Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Doublemeat Palace 

When Buffy gets a job at the Doublemeat Palace, a local fast-food restaurant, she begins to believe that disappearing co-workers and the secret ingredient to the restaurant's hamburger may be connected.


Nick Marck


Joss Whedon (created by), Jane Espenson | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Pat Crawford Brown ... Old Lady
Brent Hinkley ... Manny
Kirsten Nelson ... Lorraine Ross
Kali Rocha ... Halfrek
Thomas Michael Ferguson ... Gary (as T. Ferguson)
Marion Calvert Marion Calvert ... Gina
Douglas Bennett ... Phillip
Andrew Reville Andrew Reville ... Timothy


Starved for cash, Buffy gets a job in a fast food restaurant where the weird manager and high turnover of employees has her more than a little suspicious. When co-workers start ending up in pieces, the mystery behind the "secret ingredient" comes into question. Meanwhile, Willow continues to struggle with magic, and one of Anya's oldest friends stops by for a visit. Written by Alex

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Did You Know?


Brent Hinckley, who played Manny the manager if the fast food restaurant, also played the manager of a fast food burger joint in "Falling Down" with Michael Douglas. See more »


When "Phillip" is giving Buffy a lesson on how to fry the double-meat patties, he has sanitary gloves on. Twice, in cutaway close ups, it shows Phillips hands (without gloves) flipping the burgers, then hitting the timer button. When the long shot returns of Buffy and Phillip, Phillip has his gloves back on. See more »


[first lines]
Xander Harris: Now, I get Warren being a super-villain type, but I thought Jonathan completely learned that lesson. I've never even heard of this other guy.
Willow Rosenberg: You should have seen their headquarters. It was like the nerd natural habitat.
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References Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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This episode's sooo spaced out...
18 April 2012 | by mozillameisterSee all my reviews

**Please ignore the horrible pun. I usually avoid puns, but it was so fitting that I just kept it** (not that anyone will read this anyway)

This episode is very un-Buffy. Its a quirky Soylent Green meets Burger King episode filled with awkward dark humor, and there's a reason for this: Its very reminiscent to Daisy's half of the Spaced episode "Mettle", down to the awkward boss and "mysterious firings" (though the morale is ruining creativity vs. unhealthy food). Still cool that someone else appreciate awesome British TV shows.

Anyway, from the reviews, its a very underrated episode. The whole surreal nature of the episode works really well. Working in fast-food, the whole atmosphere is sadly realistic to how its really like. A great parody, really, and a great way to break up the season's depressing story arc. The biggest con is the effects of the baddie at the end is so low-budget it looks like something from Troll 2. I mean, its really laughably bad. Guess kinda fitting with the B-movie plot, but they really coulda tried a bit here...

Its really a love it or hate it kind of episode. I kind of get the complaints that its a one-off sort of plot that should of been a sidepoint rather than a whole episode. I mean, Spaced dedicated like 5 minutes of the episode on this, while the rest was robot wars. Then again, the Soylent Green aspect wasn't really there, and the show's a legit comedy.

Watch it, and you'll definitely form an opinion strong enough to go on IMDb and write a review. Whether you like it or not, its definitely a memorable episode.

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29 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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