Inca Mummy Girl
This episode was originally broadcast on October 6, 1997. Transcribed by: AleXander Thompson
~~~~~~~~~~ Prologue ~~~~~~~~~~
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
Buffy: This is so unfair.
Willow: I don't think it's that bad.
Buffy: It's the Uber-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 magilla. The exhibit, the dance...
Willow: I have the best costume for the dance!
Buffy: 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.
Buffy: Have you ever done an exchange program?
Xander: My dad tried to send me to some Armenians once. Does that count?
They climb the steps to the building entrance and the cultural exchange exhibit. Cut inside. Cordelia and two other girls are looking over the pictures of the exchange students.
She walks past Buffy.
Buffy: What're you lookin' at?
Cordelia: Pictures of our exchange students. Look. 100% Swedish, 100% gorgeous, 100% staying at my house! So, how's yours? Visually, I mean.
Buffy: I don't know. Guy like?
Xander: By guy-like we are talking big, beefy, guy-like girl, right?
Buffy: I was just told 'guy'.
Cordelia: You didn't look at him first? He could be dogly. You live on the edge. (walks off)
Xander: Hold on a sec. So, this person who's living with you for two weeks is a man. With man parts. This is a terrible idea.
Willow: What about the beautiful melding of two cultures?
Xander: There's no melding, okay? He better keep his parts to himself.
Buffy: What's he doing?
Another student goes up to Rodney and gets growled at.
Xander: What he lacks in smarts he makes up in lack of smarts.
Willow: You just don't like him 'cause of that time he beat you up every day for five years.
Buffy giggles to herself.
Xander: Yeah. I'm irrational that way.
Buffy: (smiles) I better stop him before he gets in trouble.
Xander: The important thing is *you* believe that.
Cut to Rodney. He's still scraping the mask.
Willow: That's probably not something you're supposed to be doing. You could get in trouble.
Rodney: (facetiously) Oh, no. And they might kick me outta school?
Willow: (smiles) Are we still on for our chem tutorial tomorrow?
Rodney: Yeah. I think I got almost all fourteen natural elements memorized.
Willow: There're a hundred and three.
Rodney suddenly looks worried. Cut to the museum guide.
Guide: Welcome, students. We shall now proceed into the Incan burial chamber. The human sacrifice is about to begin.
Cut to the entry to the Inca exhibit. They all walk in.
Xander: Typical museum trick. Promise human sacrifice, deliver old pots and pans.
Guide: Five hundred years ago, the Incan people chose a beautiful teenage girl to become their princess.
They take the steps up to a platform where the Incan stone coffin and mummy are on display.
Willow: I hope this story ends with, 'And she lived happily ever after.'
Xander: (looks into the coffin) No, I think it ends with, 'And she became a scary, discolored, shriveled mummy.'
Guide: The Incan people sacrificed their princess to the mountain god Sebancaya, an offering buried alive for eternity in this dark tomb.
Willow: They could've at least wrapped her in those nice white bandages, like in the movies?
Guide: The princess remained there protected only by a cursed seal placed there (points to the plate in the mummy's hands) as a warning to any who would wake her.
Cordelia and a few other girls are still looking at the exchange student pictures and laughing.
Xander: Ooo. The Sunnydale bus depot. Classy! What a better way to introduce someone to our country than with the stench of urine.
Guide: Now, if you'll follow me this way, please.
They all walk past the coffin and follow the guide to the next destination on the tour.
Cut to later. The exhibit is deserted now except for Rodney, who cautiously looks around and makes his way back up to the mummy. He looks into the stone coffin and sees the plate with the seal.
Rodney: Aha. Cool.
He reaches in and yanks at the plate, trying to wrest it from the mummy's grip. He gets it out of one hand, and yanks it hard to get it out of the other. It comes loose, and he pulls it up too fast, breaking it against the side of the coffin.
Rodney: Oh! Damn!
