"Slouching Toward Bethlehem"
Series Angel
Season 4, Episode 4
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Air date October 27th, 2002
Writers Jeffrey Bell
Director Skip Schoolnik
Producers Skip Schoolnik; Steven S. DeKnight; David Fury; David Greenwalt; Tim Minear; Jeffrey Bell; Sandy Gallin; Gail Berman; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Kelly A. Manners; Joss Whedon
Starring David Boreanaz; Charisma Carpenter; J. August Richards; Amy Acker; Vincent Kartheiser; Alexis Denisof
Episode guide
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"Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is the fourth episode of season four of the supernatural action TV series Angel and the seventieth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Skip Schoolnik with a script written by Jeffrey Bell. It first aired on the WB Network on Wednesday, October 27th, 2002.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is production code number: 4ADH04. [1]
  • Co-executive producer David Simkins is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
  • Actor Andy Hallett receives a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is also the title to episode 2x08 of the Syfy series Defiance.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is taken from a collection of essays published by Joan Didion in 1968 titled Slouching Toward Bethlehem. The common theme throughout the essays describes Didion's experiences in California during the 1960s.
  • The song that Cordelia Chase sings for Lorne is "Greatest Love of All", which is actually based on an earlier song with the full title of "The Greatest Love of All" by Michael Masser and Linda Creed. The song was popularized in 1985 by multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Whitney Houston, which is the version that Cordelia sings. Cordelia also performed this song at the Sunnydale High School talent contest in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [2]
  • Lilah Morgan intones the phrase "Sleeping with the fishes" in this episode. This is a reference to the 1972 mob movie The Godfather by director Francis Ford Coppola. The line relates to the character of Luca Brasi, who is murdered by rival gang members of the Corleone crime family. A message is sent to members of the cartel which reads, "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes", meaning that he was killed and dumped in the river.
  • This is the first work in supernatural fiction for actor Steven Mayhew.
  • Actor Nynno Ahli is also known for playing the role of Sheriff Teaser on four episodes of the ABC television series Eastwick.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • After Connor supposedly jimmies the hallway window to gain access, there is obviously no lock mechanism on the window and therefore no need to jimmy it. [3]
  • The glass that Lorne is holding in the scene where he tells Cordelia Chase to stop singing disappears and re-appears from one edit to the next.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Cordelia Chase: Your friends here were just talking about murdering children. And there's... there's... there's singing and blood and-and pointy things. And did I mention the singing?



  • Angel: Gee, that could have been a disaster. Oh, hi. Welcome back, you're safe. By the way, there's a green demon right behind you.
  • Winifred Burkle Don't you think we should tell her? I mean, we do live in a world of demons and icky things. She's bound to find out.
  • Angel: Well yeah, sure, but, I mean, let's be smart. I want her to remember who I am before I freak her out with the whole undead, drinks blood part of my resumé.


  • Winifred Burkle: Have you been caffeinating your blood again, or is there something you're not telling us?

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