“One day I’m gonna live in a town where evil curses are just generally ruled out without even saying it.”
So, finally, we’re over the rainbow and in the land of Oz. Beautiful Oz. Tiny Oz.
But there’s more.
There’s drunken-robo-Joyce and the blood she has on her hands.
There’s your hosts getting mixed up about centuries.
And there’s lengthy discussion about the pluses and minuses of being a sentient mummy.
From The Buffy Trivia Guide, a website Jess created back in the heady early 2000s.
- Both Nicholas Brendon (Xander), and Ara Celi (Ampata), had to eat up to ten twinkies each for the scene in when they are eating lunch in Inca Mummy Girl.
- Ampata’s surname – Gutierrez – is the same as Joss Whedon’s personal assistant: Diego Gutierrez. According to the original script, Ampata’s surname was originally going to be Duarte.
- Joss Whedon says of Oz:
“The only character that was really ever based on somebody I knew is Oz. There was a guy in college I knew, who was short, played guitar, very quiet, incredibly cool, named Oz, and somehow I sort of extrapolated from that and worked him in as a character on the show.” [Source: ETonline.com]
- The following lines were deleted from Inca Mummy Girl:
Ampata: “He has a way of making the milk come out of my nose.”
Buffy: “And that’s good?” [Source: The Watcher’s Guide by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder]
- Oz was originally going to wear thick black framed glasses. At the last moment, Joss decided they were too tacky, and the idea was trashed. [Source: Seth Green’s interview on the Buffy season four DVD]
- Buffy’s class go on a school trip to the museum in Inca Mummy Girl. The scenes were shot at the Natural History Museum, at 900 Exposition Boulevard (very apt) near the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Sunnydale Museum is also seen in Becoming (Part 1), Doomed and Smashed.
- These lines were cut from Inca Mummy Girl:
Giles: “You’re twisting my words.”
Buffy: “No, I’m just using them for good.”
- Inca Mummy Girl was the first episode since Nightmares which does not feature the character Angel, even though he is credited in the opening titles.
Buffy impersonates Giles: “I’m so stuffy. Give me a scone.”
Buffy: “One day I’m gonna live in a town where evil curses are just generally ruled out without even saying it.”
Buffy: “Just this once I’d like to be the Overlooked One.”
Willow: “You just don’t like him ’cause of that time he beat you up every day for five years.”
Buffy: “I don’t always use violence. Do I?
Xander: The important thing is you believe that.”
Willow: “So, Ampata. You’re a girl.
Ampata: Yes. For many years now.”
Oz: “You’re just impressed by any pretty girl that can walk and talk.
Devon: She doesn’t have to talk.”
Willow: “Why are you suddenly so worried about looking like an idiot? That came out wrong.”
Ampata: “You are strange.
Xander: Girls always tell me that. Right before they run away.”
Xander: “That’s great! You’re not a praying mantis, are you? Sorry, someone else.”
Xander: “I just, present company excluded, I have the worst taste in women of anyone in the world, ever.”
Buffy: “One of these days you’re gonna have to get a grownup car.”
- Seen at 13.44 minutes: In Inca Mummy Girl, we see a scene showing Cordelia and Devon walking out to Devon’s van. Cordy’s exchange student, Sven, tries to interrupt the two and Cordy says to him, “Sven! Momento! Needa!” If you look behind Sven, to the left, as he reacts to this, you can see a couple, both wearing black, walking down the stairs. Then, when Cordelia walks past Sven, saying, “Sven! Come?” the couple can be seen walking down the stairs again.
- Seen at 19.36 minutes: When the bodyguard attacks Ampata as she is sitting with Xander, a bag gets knocked off the seat. But when Xander gets up to chase the bodyguard, the bag is back on the seat.
- Seen at 26.17 minutes: Buffy opens Ampata’s trunk and we see the corpse is lying there. Buffy gets called away but when she later opens the trunk with Giles we see that the corpse has moved.
