Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Replacement

Season 5, Ep 3, Aired 10/10/00
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  • Episode Description
  • The demon Toth fires a strange weapon at the Slayer, but Xander jumps in front of Buffy at the last moment. The blast sends him sprawling into a mound of debris, but after chasing off the demon the Scoobies collect Xander who seems to be dazed but alright, and walk him home.A few hours later, a second, very confused Xander crawls out of the debris and makes his way towards home.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Emma Caulfield


  • Michelle Trachtenberg

    Dawn Summers

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • I'm just going to come out and say it: this is a great episode!

    By tarafan2, Jul 05, 2013

  • Double the Xander, double the fun

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • The Replacement

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 26, 2010

  • More Xander is never a bad thing.

    By ggoblin31, Apr 03, 2008

  • Something To Toth About

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 14, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • (After Xander returns to normal) Anya: I liked him better the other way... put him back!

    • Lame Xander: (giggling at the flattened coin) It is kinda cool. Washington's all flattened... and it could be Jefferson.

    • Xander: Wait till you have have an evil twin and see how you handle it! Willow: I handled it just fine.

    • Giles: I said, "Oh, dear lord". Buffy: You always say that. Giles: Well, it's always important!

    • Giles: Spike, we're looking for a demon, tall, robed, skin sort of hanging off. Deep voice? Spike: (points Toth who is behind them) You mean a great tall robe-y thing like that one?

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    Notes (3)

    • Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) does the "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" narration.

    • Willow makes a reference to her encounter with the Vampire Willow in the season three episode, "Doppelgangland" (3x16).

    • The producers had a luxury during the filming of this episode as they were able to use Nicholas Brendon's real life twin, actor Kelly Donovan, to play Xander's confident half. Nicholas played both roles separately, but Kelly appeared when the two were together at the end.

    Trivia (4)

    • When the two Xanders are joined, the combined Xander is standing where the self-conscious Xander was standing. This could imply that normally, Xander tends to be more like the non-confident Xander, especially since the confident Xander was more noticeably different—"pushy"—to the gang than the nervous Xander who went unnoticed was.

    • Nitpick: Xander and Anya discuss that she has never been hurt really bad before since she became human, but she was impaled (in her hand) by a mystical tree in season 4's "Where The Wild Things Are".

    • Goof: Since when does an answering machine only play back the part of the message that you want to hear?

    • Goof: In the scene with Spike and the mannequin, Spike has a noticeable tan line on his arms, something a vampire wouldn't logically have.

    Allusions (7)

    • Buffy: (about Giles' BMW) Can't this thing go any faster? 'Ultimate driving machine' my ass.
      "The Ultimate Driving Machine" is an advertising slogan for BMW (Bavarian Motor Works), a German automobile manufacturing company.

    • Suave Xander: There comes a point when you either have to move on or just buy yourself a Klingon costume and go with it.
      Klingon is a race of humanoid aliens from Gene Rodenberry's fictional Star Trek universe. It is a popular costume for people to wear to Star Trek conventions.

    • Xander: I do have SpaghettiO’s. SpaghettiO’s are a brand of canned food consisting of ring shaped pasta in cheese and tomato sause. SpaghettiO’s are made by Franco-American and were introduced in 1965.

    • Xander: Not unless you want my collection of Babylon 5 commemorative plates.
      Babylon 5 was a sci-fi television series that started in 1994, with a couple of made-for-TV movies as well. Interestingly, Babylon 5 commemorative plates were planned, but never actually released.

    • Both Xanders: Kill us both, Spock.
      This is a reference which can come from two Star Trek episodes. One is "The Enemy Within", wherein Kirk is split in two, one being his aggressive side, the other his wimpy side. The meek Kirk suggests to Spock that if they cannot be rejoined, he must kill them both. It is also a paraphrase from a quote in the episode "Whom Gods Destroy" where the insane Captain Garth, shape-shifts into Captain Kirk. When Spock cannot tell them apart the real Kirk yells "Shoot us both, Spock!" Spock being, of course, the human/Vulcan, from the original Star Trek TV series.

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