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Presenting the script to Buffy S6E07 "Once More with Feeling"

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Once More, With Feeling
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
Original Songs, Music & Lyrics by Joss Whedon
Episode 6.07
Original Airdate November 6, 2001
CAST

Buffy Anne Summers SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
Xander Harris NICHOLAS BRENDON
Willow Rosenberg ALYSON HANNIGAN
Dawn Summers MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG
Spike JAMES MARSTERS
Anya Jenkins EMMA CAULFIELD
Tara Maclay AMBER BENSON
Rupert Giles ANTHONY STEWART HEAD
Sweet HINTON BATTLE
Mustard Man DAVID FURY
Parking Ticket Woman MARTI NOXON
Handsome Young Man DANIEL WEAVER
Demon/Henchman ZACHARY WOODLEE
Henchman SCOT ZELLER
Henchman TIMOTHY ANDERSON
Henchman ALEX ESTRONEL
College Guy #1 MATT SIMS
College Guy #2 HUNTER COCHRAN





ACT I

Note: All sung lyrics indicated by § symbol.

1 INT. SUMMERS HOME— BUFFY’S ROOM— DAY 1

BUFFY’s alarm clock rings. It’s 7:00 AM. She picks up, looks at it, then puts it back down.

CUT TO:

2 INT. SUMMERS HOME— BUFFY’S ROOM— DAY 2

WILLOW, TARA and DAWN go about their morning routine, making beds, brushing hair, getting ready for school while Buffy sleeps through her alarm.

While fluffing the pillows, Tara finds the flowery herb Willow used to make her forget their fight lying in the bed. She picks it up, sniffs it and smiles.

CUT TO:

3 INT. THE MAGIC BOX— DAY 3

ANYA and XANDER look through Tomorrow’s Bride magazine. Xander points something out and smiles; Anya frowns, then moves off to help a customer. GILES finds Dawn reading a magick book and takes it away from her. Tara and Willow are researching ancient texts while Buffy passes the time sketching. Giles approaches with a battle axe and looks at Buffy expectantly. She puts down her pad, takes off her sweater and follows him into the training room.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. SUNNYDALE CEMETERY— NIGHT 4

Buffy walks alone through the graveyard, on patrol.

BUFFY
§ Sing §

Every single night, the same arrangement.
I go out and fight the fight.
Still I always feel the strange estrangement.
Nothing here is real, nothing here is right.

A vampire attacks and Buffy fights it while she sings.

BUFFY
§ Sing §

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.

She slams her stake through the vampire’s heart. She turns and sees a horned demon and two vampires nearby. The vampires charge her and attack.

BUFFY
§ Sing §

I was always brave and kind of righteous.
Now I find I’m wavering.
Crawl out of your grave,
You’ll find this fight just
Doesn’t mean a thing.

She punches a vampire. He punches her back and knocks her to the ground.

VAMPIRE

§ Sing §

She ain’t got that swing.

BUFFY

§ Sing §

Thanks for noticing.

The vampires and demon surround her, dancing. Buffy leaps to her feet and grabs a ceremonial sword in the grass nearby.

VAMPIRES/DEMON

§ Sing §

She does pretty well with things from hell,

But lately we can tell

That she’s just going through the motions.

Faking it somehow.

Buffy decapitates one vampire, kicks another away from her and stabs the demon in the gut.

DEMON

§ Sing §

She’s not even half the girl she… oww!

Buffy strides through the graveyard with the sword, approaches a tree and cuts the ropes binding a MAN to it, freeing him.

BUFFY

§ Sing §

Will I stay this way forever?

Sleepwalk through my life’s endeavor?

MAN

§ Sing §

How can I repay y—

BUFFY

§ Sing §

Whatever.

I don’t want to be

Going through the motions,

Losing all my drive.

I can’t even see

If this is really me.

And I just wanna be alive!

The last vampire attacks again and she stakes him.

CUT TO:

5 INT. THE MAGIC BOX— DAY 5

Buffy enters the store to greetings all around.

GILES

Good morning, Buffy.

WILLOW

Hey, did Dawn get off to school all right?

BUFFY

What? Oh, yeah. I think so.

Willow is puzzled at Buffy’s response. Buffy heads over to the reading table where Xander sits with donuts. ANYA bustles about, tending to the store.

XANDER

Respect the cruller and tame the donut!

ANYA

(deadpan)

That’s still funny, sweetie.

BUFFY

So no research? Nothing going on? Monsters or whatnot? (they shake their heads) Good! Good. So did anybody… last night, did anybody um… burst into song?

