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Lilah: "This is the offer of a lifetime. Just not, you know, mine."

Since we still haven't gotten the definite word on renewal, this episode had to be two things: a possible series finale, and a major change in direction for next season. It succeeded admirably on both counts.

The resolution of Connor's story was beautiful, unexpected, and very touching. It made me cry. Connor so clearly needed what Angel finally gave him: mom, dad, sisters, college, a girlfriend named Tracy, a family full of love, and no hell dimension childhood with Holtz. And interestingly enough, no Angel.

Angel was the only one who wasn't seduced into accepting the deal. He gave in, for Connor's sake. Angel was born to suffer, wasn't he? He is also the only one who remembers that day of being human with Buffy, and now he's the only one to remember that he ever had a son at all. Vincent Kartheiser was excellent. David Boreanaz did wonderfully, too, showing understated grief and pain in the store scene, and later as he was watching Connor through the window, a certain amount of acceptance. I'm not sure I understood what Angel did to Connor with the knife. Was that a fake-out to make us think the father would kill the son?

On to the re-staffed and zombie-free Wolfram & Hart, a turn-key, state of the art, multi-tasking operation and now Angel's reward for "ending world peace." Was it the same building? We never did see the outside, did we?

Lorne got the entertainment division, although we didn't get to actually see it. Fred became head of science division, which was currently managed by Knox, who was also the vampire in "Conversations with Dead People."

Gunn got the most interesting tour. When his guide took him to Security, I thought hey, dull, but then there was the funky elevator (I love that elevator) and Gunn's odd communion with the black leopard. So what did the leopard do that made Gunn so certain and self-assured? Tune in next fall and find out?

Wesley got that magical book collection, and access to an amazing treasure trove of files. That scene with Wesley trying to burn Lilah's contract was so sweet. Lilah was also the nicest she's ever been; death can do that to you, I guess. She even complimented Wesley subtly on his skill as a lover ("But then, you always did like to take your time.") They did love each other, after all. Maybe it wasn't just dying. Maybe the affair with Wesley changed her, too.

Stephanie Romanov was wonderful throughout, with Angel, with Wesley, with the gang. She had just about all the best lines, too, starting with asking for ice water (no ice water in Hell, you know), and fun stuff like "Goodbye, Mr. Sunshine. Hello, gloomy avenger." My favorite exchange was: "Money, clothes, women... did I mention we have a juice bar?" Angel: "This is what you came back from the dead for? To play 'Let's Make an Evil Deal?'"

Intriguing as it is, I'm only partially on board with the Wolfram & Hart takeover. It's odd; I'm not sure it will work. Plus, it's hard to believe that the Senior Partners were sincere about turning it over to Angel. Can you say, too good to be true? Although it would be fun to see Angel in a three-piece grey pin-striped suit and power tie, riding around in a limo or any other of his twelve new cars, or lounging about in the office's necro-tempered sunlight. And I must admit that the story possibilities are wildly open-ended. It depends on what Joss Whedon does with it... and isn't that the situation with every show, when you come right down to it?

Can Spike have a corner office?

Bits and pieces:

— Angel's deal, almost as an afterthought, gave the comatose Cordelia perpetual, top-flight care. A manicure and a blow-dry? It's only what the old Cordelia would expect. Cordelia and Connor were both been written out in a way that would allow them to be written back in. Very good writing there.

— The guy from the Watcher's Council had a fascinating voice.

— Angel took the Sunnydale folder and talisman with him when he left to see Connor for the last time. So I guess he's going to arrive in Sunnydale next Tuesday in a limo?


Gunn: "You want to give us your evil law firm? We ain't lawyers."
Fred: "Or evil. Currently."

Angel: "She was eating people."
Lilah: "They knew what they were getting into."
Lorne: "Her stomach?"

Gunn: "Couldn't have been easy for you seeing Lilah again like that."
Wesley: "Oh, yes. That was awkward, wasn't it? You decapitate a loved one, you don't expect them to come visiting."
Gunn: "Loved one?"
Wesley: "Figure of speech."

Lorne: "So it's an evil limo. I get that, but does that mean we don't restock the cherries?" Loved the limo at dawn scene.

