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.
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
[to Willow who's about to torture an imprisoned Angel
I just wanna' watch you go.
References Dead Man on Campus
Get Out of My Way
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