''Angel is back in Vegas. The sin, the lust, the greed. In a casino where destinies are on the table, one bet could cost an eternity.''

Angel The House Always Wins - 4ADH03

Written by David Fury - Directed by Marita Grabiak - First aired on October 20th, 2002

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


The Game The Short: The first of a two parter. Tired of dealing with Connor and looking for Cordelia, Angel decides to take Gunn and Fred on a road trip to Vegas to visit Lorne who is performing in a showcase at the Tropicana. They discover that Lorne is being coerced by the casino owner Lee DeMarco into stealing the significant destinies of audience members to sell on the black market. When Lee steals Angel's destiny and learns he is to play a major role in the apocalypse, Cordelia comes to his aid from a distance. Once they defeat Lee they return home only to discover Cordelia waiting in the lobby of the Hyperion, with no memory.

The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see
Continuity #1) we open on a man running down an alley who is suddenly stopped by Connor, who hits him. The man vamps out and they fight. Far above Angel is watching the pair fight giving advice. Far above Angel Cordelia watches over Angel and wishes he could hear her begging to help her escape her realm. Connor stakes the vampire and runs off. Gunn and Fred show up concerned about Angel following Connor. Fred says he seems distracted and Gunn agrees. Angel decides they should go on a retreat to Las Vegas (see Continuity #2). (Listen to the teaser here.)


Creature Feature

Although it was never given a name, the magic glowing ball allowed Lee to steal people's destinies and sell them to the highest bidder. Once shattered, all the destinies that hadn't been sold off returned to their original owners.

Cool Quotes

  1. Angel: ''I know you're there, watching me.''
    Cordelia: ''Oh my god! Angel, you can hear me? I so love you! You don't know what it's been like!''
    Fred: ''We weren't spying.''
    Cordelia: ''Ah, for crap's sake.''
    Oh heavenly Cordelia!


  1. Angel: ''Absolutely. And maybe afterwards we can check out that Danny Gans guy I keep seeing billboards for.''
    Danny Gans is...

  2. Gunn: ''Oh, man, it has been a while. They tore down the Dunes ten years ago.''
    The Dunes is...

  3. Angel: ''Not the casino. I mean actual dunes. Bugsy used to call them dung piles.''
    Gunn: ''Bugsy? Bugsy Siegel?''
    Bugsy Siegel is...

  4. Fred: ''Ah, well, the place Lorne is singing at is called the Tropicana.''
    The Tropicana Resort and Casino has it's own web site at http://www.tropicanalv.com/.

  5. Fred: ''They must think it's all makeup, like the blue man group. You don't think the blue man group...?''
    The Blue Man Group is...

  6. Angel: ''Ah, I don't know. I thought it was a little over produced for my tastes. It's like I told Sammy Davis at the Sands, when you, Frank and Dean are the meal, you don't need the trimmings.''
    Gunn: ''Hold on. You knew the Rat Pack?''
    The Rat Pack was made up of performers Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), Dean Martin (1917-1995), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990), Peter Lawford (1923-1984) and Joey Bishop. Also mentioned by Angel in The Shroud of Rahmon.
    The Sands is...

  7. Gunn: ''I don't know Lorne. I don't know why you did any of it. Why, you were living so large, belting out Tony Bennett so loud in that sweet suite of yours, you couldn't hear your conscience screaming at you!''
    Tony Bennett is...

    Elvis Presley
  8. Angel: ''Oh, now I remember that room! Elvis and Priscilla's wedding reception, 1967. Yes! All right. It's not like I was, you know, really invited. They just put me near the dais.''
    Elvis Aron Presley (1935-1977) was a rock and roll singer whose enormous success changed the shape of American popular culture. Also referenced in The Shroud of Rahmon by Gunn, Angel #5, by Cordelia in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, by Willow in Wild At Heart, by Cordelia in Five By Five and by Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.


  1. Wesley: ''Previously on Angel.''

  2. Gunn: ''Whoa, you mean like that monastery you went to in Tibet?''
    Heartthrob - After learning of Buffy's death, Angel spent months in tibet with monks.


  1. When Gunn, Fred and Lorne walk out of the Tropicana together they end up on ''Glitter Gultch''which is on a street that is about 10 miles away from the Tropicana, on the opposite end of the strip.
Note: Some people seem to have a problem with Angel and crew driving to Las Vegas, having an adventurer and back in one night, considering the trip takes over 5 hours from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, however, we don't know for a fact that it did take place in one night. They could have arrived before sun up, spent the day in Vegas and then saw Lorne's show that next night and driven home afterwards.


  • The episode was obviously filmed on location in Las Vegas.

  • The host sings the song It Ain't Easy Being Green. You can hear him sing here (1.4mb).

  • The host sings the song Lady Marmalade. You can hear him sing here (2.7mb). You can download a clip of the real song here. He also sang this song in Redefinition.

  • New name for Cordelia: Bubble Head (by herself).

  • New name for Gunn: Slick (by the host demon).

  • New name for Fred: Sunshine (by the host demon).

  • New name for the host: The Green Velvet Fog (by the Tropicana billboard).

  • The Morgue

    1. Anonymous vampire, in an alley, staked by Connor.
    The host mentions that Lee had one of his Lornettes shot in the back of the head to make him cooperate, but we didn't see it happen.


    Angel Angel David Boreanaz as Angel
    Cordelia Cordelia Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
    Gunn J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
    Fred Fred Amy Acker as Winifred "Fred" Burkle
    Connor Vincent Kartheiser as Connor Angel
    Wesley Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

    Guest Starring:
    Host Andy Hallett as the Host Demon (Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan)
    Lee DeMarco Clayton Rohner as Lee DeMarco

    Spencer Morroco Omari as Spencer
    Lornette Jennifer Autry as Lornette #1
    Coming soon! Matt Bushell as Security Guard #2
    Well Dressed Man Tom Scmid as the Well Dressed Man
    Delivery Guy Sven Holmberg as the Delivery Guy
    Vivian Brittany Ishibashi as Vivian
    Bejewled Woman Diana Saunders as the Bejeweled Woman
    Croupier John Colelle as the Croupier
    Bruiser Rod Tate as the Bruiser

    Famous Faces

    Clayton Rohner, who played as Lee DeMarco, played Drazi in the Charmed episode Heartbreak City 2.10.

    Sven Holmberg, who played the delivery guy, also played the vampire Ty in Warzone.

    Brittany Ishibashi, who played Vivian, played the receptionist in the Charmed episode Primrose Empath 3.06.

    Points Of View


    So did Angel get to keep his slot machine winnings?

    7 out of 10

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