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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12 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Willow has a "Nerf Herder" poster in her locker. The Buffy theme is by "Nerf Herder", and it was Alyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, that turned Joss Whedon onto using them for the theme. See more »


When Willow opens the basement door to follow Buffy's voice, from the outside, the door opens onto the main hallway. However, looking out from the inside, the door appears to open out into an alcove, with the opposite wall being very close. See more »


Buffy: Are you Billy Palmer?
Billy Palmer: Why do you want to know?
Buffy: Because I want to help you.
Billy Palmer: I'm Billy.
Buffy: Did something bad happen to you last week, after your Kiddie League game?
Billy Palmer: Something bad... I don't remember.
Buffy: Do you remember playing baseball?
Billy Palmer: Uh-huh, I think so. Yeah, I play second base.
Buffy: Are you 'lucky nineteen'?
Billy Palmer: [scared] That's what 'he' calls me.
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References Evita (1996) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Very memorable
27 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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The nightmares of the entire Sunnydale population start to become reality, and Buffy discovers that a comatose boy named Billy may be the cause of it. The only way to get things back to normal is if Buffy can get Billy to overcome his fear and wake up from his coma.

Very funny and weird episode. But i love it.This is where all of the gangs nightmares come true.Some were funny and some were very creepy. It had very memorable quotes and i think its fantastic.

And also i know that kid from somewhere but i just don't know where from.lol


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