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* A ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward'' strip has Hilary in class, and the teacher reminding them they were assigned homework during Christmas vacation which counts for 40% of their grade. Hil has no idea what she's talking about and freaks out. The last panel has her telling Faye that she kept screaming until she woke up, and Faye explaining that no, she kept screaming until she ''passed out''.
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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': In chapter 14 [[TheHero Shinji]] wakes up in a hotel room and asks [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] whether she really said yes when he proposed to her or it was all a dream. In answer she asks "What do you think?" and she kisses him.

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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': ''Manga/Evangelion303'': In chapter 14 [[TheHero Shinji]] wakes up in a hotel room and asks [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] whether she really said yes when he proposed to her or it was all a dream. In answer she asks "What do you think?" and she kisses him.



-->'''Asuka''':''"It wasn't a dream."''

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-->'''Asuka''':''"It -->'''Asuka:''' It wasn't a dream."''



* In the lemon fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10640762/1/Dreamscape Dreamscape]]'', when Pyrrha...approaches...Jaune in the middle of the night, he assumes that he's having an EroticDream. As he realizes some hours later- when he wakes up next to a very satisfied Pyrrha- it was not. [[spoiler:Funnily enough, ''Pyrrha'' also thinks it was a dream at first when she wakes up.]]

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* In the lemon fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10640762/1/Dreamscape Dreamscape]]'', when Pyrrha...approaches...Jaune in the middle of the night, he assumes that he's having an EroticDream. As he realizes some hours later- later -- when he wakes up next to a very satisfied Pyrrha- Pyrrha -- it was not. [[spoiler:Funnily enough, ''Pyrrha'' also thinks it was a dream at first when she wakes up.]]



* Parodied in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' after Joey's infamous dog suit nightmare:
-->'''Joey:''' [[VerbalTic Nyeh!]] Man what a nightmare! That was almost as bad as that dream I had where Kaiba beat me in a card game!\\
'''Yugi:''' Actually Joey, I think that really happened.\\
'''Joey:''' '''It was a dream!'''



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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: PodPeople'': "Oh man, I dreamed I was a bad actress in a crappy horror movie... Oh."
** ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice''
--->"Wow, I dreamt I was stuck with this chunky backwoods loser named Rowsdower... AHHHHH!"

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: PodPeople'': ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** ''Film/PodPeople'':
"Oh man, I dreamed I was a bad actress in a crappy horror movie... Oh."
** ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice''
--->"Wow,
''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'': "Wow, I dreamt I was stuck with this chunky backwoods loser named Rowsdower... AHHHHH!"



-->(Dick wakes up)\\
'''Dick''': Oh, Mary, thank god! I had this horrible dream. Your father was there... and he was telling all these boring war stories and I - I couldn't keep my eyes open!\\
(Dick looks across the room and sees Mary's father sitting on the couch)
* There's an interesting inversion in the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' ClipShow episode "Security Hazard". A boy stows away aboard Thunderbird 2 and ends up on Tracy Island, and the Tracy brothers "accidentally" tell him about their missions. Eventually he gets tired out, so while he's asleep they take him back in Thunderbird 2 and smuggle him back into bed, so that when he wakes up he'll ''think'' it was AllJustADream.

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-->(Dick -->''[Dick wakes up)\\
'''Dick''':
up]''\\
'''Dick:'''
Oh, Mary, thank god! I had this horrible dream. Your father was there... and he was telling all these boring war stories and I - I I--I couldn't keep my eyes open!\\
(Dick ''[Dick looks across the room and sees Mary's father sitting on the couch)
* There's an interesting inversion in the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' ClipShow episode "Security Hazard". A boy stows away aboard Thunderbird 2 and ends up on Tracy Island, and the Tracy brothers "accidentally" tell him about their missions. Eventually he gets tired out, so while he's asleep they take him back in Thunderbird 2 and smuggle him back into bed, so that when he wakes up he'll ''think'' it was AllJustADream.
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* Played with in [[Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince "Nightmare On My Street"]]. The Fresh Prince encounters Freddy Krueger after watching ''[[Franchise/ANightMareOnElmStreet A Nightmare On Elm Street]]''. After an initial panic, he decides that he's just dreaming and starts sassing Freddy, which gets him a painful slash from Freddy's claws. He runs for it, wakes up, and makes a panicked call to DJ Jazzy Jeff warning him not to go to sleep. The warning gets blown off... and then he hears Freddy attacking DJ....

