Blind Date

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 5/16/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Lindsey McDonald, Wolfram & Hart's wunderkind, finally has a crisis of conscience when a vicious, blind assassin is sent after a group of young kids. Now he must convince Angel that, despite his past actions, his motives this time are honorable.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Alexis Denisof

    Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

  • Jeannine Renshaw

  • Christian Kane

    Lindsey McDonald

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • The Great Sam Anderson

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • 'How am I supposed to fight evil if they won't even put it behind bars?'

    By SleepTight, Oct 05, 2005

  • Overall, this episode is the perfect ending to the prologue for the second season’s more epic storytelling aspirations. The writers manage to set the stage for the season finale while also developing Wolfram and Hart as more substantial antagonists.

    By entil2001, Dec 21, 2005

  • a blind assasin

    By AngelRocks, Oct 19, 2006

  • Lindsey ALMOST leaves the dark side.

    By mattsafreak, Dec 22, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Lindsey: Sorry I'm late. Hope I didn't worry anyone. Cordelia: We just figured you were dead.

    • Holland: (about Lee being killed) What a pity. You can't get that out of the carpet. Believe me, we've tried.

    • Lindsey: I don't want to be here any more than you want to see me. But I don't have a choice. Angel: You always have a choice. I mean, you sold your soul for a fifth-floor office and a company car. Lindsey: You think you've got me all figured out? You think you know everything about me? Angel: Everything I need to know. Lindsey: What was your father? He was a merchant, right? Linen and silk? Did pretty well? Had a couple of servants until you killed them? Angel: Just the one. Lindsey: Well, our files aren't 100 percent, but I guess it's fair to say that you've never seen anything like real poverty. I'm talking dirt poor - no shoes - no toilet. Six of us kids in a room, and come flu season it was down to four. I was seven when they took the house. They just came right in and took it. And my daddy is being nice, you know? Joking with the bastards while he signs the deed. Yeah, so we had a choice. Either you got stepped on or you got to stepping and I swore to myself that I was not going to be the guy standing there with the stupid grin on my face while my life got dribbled out... Angel: I'm sorry, I nodded off. Did you get to the part where you're evil?

    • Angel: How am I supposed to fight evil if they won't even put it behind bars?

    • Holland: I don't think she had a happy childhood. Lindsey: Sir? Holland: Our blind friend, Vanessa. I think she was terribly abused growing up. I think the details are tragic and shockingly specific. And I think you should create them, sooner rather than later.

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    Notes (4)

    • Music: Singer in the open-air market -- "Time of Day" by Grant Langston

    • When Cordelia says to Angel: "Why are you going in at all? I thought born-again boy was going to do it." This is a reference to "Lindsey McDonald's" apparent decision to betray Wolfram & Hart and do what is right. But, it is also a sly wink at the first name of the actor who portrays Lindsey, Christian Kane.

    • Cordelia confers with Willow over the phone to hack some computer documents. She mentions that the Sunnydale gang were doing the same thing that day. They did in fact do that in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Primeval" (4x21) that aired the same day as this episode, in trying to get the blueprints to the Initiative.

    • This episode marks the death of Lee Mercer (actor Thomas Burr), one of the three most-recurring Wolfram & Hart lawyers to-date (tied with Christian Kane as Lindsey McDonald and Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan).

    Trivia (5)

    • When Lindsey is walking out of the elevator as Angel is breaking in, the badge on the security guard who walks by is backward.

    • Lee: Not since Ostrosky versus California have I seen such devious legal manoeuvring. This may be a mistaken—or deliberately altered—reference to Ostrosky v. State of Alaska, a commonly cited example of the "Mistake of Law" defense.

    • While Cordelia is researching the Internet about Vanessa, there is a note stuck on the left side of her computer monitor. The note disappears and appears again through the sequential shots.

    • Lee Mercer was shot in the back of the head with the gun pressed right against his skull. When we see his corpse being dragged away, his skull is totally intact.

    • Lindsey tells Angel the vault is on Sub-Level 2. When Lindsey exits the elevator to go to the vault, the voice system tells him he is entering Sub-Level 3.

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