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After Buffy is attacked by a demon as she gets close to the Trio’s lair, she begins experiencing hallucinations of herself in a mental hospital with her still married parents looking out for her. Initially, dismissing them, the recent burdens of her life and her own history in a mental hospital make Buffy question whether she is the Slayer or if she's still in an institution.

Episode Info


Episode number: 6x16
Production Number: 6ABB17
Airdate: Tuesday March 12th, 2002



Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Recurring
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Warren
Recurring
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Recurring
Dean Butler (1)Dean Butler (1)
As Hank Summers
Recurring
Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
As Lorraine Ross
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Rodney CharlesRodney Charles
As Orderly
April DionApril Dion
As Kissing Girl
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 3.9/6 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 12 UPN shows for the week.

This episode received a 3.2 in the national ratings.

Ranked 89 out of 142 prime time shows.

Emma Caulfield does not appear in this episode.

This would be the last time Dean Butler is seen as Hank Summers, Buffy's always absent father. Kristine Sutherland also makes an appearance as Joyce Summers in the alternative reality.

Though it is seen again and for the final time in "Entropy", this marks the last time we see Buffy working at the Doublemeat Palace.



Episode Quotes
Buffy: I was in an institution. There were, um, doctors and nurses and other patients. They told me that I was sick. I guess crazy. And that, um, Sunnydale and all of this, none of it was real.
Xander: Aw, come on, that's ridiculous. What, you think this isn't real just because of all the vampires and demons and ex-vengeance demons and the sister that used to be a big ball of universe-destroying energy?

Spike: Oh, balls. You didn't say he was a Glarghk Guhl Kashma 'nik.
Xander: 'Cause I can't say Glarba --

(after tranquillising the demon)
Xander: I altered his reality. Get it? I -- Never mind.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Fury
Supervising ProducerJane Espenson  |  Douglas Petrie
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marc D. Alpert
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Associate ProducerBrian Wankum
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorSam Hill
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorTim Isle
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterEd Borasch, Jr.
Construction CoordinatorMike Brooks (1)
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorJoshua Charson
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Tom Perry  |  Kurt Kassulke
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorSteven S. DeKnight  |  Rebecca Sinclair
Art DirectorBill Durrell
Post Production CoordinatorTamara Becher
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Casting AssistantMichael Nicolo
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Brett Matthews  |  Amy R. Bynum
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistSean Flanigan
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsRadium
Special Effects CoordinatorLee McConnell (2)
Makeup ArtistJay Wejebe  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
LeadpersonKeith A. Cuba
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Post Production ServicesR!ot
Produced ByGareth Davies
ProcessingDeluxe
 
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