Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 4

Inca Mummy Girl

6
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 1997 on The WB
7.7
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While on a field trip to the local museum, one of the students breaks a ceramic seal in the coffin of an Incan mummy. The mummy rises and must consume the life-force of others in order to remain alive and retain her human appearance. She tries to fit in with the students at Sunnydale, and even starts to develop real feelings for Xander. But when Buffy, Willow, and Giles realize who and what she really is, they may have to rescue Xander before he becomes the mummy�s next victim.

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  • here again -- Xander's storyline, and here again -- I don't care.

    8.5
    Mummy Dearest appears in Sunnydale, and her kiss takes your life. poor Xander: first that freaking Teacher/Mantis, now the Inca Mummy Girl -- he really has the worst taste in women! but thanks to the "chess/crime club" with Buffy at the head of the mummy's gone forever (though never say "forever" in the Buffyverse :)



    and... finally the guy (not only some guy, but the lead guitarist of the band "Dingoes Ate My Baby") notices Willow... it will be the long journey before they become a couple (like 7 or 8 episodes more) -- but that's the beginning, right?



    FAVE SCENE: Scoobies are kidding about the mummy woke up and killed Rodney.



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  • A lot of other people give this episode a hard time, but I actually kind of like it.

    6.5
    Sure the main plot is mediocre, but at least the main characters have a bit of fun with it. Aside from the basic nature of the plot and the fact that Spike isn't in it, there's really nothing bad here. This is a decent episode that has a self-contained story and some interesting discussion about sacrifice in it.



    One of the most notable things is the introduction of Oz though. Television writers everywhere should take notice here, because this is how you introduce a new main character into an already running show. Oz doesn't speak to one main character all episode long. It's also cute that he 'discovers' Willow when all covered up in that Eskimo costume. Oz is going to be slowly introduced to the main characters separately over the course of several episodes coming up, which is just really cool and so not contrived.



    The rest of the episode is really about Xander and his running theme of always getting demon dates. It's amusing to know that this will never stop. The mummy girl really does care about Xander and really doesn't want to hurt him. What happened to her was tragic and not her fault but, obviously, what she is doing is wrong. I also really like her conversation with Buffy in her room about sacrifice because it exactly paralells what Buffy went through in "Prophecy Girl".



    I also want to mention how much I liked the way Willow finally gave up on Xander romantically. Xander has not shown any kind of persistent interest in that kind of relationship with her from the start, so she wisely decides to move on. She isn't angry or bitter about this revelation either, which is nice. This sets up her emotional readiness to begin a relationship with Oz beginning in "What's My Line? Pt. 2".



    The production values are pretty good and the music was perfect to set the mood of the happenings. There's not really much else to say about this. I simply think it is an amiable stand-alone and nothing more.moreless
  • Inca Mummy Girl

    7.0
    A lot of other people give this episode a hard time, but I actually kind of like it. Sure the main plot is mediocre, but at least the main characters have a bit of fun with it. Aside from the basic nature of the plot and the fact that Spike isn't in it, there's really nothing bad here. This is a decent episode that has a self-contained story and some interesting discussion about sacrifice in it.



    One of the most notable things is the introduction of Oz though. Television writers everywhere should take notice here, because this is how you introduce a new main character into an already running show. Oz doesn't speak to one main character all episode long. It's also cute that he 'discovers' Willow when all covered up in that Eskimo costume. Oz is going to be slowly introduced to the main characters separately over the course of several episodes coming up, which is just really cool and so not contrived.



    The rest of the episode is really about Xander and his running theme of always getting demon dates. It's amusing to know that this will never stop (see foreshadowing section). The mummy girl really does care about Xander and really doesn't want to hurt him. What happened to her was tragic and not her fault but, obviously, what she is doing is wrong. I also really like her conversation with Buffy in her room about sacrifice because it exactly paralells what Buffy went through in "Prophecy Girl" (1x12).



    I also want to mention how much I liked the way Willow finally gave up on Xander romantically. Xander has not shown any kind of persistent interest in that kind of relationship with her from the start, so she wisely decides to move on. She isn't angry or bitter about this revelation either, which is nice. This sets up her emotional readiness to begin a relationship with Oz beginning in "What's My Line? Pt. 2" (2x10).



