Season 3 Episode 16

Sleep Tight

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When Angel's mood becomes suddenly darker and he begins to crave human blood, Wesley resolves to do whatever is necessary to protect Connor -- even if it means betraying those he loves.

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  • Hold on to your hat!


    The Good;

    The tragedy of Wesley Wyndham Price, it's a powerful 40 minutes, the rug well and truly pulled out from under the viewers feet.

    The Bad;

    Kim's demon transformation and the Rathers generally look stupid but it is effective. Exactly how much of Connor's blood does Lilah have to lace Angel's with? Surely Holtz and Justine should go a little farther than Utah to avoid Angel? (it's a cliche of American fiction that people who go on the run for some reason seldom go outside the US?)

    Best line:

    Wes; "You work for a man who you think is noble and good. I respect that but he's not. I work for a vampire who in fact is noble and good. Quirky but there it is"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Justine all busted up then SLITTING WES' THROAT!

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tatt; 10

    Cheap Angel; 9

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 3

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Lorne by Wes

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 4

    Kills: 1 demon for Gunn and 2 for Angel

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 39 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 7 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 10 vamps+ 10 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil: no but Angel comes damn close when he tears up the Rathers

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 8

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    7, Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Groo

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat; Wes has a pistol, possibly the same one he took from the collector in 'Offspring'. Angel takes a sub-machine gun from Lilah's men and threatens them with it

    Wes; 6

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 2

    Gunn; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 4 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Gorgeous but skanky (is there any other kind?) groupies gyrating to the bands appalling music. Looks like Angel was right, musicians get the chicks. The bandleader describes Fred as a hottie and bags 'first ride'. Love Lilah's cat's miaow. Justine and Holtz extremely abusive and twisted relationship. Lilah asks Sahjhan did Angel 'boink his demon bride' and describes him as impotent?

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages; no, Angel stalks Lilah in her bar nowadays


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Angel breaks the arms of Lilah's assistant. Angel tortures' Holtz's people to find Connor.

    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

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

    Questions and observations;

    Lorne tells Connor the story about The Rat Pack, wonder if Angel ever told him he knew them? Angel talks about hell with Nixon and Britney Spears. Bit unkind to both of them. Angel is a fan of The Flying Nun presumably during the Manilow years, he must have watched a lot of daytime TV in his time (although maybe that goes without saying?). Note Angel would rather Connor would be with Holtz whom he knows would care for him than Lilah who would disect him. Also Holtz pushes Justine aside to stop her following him into hell. What happened to Linwood's policy of leaving Connor alone?

    Marks out of 10; 7/10 humdrum ep until the devestating ending

  • Wesley acts like an idiot and Holtz exacts revenge by becoming a baby snatching scumbag.

    The execution of this episode's main arc is flawless. The story takes many twists which I did not forsee, and the action was continuous and engaging.

    However, it relies on Wesley acting like an idiot, in addition to some of the gang, which is painful to watch. The previously level-headed Wesley decides to act completely differently than before, and steal Angel's baby. Instead of just telling the gang about the prophesy and coming up with a solution (as they have done a bunch of times averting dooming prophesies in the Buffyverse), he takes the matter into his own hands, and goes to Holtz. It is not clear to me why he would go to Holtz, or how he found them. Not to mention that none of the gang clues Wesley in to the whole Connor blood tainting sort of gaslighting done to Angel. He's their boss right? I would think that would be an important thing to tell him; pretty much top priority.

    The brief monster musicians plot confused me in that it seems to me that the gang crossed the line by killing them. Since they knew that the infection the woman contracted from the wraiths was treatable and there wasn't any evidence of them hurting people otherwise, it seems harsh to kill them. The whole thing seemed rushed, and perhaps just to fill out the episode.moreless
  • Sleep Tight

    Sleep Tight was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. This episode follows up on previous scenarios. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there were revelations, difficult decisions, surprise situations, and an unforseen ending. There was a lot of character depth, and we got to see a little of that in every character. It was made apparent that Wesley disapproves of Gunn and Fred, while they continue falling for each other. Lorne discovers the truth about Wesley and gets hurt because of it. I think this was an important episode and I can't wait to watch what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Connor is kidnapped by Holtz.

    Sleep Tight is an outstanding episode that finishes off the baby Connor arc, furthers the Holtz/Sahjhan arc and sets up the teenage Connor arc. It is one of the best episodes in the entire 'verse my 2nd favourite of Season 3 (the best being Lullaby). The main story is so well crafted together that it feels like a jigsaw falling into place. All the storylines submerge into one result and small things like Fred choosing Gunn over Wesley combine with larger elements such as Lilah spiking Angel's blood come together to a final, heartbreaking outcome. Wesley's descent into darkness is well written and acted here but unlike some I don't feel sorry for him. As Fred says in "Double Or Nothing", he could have came to them and asked for their help. But he didn't. He's so wrapped up in what is possibly going to happen he is blind to what is happening around him. His ignoring of Lorne telling him that W&H are spiking Angel's blood proves further that he is oblivious to his surroundings. He also seems to be so readily able to betray them that he annoyed me a lot. His beating of Lorne proves this and I felt that Wesley was very, in a way, self-involved here, determined to protect Connor- his intentions were good but his execution wasn't and his subsequent alienation from the gang was deserving to a point.

    I really missed Cordelia during this episode and felt that if she hadn't went on vacation she could have prevented all this. Wesley might have told her or she might have been able to work out what to do next and balance Angel's rage. Cordelia is vital to that group and in her absence it completely falls apart, proving that she is a leader of the group.

