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The second season of Angel originally aired on The WB from September 26, 2000 to May 22, 2001, concurrently with the fifth season Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Angel continues to seek redemption, but a fatal mistake makes him realize that racking up the body count isn't the way to go. So with a renewed sense of purpose, and Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn at his side, Angel sets out to make the streets of Los Angeles a little safer for everyone-unaware that Wolfram & Hart has summoned someone from his past to make sure he fails.[1]


Wolfram & Hart's attorney Lindsey McDonald primes Darla as its weapon to bring down Angel. But Darla is brought back as a human, not a vampire, and her conscience prevents her from doing terrible evil.[2] She also suffers from a terminal case of syphilis, which she contracted in her original life before being sired. After failing to get Angel to sire her back, Lindsey brings in Drusilla,[3] a vampire originally sired by Angelus, to restore Darla to the cause of evil.[4]

Enraged by this, Angel cuts himself off from his staff and attempts to go after the pair alone, eventually sleeping with Darla. He wakes up with an epiphany, not losing his soul but seeing the error of his ways. He then banishes Darla to reunite with his group.[5] Meanwhile, Lindsey is given a magical prosthesis to replace the hand that Angel cut off. But the hand malfunctions, and in the process of investigating, he meets up with Angel and sees the error of associating with Wolfram & Hart. After talking things over with his superiors, he leaves town.[6]

The group eventually joins forces with Lorne, the demon owner of Caritas, a local karaoke bar and sanctuary. After Cordelia is accidentally transported to Lorne's home dimension, Pylea, the entire gang follows,[7] where they meet Lorne's family and Winifred "Fred" Burkle, a young former physics student who has been trapped in the dimension for five years. There, Cordelia — who had been struggling to find her place at home — becomes a princess after it is revealed that she has "the curse" — the visions. All other humans in Pylea are enslaved, including Fred.[8] The group manages a daring overthrow of the shadow government of Pylea and frees the slaves. Cordelia, realizing that she needs to use her visions for good on Earth, abdicates her throne and returns home along with the rest, including Fred. But their joy is tempered when Willow arrives with news about Buffy.[9]





