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Encyclopedia > Carpe Noctem (Angel episode)
“Carpe Noctem”
Angel episode

Marcus switches bodies with Angel

Marcus discovers that he now occupies the body of a vampire
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 4
Guest stars Stephanie Romanov
   (Lilah)
Daniel Dae Kim
   (Gavin)
Rance Howard
   (Marcus)
Paul Logan
Misty Louwagie
Written by Scott Murphy
Directed by James Contner
Production no. 3ADH04
Original airdate October 15, 2001
Episode chronology
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Plot synopsis

Summary

While investigating the strange deaths of various men, who appear to have been drained of life energy, Angel finds himself in a bind when an old man switches bodies with him. Marcus, it turns out, is staying young by switching bodies with younger men. He ends up killing them as he carouses with booze and orgies. While Marcus enjoys himself in Angel’s vampiric body, Angel tries to leave the retirement home in the frail Marcus’s body to warn the gang of the impostor in their midst. Meanwhile, Lilah continues to clash with her co-worker Gavin over their tactics to take down Angel and his group. Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Lilah Morgan first appeared in the episode The Ring of the Angel Series in season one, and would appear regularly in the seasons one and two. ...


Expanded overview

Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn work down in the lobby while Fred attempts to join them. She exchanges small talk with Cordy and indicates how much she likes Angel. Angel asks who wants to join him for a double feature at the movies, but only Fred is interested and the two go off while everyone else would rather stay around the hotel. At an expensive hotel, a young man is in bed with two women and glad to be young. He takes a brief break for a drink but before he returns to the bed, he stops, in pain, and begins chanting before collapsing into a puddle of skin. Cordelia Chase (born December 1980 in Sunnydale, California, died in 2004 in Los Angeles) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Charles Gunn (born 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Garry Campbell for the cult television program, Angel. ... Winifred Fred Burkle is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Shawn Ryan for the cult television series, Angel. ...


Fred boasts about her date with Angel, not realizing that it really wasn't a date. Cordelia privately confronts Angel about Fred, telling him forcefully that he needs to tell Fred that he can't just let Fred think there's something there when there really isn't. Angel goes to talk to Fred, but at the last minute changes the subject to a news story about the young, dead man at the hotel. Wesley has articles on similar cases leading Angel Investigations to begin investigating. Gavin and Lilah talk about his plans for Angel. Lilah is annoyed by him and doesn't think he stands a chance of doing more than irritating Angel with his methods.


The gang reviews information about the deaths, finding that all the men died in expensive hotel rooms. They disperse for different jobs while Fred is left behind. Cordy and Angel check out a health club all the men belonged to and question employees and members about the victims. Angel spots a retirement home across the street of one of the workout rooms and binoculars inside one of the rooms. He visits the elderly man who lives in that particular room, Marcus Roscoe. Angel's invited in and the two discuss the view Marcus has into the health club.


Angel notices some supernatural paraphernalia a bit too late as Marcus begins to chant and the two switch bodies. Marcus (in Angel's body and known as Marcus until noted) knocks Angel out and leaves to enjoy his new young body. He's met on the street by Cordelia who drives him back to the hotel. He comes onto her and thinks that by "hotel" she means they're going to get a room together. There is continued confusion as he realizes the hotel is for work, not pleasure, tries to figure out who is who and questions whether the body he's possessing is gay (Given that Cordelia tells him to have a talk with 'Fred', and Marcus briefly mistakes Wesley for the person in question).


Angel wakes up at the retirement home and struggles downstairs to call the hotel. He starts to leave a message before Marcus picks up the phone and the two converse about the present situation. Ryan, one of the attendants at the home stops Angel from using the phone and bans him from the privilege while Marcus destroys the answering machine tape of their conversation. Ryan takes Angel back to Marcus's room, checking to make sure the elderly man knows his name.


The next day, the office is a mess and Marcus is asleep at Wesley's desk. Cordelia is worried by his behavior, but still reminds him he has to talk to Fred about just being friends. The name confuses Marcus and when Wesley enters the office, Marcus tells Wesley that he's not into that sort of thing anymore. Confusion persists as he later finds out Fred is female and then mistakes Gunn for a delivery person when breakfast is brought by.


Marcus eats one of the breakfast burritos and is met with looks of puzzlement when his friends notice he's eating actual food. They discuss the information Gunn found at the hotel and when an escort service is named as the only place phone calls were placed, Gunn and Wesley argue over who gets to investigate it. Cordelia ends up taking that particular outing while the guys check out the coroner's office. Angel plots his escape from the retirement home but has a difficult time pulling it off in his old body with various obstacles in his way. Meanwhile, Marcus destroys all the evidence from the case.


