Angel

Season 4 Episode 12

Calvary

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 12, 2003 on The WB
9.1
out of 10
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The gang try to re-ensoul Angel, but his soul is missing, and they must find a way to get it back. Meanwhile, Lilah tries to strike a deal with Angelus.

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  • Maybe Holtz was right?

    9.0
    CALVARY



    The Good;

    Angelus is so evil and conniving you wonder if Holtz and co had a point? Altogether a great episode with so many wonderful scenes



    The Bad;

    ?



    Best line:

    Cordelia; (stabbing Lilah) "Why do you think I let him out you stupid bitch?"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Some nastily implied racism when Angelus goads Gunn (Liam of course was also pretty racist to Gunn and Wesley in 'Spin the Bottle'). The vamps killing the firemen is also nasty but worst of all the tragedy of the vamped little girl, you realise why Holtz killed his daughter.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Fred wants to continue her relationship with Gunn after she learns of Wes and Lilah. But he turns her down, obviously been getting lessons in quiet dignity from the Groo (Riley could have done with some).



    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12



    Cheap Angel; 6



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 13

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2



    Fang gang knocked out: CC by Angelus

    Cordy: 14

    Angel: 16

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 4

    Groo; 1



    Kills: 1 demon for Gunn

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 11 vamps+ 13 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamp+ 1 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 12 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons



    Fang Gang go evil: CC and how!

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 10

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Characters killed:

    255



    Recurring characters killed; alas poor Lilah, she was evil but I always felt there was hope for her.

    9;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, CC



    Angel Investigations shot: Angelus by Lilah (if she still had her pistol why not use that when Wes enters her hideaway?). CC takes an arrow

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 1



    Packing heat; Gunn with the flamethrower we saw in 'Dad'

    Wes; 7

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Interestingly it's Gunn who breaks up with Fred rather than the other way around

    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:

    Angelus threatens to rape Fred to death. He also tells an aghast Fred about Wes and Lilah. Angelus thinks Lilah wears a thong.



    Captain Subtext;

    Angelus thinks Wes is quite the dish 'if I swung that way'. Lilah comments that Lorne's suits make him look like Liberace. Lilah calls Fred 'honey' and asks if CC is trying to 'turn her on?'.



    Know the face, different character; 4



    Parking garages;

    6,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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



    What the fanficcers thought; read an interesting one once where Angelus wipes AI out but then Dru get's resouled and forms her own heroic gang with Lilah, Kate, Gwen, Oz, Justine, Bethany, Ethan Rayne etc



    Questions and observations;

    Interestingly in this ep we're told a soul can be destroyed which I didn't think was possible. We learn that Angel always suspected that Gunn killed Sidel. The soul-stealer was buried by the Chumash who are the American Indian tribe also featured in 'Pangs'. Nice scene with Connor and Gunn bonding during the digging. Well, hands up who saw this twist coming? Liars! Shocking an all pretty damn brilliant. But you know what, it only get's better from now on! Nice scene at the end where CC and Lilah almost seem to bond a little. Lilah's 'he killed the...' speech appears to be part inspired by 'The Usual Suspects', could the Beast be in fact Keyser Soze? Or is that CC?

    Marks out of 10; 9/10

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  • Angelus, The Beast, and something worse.

    7.0
    As if The Beast and all his actions hadn't been bad enough but now with Angelus and this something worse in the mix things are looking seriously apocolyptic. While Angelus still manages to stir up all kinds of trouble with his words Cordelia recieves of a vision for the powers that will restore his soul. But something is most certainly amiss, especially when she lets Angel out of the cage and he knocks her unconscious. It's defenitely still Angelus. Everyone chases after him all ready to kill or be killed but Angelus doubles back, giving him the oppurtunity to take out Lilah and Cordelia. But Cordelia beats him to the punch and kills Lilah revealing that she was fully aware of the fact that she was letting out Angelus when she let Angel out of the cage. Somebody's most defenitely the evil master of the beast. I was completely shocked, I mean I had suspected for a couple episodes that something wasn't totally right with Cordy but I never expected this. It just didn't seem possible, it's Cordelia.moreless
  • The Beast.. has a boss.

    9.7
    Calvary is an outstanding episode and one that I think is shamefully underrated- it would definitely make my Top 15! Every minute is excellent and it is what I consider the second or third best episode this season- behind "Orpheus" and maybe "Spin The Bottle". It is highly suspenseful and kept me gripped from start to finish!



    Lilah returning was of course brilliant. I'm a huge fan of Wolfram and Hart's leading lady and she is, in my opinion, the best villain in the Buffyverse and that's saying something. Buffy and Angel have some absolutely amazing villains- Angelus, Glory, Drusilla etc.- but Lilah's my favourite of them all. Why? She's manipulative, in it for herself, incredibly intelligent, has no concsience and above all human which means Angel won't kill her. She's played to perfect by Stephanie Romanov and I was really sad to see her die here- we only have 3 more episodes of Lilah brillianc left!



