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Cordelia tries to bounce back from her relationship with Xander, but is welcomed only with humiliation. She soon realises that it is actually Buffy who is the source of her problems. When Cordelia makes an offhand wish, she finds out how dramatically different Sunnydale would be had Buffy never came.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x9
Production Number: 3ABB09
Airdate: Tuesday December 08th, 1998
Network: WB

Director: David Greenwalt
Writer: Marti Noxon

Guest Stars
Mark MetcalfMark Metcalf
As The Master
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anyanka
Larry BagbyLarry Bagby
As Larry
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony

Co-Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Nicole BilderbackNicole Bilderback
As Cordette #1
Nathan AndersonNathan Anderson
As John Lee
Gary ImhoffGary Imhoff
As Teacher
Robert CovarrubiasRobert Covarrubias
As Caretaker
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
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.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
GingersolNever Noticed 
PlasticDedicated to Pain 
The SpiesTired of Being Alone 

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs
When Xander and Willow report of killing Cordelia, the Master's left arm changes positions between shots.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kevin Burns (1)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
Casting AssociateJill L. Uyeda
Key HairstylistSteven Soussana
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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