Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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With some help from Spike, Dawn attempts to bring Joyce back from the dead.


Marti Noxon


Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Clare Kramer ... Glory
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Troy Blendell ... Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Joel Grey ... Doc
Todd Duffey ... Murk
Andrea Gall Andrea Gall ... Customer


Buffy organizes the funeral services for Joyce without a wake, respecting her last will, and after the service she meets Angel, who has come to Sunnydale to support her. Meanwhile Dawn becomes obsessed in bringing her mother back. She steals infamous witchcraft books from Willow and from the Magic Box, and helped by Spike, they visit the demon Doc, an expert in black magic that teaches Dawn resurrection techniques. She steals a Ghora demon egg in the Hell Mouth with Spike for her black magic, and she interrupts her spell after a serious conversation with Buffy. Meanwhile Ben unintentionally discloses to Jinx that The Key is an innocent in a human form. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

17 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode aired on Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers)'s birthday. See more »


At about 21:26, in a wide shot of Willow's and Tara's dorm room, a seated crew member can clearly be seen off to the left where the corner of the room should be. Additionally, part of the base of a piece of lighting equipment can be seen near the foot of the bed. See more »


Buffy Summers: [about the funeral] It was brutal. But it's tomorrow that I'm worried about.
Angel: What's tomorrow?
Buffy Summers: That's exactly what I don't know. Up until now, I've had a road map. Things to do every minute, having to do with mom.
Angel: Tomorrow the stuff of everyday living resumes.
Buffy Summers: And everybody expects me to know how to do it, because
Buffy Summers: I'm so strogng.
Angel: You just need some time. I'm sure everybody understands that.
Buffy Summers: Time's not the issue. I can stick wood in vampires, but mom was the strong one in real life. She ...
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References Angel (1999) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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One of the finest hours of television ever
22 August 2008 | by drago-jelisicSee all my reviews

Becoming part 2, was only the beginning of heartbreaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes.

I have waited so much for The Body episode and I was astonished, but not as much as the rest of the IMDb viewers. The Body which got a higher grade than Forever, is a bit understandable, but not completely.

Still Forever is not a episode for every watcher, it's heartbreaking, mournful and gives you guilt. When I watched it I could not laugh to Americas Funnies Homevideos (AFV) and that is actually rare(!) It's different from the other episodes, because there is just a minute or two of violence. But in the end you forget about it, you just want to be with Buffy and hug her and lie and tell her that everything is going to be fine, when she falls down to the floor, broken-hearted.

An unforgettable episode in TV history...

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