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



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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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24 September 2001 (USA)  »

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The lead guest characters were named Elisabeth and James after co-creator David Greenwalt's assistant Elisabeth James. See more »


When Darla stands up from the bar at the end of the episode, you can clearly see the edges of the fake stomach prosthetic she is wearing through her shirt. 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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Liar, liar, pants on fire...
19 July 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This episode is a series-killer for me, in the sense that it makes me never want to watch this show again. I always believed in the consistency of a character, in the sense that there are some traits that the script writers, no mater what, should not, ever, change. Eliminating them would be like crippling the character in my view, and in this way destroying him for good. One of these traits is the moral integrity of Angel, which was, for me at least, something I looked up to. This is why I find it odd to be the only one seriously enraged by this episode. If I were to give "Heartthrob" another title, it would be BETRAYAL. It's shocking to see 2 love stories mirrored in the narration, one of which is a beautiful, desperate cry for the loss of a loved one, and the other a simple shrug of the shoulders regarding one's soulmate passing away. We find Angel in the process that should be at least, grieving, but instead proves to be a hurtful indifference towards Buffy's death. For those who haven't seen Buffy, it would probably be OK, but for those who have actually seen it, it's a slap in the face. It denies the entire 2 seasons involving Buffy & Angel and ever been in love. Angel seams entirely unaffected by her disappearance. His "time off" of meditation was actually another day on the job, killing demon-monks and bringing souvenirs to the gang afterwards. Even Cordelia is rightfully surprised by his emotional inertness. Buffy was his one single true love, in all 250 years of existence. She was his soulmate, his pair (2 tragic superheroes), the reason he became good in the first place (may I remind you of his first "watcher" and the scene in the sewers, where Angel says he wants to change TO HELP HER). He had a crush on her even before they met, he guarded her with his life and was even willing to sacrifice his happiness for hers (which is why he moved away from Sunnydale in the first place). What happened to the ring exchange, to their "one moment of pure happiness", to the assurances that "she is still his girl" and that "you may have moved on, but I haven't"(Angel in the first season) And when he finds out she is gone, he does nothing, feels nothing?! (For crying out loud, he mourned Joyce more than Buffy! He even came to her funeral, but not Buffy's?!) With Buffy, it's almost as if a total stranger died. He is, appallingly, relieved?! In his exact words, losing Buffy "didn't kill him", he just "dealt with it". The REAL Angel-character would be devastated, crushed... He would lock himself in his study for weeks looking at her picture, be angry, want revenge, whatever, but he would ACT or DO something! She was his reason to live (to become human so that they could finally be together). I don't recognize this character. Really. He mocks everything I thought of him. The scriptwriters must have been changed or really drunk so as to flip a character 90 degrees like this. Angel never loved Buffy, heck, it seems he got over her pretty fast! In the first episodes of "Buffy" he kills Darla (who is so dear to him, apparently) to save her, but now he is willing to bed her??? And afterwards, of all people, Cordelia??? There is something really off-track with this series. I don't like where it's going. I'm heartbroken by this new Angel dude who is suddenly emancipated and conscience-free. He might end up to be proclaimed "a champion", but it's more likely he'll be proclaimed a huge jerk :-(

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