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->''"Last night, did anybody, um...burst into song?"''

HilarityEnsues when the residents of Sunnydale start randomly breaking out into song and dance. But things get more serious when people start going up in flames, Dawn is kidnapped by the demon responsible for the chaos, and their songs raise issues the Scoobies would rather keep private.

''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s MusicalEpisode. Being a musical, it has its own tropes found nowhere else in the series.

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!!This episode provides examples of:

* ActionFashionista: Buffy assures Giles that she's not quaking in her stylish yet affordable boots over this latest weirdness.
* ArtShift: This is the only episode shown in the US in the widescreen format used for Seasons 4-7.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Spike hauls in one of Sweet's puppet minions and orders him to "sing". There's a grand orchestral swell and the Scoobies wait for the minion to burst into song...then he just speaks normally.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Xander summons the demon hoping to be reassured about his upcoming marriage. He's not. When Dawn puts on the talisman, her desire for attention and to be treated like an adult leads to her being offered the position of Queen of Sweet's realm.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Sweet sings that he gave Nero his very first fiddle, implying that he's responsible for the Great Fire of Rome and the TemporalParadox caused by introducing a musical instrument centuries before it was invented.
* BigDamnHeroes: Spike interrupts Buffy just as she's starting to burn up, with his song on why she has to go on living. In fact [[BigDamnKiss what happens next]] could plausibly be called a RescueRomance.
* BlatantLies: Buffy tells Giles she can't remember what she sung in the graveyard. Willow and Tara have to go [[GetARoom get the mmm-nnn-rmmmph report]]. Dawn '[[StickyFingers found]]' the talisman on the floor while cleaning up.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sweet's three minions are a subtle type of this trope. One is blond, one is brown-haired (brunette) and while the third also has brown hair, he is literally a "red-head."
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs
-->'''Xander:''' It's a nightmare. It's a plague. It's like a nightmare about a plague!
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "Something To Sing About"
-->'''Buffy''': "It's alright if some things come out wrong / We'll sing a happy song" ([[AsideGlance looks at camera]]) "And you can sing along"
** Also in "Walk Through the Fire"
-->'''Buffy''': "I want the fire back."
** Or Willow's line in "Walk Through The Fire", "I think this line is mostly {{filler}}."
** Or Anya's blink-and-you'll-miss-it line "It's like there were three walls but not a fourth."
* BuffySpeak: Willow and Tara go looking for the volume-y text. Spike is acting all bad-moody.
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Bugger This, I'm Outta Here!]]: Spike walks out on the next-to-last song before it's finished.
* CallBack: Willow's theory, "Some kid is dreaming, and we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare," is the plot of a [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares much earlier episode]] if you leave out the "Broadway" part.
** Also, Dawn's line to Buffy of "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it" is a repeat of Buffy's line to her in the previous season finale.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Spike re Buffy. "I hope she fries / I'm free if that bitch dies / I'd better help her out" and "First he'll kill her, then I'll save her / No, I'll save her, then I'll kill her!"
* TheCastShowoff: Inverted, if that's possible, with Willow having almost no singing lines on her own (AlysonHannigan specifically requested she be given as few lines as possible, because she considers herself a bad singer). Played straight with the others, particularly Anthony Stewart Head, who get to show off their impressive pipes, and Michelle Trachtenberg who shows off her dance skills.
** Although, according to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, Trachtenberg also requested not to have a major singing part. Guess whose song gets abruptly cut short?
** Don't forget Amber Benson. She's a trained singer AND dancer and definitely shows it in this episode.
** Hannigan was reportedly quite surprised by how good her voice sounded in the final version, and regretted not singing more.
* CerebusSyndrome: Tara's "Everything is turning out so dark" verse in "Walk through the Fire".
* ChirpingCrickets: Heard during the Scooby Gang's silent response to Anya's theory that bunnies are responsible.
* ClicheStorm (InUniverse): An intentional, verbal example in "Give Me Something to Sing About":
-->'''Buffy:''' Where there's life there's hope / Every day's a gift / Wishes can come true / Whistle while you work
* CluelessChickMagnet: Gender-inverted in Tara's case; her family kept putting her down so much that she doesn't realize she is pretty enough to attract men as well as women.
* TheCoatsAreOff: Buffy slips off her coat for her final dance/battle with Sweet.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
-->'''Dawn:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Oh-my-god.]] You will never believe what happened at school today.
