''Once he tried saving Faith's soul. He can't risk failing again.''

Angel Five By Five - 1ADH18

Written by Jim Kouf - Directed by James A. Contner - First Aired on April 25, 2000

Synopsis - Creature Feature - Cool Quotes - References - Continuity - Goofs - Trivia - The Morgue - Cast - Famous Faces - Points Of View


Gypsy The Short: Duel stories in this episode, one set in the past and one in the present. In the past Angel and Darla celebrate his birthday in 1898 by killing a gypsy girl. Later on Darla discovers the gypsies have cursed him with a soul and she rejects him. In the present, Faith has come to Los Angeles and Wolfram & Hart lawyers Lee Mercer, Lindsey McDonald and Lilah Morgan figure it is the best way to deal with the local vampire detective who keeps getting in their way. They hire Faith to take out Angel, and she gleefull starts to tease him. Eventually torturing Wesley to get Angel ''in the game''. They get in a big fight, but Angel refuses to kill her. It ends with Faith having a breakdown in an alley, revealing how she is trying to get herself killed because of how evil she is and Angel giving her a hug.

Faith The Long: After a lengthy ''Previously on Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' segment (see Continuity #1), a gang member walks into a demon trap, but Angel and Wesley show up looking for the man, Danny Marquez, and behead the three demons. At the bus station Faith gets off the bus and mugs a man for his wallet and keys, brutally beating him (see Reference #1).

Hell In Borsa, Romania 1898, Angel and Darla celebrate his birthday (see Reference #2). Darla has a present for him, a gypsy girl gift wrapped. After frightening her Angel lifts the girl's dress and drinks from her leg. Back in the present Angel roughs up the guy he saved last night and tries to convince him to tell the truth. Outside his office Cordelia and Wesley argue over whether the guy will do the right thing. Cordelia insists he can't be changed (see Reference #3). Flash to a night club where Faith is dancing up a storm. She moves in on another women's boyfriend and starts fights. Seemingly uncaring about the world around her, she just keeps dancing. In a court Wolfram & Hart lawyer Lindsey McDonald argues to get a client released due to the lack of witnesses (see Reference #4). Angel walks in with the guy he saved and the lawyer is shaken. At the law offices the lawyer tries to explain to his boss how he couldn't foresee Angel interfering. Lee Mercer walks in saying he may have a solution to their Angel problem. Out in the hall Lee is approached by Lilah Morgan saying she knew he came up with the idea of using Faith to stop Angel (see Reference #5). She says she knows where to find Faith and insists on contacting her. At Angel Investigations Cordelia talks to a client about a divorce case on the phone. She tries to turn it down until she learns how much money is involved. Angel and Wesley walk in and tell her about their success. Wesley and Angel worry Wolfram & Hart will try to retaliate. Outside the club Lilah has picked up Faith. She thinks Lilah is putting the moves on her and plans to rob her, but then Lilah knows her name and makes her an offer. They get in a limo with Lee.

