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