Season 5 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2004 on The WB
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When an emotionally unstable woman, Dana, escapes from a psychiatric ward, Angel learns that she was tortured as a child and is now searching for her tormentor. Andrew, a watcher-in-training, arrives from Sunnydale with surprising information about Buffy and to inform the group that Dana is also a vampire slayer.moreless

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  • A truly rogue Slayer


    The Good;

    Great breakout scene, very Halloween, Terminator 2. Andrew is funny as hell and wonderful final scene between Spike and Angel.

    The Bad;

    How does Lindsey know about these things to send Spike to?

    Best line;

    Angel (of Dana); "She's an innocent victim"

    Spike; "So were we, once upon a time"

    Makes me tear up every single time!

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    All the torture and murder scenes and of course Spike's arms being cut off! Can't watch any of the scenes with Dana being tortured or her family being killed, just too horrible

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8

    DB/JM get's his shirt off; 18,

    Cheap Angel; 8

    Fang Gang in bondage: Spike chained up

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 7

    Gunn; 7

    Lorne; 6

    Fred; 4

    Spike; 6

    Fang gang knocked out: Spike

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 19

    Wes: 8

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 3

    Lorne; 8

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 5

    Spike; 5


    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 45 vamps, 62 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 12 humans, one werewolf and one cyborg

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 14 demons+5 vamps, 5 zombies, 3 humans, 2 cyborgs

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 18 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

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

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamps+ 2 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 16 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons, Jasmine

    Spike; 21 vamps, 7 demons+1 human+one parasite

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang;

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 11

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Connor; 1

    Lorne; 1

    Characters killed: Dana cuts up the 2 poor orderlies at the hospital, the unfortunate security guard at the supermarket (someone should count all the security guards who get killed in Buffy/Angel over the years) and the tragic docker who tries to help her


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations; 5,

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 14

    Wes; 2

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 11

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 4

    Gunn; 3

    Fred; 3

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

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

    Angel: 6; Buffy, Darla, The Transcending Furies, Eve

    Wes; 3 definite; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 1 possible, Justine

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Spike; 3-Buffy, Anya, Harmony

    Kinky dinky:

    Andrew refers to Fred as 'attractive slender woman'. Lorne calls his assistant to get the whip. Spike asks Andrew if he's ever tasted 'a penny' From The Big Bang Theory? (Thank you scrawny71 for pointing out that)

    Captain Subtext;

    Andrew says that Spike is beautiful and comments on his 'Viggo Mortenson' pecs. Spike calls Andrew a ponce.

    Know the face, different character; 5

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Andrew takes Dana into protective custody

    Buffy characters on Angel; 17 Andrew

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

    Questions and observations;

    Note Dana marks herself just as the first Slayer did. Gunn of all people loves the system, very different from his first entry to WR&H in season 1. Note that some of Dana's drawing have the Shadowmen in it. When Dana speaks in Chinese Spike replies with the same words he said to the Chinese Slayer as he killed her. Wes is in touch with Giles (through his father if nothing else?). Spike jokes that Angel's worry is starting to make him look old, a comment on ageless vampire Angel starting to look a few years older. Irrelevant that Spike didn't torture Dana or kill her family because he did it to THOUSANDS of other people. Remember the little girl in the coal cellar? No one trusts Angel any more, he realises that he and Wes&co have cut themselves off from the other Scoobs.

    Buffy and Dawn are in Rome with Dawn going to an Italian school. The reason we saw so little Joyce in season 4 is that Kristine Sutherland was housesitting in Italy for a year in order to let her daughter go to school there and learn Italian. And now Joyce's daughters do the same which I suspect is a very clever inside joke. Andrew's remark of Buffy needing a break from California may be a reference to SMG needing a break from the character of Buffy. The various Scoobies are reassembling the Watcher's Council just as Wes' false dad said they were in Lineage.

    In 'Lies My Parent's Told Me' Spike goads Robin Wood that his mother never really loved him and put slaying first (in fairness to Spike Wood had just tried to kill him). Here we find that this wasn't true, she did love him, her last thought was her begging for Spike to spare her so that she could go back to her beloved son. In School Hard Spike tells Buffy that the last Slayer he killed begged for her life. In 'Fool for Love' he tells her how he killed her and she doesn't beg. Maybe she did beg, just not out loud?

