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Angel: Why We Fight

Lawson, a mysterious man from Angel's past, arrives at Wolfram & Hart and takes the gang hostage. Through flashbacks to World War II, it is revealed that Angel worked with the U.S. Navy to recover a captured German submarine with American sailors on board. The ship also has a secret cargo, a dangerous trio of vampires, including Spike, who were kidnapped by the Germans and forced to help the Nazis. When the sub comes under attack, Angel saves Lawson's life by turning him into a vampire. Now, sixty years later, Lawson has arrived at Wolfram & Hart seeking revenge.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x13
Production Number: 5ADH13
Airdate: Wednesday February 11th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Oct 23, 2009


Guest Stars
Bart McCarthyBart McCarthy
As Nostroyev
Camden ToyCamden Toy
As Prince of Lies
Eyal PodellEyal Podell
As Lawson
Joel PolisJoel Polis
As Captain Franklin
Lindsey GinterLindsey Ginter
As Cmdr. Petrie
Matt GoodwinMatt Goodwin
As Hodge
Mikey DayMikey Day
As O'Shea
Nick SpanoNick Spano
As Spinelli
Roy WernerRoy Werner
As Heinrich
Scott KlaceScott Klace
As Initiative Man
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
This episode scored a 3.8/5 in the overnight ratings.

This episode ranks 9 out of 16 WB shows for that week.

This episode received a 2.4 in the national ratings.

This episode received a 102 out of 116 prime time shows.

This episode includes a flashback to Angel and Spike during the World War II era in 1943.

Guest star Camden Toy also made several guest appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also under heavy make-up effects.

Episode Quotes
Spike: So the bloody kid came back for revenge.
Angel: I don't think thatswhy he came back.
Spike: Then what for then?
Angel: A reason.

Lawson: It's funny how you forget things when you stop using half of your mind.

Angel: You're a Nazi?
Spike: No, I just ate one.

Nosroyev: I haven't heard much from you lately.
Angel: I haven't heard much from you at all.

(To Angel)
Lawson: There's a difference between orders and purpose, sir.

Cultural References
Nostroyev: I was Rasputin's lover!

Rasputin was an Eastern Orthodox monk/priest who had great influence on the Russian Czar's family before the Bolshevik Revolution that put Communism in power.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
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