IWRY is lower for a very good reason. Buffy’s character simply isn’t as important to the series as Cordy’s was (no matter what that bitter, arrogant, vindictive prick Joss Whedon would want us to believe). Cordy’s reappearance was important for showing just how much spark the show was lacking without her. Regardless of her portrayal from last season, Cordy always was the leading lady and IMO, the main reason Angel didn’t go the way of ’Highlander: the Raven’. YW was the show that finally showed what complete idiots those Cordy & C/A bashers (particularily those worthless assholes, the Ducks) were. IWRY was just a sappy (though I will admit, nicely done) portrayal of a little girls fantasy relationship, but your welcome showed the epitomy of a real, down to earth relationship between Angel and Cordy.
P.S. The final scene where they kissed followed by Angel answering the phone to find out that she’s dead, was the ONLY scene in the history of the Whedonverse that ever made me actually cry, no other dearth or tragic scene ever got to me the way that scene did.
And on a personal note, I think that it was poetic justice that right after Cordy’s character was officially killed off that the WB called and said "We’re pulling the plug".
Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it.