Season 1 Episode 21

Blind Date

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 16, 2000 on The WB

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  • The Great Sam Anderson


    The Good;

    Lindsay's dilemma and Angel's solution to it. The final battle. Best of all though has to be Gunn's entrance to WR&H, one day he'll have a very different persepctive. The mind-reader line up is also a winner.

    The Bad;

    Would WR&H really be so forgiving of Lindsey?

    Best line:

    Cordy; "Are you telling me self-mutilating psycho assassin chick reached enlightenment?"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Angel shows remarkably little sympathy for Lindsey's story of his dead sibling but then he was from an age where most kids didn't make it out of infancy. Killing Lee is horrible, scumbag though he is, even Lilah has a horrified reaction to it, suggesting the woman beneath the mask.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; In every other genre handicapped people are inspirational, of course in the Jossverse they're EVIL!

    In disguise; 4

    DB get's his shirt off; 7

    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel;


    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 8

    Wes: 2

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 9

    Angel: 10

    Wes: 4

    Doyle; 1


    Cordy: 3 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel: 2 vamps and one human so 16 vamps, 10 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed; byebye Lee although he's evil so screw him


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    3, Angel and Cordy and Wes

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 8,

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Kinky dinky:

    Lee asks Lindsey does he find the assassin sexy, you get the impression they both do

    Captain Subtext;

    Holland really does treat Lindsey like he's his son or something.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 11, Cordy talks to Willow here but we don't see her. She says hello to Wes, AH and AD having just married

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla

    Questions and observations;

    Vanessa Brewer is actually played by CC's stunt double, always nice when that happens (LL's stunt double on Xena would go on to play a recurring characters in the show). This also marks the entrance of the great Sam Anderson as Holland. Angel kills another human and has very little remorse about doing so, very different from Buffy. The scroll refers to the 'vampire with the soul', obstensibly Angel but by season 5 maybe Spike too?

    Marks out of 10; 8/10, good ep

  • 'How am I supposed to fight evil if they won't even put it behind bars?'


    A nice way to get close to the first season’s end.
    and a great way to focus on a recurring character just before it ends.

    The episode begins with Angel meeting a blind woman named Vanessa, but she isn’t like most blind women, she’s a serial killer who works for, surprise, Wolfram & Heart.

    Angel goes to court and tries to get her in jail but he doesn’t succeed, it depressed him. He’s mad at W&H who keep saving evil from bars.

    We also meet Holland Manners who is the boss of W&H, he tells Lindsey that Vanessa is going to kill some blind kids and that Lindsey has to make up a story to get Vanessa out of prison once again.

    Lindsey had already proven to be a great character and have chemistry with Lee and Lilah. But in this episode he proved so much more. The killing kids was a bit to much for him so he decides to go to Angel and tell him he wants out. The chemistry between him and Angel was pure and fresh, Angel doesn’t want to hear from it until Lindsey talks about the kids, Angel wants help to get more information but they’ll have to break in W&H and to do that they make up a plan.

    Once again, Gunn proved to be a very fun character. He helped to get a vamp in W&H while Angel went in backdoors. When he gets the disks he can’t help himself but to take a scroll with him. When Angel escapes Lindsey tries to do the same but gets caught by mind readers and together with other lawyers he gets taken to a room where they all get read. Turns out that Lee was going to another office and that’s why he gets shot in the head, Holland also knows about Lindsey and asks him why he did it, but he doesn’t kill him, instead he gives him time to think.

    Meanwhile the gang get the disks encrypted when Lindsey shows up. He wants to save those blind kids with Angel, Vanessa was an interesting character. She made herself blind and trained herself to sense the heat, but when one doesn’t move (Angel is dead and all) she can’t see it move and that’s how Angel defeats her, he stakes her with her own stick.

    The episode was very well written, it made Lindsey a lot more interesting than he already was. Angel also caught the scroll that tells about his prophecy and Lindsey gets a bigger office offered at W&H and he decides to take it. Very well written episode despite it not being one of the classics.