-->'''Buffy:''' Everybody started singing and dancing?
-->'''Dawn:''' ''(sourly)'' I gave birth to a pterodactyl.
-->'''Anya:''' Oh my god, did it sing?
* ContinuityNod
** Buffy turns down the offer of a drink from Spike after her hangover in "Life Serial".
** "His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe!" is from "Pangs", when Xander caught syphilis from a vengeful Native American spirit.
** Tara singing "You know I've been through hell" is a reference to Glory driving Tara insane with her MindRape in "Tough Love".
* ConversationCut: Tara and Willow in the middle of "Under Your Spell" move from the park to their bedroom.
* CostumePorn: The amazing dresses that Tara and Willow are just wearing for no reason and the ballgown Sweet gives Dawn. Anya's red lingerie may also count.
** Anya's lingerie comes with ''matching heeled slippers''. It's safe to say it's costume porn.
* CounterpointDuet: The combination reprise of "Under Your Spell" and "Standing". Not to mention Spike and Buffy in the "Coda".
* CreatorCameo: Writer David Fury is the guy starting off "The Mustard Song", and writer Marti Noxon is the lady lamenting her parking ticket.
* CreditsGag: Even the MutantEnemy monster [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOyEyLiQ0dk&feature=related sings]].
* CrowdSong: Parodied. "They got...the mustaaard...oooooooouuuuut!"
* CureYourGays: {{Conversed}}. "Oh my God, I'm cured! I want the boys!"
* DamselInDistress: Lampshaded with the quotable line...
-->'''Buffy:''' Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday.
** Which, since "Buffy" was broadcast on Tuesdays in the US, was also an example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
* DeathGlare: Anya and Xander do a lot after their duet. Willow and Tara too, in the background:
-->'''Anya:''' Beady Eyes is right, we're needed! Or we could just sit around and glare. ♫
* DeathSeeker / NietzscheWannabe: Buffy nearly dies because of her indifference to life; [[DramaticIrony ironically she's saved by Spike]], who'd said in "Fool for Love" that on the day that happened he'd be the one to kill her.
* [[DodgeTheBullet Dodge the Throwing Knife]]: During "Standing", Giles throws knives at Buffy during her training, [[SuperReflexes which she dodges or knocks out of the way]].
* DramaticShattering: Spike hurling his bottle of booze against the wall during "Rest in Peace".
* DarkReprise: "Under Your Spell". Parts of "Going Through the Motions" and "I've Got a Theory" can also be heard on "Walk Through The Fire".
* DanceBattler: Buffy obviously, but also Dawn in her struggle to escape the puppet minions after waking up in the Bronze.
* DynamicEntry: Buffy kicks the door to the Bronze off its hinges.
-->'''Sweet:''' I love a good entrance.
* EditedForSyndication: Inverted: the episode ran 50 minutes compared to the standard 42.
* TheEnd: It goes with the curtains.
* EpicRocking / TheSongBeforeTheStorm: "Walk Through the Fire".
* EverybodyHatesMathematics
-->'''Dawn:''' It was a lot cooler when we were singing about it.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Willow and Tara during "Under Your Spell".
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Sweet meets Dawn -- justified as the demon is wearing tap-dancing shoes which he puts to use right away.
* FindingJudas: What villain called up the undefeatable, lethal, musical demon, and what dark scheme were they plotting? Xander Harris, and he just wanted a musical-comedy ending to his marital woes.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sweet isn't afraid of the Slayer but does leave after Willow threatens him, sensing her power. The songs themselves foretell Xander/Anya and Willow/Tara breaking up, Giles leaving, and the tumultuous Spike/Buffy relationship.
** During "Under Your Spell," Tara uses intricate magic signs to shower Willow with a small spray of sparks; Willow barely moves her hand and a larger, more impressive spray results. This foreshadows that Willow is a more powerful witch.
** ''The curtains close / on a kiss God knows / we can tell that the end is near''. The final scene is curtains closing on Spike and Buffy's BigDamnKiss. Buffy sings just before; ''This isn't real / but I just want to feel'' which is a major problem in their upcoming DestructiveRomance; Buffy wants sex from Spike but refuses to acknowledge their relationship to herself or others.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: People singing and dancing while Xander, Anya and Giles are walking down the street.
