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Season Five
Season Five

Conviction    (8/10)-Anna    (7/10)-XG
SPIKE JOINS THE CAST OF "ANGEL" - Taking over the Los Angeles offices of the supernatural law firm Wolfram and Hart proves to be more challenging than expected for Angel (David Boreanaz) and the gang, especially when their first case involves representing an evil client (guest star Rod Rowland) who threatens to destroy the city. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode.

Just Rewards    (7.5/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
IT'S A DEAD MAN'S PARTY Spike (James Marsters) mysteriously materializes in Angel's (David Boreanaz) office through the magic of an amulet, but no one, including Spike himself, understands the reason he has returned or why he is now a ghost. Meanwhile, Angel jeopardizes his own life when he tries to stop one of his evil clients (guest star Victor Raider-Wexler) from using human bodies as vessels for demon spirits. Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards and Andy Hallett also star. Story by David Fury, teleplay by David Fury & Ben Edlund and James A. Contner directed the episode.

Unleashed    (5.5/10)-Anna    (4/10)-XG
AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LOS ANGELES Angel (David Boreanaz) tries to protect a woman (guest star Jenny Mollen), who's been bitten and transformed into a werewolf, from evil restaurateurs who want to turn her into an exotic dish. Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards, Andy Hallett and James Marsters also star. Marita Grabiak directed the episode written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft.

Hell Bound    (7.5/10)-Anna    (6/10)-XG
HELL HATH NO FURY Spike (James Marsters) struggles to maintain his weak grip on reality as spectral forces threaten to send him to hell. He encounters ghostly apparitions, including an eighteenth-century serial-killer doctor. Meanwhile, Fred (Amy Acker) continues her quest to find a way of restoring Spike to his corporeal self. David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards andAndy Hallett also star. The episode was written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight.

Life of the Party    (6.5/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
HALLOWEEN ANGEL STYLE The consummate entertainer Lorne (Andy Hallett) works around the clock to throw the ultimate Halloween party at Wolfram & Hart. When their guests begin to behave strangely and out of character, Angel (David Boreanaz) and the gang investigate to find out what's causing the mysterious happenings. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and James Marsters also star. The episode was written by Ben Edlund and directed by Bill Norton.

The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco    (8/10)-Anna    (7.5/10)-XG
MUCHA LUCHA Angel (David Boreanaz) learns that he must track down a retired Mexican wrestler (guest star Danny Mora) to help him defeat Tezcatcatl, an ancient Aztec warrior who emerges every 50 years to take the heart of a hero to sustain his own existence. Angel is surprised to find the wrestler is employed at his company, Wolfram & Hart, and that he has a personal score to settle with Tezcatcatl. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and James Marsters also star. Jeffrey Bell wrote and directed the episode.

Lineage    (9.5/10)-Anna    (10/10)-XG
CYBERNETIC GENETICS The offices of Wolfram & Hart are under attack by cyborg assassins who are seeking a magical device that will give them control over Angel (David Boreanaz). Meanwhile, Wesley (Alexis Denisof) is surprised by the unannounced arrival of his estranged father (guest star Roy Dotrice, "Beauty and the Beast") who has come to evaluate Wesley for possible reacceptance to the Watcher's Council. J. August Richards, Amy Acker, Andy Hallett and James Marsters also star. Jefferson Kibbee directed the episode written by Drew Goddard.

Destiny    (7/10)-Anna    (7.5/10)-XG
THE RETURN OF DRUSILLA When another mysterious package arrives at Wolfram & Hart that recorporealizes Spike (James Marsters), the gang learns that the existence of two living ensouled vampire heroes has created chaos in the world. After Eve (Sarah Thompson) tells them about a prophecy that states that the only way to restore order is to find the Cup of Perpetual Torment that bestows human life, Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike battle it out for the ultimate prize. A series of flashbacks show the history of Angel and Spike and their relationship with Drusilla (guest star Juliet Landau). Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and Andy Hallett also star. The episode was written by David Fury & Steven S. DeKnight and directed by Skip Schoolnik.

