This episode scored a 5.9/9 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 1st out of 15 WB shows for the week.
This episode features the first appearance of Emma Caulfeld as Anya.
This episode scored a 4.2 in the national ratings.
Ranked 88 out of 128 prime time shows.
Anya was intended to be a one-episode character, but would eventually become a cast member providing comic relief.
Even in this alternate reality, the prophecy mentioned in "Prophecy Girl" is fulfilled: "The Master will rise, and the Slayer will die."
According to The Last Sundown featurette on the season 7 DVD box set, this is Joss's sixth favorite episode.
Willow: Bored now.
The Master: You killed the girl who sought the Slayer?
Xander: It was too easy.
Willow: I felt cheap.
Oz: So Cordelia wished for something? Well, if it was a long, healthy life, she should get her money back.
Buffy: World is what it is. We fight, we die. Wishing doesn't change that.
Giles: I have to believe in a better world.
Buffy: Go ahead. I have to live in this one.
The Master: Some have argued that such an advancement goes against our nature. They claim that death is our art. I say to them - well, I don't say anything to them because I killed them.
Angel: What's the plan?
Buffy: (hands him a stake) Don't fall on this.
Anyanka: You trusting fool! How do you know the other world is any better than this?
Giles: Because it has to be.