It's the day of Xander and Anya's wedding. Emotions are running high with Xander's disfunctional family clashing with Anya's demon friends. The ceremony is disrupted when an old man claiming to be the future Xander shows up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Harris
Cousin Carol
Old Man (as George D. Wallace)
Uncle Rory


The day of the wedding has finally come and Xander and Anya are preparing for the hoards of guests. While Xander's screwed up human family go head to head with Anya's demon friends, an unexpected guest approaches Xander to warn him that his life with Anya may not turn out to be the married bliss he has hoped for. Written by Alex

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5 March 2002 (USA)  »

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42 minutes well spent
2 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been a BTVS and angel fan since i was 6 years old and i know I will love this show forever if this was an episode in a different show it would be 10/10 but with BTVS i have to use a different standard

the comedy of this episode is great Xander's family and Anya's demons rioting and Buffy's reaction to it rolling her eyes was hysterical I thought the drama at the end was great, great acting on all front's.

I only have two small problems with this episode. 1. it seems to me that the reason Xander and Anya didn't get married wasn't because that is where the story needed to go or anything it seems to me the writers didn't want to push Xander and Anya that certain step further as if they didn't want to upset the status quo with changing the characters circumstances to that degree

2. also i didn't like that the demon/future Xander thing for a start why couldn't have it been really future Xander showing what the future was really going to be that would have been very interesting and gave a solid reason why they didn't tie the knot instead of just cold feet on Xander's part but i do like the idea of one of the punished men from Anya's past wanting revenge because at the end of the day Anya was evil and some of the men should be entitled to it cheating on a wife doesn't really deserve being turned into a demon and being tortured in another dimension, they killed the demon in the end which i don't really think was fair he was wronged and wanted revenge he didn't try and kill Xander or Anya he tried to break them up and then he hit Anya a few times in my opinion he deserved to get a little vengeance killing him with a piller to the head wasn't just, sometimes the writers and characters get a little carried away and don't really think about some of the moral issues

but thats just my opinion still a great episode in an amazing show

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