Angel in Love
Nighttime inside a cabin at Utopia West – a guy is sealing up a wall panel, evidently just having snatched some cash from its hiding place. A second man comes in with a gun – his face unseen – after a struggle, he shoots the first man. Mystery guy makes a run for it as Hildy Slater (owner and operator) arrives on the scene, along with Lon Molton. She rushes to get the police.
The Angels are hired by Hildy to investigate the murder, that dead guy was her nephew. Charlie informs Kris that she’ll be replacing the tai-chi instructor who recently fled the resort. Sabrina balks when informed that she and Bosley will be checking in as guests – reminding Charlie he had promised her a trip to Acapulco for some reason. He basically tells her to zip it and do this case first. Kelly is assigned some miscellaneous job which mostly amounts to sitting around doing nothing. Charlie also calls Bosley fat and announces he’ll be put on a diet at Utopia – Sabrina seems oddly delighted at this news.
Angels arrive on the scene. In the Utopia lobby, Hildy instructs a husband and wife to hit each other with pillows before briefing Kris on her duties. Lon leers and hits on her. A fellow guest named Doug O’Neal is persistently interested in Sabrina, even though she makes it clear that the feeling is not mutual. They sign in as guests and meet Hildy and some lady named Lorraine who never really turns out to have a purpose.
Lon saunters into Kelly’s cabin, where she’s hard at work acting like she’s putting linens in a closet. He informs her that hers is “the murder cabin” and that she needs someone to stay in there with her for protection. At that moment Kris enters to cheerfully announce herself as Kelly’s roommate, cockblocking Lon, and asks for help setting up her cot. Lon rudely tells her to do it herself, and leaves.
That night Lon snoops around in Kris and Kelly’s empty cabin, looking for that hiding place in the wall. Interrupted by their return, he puts a stocking over his head and hides in their closet while the girls gab and start to undress. An incident is unavoidable when Kelly heads for the closet; as Lon tries to run, Kris jumps on piggyback, and Kelly tries to hit him over the head with a bottle, arguably hitting Kris instead (see discussion below). After defeating both Angels, Lon exits unharmed and unidentified. The girls sit back and exchange Whew!s instead of chasing him and potentially wrapping up the case then and there.
Come morning, Kris is instructing her tai chi class on the lawn – including Bosley, who’s mainly concerned with ogling the girl next to him. Meanwhile, guess who gets paired up for “touch class”: Sabrina and Doug O’Neal! They join several couples sitting lotus on the grass while instructed by Hildy to awkwardly touch one another’s hands and lips, and this causes them to fall in love right there on the spot. Sa-bri-na’s-got-a-boooooy-friend…
Forever questing to foil his diet, Bosley searches the empty dining room hoping to scavenge some scraps of food. He comes upon a weird lady doing a headstand who gives him some potassium crackers and starts going on about some crackpot thing about finding one’s “vital power”. Bosley detaches himself as politely as possible.
Sabrina and Doug pose before a roaring fireplace in his cabin, star filters blazing to indicate that this is romantic. They drink and talk at length about his ski career, which is boring, but at least Sabrina seems into it.
On the way back to their cabin, Kelly and Kris stumble upon Lon and Lorraine making out beneath a tree. They stop to bug him about it, and after he reacts with understandable hostility, they walk away making fun of him while still well within earshot. Inside their cabin, they find a gift-wrapped package containing (gasp!) a fake bomb and a note reading “NEXT TIME IT WILL BE REAL”!
To discuss the bomb incident, it is necessary for all three Angels to get naked in a hot tub together at sunrise. Sabrina departs for a date with Doug; Kelly warns her to play it cool. But things are not cool at all, because now it’s time for lengthy scenes of Sabrina and Doug riding horses and making out next to a creek. She says she’s been hurt before, and will never let it happen again. He promises he will never hurt her. Things are getting serious.
A group of guests stands in a circle in the lake, floating a shirtless Bosley – gleaming like a white baby whale – between them. (We know, we know, but Kelly and Kris are staff, and Sabrina….well.)
