Angel: Home (2003)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Following her dramatic arrival after Jasmine's defeat (see "Peace Out"), Lilah (Stephanie Romanov) explains her presence at Angel Investigations. Despite having become one of Jasmine's first victims when she died at the hands of the possessed Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), the late lady lawyer's contract with Wolfram & Hart extends into the afterlife. Now she's been dispatched to make the fang gang an offer: The evil law firm wants Angel (David Boreanaz) and friends to take over its newly restored Los Angeles office. After mocking her longtime foes for having ended world peace -- or at least Jasmine's sinister version thereof -- Lilah taunts them with a glimpse of all the good they might accomplish if given the awesome financial and mystical assets of an interdimensional law firm. Reactions vary, but by the time a limo arrives the next morning, Angel, Wesley (Alexis Denisof), Fred (Amy Acker), Gunn (J. August Richards), and Lorne (Andy Hallett) are all willing to at least hear the pitch. Each team member gets a personalized tour of the newly rebuilt Wolfram & Hart facility -- and a tantalizing glimpse of what his or her role might be in such an organization. Angel's ready to turn the deal down -- despite the offer of key information about recent events in Sunnydale -- when Lilah reveals the whereabouts of his missing son: Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) is getting ready to blow up the unconscious Cordelia and a slew of hostages in a bid to end his own pain and alienation. Angel conducts some stern negotiations and saves the day, but in doing so he loses the only son he'll ever have. Originally broadcast May 7, 2003, on the WB network, "Home" marked season four, episode 22 of the supernatural soap opera. At the time of broadcast, the WB still hadn't announced whether the program would be renewed, so the producers fashioned this episode as either a coda or a cliffhanger for the following season. David Boreanaz would next appear in the final two episodes of Angel's parent series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another crossover of sorts occurs in the casting of Jonathan M. Woodward as one of Wolfram & Hart's lackeys; the same actor previously played Buffy's vampire sparring partner in "Conversations With Dead People."

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