In 1999, [Oz] goes to Los Angeles and
hands Angel the [Gem of Amara], a ring that
gives total protection to vampires. [Doyle] wants Angel to wear
it, but the vampire thinks it's better to hide it
in a safe place.
Spike had found the Gem in Sunnydale, but
ended up losing it to Buffy (Buffy/The
Harsh Light of Day); so, he goes to
Los Angeles as well, after his ring.
Arriving in LA, he watches from a rooftop
his archenemy Angel saving the life of an
innocent. Afterward, they Angel and the girl
have a little chat and Spike, who cannot hear
the conversation, does his own version of it:
Spike/Rachel: How can I thank
you, you mysterious, black-clad hunk of a
Spike/Angel: No need, little lady,
your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You
see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and
a pesky curse defanged me. Now I'm just a big,
fluffy puppy with bad teeth.
Rachel approaches Angel
Spike/Angel: No, not the hair!
Never the hair!
Spike/Rachel: But there must be
someway I can show my appreciation.
Spike/Angel: No, helping those in
need's my job and working up a load of
sexual tension, and prancing away like a
magnificent poof is truly thanks enough!
Spike/Rachel: I understand. I have a
nephew who is gay, so
Spike/Angel: Say no more. Evil's still
afoot! And I'm almost out of that Nancy-boy
hair-gel that I like so much. Quickly, to the
Later, Spike attacks Angel when he is
walking to his car; he tells the vampire with a
soul that he wants "his" ring back, and the two
of them fight, until [Cordelia] and Doyle
arrive, making Spike run away.
After failing the first time, Spike comes
up with a plan he allows Angel catch him
biting a girl:
fair and square, White Hat*. I guess there is
nothing to do now but to go quietly and pay my
debt to society.
Hat = good guy, from the Western movies, where
the good guys always worn white hats and the
bad guys, black ones.
stops him, Spike runs away, leading Angel to a
trap; with the help of another vampire, Angel
is chained by the neck, from behind and Spike kidnaps his rival.
taken to an abandoned warehouse, where he is
tortured by Marcus a sadistic vampire who
likes to bite children and do other "nasty
things with them" hired by Spike. Spike
just watches, amused; he even brings up Buffy's
It's called addiction, Angel.
We all have it. I believe yours is named
Slutty the Vampire Slayer. Speaking of little
Buff, I ran into her recently. Your name
didn't come up. Although she has been awful
busy jumping the bones of the first lunk-head
that came along. Good-looking fellow used
her shamelessly. She is cute when she is
hurting, isn't she?
Spike leaves Angel with Marcus and goes to
Angel's apartment, to look for the ring, to no
avail. Cordelia and Doyle catch him there, and
Spike tells them he has Angel and wants the
Cordy and Doyle manage to find the Gem in
the tunnels Angel uses to walk during the day,
and take it to Spike, in the warehouse. There,
Cordy throws the ring on a place in the
sunlight, preventing Spike from getting it. At
the same time, Oz arrives with his van, and
armed with two crossbows, threatens to kill
Spike, while Cordy and Doyle unchain Angel and
take him to the car. They drive away and when
Spike goes for the ring, it disappeared... as
well as Marcus:
Where is the ring? Bloody
hell! Son of a bitch! I do the work, I do the
digging, fight off a Slayer, drive to LA, fire
the help, and what do I get? Royally screwed,
Distracted by his pain, Spike
doesn't notice, at first, that he is right under
a sun beam, and his hair starts smoldering.
Marcus, with the ring, can now walk under
the sunlight. He goes to the beach and is about
to attack a group of children when Angel arrives
and manages to throw Marcus in the water; they
fight, Angel gets the ring from Marcus and kills
Angel spends the rest of the day on the
beach, enjoying the sun. Afterwards, he destroys
the Gem of Amara, because he thinks the ring is
something very dangerous when worn by the wrong
person; he rather go on fighting the good fight
in the dark, protecting people without them even