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Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

By Pandora

Sunday 2 May 2004, by Webmaster

Here’s the summary, of the maybe last episode of Angel called Not fade away

It’s hart to post that..cause maybe it’s the last summary...so enjoy it!!

Angel and his friends prepare for their “suicide” attack on the Circle of the Black Thorn. In Angel’s office, Angel, Gunn, Lorne, Wes, and Spike continue planning their assault on the evil members of the Circle of the Black Thorn. When Gunn suggests they ask Illyria to join them, Lorne notes they left her to watch Drogyn, and Angel tells them Drogyn is dead. Before he can explain, however, Hamilton enters and tells Angel that the Black Thorn members want to see him right away. A bit later Spike, Wes, Gunn, and Lorne return to Spike’s apartment and find Illyria unconscious. Wes revives her and she tells them Hamilton knocked her out and took Drogyn... to Angel. Lorne says he doesn’t trust Angel, but Gunn says that’s OK, as long as the Circle trusts him. Meanwhile Angel meets with the Circle, who want to make sure Angel’s own ambitions don’t sway his loyalty. They pull out a copy of the Shanshu Prophesy, and ask him to sign away his chances at ever becoming human. Realizing he has no choice, Angel jabs a pen into his vein and signs the contract in blood. Later, back at Wolfram and Hart, Harmony pumps Angel for information on what’s going on. He says he can’t involve her, but asks her to keep Hamilton occupied, and she agrees. Next Angel tells Lindsey what the group is planning, and asks for his help. Lindsey warns Angel that it’s a suicide mission, but Angel offers to let Lindsey run Wolfram and Hart if they succeed... and Lindsey accepts. A bit later Angel joins the others at Spike’s apartment, and tells them tonight is the night the Circle members will die.

Since it may be their last day alive, Angel tells his friends to spend it however they want. Lorne sings at a karaoke bar. Spike goes into a tough-looking bar... where he reads his own verse in a poetry slam. Angel meets Connor at a coffeehouse, where he’s surprised to learn Connor already knows Angel is his father. At the same time, Gunn finds his sister Anne loading donations for the poor at a local shelter. He asks what she’d do if he told her nothing will ever end the world’s problems, and when she says she’d just keep loading the truck, he pitches in to help. Meanwhile Wes tends Illyria’s head wound, and she offers to join their fight. She also asks Wes why he’s not out having one last “perfect” day, but he says it’s not possible. Understanding he wants to be with Fred, Illyria offers to pretend again to be Fred, but Wes says he doesn’t want an illusion. Back at Wolfram and Hart, Lindsey tells Eve that Angel is sending him with Lorne to take on the Sahrvin demons. Eve says she doesn’t trust Angel, but Lindsey says as long as he fights for Angel and not against him, he’ll be safe. Later the group reunites at Spike’s apartment, and Angel hands out the assassination assignments: Wes targeting Cyvus Vail; Illyria killing Izzerial; Gunn tackling Senator Brucker and her vampire aides; Spike killing the Fell brethren and rescuing the human baby they’ve been raising for sacrifice; and Angel targeting Archduke Sebassis (whom we see reclining in his bath, drinking from a goblet his demon slave fills from one of his own veins). Lorne claims he’s not really a fighter, but Angel reassures him that he’ll just provide backup for Lindsey. Then, as they continue to chat, we see Harmony in bed with Hamilton, offering to reveal Angel’s secret plan.

Angel tells his friends to gather in a nearby alley after their jobs are completed. Lorne says it’s time for him to move on, so he won’t be there. As everyone moves out, Spike asks Angel if the Shanshu prophecy will come true and one of them will become human after this. Angel says neither of them will survive, so it doesn’t matter. A bit later Wes arrives at Cyvus Vail’s palace, and as he talks to Vail, conjures a ball of energy in his hand. At the same time, Spike sneaks into the Fell sanctuary, where he hears a baby crying. Angel returns to his office and retrieves a weapon, but then Hamilton enters and asks if Angel’s going to use the weapon on Sebassis. Angel swings at Hamilton, but he strikes back, knocking Angel out a window. Angel crashes back in through a skylight, right in front of Harmony, who immediately tries to convince Angel that she didn’t betray him. He knows better, and fires her. As she leaves, Hamilton reappears and they resume their battle.

