Angel: Salvage (2003)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Wesley (Alexis Denisof) and the others return to the hotel to find the gleeful Angelus (David Boreanaz) sucking Lilah (Stephanie Romanov) dry. After Angelus flees, an incensed Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) vows to kill his evil father, unaware that the injured Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) is actually Lilah's murderer. As Wesley prepares to decapitate Lilah's body to prevent any possible vampirification, he is haunted by his ex-lover's memory -- and by his own foolish hope that she would ever forsake her self-serving ways. Such thoughts of redemption remind Wes that Team Angel isn't without allies. He heads to prison to confer with rogue slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), who has survived not only the last few years behind bars but also a recent attempt on her life. When she learns that Angelus is back, Faith busts out of prison and accompanies Wesley on his search for Angelus. The evil vampire lures Faith to an isolated industrial space where he and The Beast tag-team her. Just as The Beast is about to finish the slayer off, Angelus betrays the molten demon and smites him with his own weapon. The perpetual night that The Beast unleashed on L.A. dies with him, giving Faith the sunlight she needs to hold Angelus at bay. In other developments, Cordelia turns out to be The Beast's mysterious master. She keeps that information under wraps but does tell Connor another secret: She's pregnant with his child. Originally broadcast March 5, 2003, on the WB network, "Salvage" marked season four, episode 13 of the supernatural soap opera. With the announcement of Cordelia's impending motherhood, the producers of Angel were finally able to stop disguising actress Charisma Carpenter's real-life pregnancy with flowing outfits and crafty camera angles. This episode also marked the return of Eliza Dushku's Faith to the Buffyverse after an absence of more than two seasons. The rogue slayer's quest for redemption would continue in the following two installments, after which she would return to Buffy the Vampire Slayer for that show's final five episodes. The use of an ornate Bringer's knife during the attempt on Faith's life serves as a silent tie into the continuity of Buffy season seven.