Season 4 Episode 19

The Magic Bullet

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 16, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Fred is on the run from the rest of the Angel Investigations gang... and the entire city of Los Angeles. Jasmine is using every mind in the city to search for her and to bring her to ground. Fred must find a way to show Angel and the rest what she has seen before they manage to hunt her down.moreless

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  • Fred vs the world


    The Good;

    All of open mic night is classic but Connor and Angel singing 'Oh Jasmine' to the tune of Mandy is so funny it makes me want to lie on the floor kicking my legs in the air with laughter! Whatever they paid to use the Beach Boys it's well worth it.

    The Bad;

    So Fred just happens to fall down a slope and into a demon's lair who gives her the idea for defeating Jasmine? I guess we could just put this down to the PTBs. Personally I find the demon scenes boring and gross. Why doesn't Fred try to blow Jasmine's head off? The mind control books seem to burn very fast.

    Best line;

    Angel; "Someone has to go and get Connor"

    Wes; "I'll do it. After all I've kidnapped him before"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Finger food and religious zealots on fire!

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cheap Angel; 6

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Fred at the shop, possibly Gunn and Wes

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 17

    Wes: 6

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 6

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 2

    Kills; 1 demon for Fred

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 44 vamps, 58 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 14 demons+5 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 vamps+ 2 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 16 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang: possessed Lorne, Gunn, Fred and Wes

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 11

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Connor; 1

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations;

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, Connor

    Angel Investigations shot: yep, Angel by Fred

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 2

    Packing heat; Fred a dab hand with her .357 Magnum she takes from the shop

    Wes; 8

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 2

    Fred; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor plus possibly the Beast

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

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

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    The couple who spot Fred at the motel appear to be an amazingly voluptuous hooker and her trick, even Jasmine can't stop the world's oldest profession.

    Fred kisses Angel. Angel kisses a sleeping CC (aaaawwwwww!).

    Captain Subtext;

    Lorne says that Jasmine 'Walked off the street and came into my ass' then hurriedly explains that's where his heart is.

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Actually Jasmine is correct, Lee Harvey Oswald did act alone when he killed Kennedy. Holtz used to tie Connor to a tree and then Connor would have to free himself and track Holtz down. Talk about tough love!

    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;

    Not much, paradise on earth actually pretty boring

    Questions and observations;

    Lovely idea that the woman Gunn and Wes mistake for Fred got her first ever TV job on Angel, I would have pegged her for AA's stand in. The bookseller rather reminds of the character of Denver from season 2 and Hank Azaria. Lorne refers to himself as Judas just as Lilah said Wes was. Love Lorne's baseball bat. Does CC get paid just to come in to work and lie down and go to sleep? When Jasmine's not at the hotel her power over AI seems to fade a little. You wonder if Angel got his CC's blood idea from Buffy and Dawn in 'The Gift'? When CC grabs Angel's hand is Fred telling him the truth about coma patients involuntary movements or just telling him what she need's him to hear? It's a small line in a big show but Angel seems to finally have forgiven Wes over the whole Connor kidnap. Possibly the longest ep of Angel ever at nearly 42 minutes

    Marks out of 10; 7/10 I think

  • The Magic Bullet

    The Magic Bullet was a perfect and classic episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development, plot development, and perfect story telling. I think this episode is scary on a deeper level than normal horror. Jasmine has so much power and basically can control the earth. I thought Fred's encounter with the midget demon was entertaining. Fred was pretty smart to make Angel aware of what is really going on. This episode certainly makes the story take a turn towards a different out come than planned. I really enjoyed watching Jasmine do her thing. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Die, Jasmine, die.

    By this stage I'm just extremely bored by the Jasmine arc and it's becoming a bit of a chore to watch. Jasmine herself just isn't a fun character and whilst I love Fred, 40 minutes of her running around just isn't that great. Thankfully, near the end things get a LOT better and it has a good ending!

    Jasmine as a character DOES get more interesting here but not too interesting. I'm just sick of her spouting off about love and the like and it's just getting old. Gina Torres isn't that impressive as her (yeah I said it!) and just seems a bit bored throughout the episode. Amy Acker does a wonderful job as Fred on the run however and makes her desperation and sadness believable. She really is a fantastic actress. All throughout the episode Fred looked so lost and lonely and it was all because that idiot child Jasmine. *loads on Jasmine hate*

    I really liked the Open Mic sequence of people describing Jasmine. The old lady who named her all her cats Jasmine was HILARIOUS and should of got her own show. Not really but she should have been featured a lot more. Like a trilogy about her cats. JOKE JOKE! The whole sequence was great fun and plus Angel and Connor singing "Oh Jasmine" was hilarious! Guess the Manilow love is generic then. I thoroughly enjoyed the biker dude "Jasmine rocks!" too. I only wish it could have been changed to "Kill Jasmine with rocks", then it would of been my favourite scene of all time! Sadly she's back for two more episodes.

    Aside from Jasmine, this episode has some great things! Fred shooting Jasmine was inspired and who didn't hope them bullets killed Jasmine (and Connor for that matter). Sadly Miss Burkle didn't have the sense to aim at Jazzy's head. I enjoyed all the gang being reunited in their non love for Jasmine and felt depressed just watching them moping around. Also, Charisma Carpenter gets to do something! She only grabbed Angel's hand but still it was fun. I enjoyed Jazzee Rascal going all glowy too as it at least gave her some mystery and alluded to some other power than making people talk about their love for her.

