Angel

Season 4 Episode 13

Salvage

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 2003 on The WB
9.3
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After Angelus apparently kills Lilah, Wesley realizes that they will need help finding and stopping him. After he makes sure that Lilah will not rise as a vampire, the former Watcher goes in search of a powerful ally.

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  • FAITH! FAITH! FAITH! FAITH!

    10
    SALVAGE



    The Good;

    Chant it with me boys and girls, FAITH-FAITH-FAITH-FAITH! My favourite episode of Angel is Orpheus, my favourite moment is at the end of 5X5 where Wes drops the knife in the alley but my favourite scene is where Wes has his conversation with the imaginary Lilah here, it's just stunning.



    The Bad;

    If you think there's anything wrong in this episode then I suggest you go to the doctor for some anti-crazy pills! Ok so the demon who wants Angelus to sign something for his spawn is woefully badly done.



    Best line:

    Faith; "Just like riding a biker" (oh she is SUCH a naughty girl!)



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Connor; "I don't give a flying schluck!" (I had to rewind this to check this line). Awful watching Faith getting a terrible kicking from the Beast. But your heart just bleeds for Wesley having to decapitate Lilah's corpse, couldn't he have let Connor or Gunn do it?



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12



    Cheap Angel; 6



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 13

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2



    Fang gang knocked out: CC passes out in the lobby

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 16

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 4

    Groo; 1



    Kills: 2 vamps for Faith, 1 for Connor

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

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

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 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; 13 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 10

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Characters killed:

    255



    Recurring characters killed;

    9;



    Total number of Angel Investigations: Faith joins AI for a three episode arc, making this the biggest line-up ever (although of course CC is actually evil as indeed is Angel)

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, CC, Connor, Faith



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 1

    Wes; 7

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 2



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: CC and The Beast get all kissy? I don't know if they Com-shuked though, I'm not even sure if The Beast has the equipment to so I'll put him down as a possible

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor, 1 possible; The Beast

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 3; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 1 possible Justine

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy



    Kinky dinky:

    Faith actually tells Wes he looks good. Gunn and Connor also like Faith, she comments it's a shame when Gunn says 'I hold my own'. Faith tells Angelus to 'Give us a kiss' just as she did to Buffy in Graduation Day Pt1. Faith is also described as 'smokin hot'. Angelus says that he knew Faith would enjoy a threesome and suggests he, she and the Beast 'get it on'. Interestingly she says 'Sure!'. Connor has a weakness for Slayers just like his old man. Angelus seems disappointed that he's facing Faith and not Buffy.



    Captain Subtext;

    Personally I think Faith-in-prison would be a good series in itself.



    Know the face, different character; 4



    Parking garages;

    6,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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



    What the fanficcers thought;

    Faith being released from prison to help out either the Sunnydale scoobies or Angel Investigations is such a popular theme in fanfic it borders on the cliche.



    Questions and observations;

    Everyone else notice that the knife the assasin tries to use to kill Faith is the same as those used by The Bringers in Buffy? Can anyone else explain to me what Jasmine's plan is and how Angelus and The Beast fit into it? Can't Angelus read CC's scent at the warehouse or has she disguised it? Lilah talks of redemption, even after death is it too late for her? Of course Faith never met the real Angelus and Wes only met him for a little while under the effects of the drug in 'Eternity'. The term 'The Skinny' is used about Fred, I wonder if it was deliberate? Angelus calls Dawn, to judge from their conversation she and Angel get on well. Faith says that girls are always the Slayer because they're 'better'. We have the 'what do you do?' speech from Speed which was HUGE at the time. Faith's ingenuity of breaking the window with the chains to let in the sunlight is awesome. But you just know she'd have figured out some way to defeat Angelus, she's our girl.



    Marks out of 10; 10/10 and the good just keeps coming!

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  • Faith = awesome.

    9.5
    Salvage is a brilliant episode that has Wesley cutting off Lilah's head as he thinks about their relationship, the death of The Beast and of course the return of ever amazing Faith!



