Angel: Season 4, Episode 19

The Magic Bullet (16 Apr. 2003)

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Mysteriously free of Jasmine's spell, Fred must take refuge with dubious allies as Angel and the gang hunt her down. Jasmine's powers expand as the citizens of L.A. begin to develop a ... See full summary »

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Mysteriously free of Jasmine's spell, Fred must take refuge with dubious allies as Angel and the gang hunt her down. Jasmine's powers expand as the citizens of L.A. begin to develop a psychic connection which could potentially pave the way for collective consciousness. Using this new power to find Fred, she hides outside the city, desperately trying to find the cure for Jasmine's "love". Written by TheGreenSaga

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My favorite Jasmine episode
6 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite episode of the Jasmine story line. It really shows the extent of her power and leaves Fred to face it one-on-one. It's nice to see Fred standing up and being the Champion for once. Anyway, this is the episode that frees Team Angel from Jasmine's thrall and gives us a better understanding of her dark side. All in all, it's a fun episode and I recommend that you see it.

The episode revolves around Jasmine's growing power. All of LA is under her "loving" control and people are moving into the Hyperion just to be near her. The Divine Miss J is pleased with her worshipers and, it turns out, snacking on them whenever she feels a bit peckish. Nobody seems to mind her complete domination, except Fred. Fred's trying to do research on mass hypnosis at a conspiracy themed bookshop. She's also avoiding Team Angel, who are trying to capture her. When Jasmine uses her growing powers to spy on Fred through the eyes of her followers, Fred has to hide in the woods outside of town. She runs into a evil little demon, kills him, sees the blood and then gets a new idea.

Fred goes back to the book store and waits for Jasmine to find her. When Jasmine shows up with Angel and Conner, Fred shoots her. The bullet goes through Jasmine and into Angel. He tackles Fred, prepared to kill her. She tells him to look at Jasmine and, when he does, he sees her true rotting face. The spell broken, Angel staggers back in shock. Jasmine realizes that her blood cures people. She tells Conner that Angel & Fred are infected and need to be destroyed. Fred shoots Jasmine again and Angel gets them to safety.

Angel & Fred sneak back into the Hyperion looking for Cordy. Jasmine's birth put her in a coma and she's resting in one of the rooms. Angel tells Cordy how sorry he is, then he cuts her arm and drains some of her blood. Since Cordy is Jasmine's "mother" they think that it might be able to cure the others. Sure enough, they've soon saved Wes, Gunn and Lorne. But when they try and cure Conner something goes wrong. Instead of agreeing that Jasmine is evil and needs to be stopped, he shouts for Jasmine's followers to come and stop Team Angel.

There are some great parts to this episode. I love the book store owner. Especially, his line: "There's not a big demand for picture books of serial killer autopsies photos when you're living in a Utopian wonderland." It's such a silly sentence that I doubt that anyone else has ever put those words together like that before. And I like the first scenes of the episode, with the Beach Boys playing and everyone being so happy. Then Fred comes running through traffic, trying to escape Gunn and Wes. Plus, the ice cream truck and playground seems like an homage to BTVS season four's "Restless" which is cool. And that scene where Jasmine can see Fred through the eyes of her followers is just down right spooky. I like that Fred is the one driving the action in the episode, but I feel sorry for her as she tries to figure out what to do on her own. I'm always happy when she frees Angel from the spell and they can save the rest of Team Angel. I have to laugh at Lorne's horror at finding out that Jasmine's a fake. "You cut my one wrist and now I wanna slice open the other one." Finally, I love all the miscellaneous people staying at the Hyperion. It's so funny to see them praisin' Jasmine right there in the lobby.

On the down side, the finger-eating demon just seems like a way to keep Fred busy for a few scenes. Also, how are Wes, Gunn and Lorne cured without looking at Jasmine? Fred & Angel had to see her face before they understood and believed the truth.

My favorite part of the episode: Conner and Angel singing at duet of "Mandy," switching it to Jasmine's name. ("Oooh, Jazz-minnn...") I have never laughed so hard at anything in my life as I did when I saw that scene for the first time.


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