Season 2 Episode 18

Dead End

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2001 on The WB
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Lindsey McDonald is given an amazing bonus by his bosses at Wolfram & Hart -- a new hand to replace the one he lost fighting Angel. When the new hand begins acting strangely, Lindsey becomes suspicious, and when he runs into Angel and the gang researching body parts that seem to be turning on their owners, he must make a life-altering decision.moreless

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  • Goriest Angel ep ever


    The Good;

    Well if you like gross horror concepts this one's for you! A very nice end to the Lindsey story arc (for now) and some good humour about corporations and how they work. Very clever scene where we see around Lindsey's apartment with all the little features showing his life with 1 hand.

    The Bad;

    When Lindsey shoots up the boardroom where the heck are WR+H's crack security team who always seem to turn up on every other occasion?

    Best line:

    Lindsey "Stop it evil hand!"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Eye stabbing anyone? Or living organ donors? Plus Angel garrotting the parole officer.

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 18

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tattoo;

    Her green top shows it to great advantage so 6

    Cheap Angel;


    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 9

    Wes: 4

    Gunn; 1

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1


    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 26 vamps, 32 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 2 demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 7 vamps+ 2 demons.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed: Lindsey's donor


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

    Angel Investigations shot: Angel by the parole officer.

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 3

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Kinky dinky:

    Of course this being LA even the organ donors are insanely pretty. Lindsey pinches Lilah on the way out, well you would, wouldn't you?

    Captain Subtext;

    Angel seems to yearn for the parole officers 'butterfat'? (Yuck!)

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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

    Questions and observations;

    Once again Wes and Angel subtly compete for leadership. Love Wes delegating Angel to help Cordy. Lilah suffers a death of the thousand cuts, constantly humiliated by Lindsey, treated as a secretary by Lindsey's client. No offence to Christian Kane but I really don't think he's that good as a singer. Kate is sorely missed by AI who now have to pay an outside contractor. Poor Cordy, the visions really starting to take their toll. Interestingly Angel warns Lindsey to never come back and Lindsey warns Angel never to play WR&H's game. NEITHER listens to each other's advice.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10 great stuff and the last we'll see off Lindsey for 3 whole seasonsmoreless
  • Dead End

    Dead End was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Angel. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development for Lindsey. It was really cool to see him sing so well, and how Angel and the gang reacted to this. I thought it fitting that the Host said they all have to work together. This episode had a great story and really showed another side of Lindsey, especially in the end when he more or less saved Lila. Angel pulled a prank on Lindsey which was funny. I think Angel is getting closer to the crew, as Wesley feels threatened a little. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Lindsey leaves L.A. (yay!)

    Dead End is a great episode that finishes off the arc of W&H's golden boy Lindsey (well, until he appears to annoy again in Season 5). It certainly is a very good episode and I, for one, am glad Lindsey is gone.

    The whole evil hand thing was good and different. It was interesting to see the demon appearing during surgery- now we know W&H's top employees don't have to worry about disease or anything. This episode finally had Lindsey leave W&H and L.A., which has been building for almost an entire season as he has become increasingly disillusioned with the firm. I'm happy he's gone- his character never really appealed to me much and IMO Christian Kane isn't an amazing actor. He's certainly improved this season and in this episode, he was actually quite good but on the whole I won't miss him. Another reason I am glad he's gone is that it gives Lilah a chance to grow more as a character and realise her full potential as Uber Bitca next season. Stephanie Romanov is excellent as her and I much prefer Lilah to Lindsey. One thing annoyed me though: why would W&H appoint Lindsey as head when he's stolen documents, helped kill off the blind assassin from Blind Date, defyed policy again and again by helping Darla, publicly embarassed the firm, saved Darla from W&H, let her live with and on the whole make a TERRIBLE mess of things when Lilah's only 2 real mistakes have been driving away Bethany from Untouched and publicly embarrasing the firm? It didn't really sit right with me and I agreed with Lindsey- Lilah deserves the job.