He reaches in to collect the pieces. The mummy's arms reach up and grab him by the neck. Its eyelids open to reveal empty sockets as it pulls him in closer.
Opening credits roll. Buffy's theme plays.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 1 ~~~~~~~~~~
Buffy: So, can I go?
Giles: I think not.
Buffy: (pouts) How come?
Giles: Because you are the Chosen One.
Buffy: Mm. Just this once I'd like to be the Overlooked One.
Giles: Well, I'm... afraid that is not...
Giles: You have responsibilities that other girls do not.
Buffy: Oh! I know this one! Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah, blah, bity blah, I'm so stuffy, gimme a scone.
Giles: (sarcastically) It's as if you know me.
Giles: Your secret identity is gonna be difficult enough to maintain while this exchange student is living with you.
Xander gets up and separates them.
Xander: Nooot... *with* her. In the same house as her. Am I the only one who's objective enough to make that distinction? (goes to the counter)
Giles doesn't say a word. She steps back and comes at him for an especially hard kick.
Buffy stops her kick at the last instant.
Buffy: (smiles) Yay! I win.
Giles: I'll just go and introduce my shoulder to a, an icepack.
Xander: (hops off of the counter) So, I guess we're dance-bound. Cool. I think I can get my mom's car, so I'm wheel man.
Buffy: Ah, and we enter dateville. Romance, flowers...
Willow smiles widely.
Xander: And she's my best friend. Which makes her not the kind of girl who I think about her lips that much.
Willow's smile fades to disappointment.
Xander: She's the kind of girl that... I'm best friends with.
Willow: Hey guys.
He puts his arm around her and pulls her over to Buffy at the table.
Xander: Like the three of us going to the dance together. See? (laughs) Happy!
Willow isn't smiling.
Xander: Not happy.
Giles: (comes out of his office with an ice pack) Trouble with Mr. Munson again? (puts it on his shoulder)
Willow: His parents say he never came home last night.
Willow: I didn't either. I hope he didn't get in trouble at the museum.
Xander: (chuckles) Hey, maybe he awakened the mummy.
Willow: (giggles) Right, and it rose from its tomb.
Buffy: (smiles) And attacked him. (nods)
Their smiles fade as they all realize that that may not be so far- fetched.
Cut to the Inca exhibit at the museum. They all come walking in.
Xander: For twenty-one hours?
Willow: It's addictive, you know.
Giles: We'll deal with that when we've... ruled out evil curses.
They climb the steps to the platform where the coffin is on display.
Buffy: One day I'm gonna live in a town where evil curses are just generally ruled out without even saying.
Giles: There was a seal?
Buffy steps up to the coffin and looks in.
Buffy: It was right here. And it's broken. (picks up the largest piece)
Willow: Does that mean the mummy's loose?
Giles: Look at this series of pictograms.
A man comes out of nowhere and yells, jumps up behind Xander and swings at him with a knife. Xander ducks the blow and gets behind him. The man swings back the other way again blindly, looks into the coffin and is surprised by what he sees there. Xander jumps onto the man's back. He knocks Xander off, and runs off of the platform and away. Xander quickly gets up.
Xander: Okay, I just saved us, right?
Buffy: Something did.
Giles: Well, we'll fret about the details later. Let's just get out of here before he comes back.
They all hurry down the steps to leave except Willow, who's noticed something about the mummy.
Giles: Yes, yes, very.
Willow: Did they have orthodontists?
Cut to the mummy. There are metal braces on its teeth.
Cut to the library. They all come in.
Xander: Maybe we should ask that crazy man with the big old knife.
Buffy: I don't think he seemed overly chatty.
Giles: My resources on this subject are extremely limited. I-I gather that this particular mummy was from the Sebancaya region of eastern Peru. It's very remote. Now, if there's an answer, then it's, it's locked in the...
Buffy: ...in the seal.
