Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
buffy and angel

I had just watched the two-part Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes What’s My Line, and got up and played a riff on my guitar. I liked it enough to record it on my four track, and called it What’s My Line for convenience. So it’s no coincidence that later I put that riff together with some dialogue from that episode, along with a ‘bed’ of guitar feedback and sound effects. I’m including the dialogue, by writer Marti Noxon, here (one of her best scripts). There’s a funny commentary track of that episode where Marti relates the story about the dodgy voice coach they hired to help the actress playing new slayer Kendra with her Jamaican accent. In the show it’s very wobbly, and Kendra didn’t really make an impact, so later her character was killed off. I guess Joss Whedon was just warming up for future slayer, Faith.

What’s My Line (excerpt), by Marti Noxon

ANGEL (sitting on Buffy’s bed, holding a stuffed pig – ‘Mr Gordo’)

Oh, hey.

BUFFY (coming through her bedroom window)

What’s up?

ANGEL

Nothing…I wanted to make sure you were okay.

I had a bad feeling.

BUFFY

I’m sorry, look, I’ve been cranky miss all day, it’s not you.

ANGEL

What is it then?

BUFFY

It’s nothing…We’re having this thing in school.

ANGEL

Career week?

BUFFY

How’d you know?

ANGEL

I lurk.

BUFFY

Well, as you know it’s a whole week of What’s My Line. Only, I don’t get to play. Sometimes I just wanna…

ANGEL

You wanna what?

BUFFY

I want a normal life. Like I had before.

ANGEL

Before me.

BUFFY

No Angel, it’s not you. You’re the one freaky thing in my freaky world that still makes sense to me.

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