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I was raised by the people Angel hurt the most. My duty to them was the first thing I was ever taught. I didn’t come here to hurt anyone. I lied to you because I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t know what would happen. I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with you.
―Jenny Calendar[src]

Janna of the Kalderash, alias Jennifer “Jenny” Calendar, was a computer science teacher at Sunnydale High School and an ally of the Scooby Gang. Unknowingly to them, she was a member of Clan Kalderash sent to watch over Angel.

Biography

Helping the Scoobies

Jenny was a computer science teacher at Sunnydale High, whose modern approach did not sit well with the technophobic Rupert Giles. She called herself a technopagan and was a member of a cyber-coven. Jenny assisted the Scooby Gang and, as they worked together against evil, Jenny and Rupert gradually fell in love.

Jenny’s teaching methods and interests were at odds with, and seemed to infuriate, Giles.[1] Her abilities with computers enabled her and Giles to complete the Circle of Kayless ritual within the internet to get rid of Moloch the Corruptor, a demon that had infected computers. She later approached Giles after she becomes anxious over several signs of an impending apocalypse she’s become aware of.[2]

Giles soon told her the truth about the Master’s plan and Buffy Summers’s true identity as the Slayer. Jenny was present when the Hellmouth was briefly opened during Buffy’s battle with the Master. Because she was of close distance to the Master at the time of his death, Jenny was kidnapped by the remaining members of the Order of Aurelius and almost had her throat slit as part of a revivification ritual to revive their leader before Buffy intervened and destroyed them all.[3]

Jenny’s flirtation with Giles gradually became a slow-burning romance. However, the romance was hindered when Giles’ past came back to haunt him and Jenny was possessed by a demon Giles had summoned in his youth.[4] In the aftermath, Jenny avoided Giles for some time, but she was eventually ready to forgive Giles and the two of them rekindled their romance.[5]

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Jenny dies in the hands of the soulless Angelus.

After Angel lost his soul, Jenny disclosed that she was part of the Clan Kalderash, who had cursed the vampire with his soul and years later sent Jenny to watch over him. Jenny was not told that Angel would lose his soul, but the Scooby Gang were still angry that she had concealed her identity. She decided to make it up to Buffy by attempting another restoration and translated the spell using a computer. However, Drusilla sensed Jenny’s plan and warned Angelus, who tracked down Jenny, destroyed her computer and printer, and snapped her neck, killing her. Angelus left Jenny’s dead body in Giles’s bed with a trail of romantic symbols leading to the scene.[6]

Legacy

Giles was devastated and sought revenge by trying to kill Angelus as he felt that he could not live without her. Xander viewed Jenny’s murder as evidence that Angel was beyond redemption. After Buffy rescued Giles from his ill-conceived act of revenge and visited the grave of the ill-fated Jenny, Buffy revealed that due to the loss, she was finally ready to slay Angel.[6]

However, Angelus missed Jenny’s disc version of the ritual and Buffy and Willow found it again accidentally months later, surprising them as Jenny had told them there was no way to restore Angel’s soul. The gang ultimately decide to try it, noting that it seems to have been Jenny’s last wish. While the first attempt fails,[7] Willow is ultimately able to complete Jenny’s work and restore Angel’s soul.[8] Meanwhile, Drusilla manipulated a badly tortured Giles into seeing her as Jenny, and revealing what was needed to awake the demon Acathla.[8]

When the Scoobies later discovered that Angel had been resurrected, Xander spitefully reminded Buffy of her failure to stop Angelus from killing Jenny when she had the chance. However, both Buffy and Angel won back some good faith and acceptance among the gang during the subsequent scuffle over the Glove of Myhnegon.[9] On Christmas Eve 1998, the First Evil assumed Jenny’s form to torment Angel into killing Buffy or himself.[10]

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Giles’ memory of falling in love with Jenny washes over Angel.

At some point, Giles sacrificed his memory of the day he fell in love with her, in order to bind a Plagiarus demon that was possessing a little girl.[11]

Proceeding the destruction of Sunnydale, Watcher Duncan Fillworthe was confronted by Giles who discovered he had been feeding the newly activated Slayers to a demon. In response, Duncan insisted that the Slayers, especially Buffy, deserved to die for betraying the Watchers Council, reminding Giles that Buffy’s relationship with Angel resulted in Jenny’s death.[12]

Years later, Buffy listed Jenny, Tara Maclay, Anya Jenkins, and Giles as reasons to agree with her father and his fiancee about her being too dangerous to be around, indicating she still felt responsible for each of these deaths.[13]

Skills and abilities

Jenny was extremely good with technology, to the point that she ran a computer class at Sunnydale High and was able to write a program that was able to translate a lost language, something that no one had been able to do for a long time, not even her own clan.

