|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Season 1, Episode 8|
|Air date||April 28, 1997 (USA)|
|Written by|| Ashley Gable|
Thomas A. Swyden
|Directed by||Stephen Posey|
"The Puppet Show"
|Sarah Michelle Gellar||Buffy|
|Anthony Stewart Head|| Giles |
|Jamison Ryan|| Fritz |
|Edith Fields||School Nurse|
|Damon Sharpe||Male Student|
|Mark Deakins|| Voice of Moloch |
|Joss Whedon||Radio Announcer|
"I Robot, You Jane" is the eighth episode of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the eighth episode overall.
In a castle in Cortona, Italy, in 1418, Carlo, a young Italian man, looked at Moloch, a lizard-looking demon, his master. Moloch promises Carlo everything if he gives Moloch his love, and as Carlo promises his love, Moloch kills him. In a church, a few priests form the sacred circle of Kayless to trap Moloch in a book. The book is sealed in a box, with the head priest expressing his hope that the book will not be read, or the demon Moloch will once again walk the world. The scene cuts to Buffy opening the box in which the book is kept, and is told by Giles to put it in a pile. Ms. Calendar and Giles trade jibes about the need for modern technology. As the class leaves, Willow tries to convince Xander to help her scan. As he leaves, she scans in the book Moloch is trapped in. As Willow leaves, the text "Where am I?" is displayed on the computer screen.
A week later, at school, Buffy questions Willow about her missing a few classes. Willow confides she has an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. As Buffy tries to warn Willow about the dangers of rushing into a relationship with someone she has not seen, Fritz (a computer geek) is instructed by Moloch, via the computer he is working on, to keep watch on Buffy. Ms. Calendar questions Fritz about the unusual amount of time he and Dave are spending on the computer, and receives an ambiguous answer. Later, when Xander asks Willow if she will accompany him to the Bronze, she passes, wanting to talk to Malcolm.
Buffy accuses Xander of jealousy, and Xander denies vehemently, claiming he is just worried about Willow, because they have no idea if Malcolm is who he says he is. The scene cuts to Fritz mumbling "I'm jacked in" as he scars himself in the form of the letter "M". As Willow is late on the next day, Buffy finds that she blew off classes to talk to "Malcolm". When Buffy asks for Dave for help finding out Malcolm's real identity, his angry response causes her to think that he is Malcolm. When Buffy asks Giles for help, he confesses he cannot help her much as he finds technology to be intimidating. His only idea is for Buffy to follow Dave. As Buffy follows him to the CRD building, a security camera points at her, and a message appears on a computer screen Fritz is looking at: "kill her".
When Buffy goes back to Giles and Xander, Xander unexpectedly knows that CRD is Calax Research and Development, a hi-tech company which shut down. When Xander assures Buffy that it is suspicious since he would know if CRD re-opened, they decide to break in. When Ms. Calendar interrupts them, Xander and Buffy leave. Willow becomes suspicious of Malcolm after she learns that he knows Buffy was kicked out of her old school, and logs off the conversation. Back at the library, Giles's and Ms. Calendar's verbal sparring leads them to discover that Moloch's book is empty.
Outside of school, Dave tells Buffy that Willow wants to talk to her in the girl's locker room, as a plot to electrocute Buffy. Dave changes his mind at the last minute, and his warning combined with Buffy's slayer reflexes save her. When Moloch hears of it, he begins writing Dave's suicide note on the computer, and Fritz kills Dave. Buffy, Xander and Giles reconvene in the library, where Giles gives the exposition on how books were used to imprison demons, but if the books were read, the demons were set free. Together, they realize that Moloch has gotten into the Internet - the scanning of his book being close enough to "reading" it to set him free - and is wreaking havoc from there. When Buffy tries to delete the "Moloch" file, his face appears and tell her to stay away from Willow, and Buffy realizes Malcolm is Moloch.
Buffy and Giles explain that there is no limit to the amount of damage a demon in the Internet can do. After they find Dave's body, Xander and Buffy go to Willow's house, and Buffy tells Giles to ask Ms. Calendar for help, hoping that between his knowledge of demons and her knowledge of computers, they can re-imprison Moloch. Willow is kidnapped by Fritz. At the library, Giles is surprised that Ms. Calendar understands demons, as she is a "techno-pagan". Buffy and Xander, guessing that Moloch had Willow kidnapped, rush off to CRD. Buffy calls Giles, and they co-ordinate plans. Inside CRD, Moloch's robotic body is prepared, and he is happy to see Willow. Moloch kills Fritz as a demonstration of his power. Buffy and Xander break into CRD as Giles and Ms. Calendar start preparing the binding spell. The binding spell does not complete but casts Moloch out of the Internet and traps him inside his robotic body. Moloch crashes through a wall and backhands Xander, but Willow hits Moloch with a fire extinguisher. As Moloch tries to kill Buffy, he punches an electrical power line and dies.
The next day, Buffy, Willow and Xander joke about how the Hellmouth is screwing with their love lives, laughing about how none of them will ever find true happiness, then looking decidedly unenthusiastic at the thought.
- The Scooby Gang encounters the interactions between technology and the supernatural, a recurring theme.
