The 3 Funniest Episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Are All From Season 6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a cult classic series that combines horror, drama, romance, folklore, and comedy. Because the show is packed with so much awesomeness, it’s tough to narrow down a best-of list. After much deliberation, we have managed to choose three of the most memorable laugh-out-loud moments in Buffy the Vampire Slayer history. And they are all from the sixth season of the show. [Spoiler warning: The following article contains details about Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6.]
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Season 6 Episode 7, ‘Once More With Feeling’
“Once More With Feeling” is a standout episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As the seventh episode of season 6, it is a turning point in Buffy’s journey after she was pulled out of Heaven — yes, the perfect afterlife — and brought back to earth by her friends at the start of the season. To make matters worse, when the Scoobies performed the misguided ritual in the season premiere, they left the slayer to dig herself out of the grave.
For the first six episodes of the season, Buffy pretends to be happy that she’s home since her pals had assumed she was in Hell – not Heaven. As luck would have it, in “Once More With Feeling,” a demon named Sweet comes to Sunnydale and magically induces the townsfolk to break into song and unintentionally spill their deepest darkest secrets. That is when Buffy reveals the truth that she was happier as a dead girl.
“Once More with Feeling” does a stellar job of moving the narrative forward, but it also delivers a lot of humor. A demon-of-the-week who can transform an entire town into a musical extravaganza is a hilarious concept in itself. What’s more, the quirky lyrics and hysterical song-and-dance routines are pure entertainment. And the comical kicker? Sweet claims the lives of victims who burst into rhythmic fever and spontaneously combust.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Season 6 Episode 8, ‘Tabula Rasa’
Season 6 episode 8, “Tabula Rasa,” picks up with the aftermath of “Once More with Feeling.” In this episode, the Scooby Gang is reeling from the knowledge that they snatched their best friend out of paradise. In an attempt to ease Buffy’s heartache, Willow casts a spell to make her forget. And in true Buffy the Vampire Slayer fashion, things go horribly — and hilariously — awry.
In a flub, Willow erases the entire team’s memories, putting them in mortal danger. As amnesiacs, they muddle through the evening wrongly assuming the nature of their relationships. Giles and Spike playing father and son is a particularly delicious dynamic. The crew also “discovers” the existence of supernatural creatures, and “Joan’s” (actually Buffy’s) talent of dispatching said creatures. “I’m like a superhero or something,” Buffy gushes in surprise. Indeed you are, Buff.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Season 6 Episode 11, ‘Gone’
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 Episode 11, “Gone,” the Big Bads of the season, Jonathan, Warren, and Andrew, inadvertently make the slayer invisible. As a hero who rarely takes a day off, Buffy decides to seize the rare opportunity to have a little fun. She uses her invisibility to her advantage and pulls a few pranks around town for her own amusement, as well as ours.
“Gone” provides a healthy helping of belly laughs by way of the outlandish premise. And some of the best gags come in a saucy scene when the amorous slayer visits Spike, her secret fling. Buffy accosts him for a spontaneous afternoon delight.
In perfect comedic timing, Xander stops by and catches Spike “doing push-ups” in the nude. Xander is visibly creeped out by what he believes is sad behavior by a very lonely Spike, but the vamp doesn’t blow Buffy’s cover. By the end of the episode, Buffy finds a cure for her condition, and the hilarity take a short hiatus.