Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season
2, Episode X: What's My Line Part 2, Original air date: 11/24/97
Buffy and Kendra are still standing in
Angel’s apartment, paused in their fighting, but on edge and suspicious of
each other. They are also arguing over who is the real slayer. Buffy suggest
they declare a truce and go to her Watcher to figure out what is going on.
Kendra agrees. Before they leave Buffy asks her why she was sent here.
Kendra answers simply. She was sent here to kill vampires.
Kendra is very close to accomplishing this
goal, because Angel is still locked in the cage that Kendra left him in.
The sunlight is growing stronger, leaving him with only one small shadow to
Buffy takes Kendra back to the library and
there Giles confirms that Kendra’s Watcher is a real person. Just then
Willow walks in and Giles is forced to explain that Buffy has friends who
know about her calling. Kendra does not approve of how flexible Giles is
when it comes to enforcing the rules with Buffy. As the four of them talk
through what’s going on they realize that Kendra must have been called when
The Master drowned Buffy the previous school year. Although Buffy was
revived only moments later, she was dead long enough to activate the next
slayer. Buffy insists that since the whole thing is really just a giant
mix-up, Kendra should leave. But Kendra says she can’t. Kendra’s Watcher has
found signs that a dark force is rising in Sunnydale and has sent Kendra to
combat it. Buffy scoffs at this, demanding to know if Kendra plans on
stopping this dark force by running around attacking random people. Kendra
insists her attack on Buffy was not random. She saw Buffy kissing a vampire
and thus assumed she was also a vampire. Buffy, Giles and Willow all assure
Kendra that Angel, the vampire Buffy was kissing, is actually one of the
good guys. Kendra tells them she has a hard time believing this. She has
read about Angelus and he looked like any other monster when she... . At
this point Kendra cuts herself off. This makes Buffy suspicious and she
demands to know what Kendra has done to Angel.
Back in his cage Angel is only moments away
from being touched by sunlight when Willy comes, unlocks the cage and drags
him into the sewer. Spike comes out of the shadows with some minions. The
minions drag the severely weakened Angel away. Spike pays Willy and reminds
him not to tell anyone what is going on.
Cordelia is still looking through the
Norman Pfister’s makeup sample collection when Norman asks her if there are
any other ladies in the house. Norman has been acting strangely and when
Cordelia turns to tell him that none of the other women are home she notices
that he has a maggot crawling on his hand. Xander comes down the stairs just
then and demands to know what is going on. Cordy tells him that Norman was
just leaving. As she is saying this a maggot crawls across Norman’s face and
into his ear. Xander and Cordy realizes something is wrong and run. Just
then Norman’s human form bursts into a huge mass of maggots which begins
chasing them. Cordy and Xander run into the kitchen and find Norman standing
there. They head into the basement and slam the door to the basement stairs
shut before Norman can follow them. When maggots start crawling through the
crack under the door, Xander duct tapes the crack while Cordy uses a broom
to squish the maggots that have already gotten through.
Buffy and Kendra rush into the back room at
Willy’s bar. Kendra notes that there is no vampire dust on the floor which
means she didn’t Angel. Buffy is still angry with Kendra. Willy walks in
just then and Kendra immediately attacks. She insists that Willy is dirty.
Buffy pulls Kendra off of Willy and slams him into the bar, demanding to
know where Angel is. Willy tells her that he saved Angel’s life and then
lies and says that Angel went underground to recuperate.
Drusilla is asleep in her bed at the
factory when Spike comes in, gently waking her up. He tells her he has
brought her a gift: her sire. He pulls Angel, bound and gagged, out of the
shadows and throws him to the floor. Drusilla is thrilled. With Angel in
hand and a new moon tonight she and Spike will be able to perform the ritual
that will restore her to full strength. Spike and Drusilla are both thrilled
but Spike’s mood is soon dampened when Drusilla asks him to hand Angel over
to her to play with until the ritual. Although is none to pleased, Spike
obliges and Drusilla begins her games by slapping Angel across the face.
