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Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2003 on The WB
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Angel helps a newly infected werewolf named Nina, who is being hunted by a mysterious and wealthy organization. Nina is offered shelter at Wolfram & Hart, but when it turns out that the hunters have a mole in the company, Nina's sanctuary may become a trap.

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  • the sun

    how about the sun on Angel on this episode seemed like no effect on him wtf ?

    always with when he is with Nina the sun upon him >>>>>>>>>>>

    Is this a joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and what the whole ceremony about what are those thoughts really radical>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Furs a flying


    The Good;

    Especially love the gag of Nina asking Angel if he's Frankenstein and Angel self-consciously rubbing his forehead, Spike's taunting must be getting to him. Nice final scene with Angel making sure to anchor himself to the world once more by hanging out with his friends. The Hyperion has also not been forgotten and a sly dig at Scientology.

    The Bad;

    A little trite that they give the cryptozoologist to the cult to eat but then abolish the club?

    Best line;

    Nina; "Angel, he saves a lot of girls?"

    Fred; "Girls, guys, puppies, he's pretty much an equal opportunity saver" (presumably Fred has been told of Angel's Orpheus flashback)

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Nasty scenes with Nina about to be eaten alive

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 14,

    Cheap Angel; 7 Lorne remarks that hell has frozen over when Angel says their food is on him

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 7

    Gunn; 5

    Lorne; 5

    Fred; 3

    Fang gang knocked out: Fred by the kidnappers

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 19

    Wes: 7

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Lorne; 6

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 3

    Kills; Angel kills one werewolf.

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 45 vamps, 60 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 12 humans, one werewolf

    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, Jasmine

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang;

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 11

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Connor; 1

    Characters killed:


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations; 5, Spike noticeably absent from the gang at the beginning.

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,

    Angel Investigations shot: Angel by the security guards

    Angel: 14

    Wes; 2

    Packing heat; Wes with a pistol and unusually Gunn with a shotgun

    Wes; 9

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 4

    Gunn; 3

    Fred; 2

    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 definite; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 1 possible, Justine

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Nina quite reasonably suspects Angel to be a psycho rapist. Well, not lately. Nina naked and chained (anyone else think she looks a little like Sharon Stone?). A fellow student calls and says he missed Nina in the life drawing class which implies she does nude modelling (she certainly has the figure for it).

    Captain Subtext;

    Wes not so subtly jealous of Knox whom Fred refers to as being 'Under me' and 'On top of'. The comparison of Angel to the werewolf is clear, he cut himself off from humanity to avoid temptation but ended up losing all value for people and lost his human side anyway, just as Angel might have if Doyle hadn't come along.

    Know the face, different character; 5

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Angel once again tortures ruthlessly

    Buffy characters on Angel; 16. It would have been nice if Caine the bounty hunter had shown up but as the actor had also played Sajhan maybe that was impractical.

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony. POSSIBLY The First Evil

    What the fanficcers thought;

    Plenty of fic where Oz shows up in LA to help Nina out with what he's learned, if ever there was an ep for him to re-occur on Angel this was it.

    Questions and observations;

    Lorne's reading not too good lately. Here's a good game for you, match the car to the AI member in the opening scene. The guys refer to being at WR&H for a month. Does Angel detect the werewolf by his scent? He's met one before, Oz in Phases. Spike still lies a lot. Different werewolf makeup than what we see in Buffy and thank god, much more impressive! Note though that Nina has amnesia for her first few transformations just as Oz had. Note it's Lorne who figures out how to find Nina. When Fred tells Nina that Angel was seeing someone does that mean CC or Buffy? Lorne makes an 'extra weight' remark of Angel, is that a joke on DB? Wes refers to the Initiative or whatever they call themselves nowadays.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, enjoyable standalone ep, reminds you of the sort of thing they used to do in season 1

  • The Girl Has Claws!

    Unleashed-Angel helps a newly infected Werewolf named Nina, who is being hunted by a mysterious and wealthy organization. Nina is offered shelter at Wolfram & Hart, but when it turns out that the hunters have a mole in the company, Nina's sanctuary may become a trap.

    Now when it comes reusing storylines in the Buffyverse, sometimes to second time around is better than the first! Case and point, Buffy's "Tabula Rasa" and Angel's "Spin The Bottle". But when it comes to Angel take with the whole werewolf storyline, it falls flat. Not to mention, the episode introduced the whole Angel/Nina romance which had to be the worst coupling in Buffyverse history! Not to say, Nina is a bad character. Jenny Mollen does fine in her role, it's just that a relationship didn't have to come from it. What is it with Angel and blondes? But the episode does have it's disturbing moments like when Nina having flashes of her cutting her niece's throat out. But whole eating a werewolf development just doesn't excite, but at least Nina gets some development. There is also the continuing questioning of what taking over Wolfram and Hart means for Team Angel and who should they trust at the facility. Then there is of course, Spike's side comments which are classic. All and All, a mediorce offering with some good laughs(Nina's Frankenstein comment to Angel and his reaction, lol) and parts but pretty much average here.moreless
  • This is what I call a throw away episode.