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* Played with in [[Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince "Nightmare On on My Street"]]. The Fresh Prince encounters Freddy Krueger after watching ''[[Franchise/ANightMareOnElmStreet A Nightmare On Elm Street]]''. After an initial panic, he decides that he's just dreaming and starts sassing Freddy, which gets him a painful slash from Freddy's claws. He runs for it, wakes up, and makes a panicked call to DJ Jazzy Jeff warning him not to go to sleep. The warning gets blown off... and then he hears Freddy attacking DJ....



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* A ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward'' strip has Hilary in class, and the teacher reminding them they were assigned homework during Christmas vacation which counts for 40% of their grade. Hil has no idea what she's talking about and freaks out. The last panel has her telling Faye that she kept screaming until she woke up, and Faye explaining that no, she kept screaming until she ''passed out''.

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* A ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward'' strip has Hilary There's an interesting inversion in class, the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' ClipShow episode "Security Hazard". A boy stows away aboard Thunderbird 2 and ends up on Tracy Island, and the teacher reminding them they were assigned homework during Christmas vacation which counts for 40% of Tracy brothers "accidentally" tell him about their grade. Hil has no idea what she's talking about missions. Eventually he gets tired out, so while he's asleep they take him back in Thunderbird 2 and freaks out. The last panel has her telling Faye smuggle him back into bed, so that she kept screaming until she woke up, and Faye explaining that no, she kept screaming until she ''passed out''.when he wakes up he'll ''think'' it was AllJustADream.



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-->'''Teddy''': You... you're not real... you were a dream!

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-->'''Teddy''': -->'''Teddy:''' You... you're not real... you were a dream!



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* Parodied in ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series]]'' after Joey's infamous dog suit nightmare:
-->'''Joey''': [[VerbalTic Nyeh!]] Man what a nightmare! That was almost as bad as that dream I had where Kaiba beat me in a card game!\\
'''Yugi''': Actually Joey, I think that really happened.\\
'''Joey''': '''It was a dream!'''
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'''Bugs''': Ehh, not a dream. You ''are'' a [[{{Jerkass}} horrible person]] and you ''did'' do those horrible things.

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'''Bugs''': '''Bugs:''' Ehh, not a dream. You ''are'' a [[{{Jerkass}} horrible person]] and you ''did'' do those horrible things.



-->'''Squidward:''' Gee, Mr. Krabs, you sure are taking total bankruptcy well.
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Oh, it's only a bad dream. I'll wake up soon.
-->'''Squidward:''' Uh, dream?
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Sure! I'm still in the hospital, sleeping like a baby.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Um, you checked out of the hospital this morning.
-->'''Squidward:''' Here's the bill.
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' You mean...I'M AWAKE?!

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-->'''Squidward:''' Gee, Mr. Krabs, you sure are taking total bankruptcy well.
-->'''Mr.
well.\\
'''Mr.
Krabs:''' Oh, it's only a bad dream. I'll wake up soon.
-->'''Squidward:'''
soon.\\
'''Squidward:'''
Uh, dream?
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dream?\\
'''Mr.
Krabs:''' Sure! I'm still in the hospital, sleeping like a baby.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:'''
baby.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:'''
Um, you checked out of the hospital this morning.
-->'''Squidward:'''
morning.\\
'''Squidward:'''
Here's the bill.
-->'''Mr.
bill.\\
'''Mr.
Krabs:''' You mean... I'M AWAKE?!



