Angel

Season 4 Episode 22

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 07, 2003 on The WB
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Angel Investigations are made an offer they can't refuse, when a newly opened Wolfram and Hart give them the opportunity to work there, allowing them access to every secret file and rewarding Angel with a file on the Sunnydale apocalypse. Meanwhile, Connor realizes he has no future with a loving family and goes on an insane rampage, taking hostage families from a nearby mall. When Angel discovers what's going on, he is offered a chance to give Connor what he desires, even if it means giving him up.moreless

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  • Angel sells out to 'The Man'

    10
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    The Good;

    Love the way that when Lilah moves at first she seems awkward, as though she's getting used to using her body again.There is just something endlessly, savagely beautiful about a black panther. Love Fred and Lorne dancing. Great fight between Connor and Angel and lovely ending.



    The Bad;

    Fred's submachinegun is obviously fake, she totes it around like it weighs nothing because of course it's actually just a hollow shell. You can see that the cops beseiging Connor in the sports store aren't LAPD, in fact you can see the word 'Boston' written on the side of their vehicles. Wes and Lilah never get the chance to say goodbye?



    Best line;

    Lilah; (of Wes trying and failing to burn her contract) "But it means something that you tried" (how BEAUTIFULLY does Stephanie deliver this line?)



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Connor pummeling the cop into unconsciousness is nasty although given what Connor's going to do next maybe he should think himself lucky he just got a few bumps. The terrified hostages at the sports shop are hard to watch as is Angel putting the knife in Connor and even more viciously yanking it out again.

    Lilah is in hell and despite all of Wes' efforts she's going to remain there. So sad, she had her chance at redemption and she blew it.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches



    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    Despite being nochalant about all that WR&H have offered him Angel is hugely excited about his big TV



    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 13



    Cheap Angel; 6



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 7

    Gunn; 5

    Lorne; 5

    Fred; 3



    Fang gang knocked out: no but Connor beats the suicidal cop unconscious

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 17

    Wes: 7

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 6

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 2



    Kills; unless someone can correct me the only ep of Angel ever when not only does no one die but no one even kills anyone/anything?

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 44 vamps, 59 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    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:

    2255



    Recurring characters killed;

    9;



    Total number of Angel Investigations;5

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 2



    Packing heat; Fred with her submachinegun. WR&H seem to have invested in a lot heavier weapons for their new security force, maybe to stop something like The Beast ever happening again?

    Wes; 8

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 2

    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:

    How gorgeous is Gunn's guide, Lacey? Knox tells Fred that WR&H have a dungeon. For prisoners or for S&M shenanigans? Lilah wants Angel to strip in front of her.



    Captain Subtext;

    It's a small moment but when Lilah refers to 'My Wesley' it just speaks volumes. Nice to know that when the chips are down the way to prove yourself to the girl you love is to cut her head off!



    Know the face, different character; 5 Jonathon Woodward who plays Knox here was Holden Webster in the Buffy ep 'Conversations with Dead People'.



    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. POSSIBLY The First Evil



    Missing scenes; If this ep was 9/10 minutes over why can't we get Special Edition Angel DVDs with such footage restored?



    Questions and observations;

    The last we'll see of Lilah and that is SUCH a shame, Stephanie Romanov has been one of the best things in the series for the last four years. I'd love to see her in the comics (the female boss of the Dollhouse owes much to her, right down to her look). Who's the girl in the picture on the wall behind Wes in his office? WR&H's office now resembles a shopping mall. So is Sirk a genuine defector or a plant from the Watcher's council? Twilight? The Lineage ninjas? Wes has heard of the destruction of the Watcher's Council but probably been too busy to worry about it. Angel knows that Buffy will prevail against evil no matter what the odds. Presumably Gunn taught Connor how to make bombs during the last summer? Angel quite obviously gets the idea for Connor's retrofit from Dawn's origin on Buffy. Wouldn't you love to see Connor get together with Dawn? They have so much in common and it would be cool to see what their kids turn out like? Unless anyone can correct me we'll never see the Hyperion again either. Seigfreid and Roy are referenced, do they own the panther?



