Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Doppelgangland 

While casting a magic spell, Anya and Willow accidentally summon Willow's evil double from an alternate universe.

Director:

Joss Whedon

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Ethan Erickson ... Percy West
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Jason Hall ... Devon MacLeish
Michael Nagy ... Alfonse
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Storyline

Anyanka, the demon who used her power to grant wishes to let Cordelia unwillingly create a world without Buffy as Sunnydale slayer, failed since then to get top-rank demon D'Hoffryn to rehabilitate her, but finally gets a chance to succeed in her menial incarnation as Sunnydale High pupil Anya: Willow, who is frustrated as a girl and individual, always taken for granted, in Buffy's shadow and just got railroaded by principal Snyder to 'tutor', or in fact slavishly do the paper writing on her own, for a spoiled jock brat, hunky Percy West, who even explicitly barks at her as his menial flunky, naively accepts to help 'Anya' with a black magic spell. Willow realizes only too late she's really working for the wrong side, stops before Anyanka's power-amulet is revalidated, but still summons a parallel Willow from a black dimension where she's a master vampire, who now makes her grand entry in Drusilla-style at the Bronze, co-existing with gentle Willow. The gang has no time to mourn 'the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Audience members catch their first glimpse of Wesley's gallantry when he rushes to Cordelia's rescue. See more »

Goofs

At 19:31, as Vampire Willow says, "Get your friends..." the view cuts from a wide shot to a close-up of her face during the word "friends." In the wide shot, however, her lips are not moving. (Her voice in the wide shot is lapped back from the close-up; she was not speaking the line in the wide shot.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
D'Hoffryn: Do not ask again.
Anya: But... But, I...
D'Hoffryn: Your powers were a gift of the lower beings. You have proved unworthy of them.
Anya: I was robbed of them.
D'Hoffryn: By your carelessness.
Anya: For a thousand years I wielded the powers of the wish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshiped across the mortal globe. And now I'm *stuck* at Sunnydale High. Mortal. Child. And I'm flunking math.
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Connections

References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998) See more »

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Virgin State Of Mind
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Performed by K's Choice
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Buffy - and Joss - at its finest
22 January 2008 | by JemiahSee all my reviews

Every "genre" show has an episode that I consider "the show that launched a thousand fanfics", and this is definitely one of Buffy's. (Buffy has several, which is both a symptom of and a cause of its enduring fan base.) "Dopplegangland" has hilarious lines of dialog which comes thick and fast, and the comic timing is excellent on the part of everyone - but who could lose with those witty lines? An atmosphere of strange kink runs through it, used to great comic effect, as well as displaying secret, hidden sides to characters in subtle moments and reactions that only become apparent later in the season, or in the series as a whole. It threatens to get too silly at times, but it never does; the laughs are too smart and too genuine. This is Joss Whedon at the top of his game as both scriptwriter and director, and is the episode that made me into a fan of Whedon - and Buffy.


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