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Angel: Conviction (1)

Taking over the Los Angeles offices of the supernatural law firm Wolfram and Hart proves to be more challenging than expected for Angel and the gang, especially when their first case involves representing an evil client who threatens to destroy the city. As the gang settles into their new careers at the law firm, they meet new and familiar faces, including the mysterious Eve, who will act as Angel's liaison to Wolfram and Hart's senior partners, and the bubbly vampire Harmony who is Angel's new assistant. Most surprising of all is the arrival of Angel's old nemesis and fellow vampire-with-a-soul, Spike, who makes a miraculous appearance.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 5ADH01
Airdate: Wednesday October 01st, 2003

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Oct 15, 2009


Guest Stars
Jonathan M. WoodwardJonathan M. Woodward
As Knox
Marc VannMarc Vann
As Doctor Sparrow
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony Kendall
Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson
As Eve
T.J. ThyneT.J. Thyne
As Lawyer
Chris EcklesChris Eckles
As Special Ops Guy
Daniella KuhnDaniella Kuhn
As Notary
Dion SappDion Sapp
As Sam
Jordan GarrettJordan Garrett
As Matthew Fries
Marissa TaitMarissa Tait
As Woman
Peter BreitmayerPeter Breitmayer
As Desmond Keel
Rodney RowlandRodney Rowland
As Corbin Fries
Susan SlomeSusan Slome
As Cindy Rabinowitz
Main Cast
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
J. August RichardsJ. August Richards
As Charles Gunn
Andy HallettAndy Hallett
As Lorne
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Winifred "Fred" Burkle/Illyria
Episode Notes
Spike is now listed in the opening credits.

This episode scored a 4.4/7 in the overnight ratings.

Show changed its entire format. The gang no longer works at the hotel. They now work at the law offices of Wolfram and Hart.

This episode ranks 6 out of 17 WB shows for that week.

This episode received a 3.4 in the national rating.

This episode ranked 86 out of 116 prime time shows.

Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) has been removed from the opening credits.

Episode Quotes
Wesley: Fred?
(as the elevator doors begin to shut)
Fred: Wesley!
(Wesley holds the doors open as Fred walks out toward him)
Oh! I'm always getting turned around.
Wesley: Can I help you with any of that?
Fred: It's so big.
Wesley: It does take some getting used to.
Fred: Have you seen my lab? It's giganamous. And I'm in charge.
Wesley: I'm sure you'll have no trouble—
Fred: I don't even understand half of what they're doing. There's this machine, 6 feet tall, it makes this noise— whoompa! Whoompa! Phht! Not a clue.
Wesley: Well, I'm still stuck back at, "Why on earth are we here?"
Fred: What, because we're crusaders against evil and now the law firm that represents most of the evil in the world has given us its L.A. branch to run however we want, probably in an attempt to corrupt, divide, or destroy us, and we all said yes in, like, 3 minutes?
Wesley: Your run-on sentences have got a lot less pointless.
Fred: Oh, that's so sweet. And a tad condescending.

Gunn: You lost, boss?
Angel: On a lot of levels. Did you hear what happened to me last night?
Gunn: You got lucky?
Angel: They put a tracer on me. I was working the town, helping the helpless, which is a thing I like to do. All of a sudden, the entire firm shows up in the alley.

Angel: Um...can I get a cup of coffee or something?
Recording: You have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, press one, or say "goats."
(hastily presses the button, pauses, tries again by pressing a different button)
Angel: Hello?
Woman: This is Angel's office. How can I help you?
Angel: This is Angel.
Woman: No, this is his new assistant.
Angel: No, this is Angel.
Woman: Are you sure?
Angel: Less and less. Can I get a cup of coffee? Or if there's blood—
Woman: Oh! Right away.
(Angel presses the button to hang up, but he's switched to the previous line.)
Recording: To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound—

Angel: I have no problem spanking men.

Wesley: Spike!
Angel: Spike.
Harmony: Blondie bear!

(To Vampire)
Angel: Doesn't sound like the lady is interested, maybe you are coming off as too needy.

(To Fred)
Wesley: I'm still stuck on...why on Earth are we here?

Angel: Did you hear what happened to me last night?
Gunn: You got lucky.
Angel: They put a tracer on here. I was helping the helpless since I like doing things like that.

(To Spanky)
Angel: I have no problem spanking men.

Cultural References
Lorne: I have lunch with Mary Kate and Ashley.

Lorne is referencing to the popular twin actors.

Fred's Poster

The poster Fred puts in her office is a picture of the country song group "Dixie Chicks."

Fred: Do you think this is is an evil Radio Shack?

Radio Shack is a popular electronics store.

Lorne: The jury is looking at Fries like he is OJ.

Refers to OJ Simpson, a man who was found innocent of killing his wife

Episode References
(To Angel regarding Cordelia)
Harmony: I know she was mad at me for trying to kill you all.

She is referring to the events in the season two episode "Disharmony."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
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