    WR&H give the amulet to Angel. Now, are they doing this purely to thwart The First's plans or are they now aware that there is a SECOND vampire with a soul and that he might be the one that the prophecies speak off? Is this intended to gain control of Spike but Lindey get's there first? Speaking of whom in Dead End Lindsey warns Angel not to play WR&H's game. For good or ill here he ignores that advice and does exactly that.



    Marks out of 10; 10/10, not so much a season ending but a pilot for the new series, a complete reboot. That said if Angel had ended here I'd be disappointed but it would still be a good ending.

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  • If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

    9.8
    Lilah offers the gang full control of the new Wolfram and Hart. It is no wonder that our gang is wary of her (and the Senior Partners) intentions. She informs the gang that a limo will be there at dawn if they want the grand tour. The guys are skeptical but their curiousity is piqued for sure. So...they all show up for the tour. Meanwhile, Connor is wandering the streets just utterly lost and empty. Losing Cordy and Jasmine was just too much for him to take and he doesnt believe in anything anymore. He ends up beating up a man because the man was contemplating suicide from being so bummed after his Jasmania had worn off. Our crew gets shown around the new W&H and each of them is impressed, particularly Lorne and Gunn. Wes sneaks into the file room and tries to burn Lilahs perpituity clause so she can be free...but Lilah informs him that she signed on for the long haul. Angel is adamant about NOT taking the deal until Lilah presses the right button. First she gives him a portfolio about Sunnydale that has an amulet included. Angel tells her Buffy can take care of herself. Then she turns on the TV in Angels could-be office and there is a hostage situation. Connor has taken people hostage. Angel tells Lilah he will take over W&H but on HIS terms. He manages to get into the (sporting good?) store where Connor has his hostages wired to blow up. He also has himself and Cordy wired. He and Angel fight and Angel is able to overtake him. He apologizes to Connor and Connor says "What are you going to do about it?" and you see Angel slash across his throat with a knife. Cut to W&H and Angel and the gang re-convene in the lobby and he informs the group that he has accepted the offer, executive decision. Angel tells Lilah he wants to see Connor. As he leaves to do so Fred asks aloud "Who's Connor?"

    Cut to Angel eavesdropping on a very happy family dinner. Connor and his new family are joking and enjoying each other and now we know what deal Angel struck with W&H. Connor has no memory of him and no one (except Angel) knows of Connor. See you in Season 5.moreless
  • Home Is Where The Hell Is

    9.0
    Home-Angel Investigations are made an offer they can't refuse, when a newly opened Wolfram and Hart give them the opportunity to work there, allowing them access to every secret file and rewarding Angel with a file on the Sunnydale apocalypse. Meanwhile, Connor realizes he has no future with a loving family and goes on an insane rampage, taking hostage families from a nearby mall. When Angel discovers what's going on, he is offered a chance to give Connor what he desires, even if it means giving him up.



