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Sunnydale finds out that nightmares do come true when everyone's worst fears begin manifesting in reality. The only connection is a young boy seen around each incident who is himself being stalked by a monstrous looking man.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 4V10
Airdate: Monday May 12th, 1997
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Mark MetcalfMark Metcalf
As The Master
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Andrew J. FerchlandAndrew J. Ferchland
As The Anointed One
Jeremy FoleyJeremy Foley
As Billy Palmer

Co-Guest Stars
Dean Butler (1)Dean Butler (1)
As Hank Summers
Justin UrichJustin Urich
As Wendell
Terry WaltersTerry Walters
As Ms. Tishler (credited as Terry Cain)
Scott HarlanScott Harlan
As Aldo Gianfranco
Brian PietroBrian Pietro
As Coach
Johnny Green (2)Johnny Green (2)
As Way Cool Guy
Patty RossPatty Ross
As Cool Guy's Mom
Dom MagwiliDom Magwili
As Doctor
Sean MoranSean Moran
As Stage Manager
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 5th out of 11 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.5 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 88 out of 94 prime time shows.

This episode marks the first time The Master is seen above ground.

In her locker, Willow has a poster of Nerf Herder, the band that performs the Buffy theme tune.

This is the first Buffy episode to establish that Slayers can be turned into vampires like ordinary humans.

Episode Quotes
Wendell: I don't know what to say about that.
Xander: There's nothing to say. You saw two hundred insects, you gonzoed. Anybody would have.
Wendell: They're not insects. They're arachnids.
Xander: They're from the Middle East?

Xander: It'll be faster if we split up to look for her.
Giles: Good idea.
Willow: Uh, faster, but not really safer.

The Master: What's the fun of burying someone if they're already dead?

Buffy: This is a dream.
The Master: A dream is a wish your heart makes. This is real life.

Willow: When Buffy was a vampire, you weren't still, like, attracted to her, were you?
Xander: Willow, how can you... I mean, that's really bent! She was...grotesque!
Willow: Still dug her, huh?
Xander: I'm sick. I need help.
Willow: Don't I know it.

Episode Goofs
In the opening scene, it is obvious that the Master's fake thumbnail is falling off.

At the start of the episode when Buffy is having a conversation with Willow in front of her locker, the locker door alternates from being open to shut between shots.

If Buffy was a vampire, then technically she shouldn't have been able to walk into the hospital in broad daylight.

Cultural References
The Master: A dream is a wish your heart makes.

This is a line from a song in the 1950 Walt Disney masterpiece, Cinderella.

Billy: I had the strangest dream. You were there, and you were there.

Possibly a reference to The Wizard of Oz. This is what Dorothy says upon waking up from her dream.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Joseph M. Ellis
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorGeoffrey Rowland
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Matt Kiene
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianLarry Kaster
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
Supervising AnimatorScott Wheeler (2)
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