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Angel - Season 3  

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After a turbulent summer spent coping with the news of Buffy's death, Angel returns to L.A. in the third-season opener only to run into a couple of nasty blasts from his tarnished past. While out on a routine vamp hunt, Angel happens to dust a bloodsucker from his evil Angelus days. Familiar or not, one less demon on the streets is always a good thing. Unfortunately, her boyfriend of a couple of centuries doesn't share that sentiment--and he's prepared to take drastic measures to exact revenge.
Original Air Date: September 24, 2001

"That Vision-Thing"
Cordelia's already painful visions start to have more serious physical side effects. Through telepathy, the Host attempts to track down why The-Powers-That-Be see fit to harm her. Meanwhile, the tenacious, Angel-hating servants of evil (lawyers at Wolfram & Hart) rear their ugly heads yet again.
Original Air Date: October 1, 2001

"That Old Gang of Mine"
Gunn finds himself stuck between old and new allegiances when he learns that a string of brutal and indiscriminate demon murders is the work of members of his former gang. Even the Host's usually peaceful club isn't immune to the violence. Cordelia, meanwhile, attempts to help Fred readjust to the world.
Original Air Date: October 8, 2001

"Carpe Noctem"
Angel's body is taken over by a man who, in an effort to stay young, possesses younger guys--and ends up killing them in the process. Angel, meanwhile, is trapped in the soul switcher's frail body in a retirement home. The impostor is unaware of his new vampire status until he takes a bite out of someone.
Original Air Date: October 15, 2001

Fred's parents make a surprise visit to Angel Investigations. However, when their inexplicably frightened daughter gets wind of their arrival, she flees the scene. Not trusting Mr. and Mrs. Burkle, the gang prepares to protect Fred from them--providing she can be found. Meanwhile, a strange, insectile demon stalks the crew.
Original Air Date: October 22, 2001

Angel and Cordelia both knew there would be consequences when he freed the partially demonic (but totally evil) Billy from a fiery prison in hell in order to save her. Those fears are realized when a wave of violence against women is traced back to Billy, whose mere touch has the power to bring out the worst in otherwise good men. The crew rushes to prevent another brutal attack, unaware that Wesley has already been infected--and he's alone in the hotel with Fred.
Original Air Date: October 29, 2001

As the crew researches a prophecy predicting the imminent arrival of a being who may have a profound impact on the world, Darla arrives at the hotel--pregnant and angry, looking for the daddy. Cordelia, hurt by Angel's dishonesty, takes Darla's side in the matter. Baffled by how the pregnancy is even possible, Angel and company turn to the Host for some insight.
Original Air Date: November 5, 2001

As Angel and the gang try to figure out what exactly is inside Darla--who's now having contractions--news of her pregnancy causes near pandemonium at Wolfram & Hart. Meanwhile, the demon Sahjhan tries to bring a newly resurrected Holtz up to speed on what he missed over the last couple of centuries.
Original Air Date: November 12, 2001

With Darla's contractions getting closer together, even the Angel Investigations gang is surprised when she takes off without them for places unknown. Angel finds her, only to learn how truly conflicted Darla is with the fact that she, a demon, actually loves something: her child. Her heartbreaking fear is that once the foreign soul leaves her womb, she won't be able to love it anymore. As the crew seeks sanctuary at Caritas, Lilah discovers an ominous prophecy concerning the baby.
Original Air Date: November 19, 2001

Still trying to figure out how to be a good father, Angel's problems multiply when he and the gang are trapped by several groups of enemies bent on kidnapping his son. Barricaded in the hotel, the group prepares for an inevitable attack. Meanwhile, Holtz goes about recruiting new help for his quest to destroy Angel.
Original Air Date: December 10, 2001

A powerful vision knocks Cordy out of her body, leaving her physical self in a vegetative state, but a guide on the astral plane offers her a new lease on life. Unfortunately, it's a life without her friends, who are busy trying to figure out how to get her back. Angel sets out to speak to the Powers That Be, who can presumably revive Cordy and mend her vision-ravaged brain.
Original Air Date: January 14, 2002

