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November 13 2007

50 Greatest TV Icons. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy comes in at #45 on EW's list.

Very cool! Joyce's death also makes it onto their list of the Top 10 Water Cooler Moments.
In response to ladygrey's link:

"The show, alas, is still waiting for its Emmy."

A damn shame. "The Body" is the best episode of television ever produced, and pretty much my single favorite work of any medium. I cry every time I watch it.

[ edited by UnpluggedCrazy on 2007-11-13 23:36 ]
My first TV crush made number one. Johnny Carson. I was seven years old and just could not get enough of him. I grew up with the old Tonight Show.

And just for the record, yes, "The Body" was brilliant. My mom died two weeks ago so I won't be watching reruns of that episode any time soon.
Sorry for your loss, Dietcoke. I too found The Body gut-wrenching on every level, from every character.
A couple of years ago I got my cousin and his wife involved in
Buffy....sent them spare copies of all the seasons...they were wonderfully enthusiastic...then I got a call from my cousin's wife...she'd just seen The Body (she'd been racing ahead of him)..."Chris...I lost my mom a couple of years did this TV show capture exactly what it's like...I can't let Philip watch this...his mom is undergoing tests for some really bad stuff..."

I told her she should watch it with him...thankfully, my aunt is still as feisty and funny as ever...but, man, how affecting is that episode.

I cry every time I watch it, too, yep. Especially during Anya's gloriously grieving soliquoy.

Art, folks, it's art. It's TV that is art. Durable, beautiful, wonderful.

My deepest condolences, Dietcoke. We're contemporaries, by the way...hugs.

[ edited by Chris inVirginia on 2007-11-14 02:07 ]
Dietcoke, I'm so sorry. I hope that someday the Jossverse (if not 'The Body' itself) brings you some comfort, if only in knowing that Buffy survived losing her mom, too.

'The Body' is an unbearably brilliant episode. I too cry every time, and Anya's soliquoy is maybe my favorite piece of dialogue in all of Buffy. Here it is for those who want to read it again:

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 Xander's crying and not talking and I was having fruit punch and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever and she'll never have eggs or yawn or brush her hair --not ever-- and no one will explain to me why.

Sniff! Thank you, Joss, for these words!
Sniff! Thank you, Joss, for these words!

{{{dietcoke}}} I lost my mom just a few years ago. And it still reverberates in my life.

It's weird but I didn't connect to the episode of Joyce actually being dead as much as the episodes of her going through all the tests and worry. That's what hit me the most. Because that's what I went through in my own life. All those tests and hospital time. Whew and big sigh.
I'm very sorry for your loss, Dietcoke.

I was a Carson addict for a few years, too.
I too am sorry for your loss, Dietcoke.

I lost my Dad almost 16 years ago, but "The Body" remains hard to watch. I think it always will be. The good news is, the memories of the illness have faded while the memories that came before it are totally clear and seem like they were just a short time ago.
Just wanted to join in and offer my condolences, Dietcoke.
My condolences as well, Dietcoke!

the episodes of her going through all the tests and worry. That's what hit me the most. Because that's what I went through in my own life. All those tests and hospital time. Whew and big sigh.

I hear you, that's very painfull for me to watch in that season as well. I've seen it happen with numerous family members (and one of my best friends is currently going through it with her dad), and the uncertainty and emotional rollercoaster is what gets me as well. Especially because Buffy and Joyce were just in an "up" light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel place, emotionally, when 'The Body' happened.

I agree that the episode is an absolute work of art, and there's a few moments in there that made me cry as well (and I never cry watching television or movies). I just don't rewatch it that often, skipping it in regular rewatch sessions. It is just too painfull to watch, most of the times.

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