Senator Helen Brucker
This is the 254th and final episode of Buffy/Angel.
Spike says that he's not wearing any amulets, bracelets, broaches, beads, pendants, pins or rings. This is because last time he wore an amulet, in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer finale, he burned to death.
We finally get to hear the rest of Spike's poem to Cecily that was first mentioned in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fool For Love" (5x07).
When Lindsey says to Eve that he's glad she's the one thing in his life Angel didn't "get his mitts on", it becomes apparent that Eve omitted to tell Lindsey about their mystical liaison at the Halloween Party.
When the guys are "fighting" Angel at the beginning, Spike doesn't have his jacket, but when they are back at his place, he does have it. When did he get it? Or, rather, where did he put it?
Angel tells Connor that he was at the very first taping of The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, then remarks that "Conway was on fire that night." Tim Conway did not join the cast of that series until 1975, when he replaced Lyle Waggoner, and was not in the first episode.
When the Wolfram and Hart building is falling apart, you can see a large pillar floating down and up like it's supported by a wire. One thing is the obvious wire, but how did the pillar get in that position anyway?
Lindsey: This is not about coveting your neighbor's ass, your buddy's job, the last Mallomar in the box.
Gunn: Damn! How did I know the fang boys would pull through? You're lucky we're on the same side though cause my game was tight.
(His hand is covered with blood from his injuries)
Spike: You're supposed to wear that red stuff on the inside, Charlie-boy.
Angel: You haven't heard a word I've said. For, like... years back.
Lindsey: Well, you get a little speechy, all right? I breeze out. I got the Cliff notes.
Gunn: (referring to Illyria) Move like this, wouldn't hate having Blue Thunder in our corner.
Hamilton: Did you really think you were going to kill Archduke Sebassis?
Angel: No...I think I already did. Spiked his drink. Figured you're the one I needed to spend time with.
Hamilton: Why? So I could kill you?
Angel: Well, I thought it would be going better than this.
Lorne: Hey uh, Angel uh, I'll do this last thing for you, for us, but then I'm out. And you won't find me in the alley afterwards. Hell, you won't find me at all. Do me a favor, don't try.
Gunn: What if I told you it doesn't help? What would you do if you found out none of it matters. That it's all controlled by forces more powerful and uncaring than we can conceive and they'll never let it get better down here. What would you do?
Anne: I'd get this truck packed before the new stuff gets here. Wanna give me a hand?
Gunn: I do.
Angel: I want you all to do something for me, for yourselves: take the day off.
Gunn: Angel, if we're planning to assassinate the power elite of the apocalypse tonight, shouldn't we be cowboying up?
Angel: We'll be ready, but today, I want you guys to go out. Live. Do whatever you want. Live the day like it's your last...because it probably is.
Wes: Your influence over this world is over. The rest of the circle will wither and die like you're about to.
Vail: You don't know who you're dealing with, do you boy? (Vail absorbs Wes's fire ball) I mean really. I crap better magic than this. Now then, let me show you what a real wizard can do.
Wesley: There is no perfect day for me, Illyria. There is no sunset or painting or finely aged scotch that's going to sum up my life and make tonight any... There is nothing that I want.
Illyria: You want to be with Fred.
Wesley: Yes. Yes, that's where I'd be if I could.
Wesley: (To Illyria) The first lesson a Watcher learns is to separate truth from illusion. Because in the world of magics, it's the hardest thing to do. The truth is that Fred is gone. To pretend anything else would be a lie. And since I don't actually intend to die tonight, I won't accept a lie.
Angel: If the next words out of your mouth are "Kill Spike," I just might have to kiss you.
Vail: (to Illyria) How very touching his meaningless death was. But this fight was never for mortals. Take your best shot little girl.
Spike: What do you think all this means for that Shanshu bugaboo? If we make it through this, does one of us get to be a real boy?
Angel: Who you kidding? We're not gonna make it through.
Spike: Well, long as it's not you.
(as the building starts rumbling)
Eve: What the hell's going on?
Angel: Looks like we're getting kicked out of the garden, Eve.
Eve: Where's Lindsey?
Angel: He's not coming for you.
Angel: It's time to go.
(Angel runs out while Eve remains behind)
Eve: (grim tone) Go where?
Spike: And in terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific?
Angel: Well personally, I kinda wanna slay the dragon. Let's go to work!
Spike: Hello, Junior. The name's Spike. And lucky for you I'm on a strict diet.
Harmony: Oh, my God.
Harmony: He's not my boyfriend! I mean I certainly didn't betray you!
Angel: Drop the act, Harm.
Harmony: It's not an act, I'm really this nervous!
Angel: I knew you'd turn on me, I just didn't know when.
Harmony: What do you mean you knew?
Angel: Loyalty really isn't high on your list.
