Angel: Season 5, Episode 14

Smile Time (18 Feb. 2004)

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Angel and the gang set out to foil an evil puppet show that is sucking the brain power of all the children who watch. During their fight, Angel is turned into a puppet himself and must rely... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gregor Framkin
Jennie Vaughn ...
Tommy's Mother (as Jennie Vaughn Cambell)
Drew Massey ...
Puppet Angel


Angel and the gang set out to foil an evil puppet show that is sucking the brain power of all the children who watch. During their fight, Angel is turned into a puppet himself and must rely upon his friends in order to reverse the spell which holds him at one foot tall. Written by Anonymous

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David Fury:  plays Gregor Framkin. See more »


When Fred is in the lab with Knox, and she shows him the picture of Tommy, the picture she shows him in the 2-shot, is not the same picture you next see in the close-up. The 1st is taken from the right side of a hospital bed, and shows a child with his arms at his sides, and his eyes closed. The 2nd, is of Tommy - this time taken from the left side of the bed, his arms are both up, he's smiling, and his eyes are wide open. See more »


Nina: Is there a reason why you won't look at me?
Angel: 'Cause I'm under my desk?
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References Charly (1968) See more »

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Just... genius
27 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Buffy/Angel universe has never been afraid to lace horror with comedy, but it's rarely been done so perfectly…

Bear in mind that the investigation's subject itself is really nasty. Kids enjoying early morning TV shows end up being rictus-bearing comatose liabilities, shown full of tubes in hospital beds.

The script is wonderful. It's chock-full with the sort of throw-away gags they've long since cornered the market in, but is balanced by some genuinely tender dialogue between Fred and Wesley. Aaaand The Joker is even given a name check!

They even manage to squeeze in a decent explanation for Angel's transformation – as revealed by muppets!

'Angel' as a series is an astonishing achievement which rarely puts a foot wrong. This episode, without a doubt, puts two feet right.

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