Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 5 Episode 3

The Replacement

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2000 on The WB
8.5
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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I'm just going to come out and say it: this is a great episode!

    9.0
    Besides "Restless", we haven't had an episode since "The Zeppo" that focused so heavily on Xander. Also, unlike "The Zeppo", the growth gained here actually sticks. While this, and the clever way it's achieved, is the primary reason this episode succeeds, it's not the only one. Anya is staggeringly hilarious and the first outward sign of Buffy and Riley's relationship ending is all right here. The fact of the matter is that this is Xander's "Doppelgangland", and it works for many of the same reasons that episode worked.



    Everything begins by immediately reminding us of Xander's problems in S4 that were expertly illuminated in "Restless", and that's the fact he's stuck in his drunken parents' basement. Xander, Anya, Buffy, and Riley are all hanging out together there watching TV while Xanders' parents come home and have a fight upstairs. In addition to showing us Xander's decision to start looking for a new place, which is continued development from his abuse in "Buffy vs. Dracula" because he does this before being split in two, I found that Buffy making fun of the Chinese kung-fu movie, saying they're doing it all wrong was cute. This also reminds me of the theme that this is the stuff Buffy thinks about by herself, and that Riley just isn't the same way. The beginning of "Halloween" springs to mind when Buffy tells Angel, "Dates are things normal girls have. Girls who have time to think about nail polish and facials. You know what I think about? Ambush tactics. Beheading. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made



    Anyway, the group all heads out together to check out a potential new place for Xander. I really love everything about this scene from the random observations about the ceiling fan to the coy smiling when Xander and Anya are having a spat to Buffy and Riley kissing in the bedroom. The important thing to dwell on, though, is Anya being terribly inappropiate again in front of everyone, and then getting into a little squabble with Xander over the apartment. Xander's comments here, "wait until things come together," are awfully reminiscent of his comments about announcing their marriage in "After Life". Xander's smart to be careful, but he can't always use that as an excuse to hide behind his worry of making changes and living with those changes.



    This episode's plot device is one used many times before in genre shows, but in true BtVS fashion, a surprising twist is placed on top of it. This surprising twist isn't just surprising for the sake of it, but rather it has very huge ramifications for Xander. I love how the double isn't evil, like it would be on a lesser show, but rather the more confident aspect of Xander's personality. This secret is kept from us until late in the episode, and this works beautifully because it both plays with expectations along with showing Xander what he is capable of when he has faith in himself. I made a point early in the review to mention that he begins looking for an apartment before getting split in two. What this episode provides is a firm solidification of his feeling that it's time to move on with his life.



    We're lead to believe Weak Xander is the real one because Xander often lets the weaker characteristics of his personality be more prominent in his life, hence why us as the audience would feel he's not acting very different from normal. This is why Confident Xander seems so alien, which is really fun to watch in retrospect. Now, armed with what already happens, we can take a look at Confident Xander with a new eye. Here lies the part of Xander that is sure of who he is, sure of what he wants, and, well, confident. All of these things are a part of Xander already, but he doesn't really conciously know. He often panders to his weaker qualities because I think it's just easier to. It's hard to realize your potential and then sieze it to its fullest extent -- it takes work. I love the messege this episode promotes: everyone has strong and weak assets within them, but learning to take a hold of your strong assets, even if it takes some courage and work, will make you a better person.



    Weak Xander unfortunately gets stuck with many of Xander's more negative qualities. He feels the demon that took his shape is living his life better than he is. I can sympathize with his depression and comments that maybe the demon should just keep his life, because he's not doing anything great with it anyway. How powerful is it, then, when he finds out that the double is actually part of him as well? What a confidence boost. And it's one he actually holds on for life. Wonderful!



    This weaker part of Xander is also the one to put Buffy on this huge pedestal, while Confident Xander is ready to take charge himself to deal with the situation although he still values Buffy's abilities as an asset to him. It's interesting to me that in Xander's last big episode, "The Zeppo", he says out loud "I'm outta my league! Buffy'll know what to do" and here he says "I need It will take some time, but by S7 Xander learns he doesn't need Buffy to handle a lot of things in his life -- that he has a lot more confidence and strength than he thinks he does. Confident Xander is walking proof of that here and I feel that this is the part of Xander we see take the more dominant role in his personality in S7.