    It was hard to watch Cordelia be in so much pain this episode. This is the first sign her visions are taking their toll on her, a story continued in S3. I loved the moment where Angel buys her food and she replies "I love you". It's the first sign of romance between them and as a huge Cangel fan, I loved this scene. Lindsey finally showed some compassion here- it's nice to see not all W&H's employees are pure evil. The scene where he sees the guy in the tank asking to die was sad and it was nice he fulfilled this wish. Also, Christian Kane can REALLY sing, much better than he can act. He should pursue a musical career.

    Dead End is a great episode, with excellent character development and an end to the Lindsey arc of the season.moreless
  • Lindsey has a crazy hand.

    This is a really great episode especially for a Lindsey fan like myself. I love the scenes contrasting him waking up before and after he gets his new hand which shows all the trouble he has to go through when he has to do such simple things. I also love all the Wolfram and Hart scenes with Lilah and Lindsey competing with each other and the clear favor that is given to the man with the new hand. The drama that unfolds surrounding his hand is great and when he makes his final decision to leave after beating up Angel for what he has done to Darla is really well played out and leaves you feeling really bad for him.

    He was also really great at Caritas when he sang his song and played his guitar which really added a lot to this episode.moreless
  • Let's All Give Him A Hand...That Kills!

    Dead End-Lindsey McDonald is given an amazing bonus by his bosses at Wolfram & Hart -- a new hand to replace the one he lost fighting Angel. When the new hand begins acting strangely, Lindsey becomes suspicious, and when he runs into Angel and the gang researching body parts that seem to be turning on their owners, he must make a life-altering decision.

    One of the most underrated episodes which features a fitting farwell (well at least for 2 seasons) to Wolfarm and Hart's biggest player, Lindsey McDonald. Christane Kane gives a great performance from his saddness over losing his hand to fear over what his new hand is capable of. Also we get to see Kane's great guitar skills and impressive singing voice. I love the scene with the Fang Gang watch him as he performs while only Angel is unimpressed and jealous. I also loved Angel and Lindsey's interaction which is just hilarious like:

    Lindsey: "That's my lead, you stole my lead!"

    Angel:(mocking his voice) "My lead, My lead, I swear this guy thinks his in grammer school."

    It's also a very disturbing plot with Wolfarm and Hart taking humans and chopping off their body parts for their lawyers when need and letting them just live in tanks forever with their decapitated bodies. All and All, one of the best this season and fine farwell to Lindsey, especially with the "Cops Sucks" sign that Angel put on Lindsey's car, lol!moreless
Gerry Becker

Gerry Becker

Nathan Reed

Guest Star

Pete Gardner

Pete Gardner

Joseph Kramer

Guest Star

Kavita Patil

Kavita Patil


Guest Star

Christian Kane

Christian Kane

Lindsey McDonald

Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Caritas Host

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • As Angel and Lindsey break into the Travel Agency building they fight several guards. The fight ends with at least three guards knocked out in the front room. But when it's decided to blow the building up, the front room is empty and the lights are turned off. Lindsey and Angel seem to be in the secret room for only a few minutes so it doesn't seem likely that the guards would wake up and walk out in that small window of time.

    • In the scene with Lindsey in Nathan Reed's office, he enters the password and the camera changes to show him selecting submit. The whole shot is reversed, which is obvious because the keyboard is backwards.

    • While in the operating room, where Lindsey's new hand is being attached, a demon comes in to complete the connection. You can clearly see that there are two hands. The one with the stitches has no birthmark on the hand, but afterwards, when the hand is healed, suddenly a birthmark appears.

    • The first time Lindsey plays his guitar in his house, you can clearly hear that there are really two guitars playing that piece - one playing the chords, the other playing individual notes. Lindsey was only playing the chords.

    • After Lindsey stabs his evil hand 3 times, there's only 2 drops of blood, but in the next scene, there are 3 drops.

    • During the Travel Agency scene, you can pretty clearly make out it is David Boreanaz's stunt double, not David himself, who is doing the fighting.

