''The woman who gave Angel eternal life returns
to reclaim his soul.''
Judgement - 2ADH01
Written by Joss Whedon & David Greenwalt - Directed by Michael Lange - First Aired on September 26th, 2000
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Points Of View
The Short: Angel kills a demon thinking it was evil, but then learns
it was the protector of a woman whose unborn child is supposed to become a
great hero. He takes on the job of being her champion, and fights a
joust against a rival champion for the fate of the woman and child. He beats
the rival and saves them. Meanwhile Darla recovers at Wolfram & Hart and
Faith works for redemption in prison.
The Long: This season opens with a demon singing I Will Survive at a
karaoke bar. Then we see Cordelia
taking acting lessons and doing very good before she gets a pager message
and has to run off (see Reference #1-#2). Wesley is
winning at a game of darts when he also gets paged away. Angel meets with Wesley and Cordelia at health club where
they walk in despite the manager's protests and stop some demons trying to
commit a human sacrifice.
Angel Investigations has moved into Cordelia's home where
Cordelia has a vision about a demon (see Continuity #1-#3). At Wolfram & Hart Lindsey and Lilah see to Darla's recovery (see Reference #3 &
Continuity #4-#5). Back at Cordelia's they figure
out the vision was of a Prio Motu demon (see Reference #4). Wesley suggests an informant at a demon
karaoke bar called Caritas he knows of and they make contact (see Reference #5-#6). They meet the informant and a demon
host who gets clairvoyant information about people he watches singing, but
Angel refuses to sing (see Reference #7). Once they get a
lead from the informant Angel rushes to the scene and promptly kills the
demon thinking he saved a pregnant woman, but when she grieves over it's
death, saying it was her protector, Angel realizes his mistake.
The woman says the demon was protecting her from the Tribunal and then runs
off. Angel decides to take on the job of protecting her, and
roughs up the informant for more information, leading him to the demon's
home (see Reference #8). Angel and Gunn check it out and Angel sends Gunn back to Cordelia's
with a coat of arms they find (see Reference #9-10 & Cool Quotes #1). The woman comes back to her hiding place and
Angel explains how he wants to help her (see Reference #11-13). They are attacked by a demon.
Angel kills the demon, but more are coming so they have to run. Gunn shows
up at Cordelia's with the coat of arms and gives it to Wesley (see Continuity #6-#7). On the run
Angel and the woman come across an abandoned hotel, where they split up as
Angel fights the demons. He tells her to meet him at Cordelia's. Angel makes
it back to Cordelia's, but she doesn't. Angel realizes there is only one way
to find her and goes to Caritas, where he sings Mandy for the host demon.
The demon sends him to where the woman is hiding (see Reference #14-#15). On the street the woman
walks and suddenly the Tribunal and a knight show up, wanting to know
where her Champion is. Angel shows up and declares himself her Champion.
Angel is supplied with a horse, shield and lance and he jousts the knight.
They are knocked off their horses, then fight on foot. The knight is able
to impale Angel with his own sword, but when the knight goes to claim the
woman's life Angel gets back up and beheads the knight. Angel is declared
the winner and the woman and her child have the protection of the Tribunal.
Back at Cordelia's place Angel decides they should start over. He goes off
to visit Faith in prison. She has had trouble with another prisoner, but
survives. He mentions how he had to sing Mandy in public and Faith feels
sorry for him. They talk about how they both have to work hard at
redemption (see Continuity #8).
Caritas is a karaoke bar which is a safe haven for demons. It is considered neutral ground and no demons fight there. The first demon we see singing at Caritas was a green skinned demon with red eyes and two small horns. Wesley describes him as anagogic, which means he has some sort of mystical sense about things, particularly he can know about people by watching them sing. He sings I Will Survive.
Carnyss demons love muscles and mirrors. They were planning a human sacrifice, but Angel and company stopped them.
The demon from Cordelia's vision was Camal the Prio Motu demon.
