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Season 4, Episode 8
Habeas corpses.jpg
Air date January 15, 2003
Written by Jeffrey Bell
Directed by Skip Schoolnik
Episode Guide
"Apocalypse, Nowish"
"Long Day's Journey"
David Boreanaz Angel
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
J. August Richards Gunn
Amy Acker Fred
Vincent Kartheiser Connor
Alexis Denisof Wesley
Special Guest Starring
Andy Hallett Lorne
Guest Starring
Stephanie Romanov Lilah
Daniel Dae Kim Gavin
Vladimir Kulich The Beast
Co Starring
Kay Panabaker Little Girl

"Habeas Corpses" is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Angel and the seventy-fourth episode overall. Written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Skip Schoolnik, it was originally broadcast on January 15, 2003 on the WB network.

Angel learns that Connor is trapped in Wolfram and Hart, which is under attack from the Beast.


As the members of Angel Investigations reassemble at the hotel offices after their fight with The Beast, Angel tries to contain his rage after seeing Cordelia and Connor make love, while Fred and Gunn reconcile, and Wesley finally decides to break off his passionate, but loveless fling with Lilah. But events change when Connor pays a visit to Wolfram & Hart where the indestructible Beast also visits and attacks, killing most of the staff including Gavin. Lilah manages to escape with a little of Wesley's help while he leads Angel, Gunn, and Fred into the locked-down offices to find Connor which gets worse when all the victims of the Beast become reanimated zombies out to kill.

The AI team discusses the ways to escape the Wolfram & Hart building. Angel tells them about the White Room and has Fred over ride the automatic shutdown of the elevators. After a couple of failed attempts, Angel manages to remember the code and they are all transported to the White Room only to find they are too late. The Beast is already there draining energy from the little girl who acts as the Conduit to the Senior Partners.

Angel asks how to get out. She is able to tell them that the answer is "among you". As The Beast leaves her and starts to advance on the AI team, the little girl transports them all back to the hotel before she dies. In Angel's office, as she tells him of her relief everyone is okay, Angel reveals he knows she and Connor slept together and orders her to take her new boyfriend and leave.


  • Angel demonstrates his photographic memory, previously seen in "Supersymmetry".
  • The inside of Wolfram & Hart, Los Angeles, is destroyed. Every employee (except Lilah Morgan) is killed, including Gavin Park. It will be shown remodeled and running again in Home.
  • The Beast kills Mesektet, the little girl who is the conduit to the senior partners.

Body Count[]

  • Wolfram & Hart's staff, killed by The Beast
  • Gavin Park, snapped by The Beast and in zombie form beheaded by Gunn
  • Mesektet, killed by The Beast in extracting her essence of darkness



Behind the Scenes[]


  • The teaser to this episode is the shortest in the series, coming in at a whopping 14 seconds.

Pop Culture References[]

  • The title is a play on the legal term "habeas corpus." In a legal setting, habeas corpus is an order to allow a detained prisoner to be brought before a judge or into court, and is invoked when there is a lack of sufficient cause or evidence to detain the prisoner. The phrase in latin translates roughly to "you have the body;" the episode's title would translate to "you have bodies."
  • This episode contains visual references to Resident Evil, a film in which a virus is released that gradually turns everyone in an underground installation into zombies and the main characters have to fight their way out.
    • David Boreanaz was set to portray Matt Addison in the film but had to turn the role down due to commitments with Angel. The part ended up played by Eric Mabius.
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar was also originally set to star.
  • The Terminator: Gunn asks why the Beast would go "all Terminator" on its own team.
  • Dead Man Walking: Angel: "Too many dead men walking."

International titles[]

  • German: Das weiße Zimmer (The White Room)
  • French: Le piège (The Trap)