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When a popular children's show begins to steal the life forces of children by hypnotizing them, Angel goes directly to the studio to uncover the evil doings. Upon entering the building, Angel triggers a spell that transforms him into a puppet. In a race against time, puppet-Angel and company must find a way to reverse the spell, save the lives of hundreds of children and return Angel to his normal vampire state. Meanwhile, Nina, the werewolf Angel befriended, returns to declare her romantic intentions, but puppet-Angel is too embarrassed to reciprocate.
This episode received a 4.0/6 in the overnight ratings.
This episode ranked 8 out of 15 WB shows for that week.
This episode received a 2.8 in the national ratings.
This episode received a 96 out of 113 prime time shows.
Guest star Abigail Mavity previously appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hell's Bells".
Spike: (to Angel) You're a bloody puppet!
Angel: I got turned into a puppet last night.
Nina Ash: Oh.. Wow... are you okay..
Angel: I'm made of felt. and my nose came off.
Nina: What are you doing for breakfast tomorrow?
Angel: Well you know...drinking blood.
Angel: I do not have puppet cancer!
(To Dr. Sparrow)
Gunn: I don't want to go back to who I was!
Lorne: This show is number one in its time slot. We can't just toss a Jihad at it!
A Jihad is a Holy War. It can be an inner conflict within Muslims or an outer conflict against others.
Lorne: A fight suits us just fine Papa Smurf!
Papa Smurf is the leader/father figure on the cartoon show "Smurfs"