Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 26, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Morimoto's guards are really bad at their job. They (really half-heartedly) scan people with the handheld metal detector. They detect Gwen's altered invitation and tell her to "Step this way" (without saying which way) and then just stand there as she and Gunn have a private conference. When Gunn starts up a conversation with Morimoto they still don't do anything. Finally Gunn gives Morimoto the gift and the guards then, finally, decide to try and get them to do something.

    • Gunn says it's been a couple of weeks since they unsouled Angel and brought Angelus forth (in "Awakening," six episodes earlier). Does it really seem like there's been fourteen days of sleeping, eating, etc., since Angelus came forth? There don't seem to be any off-screen gaps of time, and not much more then seven days, tops, that we've seen pass.

    • Morimoto was made out to be the quintessential Japanese, but there are some things that weren't right. For instance, when Gunn gave him the gift of the jade tiger, Morimoto accepted after refusing once. True Japanese custom dictates that any gift must be refused three times before finally accepted.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Alexa Davalos (Gwen Raiden) on the series.

    • Charisma Carpenter (Cordy) gave birth March 24th, two days before this episode aired, to her son Donovan Charles Hardy.

    • Gwen and Gunn appear to get very intimate with one another at the end of this episode. However, Jeffery Bell stated in the March 2004 edition of The Official Angel Magazine, that Gunn and Gwen only kiss.

    • In an interview, series-creator Joss Whedon stated that he has hidden several dirty jokes throughout many of the episodes this season. One such joke occurs in this episode, when Angel attempts to rememer what was written about the Beast's Master in a demon book, and it translates into "strangling poultry" (choking chicken).

  • Allusions

    • Fred: It's like being stuck in a really bad movie with those Clockwork Orange clampy things on my eyeballs.
      A Clockwork Orange
      is a dystopian film directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1971. It follows several years in the life of its murderous protagonist, Alex DeLarge. In the movie, as a new, radical form of rehabilitation, Alex is forced to watch acts of violence on a movie screen and cannot close his eyes because clamps have been attached to his eyelids.

    • Cordelia: Everything's been so Clash of the Titans around here.
      Clash of the Titans is a 1981 film based on a story from Greek mythology with creature animation by Ray Harryhausen.

    • Cordelia: Really? That why you retreated to the Fortress of Solitude?
      The Fortress of Solitude is Superman's hidden keep where he would go to get away from it all. In the movies this is where he went to talk to his parents.