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Season 1, Episode 19
Airdate May 2, 2000
Production Number 1ADH19
Written by Tim Minear &
Joss Whedon
Directed by Michael Lange
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AngelSeason One

Sanctuary is the nineteenth episode of the first season of Angel. Angel attempts to rehabilitate Faith, but when Buffy comes to town she isn't happy about the situation.

Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce)

Guest Starring: Elisabeth Rohm (Kate Lockley), Christian Kane (Lindsey McDonald), Thomas Burr (Lee Mercer), Stephanie Romanov (Lilah Morgan) Alastair Duncan (Collins), Eliza Dushku (Faith)

and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy)

Co-Starring: Jeff Ricketts (Weatherby), Kevin Owers (Smith), Adam Vernier (Detective Kendrick)


Plot Overview

Angel takes Faith in, much to everyone's protest, including Buffy who comes to L.A. to confront her. As she becomes the target of a manhunt, the Watchers Council's retrieval team come to Wesley to make him an offer in exchange for helping them capture Faith.


Monster of the Week

  • The closest thing to a monster of the week in this episode is the clawed demon that Wolfram & Hart hired to kill Faith, but no background information is given about it.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Demon Faith Stabbed Angel's Apartment


There is no licensed music in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • Wolfram & Hart: The supernatural lawfirm is feeling the heat after Faith betrays them. They hire a demon to kill her, but he fails. Then, they attempt to get the police to arrest Angel, but when Faith turns herself in, they let him go.
  • Crossover: Angel goes to Sunnydale in "The Yoko Factor" after this episode, but the events that take place aren't significant enough to consider it a continuation of the story.


  • Cordelia: Cordelia decides to take a paid vacation while Faith is around.
  • Wesley: Wesley is given a chance to rejoin the Watcher's Council by the secret ops team. If he kills Faith, then he'll be allowed back into the fold of the Watchers. He declines their offer because of his faith in Angel.
  • Kate: After discovering the truth about the otherworldly beings that inhabit the earth like demons and vampires, Kate has become the Mulder of the police force, often showing up on cases unassigned to her which involve some kind of supernatural force.
  • Faith: Faith is sent to prison after she confesses to the crimes she has committed, including murder and assault.


  • BtVS - 2x22 - Becoming: While Angelus has caused suffering to many people in the past, Cordelia's remark may specifically point to him torturing Giles, who later had a hard time trusting Angel again.
Cordelia: People always get a little funny right after they've been sadistically tortured. Well, you'd know.
  • BtVS - 3x14 - Bad Girls: There are a few flashes of the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Faith accidentally killed the Deputy Mayor.
Faith: I screwed her. Not to mention her boyfriend. Only — him literally.


The Show

  • Channel Surfing: Among the things that Faith flips past on the television are The Lost Weekend and the Fleischer Superman cartoons.
  • Last Appearance: This episode marks the final appearance of Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy in the spin-off. Although she does appear later on in archive footage, she does not appear in any other new episodes. In episodes where new footage is required, doubles are used and their faces are not shown.

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 5.3/7 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. It was ranked 1st out of the 15 WB shows which aired that week.
  • Co-Writer: The reason why Joss Whedon is credited with writing this episode alongside Tim Minear is because Minear felt "uncomfortable" with writing Buffy's dialogue, so he had Joss write all of her dialogue.

Allusions and References

Kate: Mulder is the believer. Scully is the skeptic.

Memorable Moments


  • Wesley: Yes, you were right. The police would be ill equipped to hold a Slayer against her will. I understand why you chose not to turn her over to them. I do not, however, understand why the woman who brutally tortured me last night, this morning gets pastries.
  • Angel: It wasn't too long ago that you were the one making the case for her rehabilitation.
Wesley: It wasn't too long ago that I had full feeling in my right arm!
  • Angel: He'll come around.
Cordelia: Wesley? Sure. People always get a little funny right after they've been sadistically tortured. Well, you'd know.
  • Lilah: I told you he wouldn't be easy. He can't be bought and, apparently, he can't be killed - even by a vampire slayer. Rumour has it he used to actually date one.
  • Faith: So, how does this work?
Angel: There's no real simple answer to that. I won't lie to you and tell you it'll be easy - because it won't be. Just because you decided to change doesn't mean the world is ready for you to. The truth is - no matter how much you suffer, no matter how many good deeds you do to try to make up for the past - you may never balance out the cosmic scale. The only thing I can promise you is that you'll probably be haunted - and may be for the rest of your life.
Faith: (indicates the microwave) So how does this work?
Angel: Uh... power level, time, start.
  • Faith: How do you say "Gee, really sorry that I tortured you nearly to death"?
Angel: Well, first off, I think I'd leave off the "Gee."
  • Faith: I gotta be the first Slayer in history to be sponsored by a vampire.
  • Faith: Buffy. I'm s--
Buffy: You apologise to me, I will beat you to death.
  • Mercer: This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin, sent to kill the first assassin, who didn't assassinate anyone, until we hired the second assassin to assassinate her.
Lindsey: All right. This obviously isn't working.
Lilah: You think?
  • Buffy: She tried to kill you.
Angel: That was... That was just a cry for help.
Buffy: A cry for help is when you say "help" in a loud voice.
  • Angel: That's great. It's nice. You moved on. I can't. You found someone new. I'm not allowed to, remember? I see you again, it cuts me up inside and the person I share that with is me! You don't know me anymore, so don't come down here with your great new life and expect me to do things your way! Go home!
Buffy: See? Faith wins again.
  • Angel: For a taciturn shadowy guy, I got a big mouth.