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Angel and Cordy: Let's Get It On?

Boy, does it suck to be Angel, the toothsome title hero of the WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff. He's growing hotter every week for she-demon sidekick Cordelia, but if he ever achieves true happiness — ahem, horizontally — an age-old gypsy curse will transform him instantly from a haloed hero back into a soulless villain... or will it? Although, in the undead do-gooder's days on his estranged sister show, his birthday hook-up with then-girlfriend Buffy returned him to his wicked ways, such a metamorphosis won't necessarily occur every time he hits the sheets. Rather, executive producer David Greenwalt reveals that only a perfect union precipitates Angel's about-face. "That's why [after a walk on the dark side last season] he [slept with fanged former flame] Darla and woke up... good again. It brought him back to real

Charlie Mason

Boy, does it suck to be Angel, the toothsome title hero of the WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff. He's growing hotter every week for she-demon sidekick Cordelia, but if he ever achieves true happiness — ahem, horizontally — an age-old gypsy curse will transform him instantly from a haloed hero back into a soulless villain... or will it?

Although, in the undead do-gooder's days on his estranged sister show, his birthday hook-up with then-girlfriend Buffy returned him to his wicked ways, such a metamorphosis won't necessarily occur every time he hits the sheets. Rather, executive producer David Greenwalt reveals that only a perfect union precipitates Angel's about-face. "That's why [after a walk on the dark side last season] he [slept with fanged former flame] Darla and woke up... good again. It brought him back to reality."

Adds David Boreanaz, who plays the libidinous creature of the night: "Who is to say that if a consummation happens [between Angel and Cordy] that it really is true happiness? I mean, we don't know until we're there in the moment, right?"

Absolutely. And, even if the Angel Investigations colleagues never make a love connection that lasts past sunrise, Greenwalt is determined to see them hang a Do Not Disturb sign on his coffin at least once. "I've been dying to do the scene," he admits, "where Angel turns to a woman and says, 'You know, I can't know perfect happiness, but that doesn't mean you can't.'"