    Not the most explosive and epic finale, but a very fun, even emotional one. Lilah's back and congradulates the gang on ending world peace, wait a go guys! But not only that, she has the craziest offer...she wants the give Team Angel Wolfram and Hart! After a long dramatic pause after the credits, the group comes to the conclusion the dead chick had lost it! Meanwhile, L.A. is still in chaos after the Jasmine ordeal, Connor wonder around then saves a cop from suicide only to bet the crap out of him, it's brutal scene that shows that the screws on Connor's head have begun to loosen! Meanwhile, everyone at Angel Inc. is like, yeah, we got better things to do then become the new owners of an evil law firm, so let Angel go hunt down his son while we chill. Next morning, everyone outside ready for the big tour, Lorne parties in the limo a bit, you guys kill me! The new Wolfram and Hart is stunning and the scene where the gang enters as hundreds of lawyers greet Mr. Angel (very creepy by the way!) is executed so well. The touring scenes are great, with Gunn flirting with his tour guide, Fred being in awe of being the head of the science department with her new buddy, Wesley going all Die Hard all over the place. He even tries to save Lilah by freeing her from her contract, it burns, but can't be broken! Darn, Wesley did you really love her after all? Stephanie Romanov gives her final and finest performance as her scenes with Angel are priceless. All her jabs and lines at Angel to make him feel comfortable are hilarious. Everything seems perfect for the group to make the big deal, but wait, Connor! What did he do now? Only took a bunch of innocent people in mall and put explosives on each one of them...himself...and Cordelia! Jeeze, even in a coma that girl gets no peace! I mean Miss Universe just bodysnatched her body for a whole season for petes sake! Anyway, the scene is very intense, with David and Vincent giving great performances. You kinda feel bad for Connor, his still a whinny little turd, but his had a rouge life, he grew up in hell literally, slept with his mother and tried to kill his father...wait, no I don't!...just kidding! The last father/son fight between both is a great one and it's sad as Angel has to give up his only child he'll ever have. He even watches Connor living a normal life with a new perfect family, but wait, how come the gang doesn't remeber Connor now? Well, let's wait for next season. Speaking of that, next season looks to be very promising at this point with Team Angel now players in the Wolfram and Hart dynasty, the stories and possiblities are endless. It will be rocky and unfornately, the last year for our heroes! I hope that python makes an appearence again! All and All, a solid season ender with a nice dilemma and promises a whole lot for Angel's fifth and final season.moreless
  • The offer of a liftime. Just not, you know... Lilah's.

    8.9
    Home is a great episode that feels actually more like a season opener than a season finale. Angel never really does good season finales (except NFA of course), especially not in the epic way Buffy usually does. Home is my least favourite season finale but it was still very good.



    Lilah was a joy in this episode. She was absolutely hilarious and had some great lines e.g. "It's a Lie-Lah". She's such an amazing character and it's really saddening this is her last episode, especially seeing as she could have easily appeared in S5 but we instead got her replacement in the form of the ever annoying Eve who is just a bad version of Lilah. Lilah's always been a favourite character of mine. She has some amazing lines and is generally just awesome. At least in her last eppy she was excellent. I really enjoyed her moments with Wesley and for all his talking that he didn't love her, I think he did a little bit. He calls her a "loved one" and the burning of her contract was such a great moment. He is visibly shaken by her return and had some very sad moments- I much prefer Wesley/Lilah to Wesley/Fred. The end of a truly brilliant character.



    The rest of this episode was good too- I liked the Connor scenes (didn't love them though). I'm not a fan of Connor mainly because he's just so ungrateful and hateful but he was very good here. His speech was heart breaking and his suicide attempt was sad also. Angel's final act of love for him- "killing" him but in reality giving him a new life without him, was a great move and the last scene was incredible and very emotional. Angel watches his son finally be happy- without him. I'm glad Connor's gone though. I'm not so much a big fan of the move to Wolfram and Heart, as I found S5 a bit disappointing but I think it was the right direction as they couldn't stay in the hotel forever. It created some oppurtunities for great storylines though.



    Home is a great season finale to an outstanding season- it was emotional, funny and said goodbye to an amazing character- Lilah. SEASON REVIEW



    Season 4 is a love or hate it season- if you love it, you'll love it for the season long arc, the action, the twists, the shocks and the epic scale. If you hate it, you'll hate it for the fact it kinda didn't make a lot of sense. Most of it flows but Jasmine in particular is an uneven character and it also violated one of the most loved characters of the show.



    Cordelia's character almost gets completely destroyed here- I really enjoyed Evil Cordy, and could have accepted it if she had come back as a regular in S5 but she doesn't. She gets just one episode. Here, she is completely sacrificed in order for an arc- it's an amazing arc sure but I'm not quite sure it was worth the cost of my second favourite character.



    Jasmine was a brilliant villain but she was quite ridiculous at times. Her actions were a bit.. "Huh?" and it was more what she didn't do than what she did. Why not kill Angel etc at the start? It would be easier. Also, when played by Charisma Carpenter, she's really different from when being played by Gina Torres. Both were great but really different in terms of mannerisms etc.



    However, the rest of the season is outstanding. It's epic and shocking and beyond that I don't have a lot to say. It is definitely unmissable- don't make the mistake of not seeing it.



    Score: 9/10

    Rank: #2 of #5moreless
  • An awesome end to a terrible season.