Everyone stops and stares at her, then comes to life in a flurry of agreement, talking over each other in their excitement to share.

XANDER

Merciful Zeus!

WILLOW

We thought it was just us!

GILES

Well, I sang but I had my guitar at the hotel…

TARA

It was bizarre. We were talking and then it was like—

BUFFY

Like you were in a musical!

GILES

That would explain the huge backing orchestra I couldn’t see and the synchronized dancing from the room service chaps.

WILLOW

We did a whole duet about dish washing.

ANYA

And we were arguing and then everything rhymed and there were harmonies and the dance with coconuts.

WILLOW

There was an entire verse about the cous-cous.

XANDER

It was very disturbing.

GILES

(to Buffy)

What did you sing about?

BUFFY

(evasive)

I don’t remember. But it seemed perfectly normal.

XANDER

But disturbing and not the natural order of things. And do you think it’ll happen again?

GILES

I don’t know. I should look into it.

WILLOW

With the books.

TARA

Do we have any books on this?

XANDER

Well, we just gotta break it down. Look at the factors before it happens again because I for one—

GILES

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

That it’s a demon,

A dancing demon—

No, something isn’t right there.

WILLOW

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

Some kid is dreamin’

And we’re all stuck inside

His wacky Broadway nightmare.

XANDER

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

We should work this out.

XANDER, GILES, ANYA, WILLOW, TARA

§ Sing §

It’s getting eerie.

What’s this cheery singing all about?

XANDER

§ Sing §

It could be witches,

Some evil witches.

(off Willow’s look)

Which is ridiculous,

’Cause witches, they were persecuted

Wicca good and love the earth

And women power and I’ll be over here.

ANYA

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

It could be bunnies.

Silence. Crickets chirp, everyone stares at her.

TARA

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory—

ANYA

§ Sing §

Bunnies aren’t just cute

Like everybody supposes!

They got them hoppy legs

And twitchy little noses!

And what’s with all the carrots?

What do they need

Such good eyesight for anyway?

Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!

(pyrotechnics; off everyone’s stunned look)

Or maybe midgets?

WILLOW

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

We should work this fast.

WILLOW & GILES

§ Sing §

Because it clearly

Could get serious before it’s passed.

BUFFY

§ Sing §

I’ve got a theory,

It doesn’t matter.

What can’t we face if we’re together?

What’s in this place that we can’t weather?

Apocalypse? We’ve all been there.

The same old trips. Why should we care?

ALL

§ Sing §

What can’t we do if we get in it?

We’re working through with every minute.

We have to try.

We’ll pay the price.

It’s do or die…

BUFFY

§ Sing §

Hey, I’ve died twice.

ALL

§ Sing §

What can’t we face if we’re together?

What’s in this place that we can’t weather?

There’s nothing we can’t face…

ANYA

§ Sing §

…except for bunnies.

XANDER

See, okay that was disturbing.

WILLOW

I thought it was neat.

BUFFY

So what is it? What’s causing it?

GILES

I thought it didn’t matter.

BUFFY

Well, I’m not exactly quaking in my stylish, yet affordable boots, but there’s definitely something unnatural going on here and that doesn’t usually lead to hugs and puppies.

ANYA

Well, is it just us? I mean, is it only happening to us because that would probably mean a spell or…

Buffy turns and heads for the door. She opens it to find people dancing in the street in front of the dry cleaners across the way.

CUT TO:

6 EXT. SUNNYDALE BUSINESS DISTRICT— DAY 6

A man holds up his dry cleaned shirt and sings triumphantly.

MAN

They got the mustard out!

CROWD

They got the mustard out!

CUT TO:

7 INT. THE MAGIC BOX— DAY 7

Buffy closes the door and turns back to the others.

BUFFY

It’s not just us.

CUT TO:

Later. The door swings open and Dawn runs in, excited.

DAWN

Oh, my god! You will never believe what happened at school today!

BUFFY

Everybody started singing and dancing?

Dawn is disappointed that her news isn’t news.

DAWN

I gave birth to a pterodactyl.

ANYA

Oh, my god. Did it sing?

DAWN

So you guys, too, huh?

Tara whispers to Willow.

XANDER

(to Dawn)

So what’d you sing about?

DAWN

Math.

Tara and Willow are giggling to themselves. Tara suddenly turns to the others, covering.

TARA

That’s right! The volume. The text.

GILES

What text?

WILLOW

The volumey text.

