Season 3 Episode 19

The Price

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 29, 2002 on The WB
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When a client suddenly begins acting erratically, Angel and company discover that he has been infected by a strange, slug-like creature which takes over bodies and eventually kills the host. These creatures have infested the Hyperion, and the gang must find a way to destroy them before any more people are hurt.moreless

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  • The in the snowglobe ep


    The Good;

    Very much an 'in the bottle episode'. Do like Fred drinking the snowglobe.

    The Bad;

    I think the Schlucks (or however you spell it) are deeply stupid, this doesn't really work for me

    Best line:

    Cordy; "We have a pool?"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The poor guy crumbling. Also Lilah's assertion that when a co-worker at WR&H pats you on the back you should check to feel for the knife.

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    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:

    Cordy: 11

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 3


    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+ 11 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang: schluck possessed Fred

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 8

    Fred; 1

    Characters killed: the poor guy who get's dusted


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations: Wes makes his first moves towards returning back to the fold

    6, Angel, Cordy, Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Groo

    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 11

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    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:

    Depending on how much you're into the Alien mythology you could interpret the Schlucks possessing Fred and the guy as metaphorical rape. CC describes Groo as 'sexy, well-built, go-all-night'

    Captain Subtext;

    Groo starting to pick up on CC's feelings for Angel.

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages;


    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;

    Drawing from Alien, Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and The Thing a great deal. Our first appearance of grown up Connor for good or ill. Love Lilah's tarantula, once asked Stephanie Romanov at a convention did she have a problem with that scene but she said no, they're 'furry like a kitten'? Groo's mother was called Pomegranate? 'Puppy-dog' is how CC describes the Groo and how she described Jesse in the first ep of Buffy. Gunn once again demonstrates his loathing of creepy-crawlies. 'Thaunmogenisis' is also the term used for the demon created when Buffy was ressurected. Love Lorne's hat. Note when Fred drinks from from the snowglobe she cuts her lip a little. Powerful scene between Gunn and Wes. First real signs of CC's greater power. Lorne uses the traditional Buffyverse line "Standing right here".

    Marks out of 10; 5/10 not one of my favourites

  • The Price

    The Price was a perfect and classic episode of Angel because it had the becareful what you say theme which made both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer great series. Angel discovers that there are consequences to the spell he performed with Lilah to find Connor and kill Sashan. I enjoyed watching this episode as we see Cordelia continuing to be there for Angel as Groo is starting to feel left in the background. I thought Gunn made a good though difficult decision to visit Wesley, who wasn't too thrilled himself. I think there was a lot of character development, and we got to see a new power of Cordelias. The ending was pretty shocking and I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Destroyer

    The Price is a great episode that whilst seeming like a filler and certainly starting off as one, is actually one of the most important episodes of the series as a whole, as Angel receives a cryptic message that The Destroyer is coming and then to learn that The Destroyer is actually his own son, Connor.

    We see Angel still in a lull over his loss of Connor and just wanting to get back to normal and try to move on. We get a small reference to Connor as Angel talks about the glass orb (forgot it's name!) he bought for Connor so he could see the snow. It's apparent here that Angel is still going through terrible grief but is going to great efforts to repress it. However he doesn't have to wait long for something to take his mind off it; enter body sucking slug demons.

    I thought the demons looked pretty cool and great CGI, considering this is 6 years old and on a limited budget. I liked that they communicated through Fred and their chilling messages of the Destroyer are intrigueing and vague. Amy Acker was excellent in her portrayal of possessed Fred and this had some similarities with Fred being destroyed creating Illyria in Season 5. The stunted speech she uses is reminscent of Illyria's also.

    Gunn annoyed me a bit in this episode with his "Connor is dead" speech. He was just completely insensitive and really aggravated me. I wanted Angel to smack him across the room but no luck. I did like his determination to rescue Fred though and it showed that he really cares about her. Wesley annoyed me too with his whole "You abandoned me" thing- eh? Doesn't he remember kidnapping his best friend's son? Wesley needs to acknowledge some blame here and we know why he did it- him saying that Gunn's knows nothing was wrong, as it's pretty easy to guess. The ending was a real shock- the Destroyer appearing out of the portal, killing a huge demon and then calling Angel "Dad" even though he's 17/18 years old and Connor's about 5 months old? Wow. The start of the teenage Connor arc begins here. The Price is a great episode with some great scenes and a cliffhanger ending. Not to be missed.moreless
  • Hi Dad

    This was the first episode I ever saw of Angel and it was a really weird place in the story line to start but I loved it and it got me hooked on this show and any thing else that Joss Whedon touches. I like how eager Angel is at the beginning of the episode for a case and the demons from Quortoth answer his desire really quickly. I love when he is trying to say that it isn't his fault and then the guy goes, he is coming after you. That is a great moment in this episode.

