Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Wish

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 12/8/98
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. A demon grants the wish and Cordelia's world suddenly changes.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Hole in the story?

    By nzpredator, Nov 27, 2012

  • The Wish

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • What could have been?

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Great episode of Buffy. Its fun and interesting, but also dark.

    By rockclimber15, Oct 30, 2011

  • The Wish

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Anya: Nice purse. Prada? Cordelia: Good call. Most people here don't know Prada from Payless.

    • The Master: Hungry? I've lost my appetite for this one. She keeps looking at me, I'm trying to eat and she looks at me!

    • Oz: So Cordelia wished for something? If it was a long, healthy life, she should get her money back.

    • Cordelia: I wish Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale. Anya: Done. Cordelia: That would be cool. No, wait. I wish Buffy Summers had never been born. Anya: Done! Cordelia: And I wish that Xander Harris never again knows the touch of a woman. And that Willow wakes up tomorrow covered in monkey hair. Anya: Done! Cordelia: In fact, I wish all men, except maybe the dumb and the really agreeable kind, disappeared off the face of the earth. That would be so cool!

    • The Master: You killed the girl that sought the Slayer? Vampire Xander: It was too easy. Vampire Willow: I felt cheap.

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    Notes (12)

    • Music: Cordelia leaves the Bronze -- "Get Out Of My Way" by Music House Vamp Willow and Vamp Xander enter the Bronze to see the Master -- "Dedicated To Pain" by Plastic While Buffy, Willow and Xander watch Cordelia at the Bronze -- "Tired Of Being Alone" by The Spies Cordelia makes wishes at the end of the episode -- "Never Noticed" by Gingersol

    • Anya/Anyanka's origins were included in the original script, but they were eventually cut from the episode. And while we learn about them piece by piece over time, her origins aren't fully shown until Season 7's "Selfless" (7x05).

    • This episode is number six in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to The Last Sundown featurette in the season seven DVD box set. In a later list which is exclusive to the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set, this episode is placed as number five. However the episodes on this top ten list were not ranked, but rather put in order of which episode aired first, so that does not mean that this is his fifth favorite episode, it is just a favorite episode that is placed fifth in air-date order.

    • Nancy notes that vampires are attracted by bright colors. Although this hasn't been mentioned before, it probably holds true in the "real" world as well.

    • We see Cordelia's bedroom for the first time in this episode.

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    Trivia (15)

    • Nitpick: Shortly after Buffy's crossbow bolt hits Vampire Xander in the shoulder we see Xander and Willow together (when Willow says that the Puppy got out) and there is no visible injury to Xander's shoulder.

    • After Anya grants her wish, Cordelia's hairstyle changes. In the real world, it was teased up in the front, but after the world changes, it's styled so that she has a part in the front and is less voluminous.

    • Even in this alternate reality, the prophecy mentioned in "Prophecy Girl" is fulfilled: "The Master will rise, and the Slayer will die."

    • Goof: When Harmony and the other Cordettes turn around and berate Cordelia for her comment about going to the Bronze, an overhead microphone can clearly be seen.

    • Nitpick: When Vamp Xander drops Cordelia's body after he and Vamp Willow kill her, there is no sound of the body hitting the ground, yet when Vamp Willow drops the key of the book cage on the ground seconds later, the sound of it hitting the ground is loud and clear.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Evil Xander: Oh look, it's the White Hats. This is a reference to the early silent cowboy movies where the good cowboys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black ones. White Hats has since become a synonym for good guys.

    • Buffy: You take an awful lot on faith here, Jeeves.
      Jeeves is a character created by the British humorist P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves is the manservant to bumbling Bertie Wooster. When Wooster gets into trouble, Jeeves gets him out of it.

    • The Master: What news on the Rialto?
      This is a quote from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

    • Anyanka: I had no idea her wish would be so exciting. Brave new world.
      The phrase "brave new world," comes from The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1, by William Shakespeare.

    • Cordelia: No, Buffy the dog faced girl.
      In Halloween Cordelia talks about confronting Jo Jo the dog faced boy. Here the reference is revived.

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