Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2000 on The WB
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Wesley becomes an official part of Angel Investigations just in time to take part in their latest case. A series of horribly burned corpses lead to a race of creatures from another dimension whose gender warfare is spilling over into the streets of L.A.

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  • They didn't use the song?


    The Good;

    Angel and Wesley dancing at Cordy's party is possibly the funniest thing you've ever seen. A laudable if slightly heavy-handed rant against female circumsision. Also love the scene where Angel pretends to be an art guide and Angel and Phantom Dennis.

    The Bad;

    The scene where Wes tries to chat-up the girl at the party is cringeworthy, he's pretty much treated as the comic relief for this ep. The scene where the camera wheels around whilst Angel and Jiera talk, growing increasingly worked up carries on for so long and is so over the top it's almost parody.

    Best line:

    Mars; "The little sisters are chilling"


    "I'm so glad you came. You know how parties are, you're always worried that no one is going to suck the energy out of the room like a giant black hole of boring despair but there you were in a cinch"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The whole 'unmaking' scene is just unwatchable. The contrast between it and the obvious affection between the 'unmade' girl and her captors when they send her back is incredibly creepy, especially her 'dead behind the eyes' expression and the way she refers to herself in third person.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Damsel in distress; 15, a whole bevy of them

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche; Wes and CC snooping at the garden centre amazingly don't get caught.

    In disguise; 3

    DB get's his shirt off; yep, he feels the need for a shower


    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel; 2

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 5

    Wes: 1

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 8

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 2

    Doyle; 1


    Cordy: I'll give this one to Cordy. 3 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel: half a demon so 8 vamps, 4 and 1/2 demons, 2 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 5

    Characters killed: 5, the poor guys burned to death by the demonbabes


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    3, Angel and Cordy and Wes officially joins the firm for the first time

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 6,

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 1

    Doyle; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Kinky dinky:

    I'd say that Bai Ling is lovely but that seems quite redundant even with the ridges and violet eyes (she's also in Southland Tales with SMG). Cordy's friend Laura also sounds like a fun girl as is her friend 'Pants on' Diego. Naked hotties on ice who seems to have a strong effect on both Wes and Angel. Mars says his Shaman could never turn away 'Scantily clad women in distress'. Wes refers to the girls at the party as 'fillies'.

    Captain Subtext;

    Obviously this is an allegory against female circumsision (once watched a documentary on it and afterwards went and got drunk for the first time in my life to try to blank the memory). Although you wonder if the males' fear of the females is more to do with them burning people to death rather than just simple chauvanism? Note that the male demons don't hurt any humans, it's Jhira and co who killing and she's quite prepared to let Wes and Cordy die for her cause. Not to stereotype but Wes has a knowledge of flowers in addition to the occult.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Angel once again beats his way to the truth

    Buffy characters on Angel;

    6; Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes

    Questions and observations;

    Angel refers to his time in Hell again where he remarks he knew many of the people. AI use their mobile phones to good effect. It'll take the Sunnydale Scoobies another 3 years to get theirs. Great performance from Sean Gunn as the spa manager, always thought he was in Desperate Housewives but he's not. Wes handles himself well in a fight for the first time. The only ep of Angel with a sequence over the end titles (Buffy does it in The Puppet Show). It seems unlikely that Angel actually knew Manet or Baudelaire as he would actually have been Angelus at the time?

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, Keith Topping loathes this ep but I think it's quite good.

  • 'Here's the plan. I go in, start hitting people hard in the face, see where it takes us.'

    Not bad, not bad at all. ‘She’ is seen as the worst episode of Angel by many fans. It’s true that I don’t think that Angel has a single bad episode but ‘She’ isn’t even my least favourite even though it’s also not one of the best.

    Thing is with this show, it’s fun and enjoyable. Dark and interesting. But still some scenes are very easy to forget.

    ‘She’ begins with one of the best comedy scenes of the show with Angel and Wesley at a Cordy party. Wesley makes a fool out of himself when a girl asks about his sweater, it was obvious that David wouldn’t keep in his laughter and I understand why. But the best scene was of Angel imagining himself dancing, now if that isn’t comedy than I don’t know what is.

    The episode is about a woman from another planet who is trying to escape from it, the men there are powerful and they control the women and their sexuality (sexual vibes were very high during this episode). Cordy also has a vision of a guy with exploding eyeballs which looked pretty gross.

    Anyway, Angel meets the woman called Jheira who is waiting for a girl to come to this planet through a portal and she has the power to burn. But then some men of her home planet are here to bring her back and they capture the girl and make her unmade which is like making her a slave.

