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Angel Episode Guide

Season Five; Episode 22: "Not Fade Away" By Cathy

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

Aired May 19, 2004.

We begin with a recap of the previous episode.

The Circle of the Black Thorns is a powerful group and to defeat them they must be separated. It is important for everyone to think that the gang are still fighting with each other. They talk of getting back to Drogyn whom they’ve left with Illyria. Before anything else can be discussed Angel suddenly hits Spike. He freaks out. It turns out their time is up and now Hamilton is standing at the office door watching them. The Black Thorns want to see Angel.

The rest of the gang go to Illyria and find her badly beaten. Nothing is making sense to them and Lorne says he still doesn’t trust Angel. But no one has to except the Black Thorns.

The members of the Black Thorns question Angel about the gang’s actions. Sebassis freaks out when the Arch Dukes goat boy gets tangled in his bodily fluid tubes and Angel pushes him away. The Black Thorns believe Wesley is unstable but Gunn has potential and Spike is not a threat. Angel has to prove his loyalty to the Circle. He has to give up of his hope of being human again. They think Angel is manipulating them so the prophecy can happen. He is made to sign in his own blood a contract that he will never be the Champion.

Angel is back at his office and is staring out the window. Harmony walks in and asks Angel where the gang is. Angel asks her if she ever misses being human. Harmony reminds him about zits and mortality. She remembers her heart and how it felt when she kissed a boy. It was cool. Angel doesn’t remember at all.

Harmony asks Angel if something is going down. She is upset she is not a part of it. Angel asks her to keep Hamilton busy. He tells her he needs to get to the Arch Duke to kill him without Hamilton interfering.

Angel is then off to Lindsey’s where he asks him for his help. Lindsey believes Angel is crazy for what he wants to do. But Angel informs him that when they tear up the firm he wants Lindsey to then be in charge. This interests Lindsey and he says he wants to be part of the big circus

Illyria is in bad shape. The gang find out that it was Hamilton who beat her and then took Drogyn to Angel for him to kill.

Angel asks the guys to take the day off and live it like it’s their last because it probably is. Lorne goes to a bar and sings. Spike goes to a biker bar and reads poetry. Gunn visits Annie the social worker. He helps her load some furniture and such that were donated. He asks her what she would do if she knew because of higher powers nothing is going to get better. She replies that she would still keep working.

Wesley helps Illyria heal. She doesn’t understand why on his last day that he wants to be with her though she knows she is not what he wants. He replies would it be better if he got drunk and had a go with Madame Spank a Lot. No there is no perfect day for him. There is nothing he wants except to be with Fred. Illyria tells him that she can make Fred come alive just once for him again but she knows that he would not allow it. Wes says the first thing as a Watcher you learn how to separate truth from illusion. It’s hard in the world of magic. He says he doesn’t plan to die that night. Wes asks Illyria if she is feeling better injury wise and yes she is.

Angel visits Connor in a coffee shop. He talks about Nina and their relationship and that she is a werewolf. Connor knows that Angel is his father. His old memories have mixed with his new ones. They are like a dream from violent to erotic. Connor doesn’t need an explanation for what Angel did. He is grateful; no more needs to be said.

Lindsey and Eve are making out and she says she is thinking of Angel. He says he is glad that Eve was the one thing of his that Angel never got his mitts on. Eve doesn’t trust Angel but Lindsey is glad to be fighting on his side.

Angel tells the gang that one of them will betray him. Spike quickly puts up his hand and is disappointed when he picks Wesley. Wes needs to pretend to Cyvus Vail that he is making a play for Angel’s position in the Circle of the Thorns. Then he can kill him. Illyria gets the devil and Gunn gets the Senator and her vampires. He’s glad because he hadn’t dusted enough all year. Spike steps up and says he will not wear an amulet, bracelet, ring etc of any kind. Angel just wants him to rescue the baby and kill his guardians. Lorne thinks he is the weak link. Angel wants him to back up Lindsey.

Angel tells them when their mission is done they are to all meet up in the alley. Lorne won’t be there and he doesn’t want them to try to find him. The gang say their good byes. Spike asks Angel if they make it through will one of them be a real boy. Angel replies ‘are you kidding were not going to make it through.’ Spike says as long as it’s not Angel.

Harmony is sleeping with Hamilton. She tells him Angels secret plan.

Wesley goes to Vail and tries to put doubts in the demons mind about Angel by telling him Angel is unpredictable and has a conscious. Wes makes a glowing ball of fire appear in his hand.

Gunn does some vampire slaying in the Senator’s office and kills her by throwing an axe into her head.

Lindsey slices his way into a demon parlour and kills everyone.

Illyria greets the devil and his entourage as they get into their car. She leaves destructive remains.

Angel walks into the Wolfram & Hart offices and tells Harmony to keep Hamilton busy. Hamilton greets Angel in his office and throws him through his office window and he drops in front of Harmony. Angel knows Harmony has betrayed him and she is fired. She said she only betrayed him because he never had confidence in her. She asks him for a reference which he has already left at her desk. You know just in case he dies.

Angel and Hamilton are engaged in a huge battle. Hamilton is kicking Angel’s ass and says he cannot be beat. He tells Angel that he failed Doyle, Cordy and Fred and that he can’t win in the battle against the Black Thorn’s. Angel informs him that Sebassis is already dead. He spiked his goat boy with a poisonous ring at the last Black Thorn’s meeting. He was planning on having this battle with Hamilton.

While rescuing the baby Spike fights and kills the guardian demons.

Connor shows up at W&H and punches Hamilton before he can stake Angel.