    Lilah was at her villainous best here, playing everyone off everyone else, all to get what she wants. She is one of the most intelligent villains the show has ever done- she's not super strong but her intelligence and ruthlessness enable her to become a bigger adversary to Angel than Holtz and Sahjhan ever could be. Sahjhan also finally did something beside sit and annoy everyone lots and opened the Quor'toth. While I resent him for doing this (if he hadn't we wouldn't have gotten teenage Connor), I think it finally showed him to be a true bad guy. I still dislike him however- he's just poorly acted IMO.

    Justine slitting Wesley's throat- wow! That was a twist. She finally does something interesting. This action further removes Wesley from the group as he is unable to say his part in what happened and I think her attempting to kill him is a good thing- it shows completely loyalty to one person isn't right and won't end well. Holtz was good here too- he sees Connor as a new start for him and a chance for him to finally get a family- shown by him renaming Connor Steven. His revenge against Angel was complete here- killing someone isn't the best revenge. Sleep Tight is an outstanding episode and one of the best in the entire show. It is definitely unmissable and is a defining point in the series.moreless
  • Blood Is Sicker Than Water

    Sleep Tight-When Angel's mood becomes suddenly darker and he begins to crave human blood, Wesley resolves to do whatever is necessary to protect Connor -- even if it means betraying those he loves.

    A dark and shocking episode which sets the events of the rest of the season into motion. I have to say Lilah dsereves the biggest evil b!%ch of the century award. I mean feeding Connor's blood to Angel has to be the most twisted idea that she had ever planned. Watching Angel getting high off his own son's blood is distrubing and David gives a great performances. The plot with Wesley with the prophecy gets to overwhelming point. Welsey taking Connor is very shocking development as he even attack Lorne to stop him from stopping him. It's a very dark development for Wesley that really tests who the character has become to make such a unforgivable betrayl. The whole cast is exceptional as they try to figure out the reason for Wesley's betrayl. David, J. August, and Amy especially stand out this hour. Holtz's part in the matter is actually interesting. While he and Justine seemed to be making threats and attacks for no real point to know they planned to take Connor and make a family with him was nicely played. Also, the slicing of Wesley's throat was one of the most brutal scenes and you can't help but wonder if he will alive! One thing that is still very vague is why Sahjhan hates Angel so much, which will be explained next episode. The episode ends on a heartbreaking note with Holtz jumping into a portal with little Connor as Angel is to late to get his son. It's leaves you with a sad reaction as Angel has just lost the only child his could ever have. All and All, a superb episode that is one of the best of the series as well as the season, with very dark and shocking developements.moreless
Marina Benedict

Marina Benedict


Guest Star

Jeff Denton

Jeff Denton

Lead Guitar

Guest Star

Robert Forrest

Robert Forrest

Warrior #2

Guest Star

Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka


Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Jack Conley

Jack Conley


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the garden, after Demon Kim emerges and spews green vomit, the green goo on Kim's chin changes a couple of times between shots.

    • As Wes tackles Lorne over the desk, you can see Andy Hallett's natural skin through the openings of his shirt sleeve.

    • When Angel is fighting Holtz's vampires, you can see his leg reflected in the broken weapons cabinet when he raises it to kick one of them, it's a very quick shot but if you still your screen (On video or dvd) you can just see it.

    • Just as Angel is running out of the hotel to chase down Wesley, he lifts a sword off of the ground. In the next scene, he steals one of Wolfram & Hart's trucks by pulling the two occupants out of the vehicle. His sword is nowhere in sight. Also, when he arrives at the final showdown, the only weapon he holds during the whole scene is a machine gun.

    • When Justine approaches Wesley 'wounded', he is holding a gun in his right hand and the baby in his left arm. Had he fired the gun that near to Connor, he would have probably have made him deaf.

    • In the overhead shot of the hotel lobby, Angel is a good distance away from the weapon cabinet. Then the shot cuts to a close-up of Angel and he's right at the weapon cabinet.

    • The sequence under the bridge when Angel runs after Holtz is a bit off, apparently from the editing-together of various camera shots. The first shot shows Angel running after Holtz as the latter makes a break for the rift, then the next shot shows Angel standing still getting ready to run. Also, the position of Lilah alternates between ducking away with her head covered and standing straight up, giving her a rather jack-in-the-box look.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lorne: Hey Angel, I think Connor needs some papa love.
      Angel: He needs a lot of things. All day, every day.
      Lorne: Yeah that's kinda how kids... (Angel interrupts)
      Angel: Connor needs a bath, Connor needs a bottle. What Connor needs is to grow up.
      Lorne: Something wrong?
      Angel: Gosh, no Lorne, everything's just great. I got a kid that cries, pees, moans and never gives me a moment to myself.
      (Connor starts crying)
      Lorne: Oh, it's all right.
      Angel: It's really not. Connor shut up!
      Fred: Don't yell at him. He's just a baby.
      Angel: He keeps it up, he's not gonna be a baby for long. (throws glass of blood)

    • (Angel passes Connor to Wesley)
      Angel: Take him. Yeah, it's alright, it's your Uncle Wes. He loves you bunches. He's just... English.

    • Lilah: How'd you find me?
      Angel: Your assistant.
      Lilah: I'll have his arms broken.
      Angel: Already taken care of.

    • Holtz: (to Angel, about Connor) He'll be dead before I hit the ground.
      Angel: I know.

    • Angel: (to armed Wolfram & Hart men) Your bullets won't kill me, but mine will kill you.

    • Angel: Yeah and you look like hell. Not the fun one where they burn you with hot pokers for all eternity...but the hard-core know, Nixon and Britney Spears?

    • Angel: You know, Lilah--there are so many things I could do to you. With transfusions I could keep you alive indefinitely. I do have some expertise in this area.

    • Justine: What you're about to do to your friend. I imagine it's easier to hate Holtz than yourself.
      Wesley: There's enough to go around for both him and me.

  • NOTES (6)