Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 10

What's My Line? (2)

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 1997 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Buffy is attacked by the mysterious girl and during the fight learns that her name is Kendra and that she is a Vampire Slayer. Apparently, Buffy's temporary death at the hands of the Master was enough to activate the next Slayer, and she has come to Sunnydale. They call a truce, and Giles convinces them to work together to save Angel from Spike and Drusilla.moreless

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  • What's My Line? (2)

    This episode is a bit better than part one although it unfortunately retains many of that episode's poorer qualities including a slow pace, poor music, and mediocre fight sequences. This time around, though, Spike gets to interact with a lot of the main characters which creates a handful of good moments. Spike is the main thing that elevates this episode up a notch from the previous one.

    Alright, we pick up right where the last one left us, with the discovery that Kendra is another Vampire Slayer and not the third Tarakan assassin. The conversation between Buffy and Kendra here is very entertaining and a good launching point for the episode. The scene moves into the library where Giles attempts to sort out what the heck is going on. It is during this scene that we find out how different Buffy and Kendra are, not only in personality but also in fighting methods and lifestyle. Kendra is the responsible "do it by the book" sort while Buffy is obviously the opposite. These differences are the beginning of all kinds of interesting discussing regarding the role of the Slayer, which method is better, and the possibility of Kendra replacing Buffy as 'the' Slayer.

    The replacement issue in particular interests me a lot. By the end of this episode we find out that replacemnt won't work, so when Faith shows up in "Faith, Hope, and Trick" (3x03), nobody thinks about Faith replacing Buffy but instead think about Faith assissting her (aside from Joyce who didn't know all the Kendra issues). I also love Buffy's, "I could say, 'Kendra, you slay, I'm going to Disneyland.'" At this point in her life, that's really all Buffy wants. She would love to give up her Slayer powers and duty and just take off to Disneyland for a few months. If she knew what was going to happen soon in "Innocence" (2x14) she might better appreciate how decent things are in Sunnydale right now.

    Unfortunately, I don't really like Kendra as a person very much. I like what her what her character does to contrast the uniqueness that Buffy possesses, but I find Kendra cold. Also, her accent is very grating and the acting behind her is mediocre. I do like how she mixes things up, though, and introduces an anomaly into the whole Slayer mythology.

    A big development in this episode is the beginning of the Cordelia and Xander relationship. While I think their first kiss was ridiculously over-corned (and intentially too), the idea of the two of them together is oddly fascinating. Here's two people who have sparred from the very beginning of the series and now they have a 'thing' between then. They still mostly hate each other though. This is currently a completely physical attraction as these two have nothing in common. Only through time will they learn to actually care for each other. A few scenes in "Becoming Pt. 2" (2x22) come to mind as evidence of that.

    The third Tarakan assassin, Patrice, was a breath of fresh air compared to the other two. Guns are very rarely used on this show, but I've got to admit they make things interesting. Buffy's fight with her in the school was satisfying. I also love Oz's, "I, uh, I'm shot! (takes his hand away briefly and chuckles) Y'know. (laughs) Wow! It's odd! And painful." The final fight scene with the assassins and Spike is handled okay, but it could have been much better in the hands of a better director (maybe he was just off his game that week). There are two things in particular, though, that really anger me. The first is that Patrice stops attacking Kendra so she can say her dumb line about that being her only shirt. The second, which surprised me, is the poor "I'm good!" line from Buffy. It's very rare this show completely gives into cliched dialog.

    The episode ends on a high note, though, with Kendra explaining to Buffy that being the Slayer is who she is and not a job. I also found the very final shot, where a newly restored Drusilla picks Spike up out of the rubble of the church and slowly carries him out, very haunting. So when looking back at this two-parter as a whole I can't help but be disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it should be been a whole lot more. This second part is a bit better than the first, but it still has similar problems. Once again, though, there's a lot of great stuff mixed in as well.moreless
  • Look who's walking?

    What's my line? pt2

    The Good;

    Xander and Cordy get together, inevitable really. But Willow and Oz also take their first real steps towards a relationship. The shootout at the careers fair with Jonathon held hostage for the first time. Dru torturing Angel and Angel goading Spike into almost killing him. Great fight, great final twist, the sight of an arisen Dru carrying Spike is awesome.

