Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Bad Eggs

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Bad Eggs
Bad Eggs
Season 2, Episode 12
Airdate January 12, 1998
Production Number 5V12
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by David Greenwalt
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason Two

Bad Eggs is the twelfth episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Jeremy Ratchford (Lyle Gorch), James Parks (Tector Gorch), Rick Zieff (Mr. Whitmore)

Co-Starring: Danny Strong (Johnathan), Brie McCaddin (Cute Girl), Eric Whitmore (Night Watchman)


Plot Overview

As if hunting down a couple of cowboy vampires is enough for Buffy, she also has to take care of an egg for a health class assignment. After a few tireless nights, she discovers that there's something amiss with her egg.


Monster of the Week

Lyle and Tector Gorch are two outlaws from the American west who massacred a town full of people before they were transformed into vampires. Eventually, they were turned and, at some point in time, were involved with Angelus (or are knowledgeable enough to be familiar with him). For the most part, however, the two are average vampires of below average intelligence.

The true antagonist of this episode is the Bezoar, a pre-prehistoric parasite which spawns eggs containing offspring. The offspring are parasites themselves which, after hatching, attach themselves to a host using "neural clamping." When clamped, the host is under the parasite's complete control and become dedicated to protecting the Bezoar, which is the source of the hive mind, and harvesting its eggs. When the Bezoar is killed, the offspring all die off immediately.

The parasites resemble the facehuggers from the Aliens films, although in this case the parasites don't lay their eggs in the host's body and are generally attached to the host's back. The monster itself bears some resemblance to the Saarlac from Return of the Jedi, another "prehistoric" parasite with tendrils which feeds upon unlucky prisoners of Jabba the Hutt.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Tector Gorch Bezoar Eaten Basement
2 Bezoar Buffy Hit with a Pick Axe Basement


Arc Advancement


  • Vampire Lore: While talking to Buffy about her "faux parenting gig," he mentions offhand that vampires can't have children. He doesn't explain why, but one could assume that it's because they're sterile.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • International: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been dubbed into many different languages and the title translated for each different international version. Some international translations of this episode's title are:
    • French: "Oeufs-surprises" ("Surprises-Eggs")
    • Italian: "Uova cattive" ("Bad Eggs")
    • German: "Faule Eier" ("Bad Eggs")
    • Japanese: "不気味な卵" ("Bukimi na Tamago" - "Weird Eggs")

Allusions and References

  • GigaPet: Buffy claims that she killed her GigaPet by sitting on it, which is proof that she's not fit to be a parent. GigaPets were the American equivalent to Tamagachis, a Japanese electronic pet. Like a real pet, GigaPets and Tamagachis required attention from the owner so that they would be fed and exercised. The toys were extremely popular with junior high and high school students in America during the late 1990s.
Buffy: I killed my GigaPet.

Memorable Moments


  • In the closing credits, Danny Strong's character's name is spelled "Johnathan", rather than the more traditional "Jonathan", as it is spelled in every other episode.


  • Mr Whitmore: S-E-X. Sex. The sex drive in the human is intense. How many of us have lost countless productive hours plagued by unwanted sexual thoughts and feelings?
Xander: Yes! Mm-hm.
Mr Whitmore: That was a rhetorical question, Mr Harris, not a poll.
  • Lyle Gorch: (to Tector Gorch) I'm gonna beat you like a redheaded stepchild.
  • Giles: I suppose there is a sort of... Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression.
Xander: I resent that! Or possibly thank you.