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"Guise Will Be Guise" is the sixth episode of the second season of Angel and the twenty-eighth episode in the series. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Krishna Rao, it was originally broadcast on November 7, 2000, on The WB network.


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.[1]


In the Hyperion Hotel, a man walks in requesting Angel's services. With Angel out, Wesley tries to handle things, but his clumsiness and pleasant manner leave the potential client unimpressed, and he leaves. As Wesley curses himself for costing the company business, Cordelia rushes in to tell him that Angel is trying to break in to Wolfram & Hart.

In the lower levels of the law firm, Angel and Gunn successfully enter the building from the sewers, only for Wes and Cordy to meet them there. They remind Angel that Wolfram & Hart have vampire detectors, so they'll already know he's there. Gunn is angry to learn Angel's plan is simply finding Darla before anyone can stop him. A guard confronts the group, and Angel responds by sticking a stake in the man's foot before agreeing to leave.

The gang decide to head to Caritas so Angel can get some advice from the Host. Gunn is bewildered that he never noticed such strange places in his own hometown. Angel explains to the Host that he feels he needs to do something about Darla. Cordelia is relieved Angel won't have to sing, but the Host refers him to T'ish Magev, a powerful swami known for helping with this kind of problem.

While Cordelia and Wesley hold down the office, a thug holds Cordelia at gunpoint and demands to see Angel. He promises to kill her if she cannot produce Angel immediately. Quickly improvising, Wesley throws on one of Angel's coats and poses as his vampire boss to save Cordelia's life. When they get to the house, Wesley almost blows his cover by entering the mansion before waiting for an invitation, but he saves the moment by throwing himself back across the threshold. Wesley is then introduced to Magnus Bryce, a shrewd and rich businessman who made his fortune by mass producing spells and enchantments. He has requested Angel's services to protect his daughter from assassins from a rival corporation fronted by Paul Lanier. Bryce then offers Wesley a glass of blood, and Wes forcefully chokes down a few sips before discarding the rest unseen.

Meanwhile, Angel arrives at Magev's cabin and finds the swami appearing like a regular man. Nonetheless, Magev shows some insights about Angel's character based on how he presents himself.

Wesley meets Mr. Bryce's daughter, Virginia, whom he is supposed to protect. Wes again nearly reveals his true identity by standing in front of a mirror, but no one else sees his reflection before he realizes his mistake. He then demands all mirrors in the house be covered, ostensibly for security purposes. Virginia talks with Wesley about being lonely, having spent most of her life in her room due to numerous threats over the years. Wesley urges Virginia to be careful, and she accepts "Angel" as her bodyguard. She then asks to go shopping; Wesley initially asks if she'd rather wait until morning, only to realize that shopping in the day isn't safe for a vampire.

At the Hyperion Hotel, Cordelia enlists Gunn's help to rescue Wesley. She sends him to collect Angel from the swami while she tries to identify the man who held her at gunpoint.

In a fancy store selling wizard supplies, Wesley escorts Virginia as she looks for a gift for her father's upcoming fiftieth birthday. She wants something depicting the goddess Yeska, as her father is a fan. The two talk about Virginia's relationship with her father, although she notices Wesley is fiddling with a crucifix absentmindedly. When she mentions it to him, Wesley pretends to be burned and sticks his hand in an ice bucket. Two thugs sent by Paul Lanier then try to abduct Virginia, but they back off immediately when they realize "Angel" is with her.

Angel and Magev fight with staffs while discussing Angel and his inner demon. Later, Magev phones Paul Lanier, who hired the impostor to kill the real Magev and keep Angel busy. "Magev" tells Lanier he doesn't know how long he can keep up the act, and he is worried that Angel might smell the blood coming from the real Magev's body. Lanier is confused since he believes Angel was protecting Virginia and begins to wonder who "the English guy" with Virginia is.

In the hotel, Cordelia is looking through mugshots in the police database, and she lets her eyes wander to a gossip magazine, only to identify the gunman in a photo with Bryce and Virginia.

Wesley escorts Virginia to her room as she talks about how angry she's feeling — not just at the kidnap attempts, but at her whole life. She believes being treated as a prisoner is no way to spend one's life. As they return to her bedroom, they find two cloaked guards standing outside it. One of them tries to grab Virginia as the other attempts to stun Wesley with a firework. Wesley skillfully manages to fight off the two and send them running. Virginia is grateful once again, but she is surprised "Angel" didn't put on his vampire face. Wesley explains that he isn't like most vampires.

