Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 5 E 3 The Replacement

Xander: I'd like to see you handle having an evil twin!

A demon accidentally fires something into Xander which creates a Xander clone.

  • An Aesop: Xander realises his inner potential. Again.
  • An Axe to Grind: Buffy in the garbage dump.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Toth's "creepy stick thing", the ferula-gemina. "It splits one person in half, distilling personality traits into two separate bodies."
  • Artistic License Gun Safety: Averted; Xander unloads his pistol before handing it to Buffy.
  • Badass Long Robe: Toth
    Buffy: He ran away, huh?
    Giles: Um, sort of more ... uh ... turned and swept out majestically.
  • Boom Stick: The ferula-gemina.
  • Butt Monkey: Scruffy!Xander. Also Giles to some extent — he can't get anyone to take him seriously, whether the Scoobies when he gives a Big "OMG!" or a demon whom he's futilely clobbering with a fertility statue.
  • Call Back: Willow, to the events of Doppelgangland, relating to the similarities and contrasts with the current episode.
    Willow: Xander. You already knew that he was taking over your life, and you didn't think of Anya until just now?
    Xander: Hey, you wait until you have an evil twin. Let's see how you handle it. (Exits)
    Willow: (Bemused, to herself) I think I handled it just fine.
    • Buffy's "bad ice-skating movie obsession" is from "What's My Line?", where she mentioned being a fan of Dorothy Hamill.
    • Willow mentioned Xander doing the Snoopy Dance in "Passion".
  • Captain Obvious
    Buffy: If Xander kills himself, he's dead. (frowns) You know what I mean.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Riley is helping Xander leave his parent's basement forever.
    Riley: Getting nostalgic?
    Xander: I don't know. At first it's just a place, then you start to make memories, and ... then you're like, (pointing) that's where Spike slept, and (pointing) there, that's where Anya and I drowned the Separvo demon. Oh! (points) and, and right there, that's where I got my heart all ripped out. (shakes head) I really hate this place.
  • Damned by Faint Praise / Distressed Dude
    Xander: But I never help. I get in trouble and Buffy saves me.
    Willow: That's not true! Sometimes we all helped save you. (realizes that was unhelpful) And sometimes you're not in trouble.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This applies to Xander twice over!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Joyce shows that It Runs in the Family.
    Dawn: Mom, I can stand in the hallway, right?
    Buffy: She's watching us [Buffy/Riley smooching] like a big freak!
    Joyce: (sighs, puts hand to her forehead) 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! (to Joyce) 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.
  • Description Cut: Willow re witch cliches. "Who uses a cauldron any more?" Cut to the demon using a bubbling cauldron for his incantation.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: In-Universe — Buffy assumes that "Toth" is British for "moron".
  • Double Consciousness: Buffy asks Riley if he wishes he could be rid of Slayer Buffy and just have Buffy Buffy. His reply is comforting but not convincing to her: "I have Buffy Buffy... There's no part of you I'm not in love with".
  • Down in the Dumps: Where Toth demons lurk and neutered vampires scavenge.
  • Empathic Environment: It rains on Xander when he goes to get Buffy's help, only to find his other self has got there first and Buffy is fixing to kill him.
  • Evil Twin: Subverted. Both twins are Xander, but they received different aspects of the original when they split off.
  • Eyes Never Lie: Averted; Anya can't tell the difference between the two Xanders, despite Scruffy!Xander's plea.
  • Foreshadowing / "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Sure, it's just a "two teenage girls in the house" headache...
  • For Science!: As a psychology major and former Initiative boy, Riley asks if anyone else wants to separate the Xanders and do experiments on them. "Just me, then."
  • Felony Misdemeanor: One look at the dump and Riley continues to lose faith in humanity.
    Riley: People say they're recycling. They're not recycling.
  • Get a Room!: Xander opens a door in his new apartment to find Buffy and Riley making out. He tells them to go find a bedroom, then realises they're already in one.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted; Anya is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder, after being knocked down by Mort in the previous episode.
  • Hypno Trinket: Xander notices his Evil Twin carries a shiny coin that appears to change everyone's attitude towards him.
  • Improvised Weapon: Giles rummages in a box for something to ward off Toth. He finds a rabbit's foot, then a wooden statue.
    Toth: That is a fertility god. (Giles looks at it in dismay) Feeble man, you are not going to distract me— (Giles hits him with the statue)
  • I Say What I Say
    Anya: What do we do if it doesn't work?
    Xanders: Kill us both, Spock!
    Buffy: They're kind of the same now.
    Giles: Yes, he's clearly a bad influence on himself.
  • Literal Split Personality: Toth's weapon was meant to split Buffy into her human and Slayer sides — he would then kill the weaker human version, causing the other to die. Instead it seperates Xander into an "aggressive" Xander (charming, well-groomed, and confident; but hot-headed and impetuous) and a "passive" Xander (awkward, paranoid, and insecure; but with Xander's trademark sense of humor).
  • Making Use of the Twin: The second Xander was played by Nicholas Brendon's real-life identical twin, though Nicholas would play the main speaking role in each scene.
  • Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: Buffy complains about the unrealistic fight scenes in the Chop Sockey movie.
  • Moment Killer: Dawn on the Buffy/Riley snog.
    My friend Sharon's older brother knows a girl who died because she choked on her boyfriend's tongue.
  • Oh Crap!
    Giles: Oh dear Lord. (Scoobies keep talking among themselves) I said, "Oh, dear lord."
    Buffy: You always say that.
    Giles: Well, it's always important!
  • Red Herring: The shiny coin the other Xander carries isn't used to hypnotize people, it's just a trinket. Also Spike's dummy appears to be about him plotting to kill Buffy, but it's actually foreshadowing his obsession with her.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "It's an evil robot, constructed from evil parts that look like me designed to do evil!"
  • Shirtless Scene: Our first sight of Suave!Xander.
  • Shout-Out: When they try to put the two Xanders back together.
    Anya: What do we do if this doesn't work?
    Both Xanders: Kill us both, Spock!
  • Spot the Imposter: Xander does the Snoopy dance to prove he's the real Xander. Willow is rather confused, as she doesn't even know there's two Xanders walking around.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Not that Xander is still into Buffy — not that he ever was.
  • Taking the Bullet: Xander gets hit by Toth's magical blast when he shoves Buffy aside.
  • The Triple: Riley loves all of Buffy. "I'm talkin' toes, elbows, the whole bad ice-skating-movie obsession..."
  • Transformation Ray
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy
    Anya: So... you Xanders really do have all the same memories, all the same... (looking downward) physical attributes?
    Suave Xander: We're completely identical.
    Scruffy Xander: Yeah, we checked out some stuff in the car on the way over... (off Anya's look) Fingerprints!
    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... you know, just slap 'em back together in the morning.
    Suave Xander: She's joking.
    Scruffy Xander: No she's not! She entirely wants to have sex with us together. Which is... wrong, and, and it would be very confusing.
    Anya: It's not like it'd be cheating. They're both Xander.
  • Wham Line: "But she doesn't love me".
  • Your Door Was Open: Lampshaded when Willow bursts into Giles' place.
    Giles: I swear, this time I know I had that locked.