Hildy shows Kelly a picture of her late nephew from Vietnam, and Kelly recognizes another man in the photo as none other than Doug O’Neal! She confronts Sabrina with this info, and she gets very snippy before leaving for another date with Doug.
Just as Sabrina remembers her, y’know, job, and prepares to ask Doug about the dead guy, he volunteers that very same information, saying he came to Utopia hoping to find out something about his buddy’s death. Sabrina is relieved and romance can continue.
Meanwhile, Kelly and Kris are rifling through Doug’s cabin and worrying that Sabrina will kill them for it. Inside his wallet, they find a newspaper clipping about an unsolved skyjacking case. The description of the thief known as BJ Smith fits Doug.
As if that isn’t bad enough, there’s an abrupt cut to a close-up of Sabrina and Doug making out. (We weren’t ready for this.) She’s not ready either when Doug tells her he loves her, then says that maybe she’s falling in love with him too, but needs more time. (Than 3 days.)
Sabrina returns to her cabin to find Kelly and Kris waiting for a solemn intervention. Refusing to accept that the guy she’s been in love with for about 14 hours could be a criminal, she goes all the way into tantrum mode and demands that they all drop their covers and go ask Doug about it.
Kelly and Kris nab two convenient horses to continue chasing Lon Molton, who’s hopped in a Jeep. After lots of galloping and swerving, his Jeep gets stuck in a ditch and tries to run on foot. He gets caught trying to jump a barbed wire fence, but Kris is eager to show off some cowpoke skills, so she throws a lasso over him too for good measure! But where is Doug? He’s in Kris and Kelly’s cabin, emptying the cash stash into a suitcase. Lon comes in, knocks him out, and finishes filling the suitcase for himself. The girls see Lon running suspiciously from their cabin. Sabrina goes inside to find Doug on the floor, just coming to, and asking where his money is. Her fears are confirmed when he admits to being BJ Smith.
Still in a dramatic standoff at the cabin, Doug tells Sabrina he wants to go after Lon to get his money back, saying it will be their future together. It turns out he didn’t really kill Frank (the original dead guy) – even though Doug shot him, it was Lon Molton who actually killed him by strangulation. But, he’s still a skyjacker. If Sabrina can keep her mouth shut, he wants to live happily ever after together with $2 million. But, of course, she is having none of that, and holds him at gunpoint. Uncomfortable close-up tears ensue and Doug tries to say he loves her again. Kelly appears to take over guard duty so Sabrina can go cry out in the trees.
Back at the office, Charlie offers Sabrina her Acapulco trip as promised, but she declines, preferring to keep busy. Bosley announces that he’s gained 5 pounds on his diet. “Oh, Bosley!”
Kelly and Kris look super cute in their fitted Utopia West t-shirts and jeans for most of the episode. The scene where they start to undress was probably supposed to be scandalously exciting, but all you’re thinking is: “Who wears a slip under a t-shirt?” Plenty-o-cheesecake from everybody this week, including Bosley. Especially Bosley.
Something for everyone! Sabrina wore the same brown blouse a couple of episodes ago in , and her red checkered shirt will be seen again in . Kelly appears to have stolen yet another top from Jill, wearing her burgundy top and white collar number in as well as this week’s office wrap-up. Kris is wearing the same red plaid top seen in the “Cheryl Ladd as Kris” poster, and also has the tied shirt and brown slacks from the Season 2 and 3 intro.
Kris and Kelly get the action in this one, though it isn’t all good. Lon repeatedly defeats Kelly by shoving her away when she tries to fight him, and gives Kris a piggy-back ride into a solid wall.
Seriously, what happened with that bottle? (Check 1:51 in our minisode if you want to see.) If you go frame-by-frame, it really looks like that bottle hits Kris instead of Lon. Kris then slides off Lon’s back for no other reason that’s apparent, and then Lon goes out the door seemingly unharmed. Kelly drops to the floor to ask if Kris is okay, but she doesn’t seem apologetic, and Kris doesn’t seem annoyed, although she is sort of acting like she hurt her head/neck. BUT WE SAW IT HAPPEN! So either:
A) Kelly did hit Lon and he wasn’t hurt, and then Kris fell off for no reason, or
B) Kelly accidentally hit Kris, but Kris seemed to chalk it up to the scuffle in general so Kelly kept her mouth shut.
