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
Did You Know?
On the DVD commentary for this episode, Joss Whedon
says that many of the songs he wrote for this musical were conscious references to different musical theater styles and composers. For instance, Whedon characterizes "Going Through The Motions" as an "I want" song in the tradition of the opening numbers sung by heroines of Ashman-Menken Disney musicals such as "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid
(1989) and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast
(1991) (albeit with what he calls a Stephen Schwartz ending). He says that "I'll Never Tell" is his 1930s "Astaire/Rodgers" number, and he likens "Walk Through The Fire" to the four-part "Tonight Quintet" that introduces the climactic moments of the end of the first act of "West Side Story." See more
During the song "I'm Under Your Spell" Tara's dress has a full gold skirt, but halfway through the song, the skirt has a jagged cut through the hemming and a white underskirt is visible. See more
They got... the mustard... out!
This episode features a unique 32-second opening in which the actors' name appears beside a short clip of them in a bubble. See more
References Anchors Aweigh
What You Feel (Reprise)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Hinton Battle See more