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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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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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 »

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Buffy and Jonathan - a new angle?
23 June 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favourite of all the Buffy episodes and the one that made we watch the entire season back to back. When you watch the previous episodes, the idea that it might all be Buffy's hallucination really does sit nicely.

Take for instance the episode Superstar from Season 4. Jonathan casts a augmentation spell that bends reality (a hallucinogenic reality if you like). He reveals that he learned the spell while he was receiving counseling, following his suicide bid.

In Normal Again we learn that Buffy was sent to a clinic when she first started 'seeing things'. On the relatively few occasions that Buffy and Jonathan are together, they share a certain level of empathy that isn't fully explained. So what if Buffy and Jonathan are both inmates of the same 'funny farm'? They are feeding each others fantasies while pursuing their own. Occasionally the paths of their fantasies cross.

In Normal Again, Buffy's hallucinations are triggered by an encounter with a monster while she is investigating a house occupied by The Trio. Jonathan is inside having some form of nervous breakdown. Jonathan's augmentation spell also summons some kind of monster. I think Jonathan may be a more significant character that is generally let on.


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