Angel (1999–2004)
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I Fall to Pieces 

The gang at Angel Inc. helps a stalking victim. A creepy doctor is obsessed with a former patient, somehow, he knows everything that she does. Angel begins to suspect that something ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Detective Kate Lockley (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Melissa Burns
Dr. Ronald Meltzer
Dr. Vinpur Narpudan
Beat Cop
Kent Davis ...
Jan Bartlett ...
Patricia Gillum ...
Woman Patient
The Hands


The gang at Angel Inc. helps a stalking victim. A creepy doctor is obsessed with a former patient, somehow, he knows everything that she does. Angel begins to suspect that something supernatural is going on and investigates the doctor's past. Soon Angel, Doyle and Cordy are all in danger as they realize that the doctor is more than he seems. Written by katierose295

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26 October 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There are scenes where the evil doctor is prowling around an apartment complex. This location is actually the historic Los Altos Apartments of Los Angeles, and later becomes the exterior model for Angel's Hyperion Hotel where Angel takes up residence in seasons 2 through 4. See more »


Towards the end of the episode the mad doctor shoots Angel with an animal tranquilizer that slows down and eventually stops the heart. Angel falls to the floor, breaks out in sweat, has tremors, and lets the bad guy get away. As a vampire, Angel's heart doesn't beat so this scene makes no sense. But, Angel wasn't actually dying. He was pretending to die, so the bad guy would think he got away with it. Once he thought he was free to kill the woman, Angel showed up and surprised him. See more »


Allen Francis Doyle: Protecting young women such as yourself? Oh, yeah, there's been, ah, four. And three of them are very much alive.
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References Funny Girl (1968) See more »

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A refreshing break from the story-arc
18 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I should say that I love Angel as a series; the balance of comedy, drama, and fantasy, and Whedon's Buffyverse as a whole. However, like The X-Files (my other current early-morning viewing favorite), there were times when I found the non-mythology-related episodes such as this one more interesting.

This episode came like a sucker-punch-- completely unexpected, and-- yes, I'll admit-- it creeped me out. I don't think I've ever had to shut my eyes while watching a TV show, but I did when the doctor's hands were crawling onto Melissa's bed. This episode took the already-unsettling subject of stalking, and took it one step further.

My one grumble was the ending. It seemed a little rushed, as if the script was originally intended for a longer episode, and cut down. I've seen longer, more intense showdowns with lesser villains (at least in my opinion). Also, the decapitation at the end seemed a bit implausible, even by Buffyverse standards! I didn't even see what weapon Angel used...

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