Angel: Season 2, Episode 2

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (3 Oct. 2000)

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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 »



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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

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The phrase "are you now or have you ever been..." is strongly associated with the Red Scare/Blacklist era of the 1950s, when it was a commonly heard introduction to questions posed by the House Un-American Activities Committee to defendants they suspected of being Communists. The question can be heard during the 1950s section of the episode when footage (containing infamous Communist-hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy) is briefly visible on a television in the hotel lobby. See more »


When Angel hides the bag of money up on the shelf in the basement, he is not wearing glasses. However, in the close up shot of his arms and the bag, he is. 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.
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Performed by Perry Como
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"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.

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