Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Once More, with Feeling 

In this musical extravaganza, Sunnydale residents find themselves bursting into song, and flame, when a demon attempts to make Dawn his bride.

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Hinton Battle ... Sweet
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
David Fury ... Mustard Man
Marti Noxon ... Parking Ticket Woman
Daniel Weaver Daniel Weaver ... Handsome Young Man
Scot Zeller ... Henchman / Tap Dancing Victim
Zachary Woodlee ... Demon / Henchman
Timothy Anderson Timothy Anderson ... Henchman
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Storyline

Sunnydale is alive with the sound of music as a mysterious force causes everyone in town to burst into full musical numbers, revealing their innermost secrets as they do. But some townsfolk are dancing so much that they simply burst into flames, and it becomes clear that maybe living in a musical isn't so great after all. Written by Alex

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the show's writers, David Fury and Marti Noxon, have small singing parts. Fury can be seen singing "They Got the Mustard Out" outside the magic shop when Buffy checks to see if other people are singing. Noxon sings about a parking ticket ("I think that hydrant wasn't there") while Giles, Xander, and Anya are walking on the street after Xander and Anya's duet. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn sings (during Sweet's song), "No you see, you and me wouldn't be very legal," she's twirling in a dance, but during the words "wouldn't be," her mouth is not singing when she turns to face Sweet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buffy Summers: [singing] Every single night the same arrangement / I go out and fight the fight / Still I always feel this strange estrangement / Nothing here is real, nothing here is right / I've been making shows of trading blows / Just hoping no one knows / That I've been going through the motions / Walking through the part / Nothing seems to penetrate my heart.
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Crazy Credits

At the end when the Mutant Enemy logo is displayed, the monster sings "Grr, ah" in falsetto (sung by Joss Whedon). See more »

Alternate Versions

This episode originally aired at an extended length that ran over the hour-long format (approx. 8 minutes over) and was edited down to fit an hour long time slot for each re-airing. The footage cut included the title and overture, Buffy entering the Magic Box and some corresponding dialog, part of the song "I've Got a Theory", the entire song "What Can't We Face," dialog when Dawn enters the Magic Box, after the song "Under Your Spell," and before the song "I'll Never Tell," a verse of the song "Let Me Rest in Peace," some footage in Dawn's bedroom, Dawn's dance number with Sweet's minions, the end of the song "Why Don't We Dance Awhile," a verse of "Walk Through the Fire," dialog when Buffy first encounters Sweet and after the song "Life's a Show," and the song "Where Do We Go From Here" is shorter along with followed dialog between Spike and Buffy. See more »

Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Coda
Performed by Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Marsters
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Once More, With Feeling
27 September 2010 | by botezSee all my reviews

Wow, this episode was amazing. I'd love to see Joss write a Broadway musical one of these days.

I love the music. The songs are just amazing. Just like I loved the music from Dr. Horrible.

I loved James Marsters (what a great voice, what a surprise) and Anthony Head's songs... and Amber Benson's voice was lovely. I also loved the one called "the Parking Ticket"... hardly noticeable in the show, it is truly hilarious and I loved how they sneaked it in... "it isn't fair, that fire hydrant wasn't there..." etc.

People who don't like musicals aren't gonna like this much. They don't like people bursting into song in the middle of a story. To these people it's not logical. My husband hates musicals, but I continue to drag him to them much to his dismay (after all, I have to watch his football).

However, the one thing about a musical, is it allows the character to express emotions and feelings that one normally can't do in speech. Plus the songs are beautiful.

I'm glad I got to see this. I'm at the party several years too late, but I do think this is one of the best Buffy episodes... it's different, but quite brilliant.

I loved the kiss at the end.


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