Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Spike (credit only)
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
First Paramedic
Stefan Umstead ...
Second Paramedic
911 Operator (voice)


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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Release Date:

27 February 2001 (USA)  »

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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 »


Tara: [to Willow] Oh, baby. Want me to rub your tummy?
[to group]
Tara: She likes it when I, uh... S-stop explaining things.
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Crazy Credits

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 (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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what lajabless said
13 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What lajabless said is on the money. I too had lost my mother just weeks before this episode was broadcast. It was eerie how what I saw on the screen expressed how I was feeling at the time. I don't know if my appreciation of this episode is a reflection of what I was going through, or of just how good a show it actually was. I'm almost afraid to rewatch this episode. If it really is that good, will I relive that emotional turmoil? It's been nearly seven years. Maybe I can rewatch it objectively now. I have to put this in the Buffy top ten, maybe top five episodes. One of my best friends at the time was also a Buffy fan. Sadly, I wasn't able to talk with him about this episode as he had died suddenly only days earlier....

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