Faith In 1898 Darla returns home to find Angel cowering in the corner of the room, going on about how some people scream when you kill them, some don't. She wonders if he is playing a game, but realizes something is wrong. Angel says for all the people he killed in all the years he's been a vampire, you wouldn't think he could remember every single one. Darla worries he found someone else, then she realizes a spell has been cast on him giving him a soul. Darla rejects Angel, and forces him to leave. In the present Faith meets with the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart at their offices. They make an offer, saying they will get her off from the charges for murder she is under if she will kill Angel. She insists on getting money for the job too. After Lee pisses her off, she brutally beats his face into a desk. Angel, Wesley and Cordelia are on their way to meet with the divorce client, and she breaks it to them what the case is about. They aren't happy to be doing a divorce case (see Reference #5). As they are talking Faith shows up and fires an arrow at Angel, which he catches in the air. She walks off as the others stand there stunned to see her out of a coma. At the office Angel gets off the phone with Rupert Giles. He says Faith left Sunnydale about a week ago. Wesley is upset Rupert didn't tell him his former charge was awake. Angel wants Wesley and Cordelia to help him track her, then tells them to hide until he takes care of her. Wesley protests, but Angel makes it clear he doesn't want them in the way. Wesley argues that they should try to help Faith, but Angel reminds him how Wesley himself ruined that chance when he tried to take Faith to the Watcher's Council last time. Later on Angel is checking his weapons when he hears someone upstairs. He goes up and sees Faith standing in the sunlight near a window. Faith takes out a gun and throws it to him, saying she is giving him one chance. He immediately shoots her in the leg, but the bullet is a blank. Angel throws the gun back to Faith. Faith teases that if he kills her he might find it so pleasurable he could lose his soul again. She gives him an ''open invitation'' to come after her. She says is he doesn't kill her she will kill him and she shoots him with the gun, the other bullets weren't blank (see Reference #7). Faith jumps out the window. At Wolfram & Hart Angel shows up in a suit trying to fit in. After playing the part of a lawyer and managing to say nothing that tips his hand, he makes his way to the elevator. In Lindsey McDonald's office Angel starts to look through the desk, when Lindsey walks in. He denies knowing anything about Faith. Lindsey tells him that magical barriers in the offices inform them the moment a vampire walks in. A security guard tries to jump Angel, but Angel easily disarms and knocks him out. Lindsey says the whole occurrence is being video taped. Angel leaves. At Cordelia's apartment Wesley and Cordelia show up to pick up a few things. Dennis tries to keep them out, but Cordelia scolds him and he leaves. Faith walks out of the bedroom, saying he can use them to make Angel fight harder. Wesley tries to help her, but she knocks Cordelia out (see Reference #8). Wesley gets in one good punch before Faith takes him out too.

Angel & Cordelia In 1898 a ragged Angel wanders the streets at night. He approaches a group of people and tries to bite a woman, the men jump Angel and they fight in an alley. He eventually beats them, attacks the woman and starts to bite her. In the present Angel walks in at Cordelia's place and finds her knocked out. Wesley is not there. In Faith's apartment, she tortures and teases Wesley (see Reference #9 & Cool Quotes #1). At Cordelia's place Angel and Cordelia go over the crimes with descriptions that match Faith's. They figure out Faith may have gotten the house keys of her first victim and where he lives. At Faith's place she sits in the window and drops a bloody piece of glass. Wesley is bleeding. As Faith goes on she prepares a lighter and a spray can to start a new torture for Wesley. Angel breaks in the door and Faith is happy to see him.

Cry In 1898 Angel walks off, unable to bring himself to drain the woman. In the present Faith and Angel talk for a few minutes as she holds Wesley at knife point, then he goads her into dropping Wesley and attacking him. They fight all over the apartment. They fall from the window to an alley below, where the fight continues. Faith insists on how bad she is as Wesley works free of his bonds. It starts to rain. Wesley finds a knife and goes to join Angel. By the time Wesley arrives in the alley Faith has broken down, wanting Angel to kill her. Faith cries in his arms and Wesley drops the knife.

Creature Feature

C.H.U.D. Demons The first monsters we see are three unnamed demons who are sent to kill the gangbanger. They are malformed humanoid monsters that are somewhat similar to the creatures from the 1984 horror film C.H.U.D.

Faith Lilah We see the return of the law firm Wolfram & Hart, and for the first time a number of their lawyers are back from old episodes. Lindsey McDonald was Russell Winters' lawyer in City Of, Lee Mercer was Tony Papazian's lawyer in Sense And Sensitivity, and Lilah Morgan was the lawyer who tried to purchase Angel in The Ring. We learn that the Wolfram & Hart offices have mystical barriers that warn them when vampires enter, and have video recorders in their offices.

Faith is of course a Vampire Slayer and a character from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Although she plays the part of the ''monster'' for most of the episode, she ends up being the one Angel has to save.

Cool Quotes

  1. Wesley: ''I was your Watcher Faith. I know the real you, and even if you kill me there's just one thing I want you to remember.''
    Faith: ''What's that love?''
    Wesley: ''That you are a piece of sh...''
    Such language Wesley!