    I really enjoyed her entrance as well- she's no longer the well groomed, immaculate girl she once was but is unkempt and clearly not loving life on the run! Angelus goading her was good too- she may be his ticket out of his cell but he still isn't going to be polite. It also brought her relationship with Wesley back to the spotlight- just as Wes seems to be getting the girl of his dreams, his ex comes back and Fred learns they've been sleeping together, resulting in Wesley having to wait over a year to be that close to Fred again! I was glad it was revealed though as I don't think Wesley deserved Fred yet- his actions towards her relationship with Gunn prove that. I'm glad Gunn dumped Fred though and not vice versa- shes in the wrong IMO. Lilah delivered some truly funny lines here and I loved that she spoke her mind so completely and shook up the group.



    However, Lilah related excellence isn't the only reason I loved this episode. The whole "Master of The Beast" thing was done brilliantly and kept me wondering (on first watch) who it was the entire episode. Everything seemed to be coming together here- they have discovered parts of the boss' plans and their actions so far. It was done incredibly and that last moment where it's revealed Cordelia- the champion and woman Angel loves- is this terrible thing was a masterstroke. It's one of the biggest shocks in the entire show and her killing Lilah was a great way to tell the audience who it is. Calvary is an episode that will keep you guessing and gripped right to the shocker ending that will blow your mind. It's a brilliant episode and should not under any circumstances be missed.moreless
  • Calvary

    10
    Calvary was a perfectly entertaining episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode which was full of dramatic intrigue, supernatural action, and surprising revelations. I think there was definitely some character development for Cordelia, Lilah, and the rest of the Gang who have to deal with Angelus. I really enjoyed watching Angelus find his openings and take shots at who ever was watching him. I thought it was interesting that Lilah is now staying at the hotel after the Beast killed every one from Wolfram & Hart. I thought the ending of this episode was shocking and definitely leaves me wanting to know more. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • A Soul Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

    8.8
    Calvary-The gang try to re-ensoul Angel, but his soul is missing, and they must find a way to get it back. Meanwhile, Lilah tries to strike a deal with Angelus.



    With Angel's soul missing, the dilemma at hand makes for series of unforseen events! First, Lilah returns and is a reck, though she is hilarious throughout this hour as she interacts with the gang. Her scenes with Wesley always great and here are no exception. Also, the reason behind Angel not remembering his early meeting with the Beast is interesting development. There are also some nifty scenes like Gunn and Connor battling the Soul Eater, which had some great effects. Speaking of Connor, his kill Angelus banter got old and he needed to shup up for a while! Anyway, the Angelus scenes continue to be great as he continues to shake up the group. It's sad scene when Gunn and Fred break up, then there's Angel telling Fred about Wesley and Lilah. The scene where they bring Angel's soul back has some great special effect, but even greater with the fake-out when Angel never gets his soul back and escapes the hotel. Angelus attack on Lilah and Cordelia is very suspensful as you actually worry about Lilah. The episode ends with biggest twist of the season yet, Cordelia kills our old Lilah which means she's the Beastmaster and the bigger bad that Angelus told the gang about! Which explains Cordelia's slightly strange attitude this season. It's a very brutal death scene for Lilah and sad that such a great evil character like her had to go though. All and All, a great episode with a lot of great scenes and a shocking revelation.moreless
Roger Yuan

Roger Yuan

Wo-Pang

Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Lorne

Special Guest Star

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Vladimir Kulich

Vladimir Kulich

The Beast

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Lilah fires her gun the slide doesn't move and no spent shells are ejected. When the gun is empty the slide doesn't lock back as it would on an empty clip.

    • When they cut back to the hotel after Connor and Gunn behead the demon, not much time has appeared to pass and everyone else is wearing the same clothes and hairstyle, but Fred has stepped out to get her hair curled and get a new set of clothes.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Gunn: (after walking in on Wes and Fred) He was kissing you! Don't lie to me. It's the one thing you're not good at.
      Fred: It just happened.
      Gunn: Because you let it. I've never felt so much for anyone. I would do anything for you, but it's not enough, is it?
      Fred: Charles, I'm...
      Gunn: I can't do this anymore, Fred. I'm tired of you looking everywhere but at me.

    • Angelus: Lilah, I had such high hopes for us. Your devious mind, my killer instincts... What a team we would have made.
      Lilah: Could still make.
      Angelus: Always were a closer. Unfortunately, with the new big scary in town, you're just not looking so tough anymore. And I'm a winning team kind of a guy. Couple that with the recent people shortage — you know, you're lucky I'm letting you yak this long.

    • Cordelia: You're too scared to believe in anything because you're too scared to hope. You won't even open your eyes to the possibility.
      Lilah: You don't get it, do you, Twinkie? I'm what I believe in. And you think I got this far by sticking my head in the sand? The Beast that eviscerated me has a boss. And that boss is going to end life as we know it, and nobody is coming to save us. Not Angel, not the Powers That Be, and not the Forty-damn-Second Calvary. So if anybody has scales on their eyes... it's you.

