Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season
2, Episode 9: What's My Line, Part 1, Original air date: 11/17/97
Career Week is only a
day away at Sunnydale High School. The employers are setting up exhibits and
the students are taking aptitude tests. Willow walks into the school looking
at excited by all the hubbub. She signs in, gets her own aptitude test and
sits down at a table to join Buffy and Xander who are already taking
there’s. Xander is displeased by the test because he doesn’t think it can
accurately predict your career, but Willow thinks it’s interesting to see
what careers you might be good at. Just then Cordelia walks by with some of
her friends. She is putting down on the test that she likes to help her
fellow man. She adds a verbal addendum to her friends that is only the case
if her fellow man is not smelly or dirty. Xander calls her out on this and
she proceeds to harshly insult him. Once Cordelia is gone Buffy vents her
frustration over having to take the test. The only reason she is even
participating is because Principal Snyder is making her. Her future is
already set in stone. Being the Slayer will always be her primary career,
whether she wants it to be or not.
Spike is in the factory working with a
nerdy vampire named Dalton to translate the book that his minion stole from
Giles. Drusilla sits at the other end of the table reading tarot cards.
Spike and his friend are having difficulties with the translation, so when
Dru asks Spike to dance, he snaps at her. Dru starts to whimper and Spike
apologizes, explaining that he is frustrated because the book is supposed to
hold her cure and even Dalton can’t make heads or tales of it. Spike tells
Dru that he can’t stand seeing her so sick, and then he goes on a tirade
against the Slayer, insisting that every time he turns around, Buffy is
there mucking things up. Dru expresses her faith in Spike’s ability to find
a cure and he returns to Dalton who tells him that he has discovered their
problem. The text looks like it is in Latin, but its not actually. Before he
can explain further Spike loses his temper, but Dru quickly calms him when
she finds answer in her cards. They need a key because, as Dalton was
attempting to explain, the book is in code. The key can be found in a
mausoleum. Spike is thrilled and promises to set his minions on it right
away. Dru asks him again if he will dance and this time he picks up and
begins swinging her around, insisting they will dance on the Slayer’s grave.
That night Buffy is patrolling a graveyard,
when she sees light glowing through the doors of a mausoleum. Suspicious,
she heads towards it and as she gets closer she hears a clinking sound. She
opens one of the doors and peaks her head in, only to see Dalton using a
small pick-axe to break into smoothing inside the mausoleum. Buffy backs out
slowly and waits for Dalton to come out. He does soon enough, clutching
something under his coat. Buffy confronts him and finds herself being
attacked by one of Spike’s minions from behind. She defeats the minion but
by the time she does Dalton has made his getaway.
Buffy returns from her patrolling by way of
her open bedroom window. As she is about to climb through it she finds
another lurking vampire. Angel is drifting around her room, and examining
her stuffed pig, Mr. Gordo. Buffy throws her bag of weapons in the window
first, making a crash that startles Angel. Pleased to get revenge against
him for all the times he’s snuck up on her, Buffy asks him what he is doing.
She also tells him he doesn’t need to whisper, because her mom is in L.A.
Angel asks why Buffy is coming in through her window if that is the case,
and Buffy realizes she fallen into the habit of entering her house this way.
Angel then tells her he had no reason to come over, he just had a bad
feeling and wanted to make sure she was safe. Buffy snaps at him and he
turns to leave, but stops him and assures him that she is not mad at him,
she’s just been cranky all day. Then she tells him about her career week
frustrations, and talks about her desire to be normal again. He is the only
part of her demon-killing lifestyle that she likes. Angel notices a picture
on her desk of her at an ice rink and asks her if this was part of her
pre-Slayer life. She tells him that she went through a big Dorothy Hamill
obsession phase and used to ice skate all the time to get away from her
parents fighting. Angel tells her there is an ice rink he knows about that
is closed on Tuesdays. Buffy points out that tomorrow is Tuesday. Angel
smiles at her, “I know.”
