Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2000 on The WB
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Angel’s past deeds come back to haunt him as he dreams about killing again but when the dreams become identical to a number of murders in the area Angel fears that he is killing in his sleep.

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  • Apt pupil boy


    The Good;

    Very good ep, we geninely suspect that Angel might be going bad, Penn gives a real sense of menace and some lovely stuff with Kate

    The Bad;

    Penn's haircut but apart from that not much. Would the police really let Kate go in by herself?

    Best line:

    Penn; "You know you'll never get to it the exit before I..."

    Cordy (opening blinds letting the daylight pour in) "...go up like a match?"

    (nothing more satisfying than seeing arrogance shot down)

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Penn kills his sister and presumably goes on to massacre his family as Angelus did

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; nope, 2.

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    In disguise; 3

    DB get's his shirt off; 3

    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel; 2

    Fang Gang in bondage: Angel

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 5

    Wes: 1

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 8

    Angel: 7

    Wes: 1

    Doyle; 1


    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon from her time in Sunnydale

    Angel: 8 vamps, 4 demons, 2 humans.

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Kate; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 1

    Angel: 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 5

    Characters killed: Penn's victims


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    2, Angel and Cordy

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 5,

    Packing heat;

    Doyle; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 1?

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Kinky dinky:

    Cordy comments that she makes the coffee and gets to chain the boss to the bed. The everyday life of a Hollywood assistant.

    Captain Subtext;

    Angel(us) is obviously Penn's father figure. Angel(us) is also obsessed with his father

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;

    3, once again, Angel and Wes just seem to be able to drive into the police station.

    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy characters appearing in Angel; (unless someone can correct me no original Angel character ever appears on Buffy?)

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

    Questions and observations;

    Very nice reminder from Angel(us) past and the beginning of the real tension between Kate and Angel. Another hint that vamps share some link with those they sired. Love Kate's white sweater. Wes is now in the title sequence. Angel Investigations has a runaway case so they're obviously taking ordinary PI cases in addition to their supernatural work. Does Angel figure out Penn's plan because he knows him? Or is he heading to the police station to speak to Kate over the school bus plan? Or do Wes and he just overhear what's going on at the station with their police scanner? Penn in some ways is reminiscent of Scorpio in Dirty Harry (who also hijacks a school bus).

    Met Jeremy Renner at a convention and a fascinating guy, plays in a band, old friend of DB's from their acting classes, went on to star in 28 Weeks Later (as a character called Doyle?), SWAT, The Hurt Locker and Jesse James with Brad Pitt. And of course Hawkeye in Joss Whedon's The Avengers

    Marks out of 10; 9/10 would be 10/10 if it had more arc.

  • In one of the series most underrated episode Angel has a scawy dream and (one of his many) former proteges shows up to wreak some havoc. How good is this episode? Not even Det. Kate's monotonous presence can ruin the fun.moreless

    Underrated. It is the only word I can think of to describe this overlooked yet very good episode. Yes Virginia, the plot isn't that complex or compelling but the dialogue is just so top notch that everything else can be forgiven. And me, because that's just the type of person I am.

    I also think one thing that helped this episode from being just another story is that the writers don't introduce the actual killer until well into the episode. It's always good to wonder if your hero has gone back to his killing ways while he's grabbing some Z's. And besides, without that Cordelia wouldn't have been able to chain Angel to his bed-- rowr. A job perk? Yes, Cordelia, yes it most certainly is.moreless
  • 'Good news, sports fans, there's been another murder. Okay, well maybe not so great news for the, you know, dead person.'

    ‘Somnambulist’ is exactly the reason why this show is so amazing. The episode managed to be dark, funny and just simply amazing. The filming and everything was very impressive. After Doyle’s death it wasn’t sure if it was going to affect the show a lot, Wesley is far from as lovable but the show just can’t go wrong.

    The episode begins with a girl running down an alley, Angel catches up to her and drains her. Angel then wakes up but meanwhile detective Kate finds the body of the girl that Angel dreamed of killing, was it a dream or was it real?

    Next day Wesley comes to the office because he doesn’t have anything better to do. And Angel is looking very bad, older than he is. Wesley thinks Angel is gone evil after reading the news paper about the dead bodies. Angel tells Wes that he might be right because he doesn’t remember any of it.

