Angel: Season 5, Episode 15

A Hole in the World (25 Feb. 2004)

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When an ancient sarcophagus arrives in the laboratory at Wolfram & Hart, Fred opens a small compartment and is infected by an ancient disease that slowly begins to kill her. As Angel and ... See full summary »



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When an ancient sarcophagus arrives in the laboratory at Wolfram & Hart, Fred opens a small compartment and is infected by an ancient disease that slowly begins to kill her. As Angel and Spike travel across the world in order to help her, Wesley slowly begins to realize that there may be no stopping this disease. Written by Anonymous

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The story that Fred has Wesley to read to her is Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess." See more »


Spike is looking down at the "hole in the World" that's the cemetery of demons. He imagines that at the antipodes a New Zealander could have the same view but reversed. But he's in England, and the antipodes of England are in open Pacific Ocean. The antipodes of New Zealand is actually southern Spain. See more »


Fred: Cavemen win. Of course the cavemen win.
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References The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »

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Wow. (*Spoiler, of course...).....
14 May 2010 | by (Birmingham, Al.) – See all my reviews

Joss has done it again. This is one of the most heartwrenching eps of Season 5 of ATS. I realize that Winifred Burkle may have her detractors, but to them I must say, who can NOT find an uber-genius physicist chick like her hot? Fred was one of those shy-type girls who was made especially shy and with low self-esteem by her nightmarish experience in Pylia, but she overcame it and became what Wesley described as a superhero (Fred)"I walk with heroes" (Wes) "You ARE one.". The transition from Fred Burkle to Illyria is a harsh one, but one that cannot be held with anything but admiration due to the magnificent work of actress Amy Acker. Amy portrays both Fred and Illyria flawlessly - and portrays Illyria with bone-chilling dread while at the same time enabling us to feel the heartbreak at the loss of Fred. Fred was one of my favorite female characters of ATS, and frankly, she was the long-haul, marriage-type girl. I truly hope, in whatever form (comic?) that Joss Whedon will find a way to permanently bring back Winifred Burkle.

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