Giles: (looks at the seal) It's gonna take me weeks to... translate these pictograms. Well, we'll start tonight with...
Giles: I was gonna suggest hunting.
Buffy: No, I'm late. I told my mom I'd pick him up.
Xander: Oh, yeah. Fall for the old 'let me translate that ancient seal for ya' come on. Tsh. D'ya know how many times I've used that?
Cut to the bus stations. Ampata is standing there alone waiting and looking around for his ride. He hears a whisper.
He starts walking in the direction of the voice, passing several parked busses. He hears the voice again, louder this time.
He walks between two busses, looking around for whoever it is.
He sees the mummy come toward him, and is surprised and frightened but doesn't scream or yell. The mummy reaches out, grabs him by the neck, pulls him in and kisses him. Ampata begins to shrivel and dry up as the mummy draws his life force from him.
Buffy: Forty minutes late. Welcome to America!
Willow: What if he left already?
Willow finds the door to the station building locked.
Xander: So, do we have to speak Spanish when we see him? 'Cause I don't know anything much besides Doritos and Chihuahua.
The mummy had regained her appearance of a young teenage girl. She comes walking out from between two busses.
Xander is instantly taken with her beauty. She comes over and stands before them.
Xander: Ay caramba! I can also say that!
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 2 ~~~~~~~~~~
Buffy: Dining room...
They come into the kitchen from the dining room.
Buffy: And this (turns on the light) is the kitchen.
Ampata: (amazed) It's very good!
Buffy: Yeah, you got your stove, your fridge, it's fully functional. We're very into it.
Xander: (slow and over-pronounced) Would you like a drink? (gestures)
Buffy: (opens the fridge) Uh, let's see, we've got milk, and, uh, oh, older milk... Juice?
Ampata: Yes. For many years now.
Willow: And not a boy, 'cause we thought a boy was coming, and here ya are in a girl way!
Xander: It's just one of those crazy mix-ups, Will.
Buffy: So, have you ever been to America before? (sets out glasses)
Ampata: Uh, I, I have toured.
Xander: (slow English again) Where did... you go?
Ampata: I was taken to Atlanta, Boston, New York.
Willow: New York! That's exciting. What was that like?
Ampata: I did not see so much.
Xander: Your English is... very bueno.
Ampata: I listened much.
Xander: Well, that works out well, because I talk much. (they laugh)
Buffy: Hey! Sorry about the teeniness of the room.
Ampata: My old one was much smaller.
Buffy: (sits on her bed) What's it like back home?
Ampata: Cramped, and... very dead.
Buffy: Well, you'll feel right at home in Sunnydale.
Ampata: Oh, no! Ohhhh! (gets up) But... but you have so *much* here! (picks up a picture)
Buffy: How 'bout friends?
Ampata: They are... (puts the picture down) It is just me.
Buffy: I've been there. But, hey! You'll meet lots of people tomorrow.
Buffy: One normal life. Comin' up.
She reaches over to turn off her light. Cut outside. The man from the museum is hidden there looking in through the window from the bushes.
Devon: Got it.
Cordelia: So, I'll see you afterwards?
Devon: Sure. Where do you wanna meet?
Cordelia: I'll be standing at the edge of the stage.
Cordelia: (looks also) Sven! Momento! Needa! (to Devon) This whole student exchange thing has been a horrible nightmare. They don't even speak American. So, I'll see you later? (she allows him a kiss on the cheek) Bye!
She starts back up the stairs toward the school. She turns back when she notices that Sven isn't following.
Oz: Of what?
Oz: She's a wonderland tour.
Devon: You gotta admit, the girl is hot!
Oz: Yeah, she's a hot girl.
Devon: Let me guess: not your type? What does a girl have to do to impress you?
Oz: I'm not picky. You're just impressed by any pretty girl that can walk and talk.
Devon: She doesn't have to talk.
Oz just smirks.
Willow: I worked really hard on my costume. It's pretty cool.
