Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 10

Nightmares (12 May 1997)

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Buffy and her friends discover that their worst nightmares have become reality.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Andrew J. Ferchland ...
J. Robin Miller ...
Ms. Tishler (as Terry Cain)
Scott Harlan ...
Brian Pietro ...


At the hell-mouth, the Master of evil explains to his boy heir Collin that fear rules people better then love or hate. He manages to use the young schoolboy Billy Palmer to make every student of Sunnydale High's terrifying nightmares come true, ranging from Xander appearing in class wearing only boxer-shorts to being chased by murderers, losing one's favorite abilities or poisonous spiders coming out of one's schoolbooks... Written by KGF Vissers

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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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12 May 1997 (USA)  »

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It is established here that Willow is scared of spiders and frogs. By the season 7 story 'Selfless' she has at least overcome the former, fighting off a giant spider using her magic. See more »


Giles loses the ability to read as one of his nightmares. His other is that Buffy dies. If he can't read, and no one said anything, how does he know that they're at Buffy's grave? See more »


Wendell: [about his spiders] I had the best collection in the tri-county area. Browns, tarantulas, black widows... then my folks ship me off to Wilderness Camp. All my brother had to do was maintain the habitats. Instead he left the heat lamps on for a week! When I came home they were all dead. That's when the nightmares started.
Willow: The nightmares?
Wendell: It's always the same. I'm sitting in class, the teacher asks me to read something. I open the book and... there they are, coming after me. God... can you blame ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Vieni La Sera
(from Madame Butterfly)
Performed by Scott Harlan
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The One Where Everyone's Nightmares Are Coming True...
28 February 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode, even though I find it creepy.

In this episode, a little boy was injured and put into a coma by his coach. And because of that, everyone's nightmares are coming true. And it's scaring the crap out of everybody. Buffy's nightmare is that the Master got free and she turned into a vampire. Xander's nightmare is that he goes into class wearing only boxer shorts. And Willow's is something about clowns. They are all creepy and funny, especially Xander's. Some other nightmares that came true include losing their favoritie ability and spiders coming out of a textbook. In the end, the little boy who is accidentally causing these nightmares to come true, wakes up and his coach is found out to be the one who hurt him.

Overall, I give this episode a 7 out of 10.

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