Angel/Harm's Way

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Harm's Way
Harm's Way
Season 5, Episode 9
Airdate January 14, 2004
Production Number 5ADH09
Written by Sarah Fain &
Elizabeth Craft
Directed by Vern Gillum
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Harm's Way is the ninth episode of the fifth season of Angel, and the ninety-seventh episode overall. When a dead man with bite marks appears in Harmony's bed, she must figure out who is attempting to frame her before Angel finds out what happened.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Charles Gunn), Amy Acker (Winifred "Fred" Burkle), Andy Hallett (Lorne)

and Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce)

Guest Starring: Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), Danielle Nicolet (Tamika)

Co-Starring: Jennifer Haworth (Brittany), Stacy Reed (Charlotte), David Gangler (Danny), Christopher Gehrman (Rudy), Brendan Hines (Eli), Bryce Mouer (Hot Guy), Olga Vilner (Vinji Leader), Nick Jaine (Sahrvin Leader)


Plot Overview

As Angel begins enforcing a zero tolerance policy, Harmony's difficulty in finding her place at work gets worse when she finds herself framed for murder.


Monster of the Week

There is no monster of the week in this episode.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Toby Harmony Bitten Harmony's Apartment
2 Tamika Harmony Staked Conference Room


Music is listed in order of appearance in the episode:

  • Detroit Cobras - "Hey Sailor"

Arc Advancement


  • Wolfram & Hart: The company has instituted a no human blood police for vampires working at the firm. This is part of a new zero tolerance policy that is punishable by death.


  • Spike: Spike claims that he's shipping off to Europe in this episode to find Buffy, but instead decides to stay in Los Angeles to preserve his heroic death.


  • 5x08 - Destiny: Harmony was one of the first to be affected by the universe unraveling due to the existence of two vampires with souls. She bit Spike in a fit of anger and nearly tore out his throat.
Harmony: I don't get a good-bye just because I went crazy and tried to rip your throat out while we were having sex?


The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 3.8/5 in the overnight Nielsen ratings.

Allusions and References

  • Corporate Evil: The employee orientation video at the start of the episode mentions several corporate clients. Yoyodyne was originally a fictional defense contractor in Thomas Pynchon's novels, but was made famous as the corporate front for the alien villains in the film Buckaroo Banzai. Weyland-Yutani is the ruthless megacorporation from the Alien series of movies. Finally, News Corp., the only real company mentioned, is the parent of 20th Century Fox, the producers of Angel.
Narrator: ... Wolfram & Hart has put roots down into this glamorous city that grow deep, and branches that reach right into the heart of every major corporation, including Yoyodyne, Weyland-Yutani, and News Corp.
  • Shaq: Shaquille O'Neal is a basketball player who famously played center for the Los Angeles Lakers when this episode was written. O'Neal has won four NBA championships, but is most notable for his size; Shaq is seven feet tall and weighs 325 pounds.
Dan: They're from Lorne. Actually from Shaq, but Lorne's declared his office a carb-free zone.
  • Dixie Chicks: The Dixie Chicks are an all female country music trio that hails from Fred's native Texas. In a previous episode, Fred was shown putting up a poster of the group in her office.
Fred: Anyway, if you want to hang out again sometime, we could grab some wine, jam to the Dixie Chicks.

Memorable Moments


  • Gunn: Hardest part of the job - terminating an employee.
  • Fred: There haven't been any side effects since you re-corporealised, have there?
Spike: Bit of a hangover. But that's to be expected after all the drinkin'.
  • Spike: Yeah. Here's the thing. Could use a little walkin' around money. How 'bout a few hundred?
Angel: How 'bout no?
Spike: Typical, you cheap sod. Right, then. Settle for some wheels.
Angel: If it's gonna get you out of here faster, fine. Just not the Viper.
Spike: Viper it is, then.
  • Spike: Any message for Buffy?
Angel: Tell her you're a moron.
  • Harmony: Oh, what? I don't get a goodbye just because I went crazy and tried to rip your throat out while we were having sex?
Spike: Keep it simple, Harm. It suits you.
  • Harmony: (in vamp face) You're forgetting one thing - kinda have the advantage.
Tamika: (vamps out) Kinda not.
Harmony: Oh.
  • Tamika: You want to know the first thing I'm gonna do when I get your desk? Smash all of those stupid, ugly-ass unicorns!