Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 10

What's My Line? (2)

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • According to interviews with both Joss Whedon and James Marsters, this episode was supposed to be the final one with Spike in it, as he was scripted to die when Kendra and Buffy saved Angel. But Joss and company became so attached to Spike that this ending was later changed.

    • The first two guns Patrice pulls on Buffy are Beretta 92F's. The one she pulls from her ankle holster appears to be a Walther.

    • In this episode, we learn that there are 43 churches in Sunnydale.

    • When Spike first brings Angel to Drusilla, she sings the same song that she sang at the beginning of "Lie to Me".

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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