Xander: Okay, but what about me? I've gotta think.
Willow: Well, it's a celebration of cultures. There are lots of dress- up alternatives.
Xander: And a corresponding equal number of mocking alternatives. All aimed at me.
Willow: Bavarians are cool.
Xander: Okay, no shirts with ruffles, no hats with feathers and definitely no lederhosen. They make my calves look fat.
Willow: Why are you suddenly so worried about looking like an idiot? That came out wrong.
Buffy: Your first day of school. Nervous?
Ampata: It is just more people than I have seen in a long time.
Buffy: Ah, don't worry. You will have no problems making friends. As a matter of fact, I know someone who's dying to meet you.
Cut to the library. Giles gets right to it.
Giles: (shakes her hand, smiles) How do you do?
Giles: I was, I was wondering if you could, um, translate this? (shows her the seal)
Buffy: That was in no way awkward.
Ampata takes it and looks at it in disbelief.
Buffy: Something wrong?
Ampata: Uh, No! Uh, it is... Uh, why are you asking me?
Giles: Well, uh, uh... (coughs) It's, well, it's an artifact... from, from, uh, your... region. I-it's, uh, from the tomb of a-an Incan mummy, a-a-actually. We were trying to translate it, uh, um, as a-a project for our, um...
Willow: Our archeology club.
Giles: (impressed with her quick thinking) Very good.
Ampata: It is broken. Where are the other pieces?
Buffy: That's all we found.
Giles: Is, is, uh, anything you recognize here? Um, um, this, this, um... this ch-chap here with the knife, for instance?
Ampata: Well, I-I do not know exactly, but... I-I-I think this represents, I believe the word is... 'bodyguard'?
Giles: (takes the seal) Bodyguard? Interesting.
Ampata: Legend has it that he guards the mummy against those who would disturb her.
Ampata: (smiles) Yes! That will be fun.
Willow: (still staring after them) Boy. They really like each other.
Xander: And this (reaches into his satchel) is called a snack food. (holds up a Twinkie)
Ampata: Snack food?
Xander: Yeah. It's a delicious, spongy, golden cake stuffed with a delightful creamy, white substance of goodness. And here's how you eat it.
He stuffs the whole thing into his mouth. Ampata laughs at the sight.
Ampata: Oh, but now I cannot try it.
Xander: (with a full mouth) That's why you bring two.
He produces another one from his bag and hands it to her.
Ampata: Oh! (studies it) Here goes!
She pulls her windswept hair back from her face and proceeds to stuff most of the Twinkie into her mouth. She laughs with delight.
Xander: (mouth still full) Good, huh? And the exciting part is that they have no ingredients that a human can pronounce. So it doesn't leave you with that heavy... food feeling in your stomach.
She squeals with laughter.
Ampata: (mouth full) You are strange.
Xander: Girls always tell me that. Right before they run away.
Ampata: I like it!
Xander: I like you like it!
She can't help but laugh more at that.
Xander: Please, don't learn from my English.
Cut to the library. Buffy is inspecting the seal under a magnifying lamp.
Willow is off in her own world, idly playing with her stuffed frog.
Willow: Oh! Yes. I'm caring about mummies.
Willow: Yeah. And then Xander can find someone else who's not me to obsess about. At least with you I knew he didn't have a shot. Well, you know, I have a choice. I can spend my life waiting for Xander to go out with every other girl in the world until he notices me, or I can just get on with my life.
Buffy: Good for you.
Willow: Well, I didn't choose yet.
Buffy: My work?
Willow: Where does it say that?
Giles: Well, here. It implies that the mummy is capable of... feeding on the life force of a person, effectively freeze-drying them, you might say. Extraordinary.
Buffy: So, then we just have to stop the mummy. Which leads to the question: how do we a) find, and b) stop the mummy?
Giles: Well, the answer to that is somewhere still in here. Or in
Bodyguard: You stole the seal! Where is it?!
