Season 5 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2004 on The WB

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  • It's A Wonderful Day in Hell!

    Underneath-Hoping that Lindsay has information on the Senior Partners' ultimate plans, Angel, Spike and Gunn track him down in a bizarre and terrifying suburban hell. Meanwhile, a nearly invincible stranger sent by the Senior Partners, infiltrates Wolfram & Hart looking for Eve.

    After losing another loved one/soldier, Team Angel has pretty much scattered about. Angel is finding it just as hard to keep the fold when he is also blaming himself for Fred's death. But don't worry Angel, Spike is there to cheer you up...yep..Spike! After a few touching words to Gunn from Angel, Gunn comes back and sportin' his old gang wear. Glad to see Gunn going back to his roots yet still maturing with the events that have ocurred. But with all that's happened, what are the Senior Partners gonna do about it about and what have they been doing all this time?
    Well after a visiting Eve, who now looks a hot mess, Angel, Spike, and Gunn manage to find where Lindsey was taken by the SP and they decide to free him for information. I gotta say, the perfect family life/surburbia hell was great development. Especially when you see it for the first time and you're thinking, "WTF?" But it's really hilarious watching everything turn to hell like the mother and son busting out with guns and shooting everything in site. Even the milk man gets in on it. But it is creepy watching the events of this hell unfold, like the Basment torturer. The make-up people did a great job with that thing, ehw! But what's also great is how Gunn saves the day and takes Lindsey's place. Gunn has come a long way and his sacrifice was great character development. Also, the Wesley/Illyria scenes were wonderful. I loved the dream that Wesley had of Fred and Illyria is quite the complex character. She understands the world better than anyone yet she wonders why humanity has chosen to live this way. Illyria is force to live like a human because she is now searching for her purpose in the world like the rest of us.

    This episode also introduces Hamilton, the new liasion of the SPs since Eve lost her credibility. Adam Baldwin is great as the Terminator minus the sci-fi backstory and looks good in a suit. I loved when he put his fist through the security guard's chest, Eve, Lorne and Harmony screamed like little girls, lol. But of course, his unreliable and a new threat now that the Senior Partners sent him.

    The episode ends with Lindsey giving the gang some nuclear bomb of bad news. Turns out that the Senior Partners have been using the gang along. While they were busy trying to run Wolram and Hart, THE Apocalypse was busy right underneath. Which means, Angel better think of something quick or this will be the end of the world...for good this time, seriously? All and All, "Underneath" continues the final arc very well as our characters progress and new revelations unfold.