buffy's death, Angel learns that business is thriving while the reclusive Fred is still reluctant to emerge from her room. Angel, Wesley, and Gunn act on a vision to stop a group of vampires from killing college kids. Defeating the group, Angel realizes that he knew the head vampire, Elisabeth, from his reign during the 18th century. James, a previous acquaintance of Angel's, sets out to avenge her death after a procedure renders him invincible. Once thwarting the foe, Angel reflects on his and Buffy's relationship together while being pressed by Cordelia to carry on. Written by Patrick "Puck" Gurney

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As of this episode, Amy Acker joins the regular cast. See more »


In the subway scene, as the train pulls away, Angel's reflection can be seen in the glass of the doors. Similarly, James' reflection is seen in the windows as they accelerate past in the next shot. See more »


[first lines]
Cordelia: I understand people who drink too much. I understand people who put a little note on the parking meter that says it's broken when it's not. I don't understand people who worship demons.
Charles Gunn: Yeah, especially a Lurite demon. The stink on that thing. You're a prince of the underworld, bro, take a Jacuzzi once in a while
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: It's sad. The only way some people can find a purpose in life is by becoming obsessed with demons.
[Cordelia yarns]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: By the way, Gunn, technically that wasn't a Lurite, it ...
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I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Performed by Andy Hallett
(Performed as karaoke in Caritas)
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You know what they say, life's full of surprises
12 January 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

You know what they say, life's full of surprises - Love, what's love? Does losing somebody you truly love really kill you? or is it love when you move on with your life and honor the person you lost? The season 3 opener is about love, 'Angel' is grieving Buffy's death, not only because she's dead but because losing her didn't kill him. And he feels like he's betraying her somehow. We also meet the sick obsessed vampire called 'James' who played by 'Ron Melendez' , he also lost his 'love' whom got staked by 'Angel', now 'James' wants revenge and lets a doctor cut out his heart which makes him invincible for like, 6 minutes, hours, weeks (what was it again, Cordy?). I think that this episode is a superb opener for the most 'beloved' ANGEL season, 'Amy Acker' is added to the credits as 'Winifred Burkle', who's still pretty much crazy, 'Cordy' is having trouble with her visions and both 'Wes' and 'Gunn' don't get a lot to do, but both look great and have plenty of good moments. I love 'Alexis Denisof's hair in this episode and 'Gunn' mentioning Vegans which eventually comes out in the season 4 episode 'The House Always Wins'. This episode is also very important to the show, in the flashbacks we finally meet the wonderful 'Daniel Holtz' who is played by 'Keith Sarabuijka', he has been mentioned before but this is the first time we actually get to see him. And at the end of the episode, 'Darla' is revealed being pregnant, looks like she's having elephant twins. All in all, I love this episode, the flashbacks, writing and the fight sequences were all superb. ANGEL: How's that, invincible boy, huh? Is that your idea of love, James, hmm? It's not real unless it kills you? JAMES: Yeah. What's yours? It's fun as long as it doesn't cost me anything? You don't know what love is. You think you won just because you're still alive? I lived. You just existed. (9.5 out of 10)

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