Buffy, Willow and Xander walk up to the Sunnydale Natural History Museum
for a field trip to a special Cultural Exchange exhibit. The exhibit is part
of Sunnydale High’s large Cultural Exchange program that includes a costume
ball and foreign exchange students. Buffy’s mom has invited an exchange
student to stay at the Summers residence and Buffy is not happy about it.
Xander, on the other hand, thinks it is kind of cool. Cordelia also likes
the program. Inside the museum she shows off a picture of the cute Swedish
boy who is staying at her house. Buffy mentions that her exchange student is
also a guy, although she hasn’t seen a picture of him. The moment Xander
finds out that Buffy will be having a boy staying at her house, he changes
his mind about liking the foreign exchange program.
Buffy notices a student vandalizing a mask on display. She asks Willow
and Xander about it and they tell her that the boy doing it is a Rodney
Munson. He is a known troublemaker. Someone walks up to Rodney and he growls
at them, baring his braces-covered teeth and scaring the kid away. Willow,
who is Rodney’s Chemistry tutor, goes to talk to him.
A tour guide leads the students into an exhibit about Incan human
sacrifice. He shows them an Incan mummy and tells them that she was once a
beautiful teenage girl, chosen to be the Incan princess and then sacrificed
to the gods. She is protected from any who would dare to wake her by a
cursed seal which she still holds in her hands. While standing over the
mummy. Xander starts interrogating Buffy about her very male houseguest and
Buffy reveals that his name is Ampata and they are picking him up from the
bus depot the next night. After the tour guide leads the students to the
next room Rodney sneaks back to the Incan mummy’s coffin and attempts to pry
the seal out of her hands. In doing so he breaks its. Suddenly the mummy
wakes up and starts choking him.
The next day Buffy is training with Giles in the library and begging him
to let her go to the Cultural Exchange dance. Every time he says “no” Buffy
starts hitting and kicking the training pads he is holding harder, until
finally his sore muscles force him to agree. Xander volunteers to drive. He
is taking Willow to the dance and is eager for Buffy to come along so that
there is no danger of it turning into a date. Buffy questions Xander about
whether he has ever thought of Willow in a romantic way and he insists that
he loves her only as a friend. Neither of them notices that Willow has
walked into the library quietly and heard most of their conversation.
Eventually Willow interrupts to tell them that Rodney’s mom has reported him
missing. They start cracking jokes about how maybe he awakened the mummy and
it attacked him, until they realize that very well could be what happened.
That night the gang heads to the museum where they find the mummy and a
large piece of the broken seal but no sign of Rodney. Out of nowhere a
fearsome man with a large knife attacks them. While fighting he looks into
the mummy’s tomb. The moment he sees what is in there he runs away. Just
then Willow notices that the mummy in the coffin has braces.
Back at the library the gang muses as to how Rodney was turned into a
mummy and who attacked them. They decide that the answers are locked in the
seal, which unfortunately is written in a South American pictograph writing
that is going to take Giles weeks to translate. Just then Buffy remembers
that she is late for picking up Ampata from the bus station. Noting that
Ampata is from South America she suggests that perhaps he could help them
translate the seal.
Ampata is standing at the bus station waiting to be picked up. He hears a
woman’s voice calling to him from between two busses. Going back there, he
is grabbed by the Incan mummy, who is now walking but still looks dead. She
kisses Ampata and sucks the life out of him with her kiss. Buffy, Willow and
Xander show up at the bus station and start calling out for Ampata. A
beautiful girl walks out from between two busses wearing Ampata’s clothes.
She introduces herself as Ampata, leaving Xander gape-mouthed and Buffy and
Willow pretty shocked as well. Buffy, Willow and Xander give Ampata a tour
of Buffy’s house and then sit down in the kitchen for snacks. Xander is
completely enraptured with Ampata and the two of them flirt, making Willow
jealous. Ampata tells them that she has toured America before and that she
learned English by listening a lot. Later that night Buffy makes up a bed
for Ampata in her room. She asks Ampata about her life, and the girl tells
her that her home is very cramped and dead and she is alone. She wants to
fit in at Sunnydale and have a normal life, just like Buffy. Buffy smiles at
the irony of this statement before turning off the light. Outside her window
the man who attacked them before is standing in the bushes, watching.
Cordelia is talking to Devon, her new fling and a member of the band
playing at the Bronze that night for the dance. Cordelia’s exchange student
Sven is with her, but he is awkward and stiff. Cordy is very annoyed by him,
as he apparently doesn’t speak English. After she and Sven leave, Devon asks
his bandmate Oz what he thinks of Cordelia. Oz isn’t impressed which annoys
Devon. Devon doesn’t understand why Oz doesn’t use his cache as the leader
guitarist of a rock band to get girls.
Willow and Xander are walking around talking about their costumes for the
Cultural Exchange dance. Willow is excited about hers but Xander still
hasn’t picked one out and is nervous about looking dumb. Willow doesn’t
understand why his appearance is bothering him all of the sudden until she
notices him staring off towards Ampata who has just arrived at school with
Buffy. Buffy asks Ampata if she is nervous about her first day of school.