As they fight, Hamilton asks if Angel really thought he could kill Sebassis. Angel says he already has. Then we see Sebassis realizing his drink tastes strange... and looking over to see his demon, whose blood he’s drinking, is already dead. Finally a flashback shows Angel, at the earlier Black Thorn gathering, push the demon away with a poisoned spike on his finger. In the present Sebassis realizes he’s been poisoned, and dies... and Angel and Hamilton resume their fight. Meanwhile Spike rescues the baby and fights off the Fell demons. Wes fires his energy ball at Vail, but Vail just scoffs. Meanwhile Lindsey hacks his way into the back room at a demon bar, and Illyria blocks the street in front of Izzy’s limousine. At Wolfram and Hart, Connor steps in to join Angel’s fight against Hamilton. Back on the street Illyria walks away from the now-bashed and bloody limo, while Gunn arrives at Senator Brucker’s office, buries a hatchet in her head, and dusts her vampires. Back at the bar Lindsey washes blood off his hands and thanks Lorne for his help. Lorne says he still doesn’t trust Lindsey, and pulls out a gun and shoots him. Lindsey has just enough time to say how indignant he is that he’s been killed by a flunky (and not by Angel himself)... and then he dies. Meanwhile Vail slams a dagger into Wes’ gut. Wes uses his last bit of strength to toss Vail across the room. Illyria arrives and holds Wes, realizing he’s dying. She ask if he’d like her to lie to him now, and he says yes... so she pretends to be Fred, saying she loves him and it won’t be long until they can be together. She kisses him, and he dies. Then Vail returns, inviting Illyria to take her best shot. Back at Wolfram and Hart, Hamilton goes after Connor, and Angel vamps and bites Hamilton. Then, as the fight continues, Angel finally snaps Hamilton’s neck. As he does, however, the building starts to shake with the Senior Partners’ wrath. Angel convinces Connor to run, then rescues Eve from a nearby office and tells her Lindsey isn’t coming back. Later Angel arrives at the alley rendezvous. Spike is already there and Gunn arrives a moment later, bloodied from his battles. As he asks about Wes, Illyria arrives, saying Wes is dead. Then there’s a thunderclap and an army of monsters closes in while a dragon circles above. Despite his wounds, Gunn wants to fight. Spike asks Angel what his plan is, and Angel says he wants to slay the dragon. Then the demons charge, and he swings into battle.

34 Forum messages

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 00:11, by Anonymous
    wow they weren’t kidding about ending on a cliffhanger fingers crossed for a movie x
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 00:15, by OmniGuy

    And so it ends... My God, it’s all seeming quite real now. Let’s hope the rumours about future angel projects are not just WB smoke screens and will become reality because... it can’t finish like this.

    Well, I for one can’t wait to watch it. Three weeks to go!!!! The OmniGuy

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 00:58, by Shadow
    This sounds like a great episode! Just so sad Angel is gone. I need tv movies after this! It sucks that it ends with a cliff hanger!
  • This is the end, my only friend, the end

    3 May 2004 01:29, by Aldonn
    This really does look like the end. There’s nothing after it. Everything will fall apart. The best TV show on the face of this earth will end, just as it reaches it’s climax while it is at it’s best, it will end, and we will never see the definitive ending. All this time, spent, for what? nothing. We won’t get an ending. It’s like reading most a book, but then stopping before you see how it ends.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 02:06, by Irishwonder
    That’s horrible. How can angel sign away the shanshu prophecy? I will be so upset it Spike becomes human eventually. By the way, seeing as how Joss made this a cliff hanger finale, doesn’t that mean that he’s expecting to finish this in a movie. Cause if the movie’s are uncertain this would be a horrible way to end the series.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 02:19, by Anonymous
    Wow! It sounds like a pretty packed finale. I don’t understand why Joss would end with a huge cliffhanger, as he has never ended with such uncertainty when he knew he wasn’t coming back. I can’t help but feel a little disappointed, but I’m glad they resolve Shanshu. It simply needed to be addresed.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 02:35, by Anonymous