Harm's Way    (9/10)-Anna    (10/10)-XG
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HARMONY - Angel (David Boreanaz) arranges an important truce meeting between two warring demon tribes through a Demon Rights Activist (guest star Bryce Mouer). Already feeling unappreciated at work, Harmony's (Mercedes McNab) life in the office gets worse when she finds the Demon Rights Activist dead in her bed one morning after a night of drinking. Knowing that Angel will kill her for causing the summit negotiations to break down, Harmony is desperate to find out who framed her for the murder. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, Andy Hallett and James Marsters also star. Vern Gillum directed the episode written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft.

Soul Purpose    (7/10)-Anna    (7/10)-XG
DAVID BOREANAZ MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT A mysterious stranger (guest star Christian Kane) approaches Spike (James Marsters) claiming responsibility for recorporealizing him in a mission to guide Spike in supplanting Angel (David Boreanaz) as the new vampire champion. Meanwhile, Angel is racked by intense fever dreams and hallucinations of his worst fears intensifying his worries that he will lose authority to Spike. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, Andy Hallett, Sarah Thompson and Mercedes McNab also star. David Boreanaz directed the episode written by Brent Fletcher.

Damage    (8.5/10)-Anna    (10/10)-XG
A NEW VAMPIRE SLAYER EMERGES When an emotionally unstable woman, Dana (guest star Navi Rawat, "House of Sand and Fog"), escapes from a psychiatric ward, Angel (David Boreanaz) learns that she was tortured as a child and is now searching for her tormentor. Andrew (guest star Tom Lenk, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), a watcher-in-training, arrives from Sunnydale with surprising information about Buffy and to inform the group that Dana is also a vampire slayer. Meanwhile, Spike (James Marsters) believes that if he can save Dana, he will prove that he is destined to be the vampire champion. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. Jefferson Kibbee directed the episode written by Steven S. DeKnight & Drew Goddard.

You're Welcome    (9/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
"ANGEL" CELEBRATES ITS 100TH EPISODE AND CHARISMA CARPENTER RETURNS Cordelia (guest star Charisma Carpenter) mysteriously awakens from her coma and is shocked and unhappy to discover that Angel (David Boreanaz) and the group are no longer fighting Wolfram & Hart, they're running it. When she realizes that Angel has lost his conviction to be a hero, she gives him the information and support he needs to get back on track. Meanwhile, while Angel has security keeping an eye on Eve (Sarah Thompson), her partner Lindsay (guest star Christian Kane) prepares to bring about Angel's demise. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, James Marsters, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. David Fury wrote and directed the episode.

Why We Fight    (6.5/10)-Anna    (6.5/10)-XG
VAMPIRES ABOARD A GERMAN U-BOAT Lawson (guest star Eyal Podell, "Behind Enemy Lines"), a mysterious man from Angel's (David Boreanaz) past, arrives at Wolfram & Hart and takes the gang hostage. Through flashbacks to World War II, it is revealed that Angel worked with the U.S. Navy to recover a captured German submarine with American sailors on board. The ship also has a secret cargo, a dangerous trio of vampires, including Spike (James Marsters), who were kidnapped by the Germans and forced to help the Nazis. When the sub comes under attack, Angel saves Lawson's life by turning him into a vampire. Now, sixty years later, Lawson has arrived at Wolfram & Hart seeking revenge. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and Andy Hallett also star. Terrence O'Hara directed the episode written by Drew Goddard & Steven S. DeKnight.

Smile Time    (9.5/10)-Anna    (9.5/10)-XG
THE GREAT PUPPET CAPER When a popular children's show begins to steal the life forces of children by hypnotizing them, Angel (David Boreanaz) goes directly to the studio to uncover the evil doings. Upon entering the building, Angel triggers a spell that transforms him into a puppet. In a race against time, puppet-Angel and company must find a way to reverse the spell, save the lives of hundreds of children and return Angel to his normal vampire state. Meanwhile, Nina (guest star Jenny Mollen), the werewolf Angel befriended, returns to declare her romantic intentions, but puppet-Angel is too embarrassed to reciprocate. Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards, James Marsters, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. The episode was written and directed by Ben Edlund.

A Hole in the World    (9.5/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOSS WHEDON - When Fred (Amy Acker) opens up an ancient sarcophagus that was anonymously sent to her, she is infected by a mysterious parasitic demon called Illyria. Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike (James Marsters) learn that Illyria is an ancient demon who existed before recorded time, and they must race to return her to an ancient demon burial ground before she kills Fred and thousands of other innocent victims.

