Season 5 Episode 4

Hell Bound

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2003 on The WB
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After a series of horrific visions, Spike realizes that he is being pulled away from the material world and into hell. Fred tries frantically to find a way to save him, but soon realizes that there is an outside force that is causing Spike's dimensional shifts. An entity residing in Wolfram & Hart itself.moreless

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  • Scariest ep ever


    The Good;

    Great villain, some great Spike stuff and an all round great premise

    The Bad;


    Best line;

    Angel (to frozen in time Pavayne) "Don't worry I had them give you a window"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Gory as hell, how did this not get an 18 rating?

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8

    DB/JM get's his shirt off; 15, Naked Spike.

    Cheap Angel; 7

    Subverting the cliche; Gunn and Wes always assumed Spike was going to hell

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 7

    Gunn; 5

    Lorne; 5

    Fred; 3

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 19

    Wes: 7

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 6

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 3


    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 45 vamps, 60 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 12 humans, one werewolf

    Doyle; 1 vamp

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

    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

    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

    Characters killed: poor Claire


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations; 5, .

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 14

    Wes; 2

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 9

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 4

    Gunn; 3

    Fred; 2

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

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

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

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

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Gunn likes Eve's lovely friend, Claire the mystic. Too bad she doesn't last long. Spike spies voyeuristically on Fred in the shower.

    Captain Subtext;

    Apparently Spike materialises beside Gunn in the toilet and makes remarks about his penis. What sort of remarks? Claire suggests that Fred and she hold hands if Fred is lonely. Pavayne describes Spike as a 'Little Nancy still crying for his mother', well he's got the last bit right as 'Lies My Parents Told Me Proved'.

    Know the face, different character; 5

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    WR&H show some REAL inefinite detention

    Buffy characters on Angel; 16.

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

    Questions and observations;

    Of course the term Reaper is another supernatural series and he too sends souls to hell. Mercedes McNab guest-starred and at one point the devil goes 'Ooohhh Buffy' when handing Sam a stake to recapture an evil soul who thinks she's a vampire (because there are no vampires in the Reaperverse). Spike refers to the King's English as he's seen 2 Queens in his time (Victoria and Elizabeth 2nd) and 4 kings (Edward 7th, George 5th, Edward 8th, George 6th). Spike calls Angel 'Liam', he knows his backstory. Angel likes Spike's poems, did he continue to write AFTER he became a vampire? Spike suspects that it may be the First Evil tormenting him which seems logical. Spike also says he's been a ghost for months which gives us some timeframe. Love to have seen Lee or some of the other casualties from WR&H over the years as Reaper's puppets. In many ways I think they try to cast Fred as the team glamourpuss but she doesn't really cut the mustard in that regard, Amy Acker a beautiful woman but just doesn't compare to CC, Buffy, Faith etc. Very Christian idea of hell. Eve is actually quite heroic here. Very little Lorne, he's really sidelined this season even if he's now a regular. The fate of Pavayne is very reminiscent of the fate of the 'Family of Blood' in the Dr Who ep of the same name (possibly the best ep ever?), both it and Torchwood drawing a LOT from Buffy and Angel (Angel sunk to the bottom of the ocean by his son, Capt Jack buried alive by his brother). So what happens to Pavayne AFTER the fall of WR&H at the end of the season? When Pavayne says that 'There's hope for you yet boy' when Spike has the choice of being human or rescuing Fred does he mean good Spike or evil Spike? Presumably Fred told Spike about Angel's Manilow obsession?

    Marks out of 10; 9/10 very strong ep, great villain, truly creepy and excellent performance from JM

  • all about spike again

    i hate spike but this episode was not that horrible even if i hate spike i kinda liked the episode. i like the blood and bad guys and liked the episode but it would have been better if spike died or something

    the best part of the episode is when that blond woman spits blod on fred that was hilarious and i like the bad guy i believe his name is payvayne like that. the episode was one of the season best but it was not as good as the first seasonsmoreless
  • Another episode about Spike? Shocking.

