Season 2 Episode 8

The Shroud of Rahmon

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2000 on The WB
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When Angel and the gang find out that there is going to be a robbery at a museum Angel and Gunn pose as members that are going to be involved in the robbery. But when the shroud the robbers are trying to steal turns out to have mind-altering effects can Angel and Gunn keep the shroud from falling into the wrong hands before they lose their minds?moreless

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  • Worst Angel ep ever


    The Good;

    Very little, like Angel's Ja'Don impression and some nice Kate stuff but that's about all.

    The Bad;

    Cordy's hair is awful, she looks like Courtney Cox after a bad perm. The rest of the episode is pretty awful, the whole Wes interrogated by the cops technique really not working at all. If the Shroud is so powerful and destructive how could it have survived for so long?

    Best line:

    Angel " I could use a sweater, something dark"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The twisting of the guard's neck. The story of the city's population going insane with mother's killing their children is also horrible.

    Apocalypses: 4

    Angel Cliches

    Damsel in distress; 17

    In disguise;

    As Jay-Don so 7

    DB get's his shirt off; 10

    Cordy's tattoo;3

    Cheap Angel;


    Fang Gang in bondage: Wes handcuffed

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 8

    Wes: 3

    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 10

    Angel: 12

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1


    Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons

    Angel; 17 vamps, 18 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 1/2 a demon

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 5 vamps+ 1 demon.

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 6

    Characters killed: the corrupt security guard


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

    Angel Investigations shot:Angel by Kate

    Angel: 10

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 2

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Kinky dinky:

    Kate finally get's what she always wanted deep down, Angel bites her under the influence of the shroud and she appears to orgasm against her will as a result just as Buffy did in Prophecy Girl/Graduation Day pt2. Afterwards she seems almost bent to his will, finally able to forgive him for what's happened to her father and letting Wesley go. Apparently the things bringing in the chicks are 'the dough and the ride'. Wes says he's 'Good with the ladies himself'

    Captain Subtext;

    Angel mistakes Kate for Darla. Hmmmm? Kate also has a pic of her dad on her desk. Where's her mum? Gunn refers to vamps killing his sister.

    Know the face, different character; 2

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 13

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

    Questions and observations;

    Angel is a Chow Yun Fat fan, again weird when he was supposed to be a street tramp when he was at the height of his fame (Hard Boiled). If Wes wasn't under arrest before, why was he at the police station? We have the first appearance the tranquliser guns. Noted character actor Tony Todd (Candyman, Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead etc) appears here almost unrecognisable as one of the demons. Is the head of the robbery gang human or demon? Jay-Don ran with the Rat-Pack as apparently Angel did during his Manilow phase according to 'The House Always Wins'. Kate is the first human Angel has fed on since Buffy in Graduation Day pt2.

    Marks out of 10; 3/10, in my honest opinion the worst episode of Angel EVER!

  • Beware The Evil Shroud....Oooooo!

    The Shroud of Rahmon-When Angel and the gang find out that there is going to be a robbery at a museum Angel and Gunn pose as members that are going to be involved in the robbery. But when the shroud the robbers are trying to steal turns out to have mind-altering effects can Angel and Gunn keep the shroud from falling into the wrong hands before they lose their minds? An episode that annoys and is just pointless, the Shroud of Rahmon has a plot as thin as the shroud itself! The main cast and guest stars act just plain stupid while they're under the presence of the shroud. Isn't this suppose to make people act mad? Also, the whole evil shroud thing is lame and the way it's destroyed in the end is laughable. Also, a brilliant actor like Tony Todd makes an appearance as one of the theif demons and his talents are harshly wasted, which just annoyed me even more! The only good part was that Angel finally shut Kate up by almost drinking her to death and serves her right for still acting like a b!%ch for no apparent reason...again! All and All, this episode is nothing but filler and is the worst episode of Season 2.moreless
  • The Shroud of Rahmon

    The Shroud of Rahmon was a really good and entertaining episode of Angel. This episode is a bit of a side step from the main story lines of the season, however it was an interesting adventure to watch. It was a nice touch to have Kate show up at the museum and see a different side of Angel. This episode had a good story, great action, and humor. There was some good character development for a few of the characters. It was fun to watch Angel and Gunn interact after Gunn shows up playing the part of his cousin. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!!!moreless
  • Filler but fun!

    On the first watch of TSOR I wasn't too impressed. But going back on it, it's actually great fun to watch! It may be an absolutely pointless filler with only one important aspects but had some hilarious lines and I liked the plot. The whole Shroud thing was quite unique and I'm glad this didn't become a Random Demon Filler *shudders* and the writers actually used their brains. The demons in this episode were actually entertaining! Now that's a shock.

    This episode wasn't about big fights- in fact it had very little action. It was more about the characters than anything- and some of their reactions to the Shroud were hilarious, especially Cordelia's and Wesley's. Angel's was quite generic, as was Gunn's. Their reaction was quite stereotypical vampire/ vampire hunter. I was glad to see Gunn actually put to a good use in an episode not based around him- in previous episodes it feels he wa just there for the sake of it. I was shocked that I liked the demons this week- I usually despise them- but these ones were fun and not on a basic crush-kill-destroy mission (in other words they were intelligent). The security gaurd was suitably annoying and his death was quite satisfactory. Angel acting as J-Don was a good move so he could be a little different.

    When the effects of the Shroud kicked in though, Cordy and Wesley's reactions were hilarious! Cordy talking to herself in the mirror was classic and Wesley's hair comment to Kate made me laugh a bit.

    Kate finally got out of an Annoyance Central in this episode and I'm so glad- she was starting to irk me no end. She finally realised Angel's a good guy (took her long enough) and when Angel was made to look like he killed her, I didn't feel much sorrow but ultimately I'm glad she didn't die.

