AngelAngel 4x18 Shiny Happy People - Spoilers
Monday 24 February 2003, by Webmaster
At the beginning of this episode (or in episode 17), a god-like being (called "The Woman" and later Jasmine) arrives. Something has happened to Cordelia, that has left her in a coma or similar state.
The Woman (Jasmine) is a higher being, who claims to have come to rid of the demons that have taken over since the darkness came which heralded her birth and to releave the suffering of her people. She speaks in rather poetic terms and people believe her. She tells Angel and the others that if they restore the world to what it once was (ie take out all the demons), the Cordelia will wake up. She also has a power over people, to make them feel love and at peace, and to also do whatever she says.
The group then charges off with Jasmine to change the world. They go to a bowling alley, which has been overrun with vamps that arrived when the sun went away and never left. The vamps are bowling with human heads. Angel, Connor, Wes, Gunn, Fred & Jasmine arrive and there’s a big fight. Jasmine is injured in the battle, and Fred feels it’s her fault.
The battles carries on to a restaurant nearby, crowded with people. Angel stakes a vamp right in front of them. The restaurant patrons try to figure on what’s going on. Jasmine comes in, and they all kneel before her. She’s sort of treated like a god and tells them she’s here to bring peace, free them of their suffering and so that the world will know the power of her love.
A young man, John, who was scratched by the vamp, yells at her that she’s lying and that she’s a monster. He charges at Jasmine with a knife. Angel vamps out, and viciously attacks John and beats him to protect Jasmine. He’s as close to being Angelus as he’s ever been with a soul. Jasmine stops Angel as John continues to yell that the Woman doesn’t belong there. Wes calls an ambulance.
Later on, Fred is off on her own investigating John. It’s about a week after the incident and he’s at a psychiatric ward at a hospital. Fred has seen something horrific with maggots and rotting flesh (either a vision or she’s able to see Jasmine for what she really is). Like John, she’s not falling at Jasmine’s feet worshipping her.
Fred sneaks into John’s room and talks to him. The side of John’s face that the Woman touched is all deformed now. John tells her that they’ve been called and killing the Woman is their mission.
Fred returns to the hotel to find the lobby filled with people. Lorne and Wes are there. (The people are probably there because of the Woman). Fred pulls Wes aside. Fred presumably tells Wes about John or suspicions about Jasmine.
A few scenes later, Angel and Wes are preparing to go after Fred, who they see as a threat now. But Jasmine tells them to wait until tomorrow when they’ll have more help looking for Fred.
In the next scene, Fred is at a coffee shop, telling another person at the counter that she’s lost all of her friends. The local news is on the tv, and the Woman (who’s now referred to as Jasmine) is appearing on screen, being interviewed by a reporter. Jasmine goes thru a speech about the earth being a garden and darkness corrupting it. All the patrons of the coffee shop drop to their knees to worship their new leader.
Fred walks out of the coffee shop, alone in a brand new world. The episode ends there.