** A ThrowItIn moment is an off-screen Tara bumping into a pillar during the SummonBackupDancers gag.
* GagEcho: During the "I'll Never Tell" number Xander sings "[Anya's] toes are kind of hairy" and Anya sings "his eyes are beady". In the next scene when ranting about the situation both of them shout at the same time [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "my eyes are not beady"/"my toes aren't hairy"]].
** And later on Anya says, "Beady Eyes is right!"
* GallowsHumor: "It's do or die" / "Hey I've died twice." "I look pretty spry for a corpse."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Par for the course in ''Series/{{Buffy|The Vampire Slayer}}'', but takes on new life through the possibilities of fun with rhymes.
** Several in "I'll Never Tell," given the combination of Xander singing his thoughts and NoFourthWall.
---> '''Xander:''' "She is the one, she's such wonderful fun,
---> Such passion and grace.
---> Warm in the night when I'm right
---> In her tight--[[LastSecondWordSwap embrace, tight embrace]]!"
---> . . .
---> '''Xander:''' "You're the cutest of the Scoobies
---> With your lips as red as rubies
---> And your firm yet supple--[[SubvertedRhymeEveryTime tight embrace]]!"
** Tara's final lyrics of "Under Your Spell", implied to have been sung while an off-camera Willow is performing oral sex on her.
-->"Lost in ecstasy / [[DoubleEntendre Spread beneath my Willow tree]] / [[CallingYourOrgasms You make me coooooome]] (plete)."
*** [[WordOfGod Joss's commentary]]: "Yeah, this is basically porn."
** The parking ticket song ends with the woman apparently trying to seduce her way out of the ticket, with the line "Hey, I'm not wearing underwear." It's barely audible under Giles' lines.
* HairRaisingHare: Anya exposes the true nature of those twitchy-nosed terrors in "The Bunny Song".
* HelpingWouldBeKillStealing: Gile's song "Standing" is basically how he's been doing the opposite of this trope for too long, and now he needs to start playing it straight so Buffy can grow. Also the rationale behind him initially [[spoiler: insisting that Buffy tackle Sweet on her own, although he's later convinced by Anya and Xander that the Scoobies should go back her up.]]
* HomoeroticSubtext: When Xander is revealed as the man who summoned Sweet, he fears that ''he'll'' be taken away as Sweet's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar queen]]. Sweet eyes him and says, "It's tempting".
* HongKongDub: Sometimes, the lip synching can be a bit off. Often, the singers may loudly belt out the lyrics, but the on screen actors' mouths don't move nearly as much as they should.
* HypocriticalHumor: Spike's "Rest in Peace" is all about how he wishes Buffy would get the hell away from him as his unrequited feelings for her are tearing him up. When Buffy flees at the end of the song, Spike calls out pitiably, "So, you're not staying then?"
* HypocriticalSinging: Anya and Xander's "I'll Never Tell." And Spike's "Rest In Peace" is a variation. He sings of wanting Buffy to leave him alone, but he wants the exact opposite of that.
* [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty I Have You Now, My Sweet Thing!]]: Sweet plans to take Dawn away to the underworld and [[OldManMarryingAChild make her his Queen]].
* InstantCostumeChange: Sweet has this power, changing his clothes from red to blue, and Dawn's clothes to her ball gown.
* IronicEcho
** "What can't we face if we're together?"
** "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it". Buffy's parting advice to Dawn in "The Gift" is repeated back to her by her little sister.
** "Let it burn" are the final words Buffy speaks in "Innocence". Joyce tells her to blow out the candle and make a wish for her 17th birthday. Buffy, in despair over how her OneTrueLove has turned evil, replies, "I'll just let it burn."
* IWantSong: "Going Through the Motions" is referred to as this by Whedon himself in the commentary. Also, "Something To Sing About".
* IHaveManyNames: The MonsterOfTheWeek (unnamed in the episode, but called Sweet in the credits)
-->"I've got a hundred."
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: "I'll Never Tell", natch.
* IncrediblyLongNote
-->They got / the mustard / ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!
* InvisibleBackupBand: "That would explain the huge backing orchestra I couldn't see and the synchronised dancing from the room service chaps"
* InvoluntaryDance
* {{Jailbait}}
-->'''Dawn:''' What I mean / I'm fifteen / So this "queen" thing's illegal!
* KarmaHoudini: The MonsterOfTheWeek came to town, killed several people through spontaneous combustion, made the Scoobies reveal a bunch of secrets about themselves, nearly killed Buffy and left town without getting a scratch on him. Enough said. Also, Xander, who caused the entire thing through ignorance about musical demons.
