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
Did You Know?
Kristine Sutherland (Joyce) is notably absent in much of season 4. She apparently told Joss Whedon that she wanted to leave the show to move abroad. His reply was that "you can't leave because I'm going to kill you." See more
The drawing on Dawn's easel after she learns of Joyce's death is not the same one she had earlier. The original drawing had large black areas and the new one shows those areas much lighter. See more
I wish that Joyce didn't die. Because she was nice and now we all hurt.
Anya, ever the wordsmith.
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
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett See more