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[[caption-width-right:200:"[[TheWalrusWasPaul I wear the cheese. It does not wear me]]"]]

->''You think you know who you are, what's to come. You haven't even begun''.

The spirit of The First Slayer tries to kill The Scoobies in their sleep.

This was the last appearance of Oz and Principal Snyder.

!!This episode provides examples of:

* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Tara in Buffy's dream, [[TheSpeechless speaking for the First Slayer]].
* AndShowItToYou: The First Slayer rips out [[TheHeart Xander's heart]].
* ArcNumber: 7-3-0.
* ArcSymbol: What does the cheese stand for?!
* BlanketFort: The ineptitude of the governments attempts to fight the supernatural are mocked in Buffy's dream, when Human!Adam and Riley react to the news of the demon breakout by building a pillow fort.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Giles as a theatre director in Willow's dream.
* AnxietyDreams: Willow dreams that she's turned up for a play and doesn't know her lines ("Your whole family is in the front row -- and they look really angry!"). Later she has to deliver a talk in front of a classroom of jeering friends.
--> '''Giles''': ''[to the cast of the play]'' Now, everyone Willow's ever known is in the audience, including all of us.
** Xander realises the entire Initiative is taking notes while he takes a leak.
* BadBadActing: Milkmaid!Harmony
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: The Cheese Man.
* BreakingSpeech: Kurtz!Snyder to Xander.
-->'''Snyder:''' Are you a soldier?
-->'''Xander:''' I'm a comfortador.
-->'''Snyder:''' You're neither. You're a [[ButtMonkey whipping boy]], [[AbusiveParents raised by mongrels]] and [[DistressedDude set on a sacrificial stone]].
* CallBack: Joyce looking out at Buffy through a hole in the wall is a call back to her looking out at Buffy through a hole in the door at the high school in season 2's "School Hard" (the introduction of Spike).
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: In Xander's dream as the gang watches a video of "Apocalypse Now":
-->'''Giles:''' I'm beginning to understand - it's all about the journey, isn't it?
-->'''Xander:''' Well, thanks for making me have to pee! [heads for bathroom]
-->'''Buffy:''' You don't need any help with that, do ya?
-->'''Xander:''' Got a system.
* ClicheStorm (InUniverse): The war movie showing on television in Xander's dream.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Anya as a stand-up comic.
-->'''Heckler:''' You suck!
-->'''Anya:''' Quiet! You'll miss the humorous conclusion.
* ContinuityNod
** Willow asking if the play is "Madame Butterfly", referring to her [[AnxietyDreams Anxiety Dream]] in Season 1's "Nightmares".
** Xander says he was glad Snyder was eaten by a snake ("Graduation Day").
** Joyce snarking her daughter about (finally) introducing her boyfriend refers to how she failed to do so with Angel.
* CreepyBasement: Dream!Xander's basement becomes this.
* DarkActionGirl: The First Slayer
* ADateWithRosiePalms
-->'''Xander:''' Sometimes I think about [[GirlOnGirlIsHot two women]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar doing a spell]], and go and do a spell by myself.
* DeathByIrony: The Scoobies are killed according to their roles in the Enjoining spell they performed in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval the previous episode]]:
** Willow (the spirit) has the life sucked from her
** Xander (the heart) has his heart ripped out
** Giles (the mind) is scalped
** Buffy (the hand) breaks the circle by [[ImNotAfraidOfYou refusing to fight]].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Spike in Giles' dream.
* DenouementEpisode
* DissonantSerenity: Dream!Willow's friends look on indifferently as she is killed. Joyce puts a brave face on being trapped in a wall.
** Director!Giles' reaction to Harmony's attempts to bite him. "Stop that, it's very annoying."
* DoesNotLikeMen: In Willow's dream, [[TheRoaringTwenties Flapper!Buffy]] delivers a long tirade on the male sex to {{Cowboy}}!Riley.