Ampata is just impressed by the amount of people there. Buffy assures her
that she will make friends quickly and takes her off to meet Giles.
In the library Giles gives Ampata the seal and asks for her help
translating it. Ampata seems taken off guard by the presence of the seal and
urges them to hide it. When pressured by Giles, she translates one of the
pictographs as “bodyguard.” She also tells them that legend says the seal
protects the mummy from any who would dare disturb her. Buffy asks Willow to
spend the day with Ampata, but Xander volunteers to do it instead. He and
Ampata go off laughing together, much to Willow’s dismay. Xander and Ampata
sit on the school bleachers where Xander teaches Ampata about twinkies. They
laugh and flirt together.
Back in the library Buffy finds some of the pictographs they need in a
book and goes to tell Willow, only to find Willow moping about Xander and
Ampata. Buffy tries to comfort her but is unsuccessful. Giles comes over to
look at Buffy’s work and is pleased because it allows him to translate a
portion of the seal that says the mummy has the ability to suck the life
force out of a person. On the bleachers Xander is attacked by the same man
who attacked the gang at the museum. He accuses Xander of stealing the seal
and demands to know where it is as he swipes at Xander with his knife.
Ampata screams and the man turns around to look at her. When he sees her,
recognition spreads across his face. “It is you!” he cries before Xander
kicks him off the bleachers. Xander and Ampata run.
In the library Ampata and Xander tell the gang what happened. Ampata
urges the gang to destroy the seal, insisting that it is going to get
someone killed. She becomes very upset and runs out of the library. Xander
follows her. Out in the hall Ampata tells Xander that their investigation is
dangerous. She doesn’t want danger, just a normal life. Xander is trying to
comfort Ampata when Willow comes into the hall to check on them. When she
sees how upset Ampata is she urges Xander to take her to the dance as his
date. Xander is reluctant because knows how much Willow wants to go with him
and how excited she is about her costume. Willow says she’ll see him there.
Back in the library Buffy wonders out loud why this bodyguard guy wants
their piece of the seal so much. Giles theorizes that he wants to put back
together with the other pieces. They figure the rest of the seal is at the
museum and make a plan to go to the museum after it closes that night so
they can look for the missing pieces. They figure the bodyguard guy will
also show up to search for them, but this time they will be ready to face
him. Of course, this means that Buffy will have to give up going to the
Walking through the halls, Xander admits to Ampata that he likes her and
wants her to go to the dance with him. She tells him she likes him too then
she excuses herself to go to the bathroom. In the bathroom Ampata discovers
the man with the knife waiting for her. She begs him not to kill her because
she is in love. This doesn’t matter. She is the Chosen One and she must die.
He goes to stab her, but, in a show of supernatural strength, she deflects
his arm and grabs his face. She kisses him, sucking his life force out of
him. Ampata comes out of the bathroom glowing with life. She tells Xander
that she will gladly go to the dance with him.
That night Ampata walks into Buffy’s room dressed as an ancient Incan,
asking if she can borrow some lipstick. She notices that Buffy has a bunch
of luggage on her bed and she asks about it. Buffy tells Ampata that it is
the rest of her luggage. The bus station sent it over. Ampata tells Buffy
she will unpack it later. Buffy tells her not to worry; she is not going to
the dance tonight so she has time to do it. She directs Ampata to her desk
to search for lipstick. Ampata thanks Buffy for her selflessness, saying
that Buffy reminds her of an Incan princess from long ago. As Ampata
searches for lipstick and tells the story of the princess, Buffy starts to
unpack the luggage. The first thing she pulls out is pair of men’s
underwear. Meanwhile Ampata tells her that the Incan princess was told that
she was only girl in her generation that could save her people from the
Netherworld. The girl was-. Just then Buffy is distracted from the men’s
underwear by the fact that Ampata is opening the drawer that Buffy keeps
some her slaying supplies in. Buffy rushes over and slams its shut,
finishing Ampata’s sentence for her, -the Chosen One. It is a story that
Buffy can relate to. Ampata finishes the story. The girl was 16 when she was
sacrificed. No one knows what she had to give up, what chance at love. The
story is starting to sound far too familiar for Buffy’s comfort so she goes
over to unpack one of Ampata’s trunks. Ampata sees what trunk she is opening
and distracts Buffy so that Buffy doesn’t see the mummified body of the real
Ampata in there. Buffy hears the doorbell and goes down to answer it. Ampata
puts a lock on the trunk. It’s Xander at the door, in a South American
rancher costume. Ampata comes down the stairs and Xander is again struck by
her beauty. Buffy’s mom, Joyce, comes into the room and sees them off. Then
she comments to Buffy how easily Ampata is fitting in, which doesn’t cheer
Buffy up any.
At the Bronze Devon and Oz’s band, Dingoes Ate My Baby, are playing, with
Devon singing lead. Girls are pouring in wearing sexy outfits, including
Cordelia, who sees Willow standing there dressed in an elaborate Eskimo
outfit and makes fun of her. Willow isn’t as excited about her costume
anymore. Cordelia goes up to her friends and they ask her about Sven.