    Hell Bound is a great episode and one that I appreciate more and more every time I watch it. It's disturbing, dark and quite violent, the plot is good and the villain excellent. A very solid episode.

    The main point of this episode is addressing Spike's apparent pull towards hell. Throughout the last two episodes we see Spike disappearing more and more frequently and here it hits a new low. The phantoms that appear this episode are quite disturbing- the woman screaming "Hold me" in particular gave me the creeps. The hints towards the "Dark Soul" and the "Reaper" were also quite creepy and the scene where the mystic is killed is just... scary.

    The whole episode is frightening at times and I must say I really like Parvayne. He was a strong villain and his backstory was good but not overly long so it felt like it dragged. His whole speeches to Spike were quite weird and his end is good. Being locked in a room, unable to move, touch or feel anything for all eternity is worse than death and his eyes at the end said it all. I'm glad the Spike going to hell backstory is gone however- I found it quite tiresome and unneccesary. I understand they needed repurcussions of him coming back from the dead but it wasn't very interesting. I liked Fred here and her relationship with Spike is an interesting one. Fred is the only member of Team Angel Spike seems to interact with other than Angel himself, and this is why I feel he was better suited to Buffy. There he felt he had a place, whereas here he doesn't really. Lorne here was just disgracefully underused. It's such a shame that he was treated like this all season- given one or two lines an episode. It annoys me a lot, seeing as I love Lorne and this was really disappointing. He's such a great character and is shoved to the side too often this season.

    Hell Bound is a great episode that has some chills and creepy things. It's the best so far this season and resolves a minor plot point. Great episode but not amazing.moreless
  • Hell Bound

    Hell Bound was a good episode of Angel. I enjoyed watching this episode and watching the story unfold. This episode was definitely a side step to the main plot, however there were some developments regarding Spike. I thought the story of this episode was good, there was character development and even a little action. I enjoyed the woman mystic who tried to help the gang figure out what was going on. I think it is very interesting that Fred is the only one out of the gang who think Spike is really worth saving as she see's a diffrent side to him. I really look forward to the next episode of Angel!!!!!moreless
  • Jeepers Reapers!

    Hell Bound-After a series of horrific visions, Spike realizes that he is being pulled away from the material world and into hell. Fred tries frantically to find a way to save him, but soon realizes that there is an outside force that is causing Spike's dimensional shifts. An entity residing in Wolfram & Hart itself.

    One of the creepiest and most disturbing episodes this series ever produced. But hey, this is Angel, if you can handle libs, heads...or pretty much any body part getting hacked to pieces, burnt up, sliced, shredded I think we all can handle an episode like this by now. Spike is back in the center as his continuing fading away gets extreme when a ghost named the Reaper wants to send him to hell. This episode has some really gruesome moments like the teaser with the disfigured man cuting his own fingers off and flashes of Spike with barbwire all over his body, piercing his skin so hard he shakes violently in pain. There's even nudity with a very baring back shot of Fred taking a shower and of course, more Spike nudity (if we didn't see enough of his birthday suit on Buffy!)But there was also some funny scenes like Spike and Angel talking about where they've been and where they are now, not to mention insults each other along the way:

    Angel: "What do they call your hair color again? Radioactive!"


    Angel: "There was one thing I did like about you but never told anyone...I liked your poems."

    Spike: " like Barry Manilow."

    Simon Templeman, who played the Angel of Death on numerous ocassions on "Charmed", makes for a creepy villian as Pavayne, the Reaper. His monotone yet playful acting helped to make the Reaper distinct from other Angel villians. The climax is great with Spike getting some action and beating the crap out of The Reaper. Also, loved Fred throughout and how she came through to save the day end even if the machine didn't help Spike in the end. It's also shows some development that Spike and Fred are also becoming fast friends. All and All, "Hell Bound" has enough scares and luaghs that make for a great episode. Well this episode is underrated by most fans, it's one that stands out for me with it's very dark and sinister atmosphere.moreless
Peter Kanetis

Peter Kanetis

Lawyer #1

Guest Star

Allison Barcott

Allison Barcott

Armless Woman

Guest Star

Elliott Grey

Elliott Grey

Hanging Man

Guest Star

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • If you slow down the "visions" Pavayne is making Spike have, you can see images of Spike's head with barbed wire around it, a finger getting impaled with a needle beneath the nail, and other disturbing images that probably are meant to be a preview of what Spike could expect in Hell.

