The Body

Season 5 Episode #16
Overall Episode #94; Original air date February 27, 2001
Written & Directed by Joss Whedon.

Slay Me - episode rating
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Where did she go? -Dawn on Joyce's death.

The Story:
- - Is She Cold - -

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Willow: The way you behave-
Anya: Nobody will tell me.
Willow: Because it's not okay for you to be asking these things!
Anya: But I don't understand!... I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's... there's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead, anymore. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid. And, and Xander's crying and not talking, and, and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.
Willow: We don't know... how it works... or why.

Slayage - 1 - Vampire in morgue by Buffy with handsaw.

Body Count - 1 - Joyce Summers by natural causes.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; *Emma Caulfield - Anya; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; Randy Thompson - Doctor; Amber Benson - Tara Maclay; Kristine Sutherland - Joyce Summers; Kevin Cristalon - First Paramedic; Stefan Umstead - Second Paramedic; Loanne Bishop - 911 Operator; J. Evan Bonifant - Kevin; Kelli Garner - Kristie; Rae'ven Larrymore Kelly - Lisa; Tia Matza - Teacher; John Michael Herndon - Vampire.

Rock On - Soundtrack: None, except for a brief snatch of The First Noel. The lack of sound help produce the power of this episode.

Awesome!! - don't miss these highlights
** Many beautiful shots, many more than can be listed here, including including the shots of Buffy and the paramedic in the Summer's home, the view of Dawn and Buffy from inside the classroom at Sunnydale High, Xander pacing in front of Willow's door watch the unison with the students behind him, and ending shots of Joyce, Dawn and Buffy in the morgue.
** Anya's speech on mortality in Willow's dorm room.
** Take notice how long many of the shots are maintained without cuts (for example after the Christmas flashback to a cut to a close up of the phone is one long shot when Buffy first finds Joyce) and how they add to the episode.

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