Angel: Season 5, Episode 1

Conviction (1 Oct. 2003)

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Angel and the gang adjust to life at Wolfram & Hart, while Angel lets loose the shocking contents of a package from Sunnydale.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Knox (as Jonathan Woodward)
Agent Hauser
Jacqueline Hahn ...
Corbin Fries (as Rod Rowland)
Desmond Keel


Angel and the gang adjust to life at Wolfram & Hart, while Angel lets loose the shocking contents of a package from Sunnydale.

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1 October 2003 (USA)  »

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T.J. Thyne who would later plays alongside David Boreanaz on Bones (2005) makes the first of several appearances on Angel (1999) in this episode. See more »


At the beginning of the episode (Angel "Conviction", 5.1), Fred says 'Lesley' instead of 'Wesley' when introducing him to Knox. See more »


[Angel dials the phone incorrectly in his new office]
Automated voice: You have reached Ritual Sacrifice. For goats, press "1" or say "goats".
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Angel investigations goes corporate....and a beloved character (to many fans) appears.
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This opening episode storyline concerns defusing one of the Wolfram & Hart more influential clients: one threatening to bomb L.A. if Angel & Co don't get him acquitted in court of openly admitted evil deeds. (Welcome to the gray world of legal machinations...)

However the main thrust of this episode is all about setting the stage for the season, to shoehorn the characters into their new roles as corporate worker bees. --A Senior Partners' liaison, Eve, is introduced and viewers just know she is not all she seems to be. --Angel learns quickly that being a CEO means never again having to do the dirty work himself. ("They put a tracer on me...all of a sudden, the entire firm shows up in the alley.) --Fred discovers she is heading up the lab and is a bit overwhelmed ("I don't even understand half of what they're doing.") --Gunn is given a brain boost: he is now Super Lawyer, a far cry from the street-savvy kid of yore. --Wesley is his usual stoic self, with Lorne actually seeming to enjoy his new position as head of the Entertainment Dept.

One of the highlights of the episodes for me was the appearance of more beloved Buffy characters: feather-brained Harmony, the classic Dumb Blonde, is now Angel's secretary. And in the last moments of the episode Angel finally opens a mysterious envelope delivered to him. Out falls an Amulet that all Buffy fans will recognize. It spews forth a whirlwind and in a reversal of the Hellmouth scenario, fire turns into dust, which turns into bones, and the skeleton turns into...Spike, doubled over in pain, panting, and glaring ferociously. Blondie Bear is back. Stay tuned.

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