    • The sign in the lab shower room reads: WARNING These premises monitered by closed circuit TV.

    • When Spike walks off of the elevator (after he says "haunted lift") you can see that the doors are still open, but when the camera angle changes to a closer view of Spike, the doors have already closed.

    • The slash on Spike's face appears in the shot just before he gets slashed.

    • Since when was Angelus "never one for small talk" and working on a silent "mystique" as Spike states? In every flashback, and every time we've seen Angelus show up since, he talks quite a bit.

    • At the start of the episode when Spike is sitting on the couch with Angel, we can clearly see that he is moving it with his body weight. And this is before Spike learned how to interact with objects.

    • When the woman with the glass in her eye, appears in front of Spike in the basement, she takes out the glass in her eye. But when the camera is in front you see her reaching for it, then it goes behind her and she grabs something, which should be the glass, but it has somehow vanished, as she grabs thin air. Next scene 2 things happen, you see her grabbing which she already did before, and all of a sudden the piece of glass is back, and he grabs it taking it out.

    • Fred's lab is once again on the floor up the main stairs, when in "Just Rewards" it was on the main floor (the one with Angel's office on it).

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Spike: Never a fetching mad scientist about when you need one.

    • Spike: Oh no. Haunted lift. Take a slice more to wet my knickers.

    • Fred: How fast can I get 'em?
      Wesley: Half of these are antiquities of the rarest order. If I exploit every connection I've made over the last month as the new head of research and intelligence... 20 minutes.

    • Eve: If there's anything Wolfram & Hart excels at, it's keeping their unmentionables unmentioned.

    • Pavayne: No! Defilers! I'll cut you into nothing! I'll feast on your brains! I'll swim in lakes of your own blood!
      (Angel punches Pavayne and he lands slumped against a wall)
      Angel: You'll shut the hell up...

    • Glass Ghost Woman: Clothes you think you wear.
      (Spike's clothes disappear, and the ghosts surround him)
      Pavayne: William the Bloody. Scourge and destroyer. But scratch the surface...
      Armless Ghost Woman: Little nancy still crying for his mother.
      Pavayne: Know all your hiddens. Dirty red things you've done. Then fell in love, won himself a soul. No more dirty things. Thinks himself special.
      Glass Ghost Woman: Thinks it matters.
      Hanging Ghost Man: (Whispers) Hell still waits.
      Pavayne: Knows he deserves it like all the others.

    • Pavayne: Hell always hungers for the wicked, boy. And it's feeding time.

    • Fred: Should we hold hands?
      Psychic: Only if you're lonely.

    • Fred: I've never seen anything like you.
      Spike: Bet you say that to all the spirits.

    • Spike: I'd give you a hand with that but... (Spike moves his hand through a jar)

    • Spike: Is this the part where I say, "Who's there?" and something creepy happens?

    • Pavayne: (while choking Fred) There's hope for you yet boy.
      Spike: Maybe not. (pushes Pavayne into the machine)

    • Spike: You and me, together again. Hope and Crosby. Stills and Nash. Chico and the –
      Angel: Yeah, are we done?
      Spike: Never much for small talk, were you? Always too busy trying to perfect that brooding block-of-wood mystique. God, I love that.
      Angel: Not as much as I loved your non-stop yammering.
      Spike: The way you always had to be the big swingy, swaggerin' around, barkin' orders.
      Angel: Never listening.
      Spike: Always interrupting.
      Angel: And your hair, what colour do they call that, radioactive?
      Spike: Never much cared for you, Liam, even when we were evil.
      Angel: Cared for you less.
      Spike: Fine.
      Angel: Good.
      (A long pause.)
      Angel: There was one thing about you.
      Spike: Really?
      Angel: Yeah, I never told anybody about this, but I – I liked your poems.
      Spike: You like Barry Manilow.

