Angel: Season 2, Episode 9

The Trial (28 Nov. 2000)

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Darla is informed from Lindsey and Holland that there was an unfortunate side effect to her rebirth. Angel, learning of Darla's terminal condition, embarks on a mission to save her. Lorne ... See full summary »



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Darla is informed from Lindsey and Holland that there was an unfortunate side effect to her rebirth. Angel, learning of Darla's terminal condition, embarks on a mission to save her. Lorne directs Angel to a challenge which might restore Darla's health but at the cost of his life. Angel completes the challenge but Darla cannot be saved again because of her previous resurrection. Feeling broken, Angel tries to comfort Darla in her final stage until Lindsey shows up with an unexpected visitor. Written by Patrick "The G" Gurney

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Did You Know?


Julie Benz suffered agonizing stage fright when she was called on to sing. Though not being a very good singer, she sings absolutely better than Boreanaz and Carpenter, who made their own tone-deaf situation a current gag. See more »


Angel burns his right arm to fetch the key in the holy water and uses the same hand to unlock the door. However, the close-up shows him unlocking the door with his left hand. See more »


[first lines]
Cordelia Chase: [about Angel] Don't you think we should check on him? He's been in that cellar a long time.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I keep hearing a "chucka-chucka" sound. What's he doing down there?
Cordelia Chase: How should I know? He barely says "Good morning and get me a glass of blood" anymore.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I know.
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Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
Written by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen
Performed by Julie Benz
(Sung by Darla in Caritas)
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Life & Death
24 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most emotional episodes of the entire series. Angel showed how much he cared for a mortal Darla when she was in need was amazing. Going through the trials and willing to give his life to save hers proved that he always did love her in some way. Darla accepting her condition and accepting the chance to die a normal mortal death was one of the most moving scenes I've ever seen. Angel's words right before the end while he was comforting Darla made my eyes water. "I'm not gonna leave you. Every moment we have left I gonna be by your side. You're never gonna be alone again." How beautiful it would've been to have Darla die as a human knowing Angel did care for her and for Angel to feel that he saved her soul. Naturally though, the show had to make it interesting with the appearance of Drusilla to re-sire Darla. Not what I expected, to say the least. I had one recurring thought throughout this episode. Angel was trying to find a cure for Darla, correct? Why didn't he try to find another Mohra demon like the one that made him human in "I Only Have Eyes For You" and take some of its blood? I'd like to think that if it had the ability to restore the life of a vampire, it would be able to cure a human body of syphilis rather easily, right?

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