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Season 1, episode 10
Season 110
1st release (U.S.): 05/12/97
Production number: 4V10
Last update: 03/05/05

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SYNOPSIS by Sally Dye

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers)
Nicholas Brendan (Xander Harris)
Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg)
Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)
Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles)

Mark Metcalf (The Master)
Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers)
Jeremy Foley (Billy Palmer)
Andrew J. Ferchland (Collin/The Anointed One)
Dean Butler (Hank Summers)
Justin Urich (Wendell)
J. Robin Miller (Laura)
Terry Cain (Ms. Tishler)
Scott Harlan (Aldo Gianfranco)
Brian Pietro (Coach)
Johnny Green (Way Cool Guy)
Patty Ross (Cool Guy's Mom)
Dom Magwli (Doctor)
Sean Moran (Stage Manager)

Story by Joss Whedon
Teleplay by David Greenwalt
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

WB, Monday, 9pm


When strange things begin 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. TVTome.dom


This synopsis is by Sally Dye.

Buffy is in the sewers, closing in on the Master's lair. She finds a room filled with candles. The Master confronts her, and she drops her stake. The Master comes closer. Just as he's about to bite her, Joyce wakes her and tells her it's time to get ready for school. Joyce says she spoke with Buffy's dad and he's picking her up after school for the weekend.

At school, Buffy and Willow discuss Buffy's parents' divorce. Willow says her parents argue, too. Buffy says at least the divorce didn't have anything to do with her slaying.

In class, Buffy drops her pencil and when she reaches to pick it up, she sees a little boy standing in the doorway watching her. At the same time, another student, Wendell, opens his book to find spiders crawling everywhere. Everyone screams and runs. The boy in the doorway says, "Sorry about that."

The Master discusses fear with Collin. He says fear is in the mind and can be controlled. Collin says he feels change from the world above. The Master agrees -- change for the worse.

Willow wants to know if Buffy talked to Giles about the spiders. They head to the library. When they get there, Giles suggests they talk to Wendell to see if they can make any sense of what happened.

Buffy, Willow and Xander find Wendell and ask about the spiders. Wendell says they're really arachnids. Xander: "They're from the Middle East?" Wendell is very knowledgeable about spiders. He says he loves them, but they hate him. He tells a story about how he once had a huge collection of them, but his brother neglected them while Wendell was at camp, and when he came home they were all dead. Ever since, he's had the same nightmare -- he's in class and opens his book, and there they are.

Cordelia reminds Buffy that they have a history test. Buffy can't even remember taking history. She goes to class and opens the test. She writes her name and then sees that the period is almost over. The bell rings before she can even begin. When she looks up, she sees the same little boy looking in the doorway.

The little boy is walking down the hall and sees a girl telling her friend she's going for a smoke. She opens the basement door. Boy: "You shouldn't go in there." The girl goes down the stairs and gets out a cigarette. A monstrous-looking man steps out from behind some boxes and says, "Lucky 19." Then he starts beating the girl.

Buffy and Giles go to the hospital to see Laura, the girl who was beaten. She tells them she's never seen anything like the thing that beat her. And all it said was, "Lucky 19." The doctor says that Laura was luckier than the first victim. He says the same thing happened to a little boy just last week -- and he's still in a coma.

Xander and Willow discuss the weirdness of Wendell's dream actually coming true. As they walk into class, everyone laughs, and Xander is suddenly dressed only in his boxers. Xander: "It's gotta be a dream." But he pinches himself and doesn't wake up.

Buffy goes to the library to ask if Giles has found anything that can explain the strange happenings. He says he's having a problem -- he can't read. Buffy picks up a newspaper and recognizes the picture in it as the little boy she's been seeing around school. Apparently the boy, named Billy Palmer, was beaten after his kiddie-league baseball game the week before. In the picture, he is wearing his ball uniform, with the number 19 on the front. They are interrupted when Buffy's dad comes in. Buffy is surprised to see him, since he wasn't supposed to pick her up until after school. He says he needs to talk to her privately.

Buffy and her dad go outside. He says he needs to tell her something about why he and her mom split up. He says it was about Buffy always getting in trouble and embarrassing them. He says that he doesn't really get anything out of these weekends with her, so why don't they just not do it anymore. Buffy is totally shocked and crying, and as her dad leaves, she sees Billy Palmer peering at her from around a corner.

Willow and Xander, now dressed in his P.E. clothes, come into the library to tell Giles about Xander suddenly being without clothes in front of his classmates. Xander says it was a nightmare. Willow: "Yes, Xander, it's your nightmare!" They make the connection with what happened to Wendell. Giles adds that he has dreamed of not being able to read. They realize that their nightmares are coming true. Giles thinks Billy Palmer is involved somehow, and fills Willow and Xander in on the story. Giles says they must stop it, or everyone in Sunnydale will be facing their worst nightmares. Cut to Cordelia, screaming in front of the mirror that shows her hair to be a frizzy mess.

