Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 12

Bad Eggs

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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).

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