Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 17

Forever (17 Apr. 2001)

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With some help from Spike, Dawn attempts to bring Joyce back from the dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
Andrea Gall ...


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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After Anya in past episode, 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 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 »


[Spike decides to attack a Gorah demon]
Spike: Hey, Gorah! Heads up!
[the demon rises revealing itself to have three heads]
Spike: Right, then. Heads it is.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Average at best
25 October 2009 | by See 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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