-->But what else could I expect from a bunch of low-rent, no-account hoodlums like you? Hoodlums, yes, I mean you and your friends, your whole sex, throw 'em in the sea for all I care, throw 'em in and wait for the bubbles, men with your groping and spitting all groin no brain three billion of you passing around the same worn-out urge. Men! With your ... [[DeathOfASalesman sales]]!
* DontExplainTheJoke: In Giles' dream, Anya is doing stand-up comedy and is so abysmal at it that she has to explain every joke just to get the crowd to laugh.
-->'''Anya''': And then the duck tells the doctor that there's a man that's attached to my ass! You see, it was the duck and not the man that spoke.
* DoubleEntendre: Between Cowboy!Riley and Milkmaid!Harmony in the play. ("Would you like me to hold those [[UnusualEuphemism milk pails]] for you?") And in the same scene, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Willow meeting Tara between the red folds]] of the curtains.
** Also the conversation peace between Xander and Oz in Willow�s dream:
-->'''Xander''': So what you been doing? Doing spells? She does spells with Tara.
-->'''Oz''': Yeah, I heard about that.
-->'''Willow''': I'm gonna be late.
-->'''Xander''': Sometimes I think about two women doing a spell, and then I do a spell by myself.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome / {{Foreshadowing}}: Tons of it! For instance:
** Count Dracula in the playground scene -- Buffy will encounter him in the Season 5 premiere.
** Tara telling Buffy to "be back before [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E1BuffyVsDracula Dawn]]."
** Tara telling Willow "You don't know everything about me". This relates to "Family".
** Buffy confronts the First Slayer in the desert. In "Intervention" Buffy goes to that same place for real on a VisionQuest, and her SpiritAdvisor takes the form of the First Slayer.
** ArcNumber 730 turning up again - the first time was in the season finale, exactly 2 years before [[spoiler: Buffy dies in the season 5 finale]]. Now, we're told, "it's so late (...) that clock's completely wrong".
** In Xander's dream, Spike is wearing the tweed suit he ends up wearing in the season 6 episode "Tabula Rasa", where Giles (after losing his memory) thinks Spike is his son. That episode also has "a shark with feet, and much less fins" in the form of a shark-headed demon.
** Giles' dream that he neglected his chance at a life with Olivia to be Buffy's Watcher. At the start of Season 5 he decides to return to England in the belief that Buffy no longer needs him.
** Adam hinting to Buffy that their power comes from demonic, not human origins. The origin of the First Slayer's power will be shown in Season 7.
** Buffy's bag of weapons turns out to contain mud and a path to the First Slayer; the same bag turns up in season 7 "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E15GetItDone Get It Done]]", containing exposition on the source of the Slayer power. The brief shot of the First Slayer chained to the ground is also explained in that episode.
** Buffy also twice appears soiled in mud: once in her own dream and once in Giles�.
** The gnome lawn ornaments -- the Trio use a camera hidden in one to spy on Buffy in Season 6.
** The Sapphic poem that Willow copies onto Tara's back is a plea to Aphrodite, begging her to make another love the writer "even against her will", foreshadowing Willow's use of Lethe's Bramble to make Tara forget their fights about magic.
** Riley keeps calling Buffy "Killer," foreshadowing a conversation about that word in the next episode.
** Buffy's mother is in the wall. She tells her not to worry as she likes it there. [[spoiler:Joyce dies and is not brought back from the dead.]]
** One of the poses Spike strikes in Giles' dream is a crucifixion pose. [[spoiler:He assumes the same pose (this time on an actual crucifix) in "Beneath You." It foreshadows his sacrifice at the end of season 7, when he gives his life (temporarily at least) to close the hellmouth]].
* DreamWeaver
* DreamWithinADream
* DrivingADesk: Anya and Xander in the ice cream truck.
-->'''Anya:''' I think I've figured out how to steer by gesturing emphatically.
* FinalBoss: The First Slayer, since BigBad Adam was defeated in the previous episode.
* {{Gayngst}}: Subverted. Willow's dream first appears to be about this, but what she really fears is everyone discovering that underneath all her CharacterDevelopment, she's still the ShrinkingViolet from Season 1.
