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

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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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J. Robin Miller ...
Laura
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Ms. Tishler (as Terry Cain)
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Brian Pietro ...
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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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12 May 1997 (USA)  »

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This episode and the season six musical episode "Once More With Feeling" contain specific references to each other. In "Nightmares," when the group is trying to figure out what magical issue they have to overcome this week, Xander says, "our dreams are coming true," and Giles responds, "Dreams? That would be the musical comedy version of this," which is basically a description of "Once More With Feeling." In "Once More With Feeling," when the group is again trying to figure out what magical issue they have to overcome this week, Willow sings "I've got a theory: some kid is dreaming, and we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare," which is close to the plot of "Nightmares." See more »

Goofs

When Giles, Willow and Xander are standing over Buffys grave, the date on the gravestone marks her birthyear of 1981. In the episode "I Robot... You Jane" Malcolm looks at a file on Buffy where her birth year is marked as 1980, and in another shot from the same scene, it states her birthyear as 1978. See more »

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Xander: Probably be faster if we split up to look for her.
Rupert Giles: Good idea.
[Xander and Giles go in opposite directions leaving Willow standing there alone]
Willow: Uh-uh, faster, but not really safer.
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Spoofs Carrie (1976) See more »

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Vieni La Sera
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(from Madame Butterfly)
Performed by Scott Harlan
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A beautiful example of why Buffy rocks
8 March 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

when i first watched this episode i watched it about midnight and it scared the crap out of me and yet touched me with Buffy's transformation to a vamp.

this episode was just so good because it had the colleague of different beasties of "halloween" the dream like essence of "restless" and it just touched me like oz's leaving.

I Recently watched all of season 1 with a bunch of friends and this and prophecy girl (another great episode) were there favorites. this episode made me cringe with its terrifying clown made me laugh at the same clown. made me laugh at willow because it was so smartly written, so simple, so brilliant it shows how Buffy survived 7 years in prime time

this episode is beautiful with some great dialog 10 out of 10 WATCH IT


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