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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Conversations with Dead People (2002)

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Original Air Date:
12 November 2002 (Season 7, Episode 7)
Buffy has a conversation with a vampire who once went to Sunnydale High, and learns something interesting about Spike... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Conversations With Dead People is MUCH better than the usual BtVS conversations with live people. See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Nick Marck 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Jane Espenson (written by) &
Drew Goddard (written by) &
Marti Noxon (written by) uncredited

Produced by
Marc David Alpert .... producer
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... co-executive producer
David Fury .... co-executive producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... executive producer
John F. Perry .... co-producer
Douglas Petrie .... supervising producer
Denise Pleune .... associate producer
David Solomon .... co-executive producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Duncan 
Cinematography by
Raymond Stella (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Basinski 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman  (as Jennifer Fishman Pate)
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Thomas Fichter 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Belinda Bryant .... makeup artist
Leo Corey Castellano .... prosthetic makeup artist
Sean Flanigan .... key hair stylist
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects creator
Allan B. Holt .... special makeup effects artist
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human, Inc
Peter Montagna .... makeup department head
Brigette A. Myre .... makeup artist (as Brigette Myre-Ellis)
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
Carol Schwartz .... makeup artist
Production Management
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Hill .... first assistant director
Scott Remick .... second assistant director (as Scott D. Remick)
Art Department
Mike Brooks .... construction coordinator
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Andrew T. Grant .... property master (as Andrew Grant)
Eric Rood .... gang boss
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (1998-2002)
Tom Wilson .... lead person
Dennis Winters .... on-set dresser
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Chuck Courrieu .... leadman (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Bower .... sound utility
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor
Bill Jackson .... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Buck Robinson .... production sound mixer
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kevin McCullough .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Michalski .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator (as Andre Ellingson)
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rick Baumgartner .... visual effects producer
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator
Wendi Bromley .... stunt double (uncredited)
Banzai Vitale .... stunt double: Danny Strong (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Keefer .... set grip
George Palmer .... key grip
Steven H. Smith .... camera operator (as Steven Smith)
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Patrick Beatty .... grip (uncredited)
Larry Huff .... grip (uncredited)
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting assistant
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelli Hagen .... set costumer (as Kelli Stallings)
Nadine M. Reale .... set costumer
Renee Levy Hazelton .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Melissa Black .... post-production coordinator (as Melissa Owen)
Robert Hudson .... assistant editor
Music Department
John C. King .... music supervisor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Richard C. Ryan .... driver
David Travis Grieb .... grip and electric driver/swing (uncredited)
Other crew
Tamara Becher .... script coordinator
Natasha Billawala .... assistant: Marti Noxon
Michael Boretz .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Kern J. Eccles .... assistant: Joss Whedon (as Kern Eccles)
Jeffrey Garrett .... location manager
Drew Z. Greenberg .... story editor
Chip Hatton .... assistant: David Solomon
Ken Lee .... production auditor
Laura Lewis .... assistant: Marc Alpert
Suzanne McRobert .... script supervisor
George Montgomery .... title designer
Lisa Ripley-Becker .... production coordinator (as Lisa Ripley Becker)
Rebecca Sinclair .... executive story editor (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)
Mari Wilson .... script supervisor
Scottee Angel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jo Brake .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Rob Gibson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jim Hill .... set medic (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

42 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) (season 6) (season 7) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Amber Benson was supposed to return as The First Evil impersonating Tara, but she didn't want to come back just as a villain, so Cassie Newton (Azura Skye) from a recent episode was put in her place.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Buffy:I just - if you knew what I've done, what I've let myself become. My best friends don't even - You'd laugh, if you heard some of the things I've done to them.
Webs:Buffy, I'm here to kill you, not to judge you.
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Movie Connections:
References "Star Trek" (1966)See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Conversations With Dead People is MUCH better than the usual BtVS conversations with live people., 9 August 2010
Author: s k from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The best episode so far in an otherwise disappointing Season 7.

The intro scene, playing Angie Hart's "Blue" -- is a nice touch, and something that had been missing from too many previous episodes this season.

Fascinating exchange in the graveyard between Buffy and a vampire -- a former high school classmate of Buffy's, Holden Webster. Buffy lies down in the cemetery while the guy, Holden, psychoanalyzes her. At one point he says to her: "Buffy...I'm here to kill you...not to judge you". That's pretty funny. Additionally, her disclosure -- "I didn't want to be loved...I wanted to be punished. I wanted to hurt, like I thought I deserved.", right after she acknowledges that Spike loved her, in his own sick, soulless way, is arguably the most insightful and honest thing to ever cross her lips. It sheds a tremendous light onto the whole "rape" scene in "Seeing Red". The problem with Buffy's great insight is it's followed almost immediately by another disclosure -- that she feels both inferior AND superior to her friends/lovers. And that strikes at the heart of the problem with the Buffy character in general -- she's not of/in this world in ANY way. She is totally alone. But instead of really projecting that image of The Slayer, the series tries to make her all cutesy and lovable. And that thin veneer rubs off very quickly.

The other sub-plots of this episode include:

1. Andrew and Jonathan return to Sunnydale and uncover the Hellmouth seal, after which Andrew stabs Jonathan.

2. Dawn sees a vision of Joyce in the living room after she appears to have vanquished some sort of demon spirit. Joyce tells Dawn that Buffy will not choose her at some point down the road, for some unnamed task.

3. Willow encounters Cassie in the college library. At first it seems as if Cassie is acting as a medium to communicate messages from Tara to Willow. Then Cassie tells Willow that the best thing for her to do is to commit suicide so she can be with Tara and not destroy the world. Cassie then states that SHE'S the "thing beneath" that will devour everything.

All in all -- THIS is what makes the BtVS series interesting. And THIS is what's been missing for quite some time now.

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