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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Restless (2000)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4: Episode 22 -- After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman - and The Cheese Man.

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Original Air Date:
23 May 2000 (Season 4, Episode 22)
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Plot:
Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles experience dreams in which they are pursued by a mysterious figure. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joss Whedon 
 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by)

Produced by
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... co-producer
David Fury .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
David Greenwalt .... consulting producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... supervising producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Regis Kimble  (as Regis B. Kimble)
 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Caroline Quinn 
 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... makeup artist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... hair stylist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Michael Moore .... key hair stylist
Brigette A. Myre .... makeup artist (as Brigette Myre-Ellis)
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
 
Production Management
Marc David Alpert .... production supervisor (as Marc D. Alpert)
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Alan Steinman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker gangboss
Keith A. Cuba .... leadman (as Keith Cuba)
Randy Eriksen .... property master
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Victoria Ruskin .... set designer
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (1998-2002)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Steve West .... construction coordinator (as Stephen L. West)
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor
Ron Evans .... re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue & adr editor
Kurt Kassulke .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Adam Sawelson .... re-recording mixer
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff West .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double: Buffy
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
Zach Hudson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Steve Tartalia .... stunt double: Spike (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Tim Speed .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Marshall Valentine .... grip (uncredited)
Anthony Van Dyk .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nickolaus Brown .... costumer
Lori DeLapp .... key costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Golda Savage .... assistant editor
Brian Wankum .... post production coordinator
Tamara Becher .... post production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
 
Other crew
Cathy Carr .... production coordinator
Edward J. Duffy .... location manager (as Ed Duffy)
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor
George Montgomery .... title designer
J.D. Peralta .... assistant: Marti Noxon (as JD Peralta)
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
Douglas Petrie .... executive story editor (as Doug Petrie)
Kelly Harris .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 

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Joss Whedon  created by

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Additional Details

Runtime:
60 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Restless" is the only episode of the season with no 'teaser'. Once the "Previously on..." part is done, it jumps to the show's credits right away.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (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 »
Quotes:
Riley Finn:Why, hello, little lady. Can I hold those milk pails for you?
Harmony Kendall:Why, thank you but they're not very heavy. Why have you come to our lonely small town, which has no post office and very few exports?
Riley Finn:I've come looking for a man. A salesman.
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Movie Connections:
References Apocalypse Now (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ThemeSee more »

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84 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Whedon Attack, 21 September 2007
Author: morphion2 from Australia

I'm amazed that "Buffy" fanatics don't like this episode. I honestly had more faith in them than that. I assumed that because this series was a remarkably innovative and intelligent production which recognized the boundless potential of the television medium that its followers would largely share similar traits. The feedback I've heard on this Season Four closer is that it's dull, confusing and pointless. I sorely beg to differ.

What I understood of "Restless" the first time I saw it (and have been consolidated by every further viewing) is that it is an unadulterated Freudian character study, realized with lite David Lynch methodology. It's true that there is SFA of the formulaic Big Bad plotting that "Buffy" episodes usually revolve around, but I was actually somewhat thankful for this. "Restless" is a denouement - a reflection and a meditation, and although there is an obligatory evil at work, the villain here is vague and besides the point. "It's all about the journey," says Giles and despite the obviousness, he's right.

I don't know about everyone else, but I love these characters. In that cathartic, fanboy, TV-show way, I care about them. And by God, I'm excited when I get the chance to learn something about them - I loved the in depth character studies of other such low-key episodes as Season Three's "Amends" and "The Zeppo", Season Five's "The Body" or Season Six's "Hell's Bells". And I'm not saying all this to alienate non "Buffy" nerds or prove myself "Buffy" nerd supreme, just to illustrate that the episodes that have enough impact on me to make me remember their names are the ones where I feel like we've gotten somewhere with the people we watch, and we understand them just a little bit better. To me, no episode ever did this better than "Restless".

So have your way and think your thoughts, but I like to have a little shared humanity with the objects of my fandom now and again, and "telling statement" dreams of hidden fears and desires just does more for me than fist fights with interchangeable Evil Dead. As far as I'm concerned, this mid-series nap by our drama-heavy protagonists gives more multi-viewing rewards than most feature length films. Not only this, but it is essential viewing in any attempt to understand how Joss Whedon's cheesy-by-premise, Supernatural soap opera became and holds a place as one of the most compelling television experiences of all time.

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