Later, it actually makes sense that Kelly and Kris are unarmed for the takedown because they just happened to catch Lon while walking around. And you know what a lack of guns means: a crazy random chase theme! This week it’s horses vs. a Jeep. Kris actually shouts “Let’s head him off at the pass,” twirls a lasso over her head, and ropes Lon at the end of the chase. Sounds like someone’s been watching old Westerns just as much as Tarzan movies.
We’ve all seen bad doubles, or guys in wigs performing stunts. Equally bad is the counterpart: Real Angels painfully NOT performing stunts. Check out the girls sitting perfectly still “on horseback” at a full gallop. Jaclyn gets a point for at least trying to bounce; Cheryl doesn’t look in the slightest like she isn’t just whipping a truck bed. Kate gets two points for really riding a horse.
GRATUITOUS HOT TUB ALERT
We suppose staff members and guests get cozy in hot tubs together all the time at Utopia West, otherwise all three Angels together might worry about blowing their covers. At least Bosley wasn’t invited (although he got his own topless scene!) Anyone watching this scene will, without fail, emit a concerned gasp when Sabrina starts to get out of the tub, in case the camera isn’t going to cut away in time. Kelly and Kris seemed fine with it. After Sabrina leaves the scene, why are Kelly and Kris suddenly sitting so much closer together?
Sabrina was in love with James Darren at theonly last week. And he wasn’t the bad guy for once – it was kind of implied that they’d continue seeing each other. They had to give her a new romance in the very next episode? And with a guy who’s a lot less, um… the way James Darren is?
The recycled location is one good reason why this episode is often confused with– the Utopia West grounds serve as Sun West Dude Ranch quite soon after. It doesn’t help that the location lends itself to similar horse-intensive scenes, with Kris and Kelly again in equestrian pursuit for the takedown. The tree where Lon and Lorraine were “getting it on” (what?) is the same tree where Bosley spies the bad guy and bad (?) girl making out in . Sabrina wears the same shirt. Plots of secret/mistaken identities are sort of similar. Everyone looks and acts the same because it may not even be two weeks later, but the very same time, as they probably filmed some of these two episodes together while they had the whole production up in Newhall.
Kelly calls Charlie to tell him about how she and Kris were attacked in their cabin, but Charlie seems more concerned with the businesslike bimbo reading a stock ticker tape in his office. What is this, the 20′s? Instead of the standard “Oh, Charlie” eyeroll, Kelly responds by politely saying she hoped she didn’t disturb him by calling, and hopes the stocks are looking good. This does not deter him from further bimbo dialogue.
Stock grunts abound in the Frank v. Doug struggle (), but not a single stock noise is used in the Lon v. Kelly v. Kris fight! *Wiping a tear of pride* Though there’s no reason why a person already standing still would grunt when lassoed, this does not stop them from using it more than once in the takedown.
The audio in the dialogue in the entire hot tub scene sounds a little odd, like maybe their lines had to be dubbed because of the gurgling water noises. Kelly in particular is lip-syncing with a voice reminiscent of Paula from.
Case solved in approximately 4 days
Day 1 – Case introduced
Day 2 (?) – Angels arrive at Utopia – Lon fights Kelly and Kris
Day 3 – Kelly calls Charlie – Kelly and Kris’ bomb
Day 4 – Hot tub – takedown
Day 5 – Office wrap-up
• Charlie’s acting weird in the opening office scene. What’s with all the “my dears” and “loves” and “you beautiful creatures”?
• How is Bosley’s diet to be enforced if Utopia West is so completely laissez-faire?
• Bosley steals a different-looking ham than the one he was eyeing a moment earlier. Why did the chef cut two slices and then wander off?