    Even in his lowest state, he realizes he does have one thing worth living for: Anya. I love Willow's surprise here: "really?" We first discover how much Xander cared for her in "Hush", but here we see that their relationship has become something much more powerful. It's not until "Into the Woods", though, that he tells her his strong feelings, which takes their relationship to a whole new level. Both Confident Xander and Weak Xander are shown to care deeply for her -- it's obvious that his love for her is within his entire being, not just a shade of it.



    While all of this great Xander character exploration is happening, we find out that Anya's feeling truly mortal for the first time because of her injury. How amazing that the writers not only remember about her injury from "Real Me", but also that they used it as a springboard for insight into Anya and her fears. Confident Xander's words of care and love for Anya as she's worried about aging and dying are touching. When Weak Xander charges in through the door, Anya at first chooses Confident Xander to stay close to. After some more consideration, she can't choose between them -- she loves them both equally. I also like how Weak Xander is at a loss for words to defend himself. This feels realistic under the circumstances.



    Aside from Xander and Anya, both Buffy and Riley get some time in the spotlight. Their chat in the car is really telling and it foreshadows their huge problems to come in a big way. Riley shows that, while he has a hard time with some of Buffy's characteristics at times, he does love all of Buffy and wants to make it work. Buffy's expression after Riley explains himself is one of serious doubt. She shows through these doubts that that she doesn't fully trust Riley's feelings for her and, as a result, does not deeply love him. Later in the episode, during the fight with Toth, Riley takes him on and gets beat up while Buffy easily defeats him, which provides even more setup. This is all very subtly and intelligently written. Awesome!



    At the very end, Riley sees the friction, but love, between Xander and Anya and fully realizes and articulates to Xander that Buffy doesn't love him in that same way. I feel it's an important piece of dialogue, so I'm going to just quote Riley saying it: "Hey, I'm well aware of how lucky I am. Like, lottery lucky. Buffy's like nobody else in the world. When I'm with her it's like ... it's like I'm split in two. Half of me is just ... on fire, going crazy if I'm not touching her. The other half ... is so still and peaceful ... just perfectly content. Just knows: this is the one. But she doesn't love Riley's honesty with Xander here shocks him, and I think allows the two of them to bond in a way they never could before. This is a friendship that will be subtle but existent until Riley leaves town.



    The only thing that I didn't like about this episode was a rare spotty patch of writing. I really don't like how the saleswoman starts hitting on Confident Xander that hard just because he's dressed better and talking smoother. I mean, sure she'd interact with him in a more positive light, but this is way too extreme. Barring that small flaw, though, this is an excellent episode which probes a lot of character issues in a smart, witty, subtle, and intelligent manner. I feel this is about on par with Willow's "Doppelgangland" for the affect it has on Xander, although that episode is a bit more amusing. Great, great stuff.moreless
  • Double the Xander, double the fun

    8.0
    The Good;

    Great performance from NB in both roles, you wish you'd had more Xander eps in later seasons but instead he get's squeezed out by the girls. Worth it for the snoopy-dance alone.



    The Bad;

    Anya says she wants a car, puppy, child and boat. But didn't she refer to her car in

    Graduation Day pt2?



    Best line;

    "Kill us both Spock"



    Women good/men bad;

    None but Giles fends off the demon using a fertility statue, the power of the female.



    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy and Riley can't keep their hands off each other, nipping to the bedroom for a quick smooch even when house-hunting. The estate agent quite shamelessly throws herself at cool Xander. Interesting that she assumes Riley is 'Mr Harris' at first, he is the guy you'd want as a tennant. Anya wants to take both Xander's back to her place and have a threesome with them, maybe it's not just men who fantasise about group sex with twins/triplets/sisters/mother and daughter(s)? As indeed Dopplegangland suggests, thinking about it. Dawn is quite the voyeur and seems to enjoy spying on Buffy and Riley smooching. The Xanders checked out some stuff in the car but one Xander quickly qualifies this as fingerprints. Anya refers to herself as Xander's slave.



    Captain Subtext;

    Spike's mannequin speaks of his Buffy obsession. Xander has been a soldier, clad in leather (The Wish) and now a construction worker. Half way to being his own Village People tribute band. When Xander refers to his love for Anya Willow replies 'Really?'. Riley and Buffy's car conversation is loaded with not-so hidden meaning. Riley tells Buffy he loves her unconditionally and she doesn't say the same back. The final revelation between Riley and Xander in the basement probably stems from this.