  • Overall, this episode is the perfect ending to the prologue for the second season’s more epic storytelling aspirations. The writers manage to set the stage for the season finale while also developing Wolfram and Hart as more substantial antagonists.

    If the previous episode covered the character introduction aspect of preparing for the second season arc, then this episode covers the plot aspect. Not only does it bring Wolfram and Hart back as a primary antagonist, something missing from much of the first season, it sets the stage for the plot elements that drive Angel’s conflict. This is especially true in terms of Angel’s growing frustration with the struggle against evil.

    This episode also goes a long way towards demonstrating why Angel’s decision to support Faith’s turnaround was so important. Angel showed a great deal of patience and fortitude to stand against several threats (and Buffy, for that matter) to protect someone who tried, hours earlier, to kill him and his friends. Yet, in the end, did it bring him any closer to a sense of accomplishment?

    Angel wearies of the battle, because as he notes in this episode, there’s more of the enemy than him. He has allies, he has purpose, but so do they. And he can fight one head of the Hydra, but there’s always more, and they tend to grow back. So what is there for him to look forward to? What hope does he have in staying the course, when he’s not even sure why he’s still fighting?

    Enter the Prophecies of Aberjian, which almost immediately suggest to him a sense of purpose and context. This, of course, becoming a bit more specific in the next episode (and then subsequently a lot more complex in the fifth season), but the point is that Angel no longer has the luxury of wondering if his actions are just a waste of time and energy. He sees that there is a purpose, a grand design.

    When Angel doesn’t have that sense of direction and purpose, he can let despair eat away at his moral resolve. And in a way, that is exactly what happens in this episode. Angel had the perfect opportunity to stake claim on the enemy, to steal away one of their own. And Lindsey was on the fence, ready to make a change. If Angel had seen the same potential in Lindsey that he had seen in Faith, it might have made a difference. It might have prevented much of what happens later (though the fourth season suggests it was all engineered by an outside agency).

    As much as this episode appears to be about Vanessa, a very attractive blind assassin, it’s really about Angel, Lindsey, and Wolfram and Hart. Vanessa is just an example of what Wolfram and Hart, represented by Holland, will happily foster in the name of bringing about the apocalyptic vision of the Senior Partners. Holland is more than happy to set aside his conscience for personal gain and the appearance of power; Lindsey is far less certain.

    Lindsey can set aside ethics and align himself with the corporate vision statements so long as the consequences on perceived innocents are kept carefully out of view. Lilah, at one point, notes that Lindsey has taken to avoiding a lot of the grunt work, as if he prefers to keep his attention on the big picture and away from the details. Once forced to see the details, to know the consequences, Lindsey runs up against his own internal moral barriers.

    The problem is that Angel has convinced himself, not unlike Buffy in regards to Faith, that those who work for Wolfram and Hart are unable or unwilling to consider the consequences. So he doesn’t take it seriously when Lindsey comes to him with a desire to change things. He says a lot of the same things he said to Faith, but without the supportive promises that came with the stern moral assessments. In short, Angel doesn’t have the faith in Lindsey that he had in Faith, and in turn, Angel loses sight of what he should be doing, above and beyond preventing the assassination.

    The infiltration of Wolfram and Hart, beyond giving Angel a chance to grab the Scrolls of Aberjian, also serves as a follow-up on the previous episode. Angel told Gunn that he might need help, and sure enough, now’s the time. Gunn’s scene was completely unexpected, and it puts on display a racial edge to the character that would disappear rather quickly over the course of the second season. Even so, it’s one more step towards making him a regular, which is entirely the point.

    The “interrogation” scene clearly indicates the message of the episode: Wolfram and Hart will no longer be a simple shadow in the background of the series. The writers take their time to expose the depth of the cutthroat self-interest that permeates the organization. Holland isn’t simply giving the staff a demonstration when Lee is killed; he’s showing Lindsey what happens to someone who isn’t of use to him and his personal designs.