Lilah: "If you prefer to be armed during your stay here, we'd have no objections. Just because we've tried to kill or corrupt each and every one of you at one time or another doesn't mean we can't be trusted."

Fred: "You're like the MacGyver of Wolfram & Hart."
Knox: "You're not wrong. I can make practically anything out of a... fully equipped, multi-million dollar lab."

Lorne: "You know, I mean, it's unbelievable. Secrets of the universe. Like Siegfried, evil. Roy, not so much."

Leave it to Joss Whedon and his merry band of talented writers. This was a fascinating episode, and an intriguing twist for the series. Angel has to be renewed. That's all there is to it.

Four out of four stakes, because any episode that makes me cry gets a four,

Billie Doux reviewed all of Buffy and Angel, so she knows the plural of apocalypse.


  1. Looking back on it, I think I would have liked it more if this had been the series finale instead of season 5's (which I quite liked too). The difference is that this one brings the characters from point A to a completely unexpected point B. I really like the idea of our heroes becoming devil's advocates, not because they've been corrupted but because they believe in people's freedom to make bad choices and want to help them instead of controlling them (a la Jasmine).

    Like you, Billie, I found the last scene with Connor really touching. I also got a bit teary eyed at Wesley's vain attempt to save Lilah's soul. "It means something that you tried," she says with uncharacteristic tenderness. I imagine Lilah going back to her W&H hell, secretly comforted by Wesley's devotion. By the same token, I imagine Wesley (in my mind's fan fiction) refusing the deal, once again putting him as a wild card in Angel's life.

  2. Was not surprised in the least to find that Wes/Lilah was the fan favorite relationship in your Angel finale poll! Definitely my favorite, but it's just my personal opinion that Denisof and Romanov were two of the best actors ever on the series, and this episode is them together at their best. 💖

  3. Every time I watch this episode I am impressed at the Wes/Lilah scene in the basement and the resolution of Connor's storyline. To give Connor a good life Angel made the ultimate sacrifice of removing himself from it. Then end always makes me tear up.

  4. The downside to the rp is the memory wipe so everything all the characters went though just gone all that development

  5. I agree with Billie. Any episode that makes you cry gets top marks. This is one of those eps.

  6. Sniff sniff.. the bomb situation helped answer for me why Connor mercy-killed Jasmine there in the end (he figured nobody deserved her).

    I loved the scene right before they get into the limo. It was pitch perfect. The 3 humans thinking they're the worst, then Angel shows up waiting for them, and then Lorne already in the limo. I don't know what I find so soothing about that. I thought I'd hate to leave the hotel but I had remembered incorrectly and thought it, like AI's original office, gets rendered unusable after a season or so. But it lasted from s2 to now. It was a good run. I wonder if it's the last we see of the place.

    Wes/Lilah finally get a proper 'closure' scene. I'm gonna really, really miss her...

    The black panther didn't talk :(

    >>"Was that a fake-out to make us think the father would kill the son?"
    Yeah I guess the idea was that it's still a certain kind of murder. Erased from existence for everyone but Angel, and technically himself too.
    The mindwipe concerning Connor (hey there's another thing that ties him to Dawn) is the only thing I was iffy about. What does that mean for the crux of Wesley's character development!

    Angel: "She was eating people."
    Lilah: "They knew what they were getting into."
    What? Did they? I had the impression Connor's the only one to express consent and faith.

    Fred: "You're like the MacGyver of Wolfram & Hart."
    Knox: "You're not wrong. I can make practically anything out of a... fully equipped, multi-million dollar lab."
    lol. Knox...

    @Dimitri: "I think I would have liked it more if this had been the series finale instead of season 5's"
    Seize tongue, or find yourself forever unable to wield it! It really is a spiritual series finale of sorts, but ultimately I still prefer keeping s5 around as a season-long denouement. It was certainly leagues better than Babylon 5's superfluous final season.

    So they saved the best tweest of the season for last. Angel Investigations dives into Wolfram & Hart! It's still epic and surreal to me on a rewatch.

    Also I love the scene right after the opening credits, where everyone's just standing around waiting for the continuing credits sequence to end. It's really funny to me.


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