Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/30/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Doyle must overcome his fears when the gang tries to protect a group of half-human demons from a vicious group of racist demons. The Scourge are a Nazi-esque organization of "pure-blood" demons who are bent on destroying all half-bloods. Including Doyle and Angel.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz


  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Glenn Quinn

    Alan Francis Doyle

  • Howard Gordon

  • Tim Minear

  • Fan Reviews (47)
  • "Yes, Doyle is dead. We killed him. Sorry about Joss Whedon

    By tarafan2, Aug 07, 2013

  • Weak ep rescued by the finale

    By joxerlives, Jan 05, 2012

  • The saddest angel ep ever.

    By riotgirl8268, Jul 15, 2005

  • Its the saddest episode ever, I freaked out the first time I saw it.

    By Otakurelix, Aug 17, 2005

  • 'Come on over to our offices, and you'll see that there's still heroes in this world. Is that it, am I done?'

    By SleepTight, Aug 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Angel: I feel something coming, Doyle. I don't know what, but I know we're a part of it. Doyle: Well, if it's a fight they want... can't someone else give it to them?

    • Demon: I can't thank you and your friends enough. I'm sure Rieff is in safe hands. Cordelia: Doyle will get him here. Demon: Yea, he is a good one. He understands our suffering. Cordelia: We both do. Demon: I apologize. I didn't mean to say that you didn't. It's just more familiar to Doyle. He has to live with a certain amount of persecution. You always do when you're half demon. Cordelia: Demon?

    • Cordelia: Angel started the day over knowing he'd remember everything that happened? Doyle: It's pretty amazing, huh? Cordelia: Amazing he didn't check the stock quotes or the lotto numbers.

    • Doyle: You had the one thing you've wanted in your unnaturally long life, and you gave it back? Angel: Maybe I was wrong. Doyle: Or maybe Cordelia was right about you being the real deal in the hero department. See, I would have chosen the pleasures of the flesh over duty and honor any day of the week. I just don't have that strength. Angel: You never know your strength until you're tested.

    • Doyle: (to Angel) There's a girl upstairs who's not quite sad enough to cry in me arms, but keep up the dark cloud. I might get lucky.

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    Notes (5)

    • The opening scene of this episode (Cordelia's commerical) is actually from David Fury's unused script "Corrupt" (originally written as the second episode of the series). The script reads the same word-for-word as this scene does in this episode.

    • Actor Glenn Quinn passed away almost exactly three years after this episode aired.

    • The Scourge are virtually identical to the demon guards that appear in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Anne" (3x01).

    • This is the last regular episode featuring Doyle.

    • Doyle's death was planned early on in the development in the series and Glenn Quinn was fully aware of this when he signed on. He left on good terms contrary to some popular myths.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Rieff finds Doyle on the floor, Doyle's ring is more clearly visible than usual. It appears to be a claddagh; a traditional Irish ring which Angel wears as well.

    • Doyle's movements, particularly his arms, don't match between the original shooting of their ad at the beginning of the show, and when Angel and Cordelia are watching it again at the end. It was obviously supposed to be the same take, otherwise Doyle wouldn't have tripped over their "low rats" both times.

    • The Scourge are referred to as pure demons, but in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Graduation Day, Part 1" Anya said that all demons on the earth are either tainted (as in not pure-blooded demons) or human hybrids. She also said that pure demons are bigger, such as what the Mayor became after he ascended. The Scourge are not the size of Olvikan, and have humanoid qualities, making them not pure demons in the sense Anya described them. However, it can be assumed the "pure-breeds" are the most pure demons that are still walking the earth; the real demons (Ancients), like what the Mayor ascended into, have either gone to other dimensions or are dead inside the Deeper Well, as seen in the episode "A Hole in the World" (5x15).

    • There seems to be a few scenes missing after Doyle's death. Like, for example, what happened to the rest of the Scourge? Last we saw they were outside the cargo hold; Angel only killed the boss, but Doyle previously said that killing members of the Scourge won't disuade them. Did they all just go home?

    • In the Lister abode, when Cordy and Doyle are talking their lips and the dialogue are badly out of synch.

    Allusions (6)

    • Cordelia: I'm guessing not Carnival. Carnival is a popular line of vacation cruise ships known as the "fun ship".

    • Scourge Their cause is very similar to that of the Nazis who wanted to kill off all who were different and "impure" just as the Scourge want to kill all half breeds and all full humans. Even the Scourge's uniforms are reminiscent of the Nazi "SS" uniforms.

    • Cordelia: He's a larger than life character, way too Braveheart for Joe Couch Potato to relate to. Braveheart was a movie starring and directed by Mel Gibson. It was about the legendary Scottish hero William Wallace who fought against the English rule of Scotland.

    • Cordelia: (As Doyle is clutching his head while having a vision) Oh, uh, I know this one! Ah, mask - mask head, ah, the man with two brains! Mask was a very popular movie starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. The Man with Two Brains was a Steve Martin film.

    • Cordelia: We hear a narrator, preferably someone famous, maybe the bald Star Trek guy or one of the cheaper Baldwins. The "bald Star Trek guy" is Patrick Stewart. Stewart is a British actor who played Jean Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and movies. The Baldwins refer to a group of acting brothers who include: Alec, Daniel, Stephen, and William.

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