Angel: Season 5, Episode 17

Underneath (14 Apr. 2004)

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Angel, Spike and Gunn travel to a surprisingly unusual hell dimension to free Lindsey and find out what he knows of the Senior Partners' ultimate plans. With Illyria's army defunct and her ... See full summary »



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Angel, Spike and Gunn travel to a surprisingly unusual hell dimension to free Lindsey and find out what he knows of the Senior Partners' ultimate plans. With Illyria's army defunct and her plans averted, the gang accepts her as a dubious ally. Wesley, volunteering to be her guide and mentor, falls slowly into depression and self-destruction. Meanwhile, the Senior Partners send a new, unstoppable force, a new liaison and businessman, named Marcus Hamilton, to find Eve, and Gunn makes an important decision in an attempt to protect his friends... and save his soul. Written by TheGreenSaga

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Illyria mentions visiting a world with nothing but shrimp. This is a nod to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Superstar (2000), in which Anya and Buffy are talking about alternate realities, specifically a world with nothing but shrimp. See more »


With Gunn, Lindsey and Spike are pinned down behind the couch, they realise the Wrath is in the basement, they kick the couch at the son. However, for a brief second the dwarf stand-in (with a cheap blond wig) is visible. See more »


Illyria: Tell me a joke.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Two men walk into a bar. The first man orders a scotch and soda. The second man remembers something he'd forgotten, and it doubles him over with pain. He falls to the floor shaking and then through the floor into the earth. He looks back up at the first man, but he doesn't call out to him. They're not that close.
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References The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (1976) See more »

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Heroes don't accept the world the way it is. They fight it
27 May 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Heroes don't accept the world the way it is. They fight it - An excellent, emotional episode that the develops both the characters and is the real beginning of the apocalypse, well it had already started but at least they know now. 'Eve' till irritates the hell out of me though, too bad 'Hamilton' didn't actually want her to die but just to sign a contract, 'Hamilton' did however have the best entry ever by punching his fist through that security agent making Eve, Lorne and Harmony scream like little piggies. I was also glad they brought back 'Lindsey', his hell dimension was very original and fun, he had his own family but day after day he got his heart-ripped out in the basement. 'Gunn' also did a good thing, he stayed behind because it was the only way for the rest to escape - Stayed behind? But you never leave a... or I guess we do. That's what we do now. My favorite scenes, without a question, were the Wesley/Illyria ones, especially the one on the roof got me a little teared-up. The last scene was also excellent, 'Lindsey' told the gang that the Apocalypse already started and that they are fighting on the wrong side, and that they already lost two soldiers. Another brilliant season 5 episode. ILLYRIA: All I am is what I am. I lived 7 lives at once. I was power and the ecstasy of death. I was god to a god. Now... I I'm trapped... on a roof. Just one roof... in this time and this place, with an unstable human who drinks too much whiskey and called me a Smurf. You don't worship me at all, do you? WESLEY: And you really can't leave. ILLYRIA: I... don't know. And I fear in any other dimension in this form I'd be but prey to those I knew. I reek of humanity. WESLEY: Don't flatter yourself. ILLYRIA: Your world is so small. And yet you box yourselves in rooms even smaller. You shut yourselves inside... in rooms, in routines. WESLEY: There are things worse than walls. Terrible... and beautiful. If we look at them for too long they will burn right through us. Truths we couldn't bear. Not every day. ILLYRIA: We are so weak. WESLEY: Yes. Yes, we are. (9.5 out of 10)

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