Season 5 Episode 17


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



  • Trivia

    • The design on the medallion that Lindsey is wearing changes in the closeup shot right before Angel rips it off of his neck.

    • In the basement Spike picks up a bleeding heart which supposedly belongs to Lindsey, but when he drops it his hand is clean of any blood.

    • Eve signs a contract, giving Hamilton her powers of Liaison. Oftentimes, important contracts from or having to do with Wolfram & Hart must be signed with the signer's blood. Angel signs in blood in "Power Play" (5x21), and Lilah has signed in blood before as well.

    • In the Wolfram & Hart mystical holding dimension, when Lindsey's hand reaches for the basement doorknob, the crew and the rest of the studio are reflected in the doorknob. You can even see the rails for the camera dolly on the floor.

    • In the wide shot where Lindsey is getting his newspaper, you can see the mailman walking past someone's driveway. But when the camera angle changes, the mailman is farther back than where he started from. In the next shot you can see the mailman already all the way up the next-door neighbor's driveway.

    • The holes in Spike's jacket disappear after he was shot with the machine gun by the mailman.

  • Quotes

    • Spike: I'm on fire!! (Looks at himself) Oh, never mind.

    • Lorne: Where's Gunn? ... Angel?
      Angel: He, uh... he stayed behind.
      Lorne: Stayed behind? But you never leave a - (off Angel's look) Oh, I guess we do. That's what we do now.

    • Lindsey: Not an apocalypse, the apocalypse. What'd you think, a gong was gonna sound? Time to jump on your horses and fight the big fight? Starting pistol went off a long time ago, boys. You're playing for the bad guys. Every day you sit behind your desk and you learn a little more how to accept the world the way it is. Well, here's the rub... heroes don't do that. Heroes don't accept the world the way it is. They fight it.
      Angel: You're saying everything we do... it's a keep us busy from looking under the surface.
      Lindsey: (snaps his fingers) Ding! We have a winner! The world keeps sliding towards entropy and degradation, and what do you do? You sit in your big chair, and you sign your checks, just like the Senior Partners planned. The war's here, Angel. And you're already two soldiers down.

    • Illyria: Tell me a joke.
      Wesley: Two men walk into a bar. The first man orders a scotch and soda. The second man remembers something he'd forgotten, and it doubles him over with pain. He falls to the floor shaking and then through the floor and into the Earth. He looks back up at the first man, but he doesn't call out to him. They're not that close.

    • (Gunn opens the car door, letting sunlight in)
      Spike and Angel: Ahhh!
      Gunn: Alternate dimension, remember? Sun's the non-frying variety.
      Spike: Figured that.
      Angel: Oh, right.

    • Spike: This isn't hell. This is the burbs. Close enough.

    • Eve: (mocking) Ooh, I'm intimidated. What could you possibly do to me? I've been trapped in this house for weeks like a...
      Spike: Rat? Snake? Beady little rat snake?

    • Lorne: (asking Eve) This thing coming after you, how bad is it on a scale of, say, one to Terminator?

    • Lorne: I think I'm tired. I think I'm sick and tired of wearing bells on my toes and making like everything's gonna be okay. I think it's pathetic that lately I'm too scared and sad to tell people the truth so I just say what they wanna hear instead. Most of all, I think the term "Happy Hour" should be banned from the English language. There's nothing happy about this hour or any other.

    • Angel: We have a problem. Senior partners found Eve. They sent something to take her out. I need to know if I have jurisdiction to protect her. What's protocol here?
      Gunn: I don't know.
      Angel: Right. Well, when you're through reading about important things like, um...(sees magazine) "Trista and Ryan's big baby plans" maybe you can put some thought into it.

    • Angel: (sees the alternate reality) This is Lindsey's punishment? For trying to kill me? Hunh! Maybe it's a reward.

    • Illyria: You've been sitting for a long time.
      Wesley: Yeah. Dozed off.
      Illyria: You drank a great deal of that poison, you called me a lot of names meant to hurt feelings I no longer have, and then you sat there for hours making noise with your nose.
      Wes: I was dreaming, you twit.

    • Angel: (about self-driving car) Isn't anyone else finding this creepy?
      Spike: Oh, come on. Never heard of Knight Rider? (pause) The Knight Industries Two Thousand? (pause) KITT? (pause) Oh, never mind.

    • Spike: What? I'm listening. With beer.
      Angel: Forget it. This isn't a meeting. This is you being annoying.

