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Provider is the twelfth episode of the third season of Angel, and the fifty-sixth episode overall. Angel Investigations start to advertise and are overwhelmed by the response. The gang splits up to stop a vampire nest, a zombie boyfriend and to solve a complex puzzle.
Monster of the Week
- Nahdrah Demons: The Nahdrah are a race of demons who find a great deal of importance in puzzles and tests of logic. However, with age their heads deteriorate more quickly than the rest of their bodies. This makes the grafting of other heads to the body of the prince in this episode necessary.
No licensed music was used in this episode.
Behind the Scenes
- Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 3.5/5 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. It was ranked 6th out of the 18 WB shows which aired that week.
Allusions and References
- Jules Verne: Jules Verne is a science fiction novelist who penned books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon. Verne was notable for writing about cosmic, atmospheric and underwater methods of transport prior to the invention of any practical vehicles.
- Lorne: Oh, nice décor! It's sort of a Jules Verne...
- Leona Helmsley: In the 1980s, Leona Helmsley built an empire as a real-estate mogul. She is often referred to as "The Queen of Mean," because of the hellish way she treats her employees and short temper. At one point, she was sent to prison for tax evasion thanks in part to a employee who heard her say "Only the little people pay taxes."
- Lorne: ...Meets Leona Helmsley.
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