"Time Bomb"
Series Angel
Season 5, Episode 19
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Air date April 28th, 2004
Writers Ben Edlund
Director Vern Gillum
Producers Skip Schoolnik; David Greenwalt; Steven S. DeKnight; Ben Edlund; Sandy Gallin; Gail Berman; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; David Fury; Jeffrey Bell; Kelly A. Manners; Joss Whedon
Starring David Boreanaz; James Marsters; J. August Richards; Amy Acker; Andy Hallett; Mercedes McNab; Alexis Denisof
Episode guide
"The Girl in Question"

"Time Bomb" is the nineteenth episode of season five of the vampire television series Angel and the 108th episode of the series overall. It was directed by Vern Gillum with a script written by Ben Edlund. It first aired on the WB Network on Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 at 9:00 pm.

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  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • This episode is production code number 5ADH19.

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  • Spike makes reference to Chernobyl in this episode. Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant located in the Ukraine. In April, 1986, an incident occurred that caused an explosion, releasing radioactive fire into the atmosphere that caused massive fallout across the region and in other parts of the Soviet Union.
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce makes reference to Rand McNally in this episode. Rand McNally is a publishing firmfounded in Chicago, Illinois in 1856. It is known for various publications including map guides.
  • Spike says that Illyria spent an entire day a "mind-meld" with a potted fern. This is a reference to the Vulcan mind meld as seen on episodes of Star Trek. It first came into popularity on the original series as seen through the character of Mister Spock. It has also appeared in subsequent related media wherein Vulcans telepathically perceived the thoughts of others through physical contact.

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  • Illyria: A true ruler is as moral as a hurricane. Empty, but for the force of his gale.


  • Spike: So what sort of damage are we lookin' at if Illyria Chernobyls on us?
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Conservative guess, several city blocks.
  • Angel: And what about unconservative?
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Rand and McNally will have to redraw their maps.


  • Illyria: When the world met me, it shuddered, groaned. It knelt at my feet.
  • Spike: "Dear Penthouse, I don't normally write letters like this, but..."


  • Charles Gunn: Have you talked to Wes?
  • Lorne: Well, we've exchanged words. I wouldn't exactly call it talking. He's still reeling since Our Lady of the Blue Bummer arrived.
  • Charles Gunn: Yeah, I was just in his office, and he...
  • Lorne: Oh, God! Don't go in there! That's where he keeps his full-strength crazy.


  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I'm not in love with this thing, Angel. But for some reason, I need it right now.
  • Angel: Yeah, that's just weird.


  • Angel: Illyria's blown all her gaskets, man. She's outta her mind!
  • Spike: How can you tell? Yesterday she spent two hours mind-melding with a potted fern.

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