Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 17

Forever (17 Apr. 2001)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Drama | Fantasy
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With some help from Spike, Dawn attempts to bring Joyce back from the dead.

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Buffy organizes the funeral services for Joyce without a wake, respecting her last will, 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 that teaches Dawn resurrection techniques. She steals a Ghora demon egg in the Hell Mouth 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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While mourning Joyce's death, Giles goes to his home and has a drink while listening to "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream. This is the same song that he and Joyce listened to in "Band Candy" from Season 3, before having sex together. This is significant to show Giles, no longer around Buffy and needing to be strong, remember Joyce and remark his loving father-figure to Buffy, as opposed to the usual Watcher. See more »

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At 7:15, when the camera tracks down the hallway past the open door to Buffy's room, you can see over the top of the set. The studio wall is clearly visible, as is the lighting instrument that is supplying the "sunlight" streaming in through the set's window. See more »

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Spike: [On Joyce's passing] I liked the lady! Understand, monkey boy? She was decent. She didn't put on airs. She always had a nice cuppa for me.
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Spike: And she never treated me like a freak!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Tales of Brave Ulysses
Written by Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp
Performed by Cream
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One of the finest hours of television ever
22 August 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Becoming part 2, was only the beginning of heartbreaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes.

I have waited so much for The Body episode and I was astonished, but not as much as the rest of the IMDb viewers. The Body which got a higher grade than Forever, is a bit understandable, but not completely.

Still Forever is not a episode for every watcher, it's heartbreaking, mournful and gives you guilt. When I watched it I could not laugh to Americas Funnies Homevideos (AFV) and that is actually rare(!) It's different from the other episodes, because there is just a minute or two of violence. But in the end you forget about it, you just want to be with Buffy and hug her and lie and tell her that everything is going to be fine, when she falls down to the floor, broken-hearted.

An unforgettable episode in TV history...


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