He swings again, but Xander scoots back more and then rolls down two levels of seats. The bodyguard comes at him again and tries to stab him, but Xander catches his arm and stops him. Ampata screams again. The bodyguard looks back at her and recognizes her.
Bodyguard: It is you!
Giles: Here you are.
Ampata: Thank you.
Willow: Why's this guy so into us? I mean, what's he want?
Xander: He said, 'Give me the seal.'
Giles: Apparently this is more popular than we realized. I just don't know what we, we should do with it.
Giles: I'm afraid someone already has.
Ampata: You mean the man with the knife killed someone?
Buffy: Uh, no. Well, not exactly.
Ampata: You are not telling me everything. (looks at them all)
Xander: We're in the crime club. Which is kinda like the chess club, only with crime, and, um... no chess.
Ampata: Please understand me. That seal nearly got us killed. It must be destroyed!
She gets up and runs from the library. A moment later Xander gets up and runs out after her.
Ampata: Your investigation is dangerous. I do not want that. Just normal life!
Willow: Is she okay?
Xander: Wigged. I'm tryin' to convince her that our lives aren't just danger and peril around here.
Willow: You should take her to the dance.
Xander: That's a good idea! We'll all go!
Willow: No, I mean just you.
Xander: But you were psyched! And your costume!
Willow: I'll see you there.
He goes over to Ampata.
Willow: I know. (walks off)
Cut to the library.
Buffy: I don't get it. Why would the bodyguard have such a jones for a broken piece of rock?
Giles: Well, um, perhaps... he needs to put it together with the other pieces.
Buffy: If he has them. I mean, we didn't find them.
Giles: And if he didn't then, then they'd still be at the museum.
Buffy: So, maybe we should go there and find them. And odds are he'll show up, too, right?
Giles: And hopefully we'll be ready.
Buffy: Hey! Look at us! We came up with a plan. A good plan.
Giles: Alright. We'll meet there tonight after it closes.
Xander: Okay, I have something to tell you. And it's kind of a secret, and it's, um, a little bit scary. I like you. A lot. And I want you to go to with me the dance.
Ampata: (laughs) Why was that so scary?
Xander: Well, because you never know if a girl's gonna say 'yes', or if... she's gonna laugh in your face and pull out your still beating heart and crush it into the ground with her heel.
Ampata: Hmm. Then you are very courageous. Can I tell you a secret?
Ampata: I like you, too.
Xander: That's great! Really?
Xander: That's great! You're not a praying mantis, are you? (gets a confused look from her) Sorry, someone else.
Ampata: I will return to you. (starts away)
Xander: Where're you going?
Ampata: Where you cannot follow.
He's confused but smiles when he sees her open the girls' restroom door.
Xander: I'll wait outside. (smiles)
He sits down on a bench to wait.
Cut inside the restroom. Ampata touches up her lipstick. She steps back from the mirror and sees the bodyguard standing behind her.
Ampata: I beg you... (turns to face him) Do not kill me.
Bodyguard: You are already dead. For five hundred years.
Ampata: But it was not fair. I was innocent.
Bodyguard: The people you kill now so that you may live, they are innocent.
Ampata: Please! I am in love!
Bodyguard: You are the Chosen One. You must die. You have no choice.
He takes a swing at her with his knife. She grabs his arm and twists, forcing him around and pulling him in to her. He looks up at her as she puts her arm around his neck and pulls him in for a kiss.
Ampata: Yes, I do.
Ampata: I have thought. The dance?
Xander nods expectantly.
Ampata: I will go with you.
Xander breaks into a big smile and laughs delightedly.
Xander takes her by the hand, and they start walking down the hall.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 3 ~~~~~~~~~~
She sees a trunk, a large suitcase and a backpack in the room.
Buffy: Oh! You can borrow one of mine. There should be some on the desk.
Ampata: What is that? (indicates the trunk)
Buffy: The station sent the rest of your stuff.
