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"Inside Out" is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of Angel and the eighty-third episode in the series. Written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight, it was originally broadcast on April 2, 2003, on The WB network.


Desperate to find out why Cordelia has turned to the dark side, Angel goes to demon Skip for answers. Forcing the truth out of him, Angel learns that all that's transpired, Connor's birth, Cordelia's ascension to the higher plane, Angel turning into Angelus and Cordelia's pregnancy, were all a part of a higher being's plan to create something even more powerful than itself.[1]


Angel and the gang confront Cordelia when they discover she is the Beast’s Master. She confesses and asks what tipped them off. Angel reveals that he figured it out when Cordelia referred to her baby as "my sweet," the same term the Master used when talking to Angelus. Angel knows that Cordelia would never hurt her friends like this; whatever they're dealing with is walking around in her body and he demands to know what really happened to her. Before he can get any answers, Connor breaks in and rescues Cordelia, unaware of her true nature.

Gunn returns from his secret mission with Gwen, and the gang tells him that the evil beast came back with Cordelia when she returned from her higher plane and awoke when Lorne cast the memory spell. They reveal the conspiracies that have taken place over the last few weeks: the deaths of the Svear priestesses, Lorne's confusion, Lilah's murder, and the fake re-ensoulment of Angel.

After Cordelia escapes with Connor, she manipulates him further under her spell. Using a combination of seduction, half-truths, and total lies, she ensures that Connor is turning against all of the others.

Angel returns from an unsuccessful search mission, mentally beating himself up for missing the signs. He and Wesley share a moment about Lilah's death. Wesley has been unsuccessful in finding any news about the beast. He suggests approaching the Powers That Be, but Angel shoots down the idea, commenting that previous interviews with the Powers have proven unsuccessful.

Under Cordelia's influence, Connor continues to question his beliefs about the Angel Investigations team and what he's believed is good versus evil.

Gunn and Fred have sorted through Cordelia's things, finding little of use — toiletries, candles, and fragments of the muo-ping. Angel asks them to continue searching and goes to Skip for information on why Cordelia has become evil. When Angel threatens Skip, the demon claims he knows nothing. Skip eventually admits his role, and during their fight, he easily overpowers Angel.

While they're in hiding, Cordelia puts Connor's hand on her stomach, telling him that their baby will change everything. She suggests they expedite the birth by collecting a few "very special things." Connor abducts a young virgin, and Cordelia encourages him to kill the girl in order to allow the baby to change the world.

Skip is far stronger than when Angel previously fought him. However, Angel manages to rip off one of Skip's spurs from the side of his head and knocks him unconscious before transporting them both back to the Hyperion Hotel. Wesley, Fred, and Gunn assist Angel with Skip's interrogation. They trap him and threaten him with an orb of agony. Skip explains that Cordelia is still inside her body, but something evil is controlling her.

Cordelia begins chanting an evil ritual while Connor looks on. As he brings water to the kidnapped girl, he suddenly sees a ghostly apparition of his mother, Darla. Darla says that after centuries of murder, Connor is the only good thing she ever did and that she died out of love for him. She challenges the idea that killing an innocent woman can protect his baby; he has a choice.

Back at the hotel, Skip tells them that certain events of the past few years were part of a higher being's plan to be reborn: Lorne's departure from Pylea, Fred opening the wrong book and being sent to another dimension, and Wesley sleeping with "the enemy.” All these incidents have been manipulated to bring the Beast's Master to Cordelia's body. From there, it will give birth to itself, killing Cordelia in the process. Angel realizes that the Master is vulnerable in Cordelia's body, and the gang attempts to find Cordelia using a bu'shundi claw.

Darla reminds Connor that he has a soul, and he can choose to stop the evil.

Fred and Gunn discuss the philosophy of free will and whether it makes sense with the knowledge that they all have a destiny. When the spell works, Angel springs into action, departing alone to find Cordelia. He believes that it is best to kill Cordelia himself and spare his friends the pain and guilt of her death.

Connor attempts to free the girl, but Cordelia suddenly appears. She tells Connor that she can see Darla and that it is a cheap spell Angel made to stop him from saving their baby. Darla and Cordelia both vie for his allegiance, but Connor eventually rejects Darla. As he drags the girl away to kill her, a smiling Cordelia follows with a meat cleaver. When Cordelia raises the knife to strike, the woman suddenly becomes Darla, begging Connor not to kill her. Cordelia brings the cleaver down and buries it in the girl's neck, killing her instantly. Horrified, Connor looks over at Cordelia, who merely smiles at him. At her request, he spreads the blood on Cordelia's stomach, and she lies in a circle of runes and starts to chant. Suddenly, the Earth begins to shake, and Angel appears, holding a sword.

