Angel: Season 1, Episode 7

The Bachelor Party (16 Nov. 1999)

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After saving Cordy from a vampire attack, Doyle is optimistic about his chances with her. When his estranged wife shows up at the Angel Inc. offices, though, Doyle suddenly has some ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harriett 'Harry' Doyle
Richard Straley
Ted Kairys ...
Uncle John
Pierce (as Robert Hillis)
Aunt Martha
Kristen Lowman ...
Mother Rachel


After saving Cordy from a vampire attack, Doyle is optimistic about his chances with her. When his estranged wife shows up at the Angel Inc. offices, though, Doyle suddenly has some explaining to do. It seems that Harry, his wife, has met someone new and she wants to finalize her divorce from Doyle. Doyle's suspicious of Harry's new fiancée. He and Angel investigate the guy and are surprised by what they find. Written by katierose295

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This episode reveals that Doyle's full name is Allen Francis Doyle. Glenn Quinn's middle name is Francis. See more »


Doyle says he and Harriet got married when he was 20. Later, Harriet says that Doyle got his teaching credentials before they met. Unless Doyle is a genius, which we've got no reason to believe, there is no way he would have his teaching credentials at the age of 20. Getting teaching credentials is at minimum a 4 year program. See more »


Angel: [Reading from a book] Here it is - Ano-movic. Once a nomadic tribe. At one time they did have violent leanings...
Allen Francis Doyle: There! I knew this nice guy routine was just an act. He's working a spell on her. She gonna sprout hubcaps from her head or something.
Angel: But they gave up those orthodox teachings, - language, - around the turn of the century.
[closes the book and puts it down]
Angel: Now they own a number of restaurants with pretty expensive windows.
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Doyle's ex-wife comes to town
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of the episodes in season one of "Angel" are stand alone, monsters-of-the-week. They don't really contribute a lot to the over all story arc and, if you're in a hurry to get through the season on DVD, you could skip them and not miss much. "The Bachelor Party" is one of those episodes. It has some good parts, but it doesn't really accomplish a lot story wise. If you like Doyle a lot, then you should see "The Bachelor Party." Otherwise, you can probably just skip it.

"Bachelor Party" explores Doyle's past. After he saves Cordelia from a vampire attack, she begins to see him in a more romantic light. Doyle is hopeful that she might give up dating boring, rich guys and go out with him instead. Unfortunately, right about then Doyle's ex-wife, Harry, walks into Angel Inc. Actually, she's still technically married to him, since they never signed the divorce papers. That's why she's come to see him. Harry wants to get remarried and she needs to finalize the divorce. Her new fiancé, Richard, is a big, goofy nice-guy of a guy and Doyle instantly doesn't like him. He enlists Angels' help to investigate Richard. It turns out that Richard is a demon and Harry knows it. She's become a "ethno-demonologist." Doyle has never been able to accept his demon-half, but Harry thought it was great. Now she's marrying into the demon world again.

Unfortunately, Richard's family aren't the peace loving demons that they seem. They might own restaurants and play Pictonary, but they also have some ancient customs. For example, when one of their clan marries a divorcée, the new husband has to eat the old husband's brain. Thereby ingesting all the love the couple once shared and blessing the new marriage. Doyle doesn't know this and he unsuspectingly agrees to attend Richard's bachelor party. Soon he's locked in a box, while the demon clan bickers about how to preform the ritual. Angel, Cordy and Harry have to save him. Harry, furious that Richard lied to her about his party and tried to kill Doyle, calls of the wedding. The episode ends with Doyle getting a vision about Buffy being in trouble.

Angel goes back to Sunnydale to help Buffy in the corresponding BTVS episode "Pangs." The two of them don't really interact, but it still a fun episode and certainly worth a look.

There are some good parts to "The Bachelor Party." I love the demon clan that Harry is marrying into to. They're so cheerfully normal, passing around buckets of KFC and playing charades. They are just also demons, who occasionally devour someone's brain. They're not exactly sure how the ancient ritual is preformed so their making it up as they go. The stupid lobster bib that Richard wears is especially funny. And they all get into an argument over the proper utensil for brain eating. Shrimp fork or soup spoon? It's a riot. I also like Cordy's reluctant attraction to Doyle. "After Xander Harris, I swore I'd never date another fixer-upper." She's so surprised when Harry tells her that Doyle once volunteered at a homeless shelter and taught third grade. "Are you sure that he wasn't just left back a bunch of times and that was his cover story?" It's pretty fun. Also, I love Angel at the bachelor party. He's not good at parties, whether human or demon. They make him uncomfortable. And to make matters worse, he's soon beat up and dumped in an alley way. When he comes slamming back in all vamped out, Richard's brother turns to Doyle and says in genuine outrage, "You brought a vampire to my brother's bachelor party?" Doyle, trapped in a box-thing, a blue dotted line drawn on his head so the demons will know where to cut, nods, "Yeah." Then Angel starts beating them all up. It's a cool scene.

On the down side, "The Bachelor Party" can seem like a waste of time in retrospect. I like Doyle and it's good to have some back ground on him. But he'll be gone in a few episodes, so what's the point?

My favorite part of the episode: Doyle and Angel interrogating Cordelia's date.

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