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Why was Harmony there?

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Obviously they needed to add more females to the cast and Harmony was an easy option, having been in the show before and having a background with Spike. However Wolfram and Hart had a vampire detector before, so they couldn't have had vampire staff before? From what I can recall of W&H pre season 5 the only non human staff they had was the white room and the mind readers, they might have employed others like the demon that fixed Lindsey's hand, but he wasn't on site. They certainly had non human clients, but there seemed an increase in season 5 of demons and vampires within the building.
 
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I guess they hired them to add to Team Angel’s unease?

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Season 1 W&H was primarily a law firm, Season five's was a large corporation with it's fingers in multiple pies as the story required. As for why Harmony? Predictably treacherous, yet close enough to Angel (and us) to disarm him.
 

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Wasn't the vampire detector used for "unauthorised" vampires rather than ones that were supposed to be there?

I think they brought Harmony back because it was another Buffy face. Season 5 was on life support and they only got that because of Spike being brought over (hence why his return was heavily promoted even though it was supposed to be a surprise).
 

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Yes, it was vampire detection, not vampire barrier. I remember when I first saw that scene, how shocking it was to hear that that this Lawfirm was in the know regarding the supernatural.

You also have to remember, Season Five was a soft reboot of the show. They were told to get rid of the darker elements, they were told to get another female character they were told to move away from season four. Harmony basically served the same function that Cordie did in season 1, a really light energetic character struggling with entry into adulthood, but different enough from Cordie to avoid overlap and to tell new stories. Aside from Gothic Flashbacks, nothing ever gets told from the Vampire's point of view, and while I don't endorse them, they used her a lot in the comics, showing they had ideas for her. In addition, Mercedes McNab, like Sarah Thompson (Eve) were really young, like early twenties. Both Stephanie Romanov and Charisma Carpenter, the actresses were in their early thirties by that point, and while it was never outright stated, younger actresses could connect better with the key demographic that the WB was trying to appeal to, eight years into the Buffyverse, or at least that's probably what the Network would have thought. My other guess would be, Joss was running out of things to do with Fred, and having a backup female character who could be added to the main cast was probably a good bargaining chip to have with the network, just in case he decided to do something "High Concept." But really, Harm was a popular recurring character done by a reliable actresses who has been associated with the show since the First Buffy Pilot, so it would have been an easy choice.
 

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Yes, it was vampire detection, not vampire barrier. I remember when I first saw that scene, how shocking it was to hear that that this Lawfirm was in the know regarding the supernatural.

You also have to remember, Season Five was a soft reboot of the show. They were told to get rid of the darker elements, they were told to get another female character they were told to move away from season four. Harmony basically served the same function that Cordie did in season 1, a really light energetic character struggling with entry into adulthood, but different enough from Cordie to avoid overlap and to tell new stories. Aside from Gothic Flashbacks, nothing ever gets told from the Vampire's point of view, and while I don't endorse them, they used her a lot in the comics, showing they had ideas for her. In addition, Mercedes McNab, like Sarah Thompson (Eve) were really young, like early twenties. Both Stephanie Romanov and Charisma Carpenter, the actresses were in their early thirties by that point, and while it was never outright stated, younger actresses could connect better with the key demographic that the WB was trying to appeal to, eight years into the Buffyverse, or at least that's probably what the Network would have thought. My other guess would be, Joss was running out of things to do with Fred, and having a backup female character who could be added to the main cast was probably a good bargaining chip to have with the network, just in case he decided to do something "High Concept." But really, Harm was a popular recurring character done by a reliable actresses who has been associated with the show since the First Buffy Pilot, so it would have been an easy choice.

Was she that popular though. I mean Spike makes sense . He was/still is a popular character. I mean I'm sure Mercedes was popular with the writers (she'd been around since the unaired pilot) but with the fans themselves?
Like if Angel had killed Harmony for betraying him in NFA rather than letting her go with a job reference would the fan base have really been up in arms over it ?
 

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Harmony got used a lot in the latter comics, and for an episode that saw almost everyone die, letting her live for a brief bit of comedy was fine.
 

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I think Harmony was there to be a familiar face and for comic effect, as others said, but also so there wouldn't have to be an ongoing theme of whether or not Angel's assistant can be trusted. The audience and the AI gang already know from the get-go where things stand with Harmony.

However Wolfram and Hart had a vampire detector before, so they couldn't have had vampire staff before? From what I can recall of W&H pre season 5 the only non human staff they had was the white room and the mind readers, they might have employed others like the demon that fixed Lindsey's hand, but he wasn't on site. They certainly had non human clients, but there seemed an increase in season 5 of demons and vampires within the building.
IIRC, both Harmony and the woman who tried to frame her in "Harm's Way" were in the steno pool before Angel took over W&H, and both women were vampires. So, the detector must have only applied to non-staff vampires. Which doesn't quite make sense, really.
 

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On the Vampire Alarms...I'd say that "once invited" or given some spell (one Angel should've gotten before, it would explain a few of his break-ins that were far too easy) that they could, but then it should've gone off the moment Spike became fully material. (Unless he was "just off" similar to how Buffy was said to be off just a trivial amount by her resurrection), unless the entire alarm system was disabled there (which would then allow that guy from WW2 to show up later).

It could've at least added a nice moment of the two vampires, already having a bad night, finding the other W&H has a vampire detector that takes a minute to sort out. (Even if CEO Angel is given a "pass" at all offices, why would Spike have one?)
 
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