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Once More, with Feeling 

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

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Joss Whedon

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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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Trivia

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. They are also the dancing henchmen according to the DVD commentary See more »

Goofs

When it shows a close up of Lethe's Bramble in the book, the blossoms were pointing to the left and beneath the description. When they show a different angle, the flower is facing the other way and on top of the description. 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 Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Rest In Peace
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by James Marsters
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The best musical extravaganza
28 July 2017 | by jamarianaSee all my reviews

"Once More with Feeling" is one of the best episodes of modern television, period - musical or not, sci-fi show or not, part of the mediocre season 6 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or not. When I first saw it, I was mesmerised. I happen to like a lot of the songs too, especially Giles' 'Standing', which was beautiful and touching. Joss Whedon created a masterpiece in the form of this episode with his songwriting skills (unexpected) and its wonderful plot. Lots of shows have a musical episode, but they are VERY risky. When "Oz" did it, it was fabulous as well, but understandably it is an easy thing to mess up. This episode should be revered and remembered for what it is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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1.78 : 1
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