Angel/Habeas Corpses

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Habeas Corpses
Habeas Corpses
Season 4, Episode 8
Airdate January 15, 2003
Production Number 4ADH08
Writer(s) Jeffrey Bell
Director(s) Skip Schoolnik
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Habeas Corpses is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Angel, and the seventy-fourth episode overall. The Beast goes on a rampage in the Wolfram & Hart offices, but when Connor is trapped inside, the gang must go in and save him at risk of their own lives.

Special Guest Star: Andy Hallett (Lorne)

Guest Stars: Stephanie Romanov (Lilah Morgan), Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin Park), Vladimir Kulich (The Beast)

Co-Stars: Kay Panabaker (Little Girl)


Plot Overview


Monster of the Week

  • Zombies: The Wolfram & Hart lawyers turn into zombies after being killed. There is no major difference between the zombies of this episode and popular zombie myths. They're slow moving and crave human flesh. The only way to kill a zombie is to stop brain activity by destroying the brain itself or cutting off the head. The one difference in this situation is that a person cannot be turned into a zombie by being bit by one, they can only turn after dying.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Gavin Park The Beast Snapped Neck Wolfram & Hart
2 Little Girl The Beast Lifeforce Drained White Room
Lots (100+) Lawyers The Beast Various Wolfram & Hart


There is no licensed music in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • Wolfram & Hart: The Beast goes a rampage in the Los Angeles office of Wolfram & Hart and kills at least 90% of the people inside. The only recurring lawyer who survives is Lilah. The rest of the lawyers turn into zombies for an unknown reason. Also killed is the little girl in the White Room.



  • 3x17 - Forgiving: Angel ventured into the White Room when he kidnapped Linwood and tortured him for information. It was there that he was advised on how to bring Sahjhan back to corporeal form.
Angel: There is one other way. The White Room. It's an interdimensional space here at Wolfram & Hart.


The Show

  • Final Appearance: This episode is the final appearance of Gavin Park in the series on the count of becoming a zombie and later being decapitated by Gunn.

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 3.2/5 in the overnight Nielsen ratings.

Allusions and References

  • Habeas Corpus: The title of the episode is a reference to a writ of habeas corpus. The writ is a court order that compells a prisoner to come before a judge in a court of law. Typically, habeas corpus proceedings in the United States involve an investigation into whether or not a criminal trial was conducted fairly.

Memorable Moments


  • Connor: He looks dead.
    Angel: He is dead. Technically undead. A zombie.
    Connor: What's a zombie?
    Angel: It's an undead thing.
    Connor: Like you?
    Angel: No! Zombies are slow-moving, dim-witted things that crave human flesh.
    Connor: (smiles) Like you.
    Angel: No! It's different. Trust me.


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