    At the beginning of a season there always seems to be episodes that don't advance the main show story line. This is one of those episodes. Angel saves a girl from a werewolf. But she is infected by the werewolf's bite and she becomes a werewolf. Angel Inc. helps her get oriented to her new situation. But the girl is kidnapped by a club of rich people that eats supernatural beings. And Angel saves her from the exotic food club, punishing all the bad people.

    My problem with this is none of these characters show up for the big stuff that is coming up later in the season. It doesn't even tell us anything new about Angel's Wolfram and Hart take over. In the end only the club owner and the Wolfram Hart employee are punished, the rich patrons get away.

    The exotic food club idea came from news stories of real clubs where rich people pay lots of money to eat exotic animals.moreless
  • Unleashed

    Unleashed was a really great episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this story unfold. There was action, character development, and classic elements that make the series what it is. I found it interesting that the gang meet and check for surveilence which makes sense in their positions. I thought the Werewolf story line was excellent and it was interesting to get an Angel perspective on this subject as Buffy did with Oz. I thought the dinner club plot was pretty good and interesting. I really look forward to seeing Nina again and more ont his story line. This episode was definitely a set up for future episodes of the series!!!!!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the Buffy season 2 episode "Phases", the werewolf hunter says that after he kills a werewolf he takes its pelt and sells it. However, this would be impossible if a werewolf returns to human form upon its death as is said in this episode.

    • Angel enters the chef's home without being invited. Unless the forces that orchestrate vampire invitations considered it a restaurant or he is not human that shouldn't be possible.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Nina: You don't ever think about... letting go? Disappearing somewhere?
      Angel: Look, if you separate yourself from the ones you love, the monster wins.

    • Gunn: They made arrangements to transport his body back to... the North Pole. Turns out he had a close, personal relationship with Santa. Angel?
      Angel: What? Oh, I'm with you. Turning over the... Santa?

    • Fred: Oh that's weird, why don't I just approach the mysteriously ajar door.
      Gunn: Stop with the mocking, I get enough of that from Blondie Bear.

    • Fred: Angel this little picnic was such a good idea.
      Gunn: Yeah man, why haven't we done this before?
      Angel: Aw, you know, you've all been working so hard.
      Wesley: Has anyone seen the plum sauce?
      Fred: (finishes scanning for bugs) We're clean, nobody's listening.

    • Spike: Hey, I'm a situation, remember? I'm a bloody phantom. And you and your serious girl spectacles were gonna help me with my bloody little problem.
      Fred: I know, and I bloody will.

    • Angel: Where is she!?
      Royce: I don't know what you're...
      Angel: Wrong answer!
      Royce: But it's a secret. If I tell you, this man, he's not like you. You're a good guy, but he's a...well no offence, but he's scarier than you.
      Angel: (vamps up face) Want to bet?

    • Spike: It was a long time ago. He was a young Watcher, fresh out of the academy, when we crossed paths. It was a, what-you-call, battle of wills...and blood was spilled. Vendettas were sworn. It was a whole--
      Fred: My're so full of crap.
      Spike: Yeah. Okay.

    • Spike: I had a wee spat with a werewolf myself once. Fought for over an hour. Brutal, vicious. Almost lost my--
      Fred: Angel killed him with a pen.

    • Nina: How do you live with it? Knowing that you've killed people?
      Angel: Nina, they were going to eat you for dinner.
      Nina: I just want to wake up, you know?
      Angel: At some point, you'll be at the grocery store or with Amanda and, the whole werewolf thing, it'll just be a part of who you are.
      Nina: Next you're going to tell me you actually like being a vampire.
      Angel: Well, being nearly indestructible is cool.

    • Nina: How would're not a monster, too, are you?
      Fred: Nope. Standard-issue science nerd. I did spend 5 years in a demon dimension...till Angel saved me.
      Nina: Guess he saves a lot of girls, huh?
      Fred: Girls, guys...puppies. He's pretty much an equal-opportunity saver.

    • Gunn: So...werewolf girl. Think you got a shot?
      Angel: She gave me a look.
      Wesley: Really? A look?

    • Wesley: These people, the ones you're spending so much time with lately. Knox, for example.
      Fred: We're, you know, friendly, but he's under me...or I'm on top of him...professionally.

    • Nina: So you're like a family?
      Fred: Yeah, a demon-hunting, helpless-helping, dysfunctional family.

    • Angel: I'm buying.
      Lorne: Ladies and gentlemen, hell just froze over.

    • Angel: You know that "whoosh" thing that you do where you're not there anymore? I love that.

    • Wesley: I did get a rather nice pen. Sterling. Has my name on it.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Lorne: Spike showing up your first day in the Wolfram and Hart saddle took the "jolly" right out of the rancher.
      A reference to Jolly Rancher candy, a popular American confectionary.

    • Lorne: I'm talking about the psychic pounds, pumpkin. Consider me the Jenny Craig for the soul, huh?
      Jenny Craig started a chain of weight loss centers in the United States.

    • Lorne: Okay, Atlas, how about a shrug?
      Referencing the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

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