* GirlishPigtails: Buffy in Giles' dream, where he imagines Buffy is his daughter.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Xander fantasizes about Tara and Willow as porn-style {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Mocked with Buffy's dream of Riley and Human!Adam, where he says the government is planning World Domination through sentient coffee machines.
-->'''Comm Voice:''' The demons have escaped. Please run for your lives.
-->'''Human!Adam:''' This could be trouble.
-->'''Riley:''' We'd better make a fort.
-->'''Human!Adam:''' I'll get some pillows.
* HongKongDub: Dream!Xander is confused when Giles and Anya try to tell him what's going on in poorly-synced French.
* HumanNotepad: Willow paints Creator/{{Sappho}}'s ''Hymn to Aphrodite'' on Tara's back.
* JawDrop: Xander when Porn!Tara and Porn!Willow ask if he wants to [[DoubleEntendre come]] in the back with them.
* KissingDiscretionShot: Tara and Willow's porn make-out is portrayed via Xander's stunned reaction and lots of lip-smacking sounds.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: During the Exposition Song, Giles says he's going to warn Buffy, Willow is to search the chronicles, and Xander is help Willow and avoid bleeding on his couch, as he's just had it steam-cleaned.
** Willow: "This drama class is just ... I think they're really not doing things in the proper way, and now I'm in a play and my whole family's out there, and ... why is there a cowboy in "Death of a Salesman" anyway?
** Buffy completing her ShutUpHannibal by critiquing the First Slayer's hairstyle.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: There's a scene where Xander goes from Joyce's house to the college to Buffy's dorm to Xander's basement in a single take -- which is easy to do as all the sets are right next to each other.
* LikeASonToMe: In Xander's dream, Giles says that Spike is "like a son to me". Xander replies, "I was into that for a while."
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Dream!Xander [[AllLoveIsUnrequited looks heartbroken]] when Buffy calls him 'big brother'.
* TheMenInBlack: Riley and Human!Adam in Buffy's dream, hinting at some lingering trust issues.
* MindScrew
* MrExposition: Spoofed when Giles sings "The Exposition Song".
* NothingIsScarier
* PassThePopcorn
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Rejected by the First Slayer.
-->"No friends...just...the kill."
* PsychicLink: Confirmed - Buffy remembers Faith's dream from "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E15ThisYearsGirl This Year's Girl]]".
-->"Faith and I made that bed."
* RealDreamsAreWeirder
* RiddleForTheAges: Cheese Man.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Left out for [[WallOfText reasons of space]] -- just Google any review of this episode.
* ShoutOut: Principal Snyder as Colonel Kurtz, and Xander as Willard from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* ShutUpHannibal: Buffy to the First Slayer.
* SmashCut: When Buffy wakes up from a dream.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: From the usual action-packed season finale.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TarotMotifs
* TemptingFate: Giles telling the First Slayer that he can defeat her with his intellect just before she cuts his head open.
* VampiricDraining: The First Slayer killing Willow.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: According to JossWhedon the Cheese Man doesn't symbolise anything; he's just one of those [[RealDreamsAreWeirder weird things that happen in dreams]]. Not that it has [[WildMassGuessing stopped fans]] from [[EpilepticTrees analysing him]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Buffy is being haunted by the spirit of the First Slayer who is trying to show her that the life of a slayer is marked by its loneliness. She looks down at a tarot card in her hands that pictures Giles, Willow, and Xander, and replies: "I am not alone."
* YouCanNeverLeave: Averted; Riley assures Buffy that the Initiative is not going to make him disappear.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Inverted; Buffy refuses to take the dream seriously and so can wake up from it.