Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 3

The Replacement (10 Oct. 2000)

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When a demon creates a Xander double, the real Xander must convince his friends of his true identity.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Building Manager (as Cathy Cohen)
Fritz Greve ...
Construction Worker


Xander is not satisfied living in the basement of his parent's house and is looking for an apartment of his own to live with Anya. Meanwhile, a demon called Toth chases Buffy at the Magic Box, and his smell guides Giles to the city dump. When Buffy and the Scoobies see Toth in the garbage landfill, he uses a rod device called Ferrula-Gemina blasting a ray against Buffy but hitting Xander instead. Toth vanishes and the group leaves the place with a confident Xander. Later the insecure Xander awakes in a pile of trash, follows his double and meets Willow to tell about his clone. Giles finds that the ray discloses one person into half, distilling personality traits into two separate bodies. Further, if one part is destroyed, the other will die. While trying to find a mean to unite Xander, they have to face the evil Toth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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Xander's double is played by Nicholas Brendon's identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan. See more »


[Willow comes into her room. Two seconds later, Xander rushes in]
Xander: [panicked] Don't be scared, Will. Just listen. It's me - Xander. And I can prove it.
Willow: [confused] Um... Okay.
Xander: Let's see. Stuff only you and me know... Okay! On my seventh birthday, I wanted a toy fire truck and I didn't get it, and you were real nice about it. Then the house next door burnt down and real fire trucks came. And for years I thought you set the fire for me. And if you did, you can tell me.
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References Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One With Two Xander's...
8 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I love this episode, so much. It's so funny.

In this episode, the gang fight a mysterious glowing demon, who uses a weapon against Xander. Everyone assumed that he was alright, as he was up and talking and walking around. So they leave the junk yard-type place, where the fight had occurred, and took him home. But then Xander wakes up in the junk yard. What? Xander goes to find Anya but sees him with himself. That's right, there are two Xander's now. Xander A thinks Xander B is a robot, Xander B thinks Xander A is the demon, posing as himself. Which is the more likely scenario. Xander A goes to Willow for help, and she believes him, and Xander B goes to the rest of the group. Which is the real one? Since Xander B seems to be using a coin to mind control people, it makes sense that Xander A is the real one. But it turns out, that they're both Xander. The weapon the demon used, separates a person. His plan was to use it on the Slayer, so one would have all the Slayer strength and power, and the other would be a normal girl. Kill one and the other can't exist. So the demon planned to kill normal Buffy, then the Slayer would be no more. It's actually quite a smart plan. When they go to put the Xander's back together Anya makes threesome jokes, but she's actually really serious. It makes me laugh.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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