Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles experience dreams in which they are pursued by a mysterious figure.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
David Wells ... Cheese Man
Michael Harney ... Xander's Father
George Hertzberg ... Adam
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Seth Green ... Oz
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder


Buffy, Xander, Giles, and Willow decide to stay up late watching movies after their victory against Adam, only all four of them immediately fall asleep. One by one, each of their dreams take a dark and twisted turn as a sinister force stalks each of them through the dream world and inside their own heads. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

23 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A line of Buffy's was cut: "I think they might be in trouble-danger." See more »


(at around 41 min) When Buffy and the first slayer roll down the hill fighting, you can see a camper van in the background. This is only visible in the expanded-to-widescreen version, not in the originally intended 4:3 frame. See more »


[first lines]
Buffy Summers: Are you sure you'll be all right? 'Cause I can be there in the morning.
Riley Finn: It's just a debriefing. They're not gonna make me disapper and they're not pinning anything on me. I got Graham and a lot of the guys testifying I'm the reason they're alive. I might actually get out of this with an honorable discharge.
Giles: In return for your silence no doubt.
Riley Finn: Oh yeah. Having the inside scoop on the administration's own Bay of Mutated Pigs is definitely an advantage.
Giles: It's like you're blackmailing ...
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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A linked anthology of dreams
5 November 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Following the defeat of Adam; Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles decide to chill out in front of a movie. They all fall asleep quickly and each start having strange, somewhat uncomfortable dreams. In turn we Willow, Xander, Giles and finally Buffy's dream; while they are each different and feature a worry felt by the dreamer there are similarities; each character feels that there is something after them, which ultimately catches them... it isn't until Buffy's dream that it becomes apparent what this is. They also feature a man with slices of cheese for no obvious reason.

I thought this was a really good episode; the way the dreams are constantly changing felt real and their contents were scary at times but also quite humorous. Having an episode centred on dreams meant certain characters who had previously died could return; most notably Principal Snyder... a delight seeing Armin Shimerman perform in the style of Brando in 'Apocalypse Now'. The identity of the character after our protagonists proved to be interesting and nicely linked to the spell cast to help Buffy defeat Adam. There isn't too much in the way of action but that is made up for with the general feeling of dread. Overall a solid conclusion to season four.

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