Ampata: Oh. Of, of course. I, I forgot all about it. Uh, I will unpack it later.
Buffy: No worries. I can do it.
Ampata: Uh, but... you must get ready for the dance!
Buffy: I'm not going.
Ampata: Why not?
Buffy: I have work to do. Crime club work. It's really nothing for you to worry about. (sits on her bed)
Buffy: He seems very happy around you.
Ampata: (sits at the desk) I am happy, too.
She opens a lipstick and holds it up for an opinion.
Ampata: Mm, this one?
Buffy: Ooo, no, that clashes. There should be a gold one in there somewhere.
Ampata: Thank you. You are always thinking of others before yourself. You remind me of someone from very long ago: the Inca Princess.
Buffy: Cool! A princess.
Ampata: They told her that she was the only one. That only she could defend her people from the nether world.
Buffy pulls out a pair of boy's briefs and looks at them in confusion.
Ampata: Out of all the girls in her generation...
Ampata: ...she was the only one...
Buffy quickly pushes the drawer closed.
Buffy: It's fairly familiar. (hands her the gold lipstick)
Ampata: She was sixteen, like us. She was offered as a sacrifice and went to her death. Who knows what she had to give up to fulfill her duty to others? What chance at love?
Ampata: No, really, let me...
The doorbell rings and distracts Buffy, so she doesn't see the mummified corpse in the trunk.
She lets the lid fall back down as she gets up to get the door.
Ampata kneels down and puts the lock back on the trunk.
Xander: I've come for the dance.
Buffy: And, uh, what culture are you?
Xander: She's not coming... with us.
Buffy: Oh! On a date. Romance, lips...
Xander: Hho hee ze thee ai uh...
Buffy: I can translate American salivating boy talk. He says you're beautiful.
Buffy: You're welcome.
Ampata: I tried, but she is very stubborn.
Joyce: Well, I'm glad someone else sees that.
Ampata: Well, good night, then.
Xander: Be careful.
Buffy: Yeah. How 'bout that?
Lyrics: She's in ecstasy / Her hollowed sky / Pours down heavenly / Fakes desire
Lyrics: I've been living here / In the red / I've been feeling I'm / Dead again
She spots Willow wearing her Eskimo costume.
Cordelia: Oh! Near faux pas! I almost wore the same thing.
She continues on her way, leaving Willow standing there alone.
Lyrics: We've been bored before
Cordelia finds her friend Dawn.
Dawn: Where's Sven?
Cordelia: Ohhh, I keep trying to ditch him. He's like one of those dogs that you leave at the Grand Canyon on vacation? It follows you back across four states. (Sven finds them) See? My own speechless, human boomerang.
Lyrics: I have never felt / So alone
Dawn: He's kinda cute. Maybe it's nice skippin' all that small talk.
Cordelia: Small talk? How 'bout simple instruction?
Lyrics: Since the time we left ourselves / Half past gone
Lyrics: We've been living here / Up against the red
Dawn: He can follow me. (takes Sven's hand and leads him away)
Lyrics: I've been feeling I'm / Dead again / We've been bored before
Lyrics: We'll be bored again / We've been bored before and again
Willow: I think I should've worn something sexy.
Willow: Wow. You guys look great.
Ampata: I-I love your costume. It's, it's very authentic.
Xander: Yeah, you look, um... snug.
Lyrics: She's in ecstasy / Her hollowed sky
Willow looks around stiffly. She can hardly move in her outfit.
Giles: Thank heavens you're home. (walks in)
Buffy: Yup! Not at the dance. Not with my friends. Not with a life. What are you doing here? I thought we were gonna meet at the museum to find the bodyguard.
Giles: No, he's already been found. In a school restroom. Mummified.
Buffy: Okay, I don't get it. Why would the mummy kill her own bodyguard?
