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26 February 2008 @ 02:00 pm
Allusions in Angel  
I have been watching reruns of Angel the last four weeks or so (10 shows a week). Since I have become active on tv.com again, I started to become aware of all the allusions in the show. I think the Joss Verse is particularly rich in allusions. It is part of what makes his shows so much fun. Even though there are 6000-plus submissions to Angel by other users, there is still a rich allusion veins to mine in the show.

Allusion from Angel season 4, episode Spin the Bottle

Lorne: Who's we, paleface?

Lorne is referencing an old joke featuring The Lone Ranger and his faithful companion Tonto. The Lone Ranger and Tonto are surrounded by hostile Indians. The Lone Ranger says to Tonto, 'old friend, we're really in trouble this time.' Tonto replies, 'What do you mean "we", paleface?'

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Allusion from Angel season 4, episode Soulless

Angelus: Foul rag and bone shop of the heart, that's where you live.

This is an allusion to the William Butler Yeats poem The Circus Animals' Desertion which contains the line:
Now that my ladder's gone,
I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.


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Allusion from Angel season 3, episode The Price.

Cordy: Tried soaking it out, tried scrubbing it out, no question we've got ring around the lobby.

This is an allusion to a long running Wisk laundry detergent commercial.
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