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Angel: Power Play

The gang starts to have doubts about Angel's loyalties when he appears to have become very close with the Circle of the Black Thorn, an evil secret demon society. When Drogyn, the guardian of the deep well, makes a startling revelation, the gangs' fears that Angel has become evil seem to be validated.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x21
Production Number: 5ADH21
Airdate: Wednesday May 12th, 2004

Director: James A. Contner
Writer: David Fury

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Oct 29, 2009

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


Guest Stars
Adam Baldwin
As Hamilton
Alec Newman
As Drogyn
Christian Kane
As Lindsey McDonald
Dennis Christopher
As Cyvus Vail
Jenny Mollen
As Nina Ash
Leland Crooke
As Sebassis
Mark Colson
As Izzy
Stacey Travis
As Senator Bruckner
Elimu Nelson
As Ernesto
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
Mercedes McNab
As Harmony Kendall
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 7 out of 13 WB shows for that week.

This episode received a 3.9/5 in the overnights.

This episode received a 2.7 in the national ratings.

This episode received a 90 out of 106 in prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Winifred: I'm not like you. Not a champion. Everything I see says different.

Ernesto: I'd like to have something in a...virgin.

Gunn: We're not about to ruin a man's reputation so we...
Angel: We can do it.

Spike: Me and Angel have never been intimate except that one...

(To Angel)
Lorne: Can I not be the posterchild for your nervous breakdown?

Lindsey: There a secret society.
Gunn: Never heard of them.
Lindsey: That's because they're secret.

Lorne: So this is a big scamola, I see Oscars!

Cultural References
(To Illyria)
Spike: Feel free to play a little Crash Bandicoot to pass off the time.

Crash Bandicoot is an old video game which has been revised and updated from Sony for different game consoles.

(Regarding Angel)
Lorne: What if he has skipped too far down that brick road.

"That brick road" refers to the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon
Warning: Angel season 5 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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