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Riley lapses back into scary goverment mode by saying he wants to lock both Xander's up and perform experiments on them (although as a psychology student I know what he means)



    Scoobies to the ER;

    No but Anya still licking her wounds



    Apocalypses; 5,



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1



    Scoobies knocked out: Xanderx2. Giles comments on his constantly being knocked out

    Buffy: 15

    Giles: 10

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 10

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 2

    Wes: 1

    Anya;1



    Kills:

    Buffy: one demon so 85 vamps, 29 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 5 vamps, 1 demon

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 4 vamps

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 5 vamps, 2 zombies, a demon, a demon

    Anya: a demon

    Riley; 12 vamps + 7 demons



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 3



    Alternate scoobies: cool Xander. Willow also refers to her own evil double, VampWillow and claims she handled it fine (by shooting her with a tranquiliser gun and sending her back to another dimension to get staked?)

    Buffy: 6

    Giles: 3

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4



    Recurring characters killed: 9

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara



    Sunnydale deaths;

    83;



    Total number of scoobies: 7

    Giles, Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Tara, Riley



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?



    Scoobies shot: no but Anya owns a gun, a snub nosed revolver.

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 3 confirmed; Angel, Parker,Riley, 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara



    Questions and observations;

    I guess if one of your lead actors has an identical twin it seems a tremendous shame not to include them in an episode at some stage? (Terminator star Linda Hamilton is the only other actor who I can think off in this regard however, can anyone name any more?). Terrific performance from NB on all counts.

    Now I heard that the original idea for this ep was a version where Buffy and Xander get zapped and he get's her powers (very similar to an old ep of Superman; Lois and Clark). She has to adjust to being normal once more and he revels in being a superhero and has sex with the entire female cast including Joyce (but except Dawn obviously!), even lesbian Tara unable to resist the ultimate alpha-male. But the power starts to drive him gradually insane which is why the Slayer always has to be a female. Now you can see where they went with this, it has elements of The Replacement in it plus Helpless, Superstar and Him. Some nice moments between Buffy and Riley too and the final scene between Riley and Xander is probably the most touching they'll ever have, Xander seems to be the confidant for all the Scoobies. Riley comments on Buffy's ice-skating film obsession, wonder what she made of MT in Ice Princess? Joyce refers to her headaches but blames them on living with 2 teenage girls rather than anything more. We get to see the Snoopydance, yay! Xander thinks his double is a robot (Ted, I was made to Love you, Intervention). Anyone intrigued to see what pure Buffy and pure Slayer might be like? (Superbimbo and a blonde version of the first Slayer?) Why do both Xanders change into the same clothes prior to the spell? Anya anticiaptes many years before her death, not that many.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

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  • The Replacement

    10
    The Replacement was a perfectly character driven episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really enjoyed watching this episode and seeing a different side of Zander. This episode was focused on his character and it was nice to see him grow into the man he becomes. I thought that the end was particularly touching when Zander and Riley have a male heart to heart and Zander realizes the truth about Riley and Buffy's relationship. I thought the story of this episode was exceptional, and a great way to tell the story. There was plenty of action, drama, and humor as usual!!!!!moreless
  • More Xander is never a bad thing.

    8.5
    Ah, the first semi-goofy episode of Season Five. And the best part... it's all about my main man Xander!



    Not nearly as good as 'The Zeppo' from Season Three, but Xander-centric epsiodes are always welcome. Feeling the pangs of not having a college education and a steady income, Xander starts to assess his seemingly unimportant station in life. It doesn't help that his girlfriend, Anya, is pressuring him to buy a swank apartment in Sunnydale he can't really afford. Meanwhile, a pissed-off blacklight demon bushwhacks Giles at the Magic Shop looking to put the hurt on Buffy. After hunting the demon down in the Sunnydale junkyard, Xander gets split into TWO Xanders when the blacklight demon hits him with a mystical blast from his mystical staff-weapon-thing.



