"Why We Fight"
Series Angel
Season 5, Episode 13
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Air date February 11th, 2004
Writers Drew Goddard; Steven S. DeKnight
Director Terrence O'Hara
Producers Skip Schoolnik; David Greenwalt; Steven S. DeKnight; Ben Edlund; David Fury; Jeffrey Bell; Sandy Gallin; Gail Berman; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Kelly A. Manners; Joss Whedon
Starring David Boreanaz; James Marsters; J. August Richards; Amy Acker; Andy Hallett; Alexis Denisof
Episode guide
"You're Welcome"
"Smile Time"

"Why We Fight" is the thirteenth episode of season five of the vampire television series Angel and the 101st episode of the series overall. It was directed by Terrence O'Hara with a script written by Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight. It first aired on the WB Network on Wednesday, February 11th, 2004.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • This episode is production code number 5ADH13.
  • This is the third episode of Angel written or co-written by Drew Goddard. He writes five episodes of the series in total. He previously wrote "Damage". His next episode is "Origin". Drew Goddard is also known for writing five episodes of the show's companion series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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  • The title of this episode is taken from a series of seven propaganda films commissioned by the United States government during World War II to justify to American soldiers their involvement in the war. Later on, they were also shown to the U.S. public to persuade them to support American involvement in the war.

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  • Angel: You're a Nazi?!
  • Spike: What? Oh! No, I just ate one.


  • Angel: We need them. I'm not getting trapped at the bottom of the sea!
  • Spike: And I'm not getting experimented on by his government!


  • Angel: Spike.
  • Spike: Captain.
  • Angel: What?
  • Spike: I wanna be called Captain. I mean hell, I did eat him.
  • Angel: Check the torpedoes before I stuff you in a tube and send you for a swim, "Captain."


  • Spike: Really ought to do something about security. They'll let anybody in here, won't they? Fred gave me the Cliff Notes. So sailor boy finally came back for a yo-ho-ho, did he?
  • Angel: Finally came back...
  • Spike: Took him long enough... I know revenge is a dish best served cold but his must've been frozen solid.
  • Angel: I don't think that's what he was after.
  • Spike: No? Then what was he looking for?
  • Angel: A reason.

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