Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Restless

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Season 4, Episode 22
Airdate May 23, 2000
Production Number 4ABB22
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
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Restless is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the seventy-eighth episode overall.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn), James Marsters (Spike)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), David Wells (The Cheese Man), Michael Harney (Xander's Father), George Hertzberg (Adam), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Seth Green (Oz)

and Armin Shimerman (Principal Snyder)

Co-Starring: Sharon Ferguson (Primitive), Phina Oruche (Olivia), Rob Boltin (Soldier)


Plot Overview

Weary from the enjoining spell they cast, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles fall asleep in the Summers living room. Each are then plagued with strange dreams that peaks into their psyche, as well as their windows into their past and even future.

However, each find themselves being chased down by the primeval embodiment of the first Slayer.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • This episode is structured differently in that following "Previously on...", it immediately cuts to title sequence. The teaser follows and includes the opening credits, which makes it the only time the first act is unaccompanied by credits.
  • This episode marks the final appearances of both Oz and Principal Synder in the series.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Riley: Oh, yeah. Having the inside scoop on the administration's own bay of mutated pigs is definitely an advantage.
Willow: It's like you're blackmailing the government. In a... patriotic way.
  • Xander: Dinner is served. And my very own recipe.
Willow: Ooh, you pushed the button on the microwave that says "popcorn"?
Xander: Actually, I pushed "defrost", but Joyce was there in the clinch.
  • Willow: This isn't Madame Butterfly, is it? Because I have a whole problem with opera.
  • Giles: Now, costumes, sets... um, the things that, you know, um, you hold them, you touch them, use them, um...
Harmony: Props?
Giles: No.
Riley: Props?
Giles: Yes.
  • Tara: Things aren't going very well.
Willow: No! This drama class is just... I think they're really not just 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?
  • Willow: I don't know why it's after me.
Buffy: Well, you must have done something.
Willow: No, I never do anything. I'm very seldom naughty.
  • Spike: Giles here is gonna teach me to be a Watcher. Says I got the stuff.
Giles: Spike's like a son to me.
  • Xander: You gotta have something. Gotta be with moving forward.
Buffy: Like a shark.
Xander: Like a shark with feet and... much less fins.
Spike: And on land.
Giles: Very good!
  • Xander: (to Snyder) You know, I never got the chance to tell you how glad I was you were eaten by a snake.
  • Anya: (while telling a joke) Quiet! You'll miss the humorous conclusion.
  • Giles: (singing) And try not to bleed on my couch. I just had it steam-cleaned.
  • Buffy: I think I need to go find the others.
Tara: Be back before dawn.
  • Buffy: How did the debriefing go?
Riley: I told you not to worry about that. It went great. They made me Surgeon General.
  • Intercom: The demons have escaped. Please run for your lives.
Adam: This could be trouble.
Riley: We'd better make a fort.
Adam: I'll get some pillows.
  • Tara: The Slayer does not walk in this world.
Buffy: I walk. I talk. I shop. I sneeze. I'm gonna be a fireman when the flood rolls back.
  • Buffy: (to the First Slayer) Are you quite finished? It's over, okay? I'm going to ignore you, and you're going to go away. You're really going to have to get over the whole primal power thing. You're not the source of me. Also, in terms of hair care, you really want to say, what kind of impression am I making in the workplace? 'Cause—
  • Willow: The first Slayer. Wow.
Xander: Not big with the socialisation.
Willow: Or the floss.
  • Buffy: You know, you could have brought that up to us before we did it.
Giles: I did! I said there could be dire consequences.
Buffy: Yes, but you say that about chewing too fast.
  • Buffy: Well, at least you all didn't dream about that guy with the cheese. I don't know where the hell that came from.