Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 23, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • None of the kids seem to suspect Angel is a vampire, even though he super-leaps and all, until he puts on his vamipric "game face." What did they think he was before that, particularly since some of them are familiar with vampires and what they can do?

    • Connor hits the door and knocks a hole in it, then there's a camera cut and there's no hole, then there's a cut to Angel on his side and the hole is there.

    • Fred and Gunn follow Matthew, but have to kick the sewer grating open to go outside after him. So how'd Matthew get past the grating? Or if he can open it and put it back nice and neat, why doesn't Gunn?

    • When Jasmine takes him over, Matthew is bruised on the wrong side of the face from where Gunn hit him.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Ben joins the writing staff and earns a producer credit with this episode. With Firefly canceled by this point, Joss and Tim brought him over in preparation for next season if The WB renewed Angel, which the network did.

    • Jeff Rickets who plays the Spider Monster previously appeared in the season 1 episode "Sanctuary" and the Buffy season 4 episode "Who Are You?" as one of the Watcher's Council elite assassins sent to capture Faith. He was also one of the Blue Gloves in Firefly, making him one of only four people who were in all three of Joss Whedon's television series.

  • Allusions

    • Lorne: And knowing is half ...
      Lorne is cut off before finishing the line after his little PSA about being sensitive, but it sounded as if he was about to say "Knowing is half the battle," which is the famous tag line of the old 1980s GI Joe cartoon PSAs.

    • Gunn: You had no problem turning off your emotion chip....
      Presumably refers to the android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was unable to feel human emotions until he obtained an emotion chip from his "brother" Lore. Data had the ability to turn it off whenever emotions were inconvenient.

    • Lorne: Does anyone else feel like the last feisty wife in Stepford?
      A reference to the classic 1975 film The Stepford Wives (remade with Nicole Kidman) in which a couple move to an idyllic American suburb ("Stepford"). As the film progresses one by one the women in the town begin to act differently: mindlessly devoted to their husbands, apparently incapable of thinking for themselves and all the while with an inane, excessive cheerfulness. In the end the heroine discovers the wives are being replaced by robots. She, the last feisty wife, is surrounded by these mind-controlled robots and then men who want to capture and replace her.