Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Anya's violent and deadly act of vengeance leaves everyone stunned. Buffy must put aside her feelings and take action before more people die.


David Solomon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Abraham Benrubi ... Olaf
Andy Umberger ... D'Hoffryn
Kali Rocha ... Halfrek
Joyce Guy Joyce Guy ... Professor Hawkins
Jennifer Shon Jennifer Shon ... Rachel
Taylor Sutherland Taylor Sutherland ... Villager #1
MaryBeth Scherr MaryBeth Scherr ... Villager #2
Alessandro Mastrobuono Alessandro Mastrobuono ... Villager #3
Daniel Spanton 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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English | Swedish

Release Date:

22 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Anya (then Aud) and Olaf are speaking Swedish (or rather, they try to - some of what they say is actually Swedish, but the rest is gibberish). See more »


When Buffy argues with Xander about killing Anya, she reminds him that she once killed Angel. While she is using the term more for semantic effect, the phrase "killed" is still misleading. As the Slayer, she knows that, as a vampire, Angel is technically already dead, and that vampires are "killed" either by a stake to the heart, being set on fire, or beheading. Actually, using a sword, she just sent him in Hell. See more »


Xander: You think we haven't all seen this before? The part where you just cut us all out? Just step away from everything human and act like you're the law? If you knew what I felt...
Buffy: I killed Angel. Do you even remember that? I would've given up everything I had to be with - I loved him more than I will ever love anything in this life and I put a sword through his heart because I had to.
Willow: And that all worked out okay.
Buffy: Do you remember cheering me on? Both of you? Do you remember giving me Willow's ...
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Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Emma Caulfield Ford
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Oh my! What an episode..
3 November 2016 | by tv_is_my_parentSee all my reviews

This episode is marvelous television writing. One of the last episodes of the show that we will say "what an episode" after watching i. Anya is pretty much my favorite character apart from Buffy. I really feel the struggle of being without a self she is going through. We see that since her human life Anya didn't know who she was, what was her personality. She practically wasn't a human when she actually was one. A deep subject, being told through a demon. But it's all thanks to Emma Caulfield's brilliant acting. She wowed the viewers once again after her breathtaking performance in "The Body".

Really few can be said when an episode's writing is top notch. Sorry to see this is the only Anya-centric episode, since she's a very interesting character played by a very talented actress. I get very emotional during the last scene with Xander and Anya. One of the show's top episodes. Near perfection.

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