"I think one of my favourite scenes was the one at the end of [Buffy’s] birthday, that two-part story. When [Joyce and Buffy] are sitting on the couch. I thought Joss did something so wonderful in that scene with Joyce being her mother and knowing that something is going on that is very hard for her. Just being there and not asking what it is”.
- Kristine Sutherland 
"We shot the last scene with Buffy and her mom, and I was watching the two shots of Kristine and Sarah, and I thought, Yesterday, I had the rocket launcher, and this is better. They were so good in that, and it looked so beautiful, and it felt so right, and that to me was just… we had everything”.
- Joss Whedon