    Fun coming-of-age episode. It's a hoot to watch Xander helplessly follow his "twin" around town and watch him do everything Xander does... but better. There's some great moments between Xander and Willow that reminds you how deep of a friendship the two share. Also, Anya has some classic lines as she ponders the idea of having sex with TWO Xanders. Amid all the fun, there's a serious undertone concerning Riley and Buffy's relationship as well. A real punch-to-the-gut ending to a light filler-episode. Good times.moreless
  • Something To Toth About

    7.9
    The Replacement-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.



    While "The Replacement" doesn't compare to other great Xander centric episodes like "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" or "The Zeppo", it was still a while since we got another Xander episode and atleast "The Replacement" gives Nicholas Brendon another chance to do what he does best, which is acting like big goof and it pays off in this episode. Nicholas is entertaining throughout as usual when Xander is literally split in two. He also does a fine job of playing both Xanders, where one is a paranoid, negative Xander and the other is a smooth talking, confident Xander. Also, some scenes are just hilarious with Xander doing the Snoopy dance for Willow and Xander being scared of a smushed nickle. Then there's Anya's "I was thinking, I can take them home and we can all have sex together", lol.



    I liked the demon Toth, the make-up crew did a great job on his look and the character also provided a priceless moment where Buffy thinks Toth's name is a british term for really annoying person. It's alson a great development that Xander finally gets his own place as the basement setting was getting tedious for viewers as much as Xander. My only real problem in the episode is Riley telling Xander at the end that Buffy doesn't love him...what? I never got this development and it truly hurt Riley as character since it came out of no where, who really cares? All and All, "The Replacement" is a fun little episode for Xander fans, but not one of the best for the character.moreless
Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Toth

Guest Star

Cathy Cohen

Cathy Cohen

Building Manager

Guest Star

Fritz Greve

Fritz Greve

Construction Worker

Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

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  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Xander: (about Anya) How is it that she can always make me feel suave Xander's left the building?
      Riley: You two have your friction, but... she digs the whole package. It's obvious.
      Xander: Still, I do envy you sometimes. I mean for the sanity. Not that I'm still into Buffy. Not that I ever was!
      Riley: Hey, I'm well aware of how lucky I am. Like, lottery lucky. Buffy's like nobody else in the world. When I'm with her, it's like... it's like I'm split in two. Half of me is just on fire, going crazy if I'm not touching her. The other half is so still and peaceful, just perfectly content... just knows: this is the one. But she doesn't love me.

    • Anya: Ooh, presents?
      Xander: Not unless you want my collection of Babylon 5 commemorative plates. Which you cannot have. I just thought you could help carry a little.
      Anya: Me? Buffy has super strength. Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?
      Xander: Anya. Please.
      Anya: Fine. I'm just your slave.

    • Buffy: Anya. I see you've joined the non-sling-wearing crowd.
      Anya: Yes, I'm feeling better. And I anticipate many years before my death. Excepting disease or airbag failure.
      Buffy: That sounds nice.

    • Xander: At first it's just a place, and then you start to make memories. And then you're like... that's where Spike slept. And there, that's where Anya and I drowned a Separvo demon. Oh! And right there, that's where I got my heart all ripped out... I really hate this place.

    • Buffy: Riley, do you wish-
      Riley: No.
      Buffy: No? You don't even know what I was gonna say.
      Riley: Yes, I do. You wanted to know if I wished you got hit by the ferula-gemina, got split in two.
      Buffy: Well, you have been kind of rankly about the whole Slayer gig. Instead of having Slayer Buffy, you could have Buffy Buffy.
      Riley: Hey. I have Buffy Buffy. Being the Slayer's part of who you are. You keep thinking I don't get that, but...
      Buffy: It's just... I know how un-fun it can be. The bad hours, frequent bruising, cranky monsters...
      Riley: Buffy, If you led a perfectly normal life, you wouldn't be half as crazy as you are. I gotta have that. I gotta have it all! I'm talking toes, elbows, the whole bad-ice-skating-movie obsession, everything.

    • Anya: I mean what happens next in our lives? When do we get a car?
      Xander: A car?
      Anya: And a boat. No, wait, I - I don't mean a boat. I mean a puppy. Or a child. I have a list somewhere.
      Xander: What are you talking about?
      Anya: Just... we have to get going. I don't have time just to let these things happen.
      Xander: There's no hurry.
      Anya: Yes there is. There's a hurry, Xander. I'm dying. I may have as few as fifty years left.

    • Dawn: My friend Sharon's older brother knows a girl who died 'cause she choked on her boyfriend's tongue.
      Buffy: Go away, Dawn.
      Dawn: I'm not in your room. I'm in the hallway. The hallway doesn't belong to you.
      Buffy: Get out of here.
      Dawn: Mom, I can stand in the hallway, right?
      Buffy: She's watching us like a big freak!
      Joyce: This must be my two-teenage-girls-in-the-house headache. I thought it felt familiar.
      Buffy: Good work, Dawn. You gave her a headache.
      Dawn: I did not. Did I give you a headache, Mom? I'm sure part of it is Buffy's.
      Buffy: But part of it is Dawn's.
      Joyce: It's so nice you've learned to share.

