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"Sleep Tight" is the sixteenth episode of the third season of Angel and the sixtieth episode in the series. Written by David Greenwalt and directed by Terrence O'Hara, it was originally broadcast on March 4, 2002, on The WB network.


Angel's angry behavior and sudden cravings for human blood frighten Wesley enough for him to kidnap the baby to keep him safe. Unfortunately, Wesley's plan to protect Connor falls apart when Holtz takes the child for revenge against Angel.[1]


Wesley takes another look at his notes, where he wrote that, according to the prophecies, "The father will kill the son." He walks over to Connor's crib, where the baby is fussing. Angel enters, picks Connor up, and walks around the room with him while drinking from a glass of blood. Angel says he feels unusually energetic, despite very little sleep.

In the courtyard, Lorne is listening to a young woman singing a folk tune, trying to read her aura. He says she is "plenty scared."

Angel hands Connor over to Wesley. Noting that Connor will be crawling soon, Angel examines the weapons cabinet and suggests it be chained and locked so it will be baby-proof. Wesley suggests that he might take Connor to a park or beach in the next few days. Angel approves.

Lorne enters and asks the Angel Investigations team to follow him to the courtyard. Kim, the singer, as she finishes a chorus, seems to transform into a demon and threatens to "hack your eyeballs out and rip your children in two." Kim explains that all the members of her band, which she joined only a few weeks before, seem to be turning into demons. Wesley explains that the band members are not human, but Kim is. Her condition is just an infection. Fred says she can cure it by taking Cylenthiam powder, a mystical antibiotic.

Meanwhile, Angel appears uncharacteristically loose. He suggests hunting and killing the demons.

At Holtz's headquarters, Justine and the other soldiers are training to fight vampires. Justine tells Holtz she is reluctant to kill the human members of the AI team. Holtz shows a knife from his cuff, apparently intending to stab Justine. Justine adds: "They chose Angel. That makes them enemy soldiers." Wesley appears in the doorway. Holtz and Wesley begin to talk.

Angel, Fred, and Gunn break into a rehearsal of the demon band. Angel puts on his vamp face and attacks the band with unusual fury. At the end, he holds an arm he has torn off a demon body and remarks: "That was fun!"

Wesley returns to Holtz for tense negotiation. Holtz says he does not intend to let an innocent child — Connor — get hurt and intends to act, but he will wait one day.

Angel, Fred, and Gunn return to the Hyperion Hotel. Fred seems upset with Angel's excessively violent behavior. Angel heads to a refrigerator to get more blood, while complaining that Connor is far too needy for his liking. As Connor begins crying, Angel starts to get angrier and yells at his baby son to shut up. When the others argue, Angel throws his glass of blood against the wall. Gunn steps forward ready to fight, but Angel realizes there's something wrong with him.

Lorne asks why Angel has been drinking more blood than usual. Angel says the last batch was unusually tasty. Lorne speculates that the blood is spiked.

Wesley is walking at night in a residential neighborhood. He spots Justine tailing him. She says she wants to talk and that Holtz does not know what she is doing. As Wesley walks away, Holtz appears behind Justine.

Fred finds a trace of human blood in the pig's blood Angel has been drinking. Angel says it is Connor's blood; he knows because for the past two days, Connor has smelled like food. They guess that Wolfram & Hart has been feeding Connor's blood to Angel, so he will acquire a taste for it and want more.

Angel confronts Lilah in a bar. She describes her life, including her mother, who no longer recognizes her. Sahjhan appears and upbraids Lilah for drinking with his enemy. Angel does not recognize him and has no idea what his grudge is, but Sahjhan promises revenge anyway.

Wesley goes to the Hyperion Hotel, where he prepares to take Connor away. Lorne appears. Wesley picks up Connor and, just before Lorne can inform him about Wolfram & Hart spiking Angel's blood, hums a lullaby. Lorne immediately knows what Wesley plans to do. Wesley chases Lorne, tackles him and knocks him out. Angel comes in. Wesley fools him with a story about taking Connor to a park. Fred and Gunn also come back. Wesley manages to talk his way past all of them and leaves with the baby.

Holtz and his soldiers, not including Justine, enter the Hyperion Hotel. A battle commences, but Holtz does not take part. As soon as it is clear that Holtz's forces will lose, Holtz himself slips out. Lorne awakens and explains what Wesley did and plans to do.

Wesley is about to put Connor into his car when Justine staggers toward him holding her midsection. She claims Holtz betrayed her and his other soldiers. When Wesley tries to carry her to his car to take her to a hospital, Justine cuts his throat, takes Connor, and runs.

