Angel (1999–2004)
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Inside Out 

As Cordelia prepares to give birth, Angel and his friends finally learn that she--or an evil presence controlling her--is the Beast's master.


Steven S. DeKnight


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
J. August Richards ... Charles Gunn
Amy Acker ... Winifred Burkle
Vincent Kartheiser ... Connor
Andy Hallett ... Lorne
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Gina Torres ... Jasmine
David Denman ... Skip
Stephi Lineburg ... The Girl
Julie Benz ... Darla


Team Angel finally realizes that Cordelia's body has been taken over by some sort of demon. Before they can get any answers though, Connor arrives and drags Evil Cordy to safety. Frustrated and angry, Angel goes to question Skip, the demon who took Cordy to the Higher Plane. Meanwhile, Evil Cordy tells Connor that the baby must be born... NOW. Written by katierose295

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Release Date:

2 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Angel asks Skip about Cordelia's return to Earth after her time as a Higher Being, Skip says, Nobody comes back from Paradise. Okay, a Slayer once..." He is, of course, referring to Buffy Summers. See more »


As Angel enters the office to speak with Wes, Wes sets down a notebook with a sketch of Cordelia. The portrait is facing the notebook's spiral to the left. When Angel picks up the notebook, the closeup is inverted. The spiral is now on the right with the portrait facing it. See more »


Gunn: The final score can't be rigged. I don't care how many players you grease, that last shot always comes up a question mark. But here's the thing, you never know when you're takin' it. It could be when your duking it out with the legion of doom, or just crossin' the street deciding where to have brunch. So you just treat it all like it was up to you, with the world in the balance, cause you never know when it is.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

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One Of Season Four's Greatest!
19 June 2008 | by borgterSee all my reviews

I LOVE Steve Dekinght! He has worked on my favourite shows including: Buffy, Angel, Smallville, Spartacus and they're usually my favourite episodes! He is awesome and has a brilliant creative mind! (Not to mention he has the same first name as me!)

But this episode basically tries to explain away the previous four seasons of the show and explain how every decision that the gang have made has led them to this moment. I love those kind of plot devices - something that has a big scope to it, and dares to explain major plot details even as much as the entire show! Just like season Three's, "Birthday" did, with the crossing of their paths. I enjoy that kind of concept immensely.

The Skip Interrogation scenes made this episode for me - but I really wish Skip had explained Wesley's part better. Instead of "Sleeping With The Enemy" I feel it should've been "Stealing His Kid" or something like that. I mean how does sleeping with Lilah affect things? I guess it brings Lilah to the hotel for "Cordevlia" to kill, but taking Connor would've been far clearer as then Connor grew up quickly in a Hell dimension and thus could be the father of Jasmine etc.

Doesn't that make much more sense?

Anyways...I was quite moved actually by the performance of both Vince Kartheiser and the young innocent victim that was sacrificed by Connor and "Cordevlia". It was very well executed. (Excuse the pun).

Now, I have this crazy idea, (I love tying Buffy and Angel shows together) but what if Darla was really The First?! Trying to self-preserve itself as if Jasmine was born, there would be an end to The First's power source (Evil, Hatred etc). I dunno, just seemed like a great way of tying the shows together. (Especially since season 4 of Angel and 7 of Buffy occur at the same time, so The First was active in that period).

This got me to thinking, was it actually Jasmine that released Angel from Hell over on Buffy in Season 3? Many things have claimed credit for it, such as the PTB and The First, but if Jasmine had so much power, as she has affected and coerced so many other events in the character's lives, that it most likely was Jasmine that returned Angel to Earth....But even though I like to find ways of tying things together, I don't particularly like to believe that theory and I'll stick with "it was the PTB", idea. Sort of like it was his destiny to return and thats that. Not Jasmine, not The First just simply, Fate. I think that's better.

Overall, this is one of my favourite episodes of the season AND of the series as a whole and why I felt compelled to review it. (For some reason, Season One's "I've Got You Under My Skin" is another of my all time favourites). Some people may feel it was a cop-out by weakly explaining the series and away ruined the show yadda yadda yadda. But I actually enjoyed this concept and is part of why I loved this episode so much.

P.S. Love your reviews KatieRose295!

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