Cangel Appreciation Week: Day 6: Favourite quality/quirk/random little thing: Supportive
I’m not sure whether I managed to express my idea well enough, but one of my very favorite things about Cangel is how supportive they are of each other both physically and emotionally. While that kind of support didn’t seem to be present that much on their lives prior to that so it’s interesting how well they manage give each other that.
While the real starting point of their supportive relationship is the flash of a gunshot hitting Angel’s back when he jumps over a balcony while holding Cordelia, I think it’s basis is in Some Assembly Required when Angel, even though he’s not really touchy-feely person at that time, allows Cordelia to hold on to him because he respects her traumatic experience. Sure, she later ‘uses’ that to get him to drive her home and try to maybe start something romantic between them, but Angel let’s her hold on to him because he thinks she needs that forms the basis.
Other great supportive moments are Cordelia trying and getting Angel to open up about Doyle’s death in IGYUMS. Another is in The Prodigal, which is a moment that might go a bit unnoticed. In it, Angel wants to warm Kate’s father further about what he is involved with. Wesley is against the idea, because to him, Trevor Lockley must have known there was something fishy going on so maybe he doesn’t need more warnings. Wesley think Trevor made his mistakes and he should suffer the consequences.* But Angel makes the point that sometimes the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, relating Trevor’s situation with his own mistakes that cost him his life. Cordy immediately gets it and supports Angel’s way of handling it.
I also tried to show Angel helping amnesia!Cordelia because I couldn’t think of other moments of Angel giving Cordelia emotional support verbally. He’s very much an actions type of guy but he can also do verbal, occasionally. I could’ve done the sandwiches scene from Dead End but Slouching Toward Bethlehem was my first idea, so I went with that. Since DE has the lovely non-verbal Cordelia holding on to Angel so tightly after her awful vision. Which is of course partly possible because Angel caught her in Epiphany. Because he won’t let her fall to the floor again if he can help it.
Double or Nothing and You’re Welcome are two great examples of Cordelia giving Angel all the emotional support he needs during the worst times of his life. In DoN it’s mostly non-verbal, just being there for him, and it’s so beautiful. You’re Welcome is Cordy being perfectly supportive while still letting Angel know he’s in a mess.
The support they give each other is just so beautiful and one of the main reasons it’s such a positive foundation and why they are so good for each other.
*S1!Wesley could already be a real asshole about things. That’s my interpretation about why Wes doesn’t think Angel should warn Trevor about his danger. Yeah, bcus telling ‘normal’ people that they might be in supernatural danger would be a mistake. That might be just a writing issue but it makes me hate Wes more.