* LastSecondWordSwap: See GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
-->'''Xander:''' Willow and Tara? You see the way they were with each other? The [[GetARoom get-a-roominess]] of them? I'll bet they're ''(realises Dawn is there)'' ...singing.
* LetsDuet: Xander and Anya in "I'll Never Tell".
* TheLonelyPiano: The bridge of "Something To Sing About".
* LingerieScene: Anya in red underwear for "I'll Never Tell".
* LipstickLesbian: {{Lampshaded}} by Willow when Tara pretends she's interested in boys now.
-->"Do I have to fight to keep you? Because I'm not good with the {{butch|Lesbian}}."
* LyricalDissonance: "I'll Never Tell". And "Under Your Spell" is a sneaky example - the lyrics are just as happy as the tune, but Tara doesn't know she is ''literally'' under Willow's spell.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Sweet's snazzy suit.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Walk Through the Fire" and "Where Do We Go From Here?"
* TheModestOrgasm: Tara becoming complete.
* MoodWhiplash:
** Dawn [[MirrorMonologue starts to sing in front of the mirror]], then suddenly has a BagOfKidnapping thrown over her head by Sweet's minions.
** Spike, in the "Walk Through the Fire," first sings that he'll be free if Buffy dies, then immediately says, he'd "better help her out," then [[spoiler: goes off the save her from combusting.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "[[MinorCharacterMajorSong The Mustard]]" and "The Parking Ticket". Sung respectively by [[CreatorCameo David Fury and Marti Noxon]].
* MusicalisInterruptus:
** "I've got a --" (Anya sings "The Bunny Song")
** When Dawn reveals her sister is the Slayer, the music comes to an abrupt stop.
* MusicForCourage: "If We're Together" -- subverted as Buffy is actually singing of her indifference to what happens.
* TheMusicMeister / MusicalAssassin
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The look on Willow's face when she found out [[spoiler:Buffy was pulled out of Heaven]].
* MythologyGag: Giles throwing knives at Buffy in the training room - a ShoutOut to how Merrick showed her she was the Slayer in TheMovie.
* NoodleIncident: There were a lot of singing incidents that never got explained.
* NotHimself: Buffy wonders why Spike is trying to hustle her out of his crypt. Then he starts singing.
* OhCrap: Spike when he starts singing to Buffy. Dawn when her attempt to frighten Sweet with the Slayer only makes him eager to see Buffy burn.
** Minor version: While singing his part of "Walk Through the Fire," Spike jumps a fence, into a blind alley.
** Buffy sings that, [[spoiler: instead of pulling her out of Hell, Willow and the gang pulled her out of ''Heaven''. Cue look on Willow's face when she realizes this.]]
* OhMyGods: Xander exclaims, "Merciful Zeus!" when he's pretending to be surprised at what's happening.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Tara. No wonder [[BuxomIsBetter those boys were checking her out]].
* TheOner: The filming of the song "The Parking Ticket" was done in one take. The camera starts on Giles, Xander and Anya, then pans over to Marti Noxon singing before rejoining the Scoobies' conversation.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Spike sings without an accent.
* PeekABooCorpse: During the VillainSong, Sweet opens a door and the charred remains of one of his victim's falls out.
* PunctuatedPounding: Buffy killing Sweet's puppet minions.
-->Where there's life ''[grabs pool cue from minion, hits him]'' There's hope / Every day's ''[elbows second minion]'' A gift / Wishes can ''[kick]'' Come true / Whistle while ''[punch]'' / You work ''[blow with pool cue]'' / So hard ''[blow]'' All day ''[throws pool cue, impales third minion]''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: "If We're Together"
* PowerWalk: "Walk Through the Fire"
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision P Strike]]: From 15-year old Dawn, no less.
-->She'll get pissed / If I'm missed / See, my sister's the Slayer.
* {{Pun}}: Plenty -- "Nothing seems to penetrate my heart" (as Buffy stakes a vamp), "It's do or die / Hey [[NotQuiteDead I've died twice]]." "I guarantee you a great big smile" (Sweet removes his mouth and offers it to Dawn). "I'm here strictly by your {{invocation}}." "She came from the grave much graver." "[[SummonBackupDancers She needs backup!]]" "Not quite the [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion fireworks I was looking for]]."