Cordelia talks about how annoying he is, especially since he follows her
around and doesn’t understand her instructions. Just then Sven walks up. One
of Cordelia’s friends finds him cute, so she leads him away.
Xander and Ampata get to the dance. Willow sees how beautiful Ampata
looks and again regrets her unsexy costume. When Xander and Ampata see
Willow they go up to talk to her but it soon becomes awkward, so Willow asks
where Buffy is. Buffy is at her house with Giles. He has come to tell her
that the man with the knife was found mummified in a Sunnydale High
bathroom. Buffy is confused as to why the mummy would kill her own
bodyguard. Then Giles gives her another piece of news. He was doing more
translating and discovered that the pictograph didn’t mean “bodyguard” but
just “guard.” The man was supposed to be guarding the mummy and keeping her
from escaping. Buffy gets suspicious, realizing that Ampata has been scared
of the seal since she first saw it. She decides they should go through
Ampata’s luggage. After digging through nearly all of it Giles and Buffy
have found nothing but men’s clothing. Then Buffy uses her super-strength to
break the lock on Ampata’s last trunk. She finds the mummified body of the
Back at the Bronze Ampata and Xander dance, completely involved in each
other, while Willow watches sadly from the sidelines. Up onstage Oz finally
sees a girl who grabs his attention, Willow. Buffy and Giles rush towards
the Bronze in Giles’ extremely slow car. Ampata and Xander meanwhile have
become lost in their own world. After some intense staring, Xander leans in
for a kiss. Just then Ampata sees her hand shrivel. She runs away from
Xander and scans the crowd for someone to suck the life out of. Suddenly she
spots a small guy sitting alone on the stairs. Back in the car Buffy and
Giles are berating themselves for not having figured out Ampata was the
mummy earlier, especially with the way she was acting around the seal. Then
Giles realizes something. Breaking the seal freed Ampata and she was eager
to get rid of the piece they had, so reassembling the seal will probably
bind her again. Giles decides to drop Buffy off at the Bronze to get Xander
away from Ampata while he goes to the museum to reassemble the seal. Xander
runs up to Willow and asks her if she’s seen Ampata. She hasn’t and he gets
short with her. Sven on the other hand is having a good time, talking to
Cordelia’s friend in perfect English. He thinks Cordelia is an idiot.
Meanwhile Ampata has brought the small guy backstage and is preparing to
kiss him. Just then she hears Xander calling out for her, so she shoves the
small guy away. Xander comes in and Ampata hides her mummified hands behind
her back. Xander notices Ampata is crying. He holds her, asking what is
wrong. Eventually she kisses him and it is romantic at first, but then it
becomes a life-sucking kiss. For a few seconds it seems as though Xander is
going to become a mummy, but Ampata finally pushes him away, unable to go
through with it. He collapses to the floor and Ampata holds him in her
now-decayed arms, apologizing. At the museum Giles begins gluing the pieces
of the seal back together. Ampata can feel it happening and drops Xander to
run for the museum.
In the main room of the Bronze, Buffy runs up to Willow and explains that
Ampata is the mummy. Buffy and Willow rush backstage to look for Xander, not
noticing Oz is standing behind Willow, trying to get her attention. Buffy
and Willow find Xander still somewhat dazed by the kiss. They ask where
Ampata is and he tells them she said something about the seal before running
away. The girls realize she is headed for Giles.
Giles only has one more piece of the seal to glue on when Ampata shows up
at the museum. She grabs him and shatters the seal. Her grip around Giles’
neck is so strong that he falls into unconsciousness. Just then Buffy shows
up. Ampata tosses Giles into the tomb and the girls fight. Eventually Ampata
gets her hands around Buffy’s neck and chokes her into unconsciousness as
well. She dumps her into the tomb on top of Giles and shuts the lid. By now
Ampata’s entire body is shriveled, with only her face left intact. Willow
runs into the room and Ampata grabs her round the throat and leans in to
kiss her. But Xander is close behind and demands that Ampata stop. Ampata
tells him that it is the only way for her to live, for them to be together.
Xander grabs Willow away and says that if Ampata wants to take a life, she
has to take his. Ampata considers it for a moment and then decides it is
worth it. She grabs Xander and leans in for the kiss, but she is too late.
Her whole body is shriveling up. Just then Buffy’ breaks her way out of the
tomb and runs up to pull Ampata off of Xander, but Ampata is already dead
and though Buffy rips her body away, her shriveled hands stay attached to
Xander’s throat. He yanks them off in disgust. The gang slowly gathers
itself together and leaves.
The next day Buffy and Xander walk together at school. Xander is upset,
convinced that he has the worst taste in women. Buffy insists that Ampata
wasn’t naturally evil. She got a bad deal. Buffy remembers how horrible she
felt when the prophecy in the Codex said she was going to die. Doing the
right thing wasn’t in the forefront of her mind. Xander reminds her that in
the end she did sacrifice her life, and Buffy reminds Xander that she had
him to bring her back. They share a moment then keep walking.
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