-->'''[[CheerfulChild Ezran]]:''' ''(yawns)'' I had a weird dream.
-->'''[[ClassicalAntiHero Callum]]:''' It wasn't a dream, Ez. All of that was real.
-->'''Ezran:''' Are you sure? [[RealDreamsAreWeirder There was this giant pink hippopotamus and I pulled its ear off? Because it was made of taffy]].
-->'''Callum:''' Uh, no. That-that was a dream. I thought you meant the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]], the [[SuperSmoke smoke wolves]], the [[EggMacGuffin dragon egg]]. That was all real.
-->'''Ezran:''' [[CloudCuckooLander Then I tried to thank the hippo for the taffy, but he couldn't hear me, because I was eating his ears]]!

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-->'''[[CheerfulChild Ezran]]:''' ''(yawns)'' ''[yawns]'' I had a weird dream.
-->'''[[ClassicalAntiHero
dream.\\
'''[[ClassicalAntiHero
Callum]]:''' It wasn't a dream, Ez. All of that was real.
-->'''Ezran:'''
real.\\
'''Ezran:'''
Are you sure? [[RealDreamsAreWeirder There was this giant pink hippopotamus and I pulled its ear off? Because it was made of taffy]].
-->'''Callum:'''
taffy]].\\
'''Callum:'''
Uh, no. That-that was a dream. I thought you meant the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]], the [[SuperSmoke smoke wolves]], the [[EggMacGuffin dragon egg]]. That was all real.
-->'''Ezran:''' [[CloudCuckooLander
real.\\
'''Ezran:''' [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}}
Then I tried to thank the hippo for the taffy, but he couldn't hear me, because I was eating his ears]]!


* In Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010, after [[spoiler:the Nations go insane trying to beat the clock to save an alternate dimension from exploding and ending up collapsed and exhausted after just making it in the nick of time]], several of them wonder if the whole thing was just a dream. They actually wish it ''was'' a dream, but the fact that [[spoiler:the alternate-dimension Nations left a farewell letter]] proves otherwise.

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* In Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010, ''Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010'', after [[spoiler:the Nations go insane trying to beat the clock to save an alternate dimension from exploding and ending up collapsed and exhausted after just making it in the nick of time]], several of them wonder if the whole thing was just a dream. They actually wish it ''was'' a dream, but the fact that [[spoiler:the alternate-dimension Nations left a farewell letter]] proves otherwise.



* During ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' is struck by an altered zeta-beam which makes her re-appear in the 31st century. Upon her arrival, Kara is so confused that she concludes that her life since she left Kyrpton has all been a dream, and she continues believing it's all a dream for several weeks. In ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' issue #23 she wakes up, finds herself in a Kryptonian city and believes her dream is finally over... until she runs into her friends Legionnaires and remembers they knocked her out and took her to Kandor. The shock makes her snap out of her delusion.

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* During ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' is struck by an altered zeta-beam which makes her re-appear in the 31st century. Upon her arrival, Kara is so confused that she concludes that her life since she left Kyrpton Krypton has all been a dream, and she continues believing it's all a dream for several weeks. In ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' issue #23 she wakes up, finds herself in a Kryptonian city and believes her dream is finally over... until she runs into her friends Legionnaires and remembers they knocked her out and took her to Kandor. The shock makes her snap out of her delusion.



* In ''Fanfic/AfterGanon'', Link starts the fic waking up at home at age ten. He wonders if ''Ocarina of Time'' was all just a drean, until he finds the kokiri sword where it originally was.

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* In ''Fanfic/AfterGanon'', Link starts the fic waking up at home at age ten. He wonders if ''Ocarina of Time'' was all just a drean, dream, until he finds the kokiri sword where it originally was.