    I'm so glad they brought Faith in! I just love her and every episode she's in is usually automatically awesome. She adds such a presence on the show and steals every scene she's in- such a rich character! I loved her ever since her Buffy days and I think she's the main reason Buffy S3 is so brilliant. Eliza Dushku is incredible as her and smoking hot I may add.



    I enjoyed the prison scenes and the bit where the inmate attacks Faith is a nice parallel to BtVS. In Buffy, potential slayers and Buffy herself are being targeted by The First to erase the Slayer line and I was glad they didn't ignore Faith- as a Slayer, she's a target. I enjoyed her escape scene as well, even if it was slightly unrealistic- I can buy Faith falling from a three story window onto a car and not getting injured but Wesley? He's just a regular human and wasn't even winded! I can forgive though as his line afterwards is so great. Also, Faith putting Connor in his place was much appreciated- I'm sick of that little creep by now and he really needs someone to smack him about a bit and Faith is perfect. Also, Connor getting turned on by Faith bossing hima about was a bit... ehm weird. What is this kid's fascinations with older, much more attractive women than him? OK that's easy.



    The death of The Beast was great and Angelus finally did something good. It was the right stage to get rid of The Beast- Cordevila has to start taking some losses. The Faith/Beast fight scene was brutal and I was worried for Faith for a minute- it would suck if she died. Another reason I'm glad the Beast is gone is that we don't have to watch him and Cordy kiss again- that's just gross.



    Even grosser however was the final scene. Connordelia is just a sick relationship and watching it is just disgusting. Thankfully it isn't really Cordy but still. Also glad she revealed she's pregnant as it was getting to the stage where it was visibly obvious. Why don't the gang notice however. It's not exactly hard to spot. Silly gang. The music at the end was haunting and really good- storylines are better with little melodies accompanying them (Darla arc anyone?) and this music was fitting.



    Salvage was an excellent episode that shouldn't be missed purely cuz of Faith. She's awesome!moreless
  • Salvage

    10
    Salvage was a perfect episode of Angel because it had a really great story and the characters were all at their best. Faith the Vampire Slayer breaks out of prison to help track and capture Angelus, but gets a good beating from the Beast because of Angelus. I was shocked to find out Cordelia's secrets and they are very surprising but perfect. This episode is a classic example of the great creative, writing, directing, and acting skills of those involved with the series. This episode moves the season's major story line forward and the steps are now laid for whats to come. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Faith is broken out of prison to save Angel.

    9.5
    So the episode picks up where it ended. Angelus has found Lilah's body and he's not one pass up free blood…especially if it's evil blood. The gang walk in on him… oh, poor Wesley. Gunn, of course, attacks with out thinking and misses Angelus with his axe, of course. Poor Lilah. I guess it was her time to go. But at the hands of Cordevil? I would have thought that some great higher power would do her in… oh, wait. Fred removes the arrow from Cordy's thigh while Cordelia says "It's started". Couldn't Fred hear her? A wound couldn't be that distracting. The gang stands around looking at Lilah's beautiful lifeless corpse and they all start to blame each other. Wesley blames Connor, Gunn blames Lorne, and Cordy blames herself… but just to throw the others off. Back to Angelus. He walks into the bar of horrible acting. Seriously all of these extras… Anyway. What does he want? To find the beast, 'cause who wouldn't? But he get's distracted by the sweet sweet evil smell of Lilah's blood. Ah, Weslah. I really like this scene. Wesley starts to reflect on his "relationship" with Lilah. Devilishly handsome? I guess we know that Wesley didn't have any self-esteem issues. He really did love her. Too bad we'll never find out if she loved him.



