The Wish
Episode 9 of 22 within Season Three. Item 44 of 145 overall.
Production number 3ABB09.
Marti Noxon - Writer
David Greenwalt - Director
566 votes

Cordelia finds out you must be careful what you wish for. When she tells her new friend Anya that Buffy is to blame for all her problems, she unleashes a Demon that only Buffy can save her from.

original airdate--December 8,1988  rating--4.2 million

network--The WB 

songs--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "Dedicated to Pain" by Plastic 
  2. "Never Noticed" by Gingersol 
  3. "Slayer's Elegy" by Christophe Beck 
  4. "Blood Machine" by Christophe Beck 
  5. "Tired of Being Alone" by The Spies 
  6. "Get Out of My Way" by Music House 
  7. "Bizzaro Sunnydale" by Christophe Beck 


Body Count:

  • Unidentified Demon, killed with a knife by Buffy
  • a vampire, dusted by Buffy
  • Unidentified girl, drained by a vampire in front of The Bronze (alternate reality)
  • Unidentified girl, drained by Willow (alternate reality)
  • Cordelia Chase, drained by Willow and Xander (alternate reality)
  • Three vampires, dusted by Buffy (alternate reality)
  • Unidentified Cordette, drained with a machine by The Master (alternate reality)
  • Angel, dusted by Xander (alternate reality)
  • Xander, dusted by Buffy (alternate reality)
  • Willow, dusted by Oz and a unidentified man (alternate reality)
  • Buffy, neck snapped by The Master (alternate reality)
  • Nancy, killed by vampire

Goofs: Giles claims that destroying Anyanka's power center would reverse all of the wishes she fulfilled. However, later episodes clearly contradict this, including "Selfless", where we learn that she was partly responsible for the Russian Revolution, and "Hell's Bells", where one of her former victims returns to ruin her wedding.

  • After Cordelia obliviously asks the Cordettes if they want to go to the Bronze, you can clearly see a microphone above Harmony as she exclaims, "is that a joke?"

Trivia: When Buffy-from-Cleveland says, "I don't play well with others," this is the ultimate proof that Cordelia's wish really brought us into another universe, although some have tried to argue otherwise.

  • When Xander throws a match at Angel, Willow remarks that the match almost lit her hair. In Dead Man on Campus Alyson Hannigan's character got her hair lit on fire.


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045 Amends
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regional titles

The Wish
Meilleurs voeux de CordÈlia
Was wäre wenn...
Il desiderio
El Deseo