Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Cordelia's wish for a Buffy-free Sunnydale comes true, plunging her into a world where vampires have control of the town.


David Greenwalt


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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)
Mark Metcalf ... The Master
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Larry Bagby ... Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Danny Strong ... Jonathan Levinson
Nicole Bilderback ... Cordette
Nathan Anderson ... John Lee
Mariah O'Brien ... Nancy


Wanting to be rid of Xander for good, Cordelia comes to the conclusion that Buffy is the cause of all her problems and makes a wish to the new transfer student, Anya, that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Anya, being the evil and powerful vengeance demon Anyanka, grants that that wish and in a heartbeat... the entire world changes... and everything Cordelia knows is completely different. In this alternate reality of 'It's a Wonderful Life gone to Hell': the Master is alive and rules the town after dark from the Bronze; both Xander and Willow are vampires; and Giles with a small group of brave students, called The White Hats, are fighting a losing war of attrition against the vampires on their own. Then in a shocking turn, Cordelia gets killed by the vamps, leaving the alternate reality Giles to figure out on his own what has happened to this world they currently live in, leading to a meeting with the alternate reality Buffy. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

8 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, Anya has a deepened voice in her demon form. Since she never uses this in seasons six and seven, it's likely she has the power of Voice Manipulation, which is the first time the power appears in the series. See more »


The pendant is the power source of the vengeance demon. Giles conjured Anyanka to retrieve it and destroy it, even though Cordelia had it on earlier (and only then he knows they're dealing with Anyanka). The story never establishes if the pendant replicates when someone makes a wish, and why Giles can't simply destroy the one Cordelia had, to return to the original reality. See more »


Xander: [to Willow who's about to torture an imprisoned Angel] I just wanna' watch you go.
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References Dead Man on Campus (1998) See more »


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One of the best episodes of the series
8 December 2012 | by Gore_WonSee all my reviews

I'm watching this again years after the first viewing, and it's as good as I remember it. It is sad, yet hopeful. It is serious, but with humor, dark humor. It is poignant, and shows what could have been. And it is joyous.

Some shows aren't as good years later when you watch them again. Some episodes of Buffy, like many in the second season (besides the obviously pivotal ones, aren't as good as I remember them. But this episode shows two worlds without rushing through either. It is fast-paced, yet deliberate.

It is perfect.

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