Angel: Season 2, Episode 14

The Thin Dead Line (13 Feb. 2001)

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Anne, head of the teen shelter, seeks assistance from Gunn, Wesley, and Cordelia when she learns of kids in the area being harassed by police officers. It seems a frustrated police chief in... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Kate Lockley (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Mushond Lee ...
Ray (as Cory C. Hardrict)
Police Officer


Anne, head of the teen shelter, seeks assistance from Gunn, Wesley, and Cordelia when she learns of kids in the area being harassed by police officers. It seems a frustrated police chief in a bad part of town initiates a new program to combat rising violence on the streets: resurrecting officers killed in the line of duty. Unbeknownst to the others, Angel and Detective Lockley attempt to track down the zombie officers' puppet master. In the process, Wesley is shot and badly wounded by one of the officers. Angel however cannot bring himself to visit his former employee. Written by Patrick "The G" Gurney

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"Anne" has been mentioned many times in the Buffy- and Angel-verses as being the same character as "Chanterelle" and "Lily." When "Lily" took over Buffy's alternate identity, she assumed the name "Anne." As "Chanterelle," she had already encountered Angel, yet when the characters meet again, they appear to be meeting for the first time, as neither appears to have any memory or knowledge of the other. See more »


[first lines]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: What I wouldn't give for a roving band of Prechian demons right now.
[Cordelia and Gunn stare at Wesley]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Without the ritualistic slayings, of course.
Cordelia Chase: Of course.
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References The Jeffersons (1975) See more »


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Angel does Maniac Cop
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The Good; Excellent ep, lovely to see Anne again, good story, especially like the Jackson/Gunn confrontation. Also a nice little role for the desk sergeant.

The Bad; Could this really all happen without anyone knowing about it? Or should I ask without anyone caring? Doesn't anyone hear the gunshots in the police station?

Best line: Angel; "I just killed a cop" Kate; (looking around the police station) "I wouldn't say that in here no matter how immortal you think you are"

Jeez, how did they get away with that? Once again man's (or should that be zombie's?) inhumanity to man always more disturbing than the supernatural.

Apocalypses: 5

Angel Clichés Damsel in distress; 17

In disguise; 8

DB get's his shirt off; 11

Cordy's tattoo; oh yeah, we see it at the siege at the refuge 4

Cheap Angel; 6

Fang Gang in bondage: Cordy: 5 Angel: 8 Wes: 3

Fang gang knocked out:Wes passes out after being shot Cordy: 10 Angel: 12 Wes: 6 Doyle; 1 Gunn; 1

Kills: Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons Angel; 22 vamps, 31 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans and 1 zombie Doyle; 1 vamp Wes; 1 demon Kate; 3 vamps Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans. Gunn; 5 vamps+ 2 demons.

Fang Gang go evil: Cordy: 2 Angel: 2

Alternate Fang Gang: Cordy: 2 Angel: 6

Characters killed: 30

Recurring characters killed; 4;

Total number of Angel Investigations: 3/1? 4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

Angel Investigations shot: yes, Wes by the zombie cop Angel: 10 Wes; 1

Packing heat; Wes; 2 Doyle; 1 Angel; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast Angel: 1;Buffy Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

Kinky dinky: No time for that

Captain Subtext; Or that!

Know the face, different character; 2

Parking garages; 5,

Guantanamo Bay; Merle moves and I don't blame him. The whole thing is one big discussion of The End Justifies the Means, the police Captain uses vigilante methods to eradicate the crime in his area but at what cost? Angel is happy to give the area back to the Jackson's of the world because that's human trouble rather than supernatural. Are the Captain's actions a reflection of Angel's own?

Buffy characters on Angel; 14 Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, Master, Anne

Questions and observations; Nice mislead, you think Anne is going to Angel but instead she goes to Gunn. Gunn himself starts to feel removed from his old gang. Angel and Kate seem to have restored their working relationship after the Shroud of Rashamon. Love the Cordy's clothes gag. The whole ep is reminiscent of the old Maniac Cop horror film series (which also featured a vigilante zombie cop resurrected through voodoo) with hints of Night of the Living Dead, Magnum Force and Assault on Precinct 13 (the original, forget the remake even if it has Gay Byrne)

Marks out of 10; 7/10, enjoyable but a step outside the arc.

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