    It is nice to see the team suffering without Wesley when they are trying to figure out what is going on and Fred is so cute in this episode. When Gunn goes to Wesley to get him help, he is so great and shows that she is his priority over all things even Angel. Then at the end when the demon comes through and Connor comes in right after and delivers the line "Hi Dad" which is probably one of my favorite lines from the series.

    I love this episode.moreless
  • Invasion of The Body Suckers!

    The Price-When a client suddenly begins acting erratically, Angel and company discover that he has been infected by a strange, slug-like creature which takes over bodies and eventually kills the host. These creatures have infested the Hyperion, and the gang must find a way to destroy them before any more people are hurt.

    An errie and spooky episode with great plot and unforseen surprises! Angel using dark magic to try to get Connor has some dangerous effect on the ones he loves. Those slimy slugs from the Quor-toh dimenson where just disgusting and the way they enter the mouth, then drain all the water in you just gives you goosebumps. The special effects were great and the make-up with the cracks and dryiness of the skin is also disturbing. This episode you get to realizes how huge the hotel really is! There's a large ballroom, kitchen, and many more rooms and areas never before seen. We get to see more of how much Wesley as truly chnaged in such a dark way, as he hardly cares for his former friends anymore. Amy Acker also gives a great performance as Fred is under the control of one of the slugs. Also, the revelation of Cordelia's demonic powers is a stunning scene as she glows in this amazing light. The episode ends on a shocking note as out of the dimensional ripe goes out a hideous large creature only to be killed by a young boy who comes out of the ripe a second after. The boy than look as Angel and says "Hey Dad!"...Connor! All and All, a fantastic episode which is sometimes underrated but is one of the best this season and one of my favorites.moreless
John Short

John Short

Mr Spivey

Guest Star

Wayne Ford

Wayne Ford


Guest Star

Waleed Moursi

Waleed Moursi


Guest Star

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett


Recurring Role

Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz


Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Angel and Lorne go down a flight of stairs to room 524. The hotel only appears to have four floors judging from the exterior shots.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Angel: Hey, you know... we shouldn't be wasting our time fixing up my place when we've got work to do.
      Gunn: What work?
      Angel: Our jobs, the business. We're neglecting our cases.
      Fred: Um, Angel? We don't have any cases. We haven't had a call in over a week.
      Angel: Really? Well, somebody ought to be downstairs. In case a walk-in should... walk in. 'Cause we get those, sometimes.

    • Connor: Hi Dad.

    • Angel: We.
      Gunn: Glad to see you're having fun.
      Angel: No, "we". First it's "we have to go", now it's "we're thirsty."

    • Lilah: I'm off to save my immortal enemy.

    • Groo: Truly, you are a goddess.
      Cordelia: Well, a demoness. It's way better than horns and a tail.
      Lorne: Hey! Standing right here.

    • Groo: Angel, you and I have fought side by side on more than one occasion - fellow warriors, shoulder to shoulder. By now, my counsel must assuredly hold weight, so I beseech you to heed my words.
      Angel: Okay.
      Groo: Pomegranate Mist is the wrong color for this room.
      Angel: What?
      Fred: We were just thinking - well, actually, I was thinking and Groo agreed - that, well, since you have to repaint the room anyway, maybe you'd like a change. Y'know, for a change.
      Angel: Groo agreed?
      Cordy: Don't mock. He actually has good color sense.
      Groo: Sunburst Splendor is a hue more worthy of a champion. Or, or... perhaps this unique one called... Pur-pleh.
      Angel: Purple. Yet you have no problems pronouncing "pomegranate."
      Groo: It was my mother's name.

    • Gavin: Congratulations, Lilah.
      Lilah: Thanks, Gavin. Can we stop feigning now?

    • Gavin: You know, despite our differences...when a coworker tries to pat you on the back...
      Lilah: I check for the knife.

    • Smoothie clerk: That guy's got ebola or something.
      Groo: Is that a weapon forged in magic?
      Lorne: No, forged in monkey poo.

  • NOTES (3)

    • When Gunn goes to Wes for help in saving Fred, we see Wes is different, for starters he isn't wearing his glasses and is sporting a beard and now he is a darker character throughout the show.

    • Vincent Kartheiser (Connor) did not appear in the opening guest cast credits, in order to keep Connor's return a surprise until the end.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Angel's son Connor, as a 17-year-old boy (Vincent Kartheiser) rather than infant.


    • Cordy: Tried soaking it out, tried scrubbing it out, no question we've got ring around the lobby.

      This is an allusion to a long running Wisk laundry detergent commercial.

    • Lorne: (Wearing a yellow suit with a hat)
      Lorne's suit and hat he wears when he comes in to talk about the guy at the ice-cream parlor is the standard outfit of the comic and movie character The Mask. Given his green face, he looks exactly like The Mask in those clothes.