Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.


Joss Whedon


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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 (credit only)
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Randy Thompson ... Dr. Kriegel
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Kevin Cristaldi ... First Paramedic
Stefan Umstead Stefan Umstead ... Second Paramedic
Loanne Bishop ... 911 Operator (voice)
J. Evan Bonifant ... Kevin
Kelli Garner ... Kirstie


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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Sarah Michelle Gellar fought against the decision to kill off Joyce. See more »


(at around 41 mins) After they sit down, a camera is visible on the wide screen on the left. See more »


[first lines]
[Buffy enters her house, sees a bouquet of flowers and a note for her mom]
Buffy Summers: Hey, flower-gettin' lady, want me to pick Dawn up from school?
[sees her mom lying on the couch]
Buffy Summers: Mom? What are you doing?
[moves closer to see her lying still with her eyes open and fixed]
Buffy Summers: [quieter] Mom...? Mom...? Mommy?
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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
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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One of the greatest television episodes ever !!!
25 March 2011 | by tv_is_my_parentSee all my reviews

Emotional, heart-breaking, Emmy-deserving. This episode revolves around the sudden death of beloved Joyce Summers. One of the best moms on television. But the whole episode is a work of art. First Hush and Restless now The Body, Joss Whedon really shows me that this episode is different than the other ordinary teen dramas.

Now, i have to talk about the acting. Every single actor shines in this this episode. Emma Caulfield: i didn't know she could act this great. Her monologue about Joyce's death broke my heart and make me cry like a river. She was just outstanding. Alyson Hannigan: she did have some really good acting scenes but in this episode she is great. In the whole scene about looking for the blue shirt she made me think i really misjudged her. Amber Benson: even she did a great job in this scene with Buffy in waiting room she wasn't amazing like other but she showed she can act. And finally Sarah Michelle Gellar: Her acting developed through the seasons and in this episode she was so real and act like her own mother died, applause!

The biggest applause goes to Joss Whedon. He's genius and takes this series to higher level. 10/10.

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