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Angel Episode Guide

Season Five; Episode 21: "Power Play" By Cathy

(This is a short recap; we hope to have a longer, more detailed summary later)

Aired May 12, 2004

We see a man getting beaten and tortured and then Angel takes a bite out of him.


Angel is in bed with Nina (werewolf women). Nina comments that Angel must not be totally happy because he hasn’t become Angelus. He replies that he has a lot on his mind and she suggests a vacation. He can’t, he has things to do. Things that have been set in motion and he needs to accomplish.

Illyria is walking the office hallways. Spike points out that she is unnoticed there like a ghost; he’s been there. She says she needs to get out. Wesley is not talking to her. Looking like Fred is most devastating power.

Angel meets with a senator and her vampire guards. Wesley reports to him that there have been three attacks at an amusement park called Fun World. Angel replies that he can’t save everybody. They shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Spike says he’ll take care of it. Spike asks Illyria if she wants to find something to eat.

The senator asks for Angel to help her fight dirty to win her a seat in the Senate. Angel says no problem.

Angel plays racquetball. His competitor tells him that the office is buzzing about him moving on up.

Illyria and Spike get attacked. It turns out it is Drogyn, the Guardian of the Deep Well and he has been looking for Spike to warn him. He’s injured and blames Angel.

Wesley is sent a message through his books. It is a symbol that he needs to show Angel. Angel is having a meeting with Hamilton and won’t be bothered by Wes. Lorne says that Angel has been cancelling clients on him.

Gunn, Wesley and Lorne wonder what is happening to Angel. Spike brings Drogyn to them. Drogyn explains that Angel sent an assassin after him because Angel’s afraid something will be found out about the Deeper Well. They gang wonder if Angel then is responsible for Fred’s death. They don’t know if they should believe Drogyn but Spike points out that Drogyn has to tell the truth. They ask Illyria to baby-sit Drogyn so they can get some answers from Angel. Angel says he’s in the business of business and the gang wonder if he may be Angelus, he’s certainly sounding like him. Angel says if he has no Global power then he has nothing. He also mentions again about not sweating the small stuff. The gang think Wolfram & Hart are getting to him. Angel has never cared about power.

Angel has a visit with Nina. He gives her three plane tickets one for herself, her sister and her niece. He needs her to be gone to be safe. He says he’s the thing that could hurt her. He tells her if he gets through intact then he will go to her.

Illyria and Drogyn and playing video games and they are questioning the concept and reasoning behind the game. Drogyn tells her that she belongs to the well. And replies that she wished she never came out. The game is getting annoying but they continue to play on. Hamilton barges in and attacks them. He beats Illyria to a pulp.

The gang get Lindsay and question him about the symbol that Wesley found in his book. It is the symbol of the Circle of the Black Thorn, an evil (is there any other kind?) secret demon society. They’re all part of the apocalypse.

A repeat of the opening of the show Angel jumps through fire to grab a man being, Drogyn. He bites and kills him.

Angel has now joined the Circle of the Black Thorn. He gets branded with the Circle’s symbol. He chats it up with the demon leader and is introduced to many other members. The senator is a member plus Cyvus Vail, the demon he has been looking for.

Angel returns to his office and is ganged up on by Wes, Spike, Gunn and Lorne. They say they know what he has been up to. He replies that if they don’t like what he is doing then they can all leave. They begin to fight.

Angel has a mystical ball that he uses to alter time, six minutes to be exact so he can talk to them without anyone else knowing. To everyone around them they look like they are still fighting and that’s what Angel wants everyone to believe. He tells his friends the truth that he is trying to get in with the other demons and make them think he is on their side. When Cordelia kissed him she gave him the vision of the future ahead. He now knows who the true power behind the apocalypse is. He wants to kill all the members of the Circle and show the senior partners that they do not own them. Angel asks them to take a vote as a team if they will help him. Everyone is in. Hamilton looks on at them, as they appear to be fighting.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Gunn), Amy Acker (Illyria), Andy Hallet (Lorne), Mercedes McNab (Harmony) and Alexis Denisof (as Wesley)

Guest Starring: Christian Kane (Lindsay), Adam Baldwin (Hamilton), Mark Colson (Izzy), Leland Crooke (Sebassis), Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail), Stacey Travis (Senator Bruckner), Alex Newman (Drogyn) and Jenny Mollen (Nina)

W: David Fury. D: James A. Contner.


“I didn't claw my way up from Hell and get installed in a human body just to have some pedophile steal my Senate seat. “ Bruckner.

“It's a secret society.” Lindsay
”I've never heard of it.” Gunn

“That's because it's secret.” Lindsay

(Drogyn and Illyria are playing Crash Bandicoot in Spike's apartment)
”It is a test. You must collect these crystals. And fruit.” Drogyn
”Why?” Illyria.

Written by:  David Fury.  Directed by: James A. Contner.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Gunn), Amy Acker (Illyria), Andy Hallet (Lorne), Mercedes McNab (Harmony) and Alexis Denisof (as Wesley)

Guest Starring: Christian Kane (Lindsay), Adam Baldwin (Hamilton), Mark Colson (Izzy), Leland Crooke (Sebassis), Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail), Stacey Travis (Senator Bruckner), Alex Newman (Drogyn) and Jenny Mollen (Nina)

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