    So that night they put Angel tight on the bed and next day he’s still there and there is another murder so he wasn’t the killer but he was. He trained a vampire named Penn to kill and now he’s killing his family over and over and over and the dreams are from what Penn is doing and Angel is enjoying them.

    Angel knows what Penn is going to do next so he informs Kate and who he’s going to kill next. Penn picks up a young man that reminds him of his brother and when he tries to kill him he gets caught by the police, he jumps into a building and when Kate goes there to arrest him she shoots because he moves but he doesn’t die and tries to kill her but Angel comes there to rescue her and he shows his vampire face to her.

    Penn is able to escape and Angel tries to talk to Kate but she doesn’t seem to like him anymore. She reads in books about Angelus and now doesn’t trust him anymore because she read that he was a badass vampire.

    Meanwhile Penn goes to Cordy and she realised he’s the guy and when he wants to kill her she opens the curtains which save her. Then Angel arrives and says that Penn is very predictable so he says that he’s going after a bus filled with school children but Angel thinks that’s too original for Penn.

    Penn infact grabs Kate to make Angel kill her but Angel isn’t going to kill her and Penn almost defeats him, Kate grabs a big stick and she puts it through Angel’s stomach into Penn’s heart and thereby killing Penn and saving Angel.

    ‘Somnambulist’ was an amazing episode, the special effects were fantastic and so were the writing and acting. A pure good vampire episode. Kate will sadly never really trust Angel. Angel has a sweet conversation with Cordelia at the end of the episode and she tells him that she will kill him when he becomes evil because that’s what friends are for.

  • angel has a buddy killer vampire

    the past wil bite you in the ass. this episode is fab all around! it explores the vampire mythology more and the writing was excellent!

    i really liked the penn charcater and he should not have died so early. wesley was not so annoying anymore and angel is so cool when hes a bad boy and grounded penn. i also really liked kate and she finally sees that angel is a vampire. very cool episode and well done.moreless
  • We get to see a little more of Angels past

    I really enjoyed this episode. We get to see a little more into Angels past when we are introduced to a vampire who Angel sired back in the day. Seems Penn (the vamp) has made a re-appearance and is killing in the same pattern Angel taught him so many years ago. Angel figures this out pretty early on, but Cordy and Wes are worried Angel is the one doing the killing. (Oh such little faith!) Kate is in charge of the investigation of the victims and whoops, she finds out Angel is a vamp. She is through being nice to Angel after this. I think this ep was pivotal because it changes the dynamic of the Kate/Angel relationship. She was actually (IMO) pretty close to falling for him until she found out he was a vamp.moreless
Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner


Guest Star

Nick McCallum

Nick McCallum

Skateboard Kid

Guest Star

Paul Webster

Paul Webster

Uniform #1

Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In "Sense and Sensitivity" (1x06), Kate teases Angel about having a single name, a conceit usually reserved for rock stars and popes. Angel ripostes, "You've got me. I'm the Pope." In this episode the media labels the serial killer "The Pope."

    • When Kate first arrives at the scene of the attempted fourth murder, another cop says to her that they've sealed off all of the exits. However, when Angel drives around the block there are several doors on the ground floor with no one around them.

    • Angel shows Kate a suspect sketch - presumably done by him - of Penn. Later, when Kate is talking to other police officers about where to station patrols, she looks at a photocopy (not the original folded paper) of the sketch. It is obviously very different from the one Angel gave her. The eyebrows are completely different.

    • Wesley attempts to invite Angel into Penn's apartment, however he, as a former Watcher should know that not only does a vampire's home not work with the invitation rule, but he couldn't have invited him in anyway since he didn't live there (which was later established in the Buffy episode "Real Me").

    • Kate says she has been researching Angel. However, when Angel-as-Angelus first appeared in sister series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Giles said he couldn't find any mention of Angelus except in the Watcher Journals. Given this, it seems odd that Kate could find the same information, which she quotes verbatim ("a demon with the face of an angel").
      One possible explanation is the fact that it is not hard to imagine that the phrase "demon with the face of an angel" was invented several times. Kate was looking up the M.O, whereas Giles was looking up Angel/Angelus by name. She might have put two and two together herself and assigned blame to Angelus/Angel without ever having read his name.

