Buffy the Vampire Slayer

After Life

Season 6, Ep 3, Aired 10/9/01
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  • Episode Description
  • An unseen force is taking over the Scoobies one at a time. Could this possessing spirit be somehow connected to Buffy’s return from beyond?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emma Caulfield


  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Brilliant!

    By tarafan2, Jul 16, 2013

  • Season six still a little slow

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • The Jet-Lag From Hell

    By lenzinoH20, Oct 14, 2011

  • After Life

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 05, 2010

  • "I think we screwed up; she's broken" - Anya

    By rachel_london, Sep 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Xander: (to Spike) Look me in the eyes and tell me when you saw Buffy alive, that wasn't the happiest moment of your entire existence.

    • Dawn: You remember what Mom used to say? "Either wash that neck or plant potatoes." Yeah, I never thought it was funny, either.

    • Buffy: Wherever I was... I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time... didn't mean anything... nothing had form... but I was still me, you know? And I was warm... and I was loved... and I was finished. Complete. I don't understand about theology or dimensions, or... any of it, really... but I think I was in heaven. And now I'm not. I was torn out of there. Pulled out... by my friends. Everything here is... hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch... this is Hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that... knowing what I've lost...

    • Anya: (After Dawn has just recovered from being possessed and breathing fire) You might experience some dry mouth.

    • Spike: I do remember what I said. The promise. To protect her. If I'd have done that, even if I didn't make it, you wouldn't have had to jump. But I want you to know I did save you. Not when it counted, of course, but after that. Every night after that. I'd see it all again, and do something different. Faster, or more clever, you know? Dozens of times, lots of different ways. Every night, I save you.

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    Notes (3)

    • Anthony Stewart Head does the "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" voiceover.

    • Linda Hoyle, who played the role of the demon in this episode also had a part in season three. She did the voice-over for Emma Caulfield as Anyanka in the season three episode "The Wish". Since Emma actually played the role and Linda Hoyle only did the voice, she was not credited for the role.

    • When Buffy is patrolling in the cemetery (right before the possessed Dawn does her freak out) if you watch it is made so that Buffy looks like she has angel wings, a hint that she was in heaven!

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: In the bathroom when Dawn is cleaning Buffy up after her ordeal, she tries to fasten one button at the bottom of Buffy's shirt. Then Buffy turns to leave the bathroom before Dawn can finish and we can see Buffy's shirt part as she turns toward the door. Yet, in the very next scene in Tara and Willow's bedroom, Buffy is shown coming through the doorway with that same one button fastened.

    • Goof: When Anya comes in with the coffee and Dawn is possessed and breathes fire onto the books in the right hand corner you can see the flame thrower.

    • During this episode, Spike shoves Xander against a tree while he yells at him for not informing him of the Scoobies' plan to bring Buffy back. On close examination, Spike can be seen to wince from the pain the chip inflicts for his actions, but he is so angry he does not care.

    • Nitpick: When Willow resurrected Buffy in "Bargaining", she was tested. When she was tested, she was cut on her arms... but where did the cuts go?

    • Nitpicks: When the gang all get back to Buffy's house Willow contacts Giles in London, but he had only caught his plane that afternoon so not enough time would have passed for him to have landed in London. Also character-wise, Giles would have immediately caught another plane back to America when he heard the news, not stayed in England for a few days.

    Allusions (2)

    • Spike: ...I overheard you and the Super Friends...
      Super Friends was a cartoon series that starred the adventures of Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Later seasons included Wendy, Marvin, Wonder Dog, the Wonder Twins, and other heroes from DC Comics.

    • Dawn: Oh there you are, you really are under all that dirt.
      Dawn's line when she is cleaning Buffy up with the damp towel is taken directly from James Cameron's Aliens when Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) does the same thing to Newt (Carrie Henn).

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