The next day Xander and Cordelia check out
the results of the aptitude tests in the school courtyard. Cordelia’s says
she would be a good personal shopper or motivational speaker. She is pleased
and then looks at Xander’s results and starts laughing. Xander rushes to see
them and is dismayed. Buffy and Willow walk out into the courtyard talking
about Buffy’s planned ice skating outing with Angel. Xander rushes up to
them complaining that he has been assigned to the corrections booth at the
fair. Apparently his test said he would make a good prison guard. Buffy
mocks him only to be told that she has been assigned to the law enforcement
booth. Apparently she would make a good police officer. Buffy decides to
worry about that later. First she has to check in with Giles. He has been
extra demanding lately. She sees him across the courtyard carrying a stack
of books and she goes to follow him. Willow turns to Xander and demands to
know what her test results were. Xander said he checked and her name wasn’t
Buffy meets up with Giles in the library
and he tells her he has been indexing the old Watchers’ Diaries. He is
surprised how pompous and long-winded many of the Watchers were, but this is
not shocking news to Buffy. When he asks her to report on her patrol, she
tells him about the incident with the thieving vampires. Giles is annoyed
that Buffy made no attempt to find out what they were stealing. Buffy is
annoyed by his criticism and tells him that if he doesn’t like how she is
doing her job, he should find someone else to do it. Oh wait, that would
only happen if she died. Then she starts pointing out all the similarities
between her current life and her life if she were dead. Giles gets annoyed
and asks her to focus on finding out what was stolen.
What was stolen is an ornate golden cross.
Spike presents it to Drusilla who is lying in her bed in the factory and she
examines it as closely as she can without touching it. Then she insists it
is the right one. It hums to her. As Spike and Dru make plans for her
triumphant return to form and the blood feasting that will follow it, Dalton
points out that they still have to deal with the Slayer. She nearly ruined
the whole thing already. This reminder of the Slayer angers Spike. She is
constant worry for him. Suddenly thinks of a solution. He’ll bring in the
bounty hunters known as the Order of Taraka. Drusilla’s reads her tarot
cards and agrees. Three of them will come. Spike looks at her cards. One
bears a picture of a Cyclops, another of centipede, and the last of jaguar
Back at the career fair Xander runs into
Willow and asks her why she is still here, since she wasn’t assigned to a
profession. Willow says she’s looking for Buffy. Xander tells Willow that
Buffy went off with Giles which worries Willow. She knows Snyder is on the
lookout for Buffy and if he finds out she skipped the fair, she’s going to
be in trouble. Just then Willow and Xander run into Snyder and he off course
immediately demands to know where Buffy is. Willow tries to cover for her
but Snyder doesn’t believe her and leaves. Xander also leaves because he has
to attend a class on riot procedure. Once Willow is alone she is approached
by two men in suits. They ask her to come with them and escort her behind a
big black curtain that has been put up to cordon off the student lounge.
Inside the makeshift room Vivaldi is playing and there is a waiter offering
hors d’oeurves. The men tell Willow that that she has been selected to meet
with the CEO of a major software company. That is why she did not receive
her test results. They were irrelevant; this company has been tracking her
for some time. It is extremely difficult to be selected for this. So much so
that only one other Sunnydale student made the cut. The men leave and Willow
turns around to that this one other person is Oz, who is currently sitting
on a couch, examining a plate of hors d’oeurves with great interest. When Oz
notices Willow he is surprised. And with no other conversation starter,
offers her a canapé.
Buffy and Giles are walking to the cemetery
that Buffy saw the robbery at last night and its clear they’ve been fighting
along the way. By the time they reach the front gates Buffy isn’t even
waiting up for Giles, who does not walk nearly as fast as she does. Giles
accuses her of being immature, and insists he was just offering constructive
criticism. Buffy claims that Giles was being harsh. Giles apologizes and
insists that there is no reason she cannot seek gainful employment on top of
being a Slayer, just as he became a librarian in addition to being a
Watcher. Buffy points out that those two jobs go hand in hand. It’s not so
easy to find one that goes well with being a Slayer. Giles suggests law
enforcement which only angers Buffy more. Luckily for him they’ve reached
the mausoleum. Giles discovers that the vampire broke into reliquary, a
place where items of religious significance are stored. Then Giles notices
the name on the tomb: du Lac. This upsets him. Josephus du Lac was part of
radical religious sect that was excommunicated around 1900. Du Lac wrote the
book that was stolen from Giles’ collection a few weeks ago. It was said to
contain spells of unspeakable evil, but was written in archaic Latin so only
sect members could read it. Giles doesn’t know quite what is coming, but,
whatever it is, it isn’t good.
