"My boys. I walk with heroes."
Winifred Burkle
"A Hole in the World"
Series Angel
Season 5, Episode 15
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Air date February 25th, 2004
Writers Joss Whedon
Director Joss Whedon
Producers Jeffrey Bell; Gail Berman; Steven S. DeKnight; Ben Edlund; David Fury; Sandy Gallin; David Greenwalt; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Kelly A. Manners; Skip Schoolnik; Joss Whedon
Starring David Boreanaz; James Marsters; J. August Richards; Amy Acker; Andy Hallett; Alexis Denisof
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"A Hole in the World" is the fifteenth episode of season five of the vampire television series Angel and the 103rd episode of the series overall. It was written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon . It first aired on the WB Network on Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Charles Gunn has his mojo back. A strange sarcophagus arrives at Wolfram & Hart, which yields traumatic results for one of the members of Team Angel. As a result, a new enemy arises - possibly their most deadliest threat yet.

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  • This episode is production code number 5ADH15.
  • Actor Kevin Grevioux is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
  • This is the final appearance of Winifred Burkle as a living character; dies in this episode. Any further appearances of the character occur courtesy of flashback, or when Illyria assumes her visage.
  • This is the first appearance of Illyria. She will continue to make appearances throughout the remainder of the series.
  • This is the first appearance of the Deeper Well.
  • This is the eighth appearance of Eve. She makes ten appearances in the series in total. She appeared last in "You're Welcome". She appears next in "Underneath".

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  • The title of this episode is taken from a line of dialogue spoken by Spike as he gazes into the Deeper Well. Spike says, "There's a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known".
  • Angel makes reference to losing "Cordy". This is a reference to Cordelia Chase, who was his longtime friend and ally. Cordelia died in "You're Welcome", which was the 100th episode of the series.
  • Knox says "You think my God hatched out of some schmuck?". A schmuck is a pejorative term meaning one who is obnoxious, stupid, foolish, unreliable or otherwise simply undesirable.
  • Diane Warren is an American songwriter who rose to prominence in 1983. She is known for writing the song "Rhythm of the Night" in 1985, which Lorne makes reference to in this episode. The song was recorded, performed and released as a single by funk band DeBarge.
  • The song that Charles Gunn is singing as he enters his office is "Three Little Maids from School Are We", which is from the Gilbert & Sullivan musical The Mikado. In addition to having all of his legal knowledge returned to him, he also has the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan uploaded into his brain.

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  • Spike: There's a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known.


  • Spike: If cavemen and astronauts got in a fight, who would win?
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Oh... you've been arguing for 40 minutes about this? Do the astronauts have weapons?
  • Angel and Spike: No.


  • Winifred Burkle: That doesn't make any sense! The cavemen have fire. They created it. The astronauts should have weapons!




  • Lorne: If I hear one note, one quarter note, that tells me you had any involvement, these two won't even have time to kill you. Oh, and anything by Diane Warren will also result in your death. Well, except "Rhythm of the Night".


  • Knox: I chose Fred because I love her, because she's worthy. You think I'd have my God hatched out of some schmuck?


  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: You have to lie down.
  • Winifred Burkle: I am not... I am not the damsel in distress. I am not some case. I have to work this. I lived in a cave for five years in a world where they killed my kind like cattle. I am not going to be cut down by some monster flu. I am better than that! (softly) But I wonder... how very scared I am.
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I swear on my life, we will stop this, but you must be back in bed. That's where I need you to fight.
  • Winifred Burkle: Like I'm six years old? This is a house of death.



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