    The Magic Bullet is a good but not great episode. It does have some great scenes but the Jasmine overload ruins it. Just kill her already!moreless
  • Fred runs from the people Jasmine has brainwashed - that is, everyone.

    THe conspiracy theorist guy was absolutely freakin hilarious - He reminds me of lots of people I know personally. His acting was utterly superb. It was also rather thrilling when our little Fred Burkle, the sweetest of the gang, was hunted to be turned or killed by the rest of the gang. The hand-eating monster was also pretty a a a a funny. b b c c d d d e e e f f g g dkjfldfj erei i i o o o p p p ; ; ; l l l k k k k j j j j h h h h g g g gmoreless
  • Fred goes ballistic!

    After the last episode, which was just plain odd, things start to hot up now that Fred has seen Jasmine's true face and she's able to show Angel too. It's still not clear what Jasmine is all about and after Glory in the Buffy shows, she's much less frightening.

    I don't really get this season - lots of the episodes have been really good and I'm enjoying it, but where there has normally been a very clear story arc, there seems to be a bit of a 'where do we go from here' concept to the way the episodes are playing out. After all, we started out with a bit of the Wolfram and Hart normal evil stuff, then had a stone demon, seemingly invincible, then had a sudden revelation when Cordelia killed Lila and now we're onto our next big demon in the form of a supermodel from hell.

    And what IS with Connor. I know he's a teenager who hasn't had a childhood, distrusts just abour everyone and has some serious issues (not least his hair). But get over it! The character is becoming seriously boring and could have been so much more interesting. I'm not in favour of violence but even I would give him a slap.

    And again in this episode where the hell is Cordy? Does she only act lying down now?moreless
Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Himself (uncredited)

Guest Star

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn


Guest Star

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler


Guest Star

Gina Torres

Gina Torres


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • We've seen that John's face in the hospital became diseased when Jasmine made skin-to-skin contact with him. In this episode many humans touch Jasmine directly, especially Angel Investigations when holding hands with her in the circle to locate Fred, but no one develops any boils or swelling from those moments.

    • Neither Fred nor Angel were immediately disillusioned by blood to blood contact: each had to look at Jasmine and see her 'true form' before they stopped worshiping her. The others (Lorne, Wesley and Gunn) do not seem to have needed the second step and they clearly expect Connor to realize the truth a few seconds after Cordelia's blood is smeared with his own. This seems inconsistent.

      Edit: Both Fred and Angel were exposed to Jasmine's blood, which broke the spell. While Lorne, Wesley, Gunn, and Connor were exposed to Cordelia's blood. It could be that Cordelia's blood breaks the spell in a different way.

    • Jasmine apparently lives in room 619, but every exterior shot of the Hyperion shows only five floors.

    • While in the cave, Fred tells then creature she is "new to the whole fugitive thing" but she isn't, she was a fugitive for 5 years in Pylea.

    • On the shot where we see Lorne has stopped believing in Jasmine, he lifts his right wrist up for the alcohol and nothing is there. Then in the next shot when Wesley notices Lorne's right wrist, there's a bandage that magically appeared there.

    • When the camera angle is over Fred's shoulder as she has the small demon pinned down, she's holding the hatchet differently in the next shot (a close on her face). In the latter shot, she has it turned at a bit different angle and has a grip closer to the top.

    • When Connor walks away from the group in the final scene, the cut he received on his chest seems to have disappeared entirely.

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title: The Magic Bullet
      In addition to the book store in the episode, and the bullet which pierces Jasmine and then Angel, the title also refers to The Magic Bullet Theory, which originated in the 1920's and 1930's and proposed that as an audience, we were all passive and equally susceptible to media messages. The media were thought to have the ability to shape public opinion and persuade the masses toward nearly any point of view desired by the author of that particular text. In this case Jasmine sort of acts as "author" shaping and persuading society. The Magic Bullet Theory is also the moniker given to the government-approved explanation of how JFK was assassinated. It is so-called because in order for one bullet to inflict all the injuries it supposedly did, the bullet would have had to change direction mid-air several times. The theory is widely believed to be a cover-up. The mystery surrounding JFK's death is also referenced in the next episode, "Sacrifice".

    • Lorne: This is The Greatest Story Ever Told.
      When Lorne finds out that Jasmine likes movies, he says that this is the greatest story ever told. This is a reference to the 1965 film by that name, which was a telling of the life of Jesus. This draws a direct allusion between the story of Jasmine and one possible vision of the gospel narrative.

    • Gunn: That's some gift you got there, Kreskin.
      Kreskin - often referred to as "The Amazing Kreskin" - is an entertaining "mentalist" who had two shows during the 70's displaying his abilities. He still makes predictions and public appearances to this day.

    • Lorne: You know what they say about people who need people.
      Connor: They're the luckiest people in the world.
      Reference to the famous Barbara Streisand song "People" of whom Lorne is no doubt a fan.

    • Jasmine: I sound like the prologue to one of those movies about dwarf people...
      Gunn: Hobbits.
      This is a reference to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movies, in particular The Fellowship of the Ring in which Galadriel, Queen of the Elves, talks during a lengthy prologue about the history of Middle Earth, the world in which the LOTR saga takes place. Hobbits are small, dwarf-like people (they are not dwarves themselves, though) that usually dwell in clean, hole-like homes.

    • Fred: Invasion of the bodysnatchers...
      The opening sequence with Fred pressed up against a car window and a view from the driver appears to be a homage to the movie Invasion of Body Snatchers - both versions use a similar scene with a similar theme of one person on the run from massive mindless conformity.