Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 11/19/03
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  • Episode Description
  • When another mysterious package arrives at Wolfram & Hart that recorporealizes Spike, the gang learns that the existence of two living ensouled vampire heroes has created chaos in the world. After Eve tells them about a prophecy that states that the only way to restore order is to find the Cup of Perpetual Torment that bestows human life, Angel and Spike battle it out for the ultimate prize. A series of flashbacks show the history of Angel and Spike and their relationship with Drusilla.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • David Fury

  • Steven S. DeKnight

  • Skip Schoolnik

  • Kelly A. Manners

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • So now we know the answer to that question

    By joxerlives, Jan 22, 2012

  • An episode about Spike.. again.

    By TwistedConverse, Aug 17, 2008

  • This episode contains the best fighting secuence of the series. Angel vrs. Spike!!! I couldn't had wrote this episode better.

    By edgy27, Sep 04, 2005

  • Destiny

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 22, 2010

  • spike beats angel spike is a hero spike blablabla

    By AngelRocks, Oct 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Spike: You never knew the real me. You were too busy trying to see your own reflection.

    • Drusilla: (to Angelus) Look what I made. It's called Willy. Spike: William.

    • Angel: (Angel on phone) You took my Viper. Spike: My Viper now, mate. Possession's nine-tenths. Oughta know that, runnin' a law firm and such.

    • Angelus: I like this one. We're gonna be the best of friends. (flashes forward in time to present day) Angel: (angrily) Spike, get the hell away from me.

    • Spike: Drusilla may have sired me but you (Angel) made me a monster.

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    Notes (7)

    • David Boreanaz was originally slated to direct this episode, but the plan had to be changed due to David's knee surgery.

    • This episode was involved in a FCC investigation, for possible "sufficiently graphic or explicit" scenes- one where Angel is moving his hips and another involving two vampires biting each other during love making. The FCC rejected the complaint.

    • David and Steven had an argument when writing "Destiny" about who should drink from the Cup. David fought for Spike to drink the Mountain Dew while Steven said Angel should win. Because David was showrunner this season, that may be why his part of the script won out.

    • This is the only episode in which Alexis Denisof (Wesley) did not appear since joining the cast in "Parting Gifts" (1.10).

    • Alexis Denisof (Wesley) is not in this episode. The character took a leave of absence after the events with his "father" in the last episode. Alexis was getting married to former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Alyson Hannigan the week of filming.

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    Trivia (5)

    • In a previous episode we find out that, as CEO of Wolfram & Hart, Angel has a helicopter at his disposal. Therefore it seems illogical that when he was trying to beat Spike to the cup, he took a car, as opposed to the faster helicopter.

    • The dead bride in the carriage blinks twice when Angelus puts his arm around her. This may indicate that she is not actually dead, but rather fading in and out of consciousness due to blood loss.

    • Rutherford Sirk makes a comment about comparing the King James Bible to the "original Aramaic or Hebrew." Only a few verses are written in Aramaic throughout the entire bible. Aramaic was the language most likely spoken by Jesus and his followers, but it was not the language of the writers of the New Testament, which was Greek. It's most appropriate to say "original Greek or Hebrew."

    • When Harmony and Spike are having their "nooner" and Harmony bites him, Spike just jumps off without having time to either pull up his pants or zip up. But when the angle has changed a couple times, you see that his pants are on, zipped up and buttoned. Shirt tucked in and all.

    • The blood on Spike's nose in the beginning seems to appear and disappear every time the camera cuts back and forth from him.

    Allusions (1)

    • Eve: Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for prophecy This is a reference to the Meredith Willson book and movie, The Music Man. There is a part of the story where the townspeople are concerned that some people are playing too much pool (billiards). In the original line, "prophecy" is replaced by "pool."

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