    The Bad;

    If you can find some, let me know because I can't

    Best line;

    Xander; I am the bug man, coo-coo coo chu

    Questions and observations;

    Although not a Scooby yet Oz is shot, the second in a long line to be so plus Angel chained up. Buffy and Kendra torture Willy the Snitch, the Scoobs really having no problem with it. Cordy's wet dress is pretty daring not to mention Willy offering Buffy and Kendra a nude photoshoot (one day she won't be so dainty) but not half as extreme as the kinkfest which is Dru and Angel (she calls him a 'bad dog' and even more disturbingly 'daddy') . Note that Dru seems to genuinely miss her family (whilst Angelus glibly killed his) implying once again that Dru and Spike are exceptional vamps with remnants of humanity (possibly due to Dru's link to the PTB?). Despite his reputation Spike meanwhile seems to have no taste for torture commenting that he'd rather just see Angel die than the pre-show. Isn't it a bit risky for Dru to have Holy Water lying around? The Dru/Spike/Angel(us) jealousy triangle rears it's ugly if fascinating head. In terms of jealousy we also have Kendra and Buffy competing for Giles' attention like two little girls with their father, it's interesting to contrast that later with Buffy and Dawn (or Faith?) vying for Joyce's affections.

    For a long time I thought the police woman assassin was Pat Tallman from Babylon 5 (who's also a stuntwoman) but it's not.

    If Kendra was taken from her family to be trained at an early age, why wasn't Buffy? Although you can imagine Joyce and Hank's reaction if Merrick turned up at their door and said "Hey, I need to take your little daughter away to train her to fight the powers of evil" (they'd probably call the police and/or shoot him). Kendra's Watcher is called Sam Zebuto, confirming for the first time that not all Watchers are automatically British despite the Council's full name. Don't the council think Giles' and co need to know of Kendra's existance?

    Willow nails her first vamp whilst Cordy helps Xander kill the bug man.

    So did Kendra and Buffy dream up this plan between them all along or did Kendra follow Buffy to the church and then call all the Scoobies? Or was the argument at Willy's place all a show and the rest of the Scoobies tailed her and Willy knowing he'd lead them to Spike?

    So why is the contract called off? That is lame and it's the only reason the ep gets 8/10 rather than top marks. Reminds me off Star Trek;Voyager where they'd find a way to return to Earth one week only to conveniently forget about it the next

    8/10 for THAT ending alone

  • What's My Line? (2)

    What's My Line? (2) was a superb follow up to part one of this story. In this episode we saw the rise and fall of enemies who rise again, and made a new ally, and there was almost a loss for Buffy. I think that the writers did a great job on this story. There was a lot interesting characters including the assassins who were sent to kill Buffy. Zander and Cordelia Kiss, and Kiss again! Cordelia knows how to get out of Dodge when evil is afoot. I think I just made a pun. Cordelia drives a Dodge, haha. This episode was revealing future stories, and gave us more depth to the characters at a great pace.moreless
  • Season 2, Episode 10.

    Buffy learns that Kendra is the new vampire slayer and her replacement. Until the matter is solved, Buffy and Kendra must work together. Meanwhile, Angel is under Spike and Drusilla's custody, and Xander and Cordelia are trapped in Buffy's basement after a parasitic man enters the home.

    I liked this episode. David Boreanaz (Angel) is so sexy when he's shirtless. Yay, Xander and Cordelia kissed! I loved when he was squirting her with the hose. I loved when the cop brought the guns to school and tried to shoot Buffy, and ended up shooting Oz. Hehe, Xander and bug people. Very entertaining episode.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes on the second season

    Thats was probably one of my favorite episodes of second season... I so loved when I saw the two slayers... I was all excited and happy!

    Seriously, I couldnt stop myself! L. O. V. E. D!

    I also loved the fights between them.. I loved to see Buffy fighting! And then when they found out they were both slayers, it was awesome!

    I guess this was one of the best written episodes, full of exciting, mysterious and adventure, everything I love about Buffy which is my favorite serie ever!

    And when they fought together against Spike and all, was GREAT! I guess in this episode the slayers stole all the scenemoreless
Spice Williams

Spice Williams

Patrice (uncredited)

Guest Star

Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Norman Pfister (worm guy)

Guest Star

Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson


Guest Star

Danny Strong

Danny Strong


Recurring Role

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)


Recurring Role

Saverio Guerra

Saverio Guerra


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Nitpick: When Buffy and Kendra are talking in Giles' office, Buffy is sharpening a knife, but it appears that what she is doing would just be blunting the knife.

    • Goof: When Dru is carrying Spike out of the rubble, the wires used to hold him up are visible.

    • Goof: At 39:03, the shadow of the boom-mic is visible on people, as Willow and Oz walk away.

