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Dictionary Definition

forgiving adj
1 inclined or able to forgive and show mercy; "a kindly forgiving nature"; "a forgiving embrace to the naughty child" [ant: unforgiving]
2 providing absolution [syn: absolvitory, exonerative]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. inclined to forgive
    I am not very forgiving.

Extensive Definition

"Forgiving" is episode 17 of season 3 in the television show Angel. See List of Angel episodes for a complete list.

Plot synopsis


Shortly after baby Connor is abducted to Quor'Toth, a Hell dimension, by Daniel Holtz, Fred, Gunn and Lorne try to sort out why Wesley betrayed them and how to get Connor back.
Angel is not interested in sympathy or pity, however. When it proves impossible to open a portal to Quor'Toth, he abducts Linwood, a lawyer with Wolfram & Hart to force him to tell where Sahjhan is and how to open a dimensional rift to Quor'Toth. In an attempt to open a rift, Angel and Lilah use dark magic; this opens a tear in the fabric of reality.
Sahjhan is revealed to have been a demon knight who had been made non-corporeal by an ancient curse hundreds of years ago, and who is now able to wander through time at will. When Sahjhan uncovered a prophecy that he would be killed by a ‘human son of a vampire couple’ he brought vampire hunter and Angel's old nemesis Daniel Holtz to the 21st century to kill Angel, Darla and the baby. However, Holtz did not follow Sahjhan's plan, so Sahjhan altered the prophecy to trick Wesley into believing that Angel would kill Connor. Wesley, fearing for the baby's safety, planned with Holtz to kidnap Connor; however, Holtz and his team betray Wesley, and Justine leaves him for dead in a deserted park.
In the final confrontation, Angel makes Sahjhan corporeal once again to fight him, but discovers that he is more physically powerful than any of them had anticipated. Justine ends up trapping him in a special urn that Holtz had obtained previously.
Meanwhile, Wesley struggles to regain strength to seek help. Justine takes over Holtz’s gang to complete their original objective: killing Angel and his friends.
Eventually, Wesley is finally found and taken to the hospital. Angel pays him a visits, saying he would never kill his own son. He tells Wesley it's important that he knows it's not Angelus talking, but Angel. When Wesley nods, Angel bursts out in rage and tries to smother Wesley with a pillow. He is dragged away by the others, as he screams he will kill Wesley.


  • Kay Panabaker as Girl
  • Kenneth Dolin as Bum
  • Tripp Pickell as Holtzian
  • Sean Mahon as Truck Driver


Arc Significance

  • Angel's search for redemption seems to have taken a back seat as he seeks vengeance on Holtz and Wolfram & Hart for conspiring to kidnap his son. His relationships with the other members of his team begin to fall apart.


Production details


  • German title: "Vergebung" ("Forgiveness")
  • Italian title: "Perdono" ("Forgiveness")


  • Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:

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