Season 5 Episode 14

Smile Time

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Polo, the lead puppet, tells Ratio to save the "Nest Egg," Ratio suddenly moves from inside the toy box to behind the cameras.

    • When Fred opens Angel's office double doors inward while flanked by Wes and Gunn, Puppet Angel is supposed to be leaving with them. But when we pan down to see Puppet Angel, with sword on shoulders behind head, he is standing too close to the group. He would have had to have left the office then waited for the group while they waited for the doors to close before catching up to Angel.

  • Quotes

    • Ratio: Honk!
      Grufus: Ratio's right, man. This Angel cat must've been the dude that broke into the "Don't" room last night.
      Ratio: Honk!
      Grufus: That's what I'm sayin'! He messed with the nest egg.
      Polo: Stupid jackass. Might as well walk into a nuclear reactor and lick the core!

    • Polo: Okay, which one of you short bus bastards turned the CEO of Wolfram & Hart into a puppet?!

    • Harmony: Oh my God! Angel you're a...
      Puppet Angel: Shut up! What are you people looking at?! Well...?
      Spike: They're looking at the wee little puppet man.

    • Grufus: Looks like Polo has a case of the grumpies!

    • Wesley: It's clearly some sort of hex. Or a powerful warding magic.
      Lorne: Maybe its some type of puppet cancer.
      Puppet Angel: I do not have puppet cancer!

    • Angel: Wes, it wasn't just breakfast. You know, it was, uh... breakfast. I mean, here we had this very good, very platonic thing going on, and then all of a sudden, out of the blue...
      Wesley: Are you blind? Angel, there are things called signals. Odorless, yes. Invisible, certainly. But unmistakable, like the ones she's been casting your way for months.
      Angel: No. I would have noticed.
      Wesley: This isn't just from me. This comes from people who know. This comes from the ladies.
      Angel: The ladies?
      Wesley: Fred, Harmony, the girls in Transcription. As Harmony put it, "Why else would a chick who's coming to spend three nights in a jail cell dress like it's her first date?"
      Angel: Oh, God. The ladies are right.

    • Nina: Anyway, I was thinking... I mean, what are you doing for breakfast tomorrow?
      Angel: Oh, you know, drinking blood.

    • Angel: Wes, put the Special Ops team on Red Alert!
      Wesley: Red Alert?
      Angel: I want helicopters and tear gas!
      Gunn: Angel, we...
      Angel: This is war!
      Lorne: Angel, baby, muppet, pumpkin, um... this show is number one in it's time slot. Tykes love it all across the southland. We can't just toss a jihad at their studio.
      Angel: Ohh, right.

    • Angel: Harmony, get my call list.
      Harmony: Um...
      Angel: And Spike needs a car.
      Spike: You heard the puppet.

    • Framkin: And if your intent is to pressure me, extort money, do any of the things your firm is famous for, well, I'm afraid you're in for a fight.
      Lorne: Yeah? Well, a fight suits us just fine, Papa Smurf. We're gonna let the entire world know what you're up to.
      Framkin: "Up to?" Gentlemen, I bring joy and laughter to children. You bring tax exemptions to nasty corporations, acquittals to the clearly guilty. Frankly, I doubt the world wants to hear from you.

    • (about Nina)
      Angel: Wes, it's not gonna happen?
      Wesley: Why?
      Angel: Because I'm not that guy! That guy is charming and funny and... emotionally useful. I'm the guy in the dark corner with the blood habit and 200 years of psychic baggage.
      Wesley: Get over it!
      Angel: Why are you yelling at me?
      Wesley: Because! Angel, if there's a woman out there, who you find truly attractive, who you think about, let's say, most of the time, who represents even part of what you think makes the world worth fighting for, and who doesn't view you as an entirely sexless shoulder to lean on, you have to do something about it.

    • Lorne: Nina definitely wants a piece of Angel cake.

    • (On the Smile Time puppets)
      Gunn: These particular devils have a very distinctive MO.
      Fred: They've done this before?
      Gunn: Seen the last few seasons of Happy Days?

    • Spike:Hey big guy, I need another car. Last one went in the drink...
      Angel: Spike.
      Spike: Look at you.
      Angel: Spike. Just turn around and walk away.
      Spike: You're a...
      Angel: Spike...
      Spike: You're a bloody puppet!

    • Polo: We eat babies' lives!
      Grufus: And uphold a certain standard of quality edutainment.
      Polo: Screw edutainment! The life-force we're pulling out of these snot-nosed kids is one hundred percent pure innocence, dickwad!

    • Nina: (To Puppet Angel after first seeing him) Are you all right?
      Angel: I'm made of felt, ( Pulls off his nose, he sounds "stuffed up")
      and my nose comes off (replaces nose). . .ahh. ( shrugs)

    • Framkin: We have a song here at Smile Time that reminds me of your courage and pluck. It's called, uh, "Courage and Pluck." Goes a little like this: Ohh, courage and pluck, courage and pluck...