    • Angel is wearing a black leather trench coat when he comes through the ceiling at the warehoue, and it's covered with dust and plaster. In the next scene at the office it's perfectly spotless.

    • When Kate arrives at the crime scene of the third victim, she has no gloves on. Then she gets to the police tape, and still no gloves. Then in the next shot from the front, she's seen just finishing pulling a glove on that has appeared on her hand conspicuously fast.

    • When Angel leaves the office to visit Kate he is wearing a grey sweater, but when he arrives he's wearing a black silk shirt.

      As he would have had to go downstairs anyway in order to take the tunnels, it's possible he changed outfits, but why would he when he had presumably just put the sweater on a few minutes before when he got up?

    • When Wesley first reads the newspaper, it has a headline referring to apartments. Later when he shows it to Cordy the headline says "Third Victim Found in Alley."

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Angel: I'm sorry what I did to you, Penn, what I turned you into.
      Penn: A first class killer? A bold re-interpreter of the form?
      Angel: Try cheesy hack. Look at you. You've been getting back at your father for over 200 years. It's pathetic and cliched. You've probably got a killer shrine on your wall. News clippings, magazine articles, maybe a few candles. Oh, you are so prosaic.

    • Wesley: Oh, I invite you in. (while saying this he gives Angel the universal signal for "stop" then waves him forward)
      Angel: Relax, that's only for humans. Breaking and entering another vampire's lair is no problem.

    • Cordelia: Oh crap! You're him... he... the guy. Apt pupil boy.

    • Penn: We were to meet in Italy, remember?
      Angel: I remember.
      Penn: Well, I waited. Hell, I waited until the 19th century. What happened?
      Angel: Got held up in Romania.
      Penn: Romania. What's in Romania?
      Angel: Gypsies.

    • Cordelia: And no offense, Angel, but maybe you are just committing these horrible crimes in your dreams, but even so, I don't wanna stick around for your nocturnal commissions.

    • Cordelia: If you're wondering why this vein on my temple is doing the cha-cha, it's because I just had one of those bone-crunching, mind-splitting, vision headaches.

    • Angel: I was just thinking about how much this place is like where I grew up.
      Cordelia: Right. Yeah. I can see that, except for the cars and the buildings and the, you know, everything else.

    • Wesley: You fear these might be more than just dreams, that you're acting them out in some sort of hypnagogic state.
      Cordelia: Hypna-wha-gic?
      Wesley: Sleepwalking.
      Cordelia: Vampires can't sleepwalk. He'd take one step out the front door, and his PJs would burst into flames.

    • Angel: I'm not gonna hurt you.
      Cordelia: Oh, is that what you said to Miss Third Body Found in Alley?

    • Wesley: While executing my duties as Watcher in Sunnydale, I did extensive research, specifically on Angel, given his uncomfortable proximity to the Slayer.
      Cordelia: He looked pretty comfortable to me.

    • Wesley: Notice the modus operandi? The mutilation of the corpse with a religious icon?
      Cordelia: I'm against it?

    • Cordelia: (to Angel) Wow, you look half-dead. Which for someone who's completely dead would be... kinda neat?

    • Wesley: Where'd you get the police radio?
      Angel: Police car.
      Wesley: Oh dear!

    • Angel: Gimme a stake.
      Cordelia: It's like eight in the morning...oh, you mean like (pantomimes staking a vampire). Okay.

    • Cordelia: Gallagher's changed his act more times than this dude has in the last two centuries. Why do you think he's still doing the same old shtick?
      Wesley: Well, I mean it's a classic isn't it? (pause) Every time he smashes that watermelon with a sledgehammer I just...

    • Penn: You're right, Angelus. My act was getting stale. I appreciate the critique. So look for something new, innovative... something shockingly original. Just think of the worst thing that could happen, and I'll see you there!

    • Cordelia: (to Wesley) I don't care how many files you have on all the horrible things that he did back in the Powdered Wig Days. He is good now. And he is my friend. And nothing you or anyone else can say will make me turn on a friend.
      Angel: Cordelia, he's right.
      Cordelia: You stake him, and I'll cut his head off.

    • Angel: It's gotta end.
      Penn: Why, because you say so? How does that work exactly? Do you just wake up one morning and decide, "Okay, now I'm good?" No, Angelus, it doesn't end, it never ever ends. It just goes on and on.
      Cordelia: That's not the only thing that goes on and on.