    10
    So far I have loved every season of Angel. I hated Holtz but still liked Season 3 because of the conflicted Wesley plot and the idea of a teenage son for Angel.



    This season made me lose all respect for Connor and Cordelia. I hated every scene Cordelia was in and just found her to be annoying and unnecessary to the plot. Later we found out Jasmine had taken over her body, which made me hate the story even more because Jasmine was a pathetic Big Bad. Connor just was the most easily manipulated character in history, doing everything he's told by the wrong people, being a jerk to his father whose done everything for him.



    This episode was a nice change of pace from the otherwise dull Season 4. I liked the whole Wolfram and Heart deal, I think it will be a nice set up for Season 5. It was even a great possible Series Finale, but luckily one more season exists of Angel.



    The ending was also very nice, Angel continues his pattern of not getting what he wants (a son), and instead of having a crazy teenage son he gives him up to start over with a new life. Can't wait to watch Season 5 (WITH SPIKE!).moreless
Emma Hunton

Emma Hunton

Connor's Kid Sister

Guest Star

Jim Abele

Jim Abele

Connor's Father

Guest Star

Jason Winer

Jason Winer

Preston

Guest Star

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Jonathan M. Woodward

Jonathan M. Woodward

Knox

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Knox reads off the address of Fred's friend "6200 Crestwood Boulevard Lubbock Texas", while the city is real there is no such street as Crestwood Boulevard in Lubbock Texas.

    • If everyone is devastated and rioting from losing Jasmine's love, why are they at the mall for Connor to kidnap?

    • Lilah appears to be lying. Jasmine's victims didn't know what they were getting into by all indications, and Jasmine herself went to some efforts to hide her feeding efforts. There was never any indication her victims freely chose to let her eat them. Nobody seems to notice Lilah lying on this point, however.

  • QUOTES (23)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Joss Whedon states in the Season 5 DVD featurette "To Live and Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel", that this episode is one of the best episodes of Season 4 and of the series as a whole.

    • This is the final episode that Tim Minear wrote and directed before leaving the show to work on Wonderfalls, an ill-fated 2003-2004 Fox midseason drama that was cancelled after only four episodes.

    • Lilah makes her final appearance as she says at the beginning, once she finished her job with Angel Investigations, she will return to Hell.

    • Charisma Carpenter makes her final appearance as a regular, although she still has no lines.

    • Vincent Kartheiser makes his final appearance as a regular.

    • This episode was written so that it would double as both a pilot episode for the next season or as a series finale if the show didn't get renewed.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Gunn: Already rubbed elbows with Little Miss Muffet once.
      "Little Miss Muffet" is a short nursery rhyme about a little girl named Miss Muffet.

    • Lilah: Come on, Charlie. Let me show you around the Chocolate Factory.
      This is a reference to the classic movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in which a poor boy (Charlie), wins a tour through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and eventually inherits the Factory. The movie was based on Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

    • Lorne: ...soon as it shows, It may come cannon-ballin' down from the sky.
      This lyric is from the song "Something's Coming" (possibly prophetic) from the musical West Side Story.

    • Angel: This is what you came back from the dead for? To play Let's Make An Evil Deal?
      Let's Make a Deal is a long-running game show hosted by Monty Hall where contestants earn prizes by doing crazy stunts and wearing weird costumes, and get the chance to try for even bigger prizes by going for "what's behind the curtain" and "what's behind door number 1."

    • Wesley : It's a lie!
      Lilah: Lah. It's a Lilah
      This is a takeoff on the Yao / Yoo and Yao/Yogi Nike commercial airing around the time of this episode.

    • Fred: You're like MacGyver.
      Richard Dean Anderson played the role of MacGyver, adventurer and master of improvising stuff out of common items.

    • Knox: No, I'm strictly R & D, although occasionally some D & D. Dungeons and...
      Knox is referring to the "role-playing game" Dungeons & Dragons, part of what is currently referred to as the d20 game system. Created in the late 70s, at its most basic it involves one player taking on the role of a fantasy adventurer and exploring dungeons created and/or described by another player called the "Dungeon Master".

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