Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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

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. See more »

Goofs

During "I'll Never Tell" the chairs change position randomly during the dance sequence in Anya and Xander's apartment. See more »

Quotes

XanderSpikeBuffyAnyaWillowTaraGiles: [singing] And we are caught in the fire/The point of no return/So we will walk through the fire/And let it/Burn/Let it burn.
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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

Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Under Your Spell/Standing (Reprise)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Amber Benson and Anthony Head (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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"Once More" Hits a High Note
5 February 2006 | by captaincrackerSee all my reviews

Plot (From DVD Case): A demon named Sweet descends upon Sunnydale in search of Dawn, his arrival causing everyone to burst into song and dance - and eventually into flame.

Review: Out of all the episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Six", this has to be the must see episode. The episode is very similar to what "Xena Warrior Princess" did back in 1997 with the episode 'The Bitter Suite', taking the main character's hidden problems and having them face them through singing. This is the episode of Season Six where everything seems to come to its peak; Buffy begins to come to reality about being torn from heaven by her friends. Willow's growing addiction to magic is creating a gap between her and Tara. Xander and Anya are having doubts about their marriage. Dawn's habits of stealing are getting her in trouble, and Giles believes he is only standing in his slayer's way by staying in America. Plus, Spike's love/hate obsession with Buffy takes a shocking turn in the end.

Aside from being and awesome episode that digs into the character's psychologies, it also has clever and entertaining music. There is a track on this episode that everyone will like. All the actors have wonderful voices, and Joss Whedon writes magnificent lyrics for them to sing to. "Going Through the Motions", "I'll Never Tell", "Under Your Spell", and "Walk Through the Fire" are among the songs which you will hear. The episode is able to use the lyrics of the songs and make them humorous and heartbreaking.

This is a must-see episode for any "Buffy" fan. It is heartbreaking, emotional, funny, and overall well done. After watching 'Once More, With Feeling' you'll agree that "Buffy" is music to your ears.

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