Shells    (8.5/10)-Anna    (8/10)-XG
THE END OF FRED - Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike (James Marsters) return from England defeated, knowing that the ancient demon Illyria has completely taken over Fred's (Amy Acker) body and soul. Upon learning that Knox (guest star Jonathan Woodward) and Gunn (J. August Richards) have each contributed to her demise, Wesley (Alexis Denisof) is bent on revenge and Angel tries everything to restore Fred, including calling on an old friend from Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Illyria tries to locate an ancient temple where she believes she will find an army ready to help her destroy mankind. The episode was written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight.

Underneath    (8.5/10)-Anna    (9.5/10)-XG
ANGEL FOLLOWS LINDSAY INTO A STEPFORD WIVES-LIKE SUBUBRAN HELL - Hoping that Lindsay (guest star Christian Kane) has information on the Senior Partners' ultimate plans, Angel (David Boreanaz), Spike (James Marsters) and Gunn (J. August Richards) track him down in a bizarre and terrifying suburban hell. Meanwhile, a nearly invincible stranger (guest star Adam Baldwin, "Firefly") sent by the Senior Partners, infiltrates Wolfram & Hart looking for Eve (Sarah Thompson). Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Andy Hallett also star. Skip Schoolnik directed the episode written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft.

Origin    (8.5/10)-Anna    (8.5/10)-XG
ANGEL'S SON RETURNS Angel (David Boreanaz) resists the appeal of parents seeking help from Wolfram & Hart regarding their son's supernatural abilities after he discovers that the boy is his son, Connor (guest star Vincent Kartheiser). Despite his reservations, Angel is forced to bring Connor into conflict with an old adversary to prevent his son's memories from being restored. Meanwhile Wesley (Alexis Denisof) uncovers a mysterious deal struck by Wolfram & Hart that threatens the secret Angel desperately wants to protect. Amy Acker, J. August Richards, James Marsters, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. The episode was written by Drew Goddard and directed by Terrence O'Hara.

Time Bomb    (7/10)-Anna    (7/10)-XG
BACK TO THE FUTURE When Illyria's (Amy Acker) powers become unstable and cause her to erratically jump through time, she learns that the gang intends to kill her. Upon returning to the present, Illyria plans to murder everyone before they're able to attack her. To save everyone's lives, Angel (David Boreanaz) goes into the past with Illyria to alter the course of events. David Boreanaz's wife, Jaime Bergman guest stars. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, James Marsters, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. The episode was written by Ben Edlund and directed by Vern Gillum.

The Girl in Question    (8.5/10)-Anna    (8/10)-XG
DARLA, DRUSILLA AND ANDREW RETURN AS ANGEL AND SPIKE SEARCH FOR BUFFY Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike (James Marsters) travel to Rome with plans to rescue Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar, who does not appear in the episode) from their old nemesis The Immortal. While in Italy, they also attempt to retrieve the head of a fallen demon leader to prevent a perilous power struggle between several warring demon clans. Julie Benz guest stars as Darla, Tom Lenk guest stars as Andrew and Juliet Landau guest stars as Drusilla. Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. David Greenwalt directed the episode written by Drew Goddard & Steven S. DeKnight.

Power Play    (9/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
HAS ANGEL TURNED EVIL? - The gang starts to have doubts about Angel's (David Boreanaz) loyalties when he appears to have become very close with the Circle of the Black Thorn, an evil secret demon society. When Drogyn (guest star Alec Newman), the guardian of the deep well, makes a startling revelation, the gangs' fears that Angel has become evil seem to be validated. Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, James Marsters, Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab also star. Christian Kane makes a guest-starring appearance as Lindsay. James A. Contner directed the episode written by David Fury.

Not Fade Away    (9.5/10)-Anna    (9/10)-XG
THE END AND THE BEGINNING - Angel (David Boreanaz) and company spend the day as if it were their last as they prepare to bring down the evil Circle of the Black Thorn. Putting their lives on the line, Spike (James Marsters) confronts a demon cult, Lorne (Andy Hallett) faces off with Lindsay (Christian Kane), Gunn (J. August Richards) takes on an evil senator and Angel battles Hamilton (Adam Baldwin), the henchman of the Senior Partners. Vincent Kartheiser guest stars as Connor. Jeffrey Bell directed the episode written by Jeffrey Bell & series creator Joss Whedon.


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