    • Angel: I just want you to be careful, Fred, because I know how charming Spike can be.
      Eve : He is quite the dish, with those eyes...
      Fred : And the hair and the cheeks and--what do you think I am, stupid? I know he's been playing me with the looks and the smiles. I'm not some idiot school girl with a crush.

    • Fred: He just saved the world, vampire with a soul, fighting for the good of humanity. Ring anything? He's just like you, a champion.
      Angel: God, I really hate that word.

    • Angel: Last conduit took the form of that creepy little girl. No telling what the new one's decided to look like.
      Gunn: Actually it's not that bad...if you like cats.
      Angel: I'm kind of a dog person.

    • Spike: You're right. I do deserve to go to Hell. But not today.
      Pavayne: You dare!
      Spike: Quite a bit, mate. Reality bends to desire. That was it, right? That's why I could touch Fred, write your name in the glass. All I had to do was want it bad enough. And guess what I want to do now, you prissy son of a bitch!

    • Spike: I'm not gonna end up like Pavayne, cheating Hell any way he could, no matter who it hurt.
      Fred: Just proves what I've been telling everybody.
      Spike: That I'm a handsome devil who brightens the place up?
      Fred: That you're worth saving.

    • Fred: I've been working on a theory. Well, more of a hunch, actually, but I think I'm getting close.
      Spike: To making me a real boy again?

    • Fred: It won't be like Angel's thing with the prophecy, but...
      Spike: What prophecy?
      Fred: The shan-shoe-ha something or 'nother. Says that if Angel helps enough people, he gets to be human again.
      Spike: Oh. Really. Good for him.

    • Spike: Vampire ghost here, you sod. I bloody well invented "afraid of the dark."

    • Spike: Don't kill him, if he becomes a spirit again we'll never stop him.
      Angel: Fine, no killing. Just a whole lot of bruising.

    • Gunn: Got it. The dark soul.
      Angel: What's it say?
      Gunn: Not a lot. There are over thirty two hundred references, four of them are about you.
      Angel: What!? Give me that.
      Wesley: This is getting us nowhere.
      Angel: Well that's not fair, I didn't even have a soul when I did that.

    • Lorne: (on the phone) Stop crying, stop crying. It's okay if you've put on a couple of pounds since casting. They can't just... no no just put the pills down. I'll straighten this out, if I can't I'll take a handful myself.

    • Angel: I know Spike better than anyone, and he only cares about himself.
      Fred: And Buffy.
      Eve: Oh this is getting interesting.
      Angel: You're right...he does care about Buffy. So where do you think he's going to run off to as soon as his fresh new feet hit the ground?

    • Spike: How long have you known I was there?
      Fred: Just... since the lobby.

    • Fred: He's slipping into hell.
      Gunn: Kinda figured.
      Wesley: Of course.
      Gunn: Where else would he be headed?

    • Psychic: Clear your minds (surveying the gang) Which, judging by the looks of you, won't be that hard.

    • Wesley: Angel does have a point. Spike has been unintentionally disapparating more and more frequently.
      Gunn: Give him 20 minutes. He'll be popping up next to you in the bathroom, making cracks about your... Am I the only one he does that to?

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode of Angel has an official "...graphic and disturbing violent images and partial nudity. Viewer Discretion Advised" warning in the trailer.


    • Spike: You and me, together again. Hope and Crosby. Stills and Nash. Chico and the –
      Spike is here referring to a number of famous "teams". Actors Bob Hope and Bing Crosby starred together in many films. In a bit of wordplay, he then jumps from "Crosby" to singers Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, who were part of a trio called "Crosby, Stills, and Nash". As he is cut off, he is starting to say Chico and the Man which was a comedy series about two very different people who form an unlikely friendship.

    • Spike: Or playing "Casper" with one foot in the fryer.

      Casper the Friendly Ghost is the main character of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name.

    • Spike: To making me a real boy again?
      This is a reference to the book Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi, about a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy.