''Angel has turned against the law. Now his friends are in the line of fire.''

Angel The Thin Dead Line - 2ADH14

Written by Jim Kouf & Shawn Ryan - Directed by Scott McGinnis - First Aired on February 13, 2001

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


Street Cop The Short: From the
WB11 home page: The new agency of Gunn, Wyndham-Pryce and Chase -- or whatever they end up calling themselves -- is steadily taking on clients, including a poor girl who sprouted a third eye in the back of her head, but all that takes a backseat when an old friend of Gunn's calls for help. It's a small world. Anne (Wolfram & Hart's teen shelter client in "Blood Money") asks Gunn for help with a strange police brutality problem in their old neighborhood. Gunn tries to handle the situation himself, running into some of his old gang, who are little bitter about his up-and-coming lifestyle. The plan was to lure the cops into harassing them while one of them got the whole thing on videotape as proof. Cordy and Wesley decide this idea had "bad" written all over it and set out to stop him. As expected, Gunn and his friends get harassed by a cop, but when Wesley steps in to explain that Gunn wasn't doing anything wrong he gets shot -- the officer was then shot by one of Gunn's friends. They fled, chased by police cars, back to the teen shelter. Meanwhile, Angel's figured out that something's going on with L.A.'s finest when a policeman stops him for no reason and tries to kill him. Funny, most humans wouldn't stop talking after their heads have been taken off by an agitated vampire. Knowing that the supernatural's had a hand in things, Angel goes to Kate to tell her about the renegade cops. Wesley's health was failing quickly and the shelter was being attacked by undead officers on a mission -- it seemed there was no way to stop them. Just in the nick of time, Angel finds the source "puppeteering" the resurrected cops and shuts him down -- turned out he was just a police captain trying to clean up the streets by any means necessary. Wesley made it to the hospital in time, but when Angel stops by to check in on him (trying to be unseen by the trio), Cordy confronts him, saying that they don't need their old boss anymore. Chalk the guilt-factor up a notch...

The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Angel walking into the lobby of the Hyperion, which is empty and messy. He shoves some papers on the floor then stands alone. At the new home of Angel Investigations Wesley goes on about how he wants some demon hunting action. Cordelia jokes about going after Steven Seagal (see Reference #1). Gunn is happy things are quiet. They still haven't chosen a new name. A woman named Francine Sharp and her daughter Stephanie walk in, having been sent by Wesley's girlfriend Virginia. They have a problem. Stephanie was bitten by something and has grown a third eye in the back of her head. Francine is willing to pay anything to make it go away. On the streets a young man and woman are on the run. They show up at Anne's home for children and frantically ask to be let in. Although Anne is reluctant to let them in this late, she finally lets the paniced pair in. Outside a police officer watches the scene.


Creature Feature

Eye Stephanie was bitten by an unknown demon, and the next morning grew an extra eye in the back of her head.

Angel displays that he can tell if a grave has been disturbed in the last few weeks.

Cool Quotes

  1. Unfinished.


    Steven Seagal
  1. Cordelia: ''Maybe we could by one of those star maps, find out where Steven Seagal lives. You're telling me he got to be a movie star without a little demonic assistance?''
    Steven Seagal is...

  2. Rondell: ''Deluxe apartment in the sky.''
    Rondell is probably making reference to the theme song to the 1975 comedy television series The Jeffersons, which depicts the life of a black family from the inner city who become a success in the dry cleaning business and move into an upper-middle class apartment complex.

  3. George: ''All right, look, all I'm saying is you got to let me set up so they don't see me with this. Cops see me with this, ain't no way we can Rodney King them.''
    Rodney King is...


  1. Cordelia: ''Previously on Angel.''
    The Prodigal - Angel calls Kate to warn her. A vampire kills Trevor. Kate mourns her father's death.
    Reunion - Cordelia calls Angel General Custer and says he can't go in uninvited. Wesley says they are the only thing standing between Angel and real darkness. Lilah and Holland beg for Angel to help the lawyers, but Angel doesn't care.
    Blood Money - Angel gives Cordelia's old clothes to Anne for her home.
    Redefinition - Angel sets Darla and Drusilla on fire.


