Angel: Season 5, Episode 16

Shells (3 Mar. 2004)

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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... 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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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 »


[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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Because I look like her
7 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm too sad to talk about the details. I'll just talk about my feelings on the situations. Wes telling Gunn that he didn't feel her die almost made me cry. Knox is a little piece of crap. While we knew that he was more or less responsible for the sarcophagus arriving, the fact that he was, for more or less, Illryia's priest and that he chose Fred made him even more of a schmuck. I was just waiting to see what happened when Wes found out about Gunn being the one who signed the customs release form. We all knew that Dr. Sparrow was involved but not the knew such intimate details about Illryia. SHOW CROSSOVER: The guy that plays Doc Sparrow also plays Ecklie on CSI and I have never liked him. Wes stabbing Gunn was poetic justice in my mind. Wes was shot helping Gunn's friends in season 2 and Gunn was the main catalyst for everyone abandoning Wesley in season 3. Finding out that Fred's soul was destroyed resurrecting Illyria and that she will never be at rest hurt me off more than it made me sad. What's good is that Gunn will now have to live with the pain that he was in someway involved with Fred's death. Knox getting shot and killed by Wes at Illryia's temple was very predictable but still good to see.

Illyria's emotional reaction to her army being destroyed showed that anyone and anything has feelings about something. Her asking Wesley to help teach her to live in this world because she can't go back was almost too much to bear. These 4 lines made me tear up more than anything else in the episode. Illyria: If I abide, you will help me? Wesley: Yes. Illyria: Because I look like her. Wesley: Yes.

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