    The Shroud of Rahmon was a fun, light thriller that I was glad of. Whilst I love the Darla arc, we had overload last episode and it felt good to have a comedy episode. Not standout but a good episode nonetheless.moreless
  • Gunn asks for Angel's help and they both end up in trouble.

    This episode has a lot of really funny moments. Angel's imitation of J-Don are really great, the bit about Cordelia's hair is really funny, Gunn and Angel's fight and Wesley's 'confession' when he is being interrogated. I know people call this a filler episode, but I call it a transition episode from the first part of the season into the second which features Angel's spiral downward. It shows Wes, Gunn and Cordy trying to get him away from Darla and helping people, even though that isn't his main focus anymore. It sets up the friendship/partnership that develops between Kate and Angel as both of them try to capture Dru and Darla in the following episodes. All in all a good episode which sets up the next episode very nicely.moreless
Dwayne L. Barnes

Dwayne L. Barnes


Guest Star

Tony Todd

Tony Todd


Guest Star

Robert Dolan

Robert Dolan


Guest Star

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Detective Kate Lockley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Angel and gang enter the museum, the tape on the door latch is placed vertically (and only one or two strips). However, later when Wesley and Cordelia go to the museum, the tape blocking the latch is in numerous strips and placed horizontally.

    • They say in the episode that they are going to the Museum of Natural History but the scenes with Kate and Wesley are clearly from the Gene Autry Museum.

    • When J-Don is standing between the two buses, you can see his reflection.

    • The first time the group drop the box with the shroud, the glass shattered with a lot of cracks. But when they all take it back to the garage to open it up, there are only two major cracks, and they're much smaller and cleaner.

    • During the museum scene Kate's hair changes from one style to another and back again depending on the camera angle.

    • The group supposedly needs Angel to walk into the vault because his undead body won't raise the air temperature. In reality, simply opening the door and letting the outside air in would change the air temperature and set off the alarm if it's as sensitive as they claim it is.

    • The nitro in the vial that they use for the break-in is yellow. In reality, nitro is clear.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Wesley: Really, the stain, it-it's hardly noticeable.
      Angel: Cordelia, what happened?
      Cordelia: It's not blood. It's cocktail sauce courtesy of Mr. Star Schmoozer here.
      Angel: I mean to your head. Your hair... well, it looks great. When did this happen?
      Wesley: Ten days ago. Pay attention.

    • Wesley: What happened to your head?
      Cordelia: Excuse me?
      Wesley: Your hair. It's new... it's great! When did this happen?
      Cordelia: Ten days ago!

    • Angel: I like it when they're scared. Makes 'em taste, ya know, kinda salty.
      Menlo: Did I ask for your opinion, you overgrown leech?
      Angel: Jeez! Altoids, aisle four!

    • Menlo: Oh, he's funny. You're funny. You'll be even funnier when I crush your head.
      Angel: Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar?

    • Wesley: I spilled it on her in front of Mr. Fat Chow...Chow.
      Cordelia: Chow Yun-Fat!
      Angel: What? You met Chow Yun-Fat?

    • Cordelia: Uh huh. Time to traipse off to your soul-sucking Hollywood party?
      Wesley: Premiere, actually, and I, uh, just happen to have an extra ticket...
      Cordelia: Who does shallow better then me?

    • Angel: Kate, what are you so afraid of? (vamps out) Is it this? Is it the part where I kill you? 'Cause I gotta tell you, I love that in a woman.

    • Angel: (to Kate) Wow, Look at you, rushing in here all by yourself. You're the best cop ever.

    • Cordelia: My teeth are so big. I am pleasant.

    • Kate: Where is Angel?
      Wesley: Angel? Right. That's why I'm here, to warn Angel about something important! Your hair!
      Kate: You're here to warn Angel about my hair?
      Wesley: It's blonde!

    • Cordelia: Two words I don't like right off the bat: tomb and unearthed. People, you've got to leave your tombs earthed!

    • Gunn: Get your hands off my throat.
      Angel: Ah, ah, ah... you gunna play nice?

    • Gunn: Don't hit me again.
      Angel: I was trying to protect you.
      Gunn: I appreciate that. (punches Angel) Don't do it again.

    • Gunn: And what am I supposed to do? Sit home and knit?
      Angel: I could use a sweater... something dark.

    • Gunn's cousin: Not that I'm prejudiced - I just hate vampires.
      Angel: You're enlightened. I can tell.

    • Angel: (to Gunn) You know, I'm getting pretty sick of this vampires-killed-my-sister-so-now-I'm-all-entitled song. Don't you know anything else? Like say, ah, "MacArthur Park"?

    • (about Angel)
      Cordelia: Au contraire, his day is packed. Brood about Darla, brood about Darla, lunch, followed by a little Darla brooding.

    • Cordelia: You can bet that if someone ordered a male body part for religious sacrifice, the world would be atheist (snaps fingers) like that!

    • Cordelia: I'm not big on shrouds, they're an "after you die" outfit.

    • Wesley: (about Angel) He helps people, you know. When he's not in trouble himself.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2001 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for "Best Special Makeup Effects - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)".

    • Cordelia has a new haircut in this episode. Wesley notices for the first time and Cordelia says she got it cut ten days ago. She would cut it shorter later in the season.


    • Angel: (to Gunn) You know, I'm getting pretty sick of this vampires-killed-my-sister-so-now-I'm-all-entitled song. Don't you know anything else? Like say, ah, "MacArthur Park"?

      "MacArthur Park" is a song by Jimmy Webb, first released in 1968. It is about a lovers' break-up and has been covered more than 50 times, despite its bizarre lyrics and unusual metaphors.