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"Habeas Corpses"
Series Angel
Season 4, Episode 8
Angel 4x08 002
Airdate January 15th, 2003
Writer Jeffrey Bell
Director Skip Schoolnik
Producer Jeffrey Bell; Gail Berman; Steven S. DeKnight; David Fury; Sandy Gallin; David Greenwalt; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Kelly A. Manners; Tim Minear; Skip Schoolnik; Joss Whedon
Starring David Boreanaz; Charisma Carpenter; J. August Richards; Amy Acker; Vincent Kartheiser; Andy Hallett; Alexis Denisof
Previous "Apocalypse, Nowish"
Next "Long Day's Journey"

"Habeas Corpses" is the eighth episode from season four of the supernatural action series Angel and the seventy-fifth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Skip Schoolnik with a script written by Jeffrey Bell. It first aired on Wednesday, January 15th, 2003 at 9:00 pm. In addition to the main cast, this episode includes guest appearances by Andy Hallett as Lorne, Stephanie Romanov as Lilah Morgan, Daniel Dae Kim as Gavin Park, and Vladimir Kulich as The Beast.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • This episode is production code number 4ADH08.
  • Actor Andy Hallett is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • This is the twelfth and final appearance of actor Daniel Dae Kim in the role of Gavin Park; dies in this episode.
  • This is the third appearance of Vladimir Kulich as The Beast. He makes eight appearances in the series in total.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode is a play on Habeas corpus, which is a legal writ whereby a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment before a court, usually through a prison official. In this episode, the title refers to the presence of zombies.
  • Charles Gunn makes reference to Little Red Riding Hood in this episode. This is a European fairy tale about a young girl walking through a forest to her grandmother's house, who is accosted by a scheming "Big Bad Wolf". The Big Bad Wolf concept plays into the Buffyverse mythology as well. The Wolf is 1/3rd of The Wolf, The Ram and the Heart, aka Wolfram and Hart, while "Big Bad" refers to the central antagonist of a given episode or season.
  • This is another instance where Angel shows that he has a photographic memory. He previously demonstrated this in "Supersymmetry".

Quotes Edit

  • Angel: Cordelia, I don't want you there. It's too dangerous, way too dangerous. I can't risk it. Fred! Get a move on.


  • Angel: The only way to kill a zombie is to stop its brain activity. Cut off its head, smash its skull... luckily, they're slow and stupid so we have a decent chance of beating them. Unless, of course, there's hundreds of 'em.



  • Charles Gunn: So what's it say about the Big Bad Wolf if he can just stride right in and suck the energy out of Evil Red Riding Hood?


  • Connor: He looks dead.
  • Angel: He is dead. Technically, he's undead. He's a zombie.
  • Connor: What's a zombie?
  • Angel: It's an undead thing.
  • Connor: Like you?
  • Angel: No. Zombies are slow-moving, dimwitted things that crave human flesh.
  • Connor: Like you.
  • Angel: No. It's different trust me.


  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: There is a line, Lilah. Black and white. Good and evil.
  • Lilah Morgan: Funny thing about black and white: you mix it together and you get gray. And it doesn't matter how much white you try and put back in, you're never gonna get anything but gray. And I don't see your Texas gal pal wearing that color. Come to think of it, she prefers black.

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