Happy Birthday ~ceridwen~, Carita's Mom, Chamaray, Elli the Vampire Slayer, Miller's Angel, Spoon, twilight, Wicked_Will, and WillowJadia!
Belated Birthday Wishes to: ash, Duchess of Buffonia, Lucan and Val-Deborah!
Agent Cooper - You are making the mistake of equating Angelus with Angel. One was a gleeful killer. One didn't kill (people)(well, maybe that once on the submarine, but he was dying anyway). Same body, two psyches. They weren't interchangeable, and Angelus couldn't emerge unless the curse was removed or Angel abdicated, which he didn't. And he didn't know how the curse could be removed the first time.
wolfguard - Interesting about submerged cars, especially the effect of the smoke. I'd always heard that you couldn't open the doors easily. At least, I'd always heard it since Chappaquiddick. In the olden days one could roll down the windows, but with electric windows, you have to break out. They have tools that you can keep in the car for that purpose. They've got a pointy hammer head and a slit with a knife blade for cutting seat belts. But you have to (a) have it, (b) get to it, and (c) have the presence of mind to use it properly. Maybe you also need to be strong enough.
Buffy always tried to do armed combat. She needed pointy sticks with which to poke demons. *g* But the point of my comment (musing? Drivel?) was that she always seemed to have more fire and be faster and more successful when she really cared about what she was fighting for. Heck, even Kendra couldn't seem to overcome the police-Taraka assassin until the woman made the mistake of tearing her only shirt. That factor might have made a difference when she was fighting Angelus in B2. But we never know what might have been.