  1. The bus Faith arrived on was a Greyhound bus.
    Greyhound is a line of busses. They have a web site at

  2. Borsa, Romania
    Romanis, also called Rumania, is a republic in southeasten Europe. It borders on Hungary in the northwest, on Yugoslavia in the southwest, on Bulgaria in the south, on the Black Sea in the southeast, on Moldova in the northeast, and on Ukraine in the north. Bucharest is the capital and largest city.

    Dalai Lama
  3. Cordelia: ''He's just like the Dalai Lama.''
    The Dalai Lama is the head of the dominant Dge-Lugs-Pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, and until 1959 both spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet.

  4. Lindsey: ''Witness tampering is a serious allegation, councilor, and I will be filing a grievance for this remark with the A.B.A this afternoon.''
    The A.B.A. is the American Bar Association. They have a web site at http://www.abanet.org/.

  5. Lilah: ''I heard you came up with a good idea. How to deal with our friendly neighborhood vampire?''
    This is a play of the phrase ''friendly neighborhood Spider-Man'' which is used by the Marvel Comics super-hero Spider-Man. I wrote a conversion of Spider-Man for Champions 4th edition role playing game at http://mathew.fcpages.com/csspiderman.html. Spider-Man was also referenced by Buffy in I Robot, You Jane and by Riley in A New Man.

    Elvis Presley
  6. Cordelia: ''Okay Elvis. When you are a big star you can get away with not carrying any cash.''
    Elvis Aron Presley (1935-1977) was a rock and roll singer whose enormous success changed the shape of American popular culture. Also referenced in Angel #5, by Cordelia in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Willow in Wild At Heart, and Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

  7. Faith: ''Gosh. That one wasn't a blank. Let the games begin.''
    The phrase ''let the games begin'' is traditionally used to open the Olympic games.

  8. Faith: ''For cappuccino? 'cause it just keeps me up.''
    Cappuccino starts out with one espresso brewed in a larger cup, then milk, which is steamed into a thick froth, is poured on top of the espresso. Chocolate is sprinkled on top to give it a finishing touch. Also referenced by Cordelia in Halloween and I Will Remember You.

    English Channel
  9. Faith: ''Face it, Wesley, you really were a jerk. Always walking around as if you had some great big stake rammed up your English Channel.''
    The English Channel is the arm of the Atlantic Ocean separating the southern coast of England from the northern coast of France.


    Lamp 1
  1. Angel: ''Previously on Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.''
    Rm w/a Vu - Phantom Dennis's face shows in the wall.
    Expecting - Wilson asks who Cordelia is talking to. She says it's her ghost.
    City Of - Lindsey talks to Angel about harassing his client. Angel kills Russell Winters. Lindsey says they have a new player in town.
    Bad Girls - Buffy and Faith break into a vampire nest during the day. Wesley becomes the new Watcher.
    Enemies - Faith kills a demon in his hotel room.
    This Year's Girl - Faith runs from police.
    Bad Girls - Faith kills Allan Finch. Faith says she doesn't care.
    Choices - Faith gets a new knife.
    Consequences - Angel has a long talk with Faith about evil and change. Wesley and the boys show up and take her. Faith escapes.
    Who Are You - Buffy and Riley say Faith isn't coming back. Faith gets on a train.


  1. Unfinished.
Note: Although some people wonder how Angel was able to enter the apartment of Faith's victim, it seems Faith moved into it, making it her home, then she gave Angel an ''open invitation'' to come after her, this probably allowed him to enter.


Rob Zombie
  • The episode title, Five By Five is a old term used by radio operators used to gauge signal strength and clarity, both on a scale from one to five. Therefore five by five would be the strongest and clearest signal. The term five by five is also a common phrase used by Faith in the last two seasons.

  • In the bar Faith dances to Rob Zombie's Living Dead Girl. You can download a clip of the song here.

    Marcus Kevin West
  • During the first broadcast of this episode, they showed the 7 Up commercial with Kevin West, who played Marcus the vampire in In The Dark.

