Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 4

Inca Mummy Girl

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 1997 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.