Angel (1999–2004)
6 user 1 critic

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been 

After running across it, Angel is vaguely familiar with an abandoned building, the Hyperion hotel. At his request, Wesley and Cordelia discover that Angel used to be a tenant in the hotel ... See full summary »



(created by), (created by) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video





Episode cast overview:
Judy Kovacs
Roland Meeks
C. Mulvihill - Private Investigator
Scott Thompson Baker ...
Older Man
Julie Araskog ...
Over the Hill Whore
Blacklisted Writer
Old Judy


After running across it, Angel is vaguely familiar with an abandoned building, the Hyperion hotel. At his request, Wesley and Cordelia discover that Angel used to be a tenant in the hotel in the 1950s. At that time, Angel was pulled into a sticky situation with a woman hiding her past which lead to an unfortunate end. In the present day, Angel and the team attempt to rid the hotel of its demons. Written by Patrick "The G" Gurney

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

3 October 2000 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


The hotel manager in the flashback is played by actor John Kapelos, who was a regular cast member of the show "Forever Knight". The show was about a vampire cop/detective trying to atone for his past sins by solving murder cases. See more »


A flashback to 1952 shows a woman who embezzled $11,000. When the money is shown, it is in the new $20 bills that weren't issued until 1996. See more »


[first lines]
Wes: The Hyperion Hotel. It appears to be abandoned.
Angel: Sixty eight rooms, sixty eight vacancies.
Wes: In California Spanish, deco influence. I'd say built in the late nineteen twenties.
Angel: That'd be my guess.
See more »


References Chinatown (1974) See more »


Performed by Perry Como
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
7 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll preface my review by saying this: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been is one of the best episodes of Angel. It's a great hour of television period.

The episode starts with Angel asking Wesley and Cordelia to investigate the Hyperion Hotel. This hotel was the building he stumbled on in the prior episode and clearly recognized. It turns out Angel was a resident there in 1952. He discovers a demon which feeds off paranoia resides there and is manipulating the tenants into suicide, murder and all manner of mayhem.

I love this episode partly because it explores the idea that doing nothing can be just as bad as doing evil. Beyond his journey toward redemption, Angel does what he does because it's the right thing to do; because he has a unique ability to help people. Angel Investigations: We help the helpless.

An old movie buff like myself enjoys the references to Rebel Without a Cause. That's what Angel is in the 1952. He hasn't dedicated himself to the cause of good yet. This episode highlights the fact that there's nearly a hundred years between when Angel is cursed with a soul and when he surprises Buffy in an alleyway and says he wants to help her fight evil.

The journey, post-soul, from lost soul to savior was a long one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone find it weird that jasonknoll
Season 1 is so underrated!! DarkePhoenix
Cordy exit austin-pearce
So, how horrible was Liam? tinysnapdragon123
Last episode of Angel jaywickforever
David and Alexis height difference ZombieGiles
Discuss Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: