Angel, Lord of the Dance?
So Buffy the Vampire
Slayer did an
Big whoop. In an
upcoming episode of
show Angel (airing
Feb. 4 at 9 pm/ET on
the WB), both series'
Whedon, takes the
and his gal Friday,
Cordelia, to the ballet.
Top that, Slayer!
"I guess Joss felt the show wasn't quite gay
enough yet," executive producer David
Greenwalt said with a chuckle at the recent
Television Critics Association press tour in
In actuality, the hour brings to a boil the
unspoken, decidedly heterosexual passion that
has been simmering for weeks between the
unlikely partners in crimefighting — a plot twist
that is sure to strike terror into the hearts of
viewers holding out hope that someday Angel
will reunite with Buffy.
"The idea that Angel and Cordelia would have
feelings for each other scared us," Greenwalt
admitted. "We said, 'No, but Buffy...' And Joss
was like, 'People move on.'"
So, although disapproving fans might want to
drive a stake through Whedon's ticker, neither
he nor Greenwalt will be convinced to alter the
course of the story that they are telling. "I don't
care what people think about [the flirtation],"
Greenwalt insisted. "I know we're doing the
"People didn't like Spike [the Slayer's current
lover] when he came to Buffy," he continued.
"They didn't like it when we got rid of [Cordy's
demonic pursuer] Doyle. There are always
things that people don't like, and part of that
means you are doing your job correctly,
because it means that people are identifying
with the character. You have to earn [the
For his part, leading man David Boreanaz
empathizes with the hopeless romantics who
can't conceive of Buffy living happily ever after
without Angel. "If you saw these two characters
get back together, it would be so different from
what Buffy has done and from where Angel is,"
— Charlie Mason