Lindsey cleans the blood off himself after his brutal slaughter. He and Lorne are talking and Lindsey says he now feels like a team player. Lorne needs to leave but he needs to take care of one last job for Angel. He tells Lindsey that he is not part of the solution and shoots him. Lindsey is pissed because a flunky has killed him and not Angel like he figured it was going to be. Lorne leaves.

With magic Vail has Wes frozen in mind air. Wesley uses a knife and tries to stab Vail with it but instead gets stabbed with a larger knife. With the last of his strength using magic he throws the demon across the room and into a wall. Illyria enters the room she had been concerned for him and came to check on him. She knows that the knife wound is fatal. Illyria asks Wes if he would like her to lie to him now. She transforms herself into Fred. Crying she comforts him with kisses and kind loving words. She tells him soon they will be together. They confess their love for each other and Wesley dies. Vail sees Illyria as Fred and says that the fight is not for mortals. He tells the little girl to take her best shot. As she throws her punch Illyria transforms back to her true self and blows his head apart.

Hamilton says Angel can’t beat him. He is a part of all the Black Thorns, the wolf, ram and heart and their strength flows through his veins. Angel picks up on the clue word. He turns vamp face and bits Hamilton in the neck. Now Angel has the ancient power flowing through him. He beats the hell out of Hamilton.

The W&H office building begins to shake like an earthquake. They have taken their gloves off. Angel sends Connor home. Angel rescues Eve from the building and tells her Lindsey is dead.

Angel meets Gunn and Spike in the alley. Gunn is hurt badly. Illyria drops in on them and tells them that Wesley is dead. She feels grief and she can’t control it, she needs to do more violence. Gunn is fading but he still wants to fight. Thousands of demons are running towards them including a flying dragon. Where do they begin? Well first Angel would like to slay the dragon..

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

Guest Starring: Vincent Kartheiser (Connor), Sarah Thompson (Eve), Christian Kane (Lindsey), Adam Baldwin (Hamilton), Julia Lee (Annie), Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail), Leland Crooke (Sebassis) and Stacey Travis (Senator Bruckner)

W: Jeffrey Bell & Joss Whedon. D: Jeffrey Bell.


“Sebassis! You're manservant has become tangled in my bodily fluids again!” Cyvus Vail.

“I happen to be the greatest mass-murderer you've ever met.” Angel.
”Never given you props for that, have I?” Lindsey.

[Spike reads poetry at a bar.]
"My soul is wrapped in harsh repose,
Midnight descends in raven-coloured clothes,
But soft...Behold!
A sunlight beam,
Cutting a swath of glimmering gleam.

My heart expands,
'Tis grown a bulge in it,
Inspired by your beauty...effulgent."
”Yeah! (applause) “That was great, man.” Bar patron.
”Thank You. That was for Cecily. This next one's called The Wanton Folly of me Mum.” Spike.

“So vampires really don't get the concept of 'jokes'.” Connor
” I get the concept of jokes. I was at the taping of the first Carol Burnett show. Tim Conway was on fire. It was special.” Angel.

“Have you ever written a resume before? Ever?” Connor.
” No. But I have very nice handwriting.” Angel.
”You girl.” Connor

“I will shred my adversaries. I'll pull their eyes out just enough to turn them towards their mewling, mutilated faces.” Illyria.
”You're a very inspirational person, have I mentioned that?” Wesley.

“You gave up immortality for me. It's like some kind of fairy tale.” Lindsey.
”We don't live in a fairy tale.” Eve.

“One of you will betray me. (Spike raises his hand). Wes... “ Angel.
”Oh, can I at least deny you three times?” Spike.

“I'll make trophies of their spines.” Illyria.
”Good to have you on the team.” Angel.

“Try not to die. You are not unpleasant to my eyes.” Illyria to Gunn.

“And y'all wonder why people don't vote.” Gunn (After killing Senator Bruckner and the rest of her vampire aids gang up on him)

“Really, I crap better magic then this.” Vail.

“Those guys were chumps.” Lindsey.
”Now they're chunks.” Lorne.

“A...flunky? Angel kills me” Lindsey’s last line.

“Good night, folks.” Lorne’s last line.

“Why do you keep fighting? You signed away your Shanshu. There's nothing in it for you anymore.” Hamilton.
”People who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do.” Angel.
[Hamilton punches Angel across room.]
”Yeah, but we won't care.” Hamilton.
[Connor hits Hamilton through window.]
”Care about that, Dress-for-Less?” Connor.

“Let me say this as clearly as I can. You cannot beat me. I am a part of them, the wolf, the ram and the heart. Their strength flows through my veins, my blood is filled with their ancient power.” Hamilton.
”Can you pick out the one word you probably shouldn't have said? (bites him, punches him) Wow, you really are full of it.” Angel

[Building rumbles.]
”Uh, that's not good, is it?” Connor.
”Wolfram & Hart. Looks like they're taking the gloves off.” Angel.
”What do we do?” Connor.
”You go home.” Angel.
”Huh?” Connor.
”This is my fight.” Angel
”That's some serious macho--Aah!” Connor.
[Building begins to collapse.]
”Go home...now.” Angel.
”They'll destroy you.” Connor.
”As long as you're okay, they can't. Go.” Angel.

“What the hell's going on?” Eve.
”Looks like we're getting kicked out of the garden, Eve.” Angel.

“Wes is dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control him. I wish to do more violence.” Illyria.

“Okay, you take the 30,000 on the left.” Gunn.

(Last line of the series)
”Let's go to work” Angel.

Written by: Jeffrey Bell & Joss Whedon.  Directed by: Jeffrey Bell.

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

Guest Starring: Vincent Kartheiser (Connor), Sarah Thompson (Eve), Christian Kane (Lindsey), Adam Baldwin (Hamilton), Julia Lee (Annie), Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail), Leland Crooke (Sebassis) and Stacey Travis (Senator Bruckner)

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