Season 4 Episode 7

Apocalypse, Nowish

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2002 on The WB
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Cordelia’s fragmented memories from the higher plane tell her that a horrific beast is coming, and that it will bring about the end of the world. With no other options open to him, Angel must enter a most unusual alliance... with Wolfram & Hart.

Meanwhile, Fred and Gunn begin to question their relationship while Cordy and Connor team up to find the Beast.moreless

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  • Astonishing


    The Good;

    Hold on tight, we're going on a rollercoaster!

    The Bad;


    Best line:

    Lorne; "CLOSE THE DOOR!"

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; the gang royally get their collective ass kicked by the Beast

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cheap Angel; 5

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Angel, Wes and Lorne all knocked out

    Cordy: 12

    Angel: 16

    Wes: 6

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 7

    Groo; 1


    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 11 vamps+ 12 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamp+ 1 demon

    Connor; 8 vamps and 2 demon

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 9

    Fred; 1

    Characters killed: I figure about 50 dead at the nightclub?


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations: 5 Wes for all intentions back in the fold

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat; Wes goes all John Woo with a pair of 45s and a pump action shotgun. Maybe he should call Buffy and borrow her rocket launcher?

    Wes; 6

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 3; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Actually no kinky dinky for Fred and Gunn since supersymmetry. Schoolgirl Lilah, RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! "Keep them on", bet that's the first time he's ever said that to her! Lilah as Fred wishes that one day she'll have hips. To judge by 'Spin the Bottle' I'd say she'd prefer bigger breasts. CC and Connor also get it on. A lot of people dislike this as they think it's tantamount to incest but frankly I'm ok with it as long as they're not blood relations (fine with a girl wanting a daddy figure as long as it's not actually her daddy). Remember Connor doesn't remember CC acting as his mother and to her he's the closest thing she'll ever get to Angel (just as Spike hangs out with Joyce and Dawn because they're the closest thing he can get to Buffy) When told that snakes emerged from a part of someone's body Lorne wonders if it was just some form of sex game? When Wes suggests 'pooling resources' Gunn tells him to 'Go pool himself'.

    Captain Subtext;

    Gunn shows an unusual interest in bathroom fittings for such a macho character.

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Angel tortures Gavin but you figure not as much as Lilah's going to.

    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony

    Questions and observations;

    Really like the way it's Gunn that figures out the symbol although it looks a bit like the cross of St Patrick to me (the red diagnols on the Union Jack). Can anyone tell me at exactly what point CC goes evil, it's never clear to me? Gunn's fear of rats reoccurs, living in abandoned buildings for so long must have been very tough for him. Really this is the end of the road for Cangel. Angel asks Wes if he's 'in' much as Doyle asks Angel if he's 'game'. Goodbye to Gunn's hubcap axe.

    Marks out of 10; 9/10 some really good stuff here

  • Cordy and Connor take it to the next level

    Cordy is having nightmares of the evil Lorne read in her in Slouching Toward Bethlehem. It is something bad, as expected. Fred and Gunn go on what they thought would be a simple call but it turned out to be the bathroom from hell (Rats galore!) Soon the office is flooded with calls of an apocalyptic nature. Wes even shows up to pool data with the gang, much to Gunns chagrin. Angel gets intel from W&H and he and the gang (sans Fred who has run off in a snit about Gunn)figure out that all of the calls are in a pattern exactly like the info pulled out of Lornes head. We get our first encounter with the beast who has risen from the exact spot Connor was born. Connor is sure that the beast is something connected to him, but Cordy reassures him that isnt the case. While a rain of fire falls on the city, Cordy and Connor have sex. Angel, fresh from his fight with the beast, decides to check in on Connor/Cordy at exactly the wrong time and sees them together. OUCHmoreless
  • Apocalypse, Nowish

    Apocalypse, Nowish was a perfect episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of good character development with Cordelia and Angel as well as with all the other characters. I also thought the stories are all coming together nicely shaping the season. Angel makes a temporary alliance with Lilah and gets the info they pulled from Lorne's brain. When they put it all together they discover an ancient symbol and what it all means. Meanwhile Cordelia and Connor are searching for the place where Cordelia's vision shows the demon will rise. Cordelia and Connor are the first to meet the demon and get thrown around like sock puppets by him and the rest of the gang find out just how unstoppable he really is. The ending of this episode was really shocking and I can't wait to see how things play out in the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Rain of Fire

    Apocalypse Nowish is an excellent episode that truly starts off the main arc of the season, has some great special effects and an amazing fight at the end. It is a very epic episode and also a dark one.

