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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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Release Date:

6 October 1997 (USA)  »

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[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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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Inca Mummy galore
16 November 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

A seal on an Inca Princess is broken on a school trip causing the mummified princess to rise and try to have a normal life, but being a teenager in a whole new world isn't easy. This episode also introduces Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne (Seth Green).

This episode has a great plot with an ancient Inca Princess who in accordance with Inca beliefs was chosen to be sacrificed at a young age whom now has been released. This episode deals with the difficulties of being a teenager in an other world (culture) but does so in a abstract way (using a mummy, who has to drain life to survive). It also introduces Oz but dosn't reveal much about him.

The acting is good with Alyson Hannigan putting on the best performance. the effects is also well done.

This episode gets a 8 out of 10.

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