Buffy the Vampire Slayer/What's My Line? (2)
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What's My Line? (2) is the tenth episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-second episode overall.
Monster of the Week
This episode finishes the storyline from the previous episode. Its monsters are still the assassins, Spike and Drusilla.
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- Slayer Lore: The time between the death of a slayer and the activation of a new girl in the line is apparently immediate. This is made evident by the fact that Kendra was activated as a slayer in the minute of death that she experienced. Also of note is the fact that there is a "Slayer Handbook" which Giles decided wouldn't be of use after meeting Buffy. He doesn't expand on why, but it likely has something to do with her problems with authority.
Kendra's story is much more typical for a slayer, particularly noting that she gave up friends, parents and any other connection to the world outside of slaying. Of note, she doesn't remember her parents because she was sent away at such a young age to her watcher when she was called.
- Ritual: The exact ritual for Drusilla's resurrection plays out in this episode. On either a full or new moon (Giles and Spike conflict each other), the vampire in need of healing must be bound to his or her sire inside a church. After the instigator of the ritual recites a verse, he takes the knife hidden in De Luc's cross and stabs both vampires through their hands. As the sire bleeds to death, his blood rejuvenates the weak vampire.
- Xander and Cordelia: Xander and Cordelia's turbulent relationship, which is clearly borne out of hatred for each other, begins in this episode.
- 1x12 - Prophecy Girl: Buffy was, indeed, killed by The Master during the first season finale. She drowned in a small underground lake in an abandoned church deep underground, although she was mysteriously revived, feeling "stronger."
- Giles: She drowned, she was revived.
- 1x03 - The Witch: It has been mentioned in the past that Buffy was a cheerleader at her old school in Los Angeles. She briefly entertained the notion of picking the sport back up when she came to Sunnydale, but she was dissuaded when a girl possessed by her mother started mystically attacking girls who made the cut onto the team.
- Giles: No, she had to give up her cheerleading. It's quite an amusing story, really.
- 1x04 - Teacher's Pet: Xander's first involvement with a bug person came when he was attracted by a praying mantis demon posing as his substitute teacher. The demon later imprisoned him and attempted to mate with and eventually kill him.
- Buffy: You and bugs, Xander. what's up with that?
- The Man's Chord: Oz tells Willow that his ambition is to master the E flat diminished ninth chord, otherwise annotated as E♭dim9. The chord is possible to pull off, although it is, as he says, very difficult. On a fretboard, the chord pattern would be: Eb-G-Bb-Db-Fb-(Open).
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Spike: I'll see him die soon enough. I've never been much for the pre-show.
Angel: Too bad. That's what Drusilla likes best as I recall.
Spike: What's that supposed to mean?
Angel: Ask her. She knows what I mean.
Drusilla: (to Angel) Shhhhh. Rrrrrruf. Bad dog.