Harmony: Oh, is that right? I'll have you know I am damn loyal, dumbass.
Angel: You betrayed me. You are betraying me now, even as we are talking.
Harmony: Because you never have any confidence in me!
Angel: No, because you have no soul!
Harmony: I would if you had confidence in me!
Angel: Get out of the building.
Harmony: Are you firing me?
Angel: Among other things, yes.
Harmony: Do you think I could get a recommendation?
Angel: Yeah, okay.
Harmony: But see, if you don't so much live as the other thing, how...
Angel: It's already in the desk.
Harmony: (her last line) Good luck. Um... may the best man win?
Connor: Uh, that's not good, is it?
Angel: Wolfram & Hart. Looks like they're taking the gloves off.
Connor: What do we do?
Angel: You go home.
Angel: This is my fight.
Connor: That's some serious macho--Aah!
(Building begins to collapse)
Angel: Go home...now.
Connor: They'll destroy you.
Angel: As long as you're okay, they can't. Go.
Lindsey: If you want me, I'm on your team.
Angel: I want you, Lindsey. (a beat) I'm thinking about rephrasing that.
Lindsey: Yeah, I think I'd be a lot more comfortable if you did.
Gunn: (after killing Senator Brucker and the rest of her vampire aides gang up on him) And y'all wonder why people don't vote.
Angel: This may come out a little pretentious but... one of you will betray me. (Spike raises his hand) Wes.
Spike: Oh. Can I deny you three times?
Sebassis: The circle does not abide secrets.
Angel: Which is interesting for a secret society.
Vail: Aah! Sebassis! Your manservant has become tangled in my bodily fluids again!
Sebassis' Slave: Eeep!
Angel: My people are the problem?
Angel: I don't remember what it was like... being human. It was too long ago.
Harmony: Not so great. Zits. Dandruff. Mortality. Although I do remember... my heart. And the way it would thump when I kissed a really hot boy for the first time. That was cool.
Angel: Need to get some things done, pay a quiet visit to Archduke Sebassis. I'd like to keep our liaison out of the loop.
Harmony: Out of the loop? That's where I live.
Angel: (to Lindsey about W&H) Maybe they're not there to be beat. Maybe they're there to be fought. Maybe fighting them is what makes human beings so remarkably strong.
Angel: I happen to be the greatest mass-murderer you've ever met.
Lindsey: Never given you props for that, have I?
Lorne: (to Angel) Yeah. Say, any other tips on how to be a hero we could share with the boys and girls at home?
Lorne: (singing, living the day as if it were his last)
If I ruled the world,
Every day would be the first day of spring,
Every heart would have a new song to sing,
And we'd sing of the joy every morning would bring...
Spike: (in a bar, his last day) Ahh, nice crowd.
Bartender: It can get pretty ugly in here, I gotta warn you.
Spike: What I'm after. Couple more shots of courage, and I may make my presence felt.
Bartender: Your funeral.
Spike: Well, I never had a proper one.
Connor: So she's a werewolf.
Angel: And an art student. She does this great pottery. (grins) She made me a vase.
Connor: (to Angel) Yeah, they're mixed in there with the new ones. Kind of like, uh...a bad dream I had, I guess. A very strange and violent -- at times, inappropriately erotic -- dream.
Lindsey: What are you thinking about?
Lindsey: You simply couldn't have said a worse thing than that.
Gunn: I was hoping it'd be vamps. I haven't dusted nearly enough this year. (to Spike) No offense.
Spike: That's all right.
Spike: Right. First off I'm not wearing any amulets, no bracelets, broaches, beads, pendants, pins or rings.
Angel: Fine. All you need is a rattle.
Spike: Aah, the baby.
Lindsey: You don't trust me. You don't think a man can change?
Lorne: It's not about what I think. This was Angel's plan.
Lindsey: Come on. I could sing for you.
Lorne: I've heard you sing.
(takes out a gun with a silencer and shoots Lindsey twice in the chest)
Lindsey: Why, why did you...
Lorne: One last job. You're not part of the solution, Lindsey. You never will be.
Lindsey: You kill me? (collapses to the floor) A flunky? I'm not just... Angel... kills me. You don't... Angel...
(his body goes limp)
Lorne: Good night, folks.
Angel: (punches Hamilton) Did that hurt at all?
Hamilton: Little bit.
Illyria: You will last ten minutes at best.
Gunn: Lets make them memorable then.
Angel: What are you doing here?
Conner: You come for coffee and the world's not ending? Please!
Illyria: Wesley is dead. I'm feeling grief for him, I can't seem to control it. I wish to do more violence!
Spike: (Seeing massive horde of enemies) Well, wishes just happen to be horses today.
Angel: Among other things.
(Spike reads poetry at a bar.)