Giles: Well, I've cross-referenced, and, uh, I've looked at the pictograms anew. He was a guard alright. But it was his job to insure that the mummy didn't awaken and escape.
Buffy: Hold on a sec. She was wiggy about the seal from minute one.
Giles: Yes, I suppose she was.
Buffy: Her trunks! (runs up the stairs)
Giles: I beg your pardon?
Giles: It's certainly all boys' clothes. Why would a girl pack these?
Buffy tears open the lock on the trunk and lifts the lid.
Buffy: How 'bout this one? What kind of girl travels with a mummified corpse? And doesn't even pack a lipstick?
Cut to The Bronze. The band is playing a new song, "Fate".
Lyrics: Time's healing, I'm ahead / Find a reason once again / Take a moment outta time / I'll be standing back behind
Xander: Do you, um... Would you like to, uh... you know...
Lyrics: On a wing / So outta line
Ampata: I'd love to dance.
He removes his hat and poncho, takes her hand and leads her onto the dance floor.
Lyrics: Mm, taken in / So outta time
Willow watches longingly as they walk by her. On the dance floor Xander and Ampata touch hands and slowly intertwine their fingers. Xander smiles at her. Ampata lets go of Xander's hand and slowly moves it around his neck. Cut to the stage. Oz notices a girl in the crowd and stares intently.
Devon comes over to him.
Oz: That girl. Who is she?
Devon: She's an exchange student. I think she's from South America.
Oz: No, not her. The Eskimo!
Lyrics: Sound the season in my head
Cut to Giles' car.
Buffy: Come on! Can't you put your foot down?
Giles: It is down.
Buffy: One of these days you're gonna have to get a grownup car.
Lyrics: ...so outta time / All it takes is living / I want to fly
Ampata leans her head onto his cheek for a moment.
Lyrics: I've never known fate
She pulls her head back and looks back into Xander's eyes.
Lyrics: I've never known your name
They move in to kiss.
Lyrics: I've never known fate
As they are about to meet, Ampata notices her hand begin to mummify again and pulls back. Xander looks at her in wide-eyed confusion. The song is almost over. She quickly takes her arms off of his shoulders and rushes off. Xander stares after her, thoroughly confused.
Xander: Okay, at least I can rule out something I said.
Lyrics: Someone take me home / Get me outta here
Cut to Giles' car.
Giles: And then she wanted us to destroy it becau... Oh wait!
Buffy: Uh, waiting...
Giles: Well, we already know that the seal was used to contain the mummy. If breaking it freed her...
Buffy: ...reassembling it will trap her.
Giles: I'll go to the museum. I'll drop you off. I'll try to piece together the fragments there.
Willow: I shrugged.
Xander: Next time you should probably say 'shrug'. (walks off looking)
Willow: (watches him go) Sigh.
Sven and Dawn walk by in front of her.
Jonathan: Your hands feel kinda... rough.
More of her skin is reverting to its mummy form. She moves in for a kiss.
They move in to kiss. Xander calls out, looking for her.
Jonathan pulls away from her and grabs his hat.
Jonathan: That's my cue to leave.
He runs from the room. She stands by the window, looking out. Xander finds her.
Xander: There you are. Why'd you run away?
She slowly turns to face him.
Ampata: Because... I do not deserve you.
Xander: What, you think that you don't deserve me? (laughs) Man, I love you!
She sheds a few tears and looks up at him sorrowfully. His smile fades.
Xander: Are those tears of joy? Pain? Revulsion? (comes closer)
Ampata: (crying) I am very happy. And very sad.
Xander: Then talk to me. Let me know what's wrong.
Ampata: I can't!
She hugs him and cries into his shoulder.
Xander: Hey, I know why you can't tell me. (pushes her away to look at her) It's a secret, right? (she nods) And if you told me, you'd have to kill me. (smiles)
She doesn't think it's funny, and hugs him again, crying even harder.
Xander: Oh! That was a bad joke. And the delivery was off, too. I'm sorry. (pushes her away again) I, uh...