    The episode seems to have finished off a day or two after "Spin The Bottle". Lorne and Angel seemed to have changed roles this episode; in Supersymmetry Angel was pressurizing Lorne to read Cordy to find out things about the new big evil whereas here Lorne is pressurizing Angel into asking Cordelia about it. Things between Cordy and Angel seem to have changed ever since she told him they were in love, implying they're not anymore. It is further revealed that Cordelia has witnessed Angelus' murders during her time as higher power; Angel seems genuinely horrified by this and hurt that she has seen this; he has never tried to hide what he was but to know someone you love has witnessed you commiting atrocities which you aren't responsible for but feel responsible for is tough. Little things here suggest that it isn't really Cordelia; the fact that she seems to play Angel and Connor at the same time, subtly yet effectively is out of character for her. She tells Angel she loves him but flirts with his son; on first viewing you don't really notice it but when you find out it's really Jasmine-in-Cordelia, these things can be picked up. Of course all this subtelty is blown out of the water by the fact she sleeps with Connor at the end which is a HUGE clue. The Beast was incredibly frightening here. He's one of the only Buffyverse main villains that is just brute strength. Most of the Big Bads are highly intelligent and hurt our heroes through magic or emotional attacks but The Beast is basically a much more interesting version of Adam from Buffy S4. His motivations aren't known to us yet but we know he can render Angel, Connor, Wesley, Lorne and Gunn useless in 4 minutes so he's pretty tough. Also the whole Rain of Fire thing gives him mystery and points for coolness- it's a breathtaking sight to see him power up the Ring of Fire and then massive fireballs fall from the sky.

    Fred and Gunn are still feeling the after effects of Gunn killing Seidel. To see such a loved up couple go from happy to painfully awkward so fast is sad and I really felt the awkwardness between them in this episode. The only bad thing about this episode is the end. Seeing Cordelia and Connor having sex is every kind of wrong and we REALLY could have done without the visual. It's a truly sickening sight. Aside from that Apocalypse Nowish is an exciting, dark episode that has great action and effects.moreless
  • Ohh, The End of The World of It All!

    Apocalypse, Nowish-Cordelia's fragmented memories from the higher plane tell her that a horrific beast is coming, and that it will bring about the end of the world. With no other options open to him, Angel must enter a most unusual alliance... with Wolfram & Hart. Meanwhile, Fred and Gunn begin to question their relationship while Cordy and Connor team up to find the Beast.

    And here begins the long yet ambitious arc that over runs this season and it begins with this truly explosive and amazing hour! If there is one thing that Angel has never done as a series thus far is be epic, and not only is it epic but it's apolcayptic in ever sense of the word. The episode is filled with brutal and disturbing images like Cordelia's vague yet shocking vision with her eyes turing a very errie white color. Also, there's the scene where birds fly into the Hyperion hotel with blood being splaterred all around Lorne and Gunn as they watch in horror. Also there is some touching scenes like Connor confronting Angel to help Cordelia, then Gunn and Fred having a fight about the events of "Supersymmentry". Then there's powerful scenes like the introduction of first Big Bad of the season, The unstoppable The Beast. The Beast itself looks very impressive, and you could tell it took the make-up people a lot of time to make Vladimir Kulich look like the devil incarnate! The Beast is very powerful and literally kicks everyone's a$$. He flings Connor away like fly, and it's very interesting how the Beast burst out of the alley that Connor was born in. The episode ends with one of best action seqeuences of the series with an all out brawl with the Beast to which he easily defeats Angel, Gunn, Wesley and Lorne. It's an extremely violent scene as the Beast knocks everyone into solid walls that break like butter, not to mention stabing Angel in the neck which is just painful to watch. The Beast setting all those dead bodies on fire and creating the rain of fire is the darkest, yet most stunning sequence I've ever seen on the series. But yet that image is soon replaced by the disgusting sight of Cordelia sleeping with Connor, while the reason for this will soon be explained later on in the season, it's still like sleeping with you own mother, but hey it doesn't take away from the brilliance of this hour. All and All, an incredible episode that is one of the darkest and most epic episode this series ever produced!moreless
Tina Morasco

