Angel: Benediction (2002)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) learns that his foster father, Holtz (Keith Szarabajka), too, has returned to this dimension. Holtz advises the lad to spend some time with Angel (David Boreanaz), which enrages the boy, who's been raised to hate his true father. Nonetheless, the lad shows up at the hotel and spends time warily with Angel. Meanwhile, the Groosalugg (Mark Lutz) grows weary of the devotion his girlfriend, Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), heaps upon Angel. Lilah Morgan (Stephanie Romanov) continues her attempts to win Wesley (Alexis Denisof) over to the dark side. She engineers an attempted slaughter of Justine (Laurel Holloman) at a vampire club and invites Wes to watch so she can gauge his reaction. Cordy's visions alert her to Justine's predicament, and she dispatches Angel and Connor to save the woman. Fighting side by side, the similarity between father and son is remarkable. Ultimately, Angel learns that Holtz is back and visits him; Holtz says he's leaving for good and urges Angel to take care of Connor. Angel takes off, then Holtz reveals his true plan. He has Justine kill him and make it look like a vampire attack. Connor finds the body and is convinced that his blood father has killed his dad -- just as Holtz planned it. Originally broadcast May 13, 2002, on the WB network, "Benediction" marked season three, episode 21 of the supernatural comedy drama.

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