  • We learn Angel speaks Romanian.

  • Angel got invited into Faith's new apartment.

  • The region 1 DVD release of this episode was missing the whole ''previously on Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' opening segment of the show.

  • It appears the old cigarette curse from Buffy The Vampire Slayer follow Faith to Los Angeles. Right after Dick starts smoking a cigarette, he is mugged by Faith.

  • I wrote up a conversion of Faith for Champions 4th edition role playing game at http://angel.fcpages.com/csfaith2.html.

  • New name for Angel: Soul Boy (by Faith).

  • Darla is the 8th reoccurring non-star character. She was last seen in a flashback in The Prodigal. Lindsey is the 9th reoccurring non-star character. He was last seen in City Of. Lee is the 10th reoccurring non-star character. He was last seen in Sense And Sensitivity. Lilah is the 11th reoccurring non-star character. She was last seen in The Ring.
  • Darla Lindsey Lee Lilah

    The Morgue

    1. Anonymous demon: On the street, beheaded by Angel.
    2. Anonymous demon: On the street, beheaded by Angel.
    3. Anonymous demon: On the street, beheaded by Angel.
    4. Gypsy girl: In Borsa, Romania, drained by Angel.


    Angel Angel David Boreanaz as Angel
    Cordelia Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
    Wesley Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

    Guest Starring:
    Darla Julie Benz as Darla
    Lindsey Christian Kane as Lindsey McDonald
    Lee Mercer Thomas Burr as Lee Mercer
    Lawyer Tyler Christopher as the Wolfram & Hart Lawyer
    Lilah Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan
    Faith Eliza Dushku as Faith

    Danny Rainbow Borden as the Gangbanger (Danny Marquez)
    Dick Francis Fallon as Dick
    Girl Adrienne Janig as the Attractive Girl
    Attorney Rodrick Fox as the Assistant District Attorney
    Woman Jennifer Slimko as the Romanian Woman
    Man Thor Edgell as the Romanian Man
    Wilson Christopher Ken Marino as Wilson Christopher (Voice heard during scene from Expecting.)
    Buffy & Rupert Anthony Head as Rupert Giles (Left, uncredited, seen in flashback from Bad Girls.)
    Buffy & Rupert Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Anne Summers (Right, uncredited, seen in flashback from Bad Girls.)
    Allan Jack Plotnick as Allan Finch (Uncredited, seen in flashback from Bad Girls.)
    Faith & Riley Marc Blucas as Riley Finn (Uncredited, voice heard in flashback from Who Are You.)
    Demon Michael Manasseri as Skyler (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Enemies.)

    Famous Faces

    Emma Eliza Dushku, who played Faith, played the part of Emma in the 1995 comedy film Bye Bye, Love and the part of Missy in the 2000 comedy film Bring It On. You can see more information about Buffy actor crossovers with Bye Bye, Love here and with Bring It On here. It's interesting to note that Eliza did appear in the unaired promo for the Angel series, in scenes taken from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

    Anton Lawyer Tyler Christopher, who played the Wolfram & Hart lawyer, played the warlock Anton in the Charmed episode Pardon My Past 2.14. He also played Det. David Scott in the Special Unit 2 episode The Beast 2.08. He has his own official web site at http://www.tylerchristopher.com/.

    Boy Demon Michael Manasseri, who played Sklyer in the flashback to Enemies played the boy in the 2000 comedy film Psycho Beach Party.

    Points Of View


    Not a bad episode, it ties up plots from so many old episodes it's hard to count. I liked seeing all the Wolfram & Hart lawyers from older episodes together. I do think there should have been more of Dennis. He gave up too easily. The appearance of Darla was a pleasant surprise, and I did notice the subtle parallels between Faith and Angel. Finding out how Darla was at fault for Angel's curse shed new light on her actions in Angel. She lost her love and blamed herself for it. I'm looking forward to seeing Angel and Buffy get together and NOT be all lovey next ep.

    8 out of 10

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