    The very hot scene between Angel and Jheira in his apartment was great, because of something in her back she has this strong burning sexual touch that touches Angel and gives her a chance to escape.

    Jheira goes to a place where all of the girls she had saved are waiting in icebaths. Angel and his gang come there to save them because the male demons are on their way too. Angel gives them time to escape and makes the male demons go back to their home world.

    The thing about ‘She’ is that even though it’s an enjoyable episode, not much is really added to the show. I did continue enjoying Wesley’s butt-kissing scenes though and the great heat-wave scenes. This is definitely an underrated episode but it isn’t one of the show’s best however.

  • I like to pretend that this episode never existed. When I first watched this I thought it´s the wrong series

    Not everything is wrong with this episode,but most of it.Well I better concentrate on the good stuff.

    1.We don´t like enslaving females.Good thing!

    2.Angel can´t dance(well not in a cool way).Somehow I expected that.

    3.Never mush a bag of coffee beans.I´m glad I learned that!

    Seriously,this episode is okay for every other series,not for Angel.Compared to the other episodes that followed it´s just disappointing.
  • feminism

    not a very good episode and a little bit boring but the storyline works.

    angel meets a woman named sjeira who escaped from her homeworld by a portal because women mean nothing there. i should like that story because i;m a woman myself and very much for women rights but it does not always work on tv shows.

    the episode is too slow and a bit boring but has some good moments too like angel dancing and wesley growing into the gang. otherwise it is not one of the most memorable episodes but still enjoyable.moreless
  • Bai Ling...nuf said

    I think maybe this was my least favorite episode of Season one. Angel meeting up with Jheira and helping her and the others from her dimension to safety SOUNDS all well and good, but it was kind of a slow episode for my taste. I wasnt buying the Angel/Jheira attraction for a minute, no matter how thick it was poured on. Im trying to think of one redeeming scene from this episode and it is hard. I guess the part where Angel is imagining himself dancing at Cordys party was the best part. Watching Wes dance was just about as funny!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • A clapperboard is visible in the between-scene flash at timecode 8:53, with the information of scene C56, camera angle 13H, take 2.

    • In the scene where Angel is driving and trying to use his cell phone, he plugs in the charger because it says low battery. But when he's talking to Cordelia, it's no longer plugged in. This is especially obvious when he throws it into the back seat. If the battery was low, the amount of time he "charged" the phone wouldn't have been sufficient.

    • During the grappling hook scene, when Angel is speedily climbing the ladder attached to the side of the building, he completely misses the wide open set of windows/doors to his right.

    • When Angel uses his cell phone for the second time in the car chase, the readout says Low Battery. However, in the top right corner of the phone screen, you can see the battery meter is full.

    • While in the flower market, Wesley sees a container of flowers and remarks, "Nancy's Petticoat." The flower he's looking at is a ruffled pink rose, and Nancy's Petticoat is a day lily.

    • During the car scene where Angel is phoning Cordelia, you can see a reflection of his hands on the car's front window and a reflection of his shirt in the rear-view mirror.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Wesley gets hired by Angel)
      Cordelia: Well, this is great! Now we're really -- (turns toward Angel) Do I have to take a pay cut?
      Angel: No.
      Cordelia: (turns back to Wesley) A team!

    • Angel: I can't get too close, I mean, with women-
      Cordelia: You can be nice. It's not like Laura's gonna throw you down on the living room floor and tear off all your-- Well, actually, Laura--

    • Cordelia: (on Angel's cell phone) I can hear you now. Are you back?
      Angel: Yeah, I can hear you. You know, these things were definitely cooked up by a bored warlock.

    • Cordelia: (to Jheira): Oh, look who's here. Can I get you something? Knife to our throat so you can run away?

    • Wesley: Please don't fire me. What happened yesterday was an anomaly. I'm very rarely taken hostage.
      Angel: That's good to know. And you're not fired.
      Wesley: I'm not?
      Angel: No. It wasn't your fault. And you know what? You handled yourself very well.
      Wesley: Well, that's... I can't tell you... I am your faithful servant, Angel.
      Cordelia: Like I said, an art.

    • Tay: You don't understand our ways, human.
      Angel: No, I don't. (vamps out) And I'm not human.

    • Wesley: There's no answer.
      Cordelia: I bet he forgot to turn that thing on again. You'd think a guy who knows how to use an ancient Scythian short bow could figure out how to use a cell phone.

