Winifred "Fred" Burkle
The shot of what Knox is supposedly looking at in his microscope is random. It appears to be a spiral-shaped bacteria visualized at very high resolution. Although it could be part of a test looking for reactions of these spirochetes to the virus Knox and Fred discuss, it is unlikely. One would generally use cells closer to if not actual human cells to examine or confirm a virus' effect on people. The shot was likely chosen to represent the virus itself, but light microscopes (like the one in front of Knox) cannot resolve anything smaller than half a light wavelength, certainly not viruses. The microscopes that can see viruses, cannot observe live cultures: nothing would be moving.
In the last episode (the fourth season finale, Home) the newly-reconstructed Wolfram & Hart had mostly white walls. Now there is wood paneling everywhere and the staircase is different.
Angel doesn't have his hair spiked anymore. This is the first time he's had a major change in hairstyle, in anything other than flashbacks.
When Lorne gets ready to read the Wolfram & Hart employees to weed out the evildoers, we get a quick glimpse at his clipboard. He has five categories in which to place each person: Okay, On the Bubble, Evil, To be Fired, & Yikes!
According to the package, Angel's mailing address reads:
C/O Wolfram & Hart
1127 Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
This episode, and the whole 5th season, hinges on one huge unanswered question: does Los Angeles and the world remember Jasmine? Last season saw fire raining upon Los Angeles, eternal darkness engulfing the city and overrunning it with vampires and demons, and then possessed by a goddess whose death left millions of people shocked, rioting and suicidal (perhaps around the world, as Jasmine briefly had the planet under her spell).
Following those events, the world should know about vampires, demons, the Powers that Be, the Demon Age, and the other dimensions: if nothing else, Jasmine explicitly told them all about it. But there's no indication in this season that the world has changed at all, and people still seem to walk through dark alleys and react to vampires with the usual shocked disbelief.
If the writers had never intended the 4th season's apocalypse to have a real impact on the Angelverse, you have to wonder why they wrote such extreme, unexplainable events into the storyline the first place.
At any rate, within the story you might assume that Wolfram & Hart erased the events of the 4th season, since they also have a vested interest in preserving the status quo, or that Angel somehow "fixed" the world with his memory-changing deal concerning Connor. But the story itself never offers a direct explanation for the seemingly global amnesia concerning the 4th season.
Fries declares that his case would have never reached a courtroom "when Holland Manners was running things". But Manners didn't run the LA Branch, or even the regular legal department; he was Executive Vice-President of "Special Projects". Nothing about Fries's case would seem to fall under that department (at least, not before he brought out the threat).
(after Angel kills Hauser)
Soldier: Whatever happened to mercy?
Angel: You've just seen the last of it.
Fred: I don't even understand half of what were doing. There's this machine, six feet tall that makes this noise, "whoompa whoompa pbbth!" Not a clue.
Angel: He said "drop the bomb." We don't know what that means.
Wesley: We very nearly found out.
Angel: What? I'm not allowed to hit people?
Wesley: Not people capable of genocide.
Angel: Those are exactly the types of people I should be allowed to hit!
Angel: You're my secretary!?
Harmony: Er Hello! Assistant!
Angel: Explain why I shouldn't kill you.
Harmony: Secretary is fine.
Hauser: You pathetic little fairy!
Angel: I'm not little.
Voice Mail: You have reached Ritual Sacrifice. For goats, please press '1' or say 'goats'. To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound key.
Wesley: That's a powerful position for a young woman.
Eve: How exactly can you be sure I'm either of those things?
Wesley: So Knox, how long have you been.. erm.. evil?
Lorne: I think Fries Junior is about to become patient zero.
W&H Employee: I need you to initial here concerning your immortal soul.
Harmony: Creatures of the night.. unite?
Knox: He was fired... Oh, I'm sorry he was SET on fire.
Corbin Fries: Butt-munch here, he got his law degree at dog-training school!
Harmony: (almost in tears) Cordy was my best friend, like... my whole life. She's my role model. How can she... (chipper) So anyway, I think you should not fire me, and Wes does too.
Lorne: Yes, that carpet is good because we WANT our clients to get dizzy and throw up.
Angel: You turned evil a lot faster then I thought you would.
Harmony: Blondie Bear?
Spanky: I don't spank men. It's not a judgement, men have fine firm asses. If you've been to the website you'll know how much I work on mine.
Angel: So it turns out with this new deal and all, I own a helicopter.
Angel: That's not a name I want passing through your lips.
Eve: And what would you like passing through my lips?
Angel: News Flash. You're not cute when I'm angry!
Harmony: Now, before you go threatening to fire me...
Angel: I threatened to kill you.
Angel: Do you know what I'm doing now? Not using my windpipe.
Angel: Capital "V." And there's something else you should know about me.I have no problem spanking men.
Wesley: Your run-on sentences have got a lot less pointless.