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* The 300th episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the Winchesters using an artifact to accidentally bring their father forward in time from 2003 (two years before the series begins). At first, they're happy to have him back only to discover that without John's presence in the past, the lives of the brothers (and thus the world) are turning out for the worse. John thus has to return, sharing an emotional farewell. Back in 2003, John is woken up in his car by a phone call and telling the other person about the "great dream" he just had of seeing his grown sons and back-from-the-dead wife.


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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' thinks she dreams her friends' deaths. It is unfortunately (and not amusingly) real, but [[BackFromTheDead they get better anyway]].

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Moon
thinks she dreams her friends' deaths. It is unfortunately (and not amusingly) real, but [[BackFromTheDead they get better anyway]].



* An ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story has Betty take a nap in a pickup truck after a day of chores. When she wakes up, she finds herself at the mall, still in her ragged work clothes. She feels embarrassed at her friends seeing her in this condition, but then she decides that she's probably dreaming. She proceeds to make herself look even more unsightly, and become a nuisance until security kicks her out. Betty then finds herself walking home and notices the truck absent from her family's driveway upon her return. She decides to pinch herself to see if she's really dreaming, but finds out otherwise.

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* An ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' story has Betty take a nap in a pickup truck after a day of chores. When she wakes up, she finds herself at the mall, still in her ragged work clothes. She feels embarrassed at her friends seeing her in this condition, but then she decides that she's probably dreaming. She proceeds to make herself look even more unsightly, and become a nuisance until security kicks her out. Betty then finds herself walking home and notices the truck absent from her family's driveway upon her return. She decides to pinch herself to see if she's really dreaming, but finds out otherwise.


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* In ''Fanfic/AfterGanon'', Link starts the fic waking up at home at age ten. He wonders if ''Ocarina of Time'' was all just a drean, until he finds the kokiri sword where it originally was.


-->'''Ryouta:''' ''[shaking his head frantically]'' No, no way, no -- thatís not me. I mean, look at me! I-I donítÖ I donít understand. That canít be me because Iím right here. ''[looks at his reflection]'' This is a nightmare, right? Iím in a dream. This is a dream.\\

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-->'''Ryouta:''' -->'''Touya:''' ''[shaking his head frantically]'' No, no way, no -- thatís not me. I mean, look at me! I-I donítÖ I donít understand. That canít be me because Iím right here. ''[looks at his reflection]'' This is a nightmare, right? Iím in a dream. This is a dream.\\



'''Ryouta:''' Thatís... ''[angrily points at the photo]'' thatís not me.\\

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'''Ryouta:''' '''Touya:''' Thatís... ''[angrily points at the photo]'' thatís not me.\\



'''Ryouta:''' ''[jumps out of his chair]'' Stop saying that!

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'''Ryouta:''' '''Touya:''' ''[jumps out of his chair]'' Stop saying that!that!
* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku blacks out after his [[SensoryOverload Super-Hearing activates for the first time]]. When he comes to, he hopes that his brawl with Bakugou was just a bad dream, but it takes two seconds for his Super-Hearing to remind him that it wasn't.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'': In the first issue, Navis' jungle planet is invaded by aliens intent on HostileTerraforming, and her companion, the talking tiger Houyo, is killed. Navis attempts to resist the invaders amidst the burning jungle, but is knocked out. She wakes up to find the jungle intact. At first, she thinks this means her adventure was a dream and that Houyo is alive, but she discovers she is on an alien ship in what is essentially a zoo exhibit, a glass dome with a jungle environment.


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* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Ryouta desperately tries to deny that he becomes the murderous Dabi and attacked his youngest brother, trying to dismiss it as one bad dream. [[SternTeacher Aizawa]] refuses to give him that comfort.

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* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Ryouta desperately tries to deny that he becomes the [[FutureMeScaresMe murderous Dabi Dabi]] and attacked his youngest brother, trying to dismiss it as one bad dream. [[SternTeacher Aizawa]] refuses to give him that comfort.



