Season 2, Episode 9 - “What’s My Line, Part I”
Original airdate: Nov. 17, 1997
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 11, 2009
So, I’m doing something a little different for this episode. I’m watching it with the commentary on (by co-writer and executive producer Marti Noxon). I’ve seen it so many times before, but I’ve never actually listened to this commentary.
I like that Noxon admits that they didn’t really think through the whole Drusilla illness thing -- that she was definitely sick and weak, but there was no true explanation to it.
I’d never noticed before on this episode just how much there was pre-credits. We get a whole school scene and a whole Spike-Dru scene before we even get to the credits.
Marti doesn’t really address this (and in fact, she seems to like Buffy this way), but Buffy really needs to get over this whole “I want a normal life” thing. Look, at this point, she’s been the slayer for a few years and has to be used to how the whole thing works.
I like that they took something Sarah Michelle Gellar really did (in this case, ice skating) and wrote it into the show.
I love that everything about this episode -- all the mythology -- is completely made up. It doesn’t come from any known mythology. Noxon admitted that she used to try and look up real religious mythology, but this was the episode where they pretty much abandoned that (which is why everything seems to fit together so well).
Another thing I really like about this episode is that after Giles says that something really bad is coming, we see 3 arrivals in Sunnydale -- only 2 of them are members of the Order of Taraka and 1 of them is Kendra, who’s actually a good guy. It’s a great way to throw us off on Kendra’s leanings later in the show.
I’ll have more on Kendra later today in Part II of this episode (that’s right, I’m going to do 2 episodes today!).