At the Sunnydale bus station a bus arrives.
One of the passengers who gets off of it is a fearsome-looking man with only
one functioning eye. Meanwhile a genial-looking middle-aged man with a large
briefcase walks past the Summers house. He glances at for a second and then
continues on to the next house. Buffy’s neighbor Mrs. Kalish answers the
door. The man introduces himself as Norman Pfister and says he represents a
skincare company that is giving out free samples. Mrs. Kalish lets him into
the house. A few moments after she shuts the door she lets a terrified
A plane lands at the Sunnydale airport and
an airport worker gets climbs into its cargo hold. Something about the hold
makes him uncomfortable and he begins to suspect someone is in there. He is
right. An exotic looking teenage girl with feline movements kicks him in the
face, knocking him out and then climbs out of the hold.
Back at the library the Scoobies are having
a meeting. Giles believes he has discovered what the vampires stole: a cross
du Lac invented to decode mystical texts. Originally several copies of the
cross existed but he destroyed all but the one that was buried with him,
perhaps because he feared what would happen to it if it fell into the wrong
hands. Giles decides they will spend the night doing research, trying to
find out exactly what the stolen book contains. Buffy, with a little help
from Willow, manages to get permission to bail with a promise to be back
bright and early the next morning, ready to slay.
Buffy gets to the ice rink before Angel and
begins ice skating on her own, clearly enjoying herself, so much so that she
doesn’t notice the one-eyed guyed watching her from the shadows. She does
notice him however when he grabs her round the neck and start chocking her.
Angel arrives just then and, immediately switching to vamp face, attacks the
guy. Buffy recovers herself and uses some netting to swing towards them,
slicing open the bounty hunter’s throat with her ice skate. At that moment
Drusilla turns the Cyclops card over, telling Spike that the first bounty
hunter is dead. Spike tells her not worry. They only need a little more time
to finish decoding the manuscript.
Back at the ice rink, Angel, still with his
vamp face on, examines the dead body. When he sees the ring the man is
wearing, he gets really freaked out and demands that Buffy go home until she
hears from him. When he sees that Buffy limping he is very concerned. But
Buffy is equally concerned about him and starts examining a large gash above
his eye. He flinches away from her and at first Buffy thinks he is being a
baby. But he corrects her, telling her that she shouldn’t have to touch him
when he has his vampire face. Buffy assures him that she didn’t even notice
and they begin kissing passionately. Another figure emerges from the
shadows: the girl from the plane cargo hold. She sees Buffy and Angel
kissing and looks angry.
Back at the library Buffy holds an ice pack
to her knee while Giles examines the ring. He tells Buffy that Angel was not
overreacting. These rings are worn by the Order of Taraka, a group of
assassins dating back to the time of King Solomon. Xander cracks a few jokes
and Giles snaps at him. Buffy, Xander, and Willow all grow uncomfortable.
Giles apologizes and tells Buffy the best course of action is to find a
place to hide her until they can come up with a plan. Now Buffy is freaked.
Both Giles and Angel seem to think she is incapable of fighting these guys.
Giles explains that the Order is especially dangerous because the have no
other desire then to collect their bounty. No matter how many you kill more
will keep coming. Each one of them works alone, and works differently. Some
are human, some are not. Because of this you won’t know who they are until
they attack you.
As Giles explains we see inside Mrs.
Kalish’s house The salesman is sitting in the living room scoping out
Buffy’s house with a pair of binoculars. Mrs. Kalish’s corpse is on the
floor, eaten out by a bunch of maggots that are now making their way back to
the salesman. The maggots crawl up the guy’s body and form into his arm,
showing us that he is literally made out of maggots. He uses his newly
formed arm to take a sip of tea.
