Inca Mummy Girl
Episode 4 of 22 within Season Two. Item 17 of 145 overall.
Production number 5V04.
Matt Kiene - Writer
Joe Reinkemeyer - Writer
Ellen Pressman - Director
6.77
567 votes

An exchange student stirs up Buffy's and Giles suspicions when a student goes missing on a field trip to the Natural History Museum, but Xander is the one who's really in jeopardy when he falls for the beauty.

original airdate--October 6,1997     rating--3.2 million

network--The WB 

songs--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "Fate" by Four Star Mary  
  2. "Shadows" by Four Star Mary  
  3. "Ampata's Kiss" by Christophe Beck  

 

Body Count:

  • Rodney Munson, drained of his lifeforce by the Inca Mummy at the "Incan Burial Chamber" in the Sunnydale Museum
  • The real Ampata Gutierrez, also drained of his lifeforce by the Mummy at the Sunnydale bus station
  • The Peruvian "bodyguard," also drained of his lifeforce by the Mummy in a bathroom of Sunnydale High
  • The Inca Mummy, shattered to pieces after being thrown by Buffy Summers

Monster of the Week: 

This episode puts a spin on the traditional Mummy myth, keeping in with the theme of this season exploring the classic Universal movie monsters, popularly including Dracula (i.e. vampires), Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy and the Werewolf of London. However, this episode (like the others) take certain liberties with the traditional story to contemporize it.

Instead of being an Egyptian priest, the mummy in this episode is an Incan princess who was deemed to be "the chosen one" to save her people from the underworld. She was offered as a sacrifice and killed so that the people would be safe from the demons. Her story is strangely familiar to Buffy's own story as the slayer, which she notes. Also somewhat like the Slayer, "Ampata" has a bodyguard to keep her in the game of preventing the world from descending into supernatural chaos.

Because "Ampata" is dead, she must absorb the life force of others, typically men although she threatens to drain Willow, in order to remain youthful. Considering that after two days, she kills three people and still starts to decay again, she apparently must drain people very frequently to sustain life. Much like Frankenstein's monster, who appeared in the second episode of this season, "Ampata" was not evil, but she was amoral.

Characters:

  1. Xander and Willow: Willow seems to accept that she'll never be more to Xander than just a friend and suggests that maybe she should just move on. That opportunity to move on arises when Oz comes on the scene, but he doesn't quite make contact with her.

 

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regional titles

Dutch
Unknown
English
Inca Mummy Girl
French
La momie inca
German
Das Geheimnis der Mumie
Irish
Unknown
Italian
La prescelta
Spanish
La Momia Inca