Buffy sees Joyce lying on the couch, calls 911 and unsuccessfully follows emergency procedures. When the paramedics arrive, they realize that Joyce is dead. Buffy calls Giles and goes to the school to tell Dawn. Along the day, the Scooby gang grieves the death of Joyce and sympathizes with Buffy. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Joss Whedon has said in interviews that a lot of personal experiences were put in this episode. He had lost his own mother and his reaction was recreated through Buffy. Willow is portrayed as obsessing over what to wear and this was based on his friend's funeral, where he was frantically obsessed with finding a proper tie. See more
When the doctor comes to speak with the family, the camera follows Buffy, Dawn and Giles as they go to meet him, and there is a moment at 32:13 as they pass out of frame when you can see a pair of "marks" on the carpet at the bottom left of the picture, one made of white tape and the other of red. Later, when the doctor and Giles leave and the rest of the Scoobies come over to join Buffy and Dawn, Xander hits the white mark and Willow the red one. See more
Oh, baby. Want me to rub your tummy?
She likes it when I, uh... S-stop explaining things.
Instead of the regular opening credits, a flashback scene was created that consisted of the whole cast having Christmas dinner at the Summers' house. It was created so as not to have written credits appearing over the dramatic opening scenes. See more
References The Powerpuff Girls
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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