    Holland may speak in terms of potential, in this case, Lindsey’s, but the fact is that Holland needs someone under him who has a reason to deliver. Lindsey has demonstrated what he can do when he stops letting morals get in the way; Holland just needs to make him even more reliant on his good graces. It frames things for Lindsey: if he plays his cards right within the organization, Holland will protect him for as long as it’s in his interests…and success fits the bill.

    So Angel is placed in a position to counter that offer, whether he knows it or not. Angel does a good enough job of countering the assassination (a great action scene, with lots of beautiful shots of Vanessa), but beyond that, he doesn’t put on the full press sales pitch that he gave to Faith. He leaves it all up to Lindsey, and in this case, Holland has all the influence. Lindsey knows how he can survive with Wolfram and Hart; he has no evidence to how he might survive or thrive on his own or with Angel.

    Angel also creates an even more fervent enemy in the process. Lindsey is a man searching for direction and meaning. Holland seems to give it to him, but the lingering doubts remain. Lindsey has and will have plenty of reasons to hate himself for what he does and allows. All of that anger needs to be applied to something, and it’s easy to transfer his self-hatred onto Angel. Of course, that level of self-deception can only last so long.

    This episode is the perfect prologue to the season finale, which takes “Angel” into a completely different direction and sets the stage for more epic storytelling. The first season began as something of an experiment: could Angel be used as the centerpiece of a televised “comic book” hero, ala Batman, complete with relatively self-contained adventures? To a certain extent, the answer is “yes”, but eventually, an audience hungers for something more substantial. This episode is the end of the process of transformation; from this point, the series would return to the epic storytelling format that worked so well for “Buffy”.
  • a blind assasin

    with only two episodes to go this was not the best way to continue the seaosn. i really liked lindsey but the episode was just too slow sometimes.

    but it was good enough. it gave lindsey a better point of view and he got to chose between good and evil. the episode was about a blind assasin that worked for wolfram and heart. she was oging to kill some little kids and lindsey didnt want that and asked angel to stop her and angel did. in this episode angel finds the scroll of the shanshu prophecy and lee gets killed and he is the first wolfram and heart to go.
  • Lindsey ALMOST leaves the dark side.

    Not a bad episode at all. We are introduced to a scary woman who is blind, but who can kick some serious butt. We soon find out she is an assasin who works for (guess who) Wolfram & Hart. Angel is very frustrated because Vanessa (the assasin) has gotten away with murder on more than one occasion thanks to W&H. Lindsey soon finds out that Vanessa is going to be pulling a job for them which involves murdering children. This is too much for Lindsey, so he goes to Angel for help. Angel is able to break into W&H with Lindseys help and retrieve some info. In doing this, he also steals a mysterious prophecy. Angel and Lindsey are able to save the children, and Angel kills Vanessa. But just when you think Lindsey is going to be a good guy, he is seduced back over by a shiny new office, new title and raise. Oh yeah, Lee Mercer got killed in this ep.(who cares?)
  • Lindsey McDonald

    Lindsey McDonald, Wolfram & Hart's start up and coming lawyer, has a crisis of faith when one of the firm's latest assasin's is instructed to eliminate three prophetic children. But children none the less. He turns to Angel and gang and actually helps them, turning on the firm, to bring down this agent. And did I mention that she happens to be blind and a killer fighter, even Angel has trouble besting her. In the end however, though Lindsey does help to save the children he makes the choice to stay the path of evil.
  • Blinded By A Lawyer

    Blind Date-Lindsey McDonald, Wolfram & Hart's wunderkind, finally has a crisis of conscience when a vicious, blind assassin is sent after a group of young kids. Now he must convince Angel that, despite his past actions, his motives this time are honorable.

