However, with her experience as a member of the "Scooby Gang", Cordelia immediately recognized that Winters was actually a vampire.
After being rescued by Angel and talking to his friend Allen Francis Doyle, who received visions of people in help from the Powers That Be, Cordelia charmed Angel into turning his fight against evil into a business.
She courageously staked a vampire for the first time and helped other students during the battle.
Afterward, she walked off with Buffy, Willow, Oz, and Xander and, more importantly, off to her future in Los Angeles.
While hiding in Buffy's basement from a demonic assassin who can transform into maggots, Cordelia and Xander shared a kiss and began dating in secret.
When the Cordettes found out about her relationship with Xander, Cordelia was unable to withstand the peer pressure and coldly dumped him on Valentine's Day.
Despite her intelligence and having been accepted to the likes of Columbia University, Cordelia found herself unexpectedly unable to afford college due to her family's sudden financial reversals, and therefore, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Through these experiences, she became a friend and regular member of the Scooby Gang.When she returned to school, she attempted to regain her standing with the Cordettes but was rebuffed and insulted by Harmony.After being shunned by her friends and severing ties with the Scooby Gang, Cordelia befriended a new student, Anya Blaming Buffy for everything that was wrong in her life, Cordelia wished that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale.Cordelia did not earn enough in time, but Xander found out and paid it off for her and they reluctantly resolved their differences.Cordelia found herself helping the Scoobies one last time during Mayor Richard Wilkins' ascension with the aid of the rest of the Class of '99.
When Buffy mistakenly attacked Cordelia with a stake, Cordelia made it her mission to make Buffy as much of an outcast as possible, When Cordeila ran for May Queen, her boyfriend Mitch Fargo was beaten up, Harmony was pushed down a flight of stairs, and Cordelia's favorite teacher was nearly suffocated.