    The production values are pretty good and the music was perfect to set the mood of the happenings. There's not really much else to say about this. I simply think it is an amiable stand-alone and nothing more.moreless
  • Tell them about the mummy, honey

    4.0
    Inca Mummy Girl.



    The Good;

    Another doomed romance for Xander with a demon/older woman. Will's lovely Eskimo outfit and the first appearance of Oz and Devon, the first of Jonathon since the pilot. Buffy's identification with Ampata is lovely. A good enough ep but not a great one. Xanders as a cowboy from the country of Leone



    The Bad;

    Nothing really bad here, just a little lacking in sparkle



    Best line;

    Oz; What impresses me in a girl involves a feather boa and the theme from a summer place (the mind boggles but I'm sure it's been covered in fanfic).



    Questions and observations;

    The only ep in season 2 with no Angel in it whatsoever. No Jenny either. The cordettes are back but no Harmony. The mummy's way of killing people is reminiscent of an extremely so bad it's brilliant British sci-fi horror film called Lifeforce. We discover that Xander can drive and that he is aware of Willow's crush on him (which makes him turning her down all the more cruel). How does the mummy know to call Ampata's name at the bus station? Ampata shares Buffy's room, what about the one Dawn will eventually inhabit? Willow plays with a toy frog although it's later established that she fears real ones. This marks the beginning of Willow deciding to try for boys other than Xander. Buffy comments that one day Giles will have to get a proper car and indeed he does. Does Amapata have to drain people totally? Couldn't she just take little bits of Lifeforce so she doesn't kill anyone?

    4/10

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  • So so episode

    6.0
    This episode wasn't that great, but it did have some redeeming qualities. I liked how they made empathize with the villain in the episode. I also liked how they revealed similarities between Buffy and the Inca Mummy Girl. They were both teenage girls who were forced to serve their society as "The Chosen One" whether they wanted to be or not. This episode was also the introduction of fan favorite Oz. This episode also contained the standard elements of many Buffy episodes (i.e. good dialog and characters). I also like how cutesy Buffy is in the early seasons. She is pouty in the early seasons (in a cute way) whereas I found her to be witchy (with a B) in the last 2-3 seasons.moreless
Henrik Rosvall

Henrik Rosvall

Sven

Guest Star

Kristen Winnicki

Kristen Winnicki

Gwen

Guest Star

Samuel Jacobs

Samuel Jacobs

Peruvian Boy

Guest Star

Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Devon

Recurring Role

Danny Strong

Danny Strong

Jonathan

Recurring Role

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Goof: Ampata chooses to wear Buffy's gold lipstick. But when she is at the dance, the lipstick she is wearing is a different color.

    • Goof: The mummified corpse in the chest turns itself around between shots. At 27:21 his head is on the right side of the trunk when Buffy first opens trunk (she didn't see it then), but when she finds it at 32:29 his head is on the left side.

    • Nitpick: It is surprising that no one at the museum noticed the broken seal, the wrong mummy, and other damage to the exhibits.

    • It seems reasonable to expect the teachers to do a head count on the bus before leaving the museum, and they should have known Rodney was missing.

    • Goof: In the museum, the mummy is not even attempted to be protected from prying hands and curious museum-goers. There is nothing covering the body, no velvet ropes, and it is exposed to the open air. This doesn't make sense, especially since the body would be valuable, as well as the seal.

    • Nitpick: Even though Buffy and Giles figure out that Ampata is the mummy, it isn't clear how they knew that the mummy kissed her victims to steal their life. (Buffy said they had to save Xander before they got all smoochy).

    • If you notice Ampata's hand, it has become dead and mummy-like but then later, (in the shot where she shuts Giles and Buffy in the tomb), it's back to being smooth and human-like.

    • Goof: Buffy's door opens on the opposite side to usual when she lets Mexican-Xander in.

    • Goof: Giles is just about ready to add the final piece to the seal. Then Ampata attacks him and picks up the seal, which is entirely whole although we never saw Giles finish assembling it.