Unprepared for the flood of business brought in by advertising, the Angel Investigations crew splits up to cover more ground--and ends up being spread too thin for its own good. Also, Fred is offered big bucks to solve a demonic puzzle; Angel goes to work for a high-paying businessman; and Gunn and Wesley protect a woman whose zombie ex-boyfriend is stalking her.
Original Air Date: January 21, 2002

"Waiting in the Wings"
An innocent excursion to the ballet leads the gang to stumble upon members of a dance troupe who haven't aged a day since Angel last saw them in 1890. As they investigate backstage, Angel and Cordy are possessed by the spirits of tormented lovers. Meanwhile, Gunn and Wesley concentrate on putting their respective moves on Fred, unaware of each other's romantic designs.
Original Air Date: February 4, 2002

Exacerbating the tension caused by the office's two latest couplings, Cordy asks Angel to help her achieve the next level of intimacy with Groosalugg. Meanwhile, Fred and Gunn discuss the new wrinkle in their relationship and track an alleged cheating fiancé, whom they promptly lose during a brief make-out session.
Original Air Date: February 18, 2002

Wesley preoccupies himself with protecting Connor and foiling the prophecy about Angel and his son. Meanwhile, Gunn and Fred investigate a purported vamp nest, unaware that the woman who hired them is one of Holtz's lackeys. Gunn and Fred also encounter a stumbling block in their burgeoning relationship.
Original Air Date: February 25, 2002

"Sleep Tight"
Wesley's preoccupation with the murderous prediction doesn't seem unwarranted when Gunn and Fred witness Angel's frightening display of bloodthirsty behavior on a job. Tests reveal that Wolfram & Hart have spiked the pig's blood Angel drinks with that of his own son, making the situation all the more dangerous. Believing the baby may be safer away from him for the time being, Angel welcomes Wesley's offer to take Connor for the night. Wesley, however, has something else in mind--as do Lilah, Sahjhan and Holtz.
Original Air Date: March 4, 2002

In the aftermath of Holtz's abduction of Connor, the gang attempts to sort out why Wesley betrayed them and how to get Angel's son back from another dimension. The answer to the latter lies in materializing the demon SahJahn, an extremely dangerous prospect. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to his friends, Wesley lies motionless in a park after being attacked by Justine.
Original Air Date: April 15, 2002

"Double or Nothing"
A Faustian deal Gunn made several years before comes back to haunt him when a demonic repo man arrives to collect his soul--and threatens to use Fred as collateral. Meanwhile, Cordelia returns from her vacation with Groosalugg; Angel remains in a state of shock after losing his son; and Wesley faces a future bereft of his closest friends.
Original Air Date: April 22, 2002

"The Price"
The hotel is invaded by sluglike creatures that invade and fatally dry out their human hosts. The parasites are by-products of the dark forces Angel conjured trying to rescue his son. The crew barricade themselves inside to hunt down the varmints, but they soon learn that the only way to really see their quarry is to turn off all the lights.
Original Air Date: April 29, 2002

"A New World"
A dark and emotionally charged episode marks Connor's return to his father's world--as a teenager. But the reunion is not a happy one. Connor attacks Angel at first sight, fully intending to kill him. When he fails, the confused teen escapes to the mean streets of L.A. Determined to set things straight, Angel searches for his son, who in the interim befriends a troubled but kind homeless girl. Meanwhile, the dimensional rift through which the young man traveled continues to cause trouble at the hotel.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2002

Angel and Connor successfully engage in some much-needed father-son bonding when they find themselves fighting side-by-side. Then foster-father Holtz stirs things up by suggesting Connor should leave him to live with Angel. Meanwhile, Lilah continues to work on recruiting Wesley for the bad guys; and Cordelia's closeness with Angel causes a rift in her relationship with the Groosalugg.
Original Air Date: May 13, 2002

After the initial torment of losing Connor to an interdimensional kidnapping, Angel is downright giddy to once again be reunited with his son. Sadly, Connor's decision to live with his undead dad is forged in deception: Misled by the calculating Justine, the temperamental teen plots to exact (undeserved) revenge against his trusting father. In developments less grim, Lorne moves out of the hotel and makes for greener pastures; and an increasingly powerful Cordelia comes to terms with the fact that she is in love with someone other than Groo.
Original Air Date: May 20, 2002

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