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Angel
Season 4, Episode 14
Release angelus faith
Air date March 12, 2003
Written by Sarah Fain
Elizabeth Craft
Steven S. DeKnight
Directed by James A. Contner
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Cast
Starring
David Boreanaz Angelus
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
J. August Richards Gunn
Amy Acker Fred
Vincent Kartheiser Connor
Andy Hallett Lorne
Alexis Denisof Wesley
Guest Starring
Christopher Neiman Francis
Eliza Dushku Faith
Co Starring
Darren Laverty Lackey Vamp #1
Sam Stefanski Lackey Vamp #2
Catalina Larranaga Vamp Waitress
Peter Renaday Master's Voice
Becka Linder Drugged Girl #1
Chris Huse Drugged Vampire #2
Ian Anthony Dale Drugged Vampire #3
Randall Rapstine Reg
Andrew McGinnis Mullett Head Vamp

"Release" is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of Angel and the eightieth episode overall. Written by Sarah Fain, Elizabeth Craft and Steven S. DeKnight and directed by James A. Contner it was originally broadcast on March 12, 2003 on the WB network.

Synopsis

As a battered and bloodied Faithrecovers at Wesley's apartment after her showdown with the Beast, they wonder why Angelus would suddenly kill the Beast and allow the sun to return to Los Angeles. At a demon bar, Angelus is spoken to by a deep disembodied voice, which turns out to originate fromCordelia, projecting from the hotel. Angelus then surprises Fred at the hotel, claiming he is immune to the protection spell. He demands information on the Beast's master and steals her research materials. Fred tries to shoot him with a tranquilizer dart but accidentally hits Lorne instead. Connor attempts to stop Angelus, but is repelled by the demon protection spell.

Angelus is contacted again by Cordelia telepathically, and this time she threatens to restore his soul if he refuses to help. Fred's mood worsens as she feels inadequate to fight Angelus. Fred and Gunn kiss, but part, unsure about their feelings. Meanwhile Cordelia convinces Connor to keep her sudden pregnancy a secret from everyone else. Faith and Wesley try to track Angelus at the demon bar. There they encounter human junkies, who get high on the vampire bites. Faith smacks one around, but Wesley finally gets the needed info by stabbing the woman. They are able to track Angelus to a deserted museum where Faith has another showdown with him. The fight does not go well for Faith - in the final scene she is bitten by Angelus.

Continuity

  • When Fred nearly shoots Connor with the tranquilizer gun, he remarks, "[I] thought you were more of a tazer girl." This is a reference to the episode "Deep Down", wherein she used a tazer to render him unconscious (and later to torture him), after she and Gunn found out what he had done to Angel.
  • When Wesley and Faith are looking for Angelus, they discover that people are getting high from vampire bites, similar to Riley Finn's experience.[1]
  • The description of Angelus talking to himself is similar to the method of the First, yet no one suggested the First could be behind the apocalyptic events. This suggests Buffy and the Scoobies had not attempted to contact Angel about their battle with the First. One would think after learning that Los Angeles was blacked out that some effort would be made to contact Angel on the assumption it was an act on behalf of the First. It was not as if Buffy had not considered bringing Angel into her war against the First, since she asked him to open a second front later. There also doesn't seem to be much sharing of notes later when Willow arrived.
  • Faith and Wesley's view on ethics were inverted since the last time they met. While Wesley attempted her to convince her to do the very things she was trying to atone for, she tried desperately to cling to her newly-adopted, purist notions and ethical beliefs—the same beliefs that Wesley himself possessed as a Watcher.

Body Count

  • a vampire, dusted by Wesley

Behind the Scenes

Production

  • After 44 appearances as a guest star, Andy Hallett was finally added to the opening credits. For the first time in the series, there are now more main characters that are exclusive to Angel than there are characters that originated in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which will last until "Underneath" with Harmony's promotion to the main cast).

Broadcast

  • This is one of the longest cold opening, at 5:27. This record is later beaten by "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco" with a lengthe of 6 minutes and 18 seconds. This record is even later beat by "Harm's Way" with a length of 6 minutes and 49 seconds.

International titles

  • German: Alte Feinde (Old Enemies)

Music

Quotes

Demon - "Look, I'm telling ya, I don't know nothing. On my mother's tumor." [notices a demon sneaking up behind Wesley and Faith, intending to attack them] "And even if I did, I'd never yak to a couple of flesh-bags that are about to get their internal organs sucked out of their ..."
Wesley - [shoots his shotgun behind him, without even looking, nailing his would-be attacker in the face] "Strom demon. Face should grow back." [cocks the shotgun] "Eventually."
Faith - "Think yours will?"
Demon - "Oh, that Angelus. Yeah, in here all the time running his mouth. 'Look at me, I'm so evil.' Real jackass. Never liked him. I'm on your side."
Angelus - "Uh-oh! Vampire with a gun!"

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