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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane

Willow begins an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. Worried about who Malcolm is and his motives, Buffy begins investigating and soon she, Xander, and Giles discover that Willow is actually chatting with Moloch, a demon who draws devoted followers. Originally bound in a book, he is now trapped in cyberspace where his access to knowledge has him becoming more dangerous than he ever was as a flesh-and-blood demon.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 4V08
Airdate: Monday April 28th, 1997
Network: WB



  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Robia LaMorte
As Ms. Calendar
Recurring
Jamison Ryan
As Fritz

Co-Guest Stars
Pierrino Mascarino
As Thelonius
Edith Fields
As School Nurse
Damon Sharp
As Male Student
Mark Deakins
voiced Moloch

Uncredited
Joss Whedon
voiced Radio Host
Michael Deak
As Moloch
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 7th out of 12 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.3 in the fast nationals.

Series star Charisma Carpenter does not appear in this episode.

First episode to feature Robia LaMorte as Jenny Calendar.

This episode marks the first time Willow's home is shown in the series.

During the scene where Giles is listening to the radio in the library, the announcer is voiced by series creator, Joss Whedon.



Episode Quotes
Giles: When I've examined it, you can, uh, uh, uh... skim it.
Ms Calendar: Scan it, Rupert. That's scan it.
Giles: Of course.
Ms Calendar: Oh, I know, our ways are strange to you, but soon you will join us in the 20th century with three whole years to spare.

Giles: I'm - I'm just gonna stay and clean up a little. I'll, uh, I'll be back in the middle ages.
Ms. Calendar: Did you ever leave?

Xander: I mean, sure he says that he's a high school student, but I could say that I'm a high school student.
Buffy: You are.
Xander: Okay, but I could also say that I'm an elderly Dutch woman. Get me? And who's to say I'm not if I'm in the elderly Dutch chat room?

Buffy: I can just tell something's wrong. My spider-sense is tingling.
Giles: Your spider-sense?
Buffy: Pop culture reference. Sorry.

Ms. Calendar: You're here again? You kids really dig the library, don't you?
Buffy: We're literary.
Xander: To read makes our speaking English good.

(discussing Moloch)
Xander: He's in a computer. What can he do?
Buffy: You mean besides convince a perfectly nice kid to try and kill me? I don't know. How about mess up all the medical equipment in the world?
Giles: Randomize traffic signals.
Buffy: Access launch codes for our nuclear missiles.
Giles: Destroy the world's economy.
Buffy: I think I pretty much capped it with that nuclear missile thing.
Giles: Right, yours was best.

Moloch: (to Willow) Don't you see? I can give you everything! I can control the world! Right now a man in Beijing is transferring money to a Swiss bank account for a contract on his mother's life. Good for him.

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.
(they all laugh about it, then stop once they realize what this means for them)



Episode Goofs
Willow is seen "logging off" her computer, by simply turning off her monitor. Willow is a character known for her strong computer skills, which is why it doesn't make much sense for her to do this.



Cultural References
Buffy: Besides, I can just tell something's wrong. My spider sense is tingling.

A reference to Spider-Man, who is known for saying his spider sense is tingling whenever he senses trouble.

Title: I, Robot... You, Jane.

This is a reference to Tarzan and Jane. Tarzan, the main character, spoke poor English and made "Me, Tarzan. You, Jane" a well-known catchphrase.

The first half of the episode is also a reference to the Issac Asimov book of short stories entitled I, Robot.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Joseph M. Ellis
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (2)  |  Kevin Burns (2)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Matt Kiene
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianLarry Kaster
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
Supervising AnimatorScott Wheeler (2)
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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