Buffy and her friends encounter even more trouble than expected when the eggs they are given in health class turn out to be prehistoric parasites that take over their lives.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Rick Zieff ...
Mr. Whitmore
Brie McCaddin ...
Cute Girl
Eric Whitmore ...
Night Watchman


While Buffy is in trouble with her mother, who believes she's too selfish to think of anything else then boys and clothes (she wished it were true!) and resorts to grounding (ignoring Angel's window visits), the brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, who murdered an entire Mexican village even before they turned vampires, are spotted, presumably attracted by the Hellmouth. Meanwhile a teacher who worries about irresponsible teenager sex, as Xander and Cordelia -still passionately despising and kissing each-other- verbally demonstrate in class to think only of superficial risks, resorts to the parenting eggs trick, only absent Buffy is a 'single mother'. Of course in Sunnydale the eggs turn out to be not poultry but something nasty, dangerous and mysterious, even after boiling as Xander did to facilitate parental care, of the body snatching order... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 January 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For most of the kissing scenes between Buffy & Angel, Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz would prank each other by eating onions, garlic, cheese and the like to force each other to kiss with stinky breath. See more »


When Willow and Xander first enter the library, there are two paper-trays on top of the catalog cabinet where Buffy is standing; they are absent in subsequent shots. Also on the cabinet is a chained pen, which changes position between shots. See more »


Xander: You gotta take care of the egg. It's a baby. You gotta keep it safe and teach it Christian values.
Willow Rosenberg: My egg is Jewish.
Xander: Then teach it that dreidel song.
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References Alien (1979) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Deprives a great show of a great story
20 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I started watching Buffy about 3 weeks ago and I absolutely love the show. It has wonderful elements of comedy, horror, thriller, romance, and the like. The show has great characters and usually great writing. The show is at times ridiculous, but who the hell cares when it's entertaining, has good intentions, and possibly some morals! However, I found myself disliking, even hating, this episode of Buffy.

It features some decent dialogue - and there's development in a romance that I supported before it even existed (Xander's and Cordelia's) - and it isn't completely terrible, but it just wasn't good. The story was not only absolutely preposterous, but it had no substance or charm whatsoever. I found that time dragged while I watched this episode. Usually a Buffy episode feels like 2 minutes, but this one felt like 2 hours at the 15 minute mark.

I felt like the episode had more smooching than actual plot points. Not that I'm against the idea, but the sexual interactions of this episode seemed tasteless and rather unimportant to the plot. It just satisfied the hopes of teenage fan-girls.

I'm not trying to say that what was wrong with this episode was the fact that there was too much kissing - which there wasn't. In fact, the smooching was one of the only things I didn't despise about this episode (though I didn't appreciate it all that much either.) Nothing, even the mere fact of seeing the characters of the show, could save this episode from dwindling towards the entertainment and cultural value of mediocre and moronic day-time dramas.

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