A beautiful Inca princess who was buried alive in a tomb 500 years ago is brought back to life.



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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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Gil Birmingham, who portrays the Peruvian Man, would be known for his portrayal of Billy Black in the Twilight (2008) film series, which also deals about the romance between a girl and a bloodthirsty creature. 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 »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Mummy girl
30 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inca mummy girl turns the movie on its head by having an exchange student being replaced by Ampata. An ancient mummy tombed long ago and looking to relieve the life she was denied. What makes this episode special is the similarities shared between Buffy and the mummy as they both had to fulfill a destiny even dying for their people. I felt bad for Ampatha at first realizing she's a teenager looking for a boyfriend, a family and to be a normal girl until she refused penance till the end.

Another factor I enjoyed was Xander as her Prince Charming coming off as suave and cool. He was even shown to sacrifice his life for his friends by letting her take his life force yet it takes so long to get to him she crumbles into dust saving the day. My only complaint is what the school thought of a foreign exchange student disappearing and his worried parents back home waiting for his return is never addressed.

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