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Everyone continues to deal with the emotional aftermath of Joyce's passing. As Buffy keeps herself occupied, Dawn discovers a supernatural and potentially dangerous means of bringing back their mother.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x17
Production Number: 5ABB17
Airdate: Tuesday April 17th, 2001
Network: WB

Director: Marti Noxon
Writer: Marti Noxon


  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
David Boreanaz
As Angel
Recurring
Clare Kramer
As Glory
Recurring
Charlie Weber
As Ben
Recurring
Troy Blendell
As Jinx (credited as Troy T. Blendell)
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Joel Grey
As Doc
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Todd Duffey
As Murk
Recurring
Alan Henry Brown
As Funeral Director
Recurring
Andrea Gall
As Customer
Darius Dudley
As Minister
Annie Talbot
As Lady with Baby
Noor Shic
As Lady with Rosary
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Emma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.7/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 5th out of 17 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.7 in the national ratings.

Ranked 89 out of 132 prime time shows.

David Boreanaz makes a brief crossover appearance as Angel.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CreamTales of Brave Ulysses 
SplendidTommorrow We'll Awake 


Episode Quotes
Buffy: You don't like it?
Dawn: (looking at coffin) No, it's not that. It's just... What if mom - What if she'd like something else better?
Buffy: Dawn...
Dawn: I mean, how do we know for sure? She's the one who has to be in it forever.

Xander: You going home?
Willow: I'm gonna stop by my mom's first. Been doing that a lot lately.
Xander: Yeah. Actually, I might stop by your mom's, too.

Xander: You have got to be kidding.
Spike: I'm not going in.
Xander: (pointing to the flowers in Spike's hand) And you're not leaving those. You actually think you're gonna score points with Buffy this way?
Spike: This isn't about Buffy.
Xander: Bull. We're all hip to your doomed obsession.
Spike: They're for Joyce.
Xander: Like you care about her.
Willow: Guys. Guys, not here.
Spike: Care? Joyce was the only one of the lot of you that I could stand.
Xander: And she's the only one with a daughter you wanted to shag. I'm touched.
Spike: I liked the lady. You understand, monkey boy? She was decent. She didn't put on airs. She always had a nice cuppa for me. And she never treated me like a freak.
Xander: Her mistake.

Buffy: It's going to be light soon.
Angel: I can stay in town as long as you want me.
Buffy: How's forever? Does forever work for you?

Willow: What did I have for breakfast this morning? Do you remember?
Tara: Huh?
Willow: I want to say bagel, but I think that was yesterday. You had two eggs, sunny-side up. I remember because they were wiggling at me like little boobs.
Tara: Sassy eggs.

Buffy: Dawn, you know this is wrong. You know you can't let this happen. Not to mom.
Dawn: But I need her. I don't care if she... I'm not like you, Buffy. I don't have anybody.
Buffy: What? Of course you do. You have me.
Dawn: No, I don't. You won't even look at me. It's so obvious you don't want me around.
Buffy: That's not true.
Dawn: Yes, it is. Mom... died and it's like you don't even care.
Buffy: Of course I care. How can you even think that?
Dawn: How can I not? You haven't even cried. You've just been running around like it's been some big chore or something. Cleaning up after mom's mess.
(Buffy slaps Dawn across the face)
Buffy: Dawn... I've been... working. I've been busy because I have to --
Dawn: No! You've been avoiding me.
Buffy: I'm not! I have to do these things 'cause... 'cause when I stop, then she's really gone. And I'm trying - Dawn, I am - I am really trying to take care of things, but I don't even know what I'm doing. Mom always knew.
Dawn: Nobody's asking you to be mom.
Buffy: Well, who's gonna be if I'm not? Huh, Dawn? Have you even thought about that? Who's gonna make things better? Who's gonna take care of us?
Dawn: Buffy...
Buffy: I didn't mean to push you away. I didn't. I just - I couldn't let you see me - Oh god, Dawnie. I don't know what we're gonna do. I'm scared.



Episode References
After Joyce's funeral, Giles is seen at his flat listening to the Cream song "Tales of Brave Ulysses". This is the song he and Joyce listened to in the Season 3 episode "Band Candy".



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Douglas Petrie
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerAdam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistRobin Beauchesne  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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