|On Angel's Wings|
|Season Two, 7|
|Air date||December 15, 2001|
|Written by||Boyd Kirkland|
|Directed by||Frank Paur|
- "I think you really are an Angel."
During Christmas time, a mysterious angel is saving lives. Rogue and Cyclops track down Warren Worthington, who is deeply unsure about his mutation. Magneto wants to frame him, in order to instill hate against mankind into him, and the two X-Men have to set things straight.
Christmas time in New York City. In Worthington Tower, a man watches the news. A disabled woman is trapped inside of a burning building and no one is able to reach her. Warren walks out to the balcony, takes off his coat and spreads his wings. Outside of the building, firemen are holding back a teenage girl, named Jamie who keeps begging them to let her go in and save her mother. Angel flies in through a window and saves the woman without being seen. He drops her off on a bench nearby and flies away. The woman calls over her daughter and tells her that she was saved by a real angel.
At the Institute, a holiday party is underway. Kitty, Jubilee, and Amara are all opening presents from Jean. Kurt shows up with mistletoe and chases Kitty around trying to get a kiss. Xavier invites Logan to stay and spend the holidays with them. Logan tells him that he has important things to catch up on.
Rogue gives Scott a gift, and tells him that it might be fun with just the two of them, Xavier and Beast for the holidays. Jean watches from across the room as Scott opens his gift and acts kinda jealous. Kurt finally corners Kitty on a sofa. As he closes his eyes and leans in for a kiss, she slides out of the way and he kisses Bobby instead.
Later, Everyone loads up into cars and heads home for the holidays. Ororo is dropping off Jubilee, Bobby, & Sam, while Ray is dropping off Kitty, Jean and kurt. Presumably all at airports.
While reading The Daily Bugle Angel catches a mugger in Central Park. As the victim explains to a mounted policeman that he was saved by an angel, his briefcase drops from the sky and lands between them. The victim points up and they both see him flying away. As Warren picks up his coat and walks away, he's watched by a man hiding behind some trees.
The news starts reporting all of the Angel sightings. Xavier tells the others that he thinks that the "angel" is really a mutant. He sends Rogue and Scott to NY to try and recruit him. In NY, they go about questioning all of the witnesses. Scott shares some personal stories with Rogue, while they warm up in a diner.
The man from Central Park continues to follow Angel. As Angel is flying over the Brooklyn Bridge, the man uses his powers to cause a car accident in such a way that it could only be Magneto. Angel goes to the rescue of a little girl and her family and saves them just as their car is about to go off of the bridge. As the crowd ohhs and ahhs over him, Magneto coils a bridge cable around his leg, causing him to knock the little girl, Hailee off of the bridge. He manages to pull her out of the water, but Magneto yells out that he saw him knock her in on purpose. The crowd turns on Angel, calling him a freak and Angel flies off.
Hailee ends up sick and in the hospital. Angel flies in through her window to visit her. He gets trapped by a nurse and disguises himself as a doctor to sneak out of the room. At the desk, Rogue and Scott are asking to speak with her parents. The doctor tells them that they said they were going to their church to pray. Angel overhears this as he walks by, but as he leaves, a feather falls out of his coat. Rogue sees the feather and they chase after Angel. He escapes from a window and they watch as he flies away.
At the church, Angel watches the parents as they pray. Magneto shows up and tries to recruit him. When Angel refuses, Magneto tries to take him by force. Rogue and Cyclops arrive just in time, and between the three of them they're able to knock Magneto out. Rogue manages to touch him, but Magneto comes to and knocks her away. When he takes off, Rogue flies after him (using his own power). She chases him through the city, but he ambushes her and uses a magnetic pulse to send her flying into a building. She saves herself at the last minute, but he sends a huge piece a building hurtling towards her. It knocks her out and she falls towards the ground. Angel arrives at the last second to scoop her up and save her.
Later, back at the hospital, Rogue and Scott invite Angel to come and visit the Institute and meet Xavier. A doctor comes in and tells the parents that Hailee will be okay. Scott tells Rogue that he doesn't think that Angel will come with them. They join Angel at a window to watch as the parents hug the little girl.
