|Season 4, Episode 11|
|Air date||February 5, 2003|
|Written by|| Sarah Fain|
|Directed by||Sean Astin|
|J. August Richards||Gunn|
|Alexis Denisof|| Wesley |
|Special Guest Starring|
|Andy Hallett|| Lorne |
|Vladimir Kulich||The Beast|
"Soulless" is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of Angel and the seventy-seventh episode overall. Written by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft and directed by Sean Astin, it was originally broadcast on February 5, 2003 on the WB network.
With Angel's soul locked away in the hotel safe, the gang subdues and interrogate Angelus for information about The Beast. But Angelus is only interested in taunting Wesley, Gunn, Fred and everyone about their faults and revealing damaging secrets that he has learned as Angel. After striking a deal with Cordelia, Angelus reveals that back in 1789, the Beast asked to team up with him to kill a group of Nordic Svea Priestesses. Angelus declined to help and the Priestesses banished the Beast to Hell, and the Beast has had a grudge against Angelus since. Meanwhile, a frustrated Connor is patrolling the constantly darkened streets of L.A. on his own and fighting a losing war against the ever increasing number of vampires. Although the team find the Priestesses' modern-day descendants, they have already been killed, and their subsequent attempt to restore Angel's soul is called off when they discover that the jar containing his soul has been stolen from the safe.
- Eleven vampires, dusted by Connor
- Svea Priestresses' descendants, killed by Jasmine (in Cordelia's possession)
- Los Angeles, CA
- Prussia (1789, in a flashback)
Behind the Scenes
Pop Culture References
- Prior to the opening credits, Angelus is singing a variation on the song "Teddy Bear Picnic."
- Angelus describes the plot of Oedipus Rex.
|Angelus - "When you think about it, the first woman you boned is the closest thing you've ever had to a mother." [gasps] "Screwing your mom and trying to kill your dad. Hmm ... there should be a play."|
|Connor - "You think I care what you say? Angel told me how you'd try to hurt me, how you aren't my real dad, just some animal in a cage. Angel's my dad."|
|Angelus - "I'm gonna cry."|
|Connor - "That's what he told me. And he thought I believed him. The truth is, Angel's just something that you're forced to wear. You're my real father."|
|Angelus - "Ooh, yeah, let's talk about Cordy. Now there's a rack to write home about. Too bad about that personality, though ... yap, yap, yap ..."|
|Angelus - [to Fred and Gunn] "Othello and Desdemona. My favorite couple. Oh, wait, Desdemona wasn't in love with the other guy. So much for stand by your man. Then again, you probably like her on her knees."|