While casting a magic spell, Anya and Willow accidentally summon Willow's evil double from an alternate universe.

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Anyanka, the demon who used her power to grant wishes to let Cordelia unwillingly create a world without Buffy as Sunnydale slayer, failed since then to get top-rank demon D'Hoffryn to rehabilitate her, but finally gets a chance to succeed in her menial incarnation as Sunnydale High pupil Anya: Willow, who is frustrated as a girl and individual, always taken for granted, in Buffy's shadow and just got railroaded by principal Snyder to 'tutor', or in fact slavishly do the paper writing on her own, for a spoiled jock brat, hunky Percy West, who even explicitly barks at her as his menial flunky, naively accepts to help 'Anya' with a black magic spell. Willow realizes only too late she's really working for the wrong side, stops before Anyanka's power-amulet is revalidated, but still summons a parallel Willow from a black dimension where she's a master vampire, who now makes her grand entry in Drusilla-style at the Bronze, co-existing with gentle Willow. The gang has no time to mourn 'the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The term from the title "doppelgänger' refers to a duplicate or double of a person or their mirror image or reflection. In the myth, it absolutely doesn't mean that one is all good and the other is all evil. For instance, the generous one can be violent and the peaceful one can be greedy. See more »

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At 14:40 we see a couple, in red sleeveless jackets, leaving the movie theater behind Vampire Willow. They take several steps into the street before the view cuts to a closer view of Willow. We then see them emerging from the theater again. See more »

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Buffy: [about Vamp Willow's outfit] Are you okay in that?
Willow: It's a little binding. I guess vampires really don't have to breathe.
[looks down into her low-cut shirt]
Willow: Gosh, look at those!
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References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

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Alternate Willow
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Performed by Christophe Beck
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Buffy - and Joss - at its finest
22 January 2008 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

Every "genre" show has an episode that I consider "the show that launched a thousand fanfics", and this is definitely one of Buffy's. (Buffy has several, which is both a symptom of and a cause of its enduring fan base.) "Dopplegangland" has hilarious lines of dialog which comes thick and fast, and the comic timing is excellent on the part of everyone - but who could lose with those witty lines? An atmosphere of strange kink runs through it, used to great comic effect, as well as displaying secret, hidden sides to characters in subtle moments and reactions that only become apparent later in the season, or in the series as a whole. It threatens to get too silly at times, but it never does; the laughs are too smart and too genuine. This is Joss Whedon at the top of his game as both scriptwriter and director, and is the episode that made me into a fan of Whedon - and Buffy.


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