Tina Morasco

Mrs. Pritchard

Guest Star

Molly Weber

Molly Weber


Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett


Recurring Role

Vladimir Kulich

Vladimir Kulich

The Beast

Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Angel: (Talking about weapons) Still, good to know what you're using. I mean, what if I'm fighting a glurgh and I ask for a khopesh to finish him off, what would you throw me?
      Lorne: Uh, a towel? Glurghs are ninety percent pus.

    • Lorne: No, I don't think that much mucus is ever a good sign. Uh huh. Oh please, please, yeah, describe it in detail.

    • Gunn: Okay, what's the plan?
      Angel: You're holding it. We figure out what all this means, then do something large and violent.
      Wesley: I see you've given this considerable thought.

    • Lorne: Well, it might take a couple of days, you're fifth on the bleeding walls list. Spritz a little 409; we'll get back to you.

    • Angel: He's right, you should probably get some sleep.
      Cordelia: Yeah, because impending doom, almost as good as warm milk.

    • Lilah: Couldn't you have at least tortured (Gavin) a little bit more?
      Angel: Really wanted to, but he wouldn't stop talking long enough for me to get into it.

    • Gunn: Well, if Snowball hasn't tried to eat your spine yet, hit her with the catnip till we get there.

    • Lorne: Do we fight snakes?
      Angel: Only if they're giant, or demons, or giant demons. Are they giant demon snakes?

    • Wesley: Why are you dressed like that?
      Lilah: (imitating Fred) Isn't this what you like? Big brain and a tight little…
      Wesley: Lilah.
      Lilah: Forget that evil witch. Let's talk about me. I'm good and I'm pure and science turns me on, and one day, if I pray hard enough and eat all my vegetables, I just might have hips.

    • Angel: Maybe we can help each other. The enemy of my enemy...
      Lilah: Can kiss my ass.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Joss Whedon states in the Season 5 DVD featurette "To Live and Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel", that this episode is one of the best episodes of Season 4 and of the series as a whole.

    • Andy Hallett (Lorne) is credited as "Special Guest Star Andy Hallett."

    • There was some confusion about the title of this episode because the WB ran promotions for it which used the tagline "Rain of Fire." Many thought this was the title until it became public knowledge that the actual title was "Apocolypse, Nowish," and some then believed that the WB had used a different title due to legal problems with the movie allusion. Actually, studio promo spots almost never use the title of the episode, and this was just a case of finding a tagline that sounded catchy and described the episode. If there were legal problems, the actual title would have been changed as well.

    • Charisma Carpenter looked visibly pregnant in the scenes with Connor, as she paced the floor.

    • Although Daniel Dae Kim has an up-front guest listing, he has no dialogue and barely moves during his appearance in this episode.

    • The Beast is the one Cordelia saw at the end of 'Spin The Bottle' (4x06) just before she ran to her room after she got her memory back.


    • Gunn: You had me at "fire."
      This line is reminiscent of Renee Zellweger's popular line in Jerry Maguire: "You had me at 'hello.'"

    • Lorne: I'd hate to be the the demon that cried Apocalypse, Nowish but...
      The title of this episode and the above quote comes from the movie Apocalypse Now.

    • Lorne: I'm gonna need a bigger arrow.
      When the gang confronts the Beast on the roof, Lorne says almost the same thing that Brody says in Jaws when he gets his first look at the shark: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."