  1. Unfinished.


  • The title of this episode seems to be a take off of the 1964 film The Thin Red Line. Plot: Separated from his new wife after only eight days of marriage, private Doll suddenly decides that he will no longer blindly follow the orders of his superiors, following his own mind instead.

  • Anne Steel is the 23rd reoccurring non-star character on the show. She was last seen in Blood Money.

  • The number above the door on the new home of Angel Investigations is 4521.

  • Officer Peter Harkes's gravestone says he was born in 1965 and died in 2000.

  • Officer Kevin Hellenbrook's gravestone says he was born in 1967 and died in 2000.

  • The Morgue

    1. Zombie Peter Harkes: In front of the shelter, beheaded by Angel.
    2. EMT: In an alley, shot by zombie cops.
    3. At least 10 Zombie cops (including Keven Hellenbrook): At the shelter, dropped dead when Angel destroyed the idol.


    Angel David Boreanaz as Angel
    Cordelia Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
    Wesley Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
    Gunn J. August Richards as Charles Gunn

    Guest Starring:
    Kate Elizabeth Rohm as Detective Kate Lockley
    Anne Julia Lee as Anne Steele
    Jackson Mushond Lee as Jackson
    Rondell Jarrod Crawford as Rondell

    Ray Cory C. Hardrict as Ray
    Kenny Kyle Davis as Kenny
    Les Camille Mana as Les
    Peter Darin Cooper as the Officer Peter Harkes
    Callie Brenda Price as Callie (Right)
    George Darris Love as George
    Merl Matthew James as Merl the Parasite Demon
    Street Cop Geoff Koch as the Street Cop
    Desk Sergent Jerry Giles as the Desk Sergent
    Atkinson Steven Barr as the Captain Atkinson
    EMT Suli McCullough as the EMT
    Francine Marie Chambers as the Mother (Francine Sharp)
    Trevor John Mahon as Trevor Lockley (Uncredited, seen in flashback to The Prodigal.)
    Lilah Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Reunion.)
    Holland Manners Sam Anderson as Holland Manners (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Reunion.)
    Darla Julie Benz as Darla (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Redefinition.)
    Drusilla Juliet Landau as Drusilla (Uncredited, seen in flashback to Redefinition.)

    Famous Faces

    Rondell Jarrod Crawford, who played Rondell, has his own web site at http://www.jarrodcrawford.com/. At this site you can download Rondell wallpaper for your computer and even order Jarrard Crawford bumper stickers and mouse pads.

    Les Camille Mana, who played Les, actually auditioned for the part of Callie in this episode first. She has her own web site at http://camille.actorsite.com/. I contacted her though e-mail and she was very friendly and helpful. You can read what she had to say here.

    Peter Darin Cooper, who played Officer Peter Harkes, played the part of Deputy Ray Hoese in the X-Files episode Requiem 7.22. He also played the Cardassian Officer in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Sacrifice The Angels Part 2 6.06. He has an official web site at http://darincooper.com/.

    Hallmate George Darris Love, who played George, played the hall mate in Fear, Itself.

    Desk Sergent Jerry Giles, who played the desk sergeant, played the part of the security guard in the X-Files episode Trevor 6.17.

    Atkinson Steven Barr as Captain Atkinson, played the courier guard in the X-Files episode The Amazing Maleeni 7.08.

    Francine Marie Chambers, who played Francine Sharp, played the part of the guard in the X-Files episode Sien Und Zeit 7.10. She also played the Kyrian Arbiter in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Living Witness 4.23.

    Points Of View


    It's night of the living cops in L.A. I actually liked the variation on the old "zombies attacking the house" theme. Anne is a wonderful reoccurring character for Angel. I greatly enjoyed seeing Cordelia telling off Angel at the end.

    8 out of 10

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