History Recap / BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares

11th Dec '17 3:07:20 PM ClintEastwood
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* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode

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* WhatDoTheyFearEpisodeWhatDoTheyFearEpisode: All the worst nightmares of Sunnydale residents come to life. These range in severity from embarrassment—showing up in class in your underwear or forgetting how to read—to Buffy getting buried alive and turned into a vampire, to Xander being attacked by a knife-wielding MonsterClown.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Willow is afraid of spiders. Naturally, [[DeadpanSnarker Xander]] pokes fun at this.
3rd Nov '17 12:51:29 PM MasterFuzzy
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* ContinuitySnarl: A blink-and-you'll miss it moment in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E8IRobotYouJane "I Robot, You Jane"]] showed that Buffy's birthday was in 1980, but her gravestone here shows a birth date of 1981. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be because it's not actually her real gravestone, but just Giles' nightmare, so he may have gotten her birthday wrong]].


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* SeriesContinuityError: A blink-and-you'll miss it moment in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E8IRobotYouJane "I Robot, You Jane"]] showed that Buffy's birthday was in 1980, but her gravestone here shows a birth date of 1981. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be because it's not actually her real gravestone, but just Giles' nightmare, so he may have gotten her birthday wrong]].
2nd Nov '17 6:44:47 PM MasterFuzzy
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* ContinuitySnarl: A blink-and-you'll miss it moment in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E8IRobotYouJane "I Robot, You Jane"]] showed that Buffy's birthday was in 1980, but her gravestone here shows a birth date of 1981. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be because it's not actually her real gravestone, but just Giles' nightmare, so he may have gotten her birthday wrong]].
31st Oct '17 6:01:05 AM MasterFuzzy
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* AtTheOperaTonight: On her way out of the library, a hand grabs Willow and yanks her through a door. Suddenly, Willow is onstage and dressed in a green kimono for the lead part ''MadameButterfly''.

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* AtTheOperaTonight: On her way out of the library, a hand grabs Willow and yanks her through a door. Suddenly, Willow is onstage and dressed in a green kimono for the lead part in ''MadameButterfly''.



* BigShutUp: As they rush to the hospital, Willow nervously asks Giles if he's sure the world will go back to normal, and what they'll do if they can't wake Billy up. "Willow," he says politely, "do shut up."

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* BigShutUp: Played for laughs. As they rush to the hospital, Willow nervously asks Giles if he's sure the world will go back to normal, and what they'll do if they can't wake Billy up. "Willow," he says politely, "do shut up."



* BroughtDownToNormal: Giles' nightmare; the man who knows five languages can no longer understand the printed word.

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* BroughtDownToNormal: Giles' nightmare; the man bibliophile who knows five languages can no longer understand the printed word.



* CoincidentalBroadcast: Buffy strolls into the library, and asks how the research is going. Giles says he got some back issues of the newspaper, but that he doesn't know if there's anything useful in them, because he suddenly can't read. It's lucky he got the correct editions, then, because a front page headline on Billy Palmer is staring Buffy in the face.

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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Buffy strolls into the library, and asks how the research is going. Giles says he got some back issues of the newspaper, but that he doesn't know if there's anything useful in them, because he suddenly can't read. It's lucky he got the correct editions, then, because a front page headline on Billy Palmer is staring Buffy in the face. However, since there were so many back issues, this is less coincidental than other instances of the trope.



* EverybodyLives: Laura surprisingly survives. The Ugly doesn't count neither because he's just a manifestation of Billy's fears.

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* EverybodyLives: Laura surprisingly survives. The Ugly doesn't count neither either because he's just a manifestation of Billy's fears.



* FMinusMinus: Buffy's first nightmare involves a pop history quiz. (Pop as in surprise, not the history of pop music.) Buffy starts to write her name but the pencil tip breaks. She sharpens her pencil, and the bell rings. What!? And the students hand in their tests and leave. Buffy can't even get partial credit for writing her name.

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* FMinusMinus: Buffy's first nightmare involves a pop history quiz. (Pop as in surprise, not the history of pop music.) Buffy starts to write her name but the pencil tip breaks. She looks up at the clock, and it's gone ''backwards.'' She sharpens her pencil, and the bell rings. What!? And the students hand in their tests and leave. Buffy can't even get partial credit for writing her name.



