Angel/War Zone

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War Zone
War Zone
Season 1, Episode 20
Airdate May 9, 2000
Production Number 1ADH20
Written by Garry Campbell
Directed by David Straiton
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AngelSeason One

War Zone is the twentieth episode of the first season of Angel. While Angel investigates a blackmail case, a war rages between a group of misfits and vampires.

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

Guest Starring: Michele Kelly (Alonna), Maurice Compte (Chain), Mick Murray (Knox), Joe Basile (Lenny Edwards)

with David Herman (David Nabbit)

and J. August Richards (Charles Gunn)

Co-Starring: Sean Parhm (Bobby), Sven Holmberg (Ty), Rebecca Klingler (Madame Dorion), Kimberly James (Lina), Ricky Luna (James)


Plot Overview

While Angel handles a blackmail case, he discovers a gang of kids who have been fighting for survival on the ugly side of the city. However, he is concerned that they are too reckless when a gang of vampires take to exterminating them for ownership of the streets.


Monster of the Week

  • There is no notable monster of the week in this episode, the episode deals with the war between Gunn's group and the vampires.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1/2 Vampire Bobby Staked Parking Lot
3/4 Vampire Gunn Decapitated Parking Lot
5 Posse Member Vampire Neck Snapped Parking Lot
6 Bobby Vampire Internal Injuries Gunn's HQ
7 Demon Angel Snapped Neck Alley
8 Ty Chain Staked Vamp HQ
9 Alanna Gunn Staked Vamp HQ
10 Chain Angel Staked Vamp HQ


Music is listed in order of appearance in the episode.

  • A Friend From Rio - Para Lennon & McCartney
  • The APM Music Library - Hellfire

Arc Advancement





The Show

  • First Appearance: This episode marks the first appearance of J. August Richards as Charles Gunn. He will go on to become a billed member of the cast in season two.

Behind the Scenes

  • Scrapped Plans: Originally, David Nabbit was meant to be a recurring character in the series. However, because of David Herman's schedule, producers of the show couldn't work his character into more episodes.

Allusions and References

  • Dungeons and Dragons: Dungeons and Dragons (commonly known as D&D) is a pen and paper role-playing game that takes place in a fantasy world. Characters take on a particular class and race which players use to fight through a world created by the dungeon master of the game. Much of the game's popularity, as said by Nabbit, is in its escapism.
Nabbit: Are you familiar with Dungeons and Dragons?

Memorable Moments


  • Cordelia: Ahh, I've missed that smell.
Wesley: Camembert, I believe.
Cordelia: What? No, money. I like to smell a little money once in a while.
Angel: She's not just saying that. Hide some in the office some time and watch her. It's uncanny.
  • Nabbit: Are you familiar with Dungeons and Dragons?
Angel: Yeah, I've seen a few.
Wesley: You mean the, uh, role-playing game?
Angel: Oh, game. Right.
  • Cordelia: (bandaging Angel) You should rest. You look —
Angel: Like I've been beaten and stabbed?
  • Gunn: I don't need advice from some middle-class white dude that's dead!
  • Cordelia: They locked you in, huh?
Angel: No. I just love old meat lockers.
Wesley: You should've tried to call us on your cell phone. You probably forgot you had it.
Angel: These things hardly ever work. Besides, it was a lot easier and quicker to just... (mimes punching a hole) Look, I'm the boss here, I say when we use the cell phones and people are gonna die and I have to go.
  • Gunn: What you doin' here?
Angel: Skulking. Professionally.
  • Gunn: How come you do it? How come you're out here?
Angel: What else are we gonna do? I'll be around.
Gunn: I don't need no help.
Angel: I might.