Buffy sees Billy go into the gym. She follows him and sits next to him on the bleachers. She asks why he's here and he says he doesn't remember. She wants to know if he is "Lucky 19", and Billy says, "That's what he calls me." Buffy wants to know who. Billy says the "ugly man", the one who hurt that girl. Suddenly Billy screams, "He's here!" and runs. The ugly man knocks Buffy to the floor. She fights him, but he's too strong, and she runs after Billy.

Willow, Xander and Giles split up to look for Buffy. Willow is searching when she sees a frizzy-haired Cordelia being dragged, kicking and screaming, into a chess club meeting. This makes Willow smile. She hears Buffy calling her from the basement. She goes down the stairs, telling herself she's not afraid. A hand reaches out and grabs her.

Xander is looking for Buffy when he sees a trail of candy bars and follows it.

Billy tells Buffy that it's his fault his team lost their game last week. Buffy: "Your fault? There weren't eight other people on your team?" Billy says he missed a ball he should have caught and "he" said it was Billy's fault. They see the ugly man coming and cut through a hedge. Suddenly it's night and they're in the cemetery.

Willow is dragged on stage where she is introduced as the world's greatest soprano, set to sing a duet with the famous Aldo Gianfranco. Willow: "But I...didn't learn the words!" Whe the spotlight hits her, she is frozen in place. Aldo sings his part and then turns to her, exasperated when she doesn't sing.

Xander keeps finding and eating candy. He says he hasn't had this kind of chocolate since his 6th birthday party. He hears wild laughter, and a manic clown appears with a knife in his hand. Xander runs.

Billy sees an open grave with a coffin in it. He wonders who died. The Master appears and says nobody did. Buffy says he can't be free. The Master says he's free because Buffy fears it. He throws Buffy into the coffin and begins covering her up with dirt.

Willow escapes from the stage and the rotten fruit being thrown by the audience and runs right into Xander. She says her nightmare came true -- what did he dream? Xander asks if she remembers his 6th birthday party. Willow laughs, remembering the clown that chased him -- which suddenly appears. They run screaming, right into Giles, who joins them. Xander stops and faces the clown, punching it in the face. It falls to the floor. Xander, Willow and Giles get outside, where everyone is running and screaming from something. They wonder where Buffy could be, and then they see that it appears to be night across the street. They cross over and enter the night-time cemetery. Xander wants to know whose nightmare this is. They see Buffy's headstone, and Giles says, "It's mine." He kneels at Buffy's grave. Suddenly a hand comes up through the earth, followed by Buffy, who is a vampire. Giles says he didn't know she dreamed of being a vampire. He says they have to wake Billy, and then reality will slip back into place. Buffy: "Well, we'd better hurry, because I'm getting hungry." Xander: "That is a joke, right?"

They get to the hospital to find everything in chaos there. They find Billy's room and try to wake him. Billy's astral body appears and says it won't work. He says he has to hide, because the ugly man is coming. They see the man coming down the hallway. Buffy goes out to meet him. Buffy: "There are a lot of scarier things than you -- and I'm one of them." They fight and finally Buffy knocks the man down. She calls to the astral Billy to come and "do the rest." Billy reaches over and pulls the face off the man. A flash of light and things are back to normal. Buffy is no longer a vampire and there is no sign of astral Billy. Also, things are now quiet out in the hallway. They gather at the bed as Billy opens his eyes. He says he had the strangest dream. Giles starts to get the doctor just as a man in a baseball cap comes into the room. He introduces himself as Billy's kiddie-league coach. He says Billy is his "Lucky 19." Buffy says Billy is awake. The man is disbelieving, but Billy sits up and says, "You blamed me for losing the game, but it wasn't my fault. There's eight other players on the team." The man tries to run, but Xander and Giles grab him.

Willow, Xander and Buffy talk about the coach, who is now in jail. Buffy's dad pulls up and waves to Buffy. Buffy tells her friends to have a killer weekend and goes to meet her dad. They embrace, and get into his car. Willow asks Xander if he was still attracted to Buffy when she was a vampire. At first he denies it, but then, "I know, I'm sick." They turn and walk away.


Willow still has a picture of herself and Rupert in her locker. Dean Butler, who portrays Hank Summers, is best known for playing Almanzo Wilder on Little House on the Prairie.

Willow has a Nerf Herder bumper sticker in the inside of the locker door.

When Wendell says that he doesn't hate spiders and that in fact he loves them (spiders hate him), Xander asks "that's platonic right?" After the praying-mantis-woman tried to mate with him in "Teacher's Pet", Xander probably questions all love for bug Arthropoda.

Fast National Rating: 2.5. Rank: 5/11 Wb shows.

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