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Angel: The Prodigal

Angel is haunted by images of his past as a young man in 1753 Ireland, his overbearing father, his vampire birth by his past lover, Darla, and his family's murder by his own hand. Meanwhile, when Angel spots Kate's father at a crime scene, his investigations may change Kate's life forever.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 1ADH15
Airdate: Tuesday February 22nd, 2000

Director: Bruce Seth Green
Writer: Tim Minear

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Aug 05, 2009


Guest Stars
Elisabeth RöhmElisabeth Röhm
As Detective Kate Lockley
Julie BenzJulie Benz
As Darla
John MahonJohn Mahon
As Trevor Lockley
J. Kenneth CampbellJ. Kenneth Campbell
As Angel's Father
Henri LubattiHenri Lubatti
As Suit #1

Co-Guest Stars
Bob FimianiBob Fimiani
As Grounds Keeper
Mark GintherMark Ginther
As Head Demon Guy
Frank PotterFrank Potter
As Uniformed Delivery
Eliza SzonertEliza Szonert
As Chamber Maid
John Maynard (1)John Maynard (1)
As Uniform Worker
Glenda Morgan BrownGlenda Morgan Brown
As Angel's Mother
John Patrick ClerkinJohn Patrick Clerkin
As Black Robed Priest
Michael M. VendrellMichael M. Vendrell
As Suit #2 (credited as Mike Vendrell)
Main Cast
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode received a 5.2/8 in ratings for overnights.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.3 in the national ratings.

This episode ranked 90 out of 132 in prime time shows.

John Mahon: (Trevor Lockley) previously appeared in the MacGyver episode "The Prodigal".

The flashback is to Angel (Liam) in Ireland in 1753.

Angels years on his tombstones are 1723 to 1757.

This episode marks the death of Kate's father.

Angel's father never approved of him in his earthly existence.

The footage of Darla siring Angel is taken from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Becoming", Part 1.

Episode Quotes
Wesley: What happened to calmly, cautiously, and deliberately investigating before rushing in?
Angel: That was plan A. We've since moved on to plan B.
Wesley: And plan B is?
Angel: (twirls a battle ax) Do I really have to explain it to you, Wesley?

Kate: Sorry. I guess I'm still having a little trouble with this otherworldly stuff.
Angel: Right. Although demons aren't technically otherwordly. I mean, in fact, they were here... first.

Kate: No, you don't get to do that.
Angel: What?
Kate: Kill a demon in front of me and then act like we're going to have a cappuccino together!

Episode Goofs
When Angel rises from his grave, you can see his and Darla's breath. Producer Tim Minear acknowledges the mistake and explained that the budget wasn't sufficent enough to digitally remove their breath.

Despite biting and drinking from the grounds keeper, there is no blood on or around Angel's mouth or teeth.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman
Supervising ProducerTim Minear
ProducerKelly A. Manners
Co-ProducerSkip Schoolnik
Consulting ProducerMarti Noxon  |  Howard Gordon
Associate ProducerR.D. Price
Production DesignerStuart Blatt
EditorMark Westmore, A.C.E.
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
First Assistant DirectorRobin R. Oliver
Second Assistant DirectorRobert Papazian, Jr.
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerJessica Pazdernik
Key GripMatt Mania
Camera OperatorGuy Skinner
Set DesignerWill Batts
Set DecoratorSandy Struth
Location ManagerMitchell Binder
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterCourtney Jackson (2)
Construction CoordinatorBruce Di Valerio
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorJain Sekuler
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorMere Smith
Assistant EditorJoshua Charson
Supervising Sound EditorRobert Ewing
Re-Recording MixerAdam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  Ron Evans
LeadmanChris Carriveau
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Stunt CoordinatorSpiro Razatos
Post Production CoordinatorJennifer Davis (2)
Main Title ThemeHolly Knight  |  Cami Elen  |  Jymm Thomas
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignRegis Kimble
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick A. West
ScoreRobert J. Kral  |  Christophe Beck
AssistantJesse Stern  |  Jose Molina  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  David Burns (3)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Music CoordinatorJohn C. King
Head HairstylistDiana Acrey
Special Effects CoordinatorMichael Gaspar
Stunt DoubleMike Massa
Make-up SupervisorDayne Johnson
Main Title Theme Performed ByDarling Violetta
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
Make-up EffectsDavid B. Miller
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