TARA

(evasive)

You know…

WILLOW

The Marinffrrd Report.

Tara nods eagerly.

XANDER

The what now?

TARA

There’s just a few volumes back at the house that deal with mystical chants, bacchanals… might be relevant.

Dawn looks down at the counter and sees a pendant and chain lying on the glass. She surreptitiously slips it into her pocket.

WILLOW

Yeah, we could—

GILES

Well, I’m a hair’s breadth from investigating bunnies at the moment, so I’m open to anything.

WILLOW

Great! We’ll check it out and we’ll give you a call.

TARA

Yeah, this could blow the whole thing wide open.

They both stand up and quickly make for the exit.

CUT TO:

8 EXT. SUNNYDALE PARK— DAY 8

Willow and Tara stroll through the sun-dappled park surrounded by people picnicking, throwing Frisbees, etc.

TARA

Do we have any books at all at home?

Two college guys approach from the opposite direction and their gaze follows Tara as she and Willow walk past.

WILLOW

Well, who wants to be cooped up on a day like this? The sun is shining. There are songs going on. Those guys are checking you out.

TARA

(surprised)

What? What are they looking at?

WILLOW

The hotness of you, doofus.

TARA

Those boys really thought I was hot?

WILLOW

Entirely!

TARA

Oh, my god… I’m cured! I want the boys!

She turns to follow them, laughing, and Willow pulls her back.

WILLOW

Do I have to fight to keep you? ’Cause I’m not large with the butch.

TARA

I’m just not used to that. They were really looking at me?

WILLOW

(smiles)

And you can’t imagine what they see in you.

TARA

I know exactly what they see in me. You.

She smiles at Willow as they come to a stop near a pond.

TARA

§ Sing §

I live my life in shadow,

Never the sun on my face.

It didn’t seem so sad, though.

I figured that was my place.

Now I’m bathed in light.

Something just isn’t right.

I’m under your spell.

How else could it be

Anyone would notice me?

It’s magick, I can tell

How you set me free,

Brought me out so easily.

I saw a world enchanted,

Spirits and charms in the air.

I always took for granted

I was the only one there.

But your power shone

Brighter than any I’ve known.

Two of the picnickers stand up and dance in harmony with Tara.

TARA

§ Sing §

I’m under your spell.

Nothing I can do.

You just took my soul with you.

You worked your charm so well.

Finally I knew

Everything I dreamed was true.

You made me believe!

Tara sweeps Willow into her arms and they dance together.

WIPE TO:

9 INT. SUMMERS HOME— MASTER BEDROOM— DAY 9

Tara and Willow twirl in each other’s arms and suddenly we’re in their bedroom. They sit down on the bed, holding hands and smiling lovingly at each other.

TARA

§ Sing §

The moon to the tide,

I can feel you inside.

Tara falls backward onto the pillows.

TARA

§ Sing §

I’m under your spell.

Surging like the sea

Wanting you so helplessly.

Willow leans over her, smiles seductively, then moves backward out of frame.

TARA

§ Sing §

I break with every swell.

Lost in ecstasy,

Spread beneath my willow tree.

You make me complete!

Tara rises blissfully off the bed, levitating.

TARA

§ Sing §

You make me complete.

You make me complete.

You make me…

SMASH CUT TO:

10 INT. THE MAGIC BOX— DAY 10

Xander and Buffy are at the table, reading the books.

XANDER

I bet they’re not even working.

BUFFY

Who now?

XANDER

Willow and Tara. You see the way they were with each other? The get-a-roominess to them? I bet they’re… (sees Dawn at the counter) …singing. They’re probably singing right now.

GILES

I’m sure Willow and Tara are making every effort.

XANDER

Oh, yeah.

BUFFY

Xander…

DAWN

(smiles)

Buffy, it’s okay. I do know about this stuff. Besides, it’s all kinda romantic.

BUFFY/XANDER

(unison)

No, it’s not.

DAWN

Come on! Songs, dancing around… what’s gonna be wrong with that?

CUT TO:

11 EXT. SUNNYDALE STREETS— ALLEY— NIGHT 11

A man stands in the alley alone, tap dancing. As he dances, his steps get more frantic, it’s obvious he can’t stop. A look of panic crosses his face as smoke begins to seep from beneath his clothes. He bursts into flame with an agonal scream and incinerates. He drops dead at the feet of SWEET, a devilish-looking demon in fashionable and flashy clothes.

SWEET

(laughs)

That’s entertainment.