** Xander punches out the clown that chased him and gives it a brief ReasonYouSuckSpeech.



* IdiotBall: Willow hears someone call her name out of the boiler room. She thinks it might be Buffy, and goes down the stairs. Good move -- the attacker couldn't possibly be in the same scary place again.

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* IdiotBall: Willow hears someone call her name out of the boiler room. She thinks it might be Buffy, and goes down the stairs. Good move -- the attacker couldn't possibly be in the same scary place again. [[SarcasmMode And going into a dark room because someone calls your name never ends poorly]].



* LastSecondWordSwap: Xander is still tugging on a sweatshirt as he and Willow stumble into the library. They tell Giles about Xander's impromptu streaking. Willow smiles and says, "Yeah, it was really" -- she catches a look from Xander -- "bad. It was a bad thing."

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* LastSecondWordSwap: Xander is still tugging on a sweatshirt as he and Willow stumble into the library. They tell Giles about Xander's impromptu streaking. [[DistractedByTheSexy Willow smiles and says, "Yeah, it was really" really"]] -- she catches a look from Xander -- "bad. It was a bad thing."



* RealityWarper

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* RealityWarperRealityWarper: Billy, accidentally.



* SeriousBusiness: In keeping with Giles's theory about fears coming to life, Xander guesses that Wendell has a bad relationship with insects. Surpringly, Wendell snaps at them that they're ''arachnids'' -- He worships spiders, and dorks mistaking them for bugs is [[BerserkButton a major sticking point]] for him.

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* SeriousBusiness: In keeping with Giles's theory about fears coming to life, Xander guesses that Wendell has a bad relationship with insects. Surpringly, Surprisingly, Wendell snaps at them that they're ''arachnids'' -- He worships spiders, and dorks mistaking them for bugs is [[BerserkButton a major sticking point]] for him.
22nd Sep '17 12:11:51 PM AFP
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** Giles's fear isn't much different: [[TheObiWan It is his responsibility to watch over and train Buffy]], the inexperienced teenage Slayer. Naturally, his fear is that he will fail to prepare and protect her, and she will die an untimely death as a result.
5th Sep '17 9:26:50 PM Linda58
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* FaceYourFears: The theme of this episode, and the key to defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek.

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* FaceYourFears: The theme of this episode, and the key to defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek. Played with for Buffy, who couldn't exactly face being turned into a vampire...but ''could'' use its strength to fight a different monster.
18th Feb '17 8:48:51 AM Silverblade2
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Buffy's prophetic dreams about the Master is the most obvious. Buffy's [[spoiler: fear of being buried alive comes true in Season 6]], as does [[spoiler: her fear of her father abandoning her]]. Giles' [[spoiler: fear of Buffy dying and his subsequent guilt also come true]]. How much of this was planned is up for debate, however, as Season 1 has a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and some foreshadowing to much later seasons may be accidental.
7th Dec '16 6:58:06 PM detghost
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Buffy's prophetic dreams about the Master is the most obvious. Buffy's [[spoiler: fear of being buried alive comes true in Season 6]], as does [[spoiler: her fear of her father abandoning her]]. How much of this was planned is up for debate, however, as Season 1 has a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and some foreshadowing to much later seasons may be accidental.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Buffy's prophetic dreams about the Master is the most obvious. Buffy's [[spoiler: fear of being buried alive comes true in Season 6]], as does [[spoiler: her fear of her father abandoning her]]. Giles' [[spoiler: fear of Buffy dying and his subsequent guilt also come true]]. How much of this was planned is up for debate, however, as Season 1 has a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and some foreshadowing to much later seasons may be accidental.
7th Dec '16 6:55:56 PM detghost
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Buffy's prophetic dreams about the Master is the most obvious. Buffy's [[spoiler: fear of being buried alive comes true in Season 6]], as does [[spoiler: her fear of her father abandoning her]]. How much of this was planned is up for debate, however, as Season 1 has a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and some foreshadowing to much later seasons may be accidental.
2nd Nov '16 11:55:22 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorSharedBackground: AlysonHannigan maintains that she cannot sing or dance (which hasn't stopped multiple writers from shoehorning her into [[Series/HowIMetYourMother splashy musical numbers]], but oh well), and requested her part in [[MusicalEpisode Once More With Feeling]] be limited.
** Sarah Michelle Gellar has a fear of being buried alive, proving once more that Joss Whedon hates humanity.
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