Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 5 Episode 3

The Replacement

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

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  • More Xander is never a bad thing.

    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.
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