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Season 4, Episode 12
Airdate February 12, 2003
Production Number 4ADH12
Written by Jeffrey Bell &
Steven S. DeKnight &
Mere Smith
Directed by Bill Norton
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AngelSeason Four

Calvary is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Angel, and the seventy-eighth episode overall. The gang attempts to find a way to put the soul back in Angelus after discovering that the jar with his soul is missing.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angelus), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), J. August Richards (Charles Gunn), Amy Acker (Winifred "Fred" Burkle), Vincent Kartheiser (Connor)

and Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce)

Special Guest Star: Andy Hallett (Lorne)

Guest Starring: Stephanie Romanov (Lilah Morgan), Vladimir Kulich (The Beast), Roger Yuan (Wo-Pang)


Plot Overview

When Lilah emerges everyone thinks she’s responsible for Angel’s missing soul. However, she inadvertently presents a clue as to why only Angelus remembers the Beast. Things look up when a new means of re-ensouling Angel seems to be discovered, but not before it’s discovered that the Beast is working for someone else.


Monster of the Week

  • There is no monster of the week in this episode.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Soul-Eater Gunn Decapitated Woods
2 Lilah Morgan Cordelia Stabbed in the Neck Hyperion


There is no licensed music in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • Wolfram & Hart: The Beast didn't just kill everyone in the offices of Wolfram & Hart the day that he struck, he hunted down everyone in the field and home sick as well. The only person left is Lilah, and by the end of the episode, she's dead too.
  • Big Bad: The Beast isn't really the big bad, it's just a minion. It's likely that Cordelia is the one pulling his strings and is the real evil one here.


  • Gunn effectively ends his relationship with Fred.
  • Cordelia: Cordelia stabs Lilah in the neck and says that she let Angelus out on purpose. Coupled with the fact that the Beast is working for someone else and that she never explained how or why she was sent back, it seems probably that Cordelia is either not really Cordelia or is just plain evil.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Spoiler Guard: In the original script, Angelus killed Lilah in the end of the episode. This was never intended to be shot, but was a ruse put in place to prevent the possibility of the revelation of evil Cordelia being spoiled on the internet, should the script be leaked.

Allusions and References

  • Obi Wan: Obi Wan Kenobi was a Jedi master from the first Star Wars film, as well as the prequel trilogy. Kenobi was one of the last remaining Jedi in the universe and took a young Luke Skywalker under his wing when Luke came to him with a message lodged in a droid begging for his help. In the original film, Kenobi was played by Alec Guinness. In the prequels, he was played by Ewan McGregor.
Cordelia: You might even be their only hope, Obi-Wan.

Memorable Moments


  • Wo-Pang: Must acquire better guards.
  • Wo-Pang: There is no other way known to me. Without the muo-ping... you're screwed.
  • Gunn: Then maybe I did the wrong thing.
Angelus: (from the monitor) Like smacking your girl around? I bet you Wes would never hit her. He's all proper and English. And that accent - Oh, chicks just love a good accent. Makes 'em all buttery in their nether regions. Isn't that right, Fred? You know, I had a bit of an Irish brogue back in the day. If you like, I can use it on you when I rape you to death.
  • Lilah: The great Angelus...
Angelus: Oh, come on. You can do better than that, huh? Try playing up the awe and the reverence a bit. The Great Angelus!
Lilah: Great... being locked in a cage.
Angelus: Yet managing to display better grooming habits than you.
  • Angelus: Look at yourself, Lilah. All these years, wanting to meet me. Couldn't run a comb through your hair, maybe slap on a little lipstick? Evil doesn't have to mean sloppy.
  • Angelus: (to Lilah) Why is your thong in a bunch, counsellor?
  • Lilah: Why is he picking on us? We're the bad guys!
Angelus: Apparently, not bad enough. But there is a bright side. You have a devoted boyfriend who loves and cares for... Oh, wait. You don't. (laughs) Your life really is crap.
  • Gunn: And what do you call what he was doing in the office before I walked in?
Fred: I don't know what--
Gunn: He was kissing you! Don't lie to me. It's the one thing you're not good at.
Fred: It just happened.
Gunn: Because you let it. I've never felt so much for anyone. I would do anything for you, but it's not enough, is it?
Fred: Charles, I'm--
Gunn: I can't do this anymore, Fred. I'm tired of you looking everywhere but at me.
  • Lilah: I just want my life back. All my pretty things. I'm selfish that way.
  • Angelus: Morons. That big rock doesn't have minions. It is the minion.
  • Angelus: I'm saying, there's something bigger; something worse. The Beast has a boss.
  • Gunn: Worse than the Beast?
Cordelia: That's... That's not possible.
Angelus: How did you survive this long being so retarded?
  • Cordelia: Do you know what Angelus would do if we let him out?
Lilah: Kill you all in a bloody shower of violence, but, hey... greater good!
  • Cordelia: Lilah, I know things look grim right now.
Lilah: Don't go Watchtower on me, Saint Cordelia. I don't think I could stomach it.
Cordelia: Man, I'd love to punch your face in.
Lilah: Are you trying to turn me on?
  • Cordelia: You're too scared to believe in anything because you're too scared to hope. You won't even open your eyes to the possibility.
Lilah: You don't get it, do you, twinkie? I'm what I believe in. And you think I got this far by sticking my head in the sand? The Beast that eviscerated me has a boss. And that boss is going to end life as we know it and nobody is coming to save us! Not Angel, not the Powers That Be, and not the Forty-damn-Second Calvary! So if anybody has scales on their eyes... it's you.
  • Angelus: Oh! She really has put on the spunk, hasn't she, Wes? Not the same shy bitch-cow we pulled out of Pylea.
Fred: There's only one bitch here and I'm looking at him.
  • Angelus: I'm telling ya. Man, if I swung that way. Look at him. All rugged and handsome. And brains! Man, he's damn near perfect.
Wesley: Thank you.
Angelus: Except the part about banging Lilah for the past 6 months. Kinda takes the shine off.
  • Lilah: It's just like being at work, except suits by Liberace.
Lorne: Wesley, would you please warn this walking infection that I haven't forgotten how she poked my head open like a Capri Sun and while my love for humanity allows me to tolerate her presence, if need be, I will smack her down! Be a doll. Thanks.
  • Angelus: Have you all lost your mind? You're gonna use black magic to restore my soul? People, this never goes well. Am I the only one paying attention?
  • Angelus: Look at you. Heroes. So tangled up in your own crap you can't even find the world to save it.
  • Angelus: Hell, even Angel knew you never stood a chance. You wanna know why he really let me out? Because he finally gave up. He knew you were all too weak and selfish to stop what's coming. He gave up his soul because he gave up on you.
  • Angel: What Angelus told you was a lie. I haven't and will never give up on you. We'll get through this thing... together.
Lilah: I can't believe we didn't crush you people years ago.
  • Lilah: It's my inner megalomaniac. I rebel at serving coffee.
  • Angelus: What happened to pedestrians? Human pedestrians?! Is there no fast food left in Los Angeles?!
  • Angelus: Oh, Lilah, I had such high hopes for us. Your devious mind, my killer instincts. What a team we would have made.
Lilah: Could still make.
Angelus: Always were a closer. Unfortunately, with the new big scary in town, you're just not looking so tough anymore. And I'm a winning team kind of a guy. Couple that with the recent people shortage — you know, you're lucky I'm letting you yak this long.
  • Lilah: He's going to kill us.
Cordelia: I know. (stabs Lilah in the neck) Why do you think I let him out, you stupid bitch?