Angel/The Thin Dead Line

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The Thin Dead Line
The Thin Dead Line
Season 2, Episode 14
Airdate February 13, 2001
Production Number 2ADH14
Writer(s) Jim Kouf
Shawn Ryan
Director(s) Scott McGinnis
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The Thin Dead Line is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Angel, and the thirty-sixth episode overall. Overly aggressive cops have been plaguing the streets around Anne's teen shelter and both the ex-Angel Investigations crew and Angel attempt to solve the case (albeit separately).

Guest Stars: Elisabeth Rohm (Kate Lockley), Julia Lee (Anne), Mushond Lee (Jackson), Jarrod Crawford (Rondell)

Co-Stars: Cory C. Hardrict (Ray), Kyle Davis (Kenny), Camille Mana (Les), Darin Cooper (Police Officer), Brenda Price (Callie), Darris Love (George), Matthew James (Merl), Geoff Koch (Street Cop), Jerry Giles (Desk Sergeant), Steven Barr (Captain), Suli McCullough (EMT), Marie Chambers (Mother)

Contents

Plot Overview

Notes

Monster of the Week

  • Zombies: No, not the shambling, brain-eating kind. The zombies in this episode are corpses brought back to life by a mystical means and controlled by an outside force. In this case, recently deceased cops are brought back to "clean up the streets" or in other words indescriminately beat people to death. It turns out that their former captain is to blame and destroying the idol of Granath (the zombie god) stops the reanimated corpses. After the idol is destroyed, the zombies collapse and decompose instantly.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Peter Harkes Angel Decapitated Outside the Teen Center
2 EMT Zombie Cops Shot Alley

Music

Songs are listed in order of appearance in the episode:

  • Outkast - Ms. Jackson
  • Sucker Pump - On a Mission
  • Seldom Seen - Who's Got My Back?

Arc Advancement

Happenings

  • Ex-Angel Investigations: The gang is still searching for a title, but Gunn continues to insist on calling it "The Gunn Agency." When Cordelia runs into Angel at the hospital, she rejects Angel's sympathy.

Characters

  • Wesley: Wes is shot by one of the zombie cops in this episode. Although he loses a lot of blood, he's recovering in a hospital by the end of the episode.

Referbacks

  • 2x12 - Blood Money: Angel attempted to expose the Wolfram & Hart plot to steal millions from a fundraiser for Anne's teen help center, but he only really wanted to make them look like fools.
Anne: But it turned out it was just a scam to screw this law firm.
  • 2x11 - Redefinition: Angel killed all the demons that Darla and Drusilla were gathering and set the two on fire using gasoline and a cigarette. This didn't kill them, but it did send Drusilla back to Sunnydale.
Angel: I did track them down later and set them on fire.

Trivia

The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • The Thin Red Line: The title of this episode is a reference to "The Thin Blue Line," which is a term used occasionally to refer to the police. Additionally, the title also refers to The Thin Red Line, a fictionalized account of the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War 2 by James Jones.
  • The Jeffersons: Rondell quotes a line from the theme song for The Jeffersons, a spin off from All in the Family about George and Weezy Jefferson, a wealthy black couple living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The full lyric is: Movin' on Up! / To a dee-luxe apartment in the sky.
Rondell: Deluxe apartment in the sky.
  • Rodney King: In 1991, a bystander videotaped Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police after a high speed chase. The beating caused eleven skull fractures and permanent brain damage. King's attackers were put on trial, but all of the defendants were acquitted, a decision which sparked the 1992 L.A. riots.
George: Cops see me with this, ain't no way we can Rodney King them.

Memorable Moments

Quotes

  • Anne: So why'd you come in last night?
    Kenny: I don't know. It was cold out there. I was getting frostbit.
    Anne: It was sixty-five degrees outside.
    Kenny: So? I'm from Florida. Sixty-five degrees is like the Arctic Circle.

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