    • Buffy: The city dump. Where smells go to relax and be themselves.

    • Xander: So you bought the magic shop and you were attacked before it opened. Who's up for a swingin' chorus of the "I told you so" symphony?
      Riley: Owning this place does seem kinda dangerous.
      Giles: Toth.
      Riley: What?
      Buffy: He called you a toff. It's a British expression. It means, like, moron.

    • Buffy: So a mythic triumph over a completely indifferent foe?
      Giles: Well, I'm not dead or unconscious, so I say bravo for me.

    • Willow: If you get the apartment, this'll be your hallway. And we'll walk down the hall and say, "La, la, I'm on my way to Xander's."
      Buffy: Just warning you, Xander, I probably won't be doing that.
      Riley: Really? I will.

    • Buffy: (about a movie) Oh, give me a break! This is all wrong. See, first you would get the big guy, with a flying kick. Then you would take out all the little ones, bam, ba- see, now with the flying kick. From a dead stop! What's powering it, raw enthusiasm?
      Riley: Hey Buff, maybe you oughta leave the work behind sometimes. You're not always on slayer duty, you know?
      Buffy: It would drive you crazy if we were watching an army movie and they were all saluting backwards and... invading all willy-nilly.

    • Xander: Maybe it's definitely time to start looking for a new place... something a little nicer. Buffy, you've been to hell. They had one-bedrooms, right?

    • Xander: A demon has taken my life from me, and he's living it better than I do.

    • Anya: Well, maybe we shouldn't do this reintegration thing right away. See, I can take the boys home and we can all have sex together, and then, you know, just just slap 'em together in the morning.
      Confident Xander: She's joking.
      Lame Xander: No, she's not! She entirely wants to have sex with us together, which is... wrong, and and it would be very confusing.
      Giles: We just need to arrange the candles. Also, we should continue to pretend we heard none of the disturbing sex talk.
      Willow: Check. Candles and pretense.

    • Lame Xander: On my seventh birthday, I wanted a toy fire truck, and I didn't get it, and you were real nice about it, and then the house next door burnt down, and then real firetrucks came, and for years I thought you set the fire for me. And if you did, you can tell me!

    • Giles: He had a very specific olfactory presence.
      Xander: Well, I guess we're off to the ol' factory. I hate that place. (pause) I'm joking. I know what it means. He smelled. Right?

    • Riley: Psychologically, this is fascinating. Doesn't it want to make everyone else lock them in separate rooms and do experiments on them?
      (Everyone glares at Riley)
      Riley: Just me then.

    • Riley: What are you doing here, Spike?
      Spike: Oh, there's a nice lady vampire who set up a charming tearoom over the next pile of crap.

    • Buffy: Well, if this guy wants to fight with weapons, I've got it covered from "A" to "Z" – from "Axe" to... "Zee other axe."

    • Lame Xander: But I never help. I get in trouble and Buffy saves me.
      Willow: That's not true! Sometimes we all help to save you.

    • Buffy: We've gotta hurry. If Xander kills himself, he's dead.

    • Anya: What'll we do if it doesn't work?
      Xanders: Kill us both, Spock!
      Buffy: They're kinda the same now.
      Giles: Yes, he's clearly a bad influence on himself.

  • NOTES (3)

  • 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.

    • Lame Xander: (looking at Suave Xander's flattened nickel) Washington's still there, but he's all smushy. And he may be Jefferson.
      All of you Americans should know this: George Washington (the first U.S. President, 1789-1797) is on the quarter and Thomas Jefferson (the third U.S. President, 1801-1809) is indeed on the nickel.

    • Lame Xander: Every Christmas, we watch Charlie Brown together, and I do the Snoopy Dance.
      A Charlie Brown Christmas was the very first animated prime-time special to feature Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the characters from Charles Schultz's comic strip Peanuts. First broadcast on December 9, 1965, it has become a perennial favorite, shown every year on television around Christmas time. It also featured the debut of "The Snoopy Dance."
      Willow and Xander's annual tradition was first mentioned in season 2's "Passion" and in several episodes thereafter.

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