This is the first supernatural genre television work for teleplay writer and story editor Scott Murphy. It is his second work in scripted in television following the "Basic Maternal Instinct" episode of The Huntress.
Angel: Fred. You know, you spend...five years in a place where humans could only be slaves or fugitives. I know that wasn't a picnic for you, but you're home now. You're safe. You can come out of your room.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I realize we sacrifice a great deal of our social lives, but we have to. Work demands it.
Charles Gunn: True. I mean who's got time for love when you're out there doing it with the demons? Didn't that come out sad and wrong?
Angel: Yeah. I just feel like I'm betraying her somehow.
Cordelia Chase: No! If you were a loser, if you were some sick obsessed vampire, you'd go to a Snod demon, or whatever, and get your heart cut out. But you're not! You're a living, breathing... well, living, anyway - good guy, who's still fighting and trying to help people, and that's not betraying her, that's honoring her.