Back at the high school, Giles walks with
Willow, Buffy, and Kendra through the school courtyard. Giles tells the
girls that he has spoken with Kendra’s Watcher and the two of them have
decided it would be best if the girls worked together to fight the rising
dark force. They then turn to the topic of what this force is. Kendra has
already been told about Spike’s plan to return to Drusilla to health. Giles
now explains that Drusilla is extremely dangerous not only because she evil
but also because she is insane, thus making it likely that Drusilla’s return
to power is what Kendra’s Watcher is detecting. Kendra doesn’t understand
why they can’t just kill Spike and Giles tells Kendra that Spike has set the
Order of Taraka on Buffy. Kendra knows all about these assassins because of
the extensive reading she has done per order of the Slayer handbook. Buffy
is outraged when she learns there is a Slayer handbook that Giles has never
told her about. Giles insists that he realized soon after meeting Buffy that
the book would be of no use in her case. Buffy is insulted but Giles is too
eager to consult with Kendra about the Order to take much notice. He informs
Buffy that Principal Snyder has been looking for her and encourages her to
make an appearance at the career fair. Kendra realizes Buffy is a student at
the high school and is again disapproving. She and Giles head off to talk
about books, while Buffy hangs back with Willow. Buffy is annoyed that Giles
has taken such a liking to Kendra. But at the same time she wonders if maybe
letting Kendra take over from her wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Cordy and Xander are still trapped in
Buffy’s basement and tensions between them are high. Xander is mad that
Cordy let the Norman into the house, and Cordy is mad that Xander isn’t
trying to save them. He doesn’t see why he should, since Buffy is guaranteed
to be coming back to her own house at some point, which means she will save
them. As Xander and Cordelia’s arguing grows more and more heated that start
moving closer together, shouting in each other’s faces about how much they
hate each other. Suddenly the both grab each other and start kissin with the
same passion with which they were arguing. When they finally pull apart they
both realize they really need to get out of this basement. They leave the
basement and all seems to be quiet at first, but as they make a dash for the
front door maggots start falling from the ceiling onto to Cordelia. Cordelia
runs out of the house behind Xander, screaming at him to get the maggots off
of her. Xander grabs a garden house and begins spraying her. He gets most of
the maggots off fairly quickly but continues spraying. Cordy screams at him
that they should go, but Xander just keeps spraying her down. Finally Cordy
runs for her car. Xander drops the hose to follow her and they tear out of
there at top speed.
Back at the school Buffy and Willow walk
into the career fair. Buffy tells Willow that her test results said she
would be good at law enforcement and environmental design, but the
environmental design seminar was yesterday so she is forced to learn about
law enforcement. As Buffy is talking she notices Oz staring at Willow from
across the room. She insists that he is checking Willow out, though Willow
thinks he is just acknowledging their computer nerd solidarity. Buffy is
vindicated however when Oz walks up to them. Buffy discreetly drifts away
and Oz strikes up a conversation with Willow. Willow notes that he has died
his hair brown and he asks her if she has decided to become a corporate
computer bigwig. Willow doesn’t seem too intrigued by the prospect and asks
Oz what he thinks of it. He reveals that he actually has no interest in
computers, or work for that matter. He was only selected because he tests
really well. When Willow asks he what he is interested in, Oz reveals that
he is a guitarist.
Buffy heads over to the law enforcement
booth and signs her name on the sign-in sheet. The police officer that Buffy
saw yesterday comes over to the crowd of kids standing by her booth, picks
up the sign-in sheet and begins to call roll. She calls Buffy’s name first
and when Buffy raises her hand the police office puts down the sign-in sheet
and goes for her gun. Buffy realizes what is happening and rushes at the
officer, grabbing her wrists and forcing her arms into the air so that she
can only shoot towards the ceiling. Buffy manages to knock the gun out of
the woman’s arms and dives behind a table. But the police office pulls out
another gun and starts shooting again. Buffy yells for everyone to get down.
