Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 12

Bad Eggs

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1998 on The WB
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The students are given eggs to look after, to teach them about the responsibilities of parenthood. Between trying to protect her egg and dealing with the vampire brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Buffy doesn't notice that her egg is about to hatch.

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  • Bad Eggs

    I find this entire episode an amiable waste of time. There's a few good scenes in a horribly uninteresting, but surprisingly well-paced, main plot. This isn't a bad episode, it's just meaningless. The Gorch brothers don't add anything but some light Texan fun to the mix. An interesting digression, though, is that the little creatures that attach themselves to a host body remind me of the creatures from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called "Conspiracy" where this alien lifeform is taking over Starfleet Command by using similar creatures as here to control Starfleet Officers. Anyway...

    The only things really worth mentioning, besides the frequent shots of Buffy's cleavage, are the developing relationships. The Xander and Cordelia relationship is ridiculous. They can't keep making out in broom closets for very much longer before getting boring to watch. For now, though, there's still some amusement to be had. The Buffy and Angel relationship, though, is seriously heating up. Buffy says, "Angel, when I look into the future, a-a... all I see is you! All I want is you." They're all over each other here and you can tell that sex isn't far behind. It's also nice seeing Joyce slam her foot down on Buffy's seemingly bad behavior, even though it really doesn't do any good.

    Angel asks Buffy, "So you don't think about the future?" She replies, "No." In the series finale, "Chosen" (7x22), Buffy shows that she's learned something over the years by saying, "I'm not really thinking that far ahead. That's kinda the point ... (calling after him) Angel. (he pauses) I do sometimes think that far ahead." She finally realizes she is still young and does not need a serious relationship any time soon. Buffy really doesn't understand this concept right now.

    That's where all the fun ends though. The rest of the episode is filled with, well, simply nothing worth even mentioning except for the fact that now Cordelia of all people can knock Buffy out with one hit to the head. What in the heck is wrong with the writers!? This has become an annoying trend throughout this season and will be discussed further in the S2 review. So, that's about all there is to say about this one. This is definitely the calm before the storm.moreless
  • Not the best

    Bad Eggs;

    The Good;

    Neat opening scene with the mirror. Some creepy 'Invasion of the Bodysnatchers' stuff including the great scene where Giles' looks at the kids at the bottom of the stairs, you think they're already possessed. Great scene with Giles and Joyce in the library (love the way that even possessed Giles still covers up Buffy being the Slayer) and a genuine shock when Giles' sticks the creature on her. Not really much else.

    The Bad;

    The Gorch's are pathetic as an enemy whilst the monsters are very badly done.

    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy being swallowed up by the beast in the cellar reminiscent of vore fetishism (beautiful women enjoying being swallowed whole by giant snakes, carnivarous plants etc just load vore into your search engine and you'll see what I mean )

    Best line;

    Xander; "You've got to keep your egg safe and teach it Christian values"

    Willow; "My egg is Jewish!"

    Xander "Then teach it that dradle song"


    Giles "The Gorch's made their name by massacaring a whole village full of Mexicans"

    Buffy "Par for the course"

    Giles "No this is before they became vampires"

    also like;

    Xander "Well I guess we know what happened Professor Whitmore"

    Cordy "He saw this and ran away?"

    Xander "Try best case scenario!"

    Questions and observations;

    Considering what we learn in 'Normal Again' Buffy's remark to Joyce about saving the world from vampires is very reckless. What's painful about this ep is that Buffy and Joyce obviously love each other and Buffy wants to be a good daughter but slaying always gets in the way.

    The Gorch's know Angelus? They really don't seem to be his kind people. Jonathon back once more. In a previous post I stated that Giles and Tara were the only Buffy characters never to go bad but I was wrong, Giles is possessed here so Tara seems to be the only one who never went evil. Cordy refers to having sex in a car, so she's no longer a virgin? (if so the first of the younger Scoobies to be so). Love the way Buffy and Willow get so maternal about their eggs. BUT Angel mentions for the first time that he can't have children although we later find that isn't true, at least in Connor's case. Buffy fighting the parasite is very like the scene in Aliens where Newt and Ripley are trapped in the lab with the facehuggers, right down to the plucking strings music. Buffy and Xander and ultimately everyone else knocked out. Presumably the parasites need a conscious/sleeping host which is why they lock them in the closet. No one dies although actually that's not as unusual as I first thought, Halloween, When she was Bad, The Witch and quite a few other eps have no human deaths whatsoever.

    Joyce refuses to buy Buffy an outfit because it makes her look like a streetwalker. Considering some of the things Buffy DOES wear in the first three seasons it must have been the full Julia Roberts?

