Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 16

Hell's Bells (5 Mar. 2002)

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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
George Wallace ...
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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While Buffy is playing charades with the crowd at Xander and Anya's wedding, she puts her fingers up to her head like horns and you can hear someone in the background guess "Deathwok Clan!". This is a reference to Lorne from Angel (1999), who is a demon with horns and a member of the Deathwok clan. See more »


As the manager shows Xander into the motel room, you can see over the top of the set. See more »


Willow Rosenberg: Buffy, it's hideous. Oh my god, Buffy. Look at its arms!
Buffy Summers: I know. But it's my duty.
[Longer shot shows their ugly, venomous-green dresses]
Buffy Summers: I'm... Buffy the bridesmaid.
Willow Rosenberg: Duty-schmuty. I'm supposed to be best man. Shouldn't I be all Marlene Dietrich-y in a dashing tuxedo number?
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Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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"Til Death Do Us Part...That's What Really Cracks Me Up" -- Tony Harris
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BtVS meets Runaway Bride. Or groom. Or whatever.

Just when you thought it was safe to head back into the murky mucky waters of BtVS because you'd already hit rock bottom...this episode comes along and demonstrates that new lows are a specialty when it comes to this series. What were the writers, directors, and actors thinking?

I WANT BACK THE 42:14 I wasted watching this rancid excuse for a TV show. (Either that...or I want what the writers/directors/actors were smoking, snorting, shooting, inhaling, and/or drinking.)

Would-be watchers...do yourselves a favor: read this review, and save yourselves 42 minutes of your life.

Xander -- who seems to have blown up like a Macy's Day Parade balloon -- and Anya -- are about to get married. Xander's drunken obnoxious family and some of Anya's demon friends are in attendance. Things go about as well as you would expect -- which is to say -- not very well at all. "Future" Xander arrives (a former victim of Anyaka's vengeance), shows Xander a phony "Ghost of Xander's X-Mas Future" vision of his life with Anya. And even after this guy is exposed as a fraud Xander decides to leave Anya at the alter anyway. (Dissing a former Vengeance Demon is not very bright, but then again, neither is Xander -- past, present, or future Xander.)

Buffy's prophetic statement to Xander as she's tying his bow-tie pretty much says it all: "You and Anya give me hope. It's like...you two are proof that there's light at the end of this very long long nasty tunnel." Unfortunately...the light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be attached to an oncoming train.

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