As students fall to the ground Oz sees that Willow is in danger of being hit
and dives in front of her, taking a bullet in the arm as he does. During the
commotion Buffy is able to hide and then jump on the police officer, taking
her by surprise and knocking the second gun out of her hand. The police
office goes to pull out a third gun when Kendra kicks her in the face. The
police officer backs away and grabs Jonathan as a hostage, holding a knife
to his throat. When she gets close enough to the door, she drops him and
runs. Kendra chases after her while Buffy goes to check on Oz. He is in pain
but otherwise he is doing fine. Kendra comes back and tells Buffy that she
lost police officer. Jonathan comes over to them and asks Buffy if that was
Willow rebandages Buffy’s knee in the
library while Buffy tells Giles about this latest attack. Giles asks if Oz
is alright and Willow tells him that paramedics said it was just a flesh
wound. Xander and Cordelia walk in just then and ask why the school is such
a mess. Giles tells them they had a visit from the Order of Taraka. Xander
reveals that they too have just had a run in with the Order. Just then
Xander notices Kendra, and Giles explains that she is also a Slayer. Xander
is intrigued and tries to flirt with her, but she grows extremely shy and
awkward when he speaks to her, something Buffy takes note of. Giles asks
Xander to describe the assassin he saw, but Cordelia saves him the trouble
when she finds a maggot in her hair. She freaks out and runs off to take a
shower. Giles and Buffy start discussing how serious the Taraka problem is
becoming and Buffy expresses appreciation towards Kendra for her help. Giles
then gives them some bad news that he has recently discovered. The Order has
probably stepped up their attacks on Buffy because the ritual to restore
Drusilla to health must take place on the night of the new moon, which is
tonight. The Order probably wants to kill Buffy before then. Giles also
reveals that the ritual must take place in a church and requires the
presence of Drusilla’s sire. Buffy freaks out and reveals to the gang that
Angel is Drusilla’s sire. When Giles tells Buffy that the ritual will kill
Angel, Buffy gets really serious about stopping this ritual. When the whole
gang throws themselves into planning how to save Angel, Kendra objects. She
thinks their priority should be stopping Drusilla. Buffy makes it very clear
that she is going to save Angel. That plan currently meshes with Kendra’s
goal of stopping Drusilla, so they can either work together or Kendra can
get out of Buffy’s way. Kendra agrees to work with Buffy.
Back at the factory Drusilla is still
playing. She has Angel tied to her bed and is torturing him both physically
and mentally, pouring holy water on his bare chest and reminding him of how
he brutally murdered her family.
The gang is in full prep mode at the
library. Willow finds listings for 43 churches in Sunnydale. Giles tells her
to look and see if any of them are closed or abandoned. Cordy and Xander
meanwhile look through various volumes trying to find a picture of the
assassin that attacked them. Buffy and Kendra sit in Giles’s office. Buffy
sharpens a knife as Kendra expresses disapproval that Xander and Cordelia
also know her “secret” identity. Kendra picks up one of Buffy’s crossbow and
over Buffy’s objections starts fiddling with it, insisting that she is a
weapons expert. She ends up shooting Giles’ lamp. Kendra is embarrassed and
explains that it has a different trigger mechanism then she is used to. She
suggests that Buffy might teach her to use it once their mission is over.
Buffy, however, is more interested in relaxing after they’re done.
Out in the main room, Xander discovers a
book that mentions the maggot man. It states that he can only be killed when
he is in his dissembled state. While reading this, Xander and Cordelia
manage to get in another fight, much to Giles’ and Willow’s annoyance.
Meanwhile in the office, Kendra and Buffy
are talking about how different their lives are. Kendra was taught that
friends, school and family were distractions, and emotions are a weakness.
Her people take the calling of Slayerhood very seriously and so her parents
gave her up to her Watcher for training when she was very young. She was so
young in fact that she doesn’t even remember them. Buffy disagrees with
this. She thinks that Kendra life sounds lonely and she believes her
emotions give her power. Kendra concedes that this may be true for Buffy but
she prefers to keep an even mind. Buffy starts egging her on, insisting that
while her technique is flawless, she has no imagination when she fights.
Buffy claims that if they had continued fighting that she would have won.
This angers Kendra and she waves a knife at Buffy, threatening to wipe the
floor with her. Buffy grins, and points out that Kendra is currently feeling
an emotion and the emotion is giving her the kind of fire a Slayer needs to
survive. Before Kendra can respond Xander walks in to grab a book, setting
Kendra on edge. After Xander leaves Buffy guesses that Kendra isn’t allowed
to date and Kendra reveals that she is not even allowed to speak to boys.
“Unless you’re pummeling them,” Buffy reminds her. This in turn reminds
Buffy about Willy from the bar. She believes that she and Kendra can force
him to help them.