    Back at the Hyperion the gang put up the sanctuary spell while Connor sulks around getting on my nerves. Hee! Flying slop. Is that what constitutes as a swear word on Quar'toth? I guess Lilah convinced Wesley that Angel is needed because Wesley now wants to save Angel. And who does he have in mind to help him out, none other than Faith. The prison yard. Women playin' ball, dealing drugs, and Faith doing pull-ups. Awesome. The bringer's (or was it Caleb's) hired hit-woman approaches Faith but Faith has been honing her skills 'cause she's able to counter-attack very quickly. I'm a big fan of the slo-mo action shots so this fight scene I find really cool. Another thing I find really cool is the way Faith picks up the 145lbs barbell without a sweat. Hee! Nose job. Although with a hit like that Deb should be in need for some cranial reconstruction not just the nose. Back to Angelus who starts to bully the Beast… hey, buddy pick on someone your own size... oh yeah and "More Faith!" Angelus really pisses him off and manages to escape a brawl with him unharmed. Heh. I guess Angelus is smarter than Angel. Cordevil reprimands the Beast and then makes-out with him. Eeew! Back to Faith, yay! Wesley finally swallows his pride and goes to see Faith. What is up with Eliza Dushku's voice? She sounds even sexier! Wesley: We need you. Faith: Well, uh, I hate to wet the paper for you, Wes, but I'm kinda unavailable right now. Maybe you want to check back in a few decades when my parole comes up. Wesley: You need to know- Faith: It's Armageddon again. I dig. The last thing you need's me in the mix. Besides, Angel'll come shining through in the end like he always does. Wesley: Angel's gone, Faith. Angelus is back. Faith: Step away from the glass. She said "Step away from the glass" not "Get up quickly, throw your chair and cause a commotion", Wesley! Giles and Faith fly out the window and then land on a car… oh wait it's not Giles it's actually Wesley. Wesley fills in Faith on all the happenings and wants to see if Faith is up to it. Apparently so 'cause she handles the vamps well, unlike Wesley who lets one of them escape to tell the whole world that there's a Slayer in town. Stupid. He manages to redeem some points with me by introducing Faith: Wesley: Everyone, this is Faith, the vampire slayer. Suck it, Buffy! Sorry. Everyone is happy to see her 'cept for Cordevil, shocker. Faith doesn't get into any petty arguments with her instead she just lays it down. Faith: Gunn, right? Gunn: Yeah. Faith: Love the name. I hear you're a good fighter. Gunn: I hold my own. Faith: That's a shame. Connor is not too pleased that this is a salvage mission but Faith manages to shut him right the hell up. Awesome. Angelus finds out the Slayer's in town so he calls Buffy. It would have been nice to see the other end of this on BtVS. I guess Buffy was too busy with Spike. Dawn: Oh Buffy, Angel called. Buffy: Uh, who? Dawn: Angel? You know the love of your life tall, dark, and broody. Buffy: Stalk much? Doesn't he know I'm with Spike now? What did he want? Dawn: Nothing he just hung up. Buffy: Oh that's a relief. I so didn't want to go to L.A. and help him out… Spike doesn't really like him. Heh.



    Back to Faith, yay! Connor and Faith share a dialogue: Connor: So, vampire slayers. I was told about them. How come you're always girls? Faith: I dunno. Better at it, I guess. Connor: You haven't seen what I can do. Faith: Let's not. For those of you keeping score that's Faith: 2, Connor: 0. Hee! They're hot on Angelus' trail but Connor is "deficient" so he gets sent back home. It's only Faith and Wesley now but Angelus is now expecting them 'cause of Wesley. Stupid Wesley! Wesley gets smacked right in the face, which startled me and made me laugh a bit.