Though she wasn’t a practicing witch, Jenny had some proficiency in the dark arts, considering herself a technopagan rather than a witch, saying she didn’t have the power of a witch. Willow noted Jenny was a “dabbler” in witchcraft, when explaining to Buffy about what appeared to be a spell of hers they found. As a result, Jenny displayed great knowledge of the occult and was able to cast the Circle of Kayless online with Giles’ help. She also seemed to believe herself capable of the Ritual of Restoration, something that was beyond Giles despite his years of study of the occult and his misspent youth. While Willow managed to cast it as her first spell, she only succeeded because the Ritual took control of her and she was able to study Jenny’s things on witchcraft for some time beforehand. Jenny also was able to cast bones for divination and recognize portents of an Apocalypse. Apparently she had several spells she could and would cast as when she and Buffy found the Ritual of Restoration, Willow called it “one of” Jenny’s spells.

Gallery

Behind the scenes

  • The character was originally intended to be named “Nikki Calendar”, but this was changed to avoid on-set confusion with actor Nicholas Brendon who was commonly called “Nicky”.[citation needed]
  • The death of Jenny was never originally meant to occur. The original plan had been for Oz to be the character who met his end at the hands of Angelus, but that plan was changed after the fan reaction to Oz had been so positive. The grisly demise was then dealt to the character of Jenny.[citation needed]
  • Her death was later mirrored in the death of her lover Giles, whose neck was also snapped by Angel. However, whereas Angel killed Jenny while in vamp face because Joss Whedon didn’t want the audience to truly hate Angel’s face, Angel killed Giles in human face.[citation needed]
  • When approached with returning to play Jenny as a disguise of the First Evil, Robia LaMorte, who is very religious, was very skeptical about the role, considering it basically the Buffyverse equivalent of Satan.[citation needed]

Appearances

Canon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1
"Welcome
to the
Hellmouth
"
Absent
"The
Harvest
"

Absent
"Witch"


Absent
"Teacher's
Pet
"

Absent
"Never Kill a
Boy on the
First Date
"
Absent
"The
Pack
"

Absent
"Angel"


Absent
"I Robot,
You Jane
"

Appears
"The
Puppet
Show
"
Absent
"Nightmares"


Absent
"Out of
Mind, Out
of Sight
"
Absent
"Prophecy
Girl
"

Appears


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2
"When She
Was Bad
"

Appears
"Some
Assembly
Required
"
Appears
"School
Hard
"

Appears
"Inca
Mummy
Girl
"
Absent
"Reptile
Boy
"

Absent
"Halloween"


Mention
"Lie
to Me
"

Appears
"The Dark
Age
"

Appears
"What's
My Line,
Part One
"
Absent
"What's
My Line,
Part Two
"
Absent
"Ted"


Absent
"Bad Eggs"


Appears
"Surprise"


Appears
"Innocence"


Appears
"Phases"


Appears
"Bewitched,
Bothered
and Bewildered
"
Absent
"Passion"


Appears
"Killed
by Death
"

Mention
"I Only
Have Eyes
for You
"
Mention
"Go Fish"


Absent
"Becoming,
Part One
"

Mention
"Becoming,
Part Two
"

Vision


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3
"Anne"


Absent
"Dead
Man's
Party
"
Absent
"Faith,
Hope
& Trick
"
Absent
"Beauty
and the
Beasts
"
Mention
"Homecoming"


Absent
"Band
Candy
"

Absent
"Revelations"


Mention
"Lovers
Walk
"

Absent
"The
Wish
"

Absent
"Amends"


Vision
"Gingerbread"


Absent
"Helpless"


Absent
"The
Zeppo
"

Absent
"Bad
Girls
"

Absent
"Consequences"


Absent
"Doppelgangland"


Absent
"Enemies"


Absent
"Earshot"


Absent
"Choices"


Absent
"The
Prom
"

Absent
"Graduation
Day,
Part One
"
Absent
"Graduation
Day,
Part Two
"
Absent


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7
"Lessons"


Absent
"Beneath
You
"

Absent
"Same Time,
Same Place
"

Absent
"Help"


Absent
"Selfless"


Absent
"Him"


Archive
"Conversations
with Dead
People
"
Absent
"Sleeper"


Absent
"Never
Leave
Me
"
Absent
"Bring
on the
Night
"
Absent
"Showtime"


Absent
"Potential"


Absent
"The
Killer
in Me
"
Absent
"First
Date
"

Absent
"Get It
Done
"

Absent
"Storyteller"


Absent
"Lies My
Parents
Told Me
"
Absent
"Dirty
Girls
"

Absent
"Empty
Places
"

Absent
"Touched"


Absent
"End of
Days
"

Absent
"Chosen"


Absent


References