Drusilla is still torturing Angel at the
factory when Spike comes in to tell her that it is time to go to the church.
Drusilla points out the fun of torturing Angel but Spike is uninterested. He
was never much for the pre-show. Angel turns this comment back on Spike,
implying that Spike is no good at foreplay. He then starts taunting Spike,
telling him that he can tell by the way Drusilla is has been touching him
that Spike is not satisfying her. Spike grows angry and goes to stake Angel,
but Drusilla stays his hand. Spike catches onto Angel’s game. If Spike
stakes Angel now, he dies quickly and Drusilla is doomed, which saves Buffy
and the Scooby Gang from having to face her.
Buffy and Kendra show up at Willy’s bar and
demand to know where the ritual is. Willy claims he doesn’t know but when
Buffy threatens to set Kendra on him, he suddenly becomes much more
knowledgeable. He tells Buffy he knows where the ritual is but he will have
take her to it. Kendra wants to return to Giles and get back-up first but
Buffy is unwilling to eat up more time. Angel could be dead any minute now.
Kendra thinks Buffy’s feelings for Angel are clouding her judgment and is
none too concerned about Angel’s life. After all, he is a vampire. When
Buffy leaves with Willy, Kendra doesn’t follow.
Willy leads Buffy into a church and
immediately hands her over to the two remaining assassins and the vampire
minions they have with them. They seem to be expecting her.
In the sanctuary of the church, the ritual
has already begun. Spike has tied Drusilla and Angel together and is
performing an incantation. He then unsheathes a mystical dagger. Once Spike
has stabbed this knife through Angel and Drusilla’s joined hands, Angel’s
life force begins draining out of him and into Drusilla. Just then Willy,
the assassins and the minions burst in, dragging Buffy with them. Willy
demands payment, but Spike is angry that Willy has brought Buffy here. He
wanted her dead, not alive and in the same room as the ritual. Spike turns
to the police officer, addressing her as Patrice. He gives her the order to
kill Buffy, but before she can do the deed, Kendra bursts into the room and
starts kicking some butt. Buffy gets free and the two of them begin a huge
fight. Just as things get bad the Scooby gang catches up and joins the fray.
Giles and Willow deal with the minions, Kendra and Buffy take on Patrice and
Spike, and Cordy and Xander take great joy in luring bug man into his maggot
form and then getting his maggots to crawl under a door crack straight into
a giant puddle of glue. Once the maggots are stuck Xander and Cordelia
gleefully stomp on them. Spike is briefly distracted from the fight by the
escaping Willy, which give Buffy time stop the ritual. As Spike realizes he
is losing he sets the church on fire, grabs Drusilla and runs. Buffy manages
to use a censer as a slingshot and hits Spike in the back of the head. He
collapses into the organ and the giant instrument comes crashing down around
him and Dru. The gang grabs Angel and rushes out of the burning church.
At school the next day Willow finds Oz in
the hallway and asks him about his arm. It’s in a sling but he assures her
that his guitar-playing skill has not been affected. The two begin to flirt
and walk off together.
Things are not so sweet between Xander and
Cordelia. When Cordy first sees Xander she tries to avoid him, but he
catches up with and insists they need to talk. They go into an empty
classroom. As usual they begin arguing, this time over whose fault it was
that they kissed. Before they know it they are making out again.
Buffy walks Kendra out of the school and to
a waiting cab. She reminds her that there is no reason to travel in the
cargo hold, especially since this time around she has a plane ticket. Kendra
doesn’t think that this is the proper way to travel undercover but she
agrees to do it anyway. As they chat Buffy jokingly mentions getting fired,
and Kendra reprimands her for talking about Slayerhood as though it is a
job. It’s not, it’s who she is. Buffy asks her if she got that from the
Slayer handbook, but Kendra insists she got that from Buffy herself. Buffy
begrudgingly admits that being a Slayer is not something she can escape.
She’ll always be a freak. But not the only one, Kendra reminds her, not
In the wreckage of the burnt church, a
badly injured Spike twitches as Drusilla grabs his arm, pulling him up. She
is strong again and she is determined that Spike soon will be too. She picks
him up, cradling him like a baby in her arms and carries him out of the
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