    Ahh, the showdown. But wait Angelus is not alone he's got the big honkin' Beast along with him. And is Faith afraid? Hell naw! She comes out swinging which probably isn't that smart 'cause it gets her beaten up real bad. Gotta love the slo-mo shots but it's kinda too painful to watch them. You're kinda hoping for something to come and stop this. Thankfully Angelus interjects and is able to kill the Beast. See, Angelus is smarter than Angel… and yay, the sun is back as well. Hee! Retarded fantasy. Now it's Faith and Angelus. With the way Faith is looking you know things aren't gonna last. But wait Faith's got a weapon. It's some slow moving chains what is that gonna do to him… oh wait, Awesome. Good thinking there Faith. Back at the Hyperion the gang's admiring Faith's work and the Sun. Did you see Gunn's reaction when Fred said that "[She's] never seen anything so beautiful in all my life."? Priceless. Condelia. Eew. She's having his baby. Does Connor even know what that means? I mean did Holtz have the birds and the bees conversation with him in Quor'toth? That creepy lullaby music at the end was really cool.moreless
  • When There's A Faith, There's A Way!

    10
    Salvage-After Angelus apparently kills Lilah, Wesley realizes that they will need help finding and stopping him. After he makes sure that Lilah will not rise as a vampire, the former Watcher goes in search of a powerful ally.



    Well at this point we, have a muderous vampire on the lose and Evil Cordy has finally showed her true colors, the gang pretty much need help, thus beginning my favorite part of this season, the Faith trilogy! Like I said before, Faith is essential when it comes to some of the best episodes of Buffy and Angel, this episode and the next 2 are some of the best episodes of the series. Eliza Dusku pops back on the scene as our fearsome slayer and pretty much owns every scene, every line, what's not to like about this episode? She puts Connor's a$$ in check, even beats him up a little. Which he deserves after his little out bursts of annoyance the past couple of episodes. I think he even liked it, lol. Also, I love how Faith and Gunn immediately hit it off. Then there's the jail fight scene, Faith breaking out of jail with Wesley, and Wesley testing Faith's fighting skills. Definately the best part of these episodes are Wesley and Faith's interaction. Both characters have a lot of history and it's amazing how much they relate to each other now. The fight scenes continue to be one of the many impressive highlights of this season when Faith fights the Beast in the warehouse. Although, she gets her a$$ handed to her, the choreography and the wire work was amazing to watch. Daivd also continues to impress as Angelus and him killing the Beast was an unexpected twist, brought the sun back, which is nice since the endless night pretty much ran it's course. The episode ends with another big twist as Evil Cordy is now pregnant with Connor's child! While this revelation is disgusting, it's apart of the grand design of the arc of this season. All and All, a incredible episode that brings our bad girl slayer back in the fight with great scenes, explosive action and memorable moments.moreless
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Spice Williams

Debbie

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Kara Holden

Kara Holden

Young Woman

Guest Star

Alonzo Bodden

Alonzo Bodden

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Faith

Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett

Lorne

Recurring Role

Vladimir Kulich

Vladimir Kulich

The Beast

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Faith states that she went to prison for murder 2 with a sentence of 25 to life. This means she was convicted for the murder of the Deputy Mayor but wasn't convicted for the murder of the vulcanologist in season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the assault on the man at the bus depot in season 1 of Angel.

    • When The Beast lifts Faith over his head, you can see where the safety line is attached to the back of her jacket.

    • The bit where the stunt players fall out the window, they land, and the camera does a cut to show us the actors moving off-screen, is pretty badly done - it's clear when the switch is made and who's who.

    • Angelus is clearly not strangling the jowl-demon or even holding its neck very tightly when he threatens it for information.

    • Fred uses a belt to make a tourniquet for Cordy's leg but after Cordy is there to see Lilah's body, the tourniquet disappears.

    • Why didn't Wesley tell Faith that weapons, particularly crossbows, are useless against the Beast? That's the first thing that Faith uses against the creature and of course, it doesn't do anything.

    • When Faith and Wesley hit the car and get off during their escape, Faith starts leading Wesley to his car. How would she know where it is?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Wesley: We need you.
      Faith: Well... Hate to wet the paper for you Wes, but I'm kind of unavailable right now. Maybe you wanna check back in a few decades when my parole comes up!

    • Connor: Magic again. You people rely way to much on that junk.
      Wesley: We use whatever tools we have.
      Connor: Yeah, only it never really works the way it's supposed to.

