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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling

Everyone in Sunnydale, including the Scoobies, find themselves bursting into song and dance. It seems innocent at first, but turns serious when burned up bodies begin to turn up. Buffy and the others also find themselves belting out their buried fears and feelings, so that before the curtain falls, certain secrets will be unveiled.

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x6
Production Number: 6ABB07
Airdate: Tuesday November 06th, 2001
Special Runtime: 68 Minutes

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara

Co-Guest Stars
David FuryDavid Fury
As Mustard Man
Marti NoxonMarti Noxon
As Parking Ticket Woman
Daniel WeaverDaniel Weaver
As Handsome Young Man
Scot ZellerScot Zeller
As Henchman
Zachary WoodleeZachary Woodlee
As Demon/Henchman
Alex EstronelAlex Estronel
As Henchman
Matt SimsMatt Sims
As College Guy #1
Hunter CochranHunter Cochran
As College Guy #2
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
The only episode of Season 6 that was written and directed by Joss Whedon.

This episode scored a 4.5/6 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 10 UPN shows for the week.

A musical soundtrack by the same name was released featuring the songs from this episode.

Controversy surrounded this episode when it was "accidentally" left off the Emmy nomination ballots.

This episode made TV Land's "The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments" list as number 44.

David Fury, a co-executive producer on the show, was the man who sang the Mustard song.

Executive Producer Marti Noxon played the Parking Ticket lady.

This is the first of only two episodes of the series to have its title read at the beginning of the episode.

"Once More, With Feeling" took approximately 4 months to produce, write and shoot.

This is the first and only episode shot in wide-screen.

The Mutant Enemy logo sings his little "Grr..Argh" saying at the end of this episode, as opposed to just saying it.

For its original airing on UPN, the episode ran until 9:08. Joss Whedon was having a hard time cutting any scenes out to fit the 1 hour time frame, so UPN let him air the whole episode in it's entirety, even if it meant less time for Roswell, which was the show supposed to air at 9:00.

Ranked 88 out of 131 prime time shows.

Upon preparing for the episode, Alyson Hannigan asked to have as few singing lines as possible, believing she had a horrid singing voice. Thus, Willow has the fewest singing parts out of the entire main cast.

TV Guide ranked this episode #14 on its list of "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time".

Episode Quotes
Dawn: Oh, my God. You will never believe what happened at school today.
Buffy: Everybody started singing and dancing?
Dawn: (deflated) I gave birth to a pterodactyl.
Anya: Oh, my God. Did it sing?

Giles: I was able to examine the body while police were taking witness arias.

Buffy: So, Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

Anya: She came from the grave much graver.
Spike: First he'll kill her then I'll save her!
Tara: Everything is turning out so dark...
Buffy: Going through the motions...
Spike: No, I'll save her then I'll kill her!
Willow: I think this line's mostly filler.

Xander: Does this mean that I have to... be your queen?
Sweet: It's tempting, but I think we'll waive that clause just this once.

Episode References
Buffy: So Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday.
This is, of course, reference to how Buffy the Vampire Slayer has aired on Tuesday since the second-half of the second season. Buffy cleverly quirps that all her sister's dangers seem to occur on Tuesday.

Willow: (singing) I've got a theory, some kid is dreamin', and we're all stuck inside his wacky broadway nightmare!
This is an allusion to the first season episode "Nightmares" in which the cast were stuck inside some comatose kid's nightmare and were unable to get out of it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Fury
Supervising ProducerJane Espenson
ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  David Solomon
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Associate ProducerBrian Wankum
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorLisa Lassek
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorMichael Cedar
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos  |  Tim Isle
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorJoshua Charson
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  Tom Perry
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorRebecca Sinclair  |  Steven S. DeKnight
Post Production CoordinatorTamara Becher
ChoreographerAdam Shankman
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Casting AssistantMichael Nicolo
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Brett Matthews  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistKarl Wesson
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsRadium
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistJay Wejebe  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
LeadpersonKeith A. Cuba
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Assistant ChoreographerAnne Fletcher
Post Production ServicesR!ot
Produced ByGareth Davies
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