    • Buffy tells Kendra to watch the movie on her flight home unless it's a "movie with a dog in it and Chevy Chase." This may be a reference to Funny Farm, a 1988 movie starring Chase that Gellar had a small, uncredited role in.

    • In the scene in which Buffy and Kendra are helping Angel out of the church, a cross can be seen around Angel's neck.

    • Nitpick: The crossbow that Kendra uses to accidentally shoot Giles' lamp isn't very powerful. The arrow is unable to go all the way through the lampshade without getting stuck in it.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when Buffy and Kendra are saying goodbye, the drop-down portion of Buffy's necklace keeps moving around.

    • Nitpick: When Cordelia and Xander are escaping from Buffy's basement, they scramble for the front door. The basement opens into the kitchen, which would mean that the back door is only paces from the basement door. It seems irrational that they would run for the front door and take the chance that the bug man might be hiding along the way.

    • Goof: When Xander and Cordelia are running towards the basement away from bug-man, there is a wall where the living room normally is.

    • Goof: When Buffy lies down on Angel's bed, her right hand is tucked up under her chin. When the angle changes to a wide shot, her hand is at her knees and then moves to her chin.

    • When the police woman assassin opens fire in the school, she shoots Oz. The angle that she shot him at, and where we clearly see he was wounded, would indicate it could not go anywhere except into his arm. However, in the next scene Willow tells Giles it was only a scratch. If you watch the scene carefully, you'll find that it is impossible for it to be merely a scratch, unless his werewolf powers were kicking in and healing it quickly.

    • Goof: When Buffy and Kendra carry Angel out of the church, there is not a hole in Angel's hand from where the sword pierced it. Yet in the next episode, it shows Buffy putting a bandage on it.

    • Goof: When a worm falls off Cordelia onto an open book, Xander slams the book shut. In the insert, the book is a Biology book with some picture on it. In the master shot, it's a thicker red book, presumably one of Giles' books.

    • Goof: Spike says that it has to be the night of the full moon for Drusilla's restoration ritual to succeed, and that that is tonight. Giles says that it has to be the night of the new moon, and Kendra says that that is tonight.

    • Goof: When Buffy and Kendra are talking in Giles' office, Buffy is sharpening a stake with a knife-sharpening tool, but when the camera shifts to Kendra and back to her again, she is using the knife she just sharpened.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Buffy: It's your lucky day, Spike.
      Kendra: Two slayers.
      Buffy: No waiting.

    • Willow: Hey!
      Kendra: Identify yourself!
      Buffy: Back off, pink ranger!

    • Willy (after Spike's henchman carries Angel away): So what are you gonna do with him anyway?
      Spike: Maybe dinner and a movie. I don't want to rush into anything. I've been hurt, you know?

    • Drusilla: (to Angel) You've been a very bad daddy.

    • Xander: (upon finding a picture of the Tarakan assassin) Oh, here we go! I am the bug man, koo koo ka choo.

    • Xander: Okay, he can only be killed when he's in his disassembled state. Disassembled. That means when he's broken down into his little buggy parts.
      Cordelia: I know what it means, dork head.
      Xander: Dork head? You slash me with your words!

    • Buffy: I can say, "Kendra, you slay, I'm going to Disneyland."
      Willow: But, not forever, right?
      Buffy: No. Disneyland would get boring after a few months.

    • Giles: And you are called?
      Kendra: I am the Vampire Slayer.
      Buffy: We got that part, honey. He means your name.
      Kendra: Oh. They call me Kendra. I have no last name, sir.
      Buffy: Can you say, "stuck in the '80's"?

    • Buffy: Okay, one more time. You're the who?
      Kendra: I am the Slayer.
      Buffy: Nice cover story. But here's a tip - you might want to try it on someone who's not the real Slayer.

    • Buffy: I don't take orders. I do things my way.
      Kendra: No wonder you died.

    • Oz: Oh, hey! Animal cracker?
      Willow: No, thank you. How's your arm?
      Oz: Suddenly painless.
      Willow: You can still play the guitar okay?
      Oz: Oh, not well, but not worse.
      Willow: Y'know, I never really thanked you.
      Oz: Ooh, yeah, please don't. I don't do thanks. I get all red. Have to bail. It's not pretty.
      Willow: Well, then forget that thing. E-especially with the part where I kind of owe you my life. Oz: Oh, look! Monkey! And he has a little hat. And little pants.
      Willow: Yeah, I-I see!
      Oz: The monkey's the only cookie animal that gets to wear clothes, you know that? You have the sweetest smile I've ever seen. So, I'm wondering, do the other cookie animals feel sorta ripped? Like, is the hippo going, 'Hey, man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity!' And you know the monkey's just, (with a French accent) 'I mock you with my monkey pants!' And there's a big coup in the zoo.
      Willow: The monkey is French?
      Oz: All monkeys are French. You didn't know that?
      Willow: No.

