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The Replacement


Always the most tragically underused of the main characters, Nick Brendon's 'everyman' Xander gets his one real shot at the action this season. Brendon's comic timing is a delight, as is the long-awaited Snoopy Dance he performs for Willow.

The story itself is definitely at the light and fluffy end of the Buffy plot spectrum, but scenes such as Anya's fear of death and Riley's final comment highlight the fact that Jane Espenson isn't only there to write the comedy.

Difficult to tell exactly where and when Nick's brother Kelly gets used, so seamless is the direction. Good to know that the production team have a spare should their star make it big in the movies and decide to move on, though.

We like evil twin episodes. Especially when Emma Caulfield steals the scene speculating about the advantages of two boyfriends...

That there really are two Brendons in the world is a rather fantastic concept. I bet Kelly has no problems getting dates these days!

I'm now officially grown-up (or sad), because the scene that tickled me was the scoobies checking out Xander's new flat. Anyone who has rented knows the nightmare of meeting the perfectly turned lady from the agency. The moment they start talking about credit checks - that's real horror. I wish suave me would turn up and get a nice flat in Belsize Park...

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