They are an ancient Ofga-beast, bred to maim and massacre. Although
Prio Motu demons are supposed to be powerful evil demons, this one was
Liz, the second demon who was singing at Caritas, seems to be the same species
of demon as Tom Cribb from The Ring. We learn that this kind of demon is
known for eating their young. The credits refer to him as a Lizard demon.
His song is I'm So Excited.
The demon that enters Caritas before Wesley seems to be the same species
as the telepathic demons Buffy fought in Earshot. Two other demons of this type were in Caritas as well.
Mordar the Bentback is the third demon seen singing at Caritas. He
sings Sexual Healing.
Durthok the child-eater is the last demon who sings at Caritas. He was
searching for the gorrishyn mage that stole his power and he was feeling
just a little bit country. His song is Achy Breaky Heart.
One of the demon extras in Caritas looks surprisingly like a demon who was
in the background in New Moon Rising.
Merl is a parasite demon who works as an informant. Parasite demons have no
tongues, pointed teeth, green scaly skin and red eyes.
Jo is attacked by a group of demons of an unknown type. They had skeletal faces and long spines growing from their heads.
The Tribunal is an extradimensional group that will allow people to come
before it with a champion who fights a chosen opponent in a jousting match
to the death. If the champion for the person seeking protection wins they
will be protected by the Tribunal. They look very similar to the cloaked
man who helped Rupert Giles in Enemies. The Coat of Arms is a symbol presented to the Tribunal by the champions that
come before it.
The knight Angel fights seems to be either undead or a demon of some type.
He might work for the Tribunal or the people who want Jo's baby dead.
On the subject of vampires, we see more examples of how they don't have a
reflection, and how the sire of a vampire can sense the presence of those
- Gunn: ''This Prio Motu guy, what was he up to?''
Angel: ''He was protecting a young pregnant woman.''
Gunn: ''He was on our side?''
Gunn: ''Well, did you find the scumbag that killed him?''
Angel: ''I'm the scumbag that killed him.''
Good show on that one Angel. Fight the good fight and all.
- Cordelia: ''...but why Johnny, why?''
Johnny: ''Because it's over.''
Cordelia plays the part of Eleanor in an unknown play. Possibly it was made
up for the episode and doesn't exist.
- Pager: ''911''
911 is a phone number reserved for emergency calls for help in most of the United States. It is commonly used on pagers to denote an emergency. Also referenced by Willow in Teacher's Pet, by Cordelia in Never Kill A Boy On The First Date, dialed by Buffy in Angel, referenced by the hooker in Innocence, dialed by Xander in Revelations, referenced by Buffy in Bad Girls, referenced by Rachel in In The Dark and by the saleswoman in To Shanshu In L.A.
- Lindsey: ''She likes Chopin and Brahms.''
Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polish-French composer and pianist of the
Romantic period, best known for his solo pieces for piano and his piano
concerti. Although he wrote little but piano works, many of them brief,
Chopin ranks as one of music's greatest tone poets by reason of superfine
imagination and fastidious craftsmanship. He made his last public appearance
on a concert platform at the Guildhall in London on Nov. 16, 1848, when, in
a final patriotic gesture, he played for the benefit of Polish refugees. He
returned to Paris, where he died the following year; he was buried at the
cemetery of Père Lachaise.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a German composer and pianist of the
Romantic period, who wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, piano
works, choral compositions, and more than 200 songs. Brahms was the great
master of symphonic and sonata style in the second half of the 19th century.
He appeared for the last time at a concert in March 1897, and in Vienna, in
April 1897, he died of cancer. Also mentioned by Spike in In The Dark.
Wesley: ''Prio Motu demon. It's a killer.''
Angel: ''Ancient Ofga-beast, bred to maim and
Cordelia: ''Oh goody, a pit bull.''
A pit bull terrier is a fighting dog developed in the 19th century in
England by mixing a bulldog and a terrier.
- Cordelia: ''I've been watching a little noir festival on Bravo.''
Film noir is a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music.
(Thanks to AngelLady from the Watcher's Diary for helping with this.)
Bravo is a cable television network. They have a web site at http://www.bravotv.com/.