* RescueSex: Averted as Buffy [[IgnoreTheFanservice barely glances]] at the hunky open-shirted man who's eager to show his gratitude for Buffy saving his life. It's clear that only a certain EvilIsSexy vampire "brings the fire back".
* {{Retraux}}: The TitleSequence and TheEnd.
* RingRingCRUNCH: Averted; Buffy is so filled with ennui she just picks up her alarm clock and stares at it, letting it ring.
* RuleOfSymbolism: In the opening sequence Buffy is sketching, filling in the entire pad with black. Depressed, anyone?
** She appears to be trying to sketch out what she saw in Heaven (a white light in a field of black), but can only express it in a human perceivable way.
* [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying Screw Searching Through Books, We're Going to Screw]]: Inspired by the lovely weather and all the singing and dancing, Willow and Tara make an excuse to GetARoom.
* SayingTooMuch: Dawn tells Tara that she is glad Willow and Tara made up after their fight, which Tara denies having. After Dawn's insistence, Tara realizes what the flower under Willow's pillow meant: Willow performed magic ''on her.''
* SealedWithAKiss
* SeeYouInHell: Bet you never thought you'd hear this line ''sung''.
** And it's pretty sweetly sung!
* SerenadeYourLover: "Under Your Spell", subverted in that the audience knows Tara literally is under Willow's spell. "Rest in Peace" starts off this way, causing Buffy to roll her eyes in anticipation, but it's averted when Spike instead sings of his frustration with Buffy's MasterOfTheMixedMessage response to his feelings. Ironically, Spike is giving off equally mixed messages in the song.
* ShoutOut: To a number of musicals, appropriately.
--> '''Everyone:''' "We are caught in the fire / [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera the point of no return . . .]]"
--> '''Spike:''' "The day you suss out what you do want, there'll probably be a parade. [[TheMusicMan Seventy-six bloody trombones.]]"
** Also, that shot through the vampire dust during "Going Through the Motions" is lifted right out of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Part of Your World"]].
** At the end of "I'll Never Tell", Xander and Anya [[SinginInTheRain collapse onto a couch laughing]].
* ShuttingUpNow / WickedWitch
-->'''Xander''': ''It could be witches / some evil witches'' [DeathGlare from Willow & Tara] ''Which is ridiculous 'cause witches they were persecuted. Wicca good and love the earth and women power and I'll be over here.''
* SilenceYouFool
-->'''Giles:''' Spike, if I want your opinion... ''(looks at him in contempt)'' [[BaitAndSwitchComment I'll never want your opinion]].
* SissyVillain: Sweet can come across as this by virtue of being a bad guy with song and dance powers.
* SmashCut: From Tara singing, "You make me--" to Xander wondering what Tara/Willow are up to.
** Happens literally when we cut from Sweet's song to a closeup of Buffy smashing a board during martial arts training.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The end of "Under your Spell".
** Also implied by Spike in the next episode when referring to the BigDamnKiss.
-->"We kissed, you and me, all ''Gone With the Wind'' with the rising music and the rising...[[LastSecondWordSwap music]]."
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: "Walk Through the Fire"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The headlines of Xander's newspaper.
-->MAYHEM CAUSED. MONSTERS CERTAINLY NOT INVOLVED, OFFICIALS SAY.
* SpecialEditionTitle: A mellowed version of the theme song playing over a shot of the night sky, with each actor's face appearing on the moon as he or she was listed in standard credits order.
* SpontaneousChoreography
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: A side-effect of Sweet's power, and what he hopes will happen to Buffy.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryTime: Refer back to GettingCrapPastTheRadar again.
** There's a harmless example in "Walk Through The Fire", where the line "and let it burn" is always cut off before "burn" until the last verse.
-->So I will walk through the fire
-->'Cause where else can I turn?
-->I will walk through the fire, and let it--
* SuggestiveCollision: At the end of Spike's "Rest in Peace" song, Buffy hauls him off a priest he attacks and they fall into an open grave. Buffy [[UnresolvedSexualTension lies on top of Spike wide-eyed]] before getting to her feet and fleeing.
* SummonBackupDancers
** While singing "Under Your Spell" Tara passes near two other girls resting by the pond who are compelled to rise to their feet and start dancing behind her.
