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Season 2 | Episode 10 | “What’s My Line (Part 2)” | Aired Nov 24, 1997

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer … an assassin is about to attack Xander and Cordelia, Angel will be dead at dawn, and Buffy is fighting a girl who just IDed herself as Kendra the Vampire Slayer. Now, on to part 2.

Buffy calls for a ceasefire so she can run this “there’s another slayer” thing past Giles. Kendra (Bianca Lawson, with an iffy Jamaican accent fans will never let her forget) says her watcher sent her to Sunnydale to do her duty: slay vampires.

Vampires like Angel, who is trembling in the corner of a cage at Willy’s bar as the sun creeps closer.

The slayers head to the library, and Giles figures out what’s happened: Kendra was activated when the Master killed Buffy, even though, as Buffy says, “I was only gone for a minute.”

Kendra is clearly the more disciplined of the two. She’s appalled to meet Willow, because Buffy has friends and isn’t keeping slaying a secret. Kendra also admits that she caught Buffy and Angel smooching at the skating rink, which is why she attacked, thinking Buffy was a vampire.

They explain that Angel is good, leaving Kendra to hesitantly explain how she left him to die.

Buffy and Kendra find the cage empty—no Angel, but no ashes either. Willy rescued him, but straight into Spike’s waiting hands, though he forgets to mention this.

Giles and Kendra’s watcher decide that she should stick around and help stop the spell. Kendra seems to know much more about the big bads of the world than Buffy—probably because she read the Slayer handbook. Buffy is hurt when Giles says he figured it wouldn’t be of use to Buffy.

Willow tries to boost her morale, but Buffy daydreams about leaving the slaying to Kendra and having a normal life.

[A note: Buffy is such a bitch in these episodes. Maybe it’s rebellion against destiny. Maybe she’s jealous when Giles bonds with the more by-the-book Kendra. Maybe it’s menses. Everyone’s allowed a self-pity day now and then, but the more acerbic one-liners she tosses out, the harder it is to sympathize.]

At the Summers’, the Order of Taraka assassin dissolves into a pile of worms, sending Cordelia and Xander into the basement to hide. Tensions rise. Xander blames Cordelia for letting him in the house; she can’t believe he’s not doing more to save them.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Xander and Cordelia KissThey’re fighting … and they’re kissing! Cue grand, romantic music. They hastily break apart, and, horrified at what happened, bolt for the stairs. A writhing mass of worms falls on Cordelia as they dash out of the house, and Xander happily sprays her with the hose.

Unaware of the attack, Buffy hits the career fair with Willow. Oz comes over to chat in adorable Oz fashion. They’re both turning down the corporate job, though Oz’s disinterest stems mostly from not wanting any job; he’d rather master that pesky E-flat diminished ninth. The Willow in all of us swoons.

Disguised as a police officer at the fair, the third assassin shoots at Buffy, but Kendra jumps in and, outnumbered, the assassin flees. Oz is caught in the crossfire while saving Willow, but it’s just a flesh wound. (It’s always a surprise to see guns on BtVS. This is one of the few times guns are fired, and not by the Initiative.)

The gang hatches a plan to stop Spike from killing Angel in order to restore Drusilla’s power. “You can attack me, you can send assassins after me, that’s fine,” Buffy snarls. “But nobody messes with my boyfriend.”

Drusilla tortures Angel, reminding him how cruel he was to her back in the day. Angel taunts Spike to provoke Spike into killing him early, thus ruining the spell, but it doesn’t work.

Buffy and Kendra bond as they sharpen their weapons. Kendra describes her training, which includes isolation from friends and family and shutting off her feelings. Buffy argues feelings actually make her a better slayer.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Spike, Drusilla and AngelThey return to Willy’s, and he agrees to take them to the church. Kendra wants to wait for backup, but Buffy has to try to save Angel. Kendra was right. Willy delivers Buffy straight into the hands of four assassins.

Spike begins the ritual and links Dru and Angel by driving the cross through their intertwined hands. Buffy is devastated to see the life draining from Angel. Thankfully, Kendra followed them after all and joins the fight.

Knowing he’s defeated, Spike lights a fire, grabs Drusilla, and heads for the exit, but Buffy sends the church’s organ crashing onto them. Kendra helps Buffy haul a weak Angel out before the building collapses.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Oz and WillowAt school, Willow tries to thank Oz for saving her, but he brushes it off with a joke about his animal crackers.

“The monkey is the only cookie animal that gets to wear clothes, you know that?” he says. She smiles. “You have the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen … so I’m wondering, do the other cookie animals feel sort of ripped? Like is the hippo going, ‘Hey, man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity.’ And, you know, the monkey’s just, ‘I mock you with my monkey pants!’ And then there’s a big coup in the zoo … “

(Doesn’t everyone wish their first love was this sweet? Of course, without the wolfy stuff later.)

Cordelia and Xander vow to never speak about what happened in Buffy’s basement. They argue over who disgusts whom more, then totally make out again. This is one of my all-time favorite love-hate relationships, up there with Logan and Veronica, and Pacey and Joey.

Buffy sees Kendra off and thanks her for helping to save Angel. Kendra reminds Buffy that slaying isn’t a job; it’s who they are.

Spike is badly hurt. But someone is there to pull him out of the ashes: Drusilla, restored to full strength, and ready to destroy Sunnydale.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Episode 10 - Drusilla and Spike

Big Bad of the Week: Willy is a weasel, but it’s Spike, Drusilla, and the assassins who almost do in Buffy and Angel this time.

Quote of the Week: “No, this dude was completely different than praying-mantis lady. He was a man of bugs. Not a man who was a bug.” —Xander, when Buffy calls him out on having a thing with bugs

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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