Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 8

Shadow (21 Nov. 2000)

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Glory transforms a snake into a terrifying monster in her quest to find the Key; Joyce is hospitalized after being diagnosed with an illness.

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Joyce goes to the hospital for a CAT scan, the doctor finds a shadow and she is immediately submitted to a surgery. The doctor discloses that she has a low grade glioma (i.e. a brain tumor). Buffy wants to use magic to heal her mother, but Giles, Willow and Tara advise her that it would be of high risky for humans. Meanwhile, Glory goes to the Magic Box, and the naive Giles sells two powerful components for an ancient Sobekite spell. Anya discloses it later through the receipts, while Glory conjures a snake demon to track the Key. When the snake demon finds Dawn in the Magic Box, Buffy and Giles follow the demon trying to kill it before getting to Glory. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Though not listed in the filming locations, the carousel Riley and Dawn are at is the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles. "All 68 horses have up-and-down action, and they've been leaping in circles in the city park since 1937". The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round was also the featured in an episode of Castle. See more »

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When Buffy takes off after the big snake she chases it east on Main Street from the Magic Box, but when Giles picks her up in his car she is suddenly *west* of the Magic Box, running *west* on Main Street. They turn south at the end of the street, then the view cuts to them again heading west up Main Street from the Magic Box past the exact spot where Giles picked Buffy up moments ago. See more »

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Glory: Tick-tock, Dreg. Tick-frickin'-tock.
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »

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Anaconda and Glioma
30 September 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Joyce goes to the hospital for a CAT scam, the doctor finds a shadow and she is immediately submitted to a surgery. The doctor discloses that she has a low grade glioma, i.e., a brain tumor. Buffy wants to use magic to heal her mother, but Giles, Willow and Tara advise her that it would be of high risky for humans. Meanwhile, Glory goes to the Magic Box, and the naive Giles sells two powerful components for an ancient Sobekite spell. Anya discloses it later through the receipts, while Glory conjures a snake demon to track The Key. When the snake demon finds Dawn in the Magic Box, Buffy and Giles follow the demon trying to kill it before getting to Glory.

In this episode, in addition to Joyce's illness and the fight between Buffy and the demon snake, there is another important scene: Riley feels rejected by Buffy and dates a vampire hooker, let her bite him and them he kills her. The funniest part is when Spike sneaks in Buffy's room to sniff her clothes and Riley catches him. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Sombra" ("The Shadow")


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