Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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While casting a magic spell, Anya and Willow accidentally summon Willow's evil double from an alternate universe.


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 ... Oz
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


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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Xander later suggested that Willow would not handle having an evil twin any better than he did in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Replacement (2000). This prompted Willow to state "I handled it fine," referring to these events. See more »


Anya tells Willow "I heard you were a powerful Wicca," the first of numerous times in which the term is misused. Wicca is a religion, and someone who practices the religious is Wiccan. See more »


[first lines]
D'Hoffryn: Do not ask again.
Anya: But... But, I...
D'Hoffryn: Your powers were a gift of the lower beings. You have proved unworthy of them.
Anya: I was robbed of them.
D'Hoffryn: By your carelessness.
Anya: For a thousand years I wielded the powers of the wish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshiped across the mortal globe. And now I'm *stuck* at Sunnydale High. Mortal. Child. And I'm flunking math.
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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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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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