    Dana dreams of previous Slayers just as Buffy did in the original movie.

    Spike and Angel both consider themselves to be monsters. They might be right. The scene between them is too wonderful for words. Love to see Dana in the comics some day, all cured. Episode 11, halfway through the final season.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10, strong ep but hard to watch. The final scene between Angel and Spike raises it up.

  • One Slayer Too Many!

    Damage-When an emotionally unstable woman, Dana, escapes from a psychiatric ward, Angel learns that she was tortured as a child and is now searching for her tormentor. Andrew, a watcher-in-training, arrives from Sunnydale with surprising information about Buffy and to inform the group that Dana is also a vampire slayer.

    A dark, disturbing episode which brings back a familiar face while introducing a great villian. Well, Dana, isn't a villian, she just too dangerous for her own good! I mean, the girl not only makes Faith's dark past seem like stealing a bike from Seseame Street, but she is 10x times more psycho! Navi Rawat gives a birlliant performance as the tormented slayer whose world has been shattered ever since she was little. Every emotion, scene or action, she did perfect! I epsecially loved her scenes with Spike, as she even made the big bad blonde a bit scared. I mean, she even cut his hands off which was brutal yet brought some great special effects on the SFX department. It was also nice to see references back to events on Buffy, Spike's slayer encounters in the past and learning more about the Slayer mythology in general.

    I have to say the best part was Andrew! It's great to see the little dork again and his reuniting with Spike was priceless. Also, his use of the word "vampire" messed up Angel's pronunciation of the word, lol. It's also interesting how we got to hear about the Scoobies and how they are finding Slayers around the world. But what's also so great about the episode is the ending, after Andrew and his mini-army of slayers take Dana, Angel finds that the Scoobies don't trust him anymore. It's just a real touching scene how Angel and Spike question what made them evil, why they can't be trusted and how they were just victims jsut like anyone else in the first place. All and All, "Damage" is a superb episode with dark storytelling, great characters, hilarious dialogue and touching scenes.moreless
  • Damage

    Damage was a really good episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode and seeing Andrew and Slayers cross over from Buffy. This episode had a good story with some interesting dramatic twists. I thought it was cool how the writers tied in Slayers into an Angel episode. Gunn showed another deeper side to himself. There was good character development for Spike and Angel, plenty of action, and interesting drama. Both Angel and Spike try to get info about Buffy from Andrew. The ending of this episode was a definite moment of realization about how those outside the group perceive Angel and his choice to run Wolfram and Hart.moreless
  • Andrew... the Watcher?!

    Damage is an excellent episode that is great for Buffy fans as it tells us more about our favourite characters, features Andrew and revolves around a psychotic Slayer. It's also one of the darkest and most disturbing episodes in the entire series with some genuinely chilling moments.

    Bringing Andrew back was a great idea; Andrew is a love him or hate him character and I love him. He was hilarious all the way through Buffy S7 and him and Anya were the only thing that kept me entertained. He was extremely funny here again, producing some great lines and also showing more maturity than he did on Buffy. His tale of "Slayer of the Vampyres" was a nice call back to "Storyteller". This episode was more for Buffy fans than Angel fans. It tells us where Buffy, Dawn, Xander and Willow are and brings back some of the old Buffy humour I love so much. It might feel a bit fanservice-y but if you like Buffy, you'll like this.

    The story of Dana, the psychotic slayer was disturbing, chilling and extremely hard to watch. The flashbacks sent chills down my spine as I head of Dana being tortured for months as a child and her insanity is also horrifying to witness. It was a truly tragic tale and I honestly wish her kidnapper could have been found by her and killed- anyone who can do that to child deserves no mercy. When I thought it was Spike who had done it, I was relly rooting for Dana to dust him but thankfully it wasn't him. It was have been really hard if it had of been him. The scene where Spike lifts up his hands to reveal Dana has cut them off was another shocking and terrifying moment. I forgot all about Wolfram and Hart's medical abilities and was completely shocked and worried. I thought Spike would have to stay like this and was intesnely relieved when Fred said they could put his hands back on. It was a pulse pounding moment.

