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Angel: Shells

Angel and Spike return from England defeated, knowing that the ancient demon Illyria has completely taken over Fred's body and soul. Upon learning that Knox and Gunn have each contributed to her demise, Wesley goes for revenge and Angel tries everything to restore Fred, including calling on an old friend from Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Illyria tries to locate an ancient temple where she believes she will find an army ready to help her destroy mankind.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x16
Production Number: 5ADH16
Airdate: Wednesday March 03rd, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Oct 26, 2009

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (6 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Jennifer Griffin
As Trish Burkle
Jonathan M. Woodward
As Knox
Marc Vann
As Doctor Sparrow
Mercedes McNab
As Harmony Kendall
Main Cast
Alexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
J. August Richards
As Charles Gunn
Andy Hallett
As Lorne
Amy Acker
As Winifred "Fred" Burkle/Illyria
Episode Notes
This episode received a 3.8/5 in the overnight ratings.

This episode ranked 7 out of 16 WB shows for that week.

This episode received a 2.5 in the national ratings.

This episode received a 99 out of 117 prime time shows.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Kim RicheyA Place Called Home 

Episode Quotes
(To Wesley)
Illyria: If the world is truly overun by humans, then I have work to do.

Angel: Death doesn't have to be the end. Rules can be broken if pushed hard enough.

Wesley: I've been unreasonable because I've lost all reason.

(To Wesley)
Harmony: The girl of your dreams loves you but that is more than what most ever get.

Illyria: My world is gone.
Wesley: Now you know how I feel.

Cultural References
Spike: It was all a blur just before she went Houdini.

Refers to the master escape artist, Houdini.

Harmony: This cell phone has a Rick Springfield screensaver which opens up a whole lot of other questions.

Rick Springfield is a singer.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
Warning: Angel season 5 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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