Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Mark Metcalf: 
 (The Master) 
 Jeremy Foley: 
 Andrew J Frechland: 
 (The Anointed One) 
 Dean Butler: 
 (Hank Summers) 
 Juston Ulrich: 
 J Robin Miller: 
  10. Nightmares.  
  People's nightmares begin to come to life as a boy lies in hospital in a coma.  
  Great quotes:  
Willow the Soprano?
  • Buffy: "What am I, knowledge girl?"
  • After Willow asks too many questions Giles responds: "Willow, do shut up."
  • Giles: "No, that (dreams coming true) would be a musical comedy version of this; no, our nightmares are coming true."
  • Xander: "You were a lousy clown, your balloon animals were pathetic! Anyone can make a giraffe."
  Fantastic moments:  
Xander has some freaky nightmares.
  • Several of the nightmares are funny, a bunch of nerds drag Cordelia into the chess club while a 'cool' biker dude has an unexpected visit from his Mum while in the middle of bragging to his mates.
  • What sorts of things does Xander dream about? Everyone has had the 'naked' nightmare but being chased around a Nazi school by a psychotic clown after being lured there by chocolate bars is just weird.
  Duff Bits:  
  • Does anyone else think that Billy looks a little too much like the Anointed One? A poor jobs from the casting crew there.
  • So why exactly is Billy allowing nightmares to come to life? Is this another 'we're on a Hellmouth therefore no more explanation required' episode then?
  Dean's comments:  
Hank Summers.
Some good comedy and dream-state moments for Willow, Giles and Xander that help to cement their characters, each of their nightmares to well-tailored to suit them and so provide come insight into their heads. The idea of having a literal representation of the evil in the boy's dream as a baddie that Buffy can kill is a bit lame though. The episode is a bit disjointed too; the various dreams of the characters seem out-of-sync, it probably requires a second viewing to work out precisely what's going on.
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