Angel

Season 3 Episode 6

Billy

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 2001 on The WB
9.0
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A wave of unexplained and extreme violence against women is traced back to Billy, the young man that Angel was forced to free from a demonic prison a few weeks earlier. Billy's merest touch can cause an otherwise good man to become violently misogynistic, and the results can be deadly. The crew rushes to prevent another brutal attack, unaware that Wesley has already been infected -- and he's alone in the hotel with Fred.moreless

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  • The black sheep

    8.0
    BILLY



    The Good;

    Love the fact that Lilah is the hero, all round great performance from Stephanie Romanov and CC (their scene together is wonderful) and some terrific out of character stuff from Wes and Gunn. Fantastically poignant ending.



    The Bad;

    Why does Angel tell Billy's cousin he's going to kill him? How does he expect to be invited in after that?



    Best line:

    Angel; "She thinks I'm melodramatic?"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Very hard to watch at times, man's brutality to woman a lot harder to take than demons and vampires. Even though Gavin is evil you don't doubt that he would never dream of attacking Lilah if Billy hadn't infected him.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches



    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Lilah kills the villain, bad girl comes good.



    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off;

    9,



    Cheap Angel; 7



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 2



    Fang gang knocked out: Gunn and Wesley

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 6

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 2



    Kills:

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 28 vamps, 40 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 7 demons+1 vamp

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 8 vamps+ 6 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil: Gunn and Wes

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 7



    Characters killed: two women Billy's victims.

    45



    Recurring characters killed;

    7;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    5, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn and Fred



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1



    Packing heat; Only Lilah.

    Wes; 3

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 3 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde



    Kinky dinky:

    Wes comments on Fred's slinky number. CC and Angel 'getting all sweaty' whilst training as Xander would say. CC thinks Billy is 'kinda cute'.



    Captain Subtext;

    Wes has the hots for Fred and CC is aware of this. CC comments on using a phallic shaped weapon to threaten Billy. Angel is hurt that CC thinks him melodramatic.



    Know the face, different character; 3



    Parking garages;

    5,



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Even Angel is shocked when he meets a battered Lilah. She refuses his sympathy however considering what he'd done to her in the past.



    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;

    The Blims are very obviously supposed to be the Kennedys (of course Stephanie Romanov played Jackie O in the excellent Cuban missile crisis drama '13 Days'). His cousin actually seems ok. What happens to the poor guys who Billy infected and who attacked their women? Hopefully AI/Lilah get them out? Angel tries to spare CC from killing Billy just as he and Gunn will later do with Fred and the Professor.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10, good episode, would be 9/10 if it had more arc.

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  • Billy

    9.5
    Billy was a superb episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development and exploration. It was very interesting to see Cordelia inspire Lilah, while Wesley took a detour down the dark side of the road. I think the story of the episode was great and perhaps some viewers could relate to men who act this way in real life (I hope not). There were some good action scenes an ending that leaves viewer feeling for the characters and the experiences they just went through. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • 7.0
    THE GOOD: Very interesting way to touch upon a societal ill, namely abuse of women. Fantasy shows always are able to do these things so creatively. Wesley and Fred in the hotel.... very well done, and tres The Shining.



    THE BAD: This is the first episode where Wesley's feelings for Fred are unmistakebly known. Ever since seeing the last episode, where he and Fred are compared to Romeo and Juliet, I've been looking back at old episodes straning to see where exactly this is, because I always thought there relationship, at least on Fred's end, was kind of sudden... and it is! Fred's first apperance is "Belonging". Wesley sees her picture and is seemingly unimpressed, thius destroying the romantic "I loved you before I even knew you" uttered in "A hole in the world". Her first introducation to Wesley is "There's no place like Pltz Glrb", and for 6 episodes he seems rather unimpressed with her. Now, in "Billy" he shows interest. There's no positive reaffirmation until she kisses him when she's dating Gunn, and then even that lingers in nothingness for a long time. Hardly Romeo and Juliet when they really only get to spend 1 episode together, both in love.moreless
  • Joss doesn't like misogyny.

