Angel (1999–2004)
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The Prodigal 

Angel seeks to solve a mystery involving Kate's father after a normally peaceful demon attacks a delivery man on the subway.


Bruce Seth Green


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Elisabeth Röhm ... Detective Kate Lockley (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Julie Benz ... Darla
John Mahon ... Trevor Lockley
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Angel's Father
Henri Lubatti ... Head Vampire Employee
Frank Potter ... Uniformed Delivery
Eliza Szonert Eliza Szonert ... Chamber Maid
Bob Fimiani Bob Fimiani ... Grounds Keeper
Christina Hendricks ... Bar Maid
John Maynard John Maynard ... Uniformed Worker (as John Maynarnd)
Glenda Morgan Brown ... Angel's Mother
Mark Ginther ... Head Demon Guy


Kate's father, Trevor Lockley, gets involved in a demon drug smuggling operation and he's soon in over his head. When a demon high on drugs attacks the subway, Angel begins investigating and quickly discovers Trevor's shady dealings. He tries to warn Trevor, but it's too late. When Trevor is attacked, Kate blames Angel for not doing more. Meanwhile, through flash backs, Angel's own father is introduced, Angel's past as a human is shown and Angelus is born. Written by katierose295

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Release Date:

22 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marina del Rey, California, USA See more »

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The flashback scenes take place in Galway, Ireland in 1753. See more »


In the scene where Angel visits Kate Lockley in her office at the police department, the boom mic is visible when Kate is going through her filing cabinet. See more »


Liam: Anna, come closer.
Chamber Maid: Master Liam, your father...
Liam: He'll be off to church by now, repenting of his sins. And well he should. Closer, Anna!
Chamber Maid: Why do ye keep to the shadows, sir? Are ye not well?
Liam: The light... it bothers my eyes just now.
Angel's Father: And I know the reason why!
[kicks Liam out into the sunlight]
Angel's Father: Up again all night, is it? Drinking and whoring! I can smell the stink of it on you!
Liam: And a 'good morning' to you, Father.
Angel's Father: You're a disgrace.
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Kate was Buffy without the PTB
1 February 2011 | by diary01See all my reviews

Stop bashing Kate.

Joss set out to create the "un-super" Buffy for Angel to love.

The only difference between the two women is Buffy got the life of superhero and Kate just got the life. I.E. Buffy got cramps when a vampire was around, Kate just got a headache from disbelief.

I am sure Elizabeth would have scored big in the part if only Joss had more time to write her in between crossovers, channel changes, lawsuits, actor jealousy, exhaustion and also, like Kate, only being mortal in the end.

Elizabeth got a better gig before Joss got time to turn Kate into "MBC". (Most Beloved Character). Good for Elizabeth. And to make it up to Elizabeth, himself, and us, Joss gave us Fred. (BMMBC) (Blue Meannie Most Beloved Character) Stop whining, and watch another episode. dana

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