    The end where Andrew confronts Angel and demands Dana be handed over to him proved that he wasn't the same coward he was in Sunnydale. Sure, he had about 50 Slayers behind him but he still stood up to Angel. The Slayer Army was magnificent and sent goose bumps all over me as I remembered "Chosen" and Buffy's speech. A great scene.

    Damage is a thrilling, disturbing, chilling and shocking episode that is a treat for Buffy fans. It is not for the faint hearted but definitely shouldn't be missed. A really excellent episode.moreless
  • Oh Andrew. Andrew stops in with the Slayettes.

    This episode had some wonderful dialog. There must be a special writer just for Andrew. His dialog is so refreshingly quirky.

    The crazy slayer that brought Andrew to town looked a lot like the scary girl in the movie The Ring in the opening scene.

    The reflective moment between Angel and Spike was so well done. Spike in recovery from his encounter with the crazy vampire slayer. Angel and Spike talk of the lives they destroys when they were evil.

    Spike looking at his re attached hands says, She's one of us now. She's a monster.

    Angel replies, She's an innocent victim.

    So were we, once upon a time.

    Angel replies quietly, once upon a time.moreless
Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley

Dr. Rabinaw

Guest Star

Mesan Richardson

Mesan Richardson

SWAT Team #1

Guest Star

Debbie McLeod

Debbie McLeod

Real Estate Agent

Guest Star

Mercedes McNab

Mercedes McNab

Harmony Kendall

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Spike is chained up in the basement the position of his chains keep moving. The first time we see them they aren't around his neck but the next time we see them they are. Then in the next scene with Spike they change again. It is unlikely that Spike would be able to keep moving the position of his chains while he is chained up.

    • It seems to be completely unbelievable to find a surgical saw on a locked psych ward. Not only is it dangerous to have near those patients, but there would be no medical reason for having that equipment outside of a surgical floor.

    • The drugs stored at the warehouse that were used on Dana wouldn't have remained potent or useable after all that time.

    • Dana ripped the door off in the psych ward when she first appeared, but when Angel and Spike arrive the door is just all bent.

  • QUOTES (24)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Andrew: Driven insane by Yoda knows who...
      Keeping with the nerd movie references, he mentions a popular Star Wars character, Yoda.

    • Andrew: Check the viewscreen, Uhura.
      Uhura served as communications officer aboard the Enterprise on its original five-year mission, under the command of James T. Kirk in the original series of Star Trek.

    • Harmony: A girl over in the nuthouse went all Cuckoo's Nest, hacked up a couple of guards and went over the wall.
      One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest is a movie that takes place in a mental institution. It swept the 1976 Acadamy Awards, taking Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson, who went on to other things), and Best Actress (Louise Fletcher). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is also a novel by Ken Kesey.

    • Andrew: Spike? It's you. It's really you! My therapist thought I was holding on to false hope but I knew you'd come back. You're like, you're like Gandalf the White resurrected from the pit of the Balrog, more beautiful than ever. Oh! He's alive, Frodo. He's alive!

      Gandolf and Frodo are Lord of the Rings characters and, in fact, the last two phrases were said by Samwise, another character. However, Gandolf was not ressurected from a pit, but rather from a mountain top. Either Andrew's geekiness has taken a tumble, or he was speaking from the characters' prespective: falling into the pit was the last they saw of him before he returns to them (though he does explain what happened).

    • Andrew: Like X-Men without the disappointing third act.
      Not only a reference to the popular movie, but an allusion to Whedon's uncredited scriptwork on the movie. Joss insisted his name be removed from the final draft and David Hayter received solo credit.

    • Lorne: Parasite Eve.
      The Parasite Eve video games for the Playstation came out in the late 90s. The games were about mutating mitochondria cells granting certain people super powers. In this case, it just happens to fit, since their enemy, Eve, had been using parasitic demons on Angel.