Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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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?


In the DVD audio-commentary, writer Drew Goddard said he asked Joss Whedon to write a song for Emma Caulfield Ford (Anya). Whedon refused, arguing he was too busy (he was working in Firefly (2002) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) at the same time). The day after, Whedon showed up with the song, saying he could not stop thinking about it. 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 »


Buffy: [on phone] Oh, spider demon. Wait. H-Hold on. A-Are you alright? Like, how? Aha, aha. Wait, h - okay, go ahead. No, no, no, no, no. It's all good. Um, I'll get Xander to go. But seriously, you just - W - Ripped out the heart? My god. Hey, did you get that physics class you wanted?
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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 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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