Ground State

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 10/13/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Angel visits Dinza, a Goddess of the lost, who advises him that an item called the Axis of Pythia can help him find Cordelia. With Fred and Gunn, he breaks into a auction house to find the Axis, but a beautiful burglar with electrical powers seems to have had the same idea.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Mere Smith

  • Michael Grossman

  • Megan Corletto

    Young Gwen

  • Alexa Davalos

    Gwen Raiden

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Angel does heist

    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012

  • Ground State

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 16, 2010

  • The first appearance of the excellent electro girl Gwen!

    By TwistedConverse, Jul 28, 2008

  • Eletrogirl Unleashed

    By lenzinoH20, Aug 15, 2007

  • Gwen has an electric personality and then some.

    By mattsafreak, Jan 18, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Angel: All those months under the water I kept thinking to myself ''I gotta get home to Cordelia.'' I get back and I find out that she's gone. I keep thinking ''I gotta get Cordy back home.'' Finally I find her and I realize she already is home. Where she belongs.

    • (To Angel) Fred: You should have seen the size of the dust bunnies under Cordy's bed. More like dust sperm whales.

    • Angel: You're lying. Gwen: I'm fibbing. It's lying but classier.

    • Gunn: (looking at his ECG) Kinda like art isn't it? I call it "Takes More Than That To Kill Me Punk." It's the "Punk" that makes it art.

    • Gunn: (about Fred) That's my girl - large and in charge. Ok, teeny weeny and in charge.

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    Notes (3)

    • Although Vincent Kartheiser appears in this episode he has no dialogue.

    • This is the only episode this season without Andy Hallett (Lorne).

    • This episode is full of comic book references. Aside from the references made to Batman and Superman comics we also see young Gwen sent to what seems like an academy for gifted children. In the X-Men comics from Marvel, young mutants with special abilities are sent to Professor Xavier's School for the Gifted.

    Trivia (4)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of "Phantom Dennis" and Cordelia's apartment, which she's had since season 1.

    • When Angel is fighting in the lobby, his reflection can be seen in the polished floor.

    • When Gwen gets up from the table, her gloves are off, as she's just threatened her employer. However, when the camera cuts to her walking away from the table, the gloves are immediately back in place on her arms.

    • Angel seemed to be pretty much unaffected by the lightning (which, as was said, would fry a normal man) which is inconsistent with vampire's previous encounters with electrical charges. Angel still felt the normal effects of the electrical taser Connor used in "Tomorrow" and Spike reacted in a similar way to the electric cattle prods the Initiative used when they captured him.

    Allusions (7)

    • After melting a watch. Gwen: Now it's surrealism. That is referring to the famous painting "The Persistence of Memory" of the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí. In the painting there are melting clocks in the foreground.

    • Gunn: This is so much harder than it looks on Batman.
      Gunn is referencing the 1960s TV series Batman, where Batman and his sidekick Robin were regularly seen walking up the sides of buildings with ease.

    • Gunn: Then Angel woulda picked me up and Flash Gordon-ed me to the ER. Gunn refers to the science fiction comic strip and movie character Flash Gordon.

    • Fred: ...all quiet on the psychic front.
      This is an allusion to the E.M. Remarque novel All Quiet on the Western Front, later made into a movie.

    • Gwen: It's fun for a girl and a boy...
      A reference to the old Slinky commercial jingle.

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