    4/10, awful story saved by the character elements and a few good lines, very nearly the worst episode of Buffy ever

  • These Eggs Should Be Scrambled

    Bad Eggs-The students are given eggs to look after, to teach them about the responsibilities of parenthood. Between trying to protect her egg and dealing with the vampire brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Buffy doesn't notice that her egg is about to hatch.

    Where back to the monster of the week themes that involve the "classic movie monsters" method of episodes. This episode also comes off as a watered down version and in this case, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It just plays out like basic episode where " new threat comes-we find out what it is-Buffy kills it-episode over" format which is just boring. Watching everyone walk around like mindless dronzes feels like you're watching cheap horror movie instead of Buffy. I mean the idea of the typical teen parent egg assignment leading to all the eggs being creepy crawlers that can take over you body is fine, but the episode does nothing with the overused plot that we haven't seen many times before. Even the movie "The Faculty" was more creative with this type of storyline! The Grotch brothers who make their appearence have to be some of the lamest villains ever. They are played like the cliche dumb southerns with no redeeming quailites and they are just annoyances throughout. Glad one of the them got eaten, I guess the Bazore wasn't so bad after all! Also, the sub-plot with Joyce grounding Buffy made no sense and especially why she was still made at her afterwards. All and All, despite some creepy looking little demons and some hilarious interaction between Xander and Cordelia, the eggs weren't the only thing bad about the episode, it was in itself.moreless
  • Bad Eggs

    Bad Eggs was a superb episode remniscent of the body snatchers and disturbing behaviour. It was a good story where a few minor stories over lapped each other. I thought that the premise of the stories were very good as well. I thought the cowboy vampires were funny. It was haunting to watch the eggs hatch and its contents scurrying about Buffy's room. It made me shudder. The source of the eggs was a nasty parasitical monster burrowed beneath the school. Buffy saves the day but that doesn't save her from her Mothers wrath when she finds out Buffy has disobeyed her again.moreless
  • Season 2, Episode 12.

    The class is assigned eggs to watch as an assignment to teach them about parenthood. However, the eggs hatch into little creatures that take over their "parents" once they attach themselves. I liked the scene in the beginning in the mall. I remembered that scene and I always liked it. Plus, I like the way Cordelia and Xander act, and Cordelia trying to get Xander in the closet while they were at the library. Plus, Xander almost ate his egg. Haha. I loved when Buffy was talking about the future with Angel and she said she only saw him. Cool ending too, as always. Can't wait to watch the rest of the season.moreless
Brie McCaddin

Brie McCaddin

Cute girl

Guest Star

Eric Whitmore

Eric Whitmore

Night Watchman

Guest Star

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Lyle Gorch

Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

Danny Strong

Danny Strong


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: As Buffy follows Lyle Gorch around the mall, the one place he doesn't cast a reflection is the mirror. His reflection can be seen on the mall floor and the glass surfaces in the arcade.

    • Goof: When Buffy called Willow, she knocked over her alarm clock and the phone, but when she hung up the phone, they were both in their right place.

    • Goof: The demony thing fell off Willow and the others, yet in the aerial view, we didn't see them.

    • Goof: The layout of the chain that is holding Buffy's egg in place changes from one shot to the next.

    • Goof: When Buffy hits Lyle Gorch in the stomach in the school basement the way he is standing changes from when the camera is facing him to when the camera is behind him.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Giles: (about Xander boiling his egg) Technically that would be cheating, yes?
      Xander: No. It's like a short cut. You know, when you run a race?
      Buffy: That would also be cheating.

    • Mr. Whitmore: S-E-X. Sex. The sex drive in the human animal is intense. How many of us have lost countless productive hours plagued by unwanted sexual thoughts and feelings?
      Xander: Yes! (quickly raising his hand) Mmmhmm.
      Mr. Whitmore: That was a rhetorical question, Mr. Harris, not a poll.
      Xander: Oh.

    • Giles: How did the um... hunt go last night, Buffy?
      Buffy: No go.
      Giles: No, "no you didn't go"? Or, no, "you were not sucessful"?
      Buffy: No Gorches.
      Xander: Apparently Buffy has decided the problem with the English language is all those pesky words. (to Buffy) You. Angel. Big. Smoochies?
      Buffy: Shut. Up.

    • Joyce: You go to the tailor and pick up my outfit from Everyday Woman.
      Buffy: "Everyday Woman"? Why didn't you just go to "Muumuus R Us"?
      Joyce: Do now. Make fun of your mother later.

    • Joyce: A little responsibility is all I ask. Don't you ever think about anything besides boys and clothes?
      Buffy: Saving the world from vampires?
      Joyce: I swear, sometimes I don't know what goes on in your head.