- Host demon: ''Well, move over Pointer Sisters! That was
The Pointer Sisters are are a trio of female singers Anita, Bonnie and
June Pointer. They formed as a singing group in 1971 and among their big
hits was I'm So Excited.
- Merl: ''This Prio you're looking for, he don't like it above
ground. So he'll be traveling in one of those sub-tunnels of the Rodondo
The Rodondo is a street name, and presumably this would be an underground
train tunnel in that area.
- Angel: ''Where did the Prio live?''
Merl: ''I don't know. I don't know exactly. Boyle Heights.
Somewhere underground, near the water and power.''
Boyle Heights is a very old section of east Los Angeles It is considered a rough
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for helping find this information.)
- Gunn: ''Is that like a '62 Chevy with the big cam?''
Chevrolet is of course the huge car manufacturer, part of General
Motors. Their web site is at http://www.chevrolet.com/.
Also referenced by Angel in Eternity.
(Thanks to Matt Cyran for the picture.)
- Angel: ''Not much, he's dead, but I wanna find out where he
was living. It'd be underground somewhere near the D.W.P.''
The D.W.P. is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. They have
their own web site at http://www5.dwp.ci.la.ca.us/home.htm.
- Jo: ''I mean, six months ago I'm working the register at
Costco. I did my time as a stock-girl and I was moving up. I was gonna be
able to provide for my baby. Now all I wanna do is make sure she gets
Costco is a wholesale warehouse club. They have a web site at http://www.costco.com/.
The Costco in Los Angeles is on 2901 Los Feliz Blvd. You can call them at
- Jo: ''Right. Right. Because she is some seer, or leader or
Joan of Arc. Well, you know what she is to me? My daughter. Not someone's
Joan of Arc was a patron saint of France who, as a teenager, quite
successfully led French troops in battle against the English. The English
eventually captured her, tried her for witchcraft and heresy (she believed
that God spoke to her through the voices of Saints), and burned her at the
stake when she was 19 years old. Also referenced by Willow in Fear, Itself.
(Thanks to the BuffyGuide for this entry.)
- Angel: ''Yeah. Look! I got cards, and an office. Well, the
office kind of blew up, but we're working out of this other apartment in
Silver Lake, temporarily. Let me help you. Let me help your daughter.''
Silver Lake is an area located 5 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and
east of Griffith Park. It has it's own web site at http://www.silverlake.org/.
- Host demon: ''Well. Who's a little curt? Who's a little Curt
Jurgens in The Enemy Below?''
The Enemy Below is a
1957 war film starring Curd Jurgens (1915-1982) as Von
Stolberg. Plot: During World War II, the U.S.S. Haynes, an American destroyer
discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the
two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to
defeat the equally experienced German commander.
- Host demon: ''...and it is, you great, big sap! There is not a
destroyer of worlds that can argue with Manilow and good for you for
fessin' up. She'll be at Forth and Spring. The trial will be there.''
Barry Manilow is the singer who recorded Mandy, as well as Copa Cabana,
which was mentioned by Faith.
- Wesley: ''I think that's what Wolfram & Hart raised in that box.''
To Shanshu In L.A. - Vocah and Lindsey McDonald
raised Darla, Angel's sire, from the dead.
- Cordelia: ''You don't have to work out, you're eternal.''
Angel: ''May not always be.''
To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel learned from of a
prophecy Wesley translated that he may become human.
- Angel: ''We're getting a new office.''
Angel: ''Yeah. Look! I got cards, and an office. Well, the
office kind of blew up, but we're working out of this other apartment in
Silver Lake, temporarily. Let me help you. Let me help your daughter.''
To Shanshu In L.A. - Vocah blew up their last
office with a bomb.
- Lilah: ''You're not handicapped, you're handi-capable.''
To Shanshu In L.A. - When Lindsey threatened
to burn the scroll that held the cure for Cordelia, Angel cut Lindsay's hand
off to save the scroll.
- Darla: ''He killed me. I remember now. With a soul in his
Angel - Angel staked Darla in the Bronze when she was
about to kill Buffy Summers.