As they fish in the lake by the cabin, Angel and the Magev impostor discuss Wolfram & Hart's resurrection of Darla and Angel's desire to get to her. Angel describes Darla as small, blonde, and beautiful; he then confesses that part of him hates her for what she did to him. "Magev" suggests that he might feel better if he finds another small blonde to have sex with and then break her heart. Angel looks around with uncertainty.

Virginia and Wesley make it back to the room as Virginia reaffirms her wish to move out and live her own life, even if it would be less glamorous than the one she has now. Wesley supports her in her desires, and the two begin to kiss. Suddenly, Virginia backs off, telling him she knows about his curse. Wesley tries to excuse the curse as nothing more than a simple hex, but Virginia suspects he is lying to her. He decides to tell her the entire truth about his identity, but Virginia cuts him off, and the two have sex.

The next morning, Gunn arrives at the cabin to collect Angel, but the Magev impostor knocks him out before he can go inside. Angel then appears on the porch, realizing the real swami is dead. "Magev" isn't worried since he is standing out of reach in the direct sunlight. Angel uses the nearby fishing line to hook the impostor's lip and reels him in, threatening to demonstrate how evil his inner demon can be.

Wesley wakes up next to Virginia, content with how the previous evening went. He gets dressed and leaves the room only to encounter Cordelia, who has arrived to rescue him. Wesley tells her he can't leave as he has a job to do, much to Cordy's disbelief. She reminds Wesley that he's not Angel and he is in over his head. At this point, Bryce and his guards arrive, now knowing the real Angel isn't protecting Virginia but an imposter. Although Wesley attempts to keep up the charade, he is dragged into direct sunlight, exposing the lie. Wesley reveals his true identity to Virginia, who is furious. She feels her life was in danger, given that she had no supernatural protection. She is also upset because she thought she had finally made a real friend, but it was all based on deception. Bryce has Wesley and Cordelia thrown out and berates his goon for bringing him the wrong guy. The man's mistake has risked ruining the upcoming sacrifice at his birthday party. He orders security to step up, determined to make it the party of his life.

Wesley and Cordelia arrive back at the hotel the same time as Angel and Gunn, and they bring each other up to speed on what happened. They determine that Lanier set up the fake Magev and then told Bryce the truth about Angel. They also suspect that Lanier will make his move at the 50th birthday party being held that night. When Wesley mentions the party will include tributes to the goddess Yeska, Angel reveals Yeska isn't a goddess but a Davric demon. Wesley knows of them but is confused; they don't serve humans unless they make a sacrifice on their 50th birthday. Wesley then realizes Bryce intends to sacrifice Virginia at the party; Lanier was trying to abduct her to prevent the sacrifice because Bryce stands to gain a lot of power if he's successful. Wesley sets out to rescue Virginia and lays out a plan of action only to be reminded that Angel is supposed to be in charge and defers to him. Angel decides to let Wesley take the lead.

At the party, Virginia notices a large stone sculpture in the center of the room, and she is soon chained to it while Bryce begins to summon Yeska. Virginia begs to be let out, and Bryce tells her what he's doing is very difficult but continues. Suddenly, Wesley and the rest of Angel Investigations burst in and fight the guards. Wesley runs to Virginia, attempting to release her and reminding her of his promise to protect her. However, Yeska appears; she approaches Virginia but rejects her as she is "impure."

Bryce can't believe Virginia isn't a virgin and realizes Wesley slept with her, much to everyone's shock. Bryce is furious — the reason he wanted Angel to protect her was because he couldn't have sex. He refers to Angel as a "eunuch," a term at which Angel takes offense. As Cordelia voices her disbelief that Wesley was getting action after pretending to be Angel for one day, Angel begins to explain the curse isn't that clear regarding sex. Virginia tells her dad that she hasn't been a virgin for a long time. Wesley is relieved, and Virginia begins listing off names of the family's staff she's had relationships with. She then denounces him as her father and punches him in the face. Satisfied, the gang leaves, not before Angel again insists he isn't an eunuch.