    9.4
    Billy is one of the most unique episodes in the Buffyverse and a definite highlight of the entire series. It's nerve-wracking and scary and raises the bar of Season 3.



    The main plot is absolutely standout and one of the most original concepts of the entire show, which is incredible as the 'verse is entering it's 8th season. Right from the start, we know we're in for something special when Gavin assaults Lilah in her office and this scene sets the tone of the episode. Billy is a great villain; he's absolute evil yet so polite at the same time. He doesn't even kill people, as he points out, he just likes to watch women getting beaten and murdered. I was glad he was only in one episode though as there wasn't much to be explored after this episode.



    Also, we finally felt sorry for Lilah! To see the uber-bitca so scared and beaten was awful, especially cuz I have a soft spot for Lilah. She looks out for Number 1 all the time and as seen isn't necessarily pure evil, as seen here when she kills Billy and in Carpe Noctem when she helps Angel with the building code violations. Stephanie Romanov is so good at her and has definitely grown over the seasons- she's a joy to watch. Cordy and Lilah's scene in Lilah's apartment was classic and made me remember just why I love Cordy so much- she's hilarious at times but also such a strong woman and it was nice to see a glimpse of the old her and her remark at Lilah "I was you" made you realize how much she'd changed from being a "vicious b!tch" to a mature, selfless young woman and it actually miss Cordelia, as I know after S3, the real her doesn't appear until S5. However, the real highlight of this episode was the hotel scenes between Wesley and Fred. God, they were terrifying. Alexis Denisof was just outstanding in these scenes- he had such an amazing presence and was so frightening and every time I watch it, it still gives me goosebumps to watch him chasing Fred with an axe. This could have looked silly but it just looked creepy, and is one of the highlights of the series. The music propelled it even further, with the mix of the Cordelia/Connor music from S4 and the Darla melody from S2, going from a slow, eerie feel to a pulse-pounding feel when the chase scenes first appeared. Fred showed her inner strength here, a massive step up from the timid person she was just a few episodes ago. Also, the beginning of Fresley!



    Billy was a sublime episode and a series highlight and should definitely not be missed under any circumstances.moreless
  • Wes: (To Fred) What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing you haven't already told her twice

    10
    This is an amazing episode of Angel. I love the creepy type of evil that Billy presents and every time he mentions that he just bringing out what already exists within a person. Watching Gavin beat Lilah was really good in this episode after Lilah went through all of this trouble to protect this boy who hates women.

    Wesley and Fred were both amazing in this episode. His crush on her is very cute, but by the end he can't even look at her because of what he has done. When he is infected and goes after Fred, all of his lines are so scary and as he chases her with his axe I was so scared and he was just so amazing as evil. Then at the end when Fred comes to the door and he is just sitting there it is so sad and moving at the same time.

    Then Lilah and Cordy both go after this man and when Lilah shoots him it just shows how strong she is.moreless
Jennifer Brooke

Jennifer Brooke

Clerk

Guest Star

Cheri Rae Russell

Cheri Rae Russell

Female Officer

Guest Star

Gwen McGee

Gwen McGee

Detective

Guest Star

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Gavin Park

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If you pause on one of the flashes you can see the director and extras on set--right before the scene with the taxi and the two drivers arguing. Also you can see clips from E!. They are behind the scenes on the set of Angel.

    • Angel looks at the photo of the convenience store attack and says it took place at 11:24. The photo is timestamped 10:52.

    • Watch at the end when Fred leaves Wesley's apartment: you can just make out actress Amy Acker stumbling into either the cameraman or some equipment.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Fred: It wasn't something in you Wesley. It was something that was done to you.
      Wesley: I don't know what kind of man I am anymore.
      Fred: Well, I do. You're a good man.

    • Wes: (To Fred) What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing you haven't already told her twice.

    • Angel: Is Billy here?
      Dylan: You a friend of his or something?
      Angel: Actually I'm here to kill him.
      Dylan: Oh come on in.