When Fred comes downstairs and finds Marcus in the office, he hits on her and suggests they go out. As Fred changes, Lilah visits the hotel--not knowing that Angel is now Marcus--and offers the necessary paperwork to end all of the hotels legal problems. Marcus is more interested in her and the two end up having drinks and making out on the desk. Fred returns to witness this and leaves, hurt. Marcus unintentionally bites Lilah, not realizing he could do that but quite excited by it. Lilah doesn't appreciate it and leaves, as Marcus realises that his face has changed and he no longer has a reflection. All the while, Angel attempts another escape from the retirement home by pulling the fire alarm, but has a heart attack which stands in the way of his success.


Cordelia returns from the escort service to find Fred crying. Cordy offers comfort, thinking Angel talked to her about being friends, but is really confused when Fred mentions Angel making out with a woman. Marcus picks up a woman at a bar and the two make out against a wall outside. The woman's boyfriend and a couple of others catch Marcus as he bites the woman and a fight ensues. Marcus learns of his super strength and realizes his eternal existence in this body. He's pleased to be immortal and leaves the woman to her boyfriend in favor of making sure he keeps the young body forever.


The gang question Angel's behavior again and after debating the possibility of Angelus's return as well as informing Fred of Angel's evil side, they realize that Angel may have been affected by the same thing that killed the other men (Particularly since several books about vampires are open on Angel's desk; why would Angel, or Angelus, need to read about vampires?). They all head over to the retirement home, where Cordelia suspects this change began, hoping to rescue Angel. Marcus visits Angel at the home, posing as a son of the elderly man. Angel attempts to get the upper hand on Marcus, but the younger body easily takes control. Marcus tries to kill his old body so he can stay young forever- claiming that Angel was a pathetic vampire in the process- but the rest of the gang show up and attack Marcus until he's down for the count. Fred hits him once more with a bat...just to be sure and gets a little revenge while she's at it.


Angel reads the words necessary to reverse the magic and is soon back in his real body. Marcus is far from pleased to have his old body back, claiming that Angel doesn't deserve it, but Angel just leaves as Marcus has another heart attack, claiming that he has a weak heart because he doesn't use it much. Angel talks to Fred at the hotel later, but finds that Cordelia's already taken care of the difficult part and Fred knows there's no romance between them. At the end of the episode, Angel receives word from Willow that Buffy is alive. Willow Rosenberg (born either in 1980 or very early 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ...


Writing and acting

Production details

Music

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Quotes and trivia

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  • "Carpe noctem" ("seize the night") is sort of a "vampire version" of the motto "carpe diem" ("seize the day") of Latin poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus.

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Translations

  • German title: "Der Geist des Marcus" ("The mind of Marcus")
  • Italian title: "Carpe noctem"
  • Spanish title: "Cambio de cuerpo" ("Body swap")

Continuity

Arc significance

Crossover with Buffy: Buffy meets Angel immediately after this episode. This meeting is the subject of Jane Espenson's Buffy/Angel comic, Reunion. Jane Espenson is an American writer who has worked on several television series and comic books, as well as on a variety of other projects. ...


Timing

  • Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:
Location, time
(if known)
Buffyverse chronology: Fall 2001 - December 2001
(non-canon = italic)
L.A., 2001 Buffy/Angel novel: Cursed
L.A., 2001 A3.01 Heartthrob
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy UPN promos: Scooby Gang talk about Buffy
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.01 Bargaining, Part One
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.02 Bargaining, Part Two
L.A., 2001 A3.02 That Vision Thing
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.03 After Life
L.A., 2001 Angel book: Sanctuary
L.A., 2001 A3.03 That Old Gang of Mine
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.04 Flooded
L.A., 2001 A3.04 Carpe Noctem
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy comic: Reunion
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.05 Life Serial
L.A., 2001 A3.05 Fredless
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy graphic novel Willow & Tara: Wilderness
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy book: Blood and Fog
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.06 All the Way
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy graphic novel: Note from the Underground
L.A., 2001 A3.06 Billy
L.A., 2001 Angel anthology book:The Longest Night
Sunnydale, L.A., Monster Island, 2001 Buffy/Angel novel: Monster Island
L.A., 2001 Angel book: Endangered Species
L.A., 2001 Angel book: Impressions
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.07 Once More, with Feeling
L.A., 2001 A3.07 Offspring
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.08 Tabula Rasa
L.A., 2001 A3.08 Quickening
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.09 Smashed
L.A., 2001 A3.09 Lullaby
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.10 Wrecked
L.A., 2001 A3.10 Dad
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.11 Gone
L.A., 2001 A3.11 Birthday
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy graphic novel: Creatures of Habit
Sunnydale, 2001 Buffy graphic novel: Death of Buffy: Withdrawal
Sunnydale, 2001 B6.12 Doublemeat Palace
L.A., 2001 A3.12 Provider

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