On a routine patrol, Angel stakes a female vampire. Just before she crumbles to dust she calls him Angelus and he recognizes her from his soulless past. Now, her grief-stricken lover, Angel's old hunting companion, is out for revenge for both the present killing and for a betrayal Angelus committed over 200 years ago.
Cordelia: (about Buffy) Angel, she was the love of your life and she died, and you weren't there when that happened, you couldn't help her fight, you couldn't save her, you couldn't die with her.
Really not loving this episode. Buffy just died, and this is the episode we get after the fact? Lame. I mean, I don't want him to be the uber-brooder. Cuz, gawd knows we get plenty of that on a daily basis. But, this just seemed like a lame response to her death. I get the whole story line where they tied in the fact that this other vampire is all mad cuz Angel killed the love of his life. That's not obvious at all, really. But, just so weak. I know that Buffy isn't really dead, cuz they resurrected over there on the other show, but still. Show some damn respect for the vamp Romeo & Juliet here yo.
3x02 That Vision Thing
When Cordelia's visions begin to manifest as painful physical wounds, Lorne tries to use telepathy to find out why this is happening to her, and how the visions can be stopped. Meanwhile lawyers from Wolfram & Hart make another visit to Angel's hotel.
The two are not necessarily unrelated. Turns out Lilah is using some swami type guy to get at Cordelia and her visions. The swami type guy is played by Kal Penn. His part is like this || big. So, he takes off his hat while he's in his weird trancy mode, and it turns out he is missing the top of his skull and his grey matter is all just out there, sitting there, for the world to see. Yech.
Lilah: You're a remarkable man, Angel.
Angel: And you're an evil bitch.
This other lawyer dude is going after Angel and the Gang through the hotel... building violations and such. Such a typical bureaucratic thing to do. But, they are lawyers afterall.
3x03 That Old Gang of Mine
Gunn finds himself stuck between old and new allegiances when he learns that a string of brutal and indiscriminate demon murders is the work of members of his former gang. Even Lorne's usually peaceful club isn't immune to the violence. Cordelia, meanwhile, attempts to help Fred readjust to the world.
Gunn: No matter what else, I think I proved that you can trust me when I could have killed you and I didn't.
Angel: No - you'll prove I can trust you when the day comes that you have to kill me - and you do.
First things first. Those are some seriously sexy leather pants Angel is sporting all of a sudden. Yumlicious. Very few people can pull the leather off, and he's doing it quite well. Ok, yah, that's really all that stuck with me on this episode.
3x04 Carpe Noctern
Our man Angel is trying to be so helpful with getting Fred out and about into the world, they end up going to a Charlton Heston double feature together, since none of the other Gang folk want to join. Fred may take this a bit more serious than she should.
Later, In the course of searching out one of Cordelia's vision, Angel stumbles on an old man playing peeping tom across the street from a gym. When he goes to see what the guy is up to, the old guy casts a body-switching spell with Angel. The old man, Marcus, enjoys the many pleasures of being eternally young, handsome, and bloodthirsty in Los Angeles while a dying Angel tries to get his body back.
Angel: You may not know this, Fred, but certain friends and coworkers have been known to accuse me of being the quiet, stay at home, sulky one.
With Marcus as Angel, he doesn't help matters with Fred when he gets all flirty with her and telling her she's so beautiful. Then it really doesn't help when he gets a little more than flirty with Lilah from Wolfram & Hart. So flirty in face they get a little hot & heavy on Wesley's desk. But then Fred has to walk in on that. It just is not helping her self esteem. Poor wee little thing.
Eventually they get everything all situated and back to normal. Bah... Montster-of-the-Week (MoW). I really don't like these types of eps in the scheme of things. It's not like I haven't repeated that several time, huh?