** Parodied in "Something to Sing About."
---> '''Giles:''' "She needs backup. Anya, Tara." (Anya and Tara get behind Buffy and start dancing)
* TakeMeInstead: Buffy offers herself in Dawn's stead. Not quite the HeroicSacrifice as Buffy doesn't care any more if she dies.
-->'''Buffy:''' Deal's this. I can't kill you? You take me to Hellsville in her place.\\
'''Sweet:''' (scoffs) What if I kill you?\\
'''Buffy:''' (deadpan) Trust me. [[BackFromTheDead Won't help.]]
* [[TalkToTheFist Talk to the Sword]]: Buffy stabs a demon halfway through his line, coincidentally making it rhyme.
-->''Going through the motions / faking it somehow.''
-->''She's not even half the girl she--owww...''
* TemptingFate: It's Dawn's turn to violate this principle.
-->"Songs, dancing around...[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong what's gonna be wrong with that?]]" ''(DescriptionCut to ManOnFire)''
-->"Yes, the fifteen year-old can spend half an hour alone in her locked house." ''(Cue abduction by Puppet Minions)''
** Spike says that happily, he remains unaffected. Moments later, he starts singing.
* ThatCameOutWrong
-->'''Spike''': "Oh, so, that's all. You've just come to pump me for information."
-->'''Buffy''': "What else would I wanna pump you for?" (beat) "I really just said that, didn't I?"
* [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself This Is Something She's Got to Do Herself]]: Giles insists that Buffy save Dawn on her own as she is becoming too dependent on his support. Buffy however just sees herself as being abandoned by the others, and Giles later changes his mind anyway.
* TitleDrop: Keep in mind that this and "Conversations With Dead People" are the only BTVS episodes where the title is shown in the opening.
-->'''Demon''': ''All those secrets you've been concealing / Say you're happy now - once more with feeling''.
* TrainingMontage: Lampshaded when Buffy and Giles are training (averted when Giles sings "Standing In The Way" instead).
-->'''Buffy:''' I'm just worried this whole sessions's gonna turn into some training montage from an '80s movie.
-->'''Giles:''' Well, if we hear any inspirational power chords, we'll just lie down until they go away.
* TrashcanBonfire: During the "Walk Through the Fire" song, Buffy holds her hand up to a trashcan bonfire when singing "I touch the fire and it freezes me."
* TheTroubleWithTickets: A [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Funny Foreground Event]] is a lady (played by [[CreatorCameo Marti Noxon]]) singing her excuses to a parking inspector.
-->It isn't right, it isn't fair / There was no parking anywhere / I think [[ImplausibleDeniability that hydrant wasn't there]] ♫
* TheUnreveal: We never know what Tara's theory was because Anya starts singing about "Bunnies".
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Anya, Xander and Giles ignoring the Parking Ticket Lady and the bystanders dancing while they WalkAndTalk. Buffy's deadpan response to "The Mustard Song". PlayedForDrama when Giles sings "Standing In Your Way" and Buffy [[RuleOfSymbolism doesn't hear a word of it]].
* VillainSong: "What You Feel".
* VillainTeleportation: Once Dawn puts on the talisman she stole from the Magic Shop, Sweet's minions appear in her bedroom and abduct her.
* VisualPun: The fire trucks rushing past as the Scoobies sing, "Let it burn".
* VolleyingInsults / HeyThatsMyLine: In "I'll Never Tell"
-->'''Xander:''' She clings / She's needy / She's also really greedy / She never --\\
'''Anya''' [interrupting] [[LameComeback His eyes are beady!]]\\
'''Xander:''' This is ''my'' verse, hello!
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Spike's "Rest in Peace" song claims that [[TheConfidant Buffy only talks to him]] because confessing to a "dead man" isn't real to her. Buffy looks away guiltily, confirming his accusation.
* WhatNowEnding: "Where Do We Go From Here?"
* [[WomanScorned Woman / Vampire Scorned]]: When Giles tells the Scoobies not to go with Buffy, Spike offers to go in their stead.
-->'''Buffy:''' I thought you wanted me to stay away from you. Isn't that what you sang?
-->'''Spike:''' Fine. I hope you dance till you burn. You and the little bit.
* YouLookFamiliar: The vampires & demon in "Going Through The Motions", the puppet minions and the dancing street sweepers are all played by the same 3 actors.
* ZeroGSpot / PowerPerversionPotential: It's strongly implied that Tara is using her [[LoveFloats levitation powers]] so Willow can perform oral sex on her.
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