Angel/Through the Looking Glass

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Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
Season 2, Episode 21
Airdate May 15, 2001
Production Number 2ADH21
Writer(s) Tim Minear
Director(s) Tim Minear
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AngelSeason Two

Through the Looking Glass is the twenty-first episode of the second season of Angel, and the forty-third episode overall. After discovering that Cordelia is the princess of the dimension, Angel and the others attempt to find a way back home.

Guest Stars: Andy Hallett (Lorne), Amy Acker (Fred Burkle), Brody Hutzler (Landok), Tom McCleister (Deathwok Clan Mother), Mark Lutz (Groosalugg), Michael Phenicie (Silas)

Co-Stars: Adoni Maropis (Rebel Leader), Brian Tahash (Constable), Andrew Parks (Priest #1), Danan Pere (Rebel #1), Joss Whedon (Numfar)


Plot Overview


Monster of the Week

  • There is no monster of the week in this episode.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Horseman Angel Mauled Fields


Songs are listed in order of apperance in the episode:

  • Diana Ross - Stop in the Name of Love

Arc Advancement


  • Wolfram & Hart: Just when you thought that evil paranormal lawyers wouldn't have any part of another dimension, the animals that make up their name make an appearance on the holy books.
  • Vampire Mythos: The demon that Angel transforms into is apparently his demon side in its purest form. This may mean that we see what a pure vampire would look like if there were no human influence. Previously, the most pure vampire seen has been either The Master or the vampire from the first episode.



  • 1x22 - To Shanshu in L.A.: While being honored by the villagers, Angel tells them about the time that he chopped off Lindsey's hand. Of course, Lindsey is the "evil lawyer-beast" in his story.
Angel: ...and the scroll is just tipping from his fingertips, and his eyes lighting with fierce determination, and then whack! I chopped off the evil lawyer-beast's hand and he screamed and he screamed and then I left.
  • 1x03 - I Fall to Pieces: Landok asks Angel to tell the story of the sorcerer who could detach his limbs. He's talking about the surgeon who mastered ultimate control of his body, which he used to stalk a girl he went on a date with.
Landok: You must again tell the tale of the sorcerer who could remove his limbs and reassemble at will!


The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 4.6/7 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. It was ranked 4th out of the 17 WB shows which aired that week.
  • Cameo: The part of Numfar, the demon that does the dance of joy, is played by series creator Joss Whedon. In a conversation to Tim Minear and David Greenwalt, he said "There should be a guy in the background doing a stupid dance like this." To which they replied, "Why don't you do the stupid dance? You already look stupid, we've just gotta put make-up on." The only ones who knew it was Joss doing the dance at the time of filming were Minear, Greenwalt, David Boreanez, and several make-up artists.

Allusions and References

  • Through the Looking-Glass: The title of the episode refers to Lewis Caroll's Wonderland stories. Through the Looking-Glass was an anthology of stories written about the world which was first visited in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like in the previous episode, Cordelia makes a reference to Wonderland in the episode teaser.
Cordelia: Off with their heads!
  • Hans Christian Anderson and Quentin Tarantino: Hans Christian Anderson is an author most famous for his fairytales. Among his most popular tales are The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Emperor's New Clothes. Quentin Tarantino is an American filmmaker who is famous for his extremely violent films, including Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs. At one point, a character in Reservoir Dogs cuts off another's ear, which may be the basis for Lorne's reference.
Lorne: Well, you're just a regular Hans Christian Tarantino, aren't you?
  • Blair Witch: The Blair Witch Project is a low budget movie filmed using a handheld camcorder about a fictional documentary team attempting to make a film about the local legend called the Blair Witch. Eventually, after being terrorized by some unseen creature, each character disappears and is presumably killed. The "Blair Witch Moment" is a scene in the movie where one person says that she hears something and takes off in terror.
Gunn: You're having a Blair witch moment?

Memorable Moments


  • Rebel: I know how we send a message to the princess. We storm the palace.
    Leader: That'd be suicide. Our entire number would be wiped out in minutes.
    Rebel: Yeah, but it'd be a message.


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