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* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Ryouta desperately tries to deny that he becomes the murderous Dabi and attacked his youngest brother, trying to dismiss it as one bad dream. [[SternTeacher Aizawa]] refuses to give him that comfort.
-->'''Ryouta:''' ''[shaking his head frantically]'' No, no way, no -- thatís not me. I mean, look at me! I-I donítÖ I donít understand. That canít be me because Iím right here. ''[looks at his reflection]'' This is a nightmare, right? Iím in a dream. This is a dream.\\
'''Aizawa:''' I can assure you that this is reality, as confusing as it seems.\\
'''Ryouta:''' Thatís... ''[angrily points at the photo]'' thatís not me.\\
'''Aizawa:''' It is you.\\
'''Ryouta:''' ''[jumps out of his chair]'' Stop saying that!

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* ''[[Literature/{{Goosebumps}} The Ghost Next Door]]'' had this as its primary twist. Early in the book, before meeting the titular ghost, Hannah dreams that her house is burning. Late in the book, it's revealed that she failed to properly put out the campfire she'd had in the backyard, her house really ''did'' burn down and her carelessness accidentally killed her whole family, and that the neighbor she believed was a ghost was actually alive all along because ''she'' was the ghost.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/TheDragonPrince:''
-->'''[[CheerfulChild Ezran]]:''' ''(yawns)'' I had a weird dream.
-->'''[[ClassicalAntiHero Callum]]:''' It wasn't a dream, Ez. All of that was real.
-->'''Ezran:''' Are you sure? [[RealDreamsAreWeirder There was this giant pink hippopotamus and I pulled its ear off? Because it was made of taffy]].
-->'''Callum:''' Uh, no. That-that was a dream. I thought you meant the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]], the [[SuperSmoke smoke wolves]], the [[EggMacGuffin dragon egg]]. That was all real.
-->'''Ezran:''' [[CloudCuckooLander Then I tried to thank the hippo for the taffy, but he couldn't hear me, because I was eating his ears]]!

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* ''Film/{{Downfall}}'' features a dramatic variation. When Eva Braun leads a large group of revelers up from the "Fuhrerbunker" to a party in the empty "Reichschancellery," Traudel Junge, Hitler's personal secretary, tries to enjoy herself but the sight of so [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying many happy drunken people ignoring the raging battle for Berlin just a few blocks away]] is too much for her and suffers a severe anxiety attack. As she retreats to the "Fuhrerbunker", a friend, and fellow secretary asks what's wrong and Traudel responds, "Oh god. It's all so surreal, like a dream, but I can't wake up."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "In The Dreamtime", Chuckie has several bizarre nightmares, causing him to believe that he's dreaming when he and the other babies are hanging out. It doesn't help that their conversation mirrors the one they had in one of his dreams. He decides to do something that he would normally be too scared to do in real life by going into the yard next door with the AngryGuardDog. It's not until he trips on the dog's bone and hurts himself that he realizes he's not dreaming (his dad told him that dreams can't hurt you), [[OhCrap and that he has to get out of the neighbor's yard and fast.]]


* In one episode of the Britcom Colin's Sandwich, wanna-be comedy writer Colin is Best Man at a wedding. His speech falls completely flat and he ends up yelling abuse at the wedding guests as the scene melts into him waking up in an armchair in his lounge. He says "Phew, it was all a dream". His wife simply answers "No it wasn't".

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* In one episode of the Britcom Colin's Sandwich, ''Colin's Sandwich'', wanna-be comedy writer Colin is Best Man at a wedding. His speech falls completely flat and he ends up yelling abuse at the wedding guests as the scene melts into him waking up in an armchair in his lounge. He says "Phew, it was all a dream". His wife simply answers "No it wasn't".

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* In the ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' episode "The Blade's Path", Ed Nygma,after stealing what he hopes are mind-enhancing drugs, but has been told are actually sugar pills, encounters Solomon Grundy/Butch, who knocks him out. Upon recovering consciousness, he mutters "Sugar pills, my foot! That dream was horrible!" before noticing Grundy is still there.

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