Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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While casting a magic spell, Anya and Willow accidentally summon Willow's evil double from an alternate universe.

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Joss Whedon

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Daniel Osbourne
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Ethan Erickson ... Percy West
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Jason Hall ... Devon MacLeish
Michael Nagy ... Alfonse
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Anyanka, the demon who used her power to grant wishes to let Cordelia unwillingly create a world without Buffy as Sunnydale slayer, failed since then to get top-rank demon D'Hoffryn to rehabilitate her, but finally gets a chance to succeed in her menial incarnation as Sunnydale High pupil Anya: Willow, who is frustrated as a girl and individual, always taken for granted, in Buffy's shadow and just got railroaded by principal Snyder to 'tutor', or in fact slavishly do the paper writing on her own, for a spoiled jock brat, hunky Percy West, who even explicitly barks at her as his menial flunky, naively accepts to help 'Anya' with a black magic spell. Willow realizes only too late she's really working for the wrong side, stops before Anyanka's power-amulet is revalidated, but still summons a parallel Willow from a black dimension where she's a master vampire, who now makes her grand entry in Drusilla-style at the Bronze, co-existing with gentle Willow. The gang has no time to mourn 'the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of Alyson Hannigan's favourite episodes. See more »

Goofs

At 14:40 we see a couple, in red sleeveless jackets, leaving the movie theater behind Vampire Willow. They take several steps into the street before the view cuts to a closer view of Willow. We then see them emerging from the theater again. See more »

Quotes

Buffy: Willow, you're alive.
Willow: Aren't I usually?
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Connections

References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998) See more »

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Priced 2 Move
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Performed by Spectator Pump
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The return of evil, sexy, vampire Willow
6 May 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Ex-vengeance demon Anya is bored of living a mortal life in Sunnydale; she asks to have her powers restored but is refused so decides she must find a way to get her necklace back. To this end she approaches Willow for magical help, claiming it was a lost family heirloom. As they perform the spell Willow gets a vision of the alternate reality that Anya created in 'The Wish'. There is no sign of Anya's necklace but it turns out the spell has brought Vampire-Willow to normal reality. This soon leads to confusion as various characters observe her and assume our Willow has been turned into a vampire then surprise when Willow appears as normal as always. Later Willow has a rather disturbing encounter with her alternate self!

If I were to compile a list of top 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' episodes this would certainly be on it; it is witty, action packed and also shows a new side to a main character. It was good to see Emma Caulfield returning as Anya but it was even better to see Vampire Willow again. To work this episode relied on a brilliant performance from Alyson Hannigan; for two and a half seasons we've grown used to her playing the mousy Willow but here she is totally believable as Vampire Willow; a supremely confident, very sexy character... the scene where Vampire Willow comes onto ordinary Willow, with the help of some impressive special effects was priceless! A subplot were Principal Snyder 'asks' Willow to help a sports star who is failing history also provides some good moments. Overall a great episode.


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