Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 9

What's My Line?: Part 1 (17 Nov. 1997)

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Spike brings in three professional bounty hunters to eliminate Buffy while she ponders on what her profession might be if her fate wasn't already sealed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kelly Connell ...
Norman Pfister


"Career Week", a must at Sunnydale High by order of the principal, finds Xander has a future as jailer; Willow and geek Oz are nerdy first choice for top class companies. Buffy realizes that she has practically no future apart from that of a Slayer, at best law enforcer. Meanwhile Spike sends the order of Taraka, four deadly assassins who can assume any form, to eliminate the Slayer while, as Giles and Willow's research soon learns, a special cross stolen from the tomb of inventor Dulac, a theologian and mathematician, is added as key to his coded manuscript a vampire minion stole stole from Giles' library to find a cure for Spike's weakened, crazy vampire lover Drusilla... Written by KGF Vissers

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Principal Snyder says to Xander, "Whatever comes out of your mouth is a meaningless waste of breath. An airborne toxic event." This is an homage to Don DeLillo's 1985 novel 'White Noise', the second part of which is entitled "The Airborne Toxic Event". See more »


At twenty-one minutes in, as Giles talks to Buffy outside the du Lac crypt and starts to walk away, you can see a crew member moving around behind the shrubbery at the left edge of the picture. See more »


Xander: It's a statistical impossibility for a sixteen-year-old girl to unplug her phone.
[Willow nods in agreement]
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Kendra arrives in Sunnydale
18 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll never understand why Buffy doesn't get paid for her slaying. The Council pays Giles to be watcher, apparently had enough money to buy lots of ancient do-dads and employ lots of useless people, holds retreats with canoe trips and horse back riding... But they can't cough up any money for the actual Slayer? It just doesn't make any sense. Anyway, poor Buffy spends most of this episode lamenting her lack of a high-paying future. (A subject that will be revisited again in season six.) She also has to battle the assassins that Spike sends her way, go on an ice skating date with Angel and fight Kendra, a new girl in town who ALSO claims to be the Vampire Slayer. "What's My Line?" is actually a two part episode and it accomplishes a lot story-wise. The end of this installment, with Kendra arriving, is extremely important, especially to next seasons story arc. Suddenly, there are two slayers in the world and that's just bound to cause problems...

"What's My Line?" centers around Sunnydale High's Career Day. Xander, Willow, Cordy, Buffy and the rest of the students are busily filling out questionnaires, debating whether or not they aspire to help their fellow man and how much they like shrubs. Buffy becomes depressed when she realizes that being that Slayer pretty much precludes her from having a regular nine-to-five job. Spike, meanwhile, is becoming desperate. He likes to battle Slayers gladiator style, face to face, in a fair fight. It's his hobby. But he's running out of time. Dru's growing sicker by the day and Spike needs to find her cure right now. In an effort to kill Buffy quickly, or at least keep her busy for awhile, he hires a band of assassins to hunt her down. Paniced by the mercenaries gunning for her, Buffy decides to hide at Angel's apartment. Where she's soon attacked by Kendra, a girl who also claims to be the Vampire Slayer. Xander and Cordy, looking for Buffy at her house, are confronted by one of the assassins. While Angel is captured and left for dead at Willy's place.

This is an all around fun episode. I like Willow being recruited by that computer company and finally coming face to face with Oz. They have such a cute relationship. Also, I enjoy Buffy and Angel's date, especially the assassin attacking and Angel asking if Buffy knows what the dead-guy's ring means. "That I just killed a Superbowl champ?" And who doesn't smile when Buffy kisses Angel, even though he's all vamped-out and bleeding? I also continue to enjoy every scene with Dru and Spike. His increasing frustration with Dalton, the vampire scholar, is pretty funny. Spike is not the most patient fellow and his "pain is inspirational" leadership style is hilarious... In an evil sort of way.

On the downside, I really wish we'd gotten to see Angel ice-skate. Just the idea of it makes me smile. Also, why don't Giles and the Scoobies make an inventory of all the mystical amulets, gloves, crosses, axes, etc... that are buried around Sunnydale and go collect them? It seems like there's always some magical thing-y hidden in a Sunnydale graveyard that evil-doers are trying to find. And they're always described in Giles books. If the Scoobies were more proactive, researching and gathering up the stuff first, before bad-guys came to town, it would save them a lot of time and trouble. Of course, then the show might not be so fun.

My favorite part of the episode: Spike and Dru dancing.

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