Buffy goes to Bollywood: „So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?“
„Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ turned 20 this March – and, revisiting the first two seasons, I think it has aged quite nicely.
I just ran across a funny exchange in the „Reptile Boy“ episode (S02E05), featuring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) watching a Bollywood song & dance scene together:
Xander: Is she dying?
Buffy: I think she’s singing.
Xander: To a telephone, in Hindi. Now, that’s entertainment. – Why is she singing?
Willow: She’s sad because her lover gave her 12 gold coins. But then the wizard cut open a bag of salt and now the dancing minions have nowhere to put their big maple fish thing.
Xander: Uh-huh. – Why is she singing?
Buffy: Her lover? I thought that was her chiropractor.
Willow: Because of that thing he did with her feet? – No, that was personal.
Xander: And we thought just because we didn’t have any money or any place to go, this’d be a lacklustre evening.
Willow: I know, we could go to the Bronze, sneak in our own tea bags and ask for hot water.
Xander: Hop off the outlaw train before you land us in jail.
Buffy: I, for one, am giddy and up. There’s a kinda hush all over Sunnydale. No demons or vampires to slay. I’m here with my friends. – So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?
Unfortunately, this episode isn’t online – but some others are, including the unaired pilot. From an interview with creator Joss Whedon:
IGNFF: Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?
WHEDON: Not while there is strength in these bones.
IGNFF: Well, I mean, it’s one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.
WHEDON: Yeah. It sucks on ass.
IGNFF: Yeah, it does, but it’s sort of that archival, historical perspective…
WHEDON: Yeah, I’ve got your historical perspective.
IGNFF: It would take it off the bootleg market…
WHEDON: Ah, I don’t – what are you going to do?
IGNFF: Put it on the DVD.
WHEDON: Not me.
From the official pilot:
Girl #1: The new kid? She seems kind of weird to me. What kind of name is Buffy?
Girl #2: [walking by] Hey, Aphrodesia.
Principal Flutie: You burned down the gym!
Buffy: I did. I really did, but-but you’re not seeing the big picture here. I mean that gym was full of vampi- asbestos.
Cordelia: It’s in the bad part of town.
Buffy: Where’s that?
Cordelia: About a half a block from the good part of town. We don’t have a whole lot of town here.
Joyce Summers: Are you going out tonight?
Buffy Summers: Yeah, I’m going to a club.
Joyce Summers: Oh. Will there be boys there?
Buffy Summers: No, Mom. It’s a nun club.
Cordelia: You think I’m never lonely because I’m so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It’s not like any of them really know me. I don’t even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone’s so busy agreeing with me, they don’t hear a word I say.
Buffy: Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular?
Cordelia: Well, it beats being alone all by yourself.
Entertainment Weekly will publish an anniversary special tomorrow (Friday, March 31, 2017) with a reunion photo shoot. The article shared in the preview features a video of the shoot:
Here is a photo gallery:
More Buffy material (collected in the week of the 20th anniversary)