Waiting In The Wings
Episode 13 of 22 within Season Three. Item 57 of 110 overall.
Production number 3ADH13.
Joss Whedon - Writer
Joss Whedon - Director
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Angel takes the gang out for an evening at the ballet but becomes suspicious when the prima ballerina is the same one he saw dance more than 100 years ago.

When Cordelia and Angel sneak backstage to investigate, they are consumed by overwhelming passion for each other as they are possessed by spirits of unrequited ballet lovers held captive by the sinister ballet troupe leader.

Elsewhere, Fred finds that both Wesley and Gunn have feelings for her too, but she must eventually choose one of them.

original airdate--February 4,2002     rating--2.8/4.6 million               

music--Theme Song: "Angel Main Theme" by Darling Violetta

  1. "Menuetto: Allegretto String Quartet Op.17, in F Major" by Haydn


Trivia: Joss Whedon says on the DVD commentary that this was his very favorite directorial effort (up to that point, at least, having written but not yet directed the episode "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) {Once More, with Feeling (#6.7); that he used to shoot campus dance recitals when he was in college, and that he was "a wanna-be dancer more than I'm a wanna-be almost anything."

  • According to DVD commentary, when Summer Glau finished her four-page monologue, she received a standing ovation from the crew and the extras remaining on set from the theater scene. This eventually led to comedian Jeff Laub suggesting that Joss have her read for the role of River Tam on his new series, 'Firefly'.


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regional titles

Waiting In The Wings
Les coulisses de l'ÈternitÈ
Liebe und andere Schwierigkeiten