    This is ridiculous. It would be like Buffy ending with the Slayers’ arrival in the Hellmouth. The army of ubervamps is comin...whats gonna happen... The End !!!! Big surprise except it jips the fans big time. We’ve watched these characters grow for 8 years and we don’t even know if they will win the battle?

    Please, that just angers me.

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 03:45, by Anonymous
    I hope it isn’t a cliff hanger like this cuz if it was... i think i’ll cry
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 07:03, by Anonymous
    wow, and also damn I was hopeing Illyria would accualy turn into Fred for Wes’s last moment, I’m not really as Weasley/Fred Shipper but I thought that would be sweet, and give Wes a good ending. ahhh well I’m sure it’ll still be great
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 08:36, by Gwahir

    Omg... I mean there’s sad and there’s sad, but this sounds just that - just epic - just perfect.

    The final rush into battle is a work of genius, and I desperately hope they make a movie eventually (and even though I don’t know how they’ll do it after this battle, but I can tell you I have complete faith in Joss).

    What is here - what I’ve just read - sounds like a fitting end to my favourite series.

    See you Angel, we’ll miss you... and a huge thankyou Joss Whedon, for making a top-quality show worth watching for so long.

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 15:17, by Katz
    What a way to end I hope this is for real. Sounds like and Epic ending which is fitting. Keep us all guessing let us finish the story ourselves with our own imagination. I hope the final scene is in slo mo. I am almost glad we find out early on about the Shanshu or lack of one. I hate to say it , I don’t want to say it but I can’t wait to see it. I am sure Joss, crew and the cast will have done the story justice.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 15:31, by hebe
    this episode will be the best though it ends with a cliffhanger... But the part lorne kills lindsey is so damn goodd!! Lorne just reaches the highest point of his charismaa!!! Still i hope there is a movie, but james marsters’ hair cut just gave the message huh??
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 15:49, by Anonymous
    if they don’t make a movie they will really piss me off... if there is no movie then does this mean that all of them die or what??
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 16:46, by Anonymous
    Man That is Awesome..! sorry about wes but it’s necessary..Damn it can’t finish like this.. So we just wait and see the TvMovie of Angel..Damn i gonna miss’em..Also Gunn became a sympathic and cool character because of that i wish gunn shouldn’t die..But his wounds were serious..But spike is the most charismatic character in the show..i hope spike gonna kill them all !!!
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 17:24, by Lindsey
    i think you’re not right HEBE ! lindsey is a cool character..i think lorne shouldn’t shoot lindsey with a crossbow..Also lorne claims he’s not a good fighter..Then Why he shoot lindsey? That is ridiculous ! This is not Lorne’s Fight !! He works at the entertaintment department.Then he should entertain people.. ;)) !! sorry about lindsey.. :((
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 18:42, by hebe
    yeah i agree he’s not a good fighter but that scene he shoot lindsey is good.. i only said that it will be the most charismatic part that lorne ever had... becouse he had nothing like that before. Also it’s a really good entartainment watching lorne killing lindsey, though i think lindsey is cool but someone has to die
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 18:50, by Babywillow
    Wow, it sounds great!! I can’t wait to watch the final. I really hope it’s not the end of Angel, cause i can’t imagine life without the show...
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 19:44, by Bry Katz

    Wow. I’m really wishing I hadn’t read this. But it’s too late to change that now, I guess.

    Seems like a fitting end to the series in a lot of ways, though I do feel a little disappointed by a cliffhanger ending. The final episode of ReBoot, two and a half years ago, still doesn’t sit well with me, and I know I’ll feel uncomfortable about the end of Angel for some time (unless, of course, they do the movie thing after all).

