Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Doublemeat Palace 

When Buffy gets a job at the Doublemeat Palace, a local fast-food restaurant, she begins to believe that disappearing co-workers and the secret ingredient to the restaurant's hamburger may be connected.


Nick Marck


Joss Whedon (created by), Jane Espenson | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Pat Crawford Brown ... Old Lady
Brent Hinkley ... Manny
Kirsten Nelson ... Lorraine Ross
Kali Rocha ... Halfrek
Thomas Michael Ferguson ... Gary (as T. Ferguson)
Marion Calvert Marion Calvert ... Gina
Douglas Bennett ... Phillip
Andrew Reville Andrew Reville ... Timothy


Starved for cash, Buffy gets a job in a fast food restaurant where the weird manager and high turnover of employees has her more than a little suspicious. When co-workers start ending up in pieces, the mystery behind the "secret ingredient" comes into question. Meanwhile, Willow continues to struggle with magic, and one of Anya's oldest friends stops by for a visit. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

29 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Willow is trying to find out what is in the double meat Burger you can see the God Janus from the second season that Ethan Rayne used to make people become their costumes behind her. See more »


When "Phillip" is giving Buffy a lesson on how to fry the double-meat patties, he has sanitary gloves on. Twice, in cutaway close ups, it shows Phillips hands (without gloves) flipping the burgers, then hitting the timer button. When the long shot returns of Buffy and Phillip, Phillip has his gloves back on. See more »


Phillip: You put the beef on the grill, hit the button, then it beeps. You flip the beef, hit the other button, then it beeps. You put it on the bun... there's not a button for that.
Buffy Summers: Repeat until insane.
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References Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Jane Espenson salvages an okay plot
20 September 2015 | by nightwishougeSee all my reviews

I don't know why, but I feel like Jane Espenson was often saddled with some of the crummier story lines that just didn't give her a lot to do. When given something a bit meatier (so to speak) or more integral to the overarching story, she's capable of greatness--see season three's Earshot, season four's Pangs, or season five's Intervention (possibly my favorite episode of that season--yes, even above The Body or The Gift). But too often she's thrown the "in-between" episodes, the valley where you get stuck in a season with 22 episode while waiting for the plot to pick up. Maybe she preferred it that way. Vince Gilligan had the same preference on The X-Files, not caring to get involved in the show's mythology, and in some ways "Doublemeat Palace" actually feels a bit like an X-Files episode.

I don't know if there's much to say about Doublemeat Palace that hasn't been said already. Its satire of the fast food industry is pretty on-the-nose. It's both funny and depressing. There are some colorful characters, and Buffy is more cheerful in the face of corporate ennui than I would have expected. Maybe because the grotesque mystery she encounters on the job activates her Slayer sense and gives her a sense of purpose beyond the dead-eyed stare into the deep fryer that her other co-workers have to look forward to. Anybody who's worked customer service can relate to the vacant enthusiasm of middle management. And as another reviewer noted, Buffy looks pretty cute in the Doublemeat Palace uniform.

One thing the show has yet to address is why nobody seriously considers charging for the services Buffy performs as Slayer. Anya brought it up earlier in the season and everybody acted as though she was morally corrupt for suggesting such a thing. I can understand why Dawn would feel that way--teenagers have no sense of financial reality and thus look down on anyone who does--but why didn't a more level-headed Scooby point out that police officers and firefighters get paid for their work and nobody looks down on them for it? Heck, Cordelia made a pretty solid argument for accepting payment from clients way back in season 1 of Angel. The writers of Buffy choose to take an avenue of complete ignorance on the subject and, by bypassing it completely, make the whole financial quandary that leads to Buffy's employment in a part-time minimum-wage job seem silly and wholly unnecessary. Then again, for all its virtues, BtVS has often handled season-long story arcs with something less than grace, so I guess it's not all that surprising given the context of the previous seasons.

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