At the Hyperion Hotel, the team is shocked at Wesley's actions, yet Lorne's reading and Wesley's response proves what he is telling them is true. Angel realizes that Holtz knew that Connor wouldn't be there, as he wouldn't have left without him otherwise. The attack was just a distraction. By now, Angel is desperate to get Connor back, even if he has to tear through Holtz and Wesley to do it. Angel threatens one of Holtz's soldiers and learns where their lair is.

Wolfram & Hart already have a commando team at Holtz's lair. Lilah arrives. She learns that Holtz is not there. The commander of the Wolfram & Hart forces learns by radio that Holtz has been spotted near the Sixth Street Bridge. As the commandos leave to go there, Angel hijacks one of their jeeps.

Justine picks up Holtz. Holtz tells Connor that the baby's name is Steven Franklin Thomas, that he and Justine are the baby's parents, and that "Steven" will grow up on a ranch in Utah. They drive off.

Angel, in his jeep, overtakes them and forces off the road near the Sixth Street Bridge. The Wolfram & Hart commandos arrive soon later, led by Lilah who intends to take Connor for the firm. Holtz leaps out of his car holding Connor and threatening to snap Connor's neck if anyone gets too near. Sahjahn materializes and demands that Connor die. Lilah tells her men to ignore him, since he's impotent in this dimension. Angel agrees to let Holtz take Connor, since that seems to be the only way to save his life.

Sahjahn recites a spell that opens a portal to Quor'toth, the darkest of dark worlds. He threatens to open the portal wider, so it will swallow the world, unless Holtz kills Connor. Lilah immediately commands that Connor be killed, so Holtz runs for the portal, carrying Connor, with Angel at his heels. Holtz and Connor make it through, but a blast of lightning throws Angel back. Sahjahn, considering Connor as good as dead, closes the portal.

Lilah, more than happy to let Angel suffer, withdraws herself and her troops from the area. Angel is left alone with his grief.


  • Angel and Fred mention Cordelia and Groo being away in vacation. They left in "Couplet" and will return in "Double or Nothing."
  • Sahjhan keeps his reasons to act against Angel a secret, which Angel will discover in the episode "Origin."
  • Holtz takes Connor away to Quor'toth, from where they'll return in "The Price."



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Death count[]

  • Raw, thrown into a wall by Angel.
  • Stevie, shot by Gunn with a crossbow.
  • Unidentified wraith-er demon, arm ripped by Angel.

Behind the scenes[]


  • Despite credited, Charisma Carpenter does not appear in the episode.
  • According to Alexis Denisof, Wesley does not tell anyone about the prophecy for Angel to kill Connor because "there are weeks of pressure building up to these prophecies, which he has investigated as fully as he knows how, and Cordelia isn't around — that's maybe the only person he would discuss with. He is alienated at this point from Gunn and Fred because of the emotional issues that's been going on, and so it makes it difficult for him to be even in the same room with them. And he's a man, he's a person, so he doesn't rise above that and talk about all his concerns with them. He's trapped by it."[2]
  • Sahjhan says "have a good summer" before disappearing, as the series went on hiatus for six weeks before airing the next episode, "Forgiving."


  • "Sleep Tight" had an audience of 2.7 million households upon its original airing.[3]

Pop culture references[]


International titles[]

  • Czech: "Sladké sny" (Sweet Dreams)
  • Finnish: "Taistelu lapsesta" (Fight for the Child)
  • French: "Bonne nuit Connor" (Good Night, Connor)
  • German: "Das Tor zur Hölle" (The Gateway to Hell)
  • Hungarian: "Kialvatlanul" (Sleep Deprived)
  • Italian: "Sogni d'oro" (Golden Dreams)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Durma Bem" (Sleep Well)
  • Russian: "Спи крепко, малыш" (Sleep Tight, Baby)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Duerme Bien" (Sleep Well)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Que Duermas Bien" (Sleep Well)
  • Turkish: "İyi Uykular" (Sleep Well)




Angel: "You look like Hell. And not the fun one where they burn you with hot pokers for all eternity, but, the hardcore one... you know, Nixon and Britney Spears."


  1. "angel: Sleep Tight." TheWB.com. Archived from the original on December 26, 2003.
  2. Angel Season Three on DVD: "Angel Season 3 Overview." [DVD] 20th Century Studios, February 10, 2004.
  3. "Nielsen Ratings for Angel's Third Season." Nielsen Ratings for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, & Firefly. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008.