    • Lilah: He's going to kill us.
      Cordelia: I know. (stabs Lilah in the neck and Lilah drops to the floor) Why do you think I let him out, you stupid bitch?

    • (after Gunn has killed the Soul Eater)
      Connor: Nice.
      Gunn: Yeah, sometimes you just gotta keep whackin'...

    • Angelus: Look at yourself, Lilah. All these years, wanting to meet me... you couldn't run a comb through your hair, maybe slap on a little lipstick? Evil doesn't have to mean sloppy.

    • Angelus: I have to go save the world.

    • Angel: What Angelus told you was a lie. I haven't and will never give up on you. We'll get through this thing... together.
      Lilah: (chuckles) I can't believe we didn't crush you people years ago.

    • Lilah: It's just like being at work, except suits by Liberace...
      Lorne: Wesley, would you please warn this walking infection that I haven't forgotten how she poked my head open like a Capri Sun, and while my love for humanity allows me to tolerate her presence, if need be, I will smack her down! Be a doll, thanks.

    • Fred: Did you find anything?
      Lorne: Zip. Zilch. (sees Lilah) And what the hell is succu-bitch doing here?

    • Lilah: It's my inner megalomaniac. I rebel at serving coffee.

    • Wo-Pang: There is no other way known to me. Without the muo-ping... you're screwed.

    • Angelus: Oh! She really has put on the spunk, hasn't she, Wes? Not the same shy bitch-cow we pulled out of Pylea.
      Fred: There's only one bitch here and I'm looking at him.

    • Gunn: Then maybe I did the wrong thing.
      Angelus: Like smacking your girl around? I bet you Wes would never hit her. He's all proper and English. And that accent... oh, chicks just love a good accent. Makes 'em all buttery in their nether regions. Isn't that right, Fred? You know, I had a bit of an Irish brogue back in the day. If you like, I can use it on you when I rape you to death.

    • Angelus: Look at you. Heroes. So tangled up in your own crap you can't even find the world to save it.

    • Angelus: Morons. The big rock doesn't have minions. It is the minion.

    • Lilah: Why is he picking on us? We're the bad guys!
      Angelus: Apparently not bad enough. But there is a bright side. You have a devoted boyfriend who loves and cares for... oh, wait. You don't. (laughs) Your life really is crap.

    • Lilah: The great Angelus...
      Angelus: Oh, come on. You can do better than that, huh? Try playing up the awe and the reverence a bit. The Great Angelus!
      Lilah: Great... being locked in a cage.
      Angelus: Yet managing to display better grooming habits than you.

    • Angelus: What happened to pedestrians? Human pedestrians? Is there no fast food left in Los Angeles?

    • Angelus: Have you all lost your minds? You're going to use black magic to restore my soul? People, this never goes well... Am I the only one paying attention?

    • Angelus: Hmm, I'm telling ya, man if I swung that way -- look at him. All rugged and handsome. And brains! Man, he's damn near perfect.
      Wesley: Thank you.
      Angelus: Except the part about banging Lilah for the past 6 months. Kinda takes the shine off.

    • Cordy: Do you know what Angelus would do if we let him out?
      Lilah: Kill you all in a bloody shower of violence. But hey... greater good!

    • Gunn: That Shaman should have never been brought here. Now instead of worrying about the big bad rock-eater, we got Darth Vampire living in the basement.

    • Angelus: How did you survive this long being so retarded?
      Gunn: Cut the Fu-Manchu. What do you know?
      Angelus: Quite a bit, bright boy.

    • Angelus: I've had time to think, and I've realized something important. Being evil is wrong. I want to be good. I want to be Angel again.

    • Wo-Pang: Must acquire better guards.

    • Cordelia: Lilah, I know things look grim right now...
      Lilah: Don't go Watchtower on me Saint Cordelia, I don't think I could stomach it.
      Cordelia: Man, I would love to punch your face in.
      Lilah: Are you trying to turn me on?

  • NOTES (1)

    • In the original script for this episode, Angelus killed Lilah at the end. This was done so that if the script leaked out, the revelation that Cordelia was the big bad would remain a secret.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Cordelia: (To Angel) You might be their only hope, Obi-Wan.

      This is the second reference to Star Wars in this episode. Obi-Wan Kenobi first appears in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, seemingly a mysterious hermit. He is revealed as a Jedi Master, who then tutors Luke Skywalker to use the Force.

    • Gunn: That Shaman shoulda never been brought here. Now instead of worrying about the big, bad rock eater, we got Darth Vampire living in the basement.
      This is a reference to the Star Wars villain Darth Vader, a Sith Lord and the primary villain of the original three films (episodes IV, V, and VI).

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