    • Teacher: With all sorts of hormones surging through your bodies, compelling you to action, it's often difficult to remember that there are negative consequences to having sex. Would anyone care to offer one such consequence?
      Cordelia: That depends. Are you talking about sex in the car, or out of the car? Because I have a friend -- not me -- that was in a Miata parked on top of the hill...
      Teacher: I was thinking of something more commonplace.

    • Willow: Buffy, how come you weren't in class?
      Buffy: Vampire issues. Did Mr. Whitmore notice I was tardy?
      Xander: The word you're searching for is "absent".
      Willow: Tardy people show.
      Buffy: Right.

    • Tector: That the Slayer?
      Lyle: Yep.
      Tector: Ain't that Angelus with her?
      Lyle: Yep.
      Tector: Well, how come she ain't slayin'? And how come he's about to make me blush?
      Lyle: I don't know, Tector. And how come you're always askin' me so many stupid questions?

    • Buffy: (before going to bed) OK, little egg dude. Let's see... Feeding... Check. Burping... Check. Diapers... Sort of. In theory, I guess. OK. Good night, Egbert.

    • Buffy: I still have to go home and fill out my egg diary.
      Angel: Your what?
      Buffy: That faux parenting gig we're doing. Like I'm really planning to have kids anytime soon. Maybe someday in the future, when I'm done having a life. But right now, kids would be a little too much to deal with.
      Angel: I wouldn't know. I don't... Well, you know, I can't.
      Buffy: That's OK. I figured there were all sorts of things vampires can't do, like work for the telephone company, or volunteer for the Red Cross, or have little vampires.
      Angel: So you don't think about the future?
      Buffy: No.
      Angel: Never?
      Buffy: No.
      Angel: You really don't care what happens a year from now? Five years from now?
      Buffy: Angel, when I look into the future, all I see is you. All I want is you.
      Angel: I know the feeling.

    • Buffy: Come on, mom. Please?
      Joyce: I'm sorry, honey.
      Buffy: Don't you know how important this is?
      Joyce: It's an outfit. An outfit that you may never buy.
      Buffy: But... I looked good in it.
      Joyce: You looked like a streetwalker.
      Buffy: But a thin streetwalker... That's probably not the winning argument.

    • Buffy: Me? Why do I have to dissect it?
      Xander: Because you're the Slayer.
      Buffy: And I slayed. My work here is done!
      Xander: Oh no, I almost ate one of these things. I think I've fulfilled my gross-out quota for the decade.

    • Buffy: I didn't sleep well.
      Joyce: What's the matter, your egg keep you up all night?
      Buffy: You're killing me. Parenting's a pain.
      Joyce: Wait 'til it starts dating.

    • Giles: That's Lyle Gorch, and that one's his brother, Tector. They're from Abilene. They, uh, they made their reputation by massacring an entire Mexican village in 1886.
      Buffy: Friendly little demons.
      Giles: That was before they became vampires.

    • Giles: I suppose there is a sort of Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression.
      Xander: I resent that! Or possibly thank you.

    • Xander: Which is another secret to conscientious egg care. A pot of scalding water and about eight minutes.
      Willow: You boiled your young?
      Xander: Yeah! I know it sounds cruel, but sometimes you gotta be cruel to be kind! I mean, you can bet that little Xander here is thick-skinned now.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Lyle & Tector Gorch
      Lyle and Tector Gorch were the character names played by Warren Oates and Ben Johnson in the classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch.

    • Buffy: My egg, it went postal on me.

      Due to the number of highly publicized incidents involving postal workers becoming violent, the term 'going postal' has come to mean a crazed violence.

    • Giles: I suppose there is a sort of Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression.
      Italian philosopher, author, and politician Nicolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) is best known for his work The Prince in which he presents the philosophy "the end justifies the means." Though it is probably unfair, the name Machiavelli is associated with this ruthless pursuit of a goal.

    • Buffy: Did I ask for back seat mommying?

      A play on the term back seat driver, where a passenger insists on giving detailed suggestions to the person operating the vehicle.

    • Buffy: I killed my Giga Pet... Literally, I sat on it and it broke.

      Giga Pets are the US version of the Tamagotchi. They are "virtual pet" toys that started in Japan and have spread around the world. The toys beep to request various types of care from their owner and will die if neglected. Being a small, plastic toy, they will also die if smashed or sat on.

    • Xander: Then teach it that dreidel song.

      A dreidel is a four sided top that is used in a sort of game as part of the Jewish Hanuhkah celebration. The dreidel song is roughly equivalent to a Christmas carol (though it carries little religious significance).