Season 4 Episode 17

Inside Out

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 02, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Angel goes looking for answers, trying to find out why Cordelia has turned against them. His first stop is the demon Skip, who has been so involved with the changes in Cordy's life. Meanwhile, Connor finds his loyalties tested by a most unexpected visitation.

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  • The series turned on it's head


    The Good;

    If nothing else the evil CC versus Darla is so powerful it would get this ep an 8 by itself. But AI versus Skip is also great.

    The Bad;

    The spell seems to require extremely little blood, if they'd just cut her arm they could probably have had enough.

    Best line;

    Skip; "Well that ain't right!" (as Wes puts a bullet through his brain)

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The sacrifices' pleading is just HORRIBLE, she reminds you of Dawn held hostage by Glory ("I just want to go home") but there's no Buffy coming to save her (although in fairness the PTBs do try their best). Can't watch them killing her, this poor girl.

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; Connor doesn't save the sacrifice. For once Wes' guns actually work.

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cheap Angel; 6

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Angel, Wes, Fred and Lorne all knocked out

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 17

    Wes: 6

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 6

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 1

    Kills; 1 vamp for Connor, one demon for Wes

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 13 demons+4 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 vamp+ 1 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 14 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang: possessed Angel and Connor

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 11

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Connor; 1

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations: Connor and CC out

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,

    Angel Investigations shot: Wes catches a ricochet from his own pistol

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 2

    Packing heat; Wes uses his 45's again, he must be a hell of shot to stick one right in Skip's brain.

    Wes; 8

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 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; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 1 possible, Justine

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Fred refers to 'whipping' and 'spanked'. Naked Gina Torres plus naked CC doing her Lizzie Borden impression (well Manny wanted to die having a lapdance).

    Captain Subtext;

    Note Fred's little 'Nice suit' comment when Gunn comes back to the hotel, it IS a nice suit but there's obviously some jealousy there

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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

    Questions and observations;

    Poor Connor, boy he's put through the wringer in this one. Connor doesn't want to believe it's Angel, Skip refers to Buffy. So, is the vision that appears to Connor the real Darla brought from the afterlife by the PTBs or is it the First Evil who doesn't want Jasmine mucking up it's plans? Either suggestion is perfectly valid. So how much has AI been manipulated all these years? Shades of classic Dr Who. Angel's attempt to kill CC is reminiscent of Buffy killing him in Becoming pt2

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

  • Has Cordelia been a bad girl? Defenitely.

    Though we've technicly already known for some time that Cordelia was evil this is the episode where they kind of run through it all, show us all of what evil Cordy was actually responsible for (though if you ask me a lot of it seemed totally pointless and I still don't understand some of it) as Angel and the gang finally realize that she is evil. But evil Cordy saw this eventual inevitability and had been grooming Connor for that exact reason, to come to her rescue when she was finally caught. Her champion. That is the primary focus of this episode, showing just how much this thing has wrapped Connor around it's finger. How it exploits everything he is, feels, wants simply to give birth to itself in a sense. This is another episode where Connor is his own worst enemy, just as he trusted in everything Holtz taught him and said to him for most of his life he does the same with Cordelia even when he knows in his heart that what he is doing is wrong. Even when the powers that be are telling him that what he is doing is wrong. You feel sort of bad for the kid, he has just had a horrible life. It's not his fault he has such a skewed concept of right and wrong, it's how he was raised. It's all he's ever really known and this thing takes serious advantage of that.

    They seriously make Cordelia insane and totally spooky in this episode, kudos to Charisma for committing to it as well. When Angel shows up to kill Cordelia to stop this evil whatever from coming into the world, Connor once again steps up as her champion and defends her until it is to late. Although I still don't understand how Jasmine manifested a body out of nothing, that part never made sense to me.moreless
  • Inside Out

    Inside Out was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Angel. The gang has Cordelia caught in a trap, however Connor breaks in and rescues her. I enjoyed learning more about the Beast's Master and seeing Skip who apparently also works for her. The gang eventually have to fight him and Wesley finally gets a lucky shot. This was an awesome action scene taking place while Cordelia gives Birth. I thought it was perfect to have Darla appear to Connor, though I thought he would have believed her or sensed that Cordelia is not quite herself by now. I thought the ending was interesting and I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • It had Darla. 'Nuff said.