    • Eve: Brilliant. Really. They'll never look for me here. I'm gonna die.
      Spike: You make it hard for me to want to help you.

    • Eve: What do you want me to say? I'm a leprechaun. I'm from Brigadoon!
      Spike: If I had a nickel for every time I heard that one.

    • Spike: I hope it's Toy-poodle hell. I've had my fill of fire.

    • Spike: Why am I always reconnaissance, I should get a decently flashy job, like save the girl or steal the emerald. Or save the emerald with the girl.
      Angel: Handsome man save me from the monsters…
      Spike: Or that…wait what—
      Angel: That's the first thing Fred said to me in Pylea. She was trapped hiding, afraid…nearly crazy—okay she was crazy but she was brave. I should have never let her come here, bad things always happen here.

    • Illyria: All I am is what I am. I lived 7 lives at once. I was power and the ecstasy of death. I was god to a god. Now... I--I'm trapped... on a roof. Just one roof.... in this time and this place, with an unstable human who drinks too much whiskey and called me a smurf. (Wesley chuckles) You don't worship me at all, do you?

    • Angel: (when he sees Hamilton) Damn, he is well dressed.

    • Wesley: Are you telling me the great Illyria, idol of millions, was limited to one small dimension?
      Illyria: I traveled all of them as I pleased. I walked worlds of smoke and half-truths, intangible. Worlds of torment, and of unnameable beauty. Opaline towers as high as small moons. Glaciers that rippled with incensing lust. And one world with nothing but shrimp. I tired of that one quickly.
      Wesley: Then why stay in this one? Surely there's a world more appealing -- maybe not the shrimp one -- but one where you'll be welcome like you never will be here.

  • Notes

    • The Wesley/Illyria scenes were all written by Joss.

    • When filming this episode, the cast and crew were notified by the WB that they had cancelled the series. Creator Joss Whedon had just six episodes to tie-in all the loose strings of the show.

    • This episode marks the final changes of the series to the main opening credits. Mercedes McNab (Harmony) is added to them and no longer listed as a guest star and Amy Acker's opening credit has been changed to show her mostly as Illyria now. The other stars also have some new scenes added to their credits.

    • Adam Baldwin was one of the stars of Joss Whedon's canceled series Firefly. Like several other actors from the show, Joss has brought him into the "Buffyverse."

  • Allusions

    • Lorne: Holy motor pool!
      This is an allusion to the character Robin in the 1960s TV series Batman who was known for exclaiming "holy..." and then a word or phrase that was a reference to (or pun on) whatever had startled him. For example "holy smoke!" when seeing a fire or "holy sardine!" when a shark is attacking Batman.

    • Spike: Cut the act, Ward, June's gone.
      Spike makes reference to the popular 1950s sitcom Leave It to Beaver in which the parents of the lead character were Ward and June Cleaver. The series became a pop culture icon referencing idealized, even homogenized suburban American life.

    • Illyria: ... and called me a smurf.
      The Smurfs are a fictional group of tiny blue creatures that lived in forests and enjoyed much popularity due to comic strips and several movie and tv adaptations.

    • Angel: Well, when you're through reading about important things like Trista and Ryan's big baby plans, maybe you can put some thought into it.
      The Bachelor is a show about men trying to find a woman to spend the rest of their life with. Trista was the first "Bachelorette" in a reverse role spin-off aptly dubbed The Bachelorette. After being dumped by one of the Bachelors, she got her own show to find the man of her dreams. She chose Ryan, and they got married. Their wedding was also televised.

    • Lorne: On a scale of one to Terminator?
      The Terminator is a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a powerful and seemingly unstoppable robot from the future.
      This episode contains several visual references to the Terminator films, following Lorne's line. Adam Baldwin's slow walk brings to mind both the T-101 and the T-1000. Hamilton punching the security guard through the stomach is similar to the Terminator punching a punk in the beginning of the first movie. Lorne and Eve escaping in the elevator to the parking garage, then being followed there by the stalker is eerily similar to the sequence of the mental ward escape in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Spike being stitched up after being shot in the back is also similar to Linda Hamilton sewing up the Terminator in the second movie.

    • Spike: You never heard of Knight Rider? Knight Industries 2000? K.I.T.T.?

      Spike compares the camaro to the car with artificial intelligence from the early eighties show, Knight Rider.

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