Season 3 Episode 15


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Wesley preoccupies himself with protecting Connor and foiling a prophecy that Angel will devour his son. Meanwhile, Gunn and Fred investigate a vampire nest, unaware that the woman who hired them is one of Holtz's lackeys.

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  • Death and divided loyalties


    The Good;

    Really is Wes' ep and he's put through the wringer here. Or so we think, it's nothing compared to what he's going to face...

    The Bad;

    Holtz's spy seems to learn a lot about AI very quickly. Why doesn't Holtz just continue to work with Sahjhan? How can Lilah be so confident in betraying WR&H, what about the mindreaders? Or do they not apply over a certain level of promotion?

    Best line:

    Gunn; (of ice hockey) "You do realise this is the whitest sport known to man?" (obviously never seen synchronised swimming)

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    We think Holtz will possibly kill Aubrey for failing him but again he shows great understanding. It's no wonder he commands respect amongst his people so easily (a mirror image of Wes in command?)

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tatt; 10 no because no Cordy at all for the first time in 3 seasons

    Cheap Angel; 9

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 3

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 3

    Kills: 2 vamps for Gunn and Fred nails her first

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 39 vamps, 55 and 1/2 demons, 7 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 10 vamps+ 9 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 8

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    7, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Groo

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 5

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Going to add Groo to CC's list and Fred and Gunn to each other

    Cordy: 4 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Lilah turns a guy down at the bar.

    Captain Subtext;

    Wes and Angel really like a gay couple now.

    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;

    Gunn empathises with Audrey after she talks of killing her son. So does Angel but his words have extra resonance for Wes. Holtz actually shows considerable understanding of AI and Angel also observes that he considers Holtz a good man and justified in his need for vengence.

    Lilah talking to her mum is heartbreaking. A staple of fanfic is that no matter what goes wrong for AI Lilah's mum dies and without the need to support her any more she decides to switch sides and help the good guys. How do they twig Aubrey? Has Lorne told them that Holtz is recruiting people like her? Or did Angel's vamp senses simply smell Holtz's scent off her? All the stuff between Lilah and Sahjhan is hilarious. Angel memorised CC's credit card number but in fairness he has given her a big roll of cash for her holiday.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10

  • Loyalty

    Loyalty was a really great episode of Angel. This episode had many revelations. There was action, drama, character development, supernatural entities, and an over all great story. A lot of minor stories occur in this episode but they are all connected to the bigger picture. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it has all of the classic elements that make this show fun to watch. Wesley is faced with difficult questions, while Gunn and Fred get even closer. The ending of this episode was kind of creepy and I can't wait to find out what will happen next. This is definitely an important episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Things get darker.

    Loyalty is a dark episode that changed the entire series and shapes the characters in ways no other episode has. After the this episode, and the following two, no one is quite the same and entire relationships are destroyed in the process.

    The story picks up where last episode left off with Wesley discovering the prophecy that Angel will kill Connor. He's obviously not coping with it well at all and is another huge blow on top of Fred choosing Gunn over him. He looks unkempt and exhausted and is trying to do anything to disprove the prophecy. The dream in the teaser where Angel kills Connor sets the tone for the rest of the entire season and let's us know we're in for a rocky ride. Alexis Denisof is truly excellent here, and it's incredible how he can go from a dork one episode to a confused, dark man who is potentially going to betray all his nearest and dearest.

    Holtz and Justine were good in this episode. They seem to have formed a close bond since we last saw them but as villains, we just don't fear them because they haven't done anything at all to our characters yet. I like Justine better than Holtz or Sahjhan mainly because Laurel Holloman is a great actress and adds a lot to her character but also because Justine is simply more interesting. Holtz is a good character but not a villain. It shocks me that Sahjhan was the best of all three this episode. He finally did SOMETHING interesting and I have to say his plan truly is excellent. Lilah makes a welcome return and is of course the best villain in the entire show. If only there was no Holtz, things would have been better.

    What I like about this episode is that even though Wes is going behind Angel's back, you don't know who's side to choose. If Wes is right then Connor's in grave danger but if not, then it's all just a waste. The title is fitting; do you betray your loyalties to save someone? There is no black and white; no good evil; no right and wrong. But either way, someone will get hurt by the outcome. Gunn and Fred are bordering on soppy area here and it's actually a bit much. There are some really cringe worthy lines here and they're sometimes a bit over the top. I still like them but they need to tone it down a bit. Loyalty is a fantastic episode that sets up next week's amazing "Sleep Tight" brilliantly and changed the entire series in a way no one could have expected.moreless
  • Fear Me, For I am....The Big Talking Hamburger!

    Loyalty-Wesley preoccupies himself with protecting Connor and foiling a prophecy that Angel will devour his son. Meanwhile, Gunn and Fred investigate a vampire nest, unaware that the woman who hired them is one of Holtz's lackeys.

