Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 17

Normal Again (12 Mar. 2002)

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After Buffy is stung by a demon, she begins to have vivid day-dreams about a mental asylum. She gradually begins to believe that she is a crazy girl back in L.A and that Sunnydale and all her friends are just a figment of her imagination.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anya (credit only)
Lorraine Ross
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After being poisoned by a demon, Buffy comes to believe that she is confined to a mental hospital, her mother is alive, her parents are still together, and that her life as a Slayer has all been an hallucination for the past six years. Deciding that she prefers this "normal" life with her parents, Buffy attempts to destroy the things that tether her to the "fantasy" life of the Slayer: her friends. Written by Alex

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12 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Buffy's pre-Sunnydale experience in an asylum was later told in the comic book "Slayer, Interrupted", a title reference to Girl, Interrupted (1999) which co-starred Clea DuVall who appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (1997). See more »


When Buffy locks the cellar door, she inserts the key into the keyhole upside down (the key she uses is clearly too small to properly fit the lock). See more »


Xander Harris: I don't know how stuff got so mixed up. I blew it.
Buffy Summers: No! Well, maybe it wasn't the best time to break up with her, but...
Xander Harris: No. It wasn't about breaking up. I love her and God, I miss her so much.
Willow Rosenberg: So you left her at the altar, but you still wanna...
Buffy Summers: You still wanna date?
Xander Harris: I guess. I know that I'm a better person with her in my life. But things got so complicated with the wedding, with my family, and with her demons, and what if it all goes to Hell, and... and for ever? But then I left. And ever ...
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Real or madness?
22 February 2009 | by (Nis,Serbia) – See all my reviews

This episode scared me.Buffy think that she is sick and that she is in mental institution.There is no Down in her life,her parent are alive and well,she doesn't sleep with Spike and she doesn't fight with vampires.OK,she is crazy.She want to have normal life like everybody else.She broke up with Spike because she think's that there's relationship is what killing her.But i'm on Spikes side.He loves her.He want to help her.He knows that nobody know how she is filling.That is why he want to tell her friends about them.If she doesn't want his help and love,they could help her.My opinion is that Buffy made her life more difficult by not telling her friends about her and Spike.They would understand her.Tarra did.Down already loves Spike.Only Xender is against him but he also know's that Spikes's filling are real.So,Spike is right.She want to be miserable.And I do not like how she treat's him at all.She is the guilty one in my eyes.

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