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Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 2 E 12 Bad Eggs
Xander: You gotta take care of the egg. It's a baby. You gotta keep it safe and teach it Christian values.
Willow Rosenberg: My egg is Jewish.
Xander: Then teach it that dreidel song.

There is revealed to be another Eldritch Abomination living under the school. And the Sunnydale students have been given care of its eggs.

  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Killer eggs!
  • Auto Erotica: One of Cordelia's "negative consequences of sex" examples involves a Miata parked at the top of a hill.
  • Battle Discretion Shot / Sound-Only Death: Buffy fighting the Mother Bezoar
  • Beard of Evil: Lyle Gorch
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Taken Up to Eleven with Xander and Cordelia's Bizarro!World smoochies.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: the Mother Bezoar and the Gorch brothers.
  • Butt Monkey: Xander again.
    Willow: Did I really hit you?
    Xander: You knocked me out.
    Cordelia Chase: Did I hit you?
    Xander: Yes. Everyone hit me.
    Cordelia: Good. Well, I don't mean good because I hit you, but I didn't wanna be left out.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm:
    Giles: I suppose there is a sort of...Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgressions.
    Xander: I resent that. Or possibly thank you.
  • Chronic Pet Killer
    Buffy: [about the egg experiment] I can't do this. I can't take care of things. I killed my Giga Pet. Literally. I sat on it and it broke.
  • Combat Tentacles
  • Covered in Gunge: Buffy crawls out of the crevice covered in the Mother's Bezoar's blood. Bad Ass vampire Lyle Gorch takes one look and runs.
  • Creepy Monotone
    Willow: Kill them.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: What Joyce thinks Buffy's reason is for forgetting her dress. Played straight with Bangel kissage.
  • Egg Sitting
  • Eldritch Abomination: the Mother Bezoar
  • Foreshadowing
    Angel: You really don't care what happens a year from now? Five years from now?
    Buffy: Angel, when I look into the future, all I see is you! All I want is you.
    (camera pans to a gravestone marked IN LOVING MEMORY)
    • Willow watches with a puzzled expression over how Xander and Cordelia are getting stuck into each other in Sex Ed class. When she finds out what's going on in "Innocence", Willow says she knew something was up because they were arguing far too much.
  • Enemy Mine: Averted. It looks like Lyle Gorch is going to fight the Mother Bezoar alongside Buffy (especially after his brother gets swallowed) but he blames Buffy instead.
  • Gas Leak Coverup: Spoofed when the Scoobies come up with this as a completely implausible explanation as to what happened.
  • Generation Xerox: Buffy is dismayed to find she hasn't been partnered with someone for her Egg Sitting. "You mean I'm a single mother?"
  • Giant Eye of Doom
  • Gilligan Cut
    Willow: Maybe you could get Angel to help you find the Gorches.
    Giles: Good idea. Strength in numbers.
    Xander: Oh yeah. I see a lot of hunting getting done in that scenario.
    Buffy: Please. Like Angel and I are just helpless slaves to passion. Grow up!
    (Cut to Buffy and Angel making out in the cemetery)
    Buffy: You know, this isn't hunting in the classical sense...
  • I Ate What?: Barely averted by Xander when he nearly eats his hard-boiled demon egg.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Xander and Cordelia looking for an excuse to go make out.
    Cordelia: (about someone no-one else in the episode has registered as in danger) Well, his body could fall out of a closet somewhere. So we should check out some closets to see if he's in a closet?
    Xander: You're right. There could be a closet. Let's go.
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: Though it's not clear if Buffy was actually eaten.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: A surprising aversion is all the shots of the boiler room with its red lights and HIGH VOLTAGE signs, apparently setting up a Chekhov's Gun involving the Monster of the Week being killed by electricity. Doesn't happen.
  • Make-Out Kids: Xander/Cordelia and Buffy/Angel can hardly keep their lips off each other; the latter foreshadowing Buffy's decision to sleep with Angel in the next episode.
  • Mandatory Motherhood
    Buffy: Oh, I told you, that faux parenting gig we're doing at school. Like I'm really planning to have kids anytime soon.
    Angel: I wouldn't know. I don't... Well, you know, I, I can't.