    A intriguing episode which goes deeper into the developements learned at the end of last episode. The opening teaser was Wesley's nightmare sequence was great and Wesley througout was too. We begin to see his character begin to play with his darker side which will grow more as the season progresses. Holtz, Justine, and his new gang of vengeful group of annoyances return. I have to say the Abbrey fake-out was nicely played but I am getting as annoyed as Sahjhan with Holtz. At this point his has done nothing but talk about Angelus this and Angelus that with no sign of being a real threat. It was nice watching the Gunn and Fred relationship, especially how Fred came back to save Gunn. Also, Lilah getting a hold of Connor's blood make for creepy development as you don't know what Sahjhan might have planned for it as her works with her. But the best part of the episode had to be Wesley taking to an oracle through and I'm serious...A large talking hamburger! It looked so cartooney but was just too hilarious. Also, the ending was very shocking as the prophecy begins to come true when Angel's room is bleeding all over Connor as his room burns. But when he said "at least we would have had something to snack on", that was freaky and makes you wonder could Angel really want to eat his own son! All and All, a great episode with some dark developments and character development.moreless
  • The father will kill the son.

    In this episode Wesley does all he can to disprove the prophecy that Angel will kill Connor, devotes all his time to saving them both and is haunted by the mere thought of it. The dream sequence in the beginning of this episode is seriously frightening, Wesley dreams of Angel feeding off Connor right in front of him. It's clear that Wesley is in denial and does not want to admit that the prophecy could actually happen. After seeking out on oracle, searching for answers for a moment it seems as though Wesley has faith that the prophecy will not come to pass. But the signs say otherwise.

    This episode is actually kind of sad because all Wesley is trying to do is prove the prophecy won't happen, that's all he's doing and he's losing sleep and feeling so guilty about it. The truth is that is loyalty, to go to such lengths to save both Connor and Angel. And Angel! There are quite a few moments in this episode where Angel, unknowingly, makes Wesley feel even more guilty. Talking about what a good friend he is and how he can't wait to see Connor grow. Knowing what happens makes this episode even sadder.moreless
Enrique Castillo

Enrique Castillo


Guest Star

Annie Talbot

Annie Talbot

Mother #2

Guest Star

Marci Hill

Marci Hill


Guest Star

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Jack Conley

Jack Conley


Recurring Role

Laurel Holloman

Laurel Holloman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first Angel episode without Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia.

    • When Lilah gives her corporate spiel to Sahjahn, she is talking as though her office is bugged by Wolfram & Hart with microphones. Yet, when Sahjahn mentions his plan about needing Connor's blood, she responds as though their conversation is private and confidential.

    • What kind of a doctor just leaves a vial of blood out on a table?

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Loa: (to Wesley) Simple mortal, your pain is just beginning. Betrayal and agony lie in wait.

    • Gunn: I've been fighting vamps and demons since I was a kid. That sense of doing good - of getting up in the morning and making the world safer - better... I've always had that. But I've never had a Fred before. If we have to... I choose you.

    • Fred: We should be getting back
      Gunn: Hang on! I'm getting a tingle!
      Fred: Um, I thought we were gonna try to keep that out of the workplace.
      Gunn: Not that kind of tingle.

    • Gunn: You know, this is the whitest sport known to man.
      Angel: True, but the games are indoors and they usually play at night.

    • Doctor: (after shaking Angel's hand) Heh, and they bitch about my cold hands.

    • Angel: (In Wes's Dream) Hey, Wes you wanna see Connor do something cool? I'm teaching him to die!

    • Gunn: (looking at Angel's purchases) Some kind of boomerang vamp stake?
      Angel: No! They're itty bitty hockey sticks!
      Gunn: Oh.
      Angel: (pulling out a tiny hockey jersey) Check this out. How cute is this? Huh, seriously?
      Gunn: Seriously? I'd say you got way too much time on your hands.
      Fred: Come on, you think it's adorable.
      Gunn: Well, yeah, but at least I'm manly enough to deny it.

    • Sahjan: I have a plan. But for it to work, I require a very rare and valuable ingredient. Getting it will be difficult, if not impossible. I need the blood of Angel's son.
      Lilah: Got it.
      Sahjan: Got it? What do you mean got it? How'd you get it?

    • Holtz: You don't believe me?
      Wesley: Hmm, not sure really, could be the low scary voice that's giving me the trouble.

    • Hamburger Loa: Your insolence is displeasing.
      Wesley: You try chatting with a cranky hamburger.

    • Lilah: (as Sahjhan teleports in) You don't have an appointment.
      Sahjhan: That's it? No, "Wow, how'd he do that?" No screaming in terror? You twenty-first century types are so jaded.

    • Sahjhan: (To Holtz) Love the whole chained, undead look you got going on. Really sets off your fern.

    • Sahjhan: (To Lilah) Would it impress you if I told you I invented daylight savings time?

  • NOTES (3)