Angel: Season 3, Episode 12

Provider (21 Jan. 2002)

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With his new son to consider, Angel begins worrying about paying the bills. His pursuit of money worries Cordelia, who is concerned that Angel will forget his mission to help the helpless. ... See full summary »

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With his new son to consider, Angel begins worrying about paying the bills. His pursuit of money worries Cordelia, who is concerned that Angel will forget his mission to help the helpless. As Team Angel is spread thin, covering as many paying cases as possible, several members are put in harms way. Written by katierose295

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Lorne: They apologize for their paltry offering and hope you'll accept...
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Lorne: Fifty thousand dollars?
Angel: Fifty...
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Robot Chipmunks on Ice
24 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After Darla gives birth in "Lullaby" it seems like there are several episodes that don't contribute a lot to the larger plot this season. Really, they're just setting up the next half of the story arc, which will kick in when Wes starts investigating a certain prophesy and making some tragic choices. Until then, we're basically waiting around, establishing how much Angel loves Conner, how much Angel loves Cordy, how much Holtz hates Angel, and how Gunn & Wes are both starting to love Fred. This isn't a bad episode, but if you're watching on DVD you could probably skip it and not miss much plot-wise.

"Provider" revolves around Angel's new not-so-heroic mission to make money. With Conner depending on him now, Angel is worried about paying bills and starting a college fund. In an effort to attract a more solvent group of "helpless" to help, Angel Inc. starts a mini media blitz. Fliers and websites bring in a bunch of new customers, but Cordy is concerned. She's afraid that Angel is losing site of what's important, namely fighting for good, and that the team is getting spread to thin. Meanwhile, Gunn and Wes are both attracted to Fred and getting annoyed at each other.

While Angel is off battling vamps, Gunn & Wes help a lady with her zombie stalker, and Lorne and Fred try to solve a magical glowy puzzle for a bunch of armored guys. Angel tells Cordy that everything is under control, but soon enough things start going wrong. It seems that the armored guys want to take Fred's head and sew it onto their prince. After Cordy has a vision about Fred being decapitated, she rushes to help. Gunn, Wes and Angel barely make it in time to save Lorne, Cordy and Fred. Afterwards, Angel tells the others that he knows that money isn't everything... Then Team Angel collects $50,000 of the armored guys' money and goes home.

There are some great parts to this episode. I love Angel's continued cell phone ignorance. His inability to use his voice mail is one of those running jokes that makes me smile every time Cordy complains about it. Gunn and Wes are pretty funny battling that lady's dead boyfriend. I especially enjoy Wes speculating on what sort of reanimated creature he might be. Then the guy tries to yank him right through the door and Gunn has to beat him off with a bat. "Right," Wesley says, "Zombie it is." Also, the final scene with Cordy and Angel laying on the bed next to each other with the baby between them is really sweet. I love them together. And her sleepy comment about robot chipmunks on ice makes me laugh. Finally, I actually enjoy greedy Angel. He's really cute running credit checks and hugging that briefcase full of money to his chest. Okay, granted, he's always pretty cute, but still...

On the down side, Cordy and Angel's points of view seem reversed in this episode. Usually, she's the one complaining about paying bills and Angel is all about doing good works. (See season one's "I Fall to Pieces") I know their characters are evolving as they experience new things and grow, but the drastic differences in their opinions of money seem a little sudden. Also, the scenes with Justine and Holtz seem really tacked on. And did Cordy really have to bring an infant into the middle of the negotiations/fight with the armored guys?

My favorite part of the episode: The opening of "Provider" is one of the best scenes of the entire series. Angel Inc. has new fliers printed up and it leads to some down right hilarious results as people desperately try to call them for help. "Is this the right number?"


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