They show the other X-Men celebrating the holidays with their families. Jean and her family are picking out a Christmas tree. Kitty is lighting a menorah as her parents watch. Kurt meets his parents in the airport as he arrives home. Evan, Storm, and his parents have a snowball fight. Wolverine is in a bar alone, shooting pool. And Beast and the Professor sit in front of the Christmas together.
Kitty (noticing Kurt holding a mistletoe above her head): Kurt! In your dreams!
Kurt: All in the holiday spirit! (he closes his eyes and puckers his lips)
Kitty: (standing up and running away) Ew, Kurt! Knock it off! (Kurt chases her)
Kurt: Come on, Kitty! Just one little kiss? Pleeaase?
Professor Xavier: Ahh... to be young again.
Logan: Yeah... glad that's over.
Beast: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Professor Xavier: Shakespeare?
Beast: The Bible.
Beast: There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, that are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Rogue: Now that's Shakespeare.
(after Angel saved a drowning girl)
Magneto: (in disguise) It's his fault! He pushed the girl down into the river!
Guy: Yeah, hey this guy's no angel! He's just some kind of freak!
Magneto: (to Angel) Do you realize what a wonderful gift you have? You can fly... you can do what everyone else dreams about.
- Introduction of Angel.
- During this episode, both Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated.
- Ellen De'Gen and Danny Rem are seen shopping in this episode.
- During Rogue and Magneto's magnetic "dog fight," they pass by a massive skyscraper with the letters SE lit up. The SE stands for Stark Enterprise, an Iron Man reference.
- Angel is seen reading The Daily Bugle, the newspaper which Peter Parker / Spider-Man does freelance photography work for.
- In the scene in which the students are being driven away to their families, one of the two cars is being driven by Berzerker. He drove Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde and Kurt Wagenr to the airport.
- Throughout this episode, Angel saves a total of four people which includes Jamie's mom, Hailee, Rogue and a man being mugged.
- When designing Angel's costume, they went for a look similar to a comic version.
- Kitty is shown lighting a Menorah for Hanukkah, establishing that she is Jewish.
* For Christmas everyone is...
- Jean and her family are picking out a Christmas tree.
- Kitty is lighting a menorah for Hanukkah, as her parents watch.
- Kurt meets his parents in the airport as he arrives back home to Germany.
- Evan, Storm, and his parents have a snowball fight.
- Wolverine's relaxing in a bar alone, shooting pool.
- Beast and the Professor sit in front of the Christmas tree together, drinking hot chocolate.
- In this episode, Beast recites a quotation from the Bible. Specifically, Hebrews 13:2, from the King James Bible. Later in the same scene, he also quotes a line from Act 1, scene 5 of Hamlet.
- Angel's wings appear to be attached along a longer expanse of his back than in previous representations, which seems logical, giving him more sail than if the only attachment is at the wingbone.
- When the X-Students have their farewell party early in the episode, the music sounds like a jazz version of "Good King Wenceslas"
- In addition to the Stark Enterprise building, the Chrysler Building is also seen during the duel.
- Logan playing pool at some unknown dive. What you did not see were the other patrons of the bar. Boyd and the directors, They originally wanted to throw some eggs for the fans, but having other people in the bar sucked some of the emotion out of the scene. Logan needed to be alone for the scene to work.
- Though Scott invites Warren to join the X-Men, Warren turns them down. In Marvel Comics, Angel was one of the original five members of the X-Men.
- In The Comics the image inducer was created by Iron Man at Stark Enterprise and given to Nightcrawler. It looked like a cell phone instead of a watch.
* Why didn't Scott go see Alex for Christmas?
- The reason Cyclops does not visit his brother Alex is never really explained. It is widely speculated that he would only want to see his brother and have no interest in his brother's foster parents. Another theory is that the X-Men are like his family and spending time with them, even if it is only three, is good enough for him.