    Inside Out is an outstanding and the last of the greats for this season, as if I'm honest, I find the next 5 episodes extremely disappointing. Also, it has Darla! Yay! *loves Darla*

    This episode is really a breakdown of the season so far- it explains how Evil Cordy managed so many things and does so very well. The gang figuring out how she had manipulated them all was great to watch. I particularly enjoyed the flashbacks to earlier points in the season- first time I watched I was like "HOW did I not figure this out?" It really was done magnificently. I liked the inclusion of Skip- as some who's been present pretty much at all important stages of Cordy's life, it was good to see him back and explain some things Angel couldn't. I liked the whole "How many lives have to connect" speech. It was omnious sure and didn't make heaps of sense but it made it feel like we're all being guided to some purpose... or they are. We just watch the show. Gunn's speech was good as well and he seems to be over his "I'm just muscle" phase nicely (go Gwen!).

    However, the main reason why I love this episode is because Darla's is in it. If I'm honest, Julie Benz could do a documentary of species of moths and I'd watch. Darla is my favourite character of all time in any piece of fiction (except maybe Hermione from Harry Potter but who cares?) and I was delighted she was back. She's been missing for over a season (when she so clearly should be a regular :P) and this is her last real appearance; I don't count the 2 minutes of "The Girl In Question" she was in. Julie Benz is of course fantastic as ever (where's her Emmy?) and brought the episode to life. I really liked the Darla/Connor scenes and even Connor was moderately OK here and I got a sense of the confusion within him. Vincent Katheiser was great here. Also some nice imagery here- I love the shot of Darla dressed in white standing in the light, Cordy dressed in black standing in the darkness and Connor in the middle. It was a real backwards flip seeing as Darla is a mass mudering psychotic vampire and Cordy is a champion of light. The music was excellent and extremely haunting. Of course I couldn't mention this episode without mentioning the birth of Jazzybear. It was all very birthy and glittery when she was born and I liked her one line and Angel's reaction- I was like "what the -?" Of course she sucks in the remaining four episodes (mainly cuz while Gina Torres is a great actress, she ain't so good at playing villain IMO). On a side note, why is Jazzers interracial? Cordy and Connor were both white. Not that I mind but it's weird. *sigh* Guess those predestined births always turn out weird...moreless
  • Cordelia finally gives birth - but to what?


    There are two reasons why this is a good episode: firstly the appearance of Darla - the divine Julie Benz - who is trying to make Connor realise the error of his ways and who you think has actually made him think twice, before the demonic Cordelia has her way with the cleaver. And the cleaver scene is kind of unexpected. The poor innocent, having gone through everything she's gone through, you think will be saved, only to have a meeting with a slicing, dicing Cordy.

    There are some serious continuity errors with the blood all over Connor and his ability to believe everything Cordy says. He's probably the least trusting person in this world or any other, so why he can't see through Cordelia's stories is beyond this humble viewer. Yes, I know he wants to have something to believe in - after all he's not had the best, or longest, childhood in the world.

    And then Cordy gives birth just as Angel might be about to hack her head off. Yet despite the fairly usual kind of pregnancy, involving a definite presence in Cordelia's womb and a growing stomach area, suddenly the birth itself is just a burst of light, resulting in a fully grown human being who is not only about thirty, but is also of Afro-Cuban descent, has perfectly curled hair, a body to die for and enough teeth to start her own dentistry practice. What happened to the birth? Since there was something growing in Cordelia, how come the 'it' could be so huge? What was with the light show Caesarean? It was a bit of an anticlimax to be honest.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Connor brings the innocent girl a bottle of water, even showing it to her. But once he puts it down it completely disappears for the rest of the scene.

