Angel: Season 4, Episode 3

The House Always Wins (20 Oct. 2002)

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Angel, Gunn and Fred head to Las Vegas to see Lorne only to find that he is being forced to steal people's destinies. Once Angel's is stolen, only Cordelia can help. Meanwhile a friend unexpectedly shows up at the hotel.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee DeMarco
Lornette #2
Security Guard #3
Well Dressed Man
Sven Holmberg ...
Delivery Guy
Diana Saunders ...
Bejeweled Woman


Angel, Gunn and Fred head to Las Vegas to see Lorne only to find that he is being forced to steal people's destinies. Once Angel's is stolen, only Cordelia can help. Meanwhile a friend unexpectedly shows up at the hotel.

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David Fury, Kelly A. Manners:  In the front row of Lorne's Las Vegas concert. See more »


Lorne was performing at the Tropicana (and all the exterior shots before and after take place near the Tropicana), at the southern end of Las Vegas Blvd., yet when they step out they are on Fremont Street (Downtown) almost 5 miles away. See more »


Angel: It's like I told Sammy Davis at the Sands. When you, Frank, and Dean are the meal, you don't need the trimmings.
Charles Gunn: Hold up. You knew the Rat Pack?
Angel: Know 'em? No. I met 'em once. Twice. For drinks. Maybe it was three times. Hey, you know, I did have a life before you guys came along.
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References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »


Viva Las Vegas
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
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An okay episode
2 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an okay episode. It's pretty funny and it's always a joy to see Lorne front and center. Still, this isn't the most important, dramatic episode of the season. It doesn't play into the main story arc, except for the last few seconds. But, it does bring Lorne back to LA and get Cordy back among the living. (Sorta. I guess.) Anyway, I recommend that you give it a shot.

This is an episode about Lorne. It turns out that he hasn't been ignoring Team Angel. He's being held hostage by an evil Casino on the Veags strip. They're making him read people's fortunes and then they're stealing the destinies of the successful ones. When Angel, Gunn and Fred come to Vegas looking for him, they quickly realize that something's wrong. Angel's destiny is accidentally stolen and Fred, Gunn and Lorne have to try and get it back. Cordy finally lends a hand from Floaty-Magic land and Team Angel stops the evil casino. Meanwhile, Wes and Lilah continue to see each other. Back in LA, Team Angel enters the Hyperion and finds Cordelia standing in the lobby, with no idea where she is or who they are.

There are some good parts to this episode. I love Lorne and he's great here. Really, Lorne doesn't get enough screen time, so it's nice to see an episode that revolves around him. You just have to laugh when he starts singing "It Ain't Easy Being Green." And I like Angel all destiny-less and addicted to slot machines. He's so vacant and agreeable. And I enjoy his Old Time Vegas stories, about Elvis, Bugsy Segal & the Rat Pack. I wish we'd gotten some flashbacks. Finally, I like Cordy yelling at him from up in Floaty Magic land. She wants to come home and she's trying to tell him. Angel kinna hears her and he even sort of thinks that she's the one who helped with the slot machine thing. It's sweet. I'm not sure about Cordy for most of this season, but I know that that's the real her in most of this episode. I love Cordelia and Angel together.

On the down side, I wish Wes had gotten to go on the Las Vegas trip.

My favorite part of the episode: Wes on the phone with Lilah. They're scheduling their dates between her world domination plots and his rouge demon hunting business. Wesley is stealing all of Angel's clients, talking dirty to Lilah on the phone, buying deadly weapons and trying to arrange dinner. I just love the whole scene.

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