- Seen at 39.00 minutes: Giles has not yet completed the seal but when Ampata attacks him, she picks up the seal, which is now whole.
Continuity (Spoilers ahead!)
- The front door of Buffy’s house changes in different episodes. In the season one episode Angel, when Buffy is trying to close her front door on The Three, you can see that the front door opens on Buffy’s right. In the season two episodes Inca Mummy Girl and Halloween, we see that Buffy’s door now opens on her left.
- Xander’s relationship with the praying mantis in Teacher’s Pet is joked about in several later episodes, such as I Robot, You Jane, Inca Mummy Girl, Anne (in which Cordelia says of Xander, “He’s always been attracted to monsters” and later mentions Ampata from Inca Mummy Girl, calling her “some hot little Inca mummy girl”), What’s My Line? (Part 2) and Something Blue, when Willow says, “Let’s look at your bio: Insect Lady, Mummy Girl, Anya… you’re a demon magnet.” In First Date, Xander says, “Another demon woman was attracted to me” after his date Lyssa turned out to be evil.
- Dingoes Ate My Baby were a rock band, fronted by Devon with vocals, and Oz, who played lead guitar. They played on various occasions at venues including the Bronze (Inca Mummy Girl, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and Doppelgängland) and Buffy’s house (Dead Man’s Party – where they played ‘Never Mind’, ‘Sway’ and ‘Pain’). The band were mentioned in the unaired pilot, when Xander said, “They don’t know any actual chords yet, but they have really big amps”. The band’s name comes from a famous Australian outback incident, in which Lindy Chamberlain was accused of killing her baby, which had actually been taken by dingoes. The Dingoes’ music was provided by real-life band Four Star Mary, with whom James Marsters has occasionally performed. Four Star Mary themselves appeared in the season four finale Restless. The Four Star Mary song “Pain” became one of the signature tunes for Dingoes Ate My Baby. It was heard in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (performed in the Bronze), Dead Man’s Party (performed at Buffy’s house) and Living Conditions – on the stereo in the dorm when Willow moves in suggesting that the Dingoes had recorded a CD.
- In What’s My Line? (Part 1), Willow revealed to Giles that she has frog fear (”don’t warn the tadpoles”). This is a phobia known as ranidaphobia. It was used to Buffy’s advantage in Killed By Death when Willow created a distraction for Buffy to get away by screaming that she had frogs all over her. In Inca Mummy Girl, Willow has a toy stuffed frog, so her fear obviously only relates to the real thing!
- There seems to be a continuing theme that Buffy wears dungarees (overalls) when she’s sad. She wears them in Ted after she thinks she killed Ted; in Becoming (Part 2) before boarding the bus to run away; in Helpless when arriving, sans her power, to save her mother; and in Inca Mummy Girl when she wears them to hunt Ampata instead of going to the dance.
- Oz first noticed Willow in Inca Mummy Girl when she wore an eskimo costume to the dance. In Halloween, Cordelia bosses Oz around, then when she walks away, Oz says (sarcastically) “Why can’t I meet a nice girl like that?” He then turns and bumps into Willow, wearing her ghost costume so he doesn’t recognise her. At the end of Halloween, Oz saw Willow once again, this time in her very non-Willow Halloween costume. They didn’t meet properly until What’s My Line, Part One, in which they are both picked out for special treatment by software recruiters, and bonded over finger food.
- In Tough Love, Tara was attacked by Glory at the World Cultural Fair in Sunnydale. There was previously a cultural exchange programme at Sunnydale High in Inca Mummy Girl, the highlight of which was a dance where students dressed in the costumes of different countries.
- The theme song of this 1959 movie was written by Max Steiner and became a huge hit. In Inca Mummy Girl, Oz tells Devon what it takes for a woman to attract him, “Well, it involves a feather boa and a theme to A Summer Place” and in Him, the theme is used whenever a girl becomes attracted to R.J.Brooks
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