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

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[Xander is split into two persons that can't exist without each other]
Buffy: If Xander kills himself, he's dead.
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The Confident and the Insecure Xander
6 September 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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.

"The Replacement" is a good episode about the silly and insecure Xander. The story shows a hidden personality of this character, actually the opposite to what he really is. There is an initial conflict between the opposite personalities, but later they complement each other before their unification. There are great and funny lines along the good episode. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Substituição" ("The Substitution")


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