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5.08 – Destiny
|Directed by: Skip Schoolnik||Air Date: November 19, 2003|
Spike receives a mysterious box of “flashy” in the mail and is shocked when it somehow recorporealizes him. He’s thrilled to be solid again, but when odd things start happening at Wolfram & Hart, Eve says that they now have a problem. With Spike an un-ghosted Vampire Champion, the Shanshu Prophesy could also apply to him. Spike & Angel have to try and figure out which one of them is destined to become human again.
5.10 – Soul Purpose
|Directed by: David Boreanaz||Air Date: January 21, 2004|
Lindsey and Eve continue to plot against Team Angel. Lindsey approaches Spike, telling him that the Powers That Be have selected Spike to be the new Champion now that Angel is working for Wolfram & Hart. Meanwhile, Angel is caught in a series of hallucinations and can’t wake up.
5.12 – You’re Welcome
|Directed by: David Fury||Air Date: February 4, 2004|
Cordelia awakens from her magically induced coma and returns to help Angel fight an old enemy who has reappeared even more powerful than ever.
5.17 – Underneath
|Directed by: Skip Schoolnik||Air Date: April 14, 2004|
Angel, Spike and Gunn travel to a surprisingly unusual hell dimension to free Lindsey and find out what he knows of the Senior Partners’ ultimate plans. With Illyria’s army defunct and her plans averted, the gang accepts her as a dubious ally. Wesley, volunteering to be her guide and mentor, falls slowly into depression and self-destruction. Meanwhile, the Senior Partners send a new, unstoppable force, a new liaison and businessman, named Marcus Hamilton, to find Eve, and Gunn makes an important decision in an attempt to protect his friends… and save his soul.
5.21 – Power Play
|Directed by: James A. Contner||Air Date: May 12, 2004|
The Team have reason to believe that Angel has been utterly corrupted with power when they find evidence that he has joined the Circle of the Black Thorn, the most evil of secret societies. Wesley, Gunn, Spike, and even Illyria discover some surprises when they urge Angel to side with the forces of Good again.
5.22 – Not Fade Away
|Directed by: Jeffrey Bell||Air Date: May 19, 2004|
In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power of good can still make a difference. Wesley struggles with helping Illyria adapt to the world, scolding her for her attempts to take on Fred’s form. As Gunn continues his quest of self-discovery, Lorne becomes more aware of the lack of happiness in the world. Harmony attempts to seduce Marcus Hamilton for information, Lindsey makes an important decision regarding his alliance, and Eve continues to deal with being mortal. As Spike comes closer to understanding the nature of heroism, Angel pays a visit to the one person he truly loves. On Angel’s bidding, the gang goes out and spends each day as if it were their last…