Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 5

Selfless (22 Oct. 2002)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Guy ...
Professor Hawkins
Jennifer Shon ...
Villager #1
MaryBeth Scherr ...
Villager #2
Alessandro Mastrobuono ...
Villager #3
Daniel Spanton ...
Viking #1


Anya grants a young woman's wish, and the violent and deadly act of vengeance leaves everyone stunned. Buffy must put aside her feelings for her friend and take action before more people die. Meanwhile, flashbacks depict how Anya became a vengeance demon, and Willow returns to college. Written by Alex

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In the DVD audio-commentary, writer Drew Goddard said he asked Joss Whedon to write a song for Emma Caulfield (Anya). Whedon refused, arguing he was too busy (he was working in Firefly (2002) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) at the same time). The day after, Whedon showed up with the song, saying he could not stop thinking about it. See more »


In the episode "Older and Far Away" (#6.14), Anya states that only a vengeance demon can undo their own spell. In this episode, D'Hoffryn states that the only way to "restore the balance" and bring the 12 boys back from the dead is to take the life and soul of a vengeance demon, indicating that there are some spells even a vengeance demon can't take back on their own. See more »


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The One Where Anya Becomes Human, Again...
1 November 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. I finally got to see one centered around Anya, which I had been waiting for.

In this episode, Anya, being the vengeance demon that she is, grants a girls wish. To have this group of frat guys know what it's like to have your heart ripped out. The girl had been humiliated and Anya decides grants that wish, which brings out a giant spider demon to rip all of the mens hearts out. When Willow is re-enrolling college, she she's Anya coming out of the frat house and asks her how she is. She says good, but Willow sees Anya's wrist, which still has a bit of blood on it. Willow goes into the house and finds out what happens, then she tells Buffy. Buffy knows what must be done, and she's dreading that she has to do it. But she does have to kill Anya. Xander tries to convince her that she doesn't, and they get into a huge argument. Buffy brings up the time she killed Angel, and that he was cheering her on. Buffy goes and confronts Anya, and they have a big fight. We think Anya is dead when Buffy rams a sword into her chest. But then Anya just wakes up. It's a flesh wound, it can't kill her. Anya admits that she wants to take it back, so she summons D'Hoffyrn. Anya is willing to make the sacrifice to die, so that the men can come back to life. D'Hoffyn agrees, but then summons Halfrek, and kills her instead. Anya is devastated and scared, now that D'Hoffyn has turned her human, and sworn that he will kill her.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10.

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