FADE OUT

ACT II

12 INT. XANDER’S APARTMENT— CONTINUOUS— MORNING 12

Anya and Xander wake.

ANYA

Hey, baby. You don’t have to go to work?

XANDER

No, I shut the crew down for the day. My guys started dancing around me. I don’t know if I can deal. It’s a flab thing. So… waffles?

ANYA

Will you still make me waffles when we’re married?

XANDER

No, I’ll only make them for myself but by California law, you will own half of them. (kisses her) Hey, how about omelets? You know, I can do an omelet…

Anya throws back the covers and sits up.

ANYA

§ Sing §

This is the man that I plan to entangle.

Isn’t he fine?

My claim to fame was to maim and to mangle.

Vengeance was mine.

But I’m out of the biz.

The name I made I’ll trade for his.

The only trouble is…

I’ll never tell.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She is the one,

She’s such wonderful fun,

Such passion and grace.

Warm in the night

When I’m right in her tight—

Embrace! Tight embrace!

I’ll never let her go.

The love we’ve known can only grow.

There’s just one thing that— no.

I’ll never tell.

They both look slightly nervous.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

’Cause there’s nothing to tell.

They get up and head into the living room. Xander heads for the fridge while Anya sits at the table.

ANYA

§ Sing §

He snores.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She wheezes.

ANYA

§ Sing §

Say “housework” and he freezes.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She eats these skeezy cheeses that I can’t describe.

He opens the fridge and picks up a slice of green and yellow cheese and sniffs it dubiously.

ANYA

§ Sing §

I talk, he breezes.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She doesn’t know what pleases.

ANYA

§ Sing §

His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

The vibe gets kind of scary.

XANDER

§ Sing §

Like she thinks I’m ordinary.

ANYA

§ Sing §

Like it’s all just temporary.

XANDER

§ Sing §

Like her toes are kind of hairy.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

But it’s all very well.

’Cause god knows I’ll never tell.

ANYA

§ Sing §

When things get rough he

Just hides behind his Buffy.

Now look he’s gettin’ huffy

’Cause he knows that I know.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She clings, she’s needy,

She’s also really greedy

She never—

ANYA

§ Sing §

His eyes are beady!

XANDER

§ Sing §

This is my verse! Hello?

She—

Anya suddenly starts dancing like a 20’s flapper.

ANYA

Look at me! I’m dancing crazy!

Xander watches her for a moment, then does the same, matching her moves and sweeping her around the apartment.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

You know…

XANDER

§ Sing §

You’re quite the charmer.

ANYA

§ Sing §

My knight in armor.

XANDER

§ Sing §

You’re the cutest of the Scoobies

With your lips as red as rubies.

And your firm yet supple—

Tight embrace!

ANYA

§ Sing §

He’s swell.

XANDER

§ Sing §

She’s sweller.

ANYA

§ Sing §

He’ll always be my feller.

XANDER

§ Sing §

That’s why I’ll never tell her that I’m petrified.

ANYA

§ Sing §

I’ve read this tale.

There’s wedding then betrayal.

I know there’ll come the day

I’ll want to run and hide.

They both crawl onto the dining room table and meet in the middle, their lips inches apart.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

I lied, I said it’s easy.

I’ve tried but there’s these fears I can’t quell.

XANDER

§ Sing §

Is she looking for a pot of gold?

ANYA

§ Sing §

Will I look good when I’ve gotten old?

XANDER

§ Sing §

Will our lives become too stressful

If I’m never that successful?

ANYA

§ Sing §

When I get so worn and wrinkly

That I look like David Brinkley?

XANDER

§ Sing §

Am I crazy?

ANYA

§ Sing §

Am I dreamin’?

XANDER

§ Sing §

Am I marrying a demon?

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

We could really raise the beam

In making marriage a hell!

So thank god I’ll never tell.

I swear that I’ll never tell.

XANDER

§ Sing §

My lips are sealed.

ANYA

§ Sing §

I take the fifth.

XANDER

§ Sing §

Nothin’ to see. Move it along.

XANDER & ANYA

§ Sing §

I’ll never… tell!

They fall backward onto the couch laughing.

CUT TO:

13 EXT. SUNNYDALE STREETS— DAY 13

Xander, Anya and Giles walk along the sidewalk. In the background, various people dance and sing as they pass by. Xander and Anya are talking over each other in their anxiety over what just happened in their apartment.

XANDER

It’s a nightmare! It’s a plague!

ANYA

It has to be stopped!

XANDER

It’s like a nightmare about a plague!

ANYA