Spike: "My soul is wrapped in harsh repose,
Midnight descends in raven-colored clothes,
A sunlight beam,
Cutting a swath of glimmering gleam.
My heart expands,
'Tis grown a bulge in it,
Inspired by your beauty... effulgent."
Man: Yeah! (applause) That was great, man.
Spike: Thank You. That was for Cecily. This next one's called The Wanton Folly of me Mum.
Hamilton: Why do you keep fighting? You signed away your Shanshu. There's nothing in it for you anymore.
Angel: People who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do.
(Hamilton punches Angel across the room)
Hamilton: Yeah, but we won't care.
(Conner hits Hamilton, knocking him through the window)
Conner: Care about that, Dress-for-Less?
Illyria: I will shred my adversaries. I'll pull their eyes out just enough to turn them towards their mewling, mutilated faces.
Wesley: You're a very inspirational person, have I mentioned that?
Gunn: Okay, you take the thirty thousand on the left.
Hamilton: Let me say this as clearly as I can. You cannot beat me. I am a part of them. The Wolf, the Ram and the Hart. Their strength flows through my veins. My blood is filled with their ancient power.
Angel: Can you pick out the one word you probably shouldn't have said? (bites him, punches him) Wow! You really are full of it.
Lindsey: Those guys were chumps.
Lorne: Now they're chunks.
Illyria: I'll make trophies of their spines.
Angel: Good to have you on the team.
Lindsey: You gave up immortality for me. It's like some kind of fairy tale.
Eve: We don't live in a fairy tale.
Connor: So vampires really don't get the concept of 'jokes'.
Angel: I get the concept of jokes. I was at the taping of the first Carol Burnett show. Tim Conway was on fire. It was special.
Conner: Have you ever written a resume before? Ever?
Angel: No. But I have very nice handwriting.
Conner: You girl.
Illyria: (To Gunn) Try not to die. You are not unpleasant to my eyes.
Illyria: Would you like me to lie to you now?
Wesley: Yes. Thank you, yes. (Illyria changes to Fred) Hello there.
Fred: Wesley. My Wesley.
Wesley: Fred. I miss you.
Fred: It's gonna be okay. It won't hurt much longer. And then you'll be where I am. We'll be together.
Wesley: I... I love you.
(Both are crying)
Fred: I love you. My love. Oh, my love...
This episode was nominated for a Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation: Short Form.
Joss Whedon discussed the final battle in SFX Magazine.
"Gunn is dead. Illyria keeps fighting. Angel loses an arm. Spike gets Shanshu. And Xander loses another eye, which is funny, because he isn't even there."
This is all said in humor.
In the season 4 episode Calvary, Angelus tells Gunn that sticking to what he knows will go a long way to keeping him alive, far longer than "the rest of them." This episode proves Angelus right, as Doyle, Cordelia, Fred and Wesley have all died, leaving Gunn the last surviving member of the core group as of the end of this episode.
Because Welcome To the Hellmouth and The Harvest were shown together as the two-hour premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Harmony are the only characters to appear in the premiere of Buffy and the finale of Angel.
According to the DVD Commentary, the alley where Angel, Spike, Gunn & Illyria get ready to fight the demons is the same alley used in Season 1 where Angel and Faith were fighting at the end of the episode "Five By Five."
The poem Spike reads in the bar on his last day is the poem he wrote in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fool for Love" for Cecily.
"Not Fade Away", "Just Rewards", and "Shells" are the only episodes on the Angel season five DVD release to contain the "Previously On" sequence.
Lorne tells Lindsey he isn't part of the solution before shooting him. This echoes what Angel told Agent Hauser in "Conviction," the season premiere. Angel says he doesn't think Hauser is part of the solution, then kicks a shotgun to blow Hauser's head off.
Alleys are used a lot in Angel, as the title sequence ends in one, Liam (Angel) died in one, Darla died and Connor was born in one, the Beast appeared in one, and now it looks like Angel, Spike, Gunn and Illyria are going to die in one.
At the end of the UK (Sky One) airing of this episode, the WB's montage of scenes was played with the WB logo at the end being replaced with the Sky One logo.
The battle between Angel and Hamilton can be compared to the one between Buffy and Caleb (Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes "End of Days" and "Chosen"). Both of the guests stars were in Firefly and both represented the most powerful mortal enemies of the leading characters. Another coincindence is the fact that in the battles a close person appears and helps them in each fight (Angel helps Buffy to defeat Caleb, Connor helps Angel to defeat Hamilton).
Illyria telling Gunn to survive because he is not "unpleasant to her eyes" may be a reference to the relationship Fred and Gunn had in season 3 and a part of season 4, because Illyria remembers (and possibly feels) all of this.
Illyria felt the human emotion of grief when Wesley died, as she stated before the climatic ending. She also may have felt the emotion of love, as seen when she transforms into Fred, tells Wesley she loves him and cries for him.
