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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Replacement

Following a demon attack, Xander wakes up to find that his life has been taken over by a doppelgänger. As his luck seems to sink lower in his quest to get help, Xander begins to realise that his rogue may even be living his life better than he has.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x3
Production Number: 5ABB03
Airdate: Tuesday October 10th, 2000
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers

Co-Guest Stars
Kelly DonovanKelly Donovan
As Xander Double
Cate CohenCate Cohen
As Building Manager
David ReiversDavid Reivers
As Foreman
Fritz GreveFritz Greve
As Construction Worker
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.0/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 17 WB shows for the week.

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

Riley: Owning this place does seem kinda dangerous.
Giles: Toth.
Riley: What?
Buffy: He called you a toth. It's a British expression. It means, like, moron.

(at the city dump)
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.

Giles: Spike, um, we're looking for a demon, tall, robed, skin sort of hanging off, deep voice.
Spike: (pointing behind them) You mean a great, tall robey thing like that one?

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."

Buffy: We better get there soon. If Xander kills himself, he's dead. You know what I mean.

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

Anya: Well, maybe we shouldn't do this reintegration thing right away. See, I can take the boys home and, you know, we can all have sex together, and then, you know, just just slap 'em back together in the morning.
Xander Double: She's joking.
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 pretence.

Anya: Well, what do 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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  James A. Contner  |  Douglas Petrie  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorMichael Cedar
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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