Angel: Season 2, Episode 21

Through the Looking Glass (15 May 2001)

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Wes, Gunn, Angel and Lorne find Cordy in Pylea. She's being hailed as a princess because of her visions. Now, she's the ruler of the kingdom. While, Wes and Gunn try to find a way to open ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Host's Elder
Brian Tahash ...
Priest #1
Danan Pere ...
Rebel #1


Wes, Gunn, Angel and Lorne find Cordy in Pylea. She's being hailed as a princess because of her visions. Now, she's the ruler of the kingdom. While, Wes and Gunn try to find a way to open another portal and return home, Lorne visits his family. Angel is becoming incredibly popular with the locals, telling them tales of his battles back on earth. He even rescues Fred from certain death. But things quickly start to go wrong for everyone. Cordy realizes some disturbing things about her new responsibilities. Angel begins to lose control of his vampire self. Wes and Gunn find themselves under attack. And Lorne is arrested for treason. Written by katierose295

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First appearance of The Groosalugg. See more »


When Angel turns into his demon self and attacks the guard, a close-up shot shows him tear the man's leg off at the knee. Immediately after, in a wide shot (where the other guards ride away), his legs are both clearly intact. Another shot of the body later shows the leg missing. See more »


[first lines]
Angel: One... Two... Three...!
Cordelia Chase: [Cordelia clears her throat] Hi, guys.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Cordelia?
Charles Gunn: No way!
Angel: You're safe?
Cordelia Chase: A little bit. They made me ruler.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: But this is fantastic.
Cordelia Chase: Well... It's not like my throne couldn't use a few extra cushions. But I'm really not gonna complain because well... throne.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: You can order them to release us?
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Another great Pylea episode
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Through the Looking Glass" is another great Pylea episode. It really sets up a lot of problems for the characters and explores some really interesting ideas about identity. Most of the characters have to face up to some new ideas about themselves and their pasts; How they see each other and how others see them. This is a really fun episode that you really shouldn't skip if you're watching the show on DVD.

The episode revolves around Cordy being the new queen of Pylea. Her visions are part of some ancient prophesy and now she's being hailed as Pylea's messiah. She's pretty happy, but everyone else is determined to get back home. Angel and Lorne head over to see Lorne's family. Wes and Gunn start looking through Pylea's ancient texts trying to find a way to open another portal. And then Cordy learns that she's expected to "comshuck with the Grooslugg." Gunn points out that it sounds kinna dirty and he's right. It's a mating ritual. Cordy, not thrilled with the idea of sleeping with a Pylean demon, agrees to leave the castle. She, Gunn and Wes try to escape. Cordy is captured, though.

Meanwhile, Angel is quickly becoming the most popular "cow" in Pylea. He's telling everyone about his adventures and Lorne's family is treating him as an honored guest. He's soon given the ceremonial task of slaughtering an animal for a feast. Unfortuantle, the animal is a "cow" (Pylean for human) and her name is Fred. Angel's not about to kill some woman, so he rescues her and they run off into the hills. Fred's been living in a cave for the past five years, ever since she was sucked through a portal from LA. Gaurds come to try and recapture her, and Angel fights them off. But his vampire powers act differently in Pylea. His full blown demon side comes out making him a mindless green killer.

Wes and Gunn are lost in the Pylean woods when Angel appears and nearly kills them. Fred lures Angel away from them and Angel finally regains control. He's so upset that his friends have seen his demon side that he collapses in the cave and refuses to speak for hours. Wes and Gunn are trying to figure out what happened to Angel. Wes thinks that Pylea's upset Angel's natural, supernatural balance. Angel might be able to walk in the sun and see his reflection, but he also can't stay in control of his inner demon. Before they can go looking for Angel, they're captured by human rebels. The rebels want to bring down the Pylean government and Cordelia. And they think that executing her friends will be a good place to start.

Back at the palace, Cordy is pleasantly surprised to see the Grooslugg. He's not a demon, after all. He's a human warrior and he's gorgeous. She and Groo are getting along really well. In fact, Cordy isn't adverse to comshucking with Groo, at all. But, the Pylean government is getting frustrated with Cordy. They aren't nice guys and her independence and dictatorial leadership style is starting to annoy them. To teach her a lesson the execute Lorne as a traitor and bring her his head.

There are some great parts to this episode. I just love watching Angel preen in front of the mirror, fiddling with his hair. He so cute. And his popularity in Pylea is just hilarious. Angel walks around in fur capes and entertains children with tales of his bravery. (I especially have to laugh when Angel relates the tale of his epic battle with the Lindsey the "lawyer beast.") Poor Lorne is so annoyed as Angel basks in his new celebrity. And I love Cordy all excited over being an powerful ruler. She sees no reason to ever go back to the "Cordelia's not a princess" dimension. Then when she finally does decided to escape, she takes a pile of gold and jewelry along as "suvioneers." It's pretty funny. And Fred comes into better focus in this episode. She and Angel work really well together. She's so hyper and he's so... Not. You just have to smile. And I like the covers of the ancient, magical Pylean books coming together to read Wolf, Ram and Hart. That's just cool.

On the down side, I'm sorry that the characters spend so much time separated in this episode. Cordy's with Groo at the castle. Wes and Gunn are in the woods. Angel's with Fred. Team Angel doesn't get enough time to really interact as a group.

My favorite part of the episode: Lorne's brother, Numfar, dancing.

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