A reanimated Inca princess makes her way to Sunnydale, where she sucks the life force from others in order to stay alive.



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Angel (credit only)
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Henrik Rosvall ...
Sven (as Hendrik Rosvall)
Rodney Munson (as Joey Crawford)
Kristen Winnicki ...


While on a field trip to the local museum, one of the students breaks a ceramic seal in the coffin of an Incan mummy, who rises and must consume the life-force of others in order to remain alive. She tries to fit in with the students at Sunnydale, and even starts to have real feelings for Xander. But when Buffy, Willow, and Giles realize who and what she really is, they may have to rescue Xander before he becomes the mummy's next victim. Written by Alex

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6 October 1997 (USA)  »

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This is the fifth episode of the series without any vampires. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack (1997) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997) are the first four). See more »


The mummified corpse in the chest seemingly turns itself around. See more »


[first lines]
Buffy Summers: This is so unfair.
Willow: I don't think it's that bad.
Buffy Summers: It's the Über-suck. Mom could've at least warned me.
Xander: Well, a lot of parents are doing it this year. It's part of this whole cultural exchange magillah. The exhibit, the dance...
Willow: I have the best costume for the dance!
Buffy Summers: A complete stranger in my house for two weeks. I'm gonna be insane! A danger to myself and others within three days, I swear.
Xander: I think the exchange student program's cool. I do! It's a beautiful melding of two cultures.
Buffy Summers: ...
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne (1998) See more »


Performed by Four Star Mary
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Xander falls for an Inca mummy
10 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this stand-alone episode opens Buffy and her friends are talking about an upcoming cultural exchange; Buffy isn't pleased to be having somebody stay with her for a fortnight… Xander thinks it is a great idea until he learns that the student due to stay with Buffy is a boy named Ampata. Before that starts there is the school trip to a local museum that is playing host to the mummy of a sacrificed Incan princess. After most of the students have moved on one of the boys tries to steal the seal which keeps the mummy dead. He breaks it and she grabs him and literally sucks the life out of him. The mummy's next victim is the Peruvian boy that was waiting for Buffy to pick him up from the bus station. When she gets there the mummy, who now looks like a young woman, claims to be Ampata. The fact that she isn't a boy is quickly accepted as a misunderstanding. Xander is somewhat smitten with her and invites her to a dance; Willow is upset but accepts that he only sees her as a friend… there are hints that there may be romance in her future though as band member 'Oz' is fascinated by her as she stands alone at the Bronze dressed as an Eskimo! Eventually Buffy and Giles realise the truth about Ampata and rush to save Xander from a potentially disastrous date.

I must admit that after the previous episode I was hoping for a bit more of Spike and Drusilla but my disappointment didn't last long as this was an impressive stand-alone episode. Ampata was a good 'monster of the week' as she was a sympathetic character; she had been robbed of her life as a teenager and just wanted to have a chance to live again… it was just a shame that she regularly had to take the life of others to survive; guest star Ara Celi did a fine job in the role. As well as the usual action mixed with unforced comedy there are some touching moments; notably when Willow overhears Xander saying that he loves her but could never see her as anything but a friend and later as she stands alone in the Bronze; Alyson Hannigan does a great job in the role and was particularly adorable in her Eskimo costume. This episode sees the introducing of Seth Green as Oz and hints of a possible relationship with Willow even if at this point she has no idea he is even aware of her. Overall this episode was really good; certainly better than I was expecting from a stand-alone episode.

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