4x01 Deep Down
I remember SO hating the Season 3 cliffhanger ending at the time. Those kinds of cliffhangers are just so cruel to the viewer. But this time around, I can just pop the next disc in and go about my business without the 3-4 months of agony waiting to find out what happens. Yay.
This episode starts with a most beautiful scene. It appears to be Thanksgiving and the whole Gang is having dinner together all happy like. Even Wesley! So, of course it's not real. It's a hallucination/delusion that Angel is having while sitting in a box at the bottom of the ocean. He must be hungry, among other things.
Angel and Cordelia are still missing. Gunn and Fred are still looking for them, but not having much luck. Lilah and Wes still having the sexy time. The fact that they are always so sweaty when they show them as they are finishing the deed is kinda hawt. A little on the oh-so-kinky side... when Lilah leaves, Wesley opens a closet with a key and we see Justine bound and gagged in a big old cage. Man, that Wesley sure is going through some changes.
Lilah does a very Wolfram & Hart kind of thing, and goes over Linwood's head. Mostly cuz she gets the permission from the higher-ups to cut his off.
Back to Wes, turns out he knows what went down with Angel. He uses Justine, and they go out in the boat and bring him up. Wesley ends up having to give Angel some of his own blood to get him better. Such the sacrifice. He just wants to be back in the Gang, I'm sure.Â Angel comes back to the hotel, where Connor has been fighting with a clued in Fred & Gunn. He seems very weak, but not too weak to put Connor in his place.
Angel: I love you, Connor. Now get out of my house.
Meanwhile, Cordelia is up in the clouds and she's apparently very bored.
4x02 Ground State
Wesley and Lilah are still heavy into the nekkid mambo. And, during a visit to Lilah, Angel tells her he can smell them all over each other. So, I guess that wee secret it out. Can't hide much from a vampire. Especially, when it involves odors.
Angel visits Dinza, a Goddess of the lost, who advises him that an item called the Axis of Pythia can help him find Cordelia. With Fred and Gunn, he breaks into a auction house to find the Axis, but a beautiful burglar with electrical powers seems to have had the same idea. She's like an X-men character actually. She can't touch anything without frying it with electricity.
Fred: I'm still working on a plan, but so far it involves being sent to prison and becoming somebody's bitch.
Oh, he name is Gwen Raiden. That totally sounds like something straight out of X-men. She even goes to a special boarding school as a kid cuz she's all weird and special. See... XMEN.
Anyway, Angel ends up with the device, and he sees Cordelia. He knows she's ascended and she looks happy. Cordelia is looking over them and seems far from happy. She's bored and she wants back on the mortal plane.
4x03 The House Always Wins
In a cute little scene, we see Connor on the street fighting vamps. Looking down at him from the roof of a nearby building, Angel is doing a running commentary on what Connor is doing wrong and right. Very father-like. Cordelia is up in the sky or whatever, looking down at both Angel and Connor commenting on the fact that no one is trying to get her out of her predicament.
Angel decides they need a break, so off to Vegas the three of them go. It'll also serve as an info gathering trip by seeing Lorne to see what he sees from their auras. They go to a very public show of Lorne's, very Liberace-esque, but he doesn't even acknowledge their presence.
It soon becomes clear that Lorne is being held against his will, and that his popular casino act is actually a way for his captor to read the futures of people in the crowd. Angel and the gang must find a way to help Lorne escape without sacrificing their own destinies in the process.
Angel: This place was so much friendlier when the mob ran it...
On the Gang's return to the hotel, they find Cordelia, but she's got a serious case of the amnesia. We're getting into major soap opera territory here.
Not the greatest episode, but it was interesting to see Angel dropping names, like Bugsy, Sammy, and Elvis. It was kinda cute.
4x04 Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Cordelia appears back at the hotel with no idea who she is or how she got there. She also cannot remember anything about her friends or her past. Worried that the full truth may scare her off, the gang attempts to hide the scarier parts of their lives from her until she is ready to deal with it. Things get even more complicated when Lorne reads her mind and sees a terrifying vision of the future.
Gunn: Well, how horrible is this thing?
Lorne: Well, I haven't read the Book of Revelations lately, but if I was searching for adjectives, I'd probably start there.
Connor is busy struggling to find his place in the world. He sees family, and you can see quite the yearning in him.
Cordy finally finds out the whole truth about them dealing with the demon world and creatures and monsters, and she gets pissed that they held the truth from her. It probably didn't help that one of Lorne's client tried to eat her.
Lilah gets a call while she's at Wesley's and he overhears. He finds out that Wolfram & Hart is after Cordelia, and he comes to warn them. However, after all is said and done, it turns out that W&H were after Lorne, and the readings he had of Cordelia. Sucked them right out of his head. Wes confronts Lilah, she intended for all that to happen as it did. He's not as bad as she thought he was.
After all the wiggy stuff going on, Cordy doesn't feel like she can trust the group, but she Connor seems very straight forward with her. So, she decides she would rather stay with Connor at his disgusting abandoned building than in the lush hotel with the Gang.
Ugh, memories of awful story line are hitting me. Gawd this gets so icky soon. You'll see what I mean soon enough. *HURL*