- Wesley: ''What was that?''
Cordelia: ''Something about a gun. What if it's a demon with a
Rm w/a Vu - Cordelia opened the door to her
apartment and was confronted by demon hit men with guns looking for Doyle.
- Cordelia: ''It's nice to finally meet.''
Gunn: ''I've seen you before.''
Cordelia: ''Really? The Tan'n'screen commercials!''
Gunn: ''I saw you in bed.''
Wesley: ''Ah, I-I can see this is none of my business...''
Gunn: ''You, too.''
Wesley: ''Now, just a moment!''
Gunn: ''In the hospital, after Angel's building blew? He sent me
there to keep an eye on you two.''
To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel asked Gunn to watch
over Cordelia and Wesley in the hospital while Angel was hunting for Vocah.
- Faith: ''Pretty good, I guess. I did sign up for
The Sanctuary - Faith turned herself in to
police for her past crimes, thanks to help from Angel.
- Lindsey: ''He's taken from both of us. So when you feel ready
we'll start thinking about giving a little back.''
This line makes no sense at all. If Angel has taken from them shouldn't they
want to take back and not give him more?
- It is implied that Cordelia's area code is 368, but the area codes for
the Silver Lake area are 213 and 323 in real life.
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for pointing this out.)
- Anonymous Carnyss demon: In the health club, weight dropped on his head by Cordelia.
- Anonymous Carnyss demon: In the health club, stabbed with a sword by Angel.
- Camal the Prio Motu demon: On the street, neck broken by Angel.
- Anonymous vampire: On the street, staked by Gunn.
- Anonymous demon: In Camal's lair, killed by Angel.
- Champion knight: On the street, beheaded with a sword by Angel.
David Boreanaz as Angel
Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
Christian Kane as Lindsey McDonald
Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan
Andy Hallett as the Host Demon (Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan)
Justina Machado as Jo
Julie Benz as Darla
Eliza Dushku as Faith
Rob Boltin as the man playing Johnny Fontaine
Iris Fields as the Acting Teacher
Keith Campbell as the Health Club Manager
Jason Frasca as the White Guy
Andy Kreiss as the Lizard Demon (Liz)
Matthew James as Merl the Parasite Demon
Glenn David Calloway as the Judge
Edward James Gage as Mordar the Bentback (Credited as EJ Gage.)
Andy Hallett, who played the host demon, is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. He attended Barnstable High School and then Assumption College in Worcester. Always shy, he didn't begin singing until Patti LaBelle invited him on stage at a concert. After moving to Los Angeles he worked as a runner for an agency and then as a property manager and personal assistant. When Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon saw Hallett singing in a Universal City blues revue, Whedon conceived the character of the host, an anagogic demon who reads people when they open up through singing. Hallett was invited to try out and got the part, his first job ever as an actor. He would go on to play Jack in the 2001 film Chance. Andy has an official web site at http://www.andy-hallett.net/.
Rob Boltin, who played the man playing Johnny Fontaine, also played the soldier in Restless. He has a good online acting resume at http://www.meltingglass.com/rob.html.
Keith Campbell, who played the health club manager, played the part of Oz the werewolf in Phases. He is a professional stunt man as well as an actor. He has been the stunt double for actor Tom Cruise on several occasions. You might also recognize Keith as the alien perp from the beginning of the 1997 sci-fi film Men In Black.
E.J. Gage, who played
Mordar the Bentback, appeared as Mover #1 in
Buffy vs. Dracula, which first broadcast on the same night as Judgement.
Points Of View
Pride comes before the fall, I liked it. Angel got a little too cocky
and messed up. They are really showing how things are not as black and
white about good and evil as they were in Sunnydale. You can't just see a
monster and kill it and declare victory. Caritas was fun, if a little
hokey. Too bad the makeup looked a little fake. Reminded me of the Cantina
in Star Wars, in fact I think I recognized a few demons as Star Wars
aliens. Thumbs up for the surprise Faith appearance at the end!
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