    • Framkin: No name calling at Smile Time.
      Lorne: Bad person!

    • Gunn: You turned my boss into a frickin' puppet!

    • Fred: Oh my God, Angel, you're cute!
      Angel: Fred... don't.
      Fred: But... oh, look at your little hands. And the hair!
      Angel: Hey! You're fired.

    • Angel: Stupid thread...stupid needle...stupid fingers!

    • (While Puppet Angel attacks, and subdues, Spike in the Elevator)
      Angel: Stupid, limey, piece of crap!

    • Angel: Ah! Geez! No! No, Nina! Bad Nina! Ah! Gah! Ahh!

    • Wesley: This transformation may have altered your stress response mechanism.
      Angel: What?
      Gunn: He's saying you have the proportionate excitability of a puppet your size.

    • Polo: I'm gonna tear you a new puppet-hole, bitch!

    • Angel: Lorne!
      Lorne: My little prince! What did they do to you?
      Angel: Nina...tried me!
      Lorne: Medic! You're gonna make it, Angel, just don't stop fighting! Doctor! Is there a Gepetto in the house?

    • Nina: Is there a reason why you won't look at me?
      Angel: 'Cause I'm under my desk.

    • Polo: So, you got a little demon in you.
      Angel: I got a lot of demon in me. (vamps out)

    • Puppet: It's smile time!
      Angel: No, it's time to kick your puppet ass all the way back to hell.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for a Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation: Short Form.

    • Originally this episode was written to cover the fact that David Boreanaz (Angel) had sprained his ankle on the set.

    • Joss planned to direct this episode, but decided to direct "A Hole in the World" instead.

    • This was the first episode of Angel to be aired after the shocking news that The WB network would not be renewing the series after the end of season five.

    • The opening credits (with the guest stars, producers, the writer, and director) were changed back to the old format that the show used to have.

    • Gregor Framkin is played by David Fury, a writer and director for the show.

  • Allusions

    • (On the Smile Time puppets)
      Gunn: These particular devils have a very distinctive MO.
      Fred: They've done this before?
      Gunn: Seen the last few seasons of Happy Days?
      Happy Days was a sitcom set in the 1950s, that ran from 1974 to 1984. The last few seasons were noticeably poorer in quality that the earlier ones, and even coined the phrase "jumping the shark" to indicate when a series has passed its prime.

    • Wesley: That's not how magic works, Knox.
      Knox: Really, Merlin?
      Merlin is the wizard who advises King Arthur in the legends of the Round Table.

    • Lorne: Angel, baby, muppet, pumpkin...
      The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson.

    • Lorne: My little prince! What did they do to you?
      This is a reference to the French book, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which was later turned into a musical in 1974 starring Gene Wilder and Bob Fosse. Roughly speaking, it is about a pilot who is forced to land in a desert and meets a young boy who teaches him a great deal about life and wonder.

    • Gunn: He's saying you have the proportionate excitability of a puppet your size.
      Referring to Spider-Man, who is often described as having the "proportionate strength of a spider" for a man his size.

    • Lorne: Medic! Doctor! Is there a Gepetto in the house?
      Gepetto was the man who made the infamously deceitful wooden puppet, Pinocchio, who later turned into a real boy.

    • Lorne: Shut up, Papa Smurf!
      The Smurfs was a cartoon show that aired on Saturday mornings during the 80's. Papa Smurf was the leader of the Smurfs and had a beard similar to the one sported by Framkin.

    • Puppet Angel: I'm made of felt...and my nose comes off.
      Puppet Angel is very reminiscent of Sesame Street's Bert. When he observes Smile Time in his office, his expression of disgust looks eerily like Bert's trademark scowl. Later, while talking with Nina, he pops his nose off and holds it in his hand -- a time-honored Bert-ism.

    • Doctor: Oh, acute "Flowers for Algernon" syndrome… Though I do think Cliff Robertson captured the poignancy of it more elegantly.
      "Flowers for Algernon" is a short story about a man, Charlie Gordon, who was mentally retarded and had a surgery done to increase his intelligence quotient. Eventually, Charlie becomes a genius, but finds himself not as happy as his former self was. The story ends with Charlie eventually losing his newfound mental prowess. It slips away from him in much the same way that Gunn's did. "Flowers of Algernon" was made into a movie, Charly, staring Cliff Robertson who won an Oscar for his lead role.

    • Knox: It could be The Joker.
      Knox compares the grins on the children as something The Joker from Batman would do. The Joker used a chemical (in both the movie and comics) to kill people leaving a grin, similar to the children's, on their faces after they die.

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