Carpe Noctem

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/15/01
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  • Episode Description
  • An old man casts a body-switching spell on Angel, and enjoys the many pleasures of being eternally young, handsome, and bloodthirsty in Los Angeles while a dying Angel tries to get his body back.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Scott Murphy

  • James A. Contner

  • Stephanie Romanov

    Lilah Morgan

  • Daniel Dae Kim

    Gavin Park

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Bodyswapping bad medicine

    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012

  • Carpe Noctem

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 12, 2010

  • Angel the Pensioner

    By TwistedConverse, Jul 16, 2008

  • Freaky Filler!

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 31, 2007

  • Alii permutat anima kimota! An old geezer does a body swap with Angel and proceeds to hit on every female at Angel Investigations, and then some. Hilarity ensues.

    By emerald999, Apr 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • After watching Angel eat a burrito Cordelia: Um... why are you eating? Marcus-in-Angel: 'Cause I'm hungry.

    • Marcus/Angel: Hey. How're you doing?
      Wesley: Alright.
      Marcus/Angel: So, we gotta talk. The thing is, I've got nothing against you personally. It's just (Wes looks at him) ...Oh, this is gonna be harder than I-I thought. I just don't know how to spit this out.
      Wesley: Angel. Whatever it is, you know I'm here for you.
      (Wes goes to touch Angel’s knee)
      Marcus/Angel: (Marcus/Angel gets out of the chair before Wesley touches him) Yeah. That may be the problem. I mean, whatever we... had... whatever we... did. I just think that we should keep that... behind us. Start from scratch. You know, two men working side by side. But, you know, none of that funny stuff (Wesley looks at Angel oddly). Shake on that?
      Wesley: I guess.
      (Wesley takes Angel's hand, who gives it a hearty shake, then pulls Wesley into a hug.)
      Marcus/Angel: Hey, all right. Gimme a hug.
      Cordelia: Wesley, food's here.
      Wesley: Okay.
      Marcus/Angel: Wesley?
      Wesley: Yes?
      Marcus/Angel: Do you know where Fred is?
      Wesley: Um up in her room I'd expect.
      Marcus/Angel: Her room. Right. Somebody say something about food? I could eat a horse.

    • Cordy: Are you alright? Angel/Marcus: I gotta pee.

    • Marcus: You! You don't deserve that body! Angel: Funny. I was gonna say the same thing to you. I tell you why you have a weak heart, Marcus. You never use it.

    • Cordelia: I'll interview the hookers. Are there any men who aren't just dogs? Marcus/Angel: Not very many, I'm afraid. (to Wesley) You know a woman is more than a piece of meat. I'm sorry. That's just how I feel.

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    Notes (5)

    • Tim Isle was nominated for the 2002 Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing in Television - Music, Episodic Live Action" for this episode.

    • This episode contains a group scene of the gang that is used in the opening credits of Seasons 3 and 4. The clip is of the five of them walking out of the retirement home after getting Angel his body back. The clip is the last one played before the "Created by Joss Whedon & David Greenwalt" Angel alley walk comes up.

    • Music: Plays in the club -- "Galaxy Bounce" by The Chemical Brothers

    • In a subplot that was cut due to episode time constraints, Angel as Marcus has an awkward reunion with estranged daughter Madeline. After a couple of attempts to reconnect with the woman, Angel realises that she's better off without her father and tells her as much.
      Angel (As Marcus): ...You need a family and you'll make one, I know. I'm not a part of that. I don't wanna be.
      (She starts to tear up, and laugh a little at the same time.)
      Angel: What?
      Madeline: It's just, I've been trying so hard all these years to forget you and now you're saying...
      Angel: You should.

    • This episode is very similar to the Lois & Clark episode "I've Got You Under My Skin", which was written by Angel writer Tim Minear.

    Trivia (2)

    • On her business card, Cordelia is listed as a "Senior Associate" at Angel Investigations.

    • When the gang beats Marcus in Angel's body to the floor in the retirement home, he falls face down, with his head toward Angel in Marcus' body. However, when Fred gives him an extra whack to the head, not only has he turned face up, but reoriented himself to have his feet toward Marcus. No one had time to move him and he is knocked out.

    Allusions (3)

    • Fred: It's like something out of Fitzgerald - the man who can have everything but love. Fred compares Angel to one of the protagonists of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby.

    • Cordeila: If Julia Roberts ever makes a realistic movie about being an escort, I think it should be called Pretty Skanky Woman. Cordelia imagines a more true-to-life version of the film Pretty Woman, which launched Julia Roberts' career into super-stardom.

    • Lilah: Don't go all night stalker on me.
      A reference to the 70's TV movie, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which featured a vampire in Las Vegas, or the subsequent TV series that featured vampires (in L.A.), werewolves, demons, and more.

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