• Kris and Kelly so casually wonder where Sabrina disappeared to after dinner. In other episodes, this identical scenario would mean she’s tied to a chair somewhere about to be murdered, and they all need to rush to her rescue. Guess they weren’t in that kind of mood.
• Some nighttime scenes (“Kris is giving me belonging lessons”) are clearly shot in the daytime with a filter. Hey, at least they tried.
• Upon seeing the gift/bomb package, Kris asks Kelly “Is it your birthday?” and she goes “No!” like she thought it was a real question. Okay, Kris is still kinda new, so maybe they haven’t talked about birthdays yet. Though by, none of the Angels (or Bosley) still seem to have any idea when the others’ birthdays are.
• When Kelly takes the photo of dead nephew and Doug, there is gunk stuck on the back of the picture, but by the time Sabrina’s looking at it, it’s clean. Unbelievably, this is NOT the worst primitive Photoshop job ever done on this show. (Seeand )
• Some of the film is reversed during the chase scene at the end – watch for backwards lettering on Kris’s shirt.
• The “BRIDGE OUT” sign glimpsed during the chase scene is the same footage seen in. Why was it even shown here?
• As with most lassoings, the bad guy could probably just take off the lasso and keep running if he wanted to.
• What was the point of Lorraine’s character, really?
• The FBI is still investigating real-life 1971 skyjacker DB Cooper, the inspiration for BJ Smith. The prevailing theory is that Cooper went splat, but neither he nor most of the stolen $200,000 has ever been found, making his reportedly the only unsolved airline hijacking in American history. (Because they never hired the Angels.)
Carole Cook (Hildy Slater) was Madame Dorian a year earlier in .
Cis Rundle played the girl Bosley is ogling in tai-chi class. She appeared many other times on the show as an extra, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .
Paul Stanley also directed , , , and .
|Shots fired by Angels:||0|
|Shots fired at Angels:||1 (@ Kelly)|
|Bad Guys Kissed:||1 (Sabrina)|
|Bad Guys Beat Down:||1 (Kris, sorta)|
|Fights Lost:||1 (Kelly and Kris)|
TOWNSEND AGENCY COMMENTARY
Not awful, but certainly not a favorite. I never like romance episodes, the Angels always turn weird and catty and dramatic, and that’s just no fun. With the Smart One’s head is clouded by star-filtered visions of Doug O’Neal, Kelly gets to emerge as the leader. She’s the one in charge of checking in with Charlie, solving the case, confronting Sabrina, and then after capturing one bad guy, coming back to the cabin to take over guard duty for the other bad guy! (That was awkward, by the way. Wonder if Doug asked who she was after a minute.) Two Angels getting owned in a fight against one guy was pretty bad, though. I expected better from Kelly.
Not that she gets a pass or anything, but Kris hasn’t developed her fighting skills yet. She does get ropin’ and yoga-class-instructin’ skills, but for the majority of the episode she’s still a mite green and giggly, and actually looks like she’s learning the ropes. And by that I mean she mostly stares at the back of Kelly’s head while Kelly does stuff. This is Kris’ 6th case and the second in a row where Sabrina has gotten involved with a client/suspect to the point of snippy unprofessionalism, so it’s no wonder that Kris shows a particular lack of love toward her. She doesn’t really say a word to her, and practically her only mention is that Sabrina is gonna kill them for searching her booooyfriend’s room. I like to think she’s smugly enjoying her few lines confronting Sabrina with that newspaper clipping, especially the one that made her go nuts over the commercial break.
Definitely the maddest Sabrina ever got at the others. (Just the level that makes you want to flick the light switch on and off going “Fight! Fight! Fight!”) I liked seeing a rare moment of softie vulnerability from her though, and some vague reference to her divorce/past, although we had to learn much more about Doug than we ever learned about her. He sure talked a lot on their dates. Extended crying scenes are hot spots for terrible acting, but Kate’s was well-acted and realistic enough to make me extremely uncomfortable. (Compliment.) Thanks for knowing how to ride a horse.