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Angel: Smile Time

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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x14
Production Number: 5ADH14
Airdate: Wednesday February 18th, 2004

Director: Ben Edlund
Writer: Ben Edlund
Story: Joss Whedon

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Oct 23, 2009


Guest Stars
David FuryDavid Fury
As Gregor Framkin
Jenny MollenJenny Mollen
As Nina Ash
Jonathan M. WoodwardJonathan M. Woodward
As Knox
Marc VannMarc Vann
As Doctor Sparrow
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony Kendall
Jennie VaughnJennie Vaughn
As Tommy's Mother
Ridge CanipeRidge Canipe
As Tommy
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 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".

Episode Quotes
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!

Cultural References
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"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
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