    • Wesley: You recall earlier this morning that mix-up with the dentists mail and newspaper? (shows her a newspaper clipping) That's when I saw this.
      Cordelia: Oh, my God! You cut up Dr. Folger's newspaper? You're going to get us kicked out of this building.

    • Wesley: You can't walk into a police precinct with intimate knowledge about these murders and claim a 200 year-old Puritan is responsible. You'd be locked up faster than Lady Hamilton's virtue! (to Cordelia) My apologies...
      Cordelia: (pause) That's okay. I-I don't know what that meant.

    • Cordelia: People really do change.
      Angel: Yes they do...and sometimes they change back. If the day ever comes that I...
      Cordelia: Oh, I'll kill you dead.
      Angel: Thanks.
      Cordelia: What are friends for?

    • Cordelia: Good news, sports fans! There's been another killing. Okay, well maybe not so great news for the, you know, dead person. But at least now we know that Mr. I'm So Tortured didn't do it.

    • Cordelia: (while tying Angel to the bed) The glamorous L.A. life. I get to make the coffee and chain the boss to a bed. Gotta join a union.
      Angel: Cordelia, I think that's tight enough.
      Cordelia: And if it turns out we're back on a liquid lunch? Better safe than cocktails.

    • Angel: I stalk them, toy with them, mark them while they're still alive. Before they can die from their fear, I feed on them.
      Cordelia: Okay, so you've been having nightmares, it doesn't mean you ...
      Angel: They're not nightmares. I've enjoyed them.
      Cordelia: Oh.

    • Penn: You approved of me in ways my mortal father never did! You're my real father, Angelus.
      Angel: Fine! You're grounded.

    • Kate: Angel, are you okay? Not that the brooding "man of mystery" thing isn't working for you. I mean it is, a lot.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Music:
      When Penn is pinning the newspaper headline to the wall in his apartment -- "Confusion" by New Order.

    • This marks the first time we hear the change in pronunciation of "Angelus". Throughout the Buffy series, it was always pronounced the same as the Roman Catholic "Angelus" (morning prayers)-in other words, similar to the "Angeles" in the common English pronunciation of "Los Angeles". Here they have changed the emphasis to the second syllable, as though you were saying "an jealous". This is the way Joss Whedon always meant for Angelus to be pronounced, but didn't bother correcting people until Angel got his own show.

    • As Cordelia tries to persuade Angel to take a licence plate problem to Kate, she offers this argument, which was cut due to episode length.
      Cordelia: Just remind her that if it wasn't for you she'd be the curdled gooey leftovers of a proto-Babylonian Burrower demon. Or words to that effect. You'll pretty it up.

    • The ending of the title sequence is changed slightly to feature Angel and Cordelia with Wesley instead of Doyle.

    • After the events of the previous two episodes, Glenn Quinn has been removed from the opening titles and Alexis Denisof, last seen as a recurring character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is added.

    • Angel's speech about changing back to Angelus foreshadows the events of "Eternity" (1x17), where Angel does (temporarily) become Angelus.


    • Title: Somnambulist This episode, and its title are reminiscent of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a 1920 German film directed by Robert Wiene. In the movie, a doctor hypnotizes a somnambulist to commit murders while he is asleep, which is in a way similar to the dreams Angel has at the beginning of the episode. Also, in the movie, Cesare, the somnambulist, kidnaps the hero's love, similar to Penn kidnapping Kate Lockley.

    • Wesley: You'd be locked up faster than Lady Hamilton's virtue!
      Lady Hamilton (nee Emma Hamilton) is best known as the mistress of Horatio Nelson, a British admiral who won fame for participating in the Napoleonic Wars. But before Nelson, she was already famous for being the mistress of several men and posing for "Goddess of Health" by James Graham.

    • Cordelia: (referring to Penn) Apt Pupil Boy
      "Apt Pupil" is a novella by Stephen King which was also made into a movie of the same name. It is about a young man who seeks out a former Nazi. The young man forces the Nazi to become his mentor. The relationship is parallel to Angel and Penn where Angel is the mentor teaching Penn how to be a killer.

    • Cordelia: Psycho-wan Kenobi...
      Obi Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Knight in the Star Wars movies.