|Season 2, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 21, 2000|
|Written by||Jim Kouf|
|Directed by||David Grossman|
The Shroud of Rahmon is the eighth episode of the second season of Angel and the thirtieth episode overall. Written by Jim Kouf and directed by David Grossman, it was originally broadcast on November 21, 2000 on the WB network.
Angel and Gunn go undercover to foil the theft of a demonic burial shroud at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, unaware that the evil garment makes people crazy and violent. Angel temporarily turns violent and attacks Kate when she shows up to stop the theft, and Wesley and Cordelia also go crazy when they enter the museum to look for Angel and Gunn; Wesley ends up getting blamed for the attempted murder of Kate and the killing of a security guard.
Two detectives interrogate Wesley about an attempted murder. Wesley tells them everything just went very wrong. Without revealing the vampire's name, Wesley explains that Angel wasn't supposed to be there, but since he's so stubborn, he was there anyway. Before this, Wesley stopped by the hotel and talked with Cordelia. She's cut her hair and he's noticing it for the first time. Since Angel is on a case with Gunn, Cordelia and Wesley go to a movie premiere.
Angel and Gunn meet with Gunn's cousin, Lester, who asks for their help. Lester is supposed to be a driver for a demonic robbery but he wants nothing to do with it. A vampire Angel knows by reputation, Jay-Don, is being brought in to help. Much to Gunn's dismay, Angel takes charge of the case. Angel returns to the hotel and finds Kate in his room. She wants information on Darla and despite the cross she carries, Angel is not threatened and warns her to back off before she is killed. Angel meets Jay-Don at the bus station and kills him, then impersonates the vampire who had been a member of the Rat Pack in the '50s. A demon named Menlow meets with the vampire he thinks is Jay-Don and takes him to the others. Another demon, Vyasa; a human security guard, Bob; and Gunn pretending to be Lester complete the team.
Cordelia researches museums to find which one may be the location of the robbery, and learns the Los Angeles Natural History Museum temporarily contains the Shroud of Rahmon—a mystical object that causes people around it to go insane. Meanwhile, Angel breaks inside the museum, where the Shroud's effect causes him to revert to his vampire visage. Wesley and Cordelia enter the building and are immediately affected as well. The demons, humans and vampires slowly carry the tomb on a path out of the building, and gradually become more erratic and violent towards each other. Vyasa kills Bob by ripping off his head. Wesley encounters Kate in the building and has trouble keeping focused on his mission to help Angel. Wesley confronts Angel and tries to warn him about the shroud.
Kate finds Angel and the others and pulls a gun on them. Angel confronts her, knocks her gun out of the way, and bites her—flinging her limp form to the ground when he's done. A police team arrives and finds Wesley leaning over Kate's body. The tomb is carried to another building and due to the shroud's effect on the demons, they all fight over it. Gunn and Angel play tug of war with the shroud until Angel convinces Gunn to let go. After dousing the shroud in alcohol, Angel sets it aflame.
In the interrogation room, the detectives are convinced that Wesley is the killer. As they're about to arrest him, a wan and pale Kate shows up and tells them to let him go. It turns out that though Angel bit her briefly, he used it as cover to turn her around so she could see that one of the guys was holding a gun on her, and then to warn her to stay down so they wouldn't kill her. Afterward, Wesley and Cordelia reflect upon what happened, and Wesley worries that Angel's blood lust has been reawakened by the taste of human blood. Meanwhile, Angel sits in his room, his thoughts focused on biting Kate.
- David Boreanaz as Angel
- Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
- Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
- J. August Richards as Charles Gunn
- Elisabeth Röhm as Kate Lockley
- W. Earl Brown as Menlo
- Dwayne L. Barnes as Lester
- R. Emery Bright as Detective Turlock
- Tom Kiesche as Detective Broomfield
- Tony Todd as Vyasa
- Robert Dolan as Bob
- Michael Nagy as Jay-Don
- Jim Hanna as Surveillance Cop #1
- Danny Ricardo as First Cop