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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Joyce Guy ...
Professor Hawkins
Jennifer Shon ...
Taylor Sutherland ...
MaryBeth Scherr ...
Alessandro Mastrobuono ...
Villager #3
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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22 October 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When D'Hoffryn appears to Willow, he asks "have you done something to your hair?". This is s reference to season 6 finale episodes when she turned into Dark Willow and her hair went black. His praising of Warren Mears' flaying is also a reference to these episodes. See more »


The flashback where Anya and Halfrek are sitting at a banquet table among dead men with a backdrop of building on fire is captioned "St. Petersburg, 1905". Also, Anya says that Russia was ready to explode, and they only gave it a push, after which Halfrek mentions that the mob was going to loot the Winter Palace. While the St. Peterburg's Bloody Sunday did take place in 1905, it was a shooting of peaceful protesters by the army and it was over relatively quickly. The events mentioned in the dialogue are from the February Revolution of 1917. 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Oh my! What an episode..
3 November 2016 | by See 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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