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



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)


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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In Xander's dream, he finally comes to terms with his relationship to Buffy: she refers to him as "big brother," a term that distinctively surprises him, culminating in the final dissipation of his romantic feelings towards her. Buffy is the only one of the Scooby-girls (Joyce included) he does not think of in a sexual way. See more »


(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 »


Xander Harris: [Xander's dream] I move pretty fast. You know, a man's always after...
Joyce: Conquest?
Xander Harris: I'm a conquistador.
Joyce: You sure it isn't comfort?
Xander Harris: I'm a comfortador also.
Joyce: I do know the difference. I've learned about boys.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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I'm not a fan of the show, but i'm surely a fan of this episode!
20 March 2011 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Mostly because i'm a Lynch fan. I don't get this show. Sometimes there are really lame episodes, sometimes there are those brilliant ones. Wouldn't it be good to stick with great writing then creating evil eggs and reptile boys. This episode truly amazing but there're a lot of David Lynch. The red curtain in Willow's dream and cheery characters are from him. I'm not accusing Whedon for copying, 'cos he didn't. He told us in an amazing way the fears and worries of the characters. There are people who don't like this show mostly because they are not familiar to Lynch's style and they want action in every episode. Sorry but this episode is amazing.9.7/10.

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