Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 9

The Wish (8 Dec. 1998)

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Cordelia's wish for a Buffy-free Sunnydale comes true, plunging her into a world where vampires have control of the town.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
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Wanting to be rid of Xander for good, Cordelia comes to the conclusion that Buffy is the cause of all her problems and makes a wish to the new transfer student, Anya, that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Anya, being the evil and powerful vengeance demon Anyanka, grants that that wish and in a heartbeat... the entire world changes... and everything Cordelia knows is completely different. In this alternate reality of 'It's a Wonderful Life gone to Hell': the Master is alive and rules the town after dark from the Bronze; both Xander and Willow are vampires; and Giles with a small group of brave students, called The White Hats, are fighting a losing war of attrition against the vampires on their own. Then in a shocking turn, Cordelia gets killed by the vamps, leaving the alternate reality Giles to figure out on his own what has happened to this world they currently live in, leading to a meeting with the alternate reality Buffy. Written by Alex

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The top worn by Alyson Hannigan as Vampire Willow was reused as a costume for Lindsey Stoddart, who played Katie Ney (the Mayor's wife) in Bones: The Man with the Bone (2006). Both shows starred David Boreanaz. See more »


While Anya and Cordelia are talking before Anya gives Cordelia the necklace, there is a girl in the background who stands still, unsure of what she's doing before then moving. See more »


Xander: [as Vamp Xander] We really are livin' in a golden age.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Reptile Boy (1997) See more »


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One of the best episodes of the series
8 December 2012 | by (http://atheism.community.officelive.com/quotes.aspx) – See all my reviews

I'm watching this again years after the first viewing, and it's as good as I remember it. It is sad, yet hopeful. It is serious, but with humor, dark humor. It is poignant, and shows what could have been. And it is joyous.

Some shows aren't as good years later when you watch them again. Some episodes of Buffy, like many in the second season (besides the obviously pivotal ones, aren't as good as I remember them. But this episode shows two worlds without rushing through either. It is fast-paced, yet deliberate.

It is perfect.

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