Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I Robot, You Jane

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 4/28/97
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  • Episode Description
  • In 1418, a group of Italian priests use magick to trap the demon Moloch in a book, only to be released if the book is ever read aloud. In 1997 Sunnydale, the computer teacher, Ms. Calendar, is working on a project to digitally scan all the books in the library. When a new arrival, in a strange language, is scanned, Moloch is released into the computer... and into every computer connected to it. Now Buffy must face Moloch's human minions, while Giles must figure out how to exorcise a demon from the Internet.Meanwhile, Willow meets a nice boy online. His name is Malcolm...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (42)
  • Obsessed

    By aurorawall16, Feb 02, 2015

  • Ahead of its time

    By whiterose27, Apr 22, 2014

  • guess it's only Willow's epi I don't like...

    By peyngel, Dec 14, 2013

  • "I Robot, You Jane"

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • I Robot, You Jane

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Ms. Calendar: Hi. I got your message. What's so urgent? Giles: (nervously) Um... Thank you for coming. I need your help. But before that I need you to believe something that you may not want to. Uh, there's, uh... something's got into the, um... inside, um... (takes a breath) There's a demon on the Internet... Ms. Calendar: (calmly) I know.

    • Buffy: (to Willow) So, you've been seeing a guy, and you don't know what he looks like? Okay, this is a puzzle. No, wait, I'm good at these. Does it involve a midget and a block of ice?

    • Buffy: Whoa! You're the Late Girl. Willow: I overslept. Buffy: Till fifth period?

    • Giles: Hoping and betting, that's what we've got. Ms. Calendar: You want to throw in praying? Be my guest.

    • Ms. Calendar: You really are an old-fashioned boy, aren't you? Giles: Well, I don't dangle a corkscrew from my ear. Ms. Calender: That's not where I dangle it.

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    Notes (6)

    • Nicholas Brendon was 26 years old when this episode was made, although he portrayed a teenager. Robia LaMorte, who portrayed his teacher, was 27 years old.

    • This is the first time we see Willow's house.

    • This is the first appearance of Jenny Calender (Robia Lamorte) on the series.

    • If you look at Xander's shirt in the beginning of the episode, when he's in the computer lab with Willow, you'll notice that his shirt says "Porn Star".

    • The character of Jenny was originally going to be called "Nicki" but was changed to avoid confusion on the set because Nicholas Brendon is generally called Nicky by the cast and crew.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Goof: In the opening scene, one of the monks says an Italian word incorrectly. He states "viene" when in fact the correct wording to use would have been "vieni".

    • Goof: When Malcolm scrolls through the student registry, looking for Buffy, it is just the same few pictures over and over again.

    • The software Willow is using to scan books is called Scanner Pro. The surveillance software Fritz is using to watch Buffy at the computer plant is called Watcher Pro. Both have the same style and color scheme in their logos, suggesting the same software company.

    • Goof: Buffy's school record appears on two computer screens. When it first appears, the file reads:
      Name: Buffy Summers
      Birthday: 10/24/80
      Status: Sophomore
      GPA: 2.8
      Absences: 1
      Athletics: None
      The second time we see it, it reads:
      Name: Buffy Summers
      Birthday: 05-06-79
      Status: Senior
      GPA: 2.8
      Absences: 1
      Athletics: None
      Not only does this information contradict itself, but we later learn that even the birthdate is wrong. We are told in several later episodes that Buffy was born in 1981, not 1980. We never learn her exact birthday, but she does say that she is "a Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius" which would place her birthday between January 17th and 20th.

    • As Giles listens to the radio in his office, listen carefully to the announcer. It is the uncredited voice of show creator Joss Whedon.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Xander: With a little help from my friends?
      This is a reference to the Beatles' song, "With A Little Help From My Friends".

    • Thelonius: By the power of the circle of Kayless... The name of the lead monk, "Thelonius," is probably a reference to Jazz great Thelonius Monk (1917-1982). Monk was a piano jazz musician who composed many famous pieces such as "Round Midnight" and is often credited with the creation of "bebop."

    • Thelonius: It is Moloch. The Corrupter. He walks again. As with all demons in Buffy, this one is completely invented to meet the needs of the story. The name, however, is a reference to a bull god who was worshipped throughout the Near East. We do not know the god's original name, but the Hebrew writers of the Torah referred to the deity as "molech" or "king" and claimed that the god was an idol to which the people sacrificed their young children. So far there has been no archeological or anthropological evidence to support such a cult (not to mention the fact that a society which sacrificed its own children would probably die out very quickly).

    • Buffy: He's gone binary on us. Binary code is a code made up of only zeros and ones and is the most basic level of computer languages.

    • Title: "I Robot, You Jane"
       This is a double reference. In the old Tarzan movies, the main character's jungle upbringing was demonstrated with poor English such as "Me Tarzan. You Jane." That line became a famous catchphrase, used to describe any stupid person or anyone who would try to force their attentions on a woman. Also, I, Robot is the title of a collection of pivotal short stories by Isaac Asimov, which included many of the early robot stories which broke SF robots out of the turn-on-their-creator "Frankenstein" mold they were stuck in prior to his writings. Otherwise, it presumably would have been entitled "Me Robot, You Jane".

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