Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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With some help from Spike, Dawn attempts to bring Joyce back from the dead.


Marti Noxon


Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Clare Kramer ... Glory
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Troy Blendell ... Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Joel Grey ... Doc
Todd Duffey ... Murk
Andrea Gall Andrea Gall ... Customer


Buffy organizes the funeral services for Joyce without a wake, respecting her last wish, and after the service, she meets Angel, who has come to Sunnydale to support her. Meanwhile, Dawn becomes obsessed in bringing her mother back. She steals infamous witchcraft books from Willow and from the Magic Box, and helped by Spike, they visit the demon Doc, an expert in black magic who teaches Dawn resurrection techniques. She steals a Ghora demon egg from the Hellmouth, with Spike, for her black magic, and she interrupts her spell after a serious conversation with Buffy. Meanwhile, Ben unintentionally discloses to Jinx that the Key is an innocent in a human form. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

17 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Anya previously, it's time for Spike to give a loving and sad eulogy about Joyce. They are technically both potential very evil foes, a demon and a vampire, but they seem to have admired and loved the lady. See more »


At about 21:26, in a wide shot of Willow's and Tara's dorm room, a seated crew member can clearly be seen off to the left where the corner of the room should be. Additionally, part of the base of a piece of lighting equipment can be seen near the foot of the bed. See more »


[first lines]
[picking out a coffin]
Rupert Giles: Buffy, you're here... You all right?
Buffy Summers: Yeah.
Funeral Director: Did you find something?
Buffy Summers: This one.
Funeral Director: It's a fine choice. It speaks of your deep feeling for the deceased.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Average at best
25 October 2009 | by fortean2See all my reviews

A fairly poor episode after the excellent 'The Body', some pretty mediocre writing and direction by Marti Noxon.

Also obviously influenced by the short fictional story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs (and that was a far better story too).

A pity that such brilliance and sensitive writing and direction (by Joss Whedon) as exhibited in 'The Body' is then decimated by this episode's nonsense.

I guess Noxon simply doesn't have Whedon's personal experiences to call upon when dealing with grief, or perhaps she is just a poor writer of such things.


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