    • Lindsey saw Lilah rifling through files. However, in previous episodes like 'Blind Date,' we saw they were kept in a secured file in the basement sub-vault.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Cordelia: What's all this?
      Angel: Lunch, I was hungry.
      Cordelia: You don't eat food.
      Angel: Oh, I can. It doesn't keep me alive, but, y'know, sometimes I get a hankering.
      Cordelia: You had a hankering for Turkey, Ham, and Roast Beef sandwiches.
      Angel: You missed the vegetarian.
      Cordelia: Soup and salad too? What is going on here?
      Angel: I forgot what you liked.
      Cordelia: Why didn't you ask me?
      Angel: Well, you said, why is everyone asking you if they can get you anything. I didn't want to do that...
      Cordelia: So you did this, instead.
      Angel: Yep.
      Cordelia: I love you. (Angel smiles) And you ought to do that more often.
      Angel: Buy you food?
      Cordelia: Smile.

    • Angel: When I was in charge no one questioned my methods or my singing.
      Cordelia: You're half right.

    • Lindsey: You don't tell me what to do!
      Angel: He's so immature.
      Lindsey: Shut up!!!

    • Lindsey: That's my lead! You're choking my lead!!
      Angel: (In a babyish voice) It's my lead! It's my lead! What are we on the school yard here?

    • Lindsey: You have no business h... Why aren't you trying to kill me?!!

    • Nathan: And the current status of Angel?
      Lindsey: Angel? He's up, he's down, he's good, he's bad; he's a barrel of damn monkeys.

    • Lindsey: What are you doing here?
      Angel: Uh, saving your life.
      Lindsey: I don't need you to save my life!

    • Parole Officer: You can kill me, but Wolfram & Hart will do a lot worse.
      Angel: Kill you? Why would I kill you... (transforms) ...when I could live off you for a month? Mmmm, can't you just taste that butter fat?
      Lindsey: You are really gross, you know that?

    • Angel: (while listening Lindsey sing in the bar) What is that? Rock? Country? Ballad? Pick a style, pal!
      Lorne: Angel cakes! Don't make me throw you out.

    • Cordeila: Oh my God, look who's…
      Angel: Lindsey?
      Lorne: Isn't he fabulous?
      Angel: He comes here?
      Lorne: He used to come all the time before some cavairo chopped off his strumming hand.
      (Angel looks around uneasily)

    • Cordy: You should pick something short.
      Angel: I was thinking "Stairway To Heaven."
      Wesley: Don't even joke about that.

    • Angel: There's only one thing we can do now.
      Cordy: Oh God! Oh no.
      Wesley: The karaoke bar.
      Gunn: Angel's gonna sing?
      Cordy: Isn't there some other way?
      Wesley: There has to be, think damn it!
      Angel: Hey, come on.

    • Angel: Thanks, keep the change.
      Deliveryman: Wow. A whole dollar, just for me. I'm the luckiest deliveryman ever.

    • Lindsey: Stop it, evil hand, stop it! I just can't control my evil hand.

    • Lindsey: Lilah is your guy. Me, I'm unreliable. I've got these evil hand issues.

    • Lindsey: Work with him? Work with him?
      Lorne/The Host: Hey, am I the only one who saw 48 hours?
      Lindsey: I got a murderous hand on me and you're telling me to team up with the guy who cut mine off in the first place?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Lorne: Hey, am I the only one who saw 48 Hours?
      48 Hours was a movie from the 1980's about a cop and a convict who have to work together to solve a case.

    • Angel: I was thinking "Stairway To Heaven."
      "Stairway To Heaven" is a popular song by the band Led Zeppelin. Stairway To Heaven appears on the album Led Zeppelin IV. The song is also about eight minutes long, hence the joke in response to Cordelia's statement.

    • Angel: You know, back in the fifties we all thought life was gonna be like the Jetsons by now.
      The Jetsons is a 1960s Hanna-Barbara cartoon about an average family in the future.

    • Angel: I'm just here to say bon voyage... don't come back.
      In the animated theatrical movie Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown and a few of his friends go on a trip to France. As he's leaving, the rest of the gang all chorus out "Bon voyage, Charlie Brown!", to which Lucy can't resist adding "And don't come back!"