    Buffy: Oh. That's okay, um... I-I figured there were all sorts of things vampires couldn't do. You know, like work for the telephone company, or volunteer for The Red Cross, or... have little vampires.
  • Mle Trois
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: While riding an escalator, Buffy politely looks away from a couple kissing...and sees in the wall mirror that only the girl is visible.
  • Name's the Same: Lyle and Tector Gorch apparently crossed over from The Wild Bunch.
  • No, Except Yes: Joyce re children.
    "They can be such a... oh, I don't wanna say burden, but, uh... actually, I kind of *do* wanna say burden."
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Xander avoids the problem of cracking his egg by hard-boiling it.
    Willow: You boiled your young?
    Xander: Yeah! I know it sounds cruel, but sometimes you gotta be cruel to be kind! I mean, you can bet that little Xander here is thick skinned now.
    Giles: Technically that would be cheating, yes?
    Xander: No! It's like a short cut. You know, when you run a race?
    Buffy: That would also be cheating.
  • Not Himself: Averted; everyone taken over by the eggs acts normal, until they start hitting people with blunt objects.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Cordelia and Xander using Teen Health class as a chance to snark at each other.
  • Orifice Invasion: Buffy's egg sticks its tentacles in her ears and eyes.
  • Outlaw: The Gorches got their reputation by massacring a Mexican village. That was before they were vampires.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: This trope is used as an excuse for Cordelia and Xander to look for a make-out closet.
  • Pretend We're Dead: Xander pretending to be taken over.
  • Puppeteer Parasite
  • Red-Headed Stepchild:
    Lyle: I'm gonna beat you like a red-headed stepchild.
  • Reveal Shot: Joyce grounds Buffy at the end of the episode, forbidding her even to leave her room. Cut to Buffy apparently kissing Angel outside, only it turns out Angel is leaning in her bedroom window and the trees are in the background.
    • A more serious example is when Buffy rings Willow to warn her about the eggs, only to be told by Willow that she put hers in the fridge. Pan down to reveal the egg broken open in front of her.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Mr Whitmore is lecturing his Teen Health class.
    The sex drive in the human animal is intense. How many of us have lost countless productive hours plagued by unwanted sexual thoughts and feelings?
    (Xander puts his hand up)
    That was a rhetorical question, Mr. Harris. Not a poll.
  • Sarcastic Confession
    Joyce: Honestly, don't you ever think about anything besides boys and clothes?
    Buffy: Saving the world from vampires?
    Joyce: I swear, sometimes I don't know what goes on in your head.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
    Xander: Can I just say, 'gyegh!'.
    Buffy: I see your 'gyegh!' and raise you a 'gnyaah!'.
  • So Happy Together: Buffy and Angel. In fact, this happiness turns out to be an important plot point in the next episode.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Joyce: (notices the books lying on the catalog) 'Bristow's Demon Index', 'Hell's Offspring'?
    Giles: (takes the books) A hobby of mine, uh, but, uh, having nothing to do with Buffy in any way.
  • Swallowed Whole: Buffy fights her way out from inside the Mother Bezoar. Tector Gorch is not so lucky.
  • Tap on the Head
  • Terse Talker
    Giles: How did the, um... hunt go last night, Buffy?
    Buffy: No go.
    Giles: Uh, 'no', 'no' you didn't go, or you were unsuccessful?
    Buffy: No Gorches.
    Xander: Apparently Buffy has decided the problem with the English language is all those pesky words. (looks at her) You... Angel... big... smoochies?
    Buffy: Shut... up.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: The Gorch brothers.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left / We Will Meet Again: Lyle Gorch keeps saying "This ain't over!" regarding his fight with the Slayer. After seeing Buffy take down the Mother Bezoar he says, "Alright, it's over!" and runs off.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer
    Giles: But the good news is that [the Gorches are] not amongst the great thinkers of our time. I doubt that they're up to much, just drawn here by the Hellmouth's energy.
    Xander: 'Nuff said! I propose Buffy slays 'em. All in favour?
    Willow: [she and Xander raises their hands] Aye!
  • You Are Grounded: Joyce has finally had enough.
  • You Got Spunk: Lyle Gorch fighting Buffy.
    Well, you're a rough one, ain't cha! I like that!

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