As Angel and the gang try desperately to bring Fred back, Wesley begins to understand that the ancient demon Illyria, now fused with Fred's body, is here to stay. Exhausting all options for... See full summary »

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As Angel and the gang try desperately to bring Fred back, Wesley begins to understand that the ancient demon Illyria, now fused with Fred's body, is here to stay. Exhausting all options for saving Fred, the gang switches gears to stop Illyria and her plan for global domination. Written by TheGreenSaga

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All three of the main Angel actresses have alliterative names, Charisma Carpenter (CC), Amy Acker (AA) and Mercedes McNab (MM). See more »

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In the opening scene, Wesley lets some tears fall over Fred's death. In some shots his face is wet, in others it is dry. See more »

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[first lines]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Fred?
[Illyria walks past Wesley toward the mirror, ignoring him]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Illyria?
Illyria: My name. You would presume to speak my name? Because I am returned in the body of a human, you think you can speak to me. It's disgusting.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Who is Winifred Burkle?
Illyria: I thought the humans would have long died out by now. Instead, you've grown bold.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: So you don't know who Fred is?
Illyria: Nor care. Bleat at me no longer. We're done.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Yes.
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One of the very best episodes of Angel
15 January 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I really loved this ep. It's not the typical ep I like, it wasn't action bound and wasn't particularly thrilling. It had action moments no doubt but it wasn't one of the big grandiose action episodes. But the storyline was brilliant. I fully expected a formulaic ending: evil Fred (who's not Fred) goes on a rampage to conjure her army, the gang fight it and eventually win. But a really nice surprising twist: we are confronted with an old beast who doesn't know her/his position in the order of things anymore. Good and evil become almost blurred and it's a matter of evolution.

It's more of an evolutionary analysis, but it's as if evil Fred is the used to being the highest in the food chain - the T-rex. Now the T-Rex has come back into an unfamiliar world where they aren't top dog, where cunning, intelligence, back stabbing and greed get one ahead. I took it as not she's evil but just fulfilling a biologically ordained role. Now she has to adapt. She's lost her only connection to the world (her priest) and without her army attempts to befriend Wesley. She needs guidance, she's completely used to killing humans as if they are ants. And to her, she does view them as ants. Would we think twice about crushing an ant? About killing a cow to consume it? To her she is that far up the evolutionary chain to render humans as mere cockroaches to borrow Wesley's simile.

This all links in with how Gunn feels, he tries to be something he's not in a world he doesn't belong. The knowledge of the law can be intoxicating, lawyers are treated as a proud member of society. People of great learning and knowledge. Completely opposite to his original role as 'muscle'.

The one line that really stood out for me in this episode isn't the well written end scene where evil Fred and Wes are discussing humanity but when Harmony says "the girl of your dreams loved you, that's more than most people get".

One of the most brilliant episodes I've seen of the show since it's peak (IMO) of Season 2 and I'd rate it as far up there as Buffy's 'The Gift' in terms of philosophical questions and answers.


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