At the hotel, debris begins to fall on the sand circle holding Skip. Finally freed, he begins to attack Fred, Wesley, and Gunn. Gunn tries to cut him down, but to no avail. Wesley is more successful with a gun; after several unsuccessful shots ricochet off of Skip's plated chest, Wesley shoots him in the hole of his missing spur, killing him.

Connor, seeing Angel arrive to kill Cordelia, attacks the vampire. Angel fends him off and raises a sword over Cordelia, saying, "I'm sorry." Before he can land a blow, Cordelia is split by a burst of green light, throwing him back. He regains his feet and comes forward with the sword, but stops upon seeing a fully grown woman standing before him. Angel drops to his knees and exclaims, "You're beautiful." Connor takes one look at her and kneels as well, both of them staring at her, enraptured. The woman steps forward and says Angel's name affectionately as she smiles down at him.


  • It is revealed to Angel Investigations that Cordelia's body has been possessed by an evil higher being that was awakened in "Spin the Bottle."
  • Cordelia falls into a mystical coma and will not wake up until much later ("You're Welcome"). She is the fourth Buffy the Vampire Slayer character to end up in a coma, after Buffy and Faith in "Graduation Day, Part Two" and Willow in "Becoming, Part One."
  • Skip mentions that no one ever comes back from paradise but then corrects himself with, "Ok, a Slayer once, but—", in reference to Buffy's return in "Bargaining, Part One."
  • The group comes to the conclusion that Jasmine must have piggy-backed Cordelia to get from her dimension to theirs. Anya referred to this as "hitch-hiking" in "After Life."



Organizations and titles[]




Rituals and spells[]

Death count[]

  • A vampire, dusted by Connor
  • Unidentified girl, killed by Cordelia (possessed by Jasmine).
  • Skip, shot by Wesley with a gun.

Behind the scenes[]


  • Darla says she was sent by the Powers to send Connor a message. While there is no evidence that the vision is telling the truth, Steven S. DeKnight confirms it.[2]


  • "Inside Out" had an audience of 2.3 million households upon its original airing.[3]

Pop culture references[]

  • Lorne makes a double reference by nicknaming Connor "Kid Vicious." The Kid was a 1921 movie where he adopts an orphaned and delinquent little boy. Sid Vicious was a member of the punk rock band Sex Pistols.
  • When Angel swings on a chain to attack him, Skip asks, "What are you, Tarzan?"


International titles[]

  • Czech: "Naruby" (Inside Out)
  • Finnish: "Veriuhri" (Blood Sacrifice)
  • French: "L'horreur sans nom" (The Nameless Horror)
  • German: "Die Geburt" (The Birth)
  • Hungarian: "Kirekesztve" (Left Out)
  • Italian: "Dentro e fuori" (Inside and Out)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "De Dentro para Fora" (From the Inside Out)
  • Russian: "Появление на свет" (Birth)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "De dentro hacia afuera" (From the Inside Out)
  • Spanish (Spain): "De adentro hacia afuera" (From the Inside Out)
  • Turkish: "Tersyüz" (Inside Out)



Promotional stills[]


Gunn: "You sayin' Pop and Mama threw you a beatin'?"
Lorne: "Kid Vicious did the heavy lifting. Cordy just 'mwha-ha-ha-ed' at us."
Gunn: "Guy steps out for a few hours, half the place goes super-villain."
Skip: "Look out. The monkey's thinkin' again."
Gunn: "The final score can't be rigged. I don't care how many players you grease, that last shot always comes up a question mark. But here's the thing. You never know when you're taking it. It could be when you're duking it out with the Legion of Doom or just crossing the street deciding where to have brunch. So you just treat it all like it was up to you — the world on a balance — 'cause you never know when it is."


  1. "angel: Inside Out." TheWB.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2004.
  2. Steven S. DeKnight, Angel Season Four on DVD: audio commentaries for the episode "Inside Out." [DVD]. 20th Century Studios, September 2004.
  3. "Nielsen Ratings for Angel's Fourth Season." Nielsen Ratings for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, & Firefly. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008.