    • While sitting at his desk, Wesley looks at the drawing Angel drew of Cordelia at the beginning of the season, and she's facing to the left in it. After he hands it to Angel, he looks at it and she's facing to the right. The image has been mirrored when Angel looks at it.

    • When Darla is talking to Connor, you can see a tear running down Connor's face which disappears and then comes back again.

    • The young innocent has a noticeable bruise on her face where Connor punched her. In the final shots of her with blood pooled on the floor, her face is completely clear of the bruise.

    • When Cordelia kills the girl and blood spatters on her and Connor, he doesn't have any on his neck and only a little bit on his face. but when you see Connor put his hand in the pool of blood he has quite a lot on his face and a fair amount on his neck.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Skip: Okay, you got me, it doesn't have a name.
      Gunn: Well then what do you call it?
      Skip: You know, Master or... (nods) Hey.

    • Lorne: That explains why my mojo's been gunked up. Queen Beeyatch put the whammy on me.

    • Angel: No, you're not coming, any of you. Whatever has taken over Cordy, it's still her inside. She's still our friend. She's still the woman I... I won't let you carry that. I can't.
      Skip: Anybody got a hanky?
      Fred: He's really going to do it. He's going to kill Cordelia.
      Wesley: He doesn't have a choice.
      Fred: Angel, wait!
      (Angel walks out)
      Skip: Yep, that'll go well.

    • Skip: Cordelia was chosen to be a higher being because she's such a pure, radiant, saint... puh-lease!

    • Darla: (To Connor) You're the one good thing I ever did.

    • Skip: He'll kill the girl he loves to save the world. It's times like these... really gotta suck being you.

    • Fred: We really are just pieces being moved around on a big board.
      Gunn: Then we'll kick it over and start a new game.

    • Cordelia: "Annointed"? Who's been filling your head with big confusing words?

    • Skip: It's going to be really hard for you to accept, but Cordelia has ascended to a higher plane.
      Angel: I know. She's back.
      Skip: Back?
      Angel: Or at least something that looks like her.
      Skip: Whoa, wait. Nobody comes back from paradise. (pause) Okay, a Slayer once, but...

    • Skip: Ah! Angel, Jeez! Don't they knock in your dimension?
      Angel: Sorry. Wasn't sure it was you.
      Skip: (wiping barbecue sauce off his face) Powerful demon Skip, at your service. Hey, I got some more buffalo wings and the game's on in five if you want...

    • Connor: It moved!
      Cordelia: Of course it did. That's what babies do when they're happy.

    • Angel: Tell me what happened to Cordelia.
      Skip: Or you'll what? Bleed on me some more?

    • Angel: Wes, Lilah and I weren't exactly friends.
      Wesley: You were mortal enemies. Why should you care what happened to her?
      Angel: Because you did.

    • Angel: Oh, my God. (falls on his knees) You are beautiful.
      Cordelia´s Offspring: Thank you.

    • Angel: How do we stop it?
      Skip: That's the easy part, slick. All you gotta do is find Cordelia and chop her head off.
      Angel: Has to be another way.
      Skip: Sure. Stab her in the heart, kidney, couple pokes in the lung...

    • Fred: We don't know what Cordy's baking in her oven.
      Gunn: Evil and pregnant? You can bet it's not cookies.

    • Angel: If I'm not back in a couple of hours...
      Gunn: You're dead, we're screwed. End of the world.
      Fred: Or you can stay here. Here is nice.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gunn: ...duking it out with the Legion of Doom.
      The Legion of Doom is a group of supervillains featured in the 1978-1979 cartoon Challenge of the SuperFriends.

    • Fred: You been practicin' that?
      The way Gunn's big speech about choices is undercut by Fred's wry remark is reminiscient of a similar scene between George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's 11, a recent Steven Soderbergh film and a remake of an old Rat-Pack heist film.