Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 5/12/97
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  • Episode Description
  • When strange things start happening to the students at Sunnydale High, it seems that everyone is living their worst nightmares. Buffy and the gang must hold together to stop the phenomena before reality and the nightmare world become one.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (38)
  • Scooby gang faces their nightmares

    By aurorawall16, Feb 02, 2015

  • "Nightmares"

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Nightmares

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Great stuff!

    By joxerlives, Jan 09, 2012

  • You were a lousy clown! Your balloon animals were pathetic! Everyone can make a giraffe!

    By Phunner1416, Sep 17, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Cordelia: (to Wendell) Hello? Doofus! You're in my light. Xander: Wendell, what is wrong with you? Don't you know that she is the center of the universe, and the rest of us merely revolve around her?

    • Master: Fear is a wonderful thing. It is the most powerful force in the human world. Not love, not hate... Fear! We are defined by the things we fear. (goes to the large cross) This symbol, these two planks of wood, it confounds me. Suffuses me with mortal dread. But fear is in the mind. (puts his hand on the cross and holds on while it burns) Like pain. It can be controlled. If I can face my fear, it cannot master me.

    • Joyce: (to Buffy) You just have to remember that your father adores you. No more than I do, by the way.

    • Willow: I don't like spiders, okay? Their furry bodies, and their sticky webs, and what do they need all those legs for anyway? I'll tell you: for crawling across your face in the middle of the night. Ewww! How do they not ruffle you? Xander: I'm sorry! I'm unruffled by spiders. Now, if a bunch of Nazis crawled all over my face...

    • Willow: (to Wendell) What do you mean, you love spiders? Xander: It is platonic, right?

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    Notes (3)

    • Featured Music: Vieni La Sera from Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini - The opera duet that Willow is supposed to perform

    • According to the first Watcher's Guide, Joss Whedon stated this is the episode where Xander "officially" grows up, due in large part to his punching out the clown.

    • It was Alyson Hannigan's idea for Willow to suffer from stage fright, which is how the writers decided to make performance anxiety her biggest nightmare.

    Trivia (14)

    • This is the first time you see Buffy's Dad in the show, he appears 4 times in Season 1 Episode 10 "Nightmare", Season 2 Episode 1 "When She Was Bad", Season 5 Episode 21 "The Weight of the World", and his last appearance is in Season 6 Episode 17 "Normal Again".

    • Nitpick: Aldo and Willow were attempting to preform the famous duet from Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Willow was dressed to play the title character Cio-Cio-San and Aldo was playing her new American husband Pinkerton. In the actual duet, Cio-Cio-San does not come in until after Pinkerton's first five lines (where Willow asked if it was her turn). The first prompting look Aldo gave her was factually inaccurate.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, an exterior shot of Sunnydale High is shown for a few seconds. This shot was taken from "Teacher's Pet" (1x04). You can see Willow sitting on the bench wearing her red shirt and plaid pants from when she first met Ms. French in "Teacher's Pet." However in the next scene, which takes place only a few seconds later, Willow is wearing a black and brown shirt and a flowered skirt.

    • Willow still has a picture of herself and Giles in her locker.

    • Willow has a Nerf Herder bumper sticker in the inside of the locker door. Nerf Herder is the band that made the opening theme for the show.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Billy: I had the strangest dream. And you were in it, and you...
      This line is very similar to what Dorothy says at the end of The Wizard of Oz, when she wakes up from her dream.

    • The Master: A dream is a wish your heart makes.
      It's amusing (and slightly ironic) that The Master is familiar with Walt Disney. This is a line from a song in Disney's 1950 movie Cinderella.

    • Xander: Your balloon animals were pathetic. Everyone can make a giraffe! Balloon animals refers to the practice of twisting long balloons into shapes representing animals. The giraffe is a particularly common balloon animal. Clowns often do balloon animal shapes.

    • Buffy: Could I be seeing Billy's asteroid body? This refers to the theories of Theosophy, which teach seven different planes of existence with a corresponding body. The Astral body is able to leave the physical and move about the Astral plane.

    • Willow: Why is she so Evita like?
      Both a play and movie, Evita is based on Eva Peron, wife of Argentinean president Juan Peron. Immensely popular with the people of Argentina, she is portrayed as self-centered and opportunistic.

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