    • Wesley: Do you really think that's what I was thinking?
      Imaginary Lilah: Honey, I'm not even here. I'm just a figment of your devilishly handsome brain. So, clearly, it's what you thought.

    • (After the beast is killed)
      Angelus: Ahh...crap. You mean killing the beast really brings back the sun? I thought that was Angel's retarded fantasy.

    • Angelus: And I don't like being kept in the dark... well, figuratively anyway.

    • Angelus: And if your boss was half as smart as he thinks he is, he knows I won't take orders from a lackey.
      Beast: (growls)
      Angelus: You don't like lackey? How about uh; toady? or lickspittle? Ahh, lickspittle's nice. Oh wait, I got it, flunky! That's it! You're just a big, stupid, butt ugly, slow moving, flunky!

    • Faith: Hey, nobody make a move, until I...
      (vampire that looks a lot like Angelus jumps at Connor, he decapitates him)
      Faith: (pushing Connor against a wall) Are you deficient?

    • Angelus: Smile, Faith, thought you'd enjoy a threesome!

    • Faith: (after Wesley's test) It's like riding a biker.

    • (Some members of the fang gang spot Angelus feeding on Lilah)
      Angelus: Ah, guys. It's not what it looks like. (Looks down at Lilah and then back up) She was kinda tarty anyway. Know what I mean, Wes?

    • Cordy: Faith! What the hell is she doing here?
      Faith: Nice to see you too, Cor.
      Wes: She's here to help.
      Cordy: Oh gee, uh, that's great oh, wait a sec, wasn't she convicted of murder and sent to a state correctional facility for like a gazillion years?
      Faith: Murder 2, 25 years to life. For the record.
      Cordy: So now you brought psycho Slayer out of retirement to kill Angelus?

    • Faith: Are you a murderer? 'Cause I am.

    • Lorne: We followed the recipe. Should be cake.

    • Connor: How long does it take to chop off Lilah's head?

    • Prison Guard: (to Faith) Hey, caught us by suprise. I mean, who'd be crazy enough to try to take you out?

    • Faith: Can I ask, what the hell have you people been doing?

    • Wesley: ..I've changed my mind.
      Connor: Change it back!

    • Cordelia: A weakness for Slayers. You really are his son.

    • Lilah: That body's not going to dismember itself, you know.

    • Demon: (to Angelus) Whoa! You're him. Talking to me. Not usually impressed by vampires, but this is such an honor. Hey, could you sign a little something to my hellspawn? Make it out to Ashley.

    • Angelus: That's right, brothers and sisters - the rumors are true. Angel has left the building and I am back. But hey, I'm no different from the next guy. I put my victim's skin on one leg at a time.

    • Connor: I know what I have to do! Angel told me if anything happened to kill him.
      Lorne: Oh! Now you listen to him!

    • Faith: Are you okay?
      Wesley: Five by five!

    • Angelus: Hi, Dawn! Yeah, it's me! Is your sister home? She is... (hangs up the phone) Pfew, it's the other one.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Andy Hallett (Lorne) is credited as "Special Guest Star Andy Hallett."

    • Though Dawn and Angel know each other, and have even appeared in several Buffy episodes together, their phone call is the first, and only, time during either series that they ever interact on-screen.

    • This episode features "Last Comic Standing" contestant Alonzo Bodden as the Prison Guard that talks to Faith after the attempt on her life.

    • The song in the background when Angelus is in the bar is the same one used when the WB first released the promo for Angel.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lorne: Ding, Dong, The Beast is dead.
      This is a twist to "Ding, dong, the witch is dead" said by the Munchkins of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, said in regards to the death of the Wicked Witch of the East.

    • Angelus: The question is, what do you do hotshot? What do you do?
      This is a paraphrase of the line uttered by Dennis Hopper in the movie Speed: "Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?"
      One version of the screenplay for Speed was written by Joss Whedon.

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