    The saddest part is knowing that Wes is going to die. He’s become my favourite character in the Whedonverse over the past few years, and I really think he had the most potential to carry on, should there be another spin-off in the future. He’s dealt with so much pain, loss, and suffering over the past two years, and there’s something very twisted about him simply dying in misery. But at the same time, he knowingly gave his life for the greater good, and died a hero.

    I could comment more, but I honestly don’t feel like it. I’ll just say what so many have said already: damn, I’m going to miss this show.

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    3 May 2004 19:51, by hebe
    also it is not crossbow Lindsey!! IT is a gun.. read the summaries more carefully and relax a little man! Your situation is so desparate, you can not bound to lindsey all your life!! DO some entertainment , have funnn!!!
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    4 May 2004 01:10, by Annamaria
    oh my god! =( i cant believe harm had to give away the secret she was becoming so good finally and she just screwed it up.. at least shes still alive... unlike wes and lindsey!!! uugghh! y not kill gunn?!? wesley deserved to live hes been through hell he deserved to survive the apocalypse not die while not even fighting the senior partners!! poor baby!!! and lindsey has been around since day one of angel hes so cool he was a great kind of evil and im so sad that hes dead because of LORNE! wat the hell is up wit that??? lorne hasnt been doing anything this whole season, now he kills lindsey!?!?! watever...and angel! signing away the shanshu!! ive been reading an interview with james and he said he and some writer or something already are putting into works all these ideas for spike so it looks like hes going nowhere...and if angel has no chance of being human i guess that means once its all over spike will be...wow... they should do the mini-movies thing for 2004-2005 and then once joss is done with serenity he should start this whole buffy/angel movie ive been hearing about...and with a lot of angel characters gone it would be a lot easier to combine everyone together - buffy, spike, angel, willow, xander, giles, andrew, illyria, and dawn...sounds good to me... its about time they made a real buffy movie... theres no way it would suck if joss does the whole thing...
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    4 May 2004 15:19, by wil-liam
    It is such a pity that wes dies with out doing any support, at least he could kill a vampire or something.. i think buffy-cast has nothing to do with the movie(at least yhey are not nessecary) ... if they join this movie thing will turn into a love triangle, It’s the best thing if they continue searching for potentialss whole over the world!! Joss has to finish it with only the angel-cast!
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    4 May 2004 16:39, by Anonymous
    Excellent... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meets The Wild Bunch. How Buffy Season 5 should have ended. Curious why Gunn doesn’t die, though... unless his injuries are obviously fatal. Go Joss!
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    4 May 2004 16:40, by Anonymous
    Whatever you say is not important ! because it’s ridicilous ! Lorne is a slacky and weak character and he’s not supposed to be in this serious war..!He supposed to go and entertain people and sing...Also crossbow or gun what’s the difference in that situation.?i mean i accept lindsey is going to die anyway.But at least angel should had killed him..
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    4 May 2004 20:02, by Anonymous
    if there is a TvMovie it would be very nice...
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    5 May 2004 01:55, by amanda
    annamaria u r wrong! gunn shouldnt die! i got nothing against wesley, but he died and thats THAT!!!! so deal with it
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    6 May 2004 00:05, by henvey
    i dont think that there should be a movie made because leaving it on a cliffhanger then making a movie would just spoil angel being such a great show. although most of u want a movie i would think it would be a bit anti-climactic.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    7 May 2004 23:14, by lucy d
    huh? i don’t get it? how can there be a cliff hanger?! i need to know what happens? it’s so unfair! i don’t get it? is it true that angel never gets to become human?! that’s just wrong! he was so chuffed about it too! i need answers mr whedon!
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    12 May 2004 06:10, by Ayanna
    It’s perfect. They’ve kinda won but no time for the victory cheers. They keep fighting. Perfect, absolutely perfect. Classic and perfect.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    14 May 2004 17:52, by jenny
    i hate that it is ending and that wesely dies but i understand his death. he has been dead ever since fred died, just a corpse walking around waiting for his time to come and now he can have peace. now he won’t have to wake up everyday and know that fred is gone forever. maybe they should all die young, in their prime, fighting evil instead of fighting age in a graceless manner.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    15 May 2004 15:35, by Anonymous
    Ok. havent seen it yet but by the ending. it sucks. we need a definate ending. at the finale your always supposed to know who’s won and who hasnt. you can’t just make a move with ur axe and THATS IT!!! how is that the perfect ending, how will we know if they die? and if there is a movie then yes, its acceptable i guess but still theres no 100% confirmations as many of the stars said they havent even been asked. Grrrrrr. Chosen was so much better. because the way it ended buffy wasnt alone anymore wich is what she was about all along. like some1 said this finale of angel wud be like Buffy leading the potentials into the hellmouth seeing the uber-vamps and then THE END (what happens next) it wouldnt be right. There’s no definate ending, it ends like theres going to be a movie and if theres is no movie. thats it. grr this sucks. and for the people who says ’’it ends with the them fighting’’ ok they gave us the fight. but they dont give us the outcome. and i want to know why. It sounds sad. but still WE NEED TO KNOW.
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    21 May 2004 08:22, by Michelle
    That was horrible. Wesley dead and the cliffhanger. They have to do at least one movie to end this well. Cliffhanger is just so frustrating. And as Gunn said, 4 against 30 000? We better take the cliffhanger ’cause they have no chance to win and we don’t want to know what will happen. They screwed up the last episode. It’s sad. I have some comments: First of all, we see Wes conjuring a magic orb in his palm. Is Wes a wizard or sorcerer? In the Buffyverse and Angelverse, a sorcerer is someone born with magic powers. A wizard is someone who need to read some incantations or make some rituals in order to have temporary magic powers. Sorcerers and wizards are different. Someone know if Wes is (was, anyway) a sorcerer or a wizard, please tell me. I’m still intrigate by this conjuring orb thing. Secondly, Illyria changed, just as I thought she would. And people kept telling me "She’s evil and she’ll never changed". Wanna sing to those people "I told ya". She became quite attached to wes and even feel grief for his death, taking this as a loss. What she did for him while he was dying was the most wonderful good deed I’ve ever see coming from a demon for a human. Having saying that...I’ll go back to my room mourning this great tv show and I’ll be brooding for a while (I do that a lot now, I can relate to Angel).
  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    21 May 2004 22:35, by Jonny farrell