    • Goof: When the bodyguard attacks Ampata as she is seated with Xander, a bag gets knocked off the seat and onto a footrest. But when Xander gets up to chase the bodyguard, the bag is back on the seat.

    • Nitpick: Ampata claims she has no lipstick, but earlier she put some on in the girl's restroom.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Giles: It's certainly all boy's clothes. Why would a girl pack these?
      Buffy: How 'bout this one: what kind of girl travels with a mummified corpse, and doesn't even pack lipstick?

    • Ampata: Hello, Xander.
      Xander: Ho, hi uh...
      Buffy: I can translate American salivating boy talk. He says "You're beautiful."
      Xander: Ha soo.
      Buffy: You're welcome.

    • Guide: Five hundred years ago, the Incan people chose a beautiful teenage girl to become their princess.
      Willow: I hope this story ends with "and she lived happily ever after."
      Xander: (looks into the coffin) No, I think it ends with "and she became a scary, discolored, shriveled mummy."

    • Buffy: So, can I go?
      Giles: I think not.
      Buffy: How come?
      Giles: Because you are the Chosen One.
      Buffy: Just this once I'd like to be the Overlooked One.

    • Xander: You're right, Ampata. We're not an archaeology club. We're in... We're in the crime club. Which is kinda like the chess club, only with crime and... no chess.

    • Buffy: Hey! Look at us! We came up with a plan. A good plan.
      Giles: Alright. We'll meet there tonight after it closes.
      Buffy: No! Bad plan. I have other plans. Dance plans. (gets a look from Giles) Canceled plans.

    • Xander: Okay, I have something to tell you. And it's kind of a secret, and it's a little bit scary. I like you. A lot. And I want you to go to with me the dance.
      Ampata: Why was that so scary?
      Xander: Well, because you never know if a girl's gonna say "yes", or if... she's gonna laugh in your face and pull out your still beating heart and crush it into the ground with her heel.

    • Ampata: You are always thinking of others before yourself. You remind me of someone from very long ago: the Inca Princess.
      Buffy: Cool! A princess.
      Ampata: They told her that she was the only one. That only she could defend her people from the nether world. Out of all the girls in her generation... she was the only one... chosen. Do you know the story?
      Buffy: It's fairly familiar.
      Ampata: She was sixteen, like us. She was offered as a sacrifice and went to her death. Who knows what she had to give up to fulfill her duty to others? What chance at love?

    • Buffy: Ampata wasn't evil. At least not to begin with, and... I do think she cared about you.
      Xander: Yeah, but I think that whole sucking the life out of people thing would have been a strain on the relationship.

    • Buffy: I remember how I felt when I heard the prophecy that I was going to die. I wasn't exactly obsessed with doing the right thing.
      Xander: Yeah, but you did. You gave up your life.
      Buffy: I had you to bring me back.

    • Xander: I just, present company excluded, I have the worst taste in women of anyone in the world... ever.

    • Giles: Thank heavens you're home.
      Buffy: Yep. Not at the dance. Not with my friends. Not with a life.

    • Xander: Okay, no shirts with ruffles, no hats with feathers, and definitely no lederhosen. They make my calves look fat.
      Willow: Why are you suddenly so worried about looking like an idiot? That came out wrong.

    • Xander: And this... is called a snack food.
      Ampata: Snack food?
      Xander: Yeah, it's a delicious, spongy, golden cake stuffed with a delightful, creamy white substance of goodness.

    • Cordelia: This whole student exchange thing has been a nightmare. They don't even speak American.

    • Xander: Your English is very bueno.
      Ampata: I listen much.
      Xander: Well, that works out well because I talk much.

    • Buffy: I thought you were taking Willow.
      Xander: Well, yeah, I'm gonna take Willow, but I'm not gonna take Willow. In the sense of "take me." See, with you we're three and everybody's safe. Without you, we're two.
      Buffy: Ah, and we enter Dateville. Romance, flowers...
      Xander: Lips.
      Buffy: Oh, come on. In all the years you've know Willow, you've never thought about her lips?
      Xander: Buffy, I love Willow. And she's my best friend. Which makes her not the kind of girl who I think about her lips that much. She's the kind of girl that... I'm best friends with.

