The hippo stole his pants
January 9, 2009
One of the best things about Buffy was its writing and especially Marti Noxon, who has gone on to write for real television.
Marti wrote some of my favourite bits including this exchange between Oz and Willow from What’s my line (part two) in Season Two (episode eight/nine):
Oz: (pulls out a cookie and stops) Oh, look! Monkey! And he has a little hat. And little pants.
Willow: (smiles) Yeah, I-I see!
Oz: The monkey’s the only cookie animal that gets to wear clothes, you know that?
Willow smiles brightly.
Oz: You have the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen.
Willow is surprised by the compliment.
Oz: (continues down the hall) So, I’m wondering, do the other cookie animals feel sorta ripped? Like, is the hippo going, ‘Hey, man, where are *my* pants? I have my hippo dignity!’
Oz: And you know the monkey’s just, (with a French accent) ‘I mock you with my monkey pants!’
Willow laughs more.
Oz: And there’s a big coup in the zoo.
Willow: The monkey is French?
Oz: All monkeys are French. You didn’t know that?
which is, let’s face it, a great piece of writing.
But then, in Surprise (Season Two, episode 13)we get this follow up in a dream sequence (the ‘she’ in the directions is Buffy):
She finds Willow sitting at a table with a large cup of cappuccino and an organ grinder’s monkey.
Willow: (to the monkey) L’hippo a pique’ ses pantalons.
Translation: The hippo stole his pants.
The monkey on the table with her squeaks. Buffy walks up to the table and looks at Willow curiously. Willow smiles at her and waves. Buffy raises her hand back, but remains confused about the monkey.
Which is just … gorgeous.
Just thought I’d share. I miss Buffy. Damn you (yet again) Fox.
Hat tip: The Grr in Girl website
And for bonus Buffy goodness, check this page out: The unaired Buffy pilot. I particularly like the quote from the interview with Joss:
Q: Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?
A: Not while there is strength in these bones.
but the best part is the screen shot of the pre-Alyson Willow. Reason enough to keep it hidden I say. Not the actress – just her lack of being Alyson.