    • Angel: You should dress that. Your wound.
      Jhiera: Why are you doing this? I thought vampires were killers.
      Angel: They are. I was cursed by gypsies.
      Jhiera: Cursed to help people?
      Angel: Yeah... Gypsies, they have a strange sense of humor.

    • Wesley: (to Angel) We'll figure out who he is, where he comes from boss. You can count on it.
      Cordelia: Wesley, stop kissing butt. It's not like we get overtime.

    • Angel: I'm not a big talker, I usually let others carry the conversation. I am pretty good at putting these (indicates his crowbar) through heads though.

    • Wesley: I don't suppose there's any leftovers lying about, any abandoned shrimp puffs?
      Angel: You're broke aren't you?

    • Angel: Hi, Dennis. How ya doing? Still dead? (drinks) I know the feeling.

    • Angel: He's not from our dimension.
      Wesley: Ah — they must come to ours via portals.
      Cordelia: Portals? There are portals now? When did they put in portals? Don't we have enough on our hands without burning monster-fiends coming here?

    • Cordelia: I'm so glad you came. You know how parties are. You're always worried that no one's gonna suck the energy out of the room like a giant black hole of boring despair. But there you were, in the clinch!
      Angel: I didn't...boring?
      Cordelia: You used to be a person! Did you never party? Did people not gather in olden times?
      Angel: I talked to people...Laura.
      Cordelia: Laura thought you hated her. I had to tell her you were challenged.

    • (at Cordelia's party)
      Cordelia: Hi! You having fun?
      Angel: Sure. This
      Cordelia: Your idea of hell.
      Angel: Actually, in hell you tend to know a lot of the people.

    • Wesley: Angel, we need a plan
      Angel: Here's the plan: I go in, start hitting people hard in the face, see where it takes us.

    • Angel: I got two modes with people: bite and avoid.

    • Angel: Still, I mean, the quiet reserved thing, don't you think it makes me, kinda... I don't know, cool?
      Cordelia: (Referring to Wesley) He was cooler.
      Angel: Now I'm depressed.

    • Wesley: I'm coming with you. I intend to earn my keep. Oh, in terms of this keep... by the by...
      Angel: There's no dental.
      Wesley: Right. Well, I'll floss.

    • Woman: (trying to make idle chatter) Hey, Nice sweater. Hand knit?
      Wesley: Certainly not by me.
      Woman: I didn't mean... I meant, it's a great sweater.
      Wesley: Oh, well. I-I'll pass that on then, to the person who knit it. I mean, I would if I knew who did. But I don't so, I won't, pass it on, to anyone will I?
      Woman: Bye.

    • Wesley: (to Angel) What say a couple of brooding demon hunters start chatting up some of the fillies?

  • NOTES (9)

    • When Angel walks into Cordelia's party, the music Wesley is dancing to is "Strangelove Addiction" by Supreme Beings Of Leisure

    • According to the cell phone Angel is using while he's driving, the date/time in-show was January 12, 2000, 4:09 am.

    • Music:
      Angel's dance -- "Pure Roots" from the Non-Stop Music Library

    • David Boreanaz does the "Previously on Angel" voiceover.

    • A lot of publicity before the episode aired suggested that Jheira, played by actreass Bai Ling, was to become a regular character in the series. But, that never happened.

    • Sean Gunn appeared on the show just four episodes earlier in "Hero" (1x09), though he plays a completely unrelated character here.

    • Wesley apologizes to Angel saying that he doesn't usually get taken hostage. Actually, Wesley was taken hostage in his first episode on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Bad Girls" (3x14).

    • In this episode, Angel receives his infamous cell phone from Cordelia. It becomes a running joke that he is unable to get it to work properly. Later, it is his inability to use the voicemail that becomes the joke. In 2002, Buffy and friends in Sunnydale finally get cell phones after Angel and company already had them for over 2.5 years.

    • The credits of this episode do not appear with the standard black background, but with Wesley and Angel both dancing. The theme music was also replaced with another song.


    • Episode title: "She"

      She, by H Rider Haggard, is a novel about Ayesha, also known as She-who-must-be-obeyed, or for short, She. She is the embodiment of the mythological female figure who is both monsterous and desirable, and deadlier than the male.

    • Cordelia: Did she Carrie you?
      Carrie is a novel by Stephen King which was later made into a movie. In it, Carrie White is a picked on teen who's mother is a religious fanatic. She discovers she has telekinetic powers and after being mistreated at the prom she snaps and uses her powers to set the gym on fire killing most of the people there.