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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Did You Know?


The 2001 flashback scene takes place on the first night of the Once More With Feeling episode. Just before Anya closes the balcony door, we can hear a man and woman (series producers David Fury and Marti Noxon) singing about getting mustard on his favourite shirt. In the actual episode, on day 2, we see a group of people singing outside the magic box, lead by the man singing about how the dry cleaners got the mustard out of his favourite shirt. On day three, we see the woman trying to sing her way out of a parking ticket. 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 »


D'Hoffryn: The flaying of Warren Meers - oh, truly inspired. That was "water cooler" vengeance. Yes. Lloyd has a sketch of it on his wall.
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I'll be Mrs.
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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