Buffy walks through the halls of the
school, the crowds of career week making her nervous. Everyone looks
suspicious to her: the classmate who gives her a second glance, the police
officer running the law enforcement booth, the man who reaches in his coat
pocket to pull out a comb. Oz makes the mistake of walking up behind her too
fast and she grabs him by the neck and slams him into the wall. Oz is
confused and when Buffy realizes how crazy she is acting, she apologizes
profusely before hurrying away. That night Buffy walks home in the dark, but
once she gets to her house she decides not to go in.
Back at the library Giles and Willow
continue to research and attempt to find out what is in the book. Willow
comments on how worried she is for Buffy. Buffy simply took off after Giles
told her about the Order and now one knows where she is. Xander comes into
the library with news that Buffy is not home. He let the phone ring for a
very long time before remembering her mom is in L.A. Giles theorizes that
she might have unplugged her phone but Willow and Xander both thinks its
unlikely that Buffy would ever do that. Giles and Xander think that Giles
must have spooked her, but Willow is glad that Buffy took him seriously. She
just wants to know where Buffy is.
As it turns out Buffy has gone to Angel’s
apartment. When Angel doesn’t answer the door, she breaks the lock and lets
herself in. The apartment is empty so Buffy takes a look around and then
lies down in Angel’s bed, clearly sore and upset.
Angel has gone to a bar. The bar is closed
but the bar owner, Willy, doesn’t kick him out because he is afraid of him.
During the course of their conversation we learn that Willy is human caters
to vampires at his bar and knows all the underworld gossip. Angel violently
pumps him for information and learns that Spike sent the Order of Taraka to
get Buffy out of the way. But before he can learn what Spike wants her out
of the way of, Angel gets kicked in the head by the girl from the plane. She
quickly turns a pool cue into stake and the fight begins. During the
conflict Willy makes a break for it. After a vicious, evenly matched brawl
the girl manages to kick Angel into a storage cage and lock him in there.
She speaks for the first time, revealing that she has thick accent. She
starts asking about Angel’s girlfriend, and when Angel threatens her, she
points out that there is a window in this room with Eastern exposure and the
sun will be coming up in a few hours. That is more than enough time for her
to find his girlfriend.
As night slowly turns into day Giles makes
a breakthrough in his office. He calls Xander and tells him to go check on
Buffy at her house. When Xander reminds him that he has no transportation,
Giles tells Xander to call Cordelia and ask for a ride. Giles then goes into
the front room of the library and wakes Willow, who’s conked out in front of
the computer. He tells her that the manuscript contains a ritual to restore
a weak vampire back to health. They realize Spike is going to use the ritual
Back in the factory Dalton finishes
translating the spell and hands it to Spike. Spike looks at it and excitedly
hands it over to Drusilla. Thanks to her tarot cards Drusilla realizes just
as Spike does that her cure has been right in front of them the whole time.
Without even looking at the spell she places her hand on the card she has
just pulled. The card has on it a picture of an angel.
By the time Cordelia and Xander arrive at
Buffy’s house it is early morning. When no one answers the door, Xander
finds an unlocked window and climbs into the house. He then lets Cordy in
through the door. Xander goes to search for Buffy upstairs, leaving Cordy to
pace the living room. She hears a knock on the front door and answers it.
It’s Norman Pfister, again offering free samples. Cordy eagerly lets him in.
Back at Willy’s bar, Angel isn’t doing so
well. The window is flooded with light, quickly eliminating the shadows that
Angel can hide in. He struggles against the cage door but isn’t making any
Buffy is also in a tight spot. She wakes up
just in time to see the girl from the plane about to stab her with an ax. A
fight ensues, but both of the girls are of equal strength and they soon come
to a deadlock. The girl fro the plane demands to know who Buffy is. Buffy
scoffs and demands the girl reveal her own identity first. After all, she
started the fight. The girl obliges, proudly pronouncing herself, Kendra the
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