    • Gunn: (Playing a video game) Dead! So dead! So very, very dead, just how dead are you, huh?
      Angel: I'm tired of being the dead one.

    • Cordelia: (Looking at a picture of Billy) You're sure this is him? This is the guy?
      Angel: You pull someone from a hell dimension; you tend to remember their face.

    • Cordedia: (To Lilah) Angel feels responsible for this guy because he brought him back from hell. I feel responsible because he did it to save me. You, who are actually responsible for the entire thing, feel nothing at all, because you are a vicious bitch.
      Lilah: So you know me.
      Cordelia: Please, I was you. With better shoes.
      Lilah: These are Boracci.
      Cordelia: Fall collection?
      Lilah: Next spring.
      Cordelia: He's widened the heel.
      Lilah: And rounded the toe.
      Cordelia: That won't work with pink.
      Lilah: The pink is out this spring.

    • Lilah: Cordelia Chase, right? Come to gloat?
      Cordedia: I can do that anywhere. Are you gonna invite me in? Oh, wait. I'm not a vampire.

    • Cordelia: You know that guy that you hired to hack into my visions? What he did to me? What it felt like? I was cut, my face disfigured, and burning with pain every second not knowing if it was going to end or just get worse till I died.
      Lilah: So you think I owe you...
      Cordelia: It's not the pain. It's the helplessness. The certainty that there is nothing you can do to stop it, that your life can be thrown away in an instant by someone else. He doesn't care. He'll beat you down until you stay down because he doesn't even think of you as alive. No woman should ever have to go through that, and no woman strong enough to wear the mantel of "vicious bitch" would ever put up with it. Where is Billy going?

    • Angel: You know, Cordelia, handling a lethal weapon is a little different than shaking a pom-pom.
      Cordy: Ready! Okay! (goes through combination sword kata and cheerleader routine)
      Angel: Easy. (Cordelia pins him to wall, sword at his throat) Go team!

    • Angel: That thing that Billy brought out in others? The hatred and anger... that's something I lost a long time ago.
      Cordelia: Even when you were evil?
      Angel: I never hated my victims, I never killed out of anger, it was always about the - pain and the pleasure.

    • Gunn: You mean, that, that fingerprinty looking handprint downstairs is Billy's blood? So, you're saying that Wes turned into psycho killer because of that bloody handprint that I picked up and looked at?
      Fred: When you put it that way, it kinda worries me.

    • Wes: Speaking of saliva, where is Cordelia?

    • Dylan: There was a chick here. She was cute, brunette. Well, she said that a melodramatic guy named Angel would eventually show up.
      Angel: Cordelia... thinks I'm melodramatic?
      Dylan: Well, you did say that you were going to kill my cousin.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The original version of Gavin attacking Lilah was originally more graphically violent (you saw the beating), it was cut and shortened due to censors.

    • Music:
      When Billy is visiting his cousin -- "Clint Eastwood" by The Gorillaz

      When Angel goes to see Billy's cousin -- "Slow" by Elwood

    • In the script Angel's penchant for quick exits is exemplified in this stage direction from the shooting script: WHOOSH - Angel's off into the night. WESLEY'S POV. The dark figure of Angel just disappearing over a roof (or around a corner. Point is, he ain't Superman, but we get that the cat can cook when he wants to).

    • Joss wrote two scenes for this episode: Angel at Lilah's apartment and Cordelia at Lilah's apartment.

    • On the back of the UK video release, David Greenwalt is accidentally credited as writing this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Wesley: (Chases Fred through the Hyperion with an axe)
      This scene was largely inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic The Shining in which Jack Nicholson's character goes mad, carries an axe and begins hunting his wife (Shelley Duvall) throughout a large, creepy and empty hotel. The film itself was inspired by Stephen King's novel of the same name.

    • Cordelia: You can't barge into a police precinct and go all Terminator.
      In James Cameron's original Terminator movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a seemingly unstoppable android from the future on a quest to kill one woman and anyone who stands in his way. At one point he drives into a police station and shoots up the place killing most of the police inside.

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