-- Quotes --
Buffy has a nightmare
about being attacked by the Master. Later in class, a student opens his
book and spiders emerge and attack him, while a young boy stands outside
the classroom window. In his lair, the Master explains to the Anointed
One that fear is the most powerful force in the world, and changes are
about to take place.
Buffy, Willow and Xander
question the spider boy, who says he's had recurring nightmares about such
attacks. Later in class, Buffy finds out there is a test she's totally
unprepared for. As soon as she starts writing, she glances at the clock
and sees almost the entire hour is up. Again, the boy appears. Later, a
girl goes into the school basement and is attacked by a huge Ugly Man.
Questioned in the hospital, she's able to provide one clue: the attacker
said the words "Lucky Nineteen."
Xander enters a class
to find everyone staring at them -- he's only wearing boxer shorts. Buffy
finds a newspaper picture of the boy who keeps appearing. The article says
he's in a coma after falling down the steps after a little league game.
Buffy notices his uniform number: 19. Giles says even though the boy's
in the hospital, perhaps Buffy has been seeing his astral body, which can
travel through time and space. Buffy's father picks her up at school and
explains he left home because Buffy caused so much trouble and was a disappointment
to him. He leaves Buffy in shock -- and the boy appears again. Willow and
Xander talk to Giles, who explains that their nightmares have been coming
true, leaving everyone vulnerable to all sorts of danger. Buffy finally
confronts the boy, who explains that Ugly Man wants to kill him. Suddenly,
the Ugly Man appears and starts to attack Buffy, who is no match for him.
Giles warns Xander and
Willow that Buffy's nightmares could be fatal, and they must find her.
Willow's attempt leads her into her own nightmare: she is onstage in an
opera for which she is woefully unprepared. Xander's search leads him to
yet another nightmare: a clown he feared from childhood chases him with
a knife. Buffy and the boy manage to escape Ugly Man by literally jumping
from school during the day into a cemetery at night. The Master appears
and shoves Buffy into an open grave. Willow, Xander and Giles need to find
Buffy -- unless Billy is awoken, all reality will become nightmares within
hours. They notice a cemetery -- in darkness -- is across the street, and
go to investigate. Seeing Buffy's headstone, Giles laments not protecting
her better, until Buffy emerges -- as a vampire. Giles says it's reversible,
if only Billy could wake up. They go to the hospital and Ugly Man appears
again. Buffy manages to attack him. She asks the little boy to finish the
job -- he walks up to him and peels something off his face. Buffy returns
to normal, and the real little boy awakens from his coma. His little league
coach enters and is shocked to find the boy awake. Buffy confronts him
about beating up the boy for losing a game -- when he tries to flee, Xander
grabs him. Buffy's dad shows up after school and cheerfully greets her
-- another happy ending at the Hellmouth.