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"That Vision-Thing" is the second episode of the third season of Angel and the forty-sixth episode in the series. Written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Bill L. Norton, it was originally broadcast on October 1, 2001, on The WB network.


Angel must team up with the dark side to stop a psychic hacker from killing Cordelia with her own violent visions that are leaving her burned, scaly and frightened for her life.[1]


At the Hyperion Hotel, Wesley and Gunn eat take-out with Fred. Fred has finally emerged from her room but is sitting under the table. She grades their attempts to be sincere towards Cordelia, who is on edge since she hasn't had visions in a while. Suddenly, Gavin Park shows up at Angel Investigations and is met with a frosty reception by Wesley, who recognizes the Wolfram & Hart lawyer from his previous visit. Gavin gives them a list of 57 code violations they are guilty of in an effort to drive them out of their building, but Angel is unimpressed. Gavin leaves before promising to return.

Suddenly, Cordelia gets new visions and the pains that accompany take a turn for the worse. The visions of a creature with claws causes deep claw marks to appear on Cordelia's back, stomach, and shoulder. Angel expresses concern, but she doesn't want to stop having visions, so she hides the claw marks from him. The gang heads out to find a magical coin Cordelia saw in the visions. The team defeats a pair of demons disguised as an elderly couple and obtains the coin.

At Wolfram & Hart, Gavin talks to Lilah. She is threatened by Park's presence and declines his offer to join his team's attack on Angel via code violations, as she feels her position is superior to his.

Cordy has a second vision — this time, of a demon covered in boils. As a result, boils erupt all over her face. The team is troubled, wondering why the Powers That Be would afflict Cordy in this way. At Fred's suggestion, the team tries to trace the source of her visions. They bring Lorne to investigate, while other members of the team obtain a key from the visions.

At the Hyperion, Gunn and Fred come upon exterminators fumigating the hotel. Gunn quickly kicks them out.

At Wolfram & Hart, Lilah has hired a psychic to send the painful visions to Cordy. In her third vision of the night, Cordelia's skin becomes burned from visions of fire, and Lorne is thrown across the room by the power of the visions. Cordelia feels demoralized and confesses to Angel that she doesn't want the visions anymore; she is frightened all the time, despite her happiness in helping people and her attempts to remain stoic. Lorne confirms that the visions aren't coming from the Powers that Be and someone must have jacked the line to send their own message. The gang realizes the source of the visions must be Wolfram & Hart.

Angel confronts Lilah, who explains that Angel must free a man in another dimension who has been "wrongfully imprisoned," using the coin and key to travel there.

At the hotel, Wesley's research has turned up information on the coin and key, which shows them to be objects of good, meaning the guardians Angel fought off were likely on the side of good too. Wesley tells Angel that helping Wolfram & Hart goes against all he stands for and the prisoner probably deserves to be there. Despite everything, Wesley agrees with Angel's plan to save Cordy and is willing to accompany him, but Angel urges him to stay in case something goes wrong.

Angel travels to the new dimension, but his weapons cannot be transported with him. There, he finds a cage made of fire in which a being is continuously being burned in flames but not consumed, guarded by a frightening demon named Skip. Angel and Skip trade pleasantries, realizing they are on the same side ultimately. However, the tone shifts as Angel admits he is there to free the burning prisoner. Angel defeats Skip after a brief battle and he transports the man back to Los Angeles.

Angel Investigations meets Wolfram & Hart at a levee in L.A. The prisoner is handed over to Lilah, who then restores Cordy to health. As Lilah turns to leave, she explains that "it's just business." At that, Angel hurls a rebar through the window of Lilah's limo, killing the psychic who was causing the visions. Angel then threatens Lilah personally, promising that he'll kill her if she ever comes at him through Cordelia again. Angel and Cordelia discuss their fear of having freed someone evil, and Angel responds that Cordy is more important than this person; whoever he is, they will deal when the time comes.

Darla visits a shaman in the Yoro Mountains of Honduras to seek help on how to get rid of her pregnancy as well as why and how it happened. The shaman tries but fails to help her, so she decides she must return to Los Angeles to visit "daddy."


  • This episode re-introduces Gavin Park, previously seen in "Over the Rainbow."
  • This episode introduces Skip. He will pretend to be a friend and guide to Cordelia in "Birthday" and "Tomorrow," playing a crucial role in Jasmine's plans, before eventually being killed by Wesley in "Inside Out."
  • The identity of the imprisoned man will be revealed in the episode "Billy," when the Angel Investigations team will deal with him.
  • Gunn uses the same baseball bat he used in "Heartthrob."



Organizations and titles[]




Death count[]

  • A boil-covered demon, killed by Angel (only mentioned).
  • The psychic demon, stabbed in the head by Angel.

Behind the scenes[]



  • "That Vision-Thing" had an audience of 3.0 million households upon its original airing.[2]

Pop culture references[]


  • When Angel speaks to Cordy in the bathroom, he should have been able to smell the blood from her open wounds.
  • Darla enters the shaman's hut without an invitation.


International titles[]

  • Czech: "Ta věc s viděním" (That Vision Thing)
  • Finnish: "Pelottavia näkyjä" (Scary Visions)
  • French: "Le martyre de Cordélia" (The Martyrdom of Cordelia)
  • German: "Tödliche Visionen" (Deadly Visions)
  • Hungarian: "A látomás" (The Vision)
  • Italian: "Visioni" (Visions)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "As Visões" (The Visions)
  • Russian: "Эти видения" (These Visions)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Visiones, Agresiones" (Visions, Aggressions)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Las Visiones" (The Visions)
  • Turkish: "Şu İmgelem Şeyi" (That Imagination Thing)


Lilah: "You're a remarkable man."
Angel: "Yeah, and you're an evil bitch."
Gunn: "Five herb shops in Chinatown and we've been to four. How come the thing that we're searching for is always in the last place we look?"
Wesley: "I suppose it's an unwritten law of being a dick. Uh... a... a sleuth, a gumshoe, a Sherlock."
Gunn: "All I know is you use the word 'dick' again and we're gonna have a problem."
Angel: "Cordy, we should talk about this. You can't ignore what's happening."
Cordelia: "I don't wanna talk. What's there to say? Except 'gross,' 'yuck,' and 'unclean.' Like you're not thinking it."


  1. "angel: That Vision Thing." TheWB.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2004.
  2. "Nielsen Ratings for Angel's Third Season." Nielsen Ratings for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, & Firefly. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008.