He strokes her hair and face gently.
Xander: I'm sorry.
They kiss gently yet tentatively. She reaches her arm around his head and pulls him closer for a harder kiss. His eyes go wide with shock and surprise as he feels his life force begin to drain.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 4 ~~~~~~~~~~
Ampata: No! I can't.
Xander is drained of strength and takes quick, short breaths. She kneels down and pulls him around, laying his head in her lap.
Cut to the museum. Giles is reading from a book while assembling the seal.
Giles: 'Incan Cosmology unites the bird head with its paler twin.' (looks around for the proper piece) Um... Oh! Here. Its paler twin.
He tries the fit of the piece, and it's a match.
Ampata: The seal!
She lets Xander fall to the floor and runs out of the room.
Buffy: Where'd they go?
Willow: Backstage, I think.
Oz: Hey, I... (watches them go in surprise, then smiles) Who is that girl?
Cut to the hall backstage. They find Xander on the floor leaning against the wall.
Buffy: Are you okay?
Xander: (weakly) I think so. Boy, that was some kiss!
Xander: She said something about the seal.
They help him up.
Xander: What's goin' on?
Willow: He doesn't know?
Buffy: We'll tell him on the way.
Giles: There, that's it. (sniffles) Just one more piece.
Ampata reaches around his shoulder from behind and pulls him up. She takes the seal from his hand and throws it to the floor, smashing it to pieces. She grabs him by the neck and lifts him onto the rim of the stone coffin. Buffy arrives.
She makes a long, high leap onto the platform and adopts a fighting
Buffy: And you are?
She does a roundhouse kick to Ampata's face and another kick to her side. She throws a punch, but Ampata is strong, too, and catches Buffy's fist and swings her around onto the rim of the coffin. She grabs Buffy's neck and tries to choke her. Buffy headbutts Ampata, making her stagger back. She tries to kick but Ampata ducks it. Buffy lunges for her, and Ampata grabs her by the shoulder and diverts her into the coffin. She closes the stone lid on the two of them. Willow comes running in as Ampata starts to leave. She grabs Willow by the neck and picks her up.
Ampata: This won't hurt!
Xander: Let her go! (calmly walks in) If you're gonna kiss anybody, it should be me.
Xander: That's never gonna happen.
Ampata: I must do it. I must do it now! Or it is the end for me and for us!
Ampata looks into his eyes as she considers. Her skin has mummified up to her neck.
She grabs his neck and tries to pull him to her as he holds her away by her arms. Buffy kicks at the lid of the coffin and gets it open. Xander keeps holding Ampata at bay and watches as she turns back into a mummy. Buffy comes up behind Ampata and pulls her off of Xander. His grip on her arms is so tight that they are torn from their sockets. Xander is freaked out and drops them. Buffy looks at Ampata's body and drops it, too. The head breaks off of the body as it hits the floor. Buffy is grossed out. Willow just stares at what's left, then looks at Xander and comes over to him. She crouches down next to him, holding his arm and rubbing his shoulder. He looks up at her a moment, then back down at his hands. Giles is out of the coffin now, and he and Buffy collect them to go. Giles looks back briefly as they leave the exhibit.
Xander: (exhales) I'm really the Fun-Talking Guy today, huh? Sorry.
Buffy: That's okay. You don't have to talk.
Xander: I just, present company excluded, I have the worst taste in women of anyone in the world, ever.
Xander: Yeah, but I think that whole sucking the life out of people thing would have been a strain on the relationship.
Buffy: She was gypped. She was just a girl, and she had her life taken away from her.
They stop and look at each other.
Buffy: I remember how I felt when I heard the prophecy that I was gonna die. I wasn't exactly obsessed with doing the right thing.
Xander: Yeah, but you did. You gave up your life.
Buffy: I had you to bring me back.
They give each other thin smiles for a moment before continuing on.
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