Fred: That's so sweet! And, a tad condescending.
Fries: I say the magic word, the only people left standin' are gonna be the ones that are already dead.
Harmony: That's a relief. (everyone glares) I mean, 'Hey!'
Wesley: Feng Shui.
Gunn: What's that mean again?
Wesley: That people will believe anything.
Wesley: Don't you think it's a bit unseemly adding "Y"s to the end of people's names?
Gunn: Does that mean I have to call you "Wessle"?
This is the first episode since season three's "Waiting in the Wings" not to have a "previously on Angel" segment. Season five in general had far fewer POA segments than the previous few seasons did.
J. August Richards would star in a short lived series of the same name as this episode ("Conviction") almost 3 years later.
T.J. Thyne, who plays a lawyer in the teaser to this episode, plays Dr. Jack Hodgins on Bones, which stars David Boreanaz.
In the DVD commentary, Joss mentions that for most of this episode the left side of Alexis' face paralyzed due to Bell's Palsy. This is why the right side of Wesley's face is almost always facing the camera, though at some points you can see Wes smiling on only one side.
Corbin Fries is the name of Joss's nephew.
In Episode 1.22 "To Shanshu In LA", Lindsey states that it is foretold that Wolfram & Hart would sever Angel's connection to "The Powers That Be". In many ways, this prophecy has come true: Angel now works for Wolfram & Hart, and with Cordelia in a coma, has no connection to "The Powers That Be".
Alexis Denisof has explained in an interview about the spell Angel used to make the rest of Team Angel forget about Connor and how it affects Wes, Fred, Gunn & Lorne: They all still remember the events of last year but to them they turned out a little differently and some of it is a little hazy to them, they all remember that they were fighting a little last year (mainly Wes & Gunn) but they're willing to put their differences aside to concentrate more on their mission. This also explains why Wesley is still dark and broody - like he has been since after betraying Team Angel by letting Holtz take Connor.
The fact that this episode takes place so soon after last season's finale marks a major departure from the normal conventions of the series. Normally new seasons on both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer take place three months after the previous season ended.
Some of the props from The Magic Box from Buffy the Vampire Slayer were recycled to be used in Fred's lab.
This episode received a 4.4/7 in the overnight ratings, or roughly 5.2 million viewers.
The score music in the background in the teaser of this episode has the same melody heard throughout "City Of'"(1x01), including the music heard during the very similar teaser of that episode.
David Fury has said that originally James Marsters was going to be a recurring guest star. However, while negotiations for season 5 were being made, The WB told the producers that if James became a regular the odds of Angel being picked up for a fifth season would improve greatly.
James Marsters (Spike) has been added to the opening credits, he is the third and final Buffy the Vampire Slayer star to join the Angel cast.
David Boreanaz is now the only remaining original Angel cast member.
Mercedes McNab reprises her role as Harmony after being told to leave by Cordelia at the end of "Disharmony" (2x17).
Angel moves out of the Hyperion hotel after nearly 3 years of living there.
This episode marks the first time Joss Whedon has written and directed the season premiere since the pilot.
Charisma Carpenter and Vincent Kartheiser have been removed from the opening credits.
This is the first official two part episode. Since most of the people behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer have become part of the crew for this show, there will obviously be a few changes. This being the first.
Lorne: But... lunch with Mary-Kate. She was going to tell me about Ashley's new piercing.
Lorne mentions a meeting he had with one of the Olsen twins in this episode, implying that they're connected with evil Wolfram and Hart's entertainment division.
Lorne: The part's yours. Yeah, I've got a whole freezer full of horses' heads downstairs.
Lorne is telling someone that they will get a part of some sort, saying that "he has a freezer full of horses' heads". In the movie "The Godfather", a man called Johnny Fontane gets a part in a movie because someone puts a horses head in the bed of the director who doesn't want Johnny in the movie, to scare him into giving him the part.
Lorne: Apparently, Old Joe Kennedy tried to get out of his deal with the firm...
Angel: That explains a lot.
Lorne: But George, Sr., he read the fine print.
Joss is making a little commentary on politicians by pointing out that Wolfram & Hart owns just about everybody.
Joe Kennedy is the patriarch of the Kennedy family, including John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States. Many of the Kennedy family members have died tragic and/or mysterious deaths.
Fred: (Hangs up a Dixie Chicks poster)
The Dixie Chicks are an all female country music trio; this country music group is very popular in Fred's native Texas.
Fred: (When asked whether she can find her office) Why, did somebody eat my breadcrumbs?
In the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel", two children wander deep into the forest leaving a trail of breadcrumbs so that they can find their way back home. The breadcrumbs, however, are eaten by birds leaving the children lost in the woods.
Spanky: I'm a big Our Gang fan.
Our Gang was the name of a series of short films created by Hal Roach which later became the TV series The Little Rascals. One of the main characters, in both versions, was named "Spanky".
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