    Gutted! What the hell is going on! It was so bloody abrupt! Dear Joss, Come on man, you created something rodenberryesque with the buffy/angelverse! What went wrong man. All the pruning, cutting and striving off at tangents to what might be expected was done with such flare a few series ago. At some point sir you must acknowledge that you need the grand, permanent ending... then to move on with a new ofspring series. See Cheers to Farzier for details. Get the act together man. You Rock

    Jonny Ireland

  • > Angel 5x22 Not Fade Away - Full Summary

    21 May 2004 22:36, by Jonny farrell

    Gutted! What the hell is going on! It was so bloody abrupt! Dear Joss, Come on man, you created something rodenberryesque with the buffy/angelverse! What went wrong man. All the pruning, cutting and striving off at tangents to what might be expected was done with such flare a few series ago. At some point sir you must acknowledge that you need the grand, permanent ending... then to move on with a new ofspring series. See Cheers to Farzier for details. Get the act together man. You Rock

    Jonny Ireland

  • Quit complaining!

    25 May 2004 20:43, by Oranous
    What was you all expecting? I think that to have the ending the way it was was very close to a stroke of genius. Most of the ends have been tied and for the first time in the series i was actually happy with something that Lorn did. The fact that so many people are dying for the show to continue shows how good the conclusion was, when Buiffy ended and all the ends were tied it was like ’Oh, What now?’ With Angel there is a battle still being fought and that for me is the essence of the show.