Rewatching Buffy – Episode 81

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 21 years ago.

The Replacement

  • So… Dawn’s still around.
  • Guess that’s gonna be a thing now…
  • Buffy and Riley are hanging out with Xander and Anya in his basement.
  • When his parents get home and loudly argue upstairs, Xander quips about it being about time to find a new place to live.
  • Elsewhere, some kind of ugly demon with glowing cracks in his skin is performing some kind of spell that has something to do with the death of the Slayer.
  • Guess we just got the set up for our freak of the week.
  • The whole gang goes apartment hunting with Xander and Anya.
  • He’s not too confident about his chances of getting the apartment. His current construction job is ending, so he’s worried he can’t afford it right now.
  • This upsets Anya.
  • The demon shows up at the magic shop and Giles tries to overpower him, but he’s no match for the demon.
  • The demon said that the Watcher was of no concern to him.
  • Doing some research, Giles discovers that the demon’s name is Toth.
  • Giles remembered that Toth had a distinct smell. So they all head over to the dump.
  • Of course they run into Spike. Because why not?
  • And then Toth shows up and begins firing some kind of weapon. He misses Buffy, but hits Xander.
  • The gang helps him up, and he’s hurt, but seems otherwise all right.
  • After they walk away, the camera pans over to show Xander lying unconscious in a pile of trash.
  • Huh?
  • The next morning, Trash Xander wakes up really disoriented.
  • He makes his way to his basement, but can’t get in. Doesn’t have his keys.
  • He looks through the window and sees a somewhat classier version of himself getting dressed for work.
  • Trash Xander follows Classy Xander while trying to remain hidden.
  • Dawn’s still obnoxious. In case you were wondering.
  • Spike puts together a bunch of the junk he got from the junkyard to make a mannequin version of Buffy.
  • And then he kicks the crap out of it. Guess it’s a sign that he’s got a lot of repressed violent energy since he can’t actually fight Buffy anymore.
  • At the job site, Classy Xander is called into the foreman’s trailer since the job is winding down.
  • Trash Xander watches as the foreman offers Classy Xander a full-time job. He notices Classy Xander carrying around a shiny piece of metal.
  • He assumes that the shiny metal is some kind of hypnotic device.
  • Oh, and Classy Xander signs the lease on the new apartment. And the landlady is hitting on him.
  • Do girls hit on Xander?
  • When Classy Xander leaves he apartment, Trash Xander tries to get the jump on him, but Classy Xander throws him off easily.
  • Classy Xander meets up with Buffy and Giles and convinces them that Trash Xander is some kind of doppelganger that needs to be destroyed.
  • Trash Xander goes to Willow. Because if anyone will believe he’s the real Xander, it’s her, right?
  • He explains that he woke up in the dump. She’s confused because she was with everyone when they walked him home after he got hit by Toth’s ray stick.
  • Between Trash Xander talking to Willow and Classy Xander talking with the others, they both seem to be the real Xander.
  • Trash Xander begins to freak out. He tells Willow, “Wait until you have an evil twin, see how well you handle it!”
  • “I handled it just fine,” she says to herself. And she did handle it pretty well.
  • Classy Xander spends time with Anya at his new apartment and he begins to understand why Anya has been upset lately.
  • When she got hurt last week, it made her realize that she’s mortal now. Classy Xander is super understanding and intuitive.
  • Trash Xander bursts into the apartment and tries to convince Anya that he’s the real Xander.
  • Willow goes to Giles and Buffy… Giles realizes that neither Xander is a demon.
  • The device Toth used caused Xander to split. One became his strongest personality traits, the other took on his weakest.
  • The plan was to split Buffy. The weaker Buffy would have been easy to kill.
  • Kill one, kill them both.
  • Back at the apartment, Trash Xander pulls a gun on Classy Xander.
  • Buffy and Riley arrive in time to keep either Xander from killing the other.
  • She explains the situation to both Xanders.
  • Trash Xander explains about the flashy metal disc being used to hypnotize.
  • Classy Xander explains that it’s just a nickel someone flattened on a railroad track. He found it on the construction site and thought it was cool.
  • Toth breaks in the door and tries to split Buffy again. But she kills him dead.
  • They all get to the magic shop and Willow breaks Toth’s spell, reintegrating both halves of Xander into one.
  • Riley helps Xander move boxes out of his basement.
  • They have a nice little talk about their relationships. Riley admits that he’s the lucky one. Because he knows that she doesn’t really love him.
  • Body count: Demons – 1
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