Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles experience dreams in which they are pursued by a mysterious figure.

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In the fourth season finale, 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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23 May 2000 (USA)  »

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Anya in Buffy's dream in Willow's dorm room bed asking her to wake up startled unintentionally signifies her death in the final episode of the series Chosen, during the battle of the hellmouth around the time Anya meets her end at the hands of a Bringer Buffy is unconscious from the stab wound from the Turok-Han. See more »

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(at around 1 min) When Buffy and the first slayer roll down the hill fighting, you can see a camper van in the background. See more »

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Soldier: [Xander's dream Apocalypse Now] We gotta keep goin' men. We gotta take that hill. Damn this war.
Rupert Giles: I have to say, I really feel Apocalypse Now is overrated.
Xander Harris: [confused] No, no, it gets better. I remember that it gets better.
Soldier: [in movie] Oh my God. What's happened to my men? Augh!
Buffy Summers: Want some corn?
Xander Harris: Butter flavor?
Buffy Summers: New car smell.
Xander Harris: Cool.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Fantastically Unorthodox - Entirely Whedonesque
14 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here...there be no spoilers. The review posted here earlier did this phenomenal, hilarious and insightful finale no justice, so let's set the record straight.

Joss Whedon is well-known for doing things his own way - and in this episode of Buffy he does so, showing off his quirky goodness by allowing us a finale that is not action-packed, as is custom, but rather thoughtful and amusing - a wonderful wind-down from all that's come before. "Restless" is like the antidote to the anxiety that built up in the season preceding it. However, despite the fact that the entire episode takes place within the dreams of the main characters and has little to do with events in the world, in this episode we get to know our beloved Scooby Gang better than we have. Xander's worries and Willow's insecurities...all that noise.

In seeing the dreams of the Scooby Gang we see them anew. Also, we meet The Cheese Man, a cult favorite (you know you want some) Seriously? No complaints. Watch and enjoy. The mere existence of an episode such as this is evidence of what's so wonderful about Whedon and his Buffyverse.


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