That Old Gang of Mine (Angel)


That Old Gang of Mine (Angel)

Infobox Television episode
Title = That Old Gang of Mine
Series = Angel


A Yarbnie, one of the harmless demons who are being hunted down and killed
Caption = {Caption|}
Season = 3
Episode = 3
Airdate = October 8, 2001
Production = 3ADH02
Writer = Tim Minear
Director = Fred Keller
Guests = Josh Kayne
Khalil Kain
Heidi Marnhout
Episode list = List of "Angel" episodes
Prev = That Vision Thing
Next = Carpe Noctem

"That Old Gang of Mine" is episode 3 of season 3 in the television show "Angel", originally broadcast on the WB television network. In this episode, Gunn discovers his former comrades are murdering harmless demons for fun. When he tries to convince them to stop, he learns that - due to his association with Angel - he has lost their trust. See List of "Angel" episodes for a complete list.

Plot

At Caritas, Angel apologizes to Merl for his cruel behavior. He goes as far as to suggest that Merl try to hit him, but the "no demon violence" spell on the bar sends Merl flying back. Merl returns home, where he is ambushed and killed.

When Angel learns that Merl has been killed, Angel Investigations meets at Merl's to investigate his murder. Gunn is reluctant to waste time looking into the murder of a demon, and after a heated debate with Angel, Gunn chooses not to help with this case. He returns to his old gang's hideout, where he is met with hostility. A newcomer, Gio, questions why Gunn is working with a vampire, and Gunn learns from Rondell that the rest of the gang feels that Gunn has turned on them.

At the Hyperion Hotel, Angel asks Cordelia to try to bring Fred out of her shell. Angel and Wesley investigate a bookie friend of Merl's only to find the demon murdered similarly to Merl's death. A meek, nonviolent species of demon walks through the sewers alone, but is attacked and killed, one of his killers being Gio. Gunn shows up at the bookie's apartment in response to Wesley's call for assistance. He doesn't like the idea of investigating demon deaths, thinking the murders aren't all that bad. Wesley explains that the murders are committed without any consideration of the differences between good and bad demons. Gunn pockets the arrow from a crossbow bolt used to kill one of the demons then is off to search for information.

Gunn returns to his former gang and questions Rondell only to find that Gio isn't acting alone in the murders; the whole crew is involved. Back at the hotel, the source of their problems is questioned, as is the missing evidence Gunn took. At Angel's encouragement, Cordelia goes outside to talk to Fred, but has a hard time getting a conversation started. She suggests that the both of them get out on the town and live a little. Gunn returns to the hotel and talks with Angel about the progress of their investigation, then announces he needs to talk to Wesley.

Cordelia has taken Fred to Caritas and Fred sings "Crazy" on stage. Gunn and Wesley are also there and as Fred sings, a demon crossing in front of her is shot dead. Gunn hides the Host behind the bar as those who used to be his friends start randomly killing demons in Caritas. Cordelia hides behind a table while Wesley rushes to the aid of Fred to move her to safety. The gang of shooters starts to leave, but Gio suggests they stay. Gio informs Rondell about all of Gunn's associations with demons creating hostility between the two.

Everyone else figures out that Rondell and the rest of the crew were responsible for all the other murders as well. Gunn stands in the way of the Host getting shot while debating with Rondell over which of them has the more righteous mission. Trying to protect his friends, Gunn offers the keys to his truck and tells them all to leave. Cordelia tries to guide Fred out the door, but she is the only one allowed freedom and that is only until she returns with Angel. Cordelia finds Angel and he directs her to three Furies who can lift the "no demon fighting" spell on Caritas.

At the bar, Gio sings a song, unknowingly allowing the Host to psychically learn personal information about Gio's activities in Miami, referring to a 'she' who Gio somehow let down during his time there. An escaping demon distracts Gio and he has his weapon stolen by Gunn. The taunting verbal game starts again as Gio accuses Gunn of protecting a baby killer and wanting to be a demon. Gio talks about Gunn's sister- claiming that Gunn let Aloona be turned because he wanted to become a vampire himself, staking her only when she refused to turn him herself- leading Gunn to snap and kill the baby-eating demon with a gunshot, mere moments before Angel arrives.

Gunn is given the opportunity to kill Angel and doesn't, but denies that they are friends; he simply states that Rondell has lost the mission, but Angel retains him. Gio makes it clear that no one leaves until Angel is dead and asks for volunteers to do the job. Fred claims that she doesn't want to die, so she offers to do it and takes the crossbow from Gio, only to point it at Gio's neck. Cordelia tries to persuade the Furies to lift the spell, but the three are very much obsessed with the dark vampire. Cordelia needs them to rush and finds that there is a debt to be paid for this favor and only Angel is "equipped" to do it.

Finally, the spell is lifted from the bar and Angel can fight. The gang escape to safety while Angel takes care of the fighting. Gio has his head bitten off by a demon and more are killed before the fight is ended. Outside, after talking to Rondell, Gunn comments that Rondell and the crew will likely stick to their own area from now on. Wesley understands the difficulty of Gunn's situation but firmly tells him if he ever jeopardizes their work again, he'll be fired with no mercy.

Angel exits the club and Gunn tries to explain he was trying to stall when insulting Angel within the club. Angel knows he spoke the truth but he doesn't mind it. Gunn thinks he has proven his trustworthiness by not killing Angel, but Angel clarifies that "You'll prove that I can trust you when the day comes that you "have" to kill me - and you do."

Acting

Main Cast

*David Boreanaz as Angel
*Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
*Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
*J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
*Amy Acker as Winifred Burkle

Guest stars

*Andy Hallett as Lorne
*Jarrod Crawford as Rondell
*Khalil Kain as Gio

Co-stars

*Matthew James as Merle
*Giancarlo Carmona as Gang Kid
*Steve Neil as Huge & Horrible
*Josh Kayne as Cowering Demon
*Sam Ayers as Tough Guy Demon
*Heidi Marnhout as Fury #1
*An Le as Fury #2
*Madison Gray as Fury #3

Production details

Writing

This episode was due to be the second episode of the season, but was switched with "That Vision Thing" to become the third episode.Fact|date=August 2007 Indeed, in this episode, Angel requests that Cordelia encourage Fred to venture into the "outside world", which already happened in the previous episode, creating a minor continuity error.

Writer Tim Minear "pretty much always loathed [this] script", although he feels that if it had been filmed differently, it could have been stronger. "As it happened," he says, "it was my weakest script coupled with the most unfocused direction." [Citation |url=http://www.stakesandsalvation.com/ |date=July 30, 2007 |title=Tim Minear - "Angel" Tv Series - Stakesandsalvation.com Interview |accessdate=2007-09-22 ]

There is a blooper in this episode shown on the Season 2 DVD. When the Furies say "Mmm, Angel...", David Boreanz pops in and says "I'm here, ladies!", resulting in the Furies bursting out laughing.

Music

*"Crazy" - Patsy Cline as sung by Fred.
*"Wind beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler as sung partially by Gio.

Translations

* German title: "Meine alte Gang" ("My old gang")
* Italian title: "La mia vecchia squadra" ("My old team")
* Spanish title: "Viejos tiempos" ("Old times")

References

External links

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