Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 7

Conversations with Dead People (12 Nov. 2002)

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Episode cast overview:
Xander Harris (credit only)
Anya (credit only)
Holden Webster
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Buffy has a conversation with a vampire who once went to Sunnydale High, and learns something interesting about Spike. Joyce materialises to Dawn in the living room. The ghost of Cassie brings a message to Willow from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, Andrew and Jonathan have returned to Sunnydale on a mission to save the town Written by spyk_

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12 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Originally, Xander was supposed to talk to The First in the form of Jesse (Eric Balfour), his buddy from Season 1. However, when Eric was unavailable, a replacement for him couldn't be found, so the scene was never filmed and as a result, Xander doesn't appear in the episode, making it the only episode of the show not to feature Nicholas Brendon. See more »


After Dawn pulls the plug on the television set she holds it up in front of her chest, but in the reverse angle she is holding the plug down by her hip. See more »


Webs: I heard a lot of rumors about you back then. You were all mysterious.
Buffy: I was?
Webs: Well, you were never around. A lot of kids thought you were dating some really old guy, or that you were just heavy religious. Scott Hope said you were gay.
Buffy: What? I dated that ringworm.
Webs: He says that about every girl he breaks up with. And then last year, big surprise, he comes out.
Buffy: Men. Do I know how to pick 'em.
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For the second time in the series the episode title appears on screen at the opening. The date and time which follows corresponds with the date and time the episode originally aired. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Written by Angie Hart and Joss Whedon
Performed by Angie Hart
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realised something about this episode that annoyed me!!
5 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this episode the whole opening and closing with that nice song and seeing the characters about there business without words how they deal with there own little encounters alone and don't interact with any other characters through out the episode.

This episode was a great opening to the rest of the season which pretty much follows the same story no more episodes cutting away from the season story arc and opening a whole load of worms for the next episodes, I enjoyed Andrew and Jonathon talking about how they really wanted to be part of Buffy's gang and Jonathon's little speech about how he misses high school and misses the people that never cared or noticed him I like how it shows how he's grown up and and gotten better adjusted even tho the world was about to fall apart he was content which is great giving that 4 years prior he tried to kill himself, Dawn taking on a monster and saving the day in her little story was great how she didn't leave the house and wanted to stay to save her Moms spirit shows how she has drastically matured since season 6, the spike revelation was fantastic especially how they delivered it with Holden giving the news in a way that makes the audience come to the same conclusion at the same time as Buffy, Genius! A few problems with the episode I read that originally they planned to get Tara to visit Willow instead of Cassie but decided against it because the writers didn't want the evil villain to be the last time we saw Tara which I thought was a huge mistake it would be awesome to see them go to that extreme and seeing Tara evil like in the video game would be awesome. Also they wanted to get Jesse (Eric Balfor) from the 1st two episodes to visit Xander, his best friend who died at the start and was never mentioned again which I think explains Xander's prejudice against vampires how he never warmed to Angel or Spike, having him return would be awesome and i would have loved to see that scene would be so interesting because Xander doesn't get that much male fellow characters that are the same as him, Giles-too old Spike-too...well spike, I didn't like how they killed Jonathon with all he's been through over the Series I think he deserved to get a better exit like giving his life to save another you know something heroic or at least have Buffy and her crew Mourn him even a little I think he deserved that, Something occurred to me in this episode when Buffy was saying to Holden how she's sorry but she can't let him leave, she can be very prejudice you know for a woman who seems so quick to forgive her friends when they kill people Willow, Anya, Spike, Angel, Faith and Andrew she kills vampires as soon as they rise people that were innocent victims she doesn't give them a chance just kills them because there vampires and in her eyes all vampires are evil, Kinda like Hitler and the Jews in that respect I'm not saying that she should set them all free because yeah a lot of them will kill but her ethnic cleansing isn't the answer these things haven't killed anybody (yet) maybe never even harmed anybody but she will protected her friends that have put more people in the ground than Smallpox.

Don't get me wrong i love Buffy Its been my favourite show since i was 7 and always will be but you get older little things seem to occur to you that haven't before.

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