    A dark episode which features a very cool villian and some depth from Wolfram and Hart's leading man, Lindsey McDonald. The character was always one of the most interesting and original characters that Angel as a series ever produced and this is one of first times that Christina Kane gets to flesh out his acting as the misguided lawyer. What's always been an interesting aspect of the character is that he is never really evil, his just taking advantage of a life that was given to him since he had such a porr past. Both Angel and Lindsey make an intriguing duo through whole hour, I especially loved the scene where Lindsey is telling Angel his life story and Angel plays it off like his bored by it all, LOL! The blind assassin woman is a great villian, and the way she sees through her heart to anticipate her opponent's move is cool to watch. Especially the scene where Angel kills her, which is brutal but effective. This episode also has some hilarious moments like when Gunn makes a scene at Wolfram and Hart then let's loose a vampire. Also, Angel steals a mystical scroll that is pivotal for him, but that's for the next episode. Of course, Lindsey goes back to Wolfram and Hart which is sucks since he could have change, but means a lot a juicy storylines for next episode and beyond. All and All, a great episode with a solid plot and funny moments.
  • Great concept and slick execution makes for a pivotal episode in the Angel universe.

    This is the episode that puts Wolfram & Hart on the map.

    Previous lawyer scumbag, Lindsay, seeks the help of Angel Investigations when he gets wind that an evil client of his is going to kill some children. The gang teams up with the crooked lawyer to put a stop to a blind assassin working for Wolfram & Hart.

    It's always fun to see bad guys working with the good guys to defeat a common enemy. I like the character of 'Lindsay' because actor Christian Kane plays him so well. You hate him because he's a slick-talking lawyer who is well-aware he represents evil, but then you find yourself a bit torn because underneath the expensive suit lies traces of a soul. The banter between him and the gang is humorous. The blind assassin is also a great villain for the series. The creepy, chalk-white eyes are very unnerving, and her emotionless demeanor adds to her overall evilness. The fight sequences are top-notch and creative.

    This episode is also pivotal because it reinforces Wolfram & Hart as the heartless bastards that they are, and that they'll be hanging around for awhile giving Angel and the team a lot of grief. Also, Angel's discovery of the scroll in Wolfram & Hart's vault is crucial to the series. Exceptional episode.
  • Angel tracks down an assassin hired by Wolfram and Heart.

    Blind Date is the penultimate episode of S1 and if I'm honest, I'm slightly glad. While I do love any Angel and Season 1 is great, it just has no arc whatsoever and I prefer arc heavy shows. Anyway, BD is a very good episode for a number of reasons but some things about it just annoy me. The villain of the episode was alright. She could have been alot more menacing true, but the blind thing was an interesting twist and she's definitely one of the more unique villains in the show. W&H's top 3 lawyers were also very good but I hate that they're putting spotlight on Lindsey as he's the least interesting and Christian Kane isn't much of an actor in my opinion. He's just in no way threatening. Lilah's excellent and much better than Lindsey. Lee was also quite good but was killed off too soon- a shame in my opinion. Holland Manners is introduced here- he's good but we don't really get a good sense of him until S2. I found the whole Lindsey turning good for 15 minutes quite ridiculous actually as for a man claiming he wants out badly, he very quickly takes the promotion. It's a bit out of character, in my opinion. The actions scenes weren't epic or anything but the whole break in to Wolfram and Heart was good. I liked the execution scene where the mind readers are reading the lawyers and you think Lindseys dead but instead he kills Lee. It was a good twist.

    Blind Date was good episode- not amazing or outstanding but definitely entertaining and it's an episode of Angel- miles ahead of most television.
  • Blind Date

    Blind Date was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. I really enjoyed this episode because we got to see inside the true nature of Wolfram & Hart and meet Holland Manners who oversee's the lawyers we've seen so far. I thought this was a great introductory episode and the series is really taking shape. I like how their are many different characters, who all have their own parts to play. I also enjoy that there is no holding back with what could happen. I think this episode is a must see and I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!