No. Image Title Air date
01 A2x01 Angel Cordelia Wesley "Judgment" September 26, 2000
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: Michael Lange
The well-oiled, demon-fighting machine of Angel, Cordelia and Wesley is back in full force and joined by the streetwise vampire hunter Charles Gunn. After a case of mistaken identity leads Angel to slay a demon protecting an innocent girl, karaoke is the only way to make things right. Meanwhile, Angel struggles with the discovery that he may not always be eternal and Darla recovers from her resurrection from Hell.
02 Angel 2x02 "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been" October 3, 2000
Writer: Tim Minear Director: David Semel
Angel directs Cordelia and Wesley to investigate a mysteriously abandoned hotel in Hollywood and as they piece together the building's dark history, they discover that his interest is that of a personal nature. In a flashback to 1952, Angel is not the atoning vampire of present day, but a recluse who is detached from the tortured humans around him, until one fateful day.
03 First Impressions Darla Angel Lorne "First Impressions" October 10, 2000
Writer: Shawn Ryan Director: James A. Contner
When Cordelia has a particularly disturbing vision of Gunn is in grave danger, she elects herself as his new protector. When she discovers that he may be his own worst enemy, she has to face the fact that she can't save him without the help of Angel and Wesley.
04 Angel 2x04 "Untouched" October 17, 2000
Writer: Mere Smith Director: Joss Whedon
Angel unknowingly crosses paths with Wolfram and Hart when he comes to the aid of a young woman, Bethany, who possesses telekinetic powers far beyond her control, a situation Angel has had to contend with in his own life. Meanwhile, Angel is somewhat off his game due to the fact that he has been sleeping weird, but has no idea his fitful nights are the result of nocturnal visits by Darla.
05 A2x05 Angel Darla 01 "Dear Boy" October 24, 2000
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: David Greenwalt
Angel's continued restless nights takes him all the way back to 1860 London and his first encounter with Drusilla, but when he sees Darla in his waking life, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn fear he has gone off the deep end and may revert to his evil ways.
06 206trio "Guise Will Be Guise" November 7, 2000
Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Krishna Rao
Angel travels to a mystical swami to help him understand his haunting dreams and get in touch with his inner demon, but while he is away Wesley assumes Angel's identity to try to save a young girl and sort of enjoys playing the role of a vampire with a soul.
07 207 "Darla" November 14, 2000
Writer: Tim Minear Director: Tim Minear
Angel is desperate to rescue Darla from the clutches of Wolfram & Hart and flashbacks reveal what a dangerous and powerful relationship they shared as history weirdly seems to be repeating itself. The trip down memory lane begins with Darla's sire by the Master and ends with the gang of Spike, Drusilla, Darla and Angel being torn apart when he gets a soul.
08 A2x08 Angel Vyasa Gunn 01 "The Shroud of Rahmon" November 21, 2000
Writer: Jim Kouf Director: David Grossman
Angel poses as a flashy vampire hoodlum, and with the help of Gunn prevents a mind-altering shroud from falling into the wrong hands.
09 The Trial Darla 01 "The Trial" November 28, 2000
Writers: Douglas Petrie, Tim Minear Director: Bruce Seth Green
Angel is still haunted by flashbacks of his 150-year love affair with Darla and has Gunn help track her down, but he soon discovers that he is faced with an impossible choice: watch her die from a terminal illness or use his dark powers to turn her back into a vampire and give her eternal life.
10 Angel 2x10 "Reunion" December 19, 2000
Writers: Tim Minear, Shawn Ryan Director: James A. Contner
Angel goes on a frantic search after Drusilla turns Darla back into a vampire, and he must catch them before she rises again and the two go back to their old ways and paint the town red. Meanwhile, as Angel goes off the deep end, his staff worries they are the only ones standing between Angel and real darkness.
11 Angel 2x11 "Redefinition" January 16, 2001
Writer: Mere Smith Director: Michael Grossman
After firing his staff and cutting himself off from all help, Angel begins intense physical and mental training to become strong enough to stop Darla and Drusilla before they destroy the City of Angels. Meanwhile, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn try to continue the fight for the innocent on their own now that Angel's gone commando.
12 Angel 2x12 "Blood Money" January 23, 2001
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Mere Smith Director: R.D. Price
Angel threatens to expose Wolfram & Hart's criminal activities when he discovers that they are stealing large contributions that were made to a teen shelter but an old adversary has other plans for Angel.
13 Angel 2x13 "Happy Anniversary" February 6, 2001
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: Bill L. Norton
Angel and The Host must join forces to stop a brilliant, yet twisted physicist who is determined to stop time in order to keep his girlfriend from breaking up with him.
14 Angel 2x14 "The Thin Dead Line" February 13, 2001
Writers: Jim Kouf, Shawn Ryan Director: Scott McGinnis
Angel investigates rumors of renegade cops out for blood, while Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn carry out their own fact-finding mission that results Wesley being seriously wounded by a police gunshot.
15 Angel 2x15 "Reprise" February 20, 2001
Writer: Tim Minear Director: James Whitmore Jr.
Angel learns of the impending visit of Wolfram & Hart's "senior partner," an evil and merciless demon from hell, and he plans a kamikaze mission to destroy the powerful beast that will sacrifice his own life in the process.
16 Angel 2x16 "Epiphany" February 27, 2001
Writer: Tim Minear Director: Thomas J. Wright
After an empty night of passion with Darla, Angel surprisingly wakes up with his soul still intact and has an epiphany. His moment of clarity brings him back to the land of the living and while he tries to reunite with his crew, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn aren't ready to forgive him, even when their very lives are at stake.
17 A2x17 Cordelia 01 "Disharmony" April 17, 2001
Writer: David Fury Director: Fred Keller
Angel and his reunited crew try to foil the plans of a vampire cult leader, but Cordelia becomes distracted when her old high school friend-turned-vampire Harmony comes to town after her break-up with Spike and wants to help in the fight.
18 Angel 2x18 "Dead End" April 24, 2001
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: James A. Contner
Angel and Lindsey must grudgingly work together when Cordelia's disturbing vision leads the gang to a grotesque Wolfram & Hart body shop where parts are harvested from live humans.
19 A2x19 Belonging "Belonging" May 1, 2001
Writer: Shawn Ryan Director: Turi Meyer
Angel and his crew must find a way to kill a bloodthirsty demon who has arrived in town from another dimension through a mysterious, magical portal in the karaoke bar. With the help of Cordelia's visions, they are able to locate someone who can help destroy the snarly beast; however, when it's time to return their source to his home dimension, Cordelia discovers a whole new world.
20 A2x20 Over the Rainbow "Over the Rainbow" May 8, 2001
Writer: Mere Smith Director: Fred Keller
Cordelia is accidentally sucked through a magical portal and transported to a demon dimension, finding herself all alone in a strange new land where humans are considered inferior and sold into slavery. Angel, Gunn, Wesley and the Host jump through the portal in search of her and end up shackled by an angry mob of villagers and sentenced to death.
21 A02 21 "Through the Looking Glass" May 15, 2001
Writer: Tim Minear Director: Tim Minear
Angel, Gunn, Wesley and the Host are sentenced to death in a demon dimension after trying to rescue a lost Cordelia, but are even more shocked to find themselves brought before Her Royal Highness, Cordelia. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Her Majesty, Cordy’s reign will be a short one.
22 A02 22 "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb" May 22, 2001
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: David Greenwalt
Angel struggles with the inner beast that the demon dimension brings out in him, while Cordelia learns that her role as princess involves mating with a demon, and Wesley and Gunn band with rebel forces to overthrow the government and Her Majesty.

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  • This is the only season of both TV shows in which every actor in the opening credits appears in every episode.