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Season 5, Episode 18
Airdate April 21, 2004
Production Number 5ADH18
Written by Drew Goddard
Directed by Terrence O'Hara
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Time Bomb
AngelSeason Five

Origin is the eighteenth episode of the fifth season of Angel, and the one-hundred and sixth episode overall. Connor returns and forces Angel into a situation that will endanger him and the mystical change in reality that allows his son to have a normal life.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Charles Gunn), Amy Acker (Illyria), Andy Hallett (Lorne), Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall)

and Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce)

Special Guest Star: Vincent Kartheiser (Connor)

Guest Starring: Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail), Jack Conley (Sahjhan), Jim Abele (Lawrence Riley), Adrienne Brett Evans (Colleen Riley)

and Adam Baldwin (Marcus Hamilton)


Plot Overview

While Spike trains with Illyria, Angel is infuriated when Connor walks into Wolfram & Hart. It's discovered he's being targeted by a warlock - the same demon that created Connor's false memories.


Monster of the Week

There is no monster of the week in this episode.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Demon Angel Snapped Neck Parking Lot
2 Demon Angel Broke His Back Parking Lot
3 Sahjhan Connor Decapitated Cyvus' Home


No licensed music was used in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • Prophecy: The Nyazian Scrolls prophecised that Sahjhan would be killed by the son of the vampire with a soul. This finally comes to pass when Connor decapitates Sahjhan in Cyvus' home.


  • Connor: Connor returns in this episode. As a compromise for working at Wolfram & Hart, Angel had everyone's memory erased and reality changed so Connor could have a normal life. He was being raised by Lawrence and Colleen Riley and was going to Stanford until he was forced into the demon killing life again, briefly. Although the cube with his memories is broken, it's unknown if he regained his. At the end of the episode, he goes back to his normal life.
  • Wesley: Wesley's true memories are given back to him after he smashes the cube that contains the past the was before Cyvus changed it to make everyone forget Connor.
  • Gunn: Marcus attempts to tempt Gunn into striking a deal with the firm in exchange for his release from the holding dimension, but he declines.


  • 3x19 - The Price: Technically, Justine Cooper trapped Sahjhan in the bottle. In an attempt to force Sahjhan to reopen the portal to the hell dimension Holtz took Connor to, Angel made him corporeal. When he proved more difficult to kill than previously thought, they trapped him in the bottle as a plan B.
Angel: He's gone. I trapped him in a bottle.
  • 3x15 - Loyalty: Wesley kidnapped Connor when he found that the prophecy saying that Angel would kill his son would come to pass. However, it turned out that Sahjhan had edited the prophecy in order to remove Connor from the picture because it was originally foretold that Connor would kill him.
Illyria: You stole his son.
  • 3x17 - Forgiving: Wesley was left for dead in the park outside his apartment by Justine, who slit his throat and stole Connor from him. After Fred and Gunn found him and transported him to the hospital, Angel attempted to smother him with a pillow for kidnapping his son in the first place.
Illyria: He tried to kill you.


The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 3.9/6 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. This episode was watched by approximately 3.7 million viewers.

Allusions and References

  • Anne Rice: A constant object of Angel's scorn, Anne Rice writes a popular series of novels about vampires called The Vampire Chronicles. Among the titles in this series are Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned. In her novels, vampires often have constant and numerous sexual encounters with other vampires.
  • Tony Roma's: Tony Roma's is a chain of casual dining restaurants that specializes in barbecue ribs. The restaurant was first established in North Miami, Florida in 1972 by Tony Roma.
Connor: Yeah. Well... I figured I was going to Tony Roma's with my folks tonight, but... I'm here.

Memorable Moments


  • Wesley: She's either counting oxygen molecules or analysing the petri dish she just put into her mouth. Or sleeping. I can never quite tell.
  • Wesley: Illyria can be... difficult. Testing her might be hard without getting someone seriously hurt.
Angel: We'll make Spike do it.
Wesley: Good.
  • Wesley: She doesn't understand our world. She needs someone to guide her. She needs--
Angel: When was the last time you slept? You're not her saviour. I need you here, working, not off drinking yourself into a coma, chasing ghosts. Fred's dead, Wes. You're still alive. Start acting like it.
  • Connor: You almost broke that guy in half! (beat) That was awesome!
  • Connor: Wow. Is everyone here a superhero? This place must be insane.
Angel: It's mostly paralegals and secretaries. Pretty boring, really.
(Spike crashes through the training room doors in front of them)
Spike: You filthy harlot! I'm gonna tear your neck out!
  • Connor: (about Illyria) She have any powers?
Spike: Glad you asked. So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack Truck, selectively alter the flow of time and, uh, possibly talk to plants.
  • Illryia: I'd like to keep Spike as my pet.
  • Illryia: Your body warms. This one is lusting after me.
Connor: No, I – I – It's just, uh... It's the outfit. I guess I've always had a thing for older women.
Angel: They were supposed to fix that.
Connor: What?
Angel: Nothing.
  • Angel: How do you know about Connor?
Cyvus Vail: I built him.
  • Gunn: Come on, Sparky. Let's go! This heart ain't gonna cut itself out.
  • Sahjhan: Thank you, mortal, for releasing me from my cursed prison. In gratitude I grant you three wishes.
Connor: Really?
Sahjhan: Nah, I'm just messing with you.
  • Connor: (to Angel) You got to do what you can to protect your family. I learned that from my father.