Angel/Not Fade Away
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Not Fade Away is the twenty-second episode of the fifth season of Angel, and the one-hundred and tenth episode overall. Picking up directly after the previous episode, Angel and the others make their move against the Circle of the Black Thorne. It is the final episode of the series.
Monster of the Week
- There is no monster of the week in this episode.
|7||Bruckner||Gunn||Axe to the Head||Bruckner's HQ|
|10||Cyvus||Illyria||Skull Crushed||Cyvus' Home|
|11||Marcus||Angel||Neck Snapped||Wolfram & Hart|
Music is listed in order of appearance in the episode:
- Regina Belle, "If I Ruled the World"
- Shanshu Prophecy: Angel has signed away his future as prophesied by the Shanshu Prophecy after being confronted by the Circle of the Black Thorn about his hope for becoming a human.
- Connor: Connor did get his memories back after the window was destroyed in Origin, but they were mixed in with his old ones and are nearly dreamlike. He accepts Angel as his father, but doesn't attempt to pursue the relationship.
- Lorne: Lorne quits the team after completing his final assignment to kill Lindsey.
- Wesley: Wesley becomes the fourth and final billed cast member to die in the series. He is stabbed in the abdomen by Cyvus after his spell is unsuccessful in killing the warlock. His last words are his declaration of love to Fred, whom Illyria takes the form of.
- 5x15 - A Hole in the World: While interrogating Eve for the whereabouts of Lindsey, Lorne threatened to kill Eve and, after she confessed all that she knew, told her that her future is very short and very bleak. What he meant by that is unknown.
- Lindsey: You worried about his reading? Said your future's gonna be crappy?
- BtVS - 7x22 - Chosen: Spike won the battle against the First Evil and the Turok-Han in the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by acting as a conduit for unleashing the power of an amulet given to him by Angel.
- Spike: First off, I'm not wearing any amulets.
- Spike's Poem: The poem that Spike reads in this episode is the full version of the one that appeared in his flashback episode, Fool for Love. The entire poem is as follows:
- My soul is racked in harsh repose
Midnight descends in raven colored clothes
But soft, behold! A sunlight beam
Cutting a swath of glimmering gleam
My heart expands, 'tis grown a bulge in't,
Inspired by your beauty effulgent
Behind the Scenes
- Original Crew: Joss Whedon originally intended to direct this episode as well as co-write it, but he was tied up in his reponsibilities for Serenity, the Firefly feature film that he wrote and directed.
- Episode Cap: After the first airing of this episode, WB broadcast a montage of scenes (mainly from the first, second and fifth seasons) with a thank you message to the viewers who have stuck with the show for the five years that it was airing.
Allusions and References
- Peter's Denial: Spike refers to Peter, a deciple of Jesus who denies him three times before dawn on the day that he is betrayed by Judas. Because Spike can't be Judas, he's willing to settle for the next best thing in his eyes.
- Spike: Can I deny you three times?
- The Carol Burnett Show: The Carol Burnett Show was a sketch comedy series that debuted on CBS in 1967 starring Carol Burnett. Among the cast members was Tim Conway, but he was not on the show's first episode. Conway did not join the cast until he replaced Lyle Waggoner in 1975.
- Angel: I was at the first taping of the Carol Burnett show. Tim Conway was on fire.
- MacArthur Park: "MacArthur Park" is a seven-minute long single performed by Richard Harris in 1968. The song was inspired by and named after the Los Angeles park of the same name. Humor columnist Dave Barry once called the song the worst ever, which may explain the reason why Lorne is using it as a weapon.
- Lindsey: Well, I couldn't have done it without that high note in MacArthur Park.
- Spike: In terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific.
Angel: Well, personally, I kind of want to slay the dragon.
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