"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Once More, with Feeling (TV Episode 2001) Poster


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Buffy comments, "So... Dawn's in trouble... must be Tuesday." This, of course, refers to the timeslot in which UPN broadcasts the show.
Michelle Trachtenberg and Alyson Hannigan were reluctant to sing so Joss Whedon gave them only a few solo lines but Michelle had a bigger dancing role. Indeed, one of Willow's solo lines is "I think this line is mostly filler".
Joss Whedon didn't want to cut any more from the episode which ran long, and the UPN aired it in its entirety.
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.
This episode was voted #1 in TV Guide's viewer's poll for the 50 Top Musical Moments on Television from 1990-2002 in 2002.
Joss Whedon says his biggest surprise in terms of musical ability was Emma Caulfield, while he knew that James Marsters, Amber Benson and Anthony Head are very skilled singers by their former performances.
All main actors have to really sing. The only two who made their own career as singers are Marsters and Benson. Anthony Head has an already successful career as singer in musicals (notably, substituting Tim Curry as Frank'n'Furter in "Rocky Horror Show").
In July 2007, the NPR show "Talk of the Nation" reported that this episode has spawned a traveling sing-along presentation in much the same style as the audience-participation midnight movie showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) that became a cult phenomenon after that movie was released.
The first songs written were Under Your Spell and Rest in Peace.
Joss Whedon says in his season six commentary that the two vampires, the demon, the street cleaners and Sweet's henchmen are all played by the same people.
Up until Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Conversations with Dead People (2002), this was the only episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) to have the episode title displayed on-screen.
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."
While Anya, Xander, and Giles are walking down the street discussing the "I'll Never Tell" number, the two people dancing in the background (before the dancing street sweepers) are Adam Shankman (the episode's choreographer) and Anne Fletcher (the assistant choreographer).
The actors who were the dancing vampires and demon in the opening number played the street sweepers later on, in the scene where Giles, Anya and Xander are discussing the situation. If you look closely you'll realize they're actually performing the same dance routine.
In the overture, the picture Buffy is drawing with pencil is a huge dark tunnel with a square white/light in the far end.
During the "I'll Never Tell" number, Xander picks up the news paper and the back page shows an ad for the San Fernando Valley College of Law. Although the toll-free number has changed, this is an actual college in SoCal.
In the song 'I'll Never Tell', Anya sings the line, "His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe." This refers to Season 4 Episode 8, 'Pangs,' in which a mystical Chumash vengeance spirit gives Xander the diseases that Native Americans got from Europeans, including smallpox, malaria, and syphilis.
Willow offers up the second theory in the song "I've got a theory." She states "I've got a theory, some kid is dreaming and we're all stuck inside his wacky broadway nightmare" This is a reference to S01E10 "nightmares", where a boy named Billy is in a coma, turning the Scooby Gang's nightmares into reality.
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During the song "Under your spell" both Tara and Willow make magical sparks from their hands. Tara's are light blue, while Willow's are red.
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In the unusual starting title, the only character who doesn't smile at the camera is Dawn.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Giles offers up the first theory in the song "I've Got a Theory." He states, "I've got a theory that it's a demon. A dancing demon, no wait, something isn't right there." Although he immediately dismisses his theory, it is absolutely correct.
At one point, Anya says "I've seen some of these underworld child bride deals, and they never work out... maybe once." This is most likely a reference to the story of Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld, and Persephone, the young Goddess of Spring he kidnapped and forced to marry him. Some versions of the story depict a happy marriage, while other versions have Persephone as a prisoner, hence Anya's confusion.
The sequence with the Mutant Enemy mascot, the little monster that goes "Grr Argh" at the end of all episodes, was changed for a total of six episodes: in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen (2003) it looked out at the viewers instead of looking straight-forward.
During the last scene of the episode the gang sing 'Where Do We Go From Here'. This song contains the line "the curtains close on a kiss". This is exactly how the episode ends.
Sarah Michelle Gellar was originally not going to sing, due to her poor singing. She was going to have someone dubbed over her. When Whedon revealed that Buffy would reveal that she was in fact in heaven instead of hell through song, Geller took singing lessons through the S5/6 hiatus, as she felt that this moment had to be performed by her.
Before Giles starts his Standing number, Buffy worries about her training session turning into a cheesy 80s mintage. This actually happens, not only in the episode, but also in the film in which the series is based upon.
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