Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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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 wish, 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 who teaches Dawn resurrection techniques. She steals a Ghora demon egg from the Hellmouth, 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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Did You Know?


Spike is able to enter Doc's home without an invitation. This hints at the fact that Doc isn't human - later confirmed when Dawn notices that Doc has a tail. See more »


When Willow "magics" a book at 21:17, you see it slide out on its shelf as she gestures with her hand, but the subsequent shots in the sequence do not match its motion, so you see it slide out a second time in close-up and then see it slide out a third time in the background as she walks away. See more »


[first lines]
[picking out a coffin]
Rupert Giles: Buffy, you're here... You all right?
Buffy Summers: Yeah.
Funeral Director: Did you find something?
Buffy Summers: This one.
Funeral Director: It's a fine choice. It speaks of your deep feeling for the deceased.
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References Angel (1999) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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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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