- Buffy and Xander try to cheer up Willow by mentioning that Buffy likes a vampire, in reference to Angel, and Xander had a crush on a giant praying mantis. This foreshadows the relationship issues that will plague the main characters during the seven seasons.
- The Scooby Gang has their first experience with Jenny Calendar.
- At the end Xander says how none of them will ever have a normal relationship. Buffy dates Angel (vampire), has a one-night stand with Parker (human), dates Riley (military demon hunter), gets into a sexual relationship with Spike (vampire) and has a one-night stand with Satsu (Slayer). Willow dates Oz (werewolf), Tara (witch), Kennedy (Slayer) and Aura (human). Xander gets involved with Ampata (undead human), dates Cordelia (human; ironically, she becoming a demon after she left Sunnydale), has a one-night stand with Faith (Slayer), a long-term relationship with Anya (ex-demon), goes out with Lissa (demon), a brief one with Renee (Slayer), and then gets involved with Dawn (magically-created human).
- Jenny Calendar (1st Appearance)
- Carlo (1st Appearance)
- Rupert Giles
- Xander Harris
- David Kirby (1st Appearance)
- Moloch the Corruptor (1st Appearance)
- Fritz Siegel (1st Appearance)
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Thelonius (1st Appearance)
Organizations and Titles
- Moloch's Imprisonment, 1418
- Cortona, Italy
- Calax Research and Development
- Moloch's castle
- Rosenberg Residence
- Sunnydale High
- Thelonius' church
Weapons and Objects
- Carlo, neck snapped in 1418 by Moloch in Italy
- David Kirby, killed by Fritz Siegel under Moloch's influence
- Fritz, neck snapped by Moloch
- Moloch, electrocuted when, trapped in his robotic body, he punched an electric power line
Behind the Scenes
- "I Robot, You Jane" features the first appearance of Jenny Calendar. Although her first name was not mentioned, the script called her Nicki. However, the name was then changed to avoid confusion on the set, where the cast and crew all call Nicholas Brendon by his nickname, "Nicky".
- In the library, Giles is listening to a radio report about computer problems at the Vatican. The announcer on the radio is Joss Whedon.
- This is the third episode of the series that features no vampires. ("Witch" and "The Pack" being the first two).
- The episode reached a Nielsen rating of 2.3 on its original airing.
Pop Culture References
- The title of this episode is a pun on the phrase "Me Tarzan, You Jane", as well as a reference to "I, Robot", a collection of science fiction short stories by Issac Asimov.
Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors
- When Buffy's permanent file first shows up on the computer it lists her status as a sophomore, born in October with a GPA of 2.8. When Moloch shows the file to Fritz seconds later, it shows her as a senior born in May.
- In consecutive scenes, Buffy's birth date is shown on computer screens presumably showing school records. Neither date -- 5/6/79 or 10/24/80 -- is correct. Buffy was born in 1981 and, as a "Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius" (cf. "Doomed"), her birthday must be between January 17th and 20th. And in later episodes we learn her birthday is in fact January 17th.
- It is incorrectly listed on the menu of some VHS and DVD releases as "I, Robot... you, Jane".
- In the scene where Buffy's birth date is shown incorrectly twice, just in between those two screens (approximately 8 minutes 37 seconds into the episode) you can see the computer desktop where there is a file labeled "Buffy... I, Robot".
- Walter Murphy - original score
- French: Moloch
- Portuguese: Eu Robô, Você Jane (I Robot, you Jane)
- Finnish: Sinulle on postia
|Jenny Calendar - "You're here again? Kids really dig the library, don't cha?"|
|Buffy - "We're literary!"|
|Xander - "To read makes our speaking English good."|
|Buffy - "We'll be going now."|
|Giles - "Uh, w-we'll, uh, continue this conversation at another time."|
|Buffy - "I think we're done." [leave with Xander] "Makes our speaking English good?"|
|Xander - "I panicked, okay?"|
|Xander - "We gonna go to the Bronze tonight? We three?"|
|Buffy - "It'll be fun!"|
|Xander - "Yeah, Willow, fun? Remember fun? That thing where you smile?"|
|Willow - "Oh, I'm sorry guys. I'm just thinking about..."|
|Buffy - "Malcolm?"|
|Willow - "Malcolm, Moloch... whatever he's called. The one boy that's really liked me, and he's a demon robot. What does that say about me?"|
|Buffy - "It doesn't say anything about you."|
|Willow - "I mean, I thought I was really falling..."|
|Buffy - "Hey, did you forget? The one boy I've had the hots for since I've moved here turned out to be a vampire."|
|Xander - "Right, and the teacher I had a crush on? Giant praying mantis?"|
|Willow - "That's true."|
|Xander - "Yeah, that's life on the Hellmouth."|
|Buffy - "Let's face it: none of us are ever gonna have a happy, normal relationship."|
|Xander - "We're doomed!"|
|Willow - "Yeah!"|
|Jenny - "I know our ways are strange to you, but soon you will join us in the twentieth century - with three whole years to spare!"|
|Willow - "I met him online."|
|Buffy - "On line for what?"|