    • Kendra: That's me favorite shirt! That's me only shirt!

    • Buffy: Angel. He's Drusilla's sire.
      Xander: Man, that guy got major neck in his day!

    • Willow: There's a Slayer handbook?
      Buffy: Wait. Handbook? What handbook? How come I don't have a handbook?
      Willow: Is there a T-shirt, too? 'Cause that would be cool...

    • Kendra: She died?
      Buffy: Just a little.

    • Xander: A Slayer, huh? I knew this "I'm the only one, I'm the only one" thing was just an attention-getter.

    • Willy: I have to ask, has either of you girls ever considered modeling? I have a friend with a camera. Strictly high class nude work. Y'know art photographs, but naked... You don't have to answer right away.

    • Buffy: 'Cause I've had it. Spike is going down. You can attack me, you send assasins after me, that's fine. But nobody messes with my boyfriend.

    • Willy: I swear on my mother's grave, should something fatal happen to her god forbid.

    • Xander: Angel's our friend! 'cept I don't like him.

    • Drusilla: Say uncle... ohh, that's right. You killed my uncle.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Xander: I am the bug man, coo coo ka choo.
      This is a reference to The Beatles' song "I Am The Walrus". The real lyric is "I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, coo coo ka choo".

    • Buffy: Back off, Pink Ranger.
      This is a reference to the favorite kids show Power Rangers, which has teenage superheroes fighting monsters. Pink is the one color in the shows history worn only by Ranger girls. This is a good in-joke for both Buffy and Power Rangers fans. James Marsters (Spike) dated Alison MacInnis, who would go on to play the Pink Ranger on Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue. In addition, Buffy's stunt double, Sophia Crawford, was also the stunt double for the Pink Ranger.

    • Xander: Welcome, my little pretties.
      This is an homage to the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz who called Dorothy her little pretty.

    • Spike: If Dru dies, your little Rebecca of Sunnyhell Farm, and all her mates are spared her coming out party.

      This is a play on Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the 1903 book by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin.

    • Spike: Aren't you a "throw himself to the lions" sort of sap these days.

      A reference to the Roman practice of throwing Christians (and other enemies) into an arena with hungry lions. Angel's willingness to sacrifice himself for Buffy and the others is being likened to willingly being eaten by the lions to distract their attention and sate their hunger.

    • Buffy: Possibly something from the Ringwald oeuvre.
      Molly Ringwald was one of the 80's brat pack actors and appeared in such teen films as Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.

    • Buffy: You and bug people Xander. What's up with that?
      Buffy refers to Xander's previous experience with a teacher who turned out to be a giant praying mantis in the episode "Teacher's Pet" (1x04).

    • Xander: Who sponsored career day today, the British Soccer Fan Association?

      Xander both teases Giles and questions the school's state of disarray with a poke at British Soccer Fans who are known to get rather exuberant in support of their team (and destructive when they disagree with a call by the officials).

    • Buffy: Hello, and welcome to planet pocket protector.

      The canonical symbol of geekdom is the pocket protector. The device is a plastic sleeve that fits in a shirt pocket which holds pens and protects the shirt from their ink.

    • Buffy: It's a little more complicated than that John Wayne.

      John Wayne (1907-1979) was an actor best known for appearing in numerous Westerns and war movies as the take charge hero.

    • Xander: Ok, Mary Kay, time to...

      Mary Kay is a cosmetics company that sells it's products through individual representatives.

    • Cordelia: I'm both a winter and a summer.

      A reference to the classification of skin and hair color, etc. by various seasons to help determine the most flattering colors for a person's clothing or make-up.

    • Buffy: He's on the home team now.

      More sports talk referring to Angel. He's a vampire, but since he's one of the good guys he's not an enemy but on the home team.

    • Buffy: A swing and a miss for the rookie.

      A baseball allusion. "A swing and a miss" is commonly heard from an announcer when a batter swing at a pitch without making contact. Rookie is also a sport term for a player in their first season.

    • Kendra: I have no last name, sir.
      Buffy: Can you say "stuck in the 80's"? A play on the custom of celebrities in the 80's dropping (or not using) a last name. Examples that spring to mind are Madonna and Roseanne.