    • Willow: Are we still on for our chem tutorial tomorrow?
      Rodney: Yeah. I think I got almost all fourteen natural elements memorized.
      Willow: There are a hundred and three.

    • Buffy: What are you looking at?
      Cordelia: Pictures of our exchange students. Look. 100% Swedish, 100% gorgeous, 100% staying at my house! So, how's yours? Visually, I mean.
      Buffy: I don't know. Guy like?
      Xander: By guy-like we are talking big, beefy, guy-like girl, right?
      Buffy: I was just told "guy".
      Cordelia: You didn't look at him first? He could be dogly. You live on the edge.

    • Buffy: Have you ever done an exchange program?
      Xander: My dad tried to send me to some Armenians once. Does that count?

    • Xander: So, do we have to speak Spanish when we see him? 'Cause I don't
      know anything much besides Doritos and Chihuahua.
      Buffy: Ampata?
      Ampata: Here! Hello. I am Ampata.
      Xander: ¡Ay caramba! I can also say that!

    • Buffy: (impatiently) Come on! Can't you put your foot down?
      Giles: It is down.
      Buffy: One of these days, you're gonna have to get a grown-up car.

    • Xander: Have you seen Ampata? (Willow shrugs) What was that?
      Willow: I shrugged.
      Xander: Next time, you should probably say "shrug."
      Willow: "Sigh."

    • Willow: On the other hand, maybe Rodney just stepped out for a smoke?
      Xander: For 21 hours?
      Willow: It's addictive, you know.

    • Willow: So, Ampata. You're a girl.
      Ampata: Yes. For many years now.

    • Buffy: I wasn't gonna use violence. I don't always use violence. Do I?
      Xander: The important thing is you believe that.

    • Willow: You just don't like him 'cause of that time he beat you up every day for five years.
      Xander: Yeah. I'm irrational that way

    • Xander: Hold on a sec. So, this person who's living with you for two weeks is a man. With man parts. This is a terrible idea.
      Willow: What about the beautiful melding of two cultures?
      Xander: There's no melding, okay? He better keep his parts to himself.

    • Willow: Well, you know, I have a choice. I can spend my life waiting for Xander to go out with every other girl in the world until he notices me, or I can just get on with my life.
      Buffy: Good for you.
      Willow: Well, I didn't choose yet.

    • Oz: I'm not picky. You're just impressed by any pretty girl who can walk and talk.
      Devon: She doesn't have to talk.

    • Devon: What does a girl have to do to impress you?
      Oz: Well, it involves a feather boa and the theme to A Summer Place. I can't discuss it here.

    • Giles: You have responsibilities that other girls do not.
      Buffy: Oh! I know this one! Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah blah biddy blah, I'm so stuffy, give me a scone.
      Giles: It's as if you know me.

  • NOTES (12)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Buffy: Ok, I'll still get Xander before he gets smoochy with Mummy Dearest.
      A play on Mommie Dearest, the book and movie about Joan Crawford's abusive relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina.

    • Band Name: Dingoes Ate My Baby
      From the true story of Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian woman who claimed that dingoes stole her baby daughter, Azaria, while the family was camping near Ayers Rock, Northern Territory in 1980, only to be suspected and jailed for the child's murder herself. The story was the inspiration for the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark starring Sam Neill and Meryl Streep (Evil Angels for the Australian readers). The phrase, which is the name of the band, likely comes from a Seinfeld episode.

    • Xander: I'm from the country of Leone. It's in Italy pretending to be Montana.
      A reference to the "spaghetti westerns" made in the 60's and the director Sergio Leone. The moves were filmed in Italy but set in the western United States. Xander's poncho outfit is reminiscent of the outfits worn by Clint Eastwood when he starred in these movies.

    • Xander: You're not a praying mantis, are you?
      This is a wink at the audience, referring back to the season 1 episode "Teacher's Pet".

    • Oz: It involves a feather boa and the theme from A Summer Place.
      A Summer Place is a 1959 movie starring Troy Donahue. The theme song was a chart topper the year of the movie's release.

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