Out of a total 110 episodes of Angel, Alexis Denisof (Wesley) has appeared in exactly 100 of them. He was not in the first 9 of the series and was absent from episode 5x08 "Destiny."
This episode aired almost exactly a year after the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact, if it was not for the fact that 2004 was a leap year and an extra day in Febuary set the dates off, they would both have aired on May 20.
Counting Spike, Angel, and Wes, a total of 17 characters have crossed over from Buffy onto Angel.
Joss Whedon says that this entire season represents the Bush administration's handling of the war on terror. Angel joined Wolfram and Hart hoping that its power could help him and his team fight evil from the inside. When Angel finally realizes that they have all been corrupted and the apocalypse is occurring right under their noses, Joss explained, it was to resemble how the focus of the war on terror shifted to Iraq instead of remaining on the Taliban in Afghanistan where it belonged.
Out of all the seasons of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," David Boreanaz is the actor to have appeared the most, with a record 11 out of 12 seasons, as he did not appear in "Buffy" season 6. The runners up are James Marsters as Spike and Alyson Hannigan as Willow who both appeared in 9. David also has the most episodes, with 166.
Joss Whedon was originally supposed to direct this episode but because of his commitment to the Firefly movie "Serenity" he was unable to do so. Therefore Jeffrey Bell directed this episode instead. Jeffrey Bell was originally scheduled to direct 'The Girl In Question' (5x20).
Connor helping Angel kill Hamilton is similar to how in Angel's dream in 'Awakening' (4x10), Connor helped him kill the beast. At least one fantasy of Angel came through.
David Boreanaz is the only cast member to have appeared in all episodes of the series. David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, and Julie Benz are the only actors to have appeared in all 5 seasons. Christian Kane and David Boreanaz are the only two actors to have appeared in the very first and very last episode of "Angel."
The alley where the final battle takes place is the one outside the Hyperion hotel.
Julia Lee (Anne) returns for the first time since 'The Thin Dead Line' (2x14).
During the fight with the vampires, Gunn uses the wrist-stakes, which Angel used in the first episode and were later used by Connor and Spike.
Connor reveals that he does know that Angel is really his father. He also shows up at Wolfram & Hart to assist Angel in defeating Hamilton.
After the episode ended, the WB showed a montage of scenes from the show over the past 5 years as a 'Thank You' to all loyal viewers.
The dragon at the end looks similar to the one that flies out of the portal in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode, 'The Gift' (5x22).
Angel has the last line of the series. He says, "Let's go to work," right before the final fade-out.
Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Spike is the only character to physically fight in both series' final battles.
Spike: And how do you know that, Kreskin?
The Amazing Kreskin was a popular televised mentalist in the 1970s who made predictions.
Gunn: You take the thirty thousand on the left...
This is a reference to a quote from the episode Over The Rainbow (2x20). In this episode, Gunn, Angel, Wesley and Lorne are in the town square in Pylea, surrounded by demons, when Gunn says (to Angel), "I take the twenty on the left, you take the fifty on the right."
The Wilhelm scream can be heard while Lindsey and Lorne are fighting the Sahvrin demon clan.
The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect used in many films and TV shows that has become somewhat of an in-joke among sound designers.
Not Fade Away is the title of a song by Buddy Holly. It has since been covered by many other artists including The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Foreigner, and Ben Harper.
Angel: This may come out a little pretentious, but... one of you will betray me. (Spike raises his hand) Wes.
Spike: (disappointed) Oh. Can I deny you 3 times?
Angel is referring to the Biblical story of the Last Supper in which Jesus says that Judas will betray him.
Spike, in turn, is referring to the same story in which Jesus also says that Peter will deny him three times before dawn.
Spike: Well, wishes just happen to be horses today.
This is based on an old proverb/rhyme:
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were swords, I'd wear one by my side.
If ifs & ands were pots and pans,
there'd be no need for tinkers' hands."
Angel: Well personally, I want to slay the dragon.
When one looks at this statement from the standpoint of a reference to folklore, the line can be read as a double entendre. At first glance it is simply to affirm Angel as the knight, since knights slay dragons. But when one looks to the end result and sees the purpose of slaying the dragon as, 'to win'. Then we should be able to proportionately substitute Angel's final line to read: "Personally, I want to win," leaving us with the thought that Angel believes he can, in that moment win, even when it would appear impossible.
Angel: Looks like we're getting kicked out of the garden, Eve.
Another joke on Eve's name. According to the Bible, after Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God kicked the two out of the garden of Eden.
Hamilton: We are legion. We are forever.
This alludes to the Bible passage in which Jesus meets a man who is possessed by demons. When he begins to exorcise the demons he asks their name and they reply, "We are Legion, for we are many."
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