Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 16

The Body (27 Feb. 2001)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Drama | Fantasy
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Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.

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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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After Xander removes his bleeding hand from the drywall, he is asked if it hurts and replies "It doesn't matter. The Avengers have to get with the assembling." Joss Whedon wrote and directed this episode and would go on to write and direct the live action adaptation of The Avengers (2012). See more »

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Paramedics in the state of California are not allowed to pronounce death. Joyce would have been taken to the hospital where it is likely she would have been pronounced DOA. Also, once paramedics begin CPR, it is usually not allowed to be stopped until someone with a higher degree of medical training takes over. See more »

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Buffy: She's cold.
911 Operator: The body's cold?
Buffy: No, my mom. Sh-should I make her warm?
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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 »

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The Most Dramatic Episode of Buffy
11 October 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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.

"The Body" is the most dramatic episode of Buffy in these five seasons. Sarah Michelle Gellar has a great acting, compatible with the behavior of her character. Each friend reacts (or overreacts like Willow) in a different way, but I liked the lines of Anya, questioning the behavior of humans but also feeling sad. The use of silence by the author is very appropriate and respectful. I missed Spike, my favorite character of this entertaining series. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Este Corpo" ("This Body")


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