A few days later, Cordelia is furious to discover that, since Wesley started dating Virginia, he has appeared on gossip pages as a private detective and bodyguard. As she complains that reflected glory is her "thing," Angel tells her not to be jealous. Once alone, he scoffs at the article calling Wesley a "bodyguard to the stars" and argues there's no Wyndam-Pryce agency.


  • Angel will try again to seek out spiritual guidance in "Heartthrob," and, similarly to his situation with the false Magev, Angel will encounter a group of demons posing as Sri Lankan monks.
  • The fake Magev suggests that Angel find a small blonde girl, bed her, then break her heart. This describes Angel's previous romance with Buffy, a small blond girl Angel met after Darla ("Becoming, Part One"), had sex with ("Surprise"), and broke her heart ("The Prom").
  • Wesley becomes the third member of Angel Investigations to drink blood, as Cordelia was the second in "Expecting."
  • Angel is able to enter Bryce's house without being invited in. In "Rm w/a Vu," he is able to enter Cordelia's house before she invites him in, explaining that she had told him he was always welcome once she found a place — the invitation had taken effect once she signed the lease. This suggests that, when Wesley had been invited in, the fact that the invitation had been intended for Angel was sufficient enough to allow him to enter the house.
  • The newspaper calls Wesley "bodyguard to the stars," which is what Cordelia called Angel after he saved Rebecca Lowell in "Eternity."



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Death count[]

  • T'ish Magev, killed by an impostor (only mentioned).

Behind the scenes[]


  • "Guise Will Be Guise" had an audience of 3.6 million households upon its original airing.[2]

Pop culture references[]

  • Lorne refers to the three Rocky films when he says: "You're Rocky. And Rocky II. And half of the one with Mr. T."
  • Lorne says that Angel not singing is a "break for Mr. Manilow," referring to Barry Manilow.
  • Lorne tells two costumers that their karaoke performance was "Cher-riffic," referring to one of the song's original singer Cher.
  • The false Magev criticizes Angel's fighting abilities by comparing it to the theatrical show Riverdance, which consists mainly of traditional Irish music and dance.


International titles[]

  • Czech: "Převleková komedie" (Dress-Up Comedy)
  • Finnish: "Vaatteet vampyyrin tekevät vai..?" (Clothes Make the Vampire or...?)
  • French: "L'usurpateur" (The Usurper)
  • German: "Angel für einen Tag" (Angel for a Day)
  • Hungarian: "Angel köpenyében" (In Angel's Cloak)
  • Italian: "Le apparenze ingannano" (Appearances Are Deceiving)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "O que Importa É a Aparência" (What Matters Is Appearance)
  • Russian: "Внешность останется внешностью" (Appearance Will Remain Appearance)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Tu no eres Ángel" (You Are Not Angel)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Tu no eres Ángel" (You Are Not Angel)
  • Turkish: "Dış Görünüş Dış Görünüştür" (Appearances Is Appearance)



Promotional stills[]



Wesley: "Did you encourage this?"
Gunn: "I'm just going along for the ride."
Cordelia: "Gonna be a pretty short ride. They have vampire detectors!"
Gunn: "We know. It's cool, he's got a plan."
Wesley: "A plan?"
Angel: "Yeah, I get to the offices before they stop me."
Gunn: "See? What?! That's the plan? Walking real quick was the plan?"
Angel: "I guess I'm a little... rocky."
The Host: "You're Rocky, and Rocky II, and half of the one with Mr. T."
Magev: "You need to get over her. Okay, what does she look like?"
Angel: "She's beautiful. Small, blonde."
Magev: "Right. So here's what you do. You go out and you find yourself some small blonde thing. You bed her, you love her, you treat her like crap, you break her heart. You and your inner demon will thank me, I promise."
Angel: "Um..."
Angel: "'Virginia Bryce squired by Mr. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, private detective and bodyguard to the stars.' Hah. 'Squired,' who says 'squired'?"
Cordelia: "Look at him all over her!"
Angel: "Cordelia, you're just jealous that he's getting some attention."
Cordelia: "Damned skippy! He's getting famous off this. Reflected glory, that's my thing!"
Angel: "Get a little perspective. 'Bodyguard to the stars.' Yeah, right... There is no Wyndam-Pryce Agency.


  1. "Episodes: Season 2." The Slayer Network Offline Ressources. Retrieved on September 1, 2022.
  2. "Nielsen Ratings for Angel's Second Season." Nielsen Ratings for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, & Firefly. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008.