Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 22

Restless (23 May 2000)

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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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In Giles's dream, there's a moment that seems to foreshadow the sixth season musical episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001) when Giles bursts into song, and climbs on stage and tells Xander and Willow, in song, what they need to do. 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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Spike: [In Xander's dream] Giles here is gonna teach me to be a Watcher. Says I got the stuff.
Rupert Giles: Spike's like a son to me.
Xander Harris: That's good. I was into that for a while, but... I got other stuff goin' on. You gotta have something. Gotta be with movin' forward.
Buffy Summers: Like a shark.
Xander Harris: Like a shark with feet and... much less fins.
Spike: And on land.
Rupert Giles: Very good.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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The Exposition Song
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Anthony Head (as Anthony Stewart Head) (vocals), Four Star Mary (other instruments), and Christophe Beck (piano)
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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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