This episode scored a 5.0/8 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 3rd out of 16 WB shows for the week.
Having heard that Britney Spears wanted to be on the show, this episode was written in preparation for the possibility. Having not seen Spears act, the robot story was done so as to cover up in case she wasn't a good actress. Whedon stated that there was never anything official about a guest appearance and that after hearing so many other celebrities wanting to be on the series, he stopped believing them after awhile.
This episode scored a 3.4 in the national ratings.
Ranked 87 out of 133 prime time shows.
Adam Busch is introduced as Warren Mears.
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Buffy: Oh, no. Love Doctor Buffy is not in. I am not qualified to give dating advice. I've had exactly two boyfriends, and they both left. Really left. Left town left.
Tara: Willow's good at all that computer stuff, but me not so much. Do you really understand all that?
Anya: Oh. Well, at first it was confusing. Just the idea of computers was like, "whoa, I'm eleven hundred years old." I had trouble adjusting to the idea of Lutherans.
Tara: I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's depressing.
Anya: Anyway, I took the money from working for Giles, and I tripled it.
Tara: Tripled? Like, first money, then money, money, money?
Anya: Yes. I'm thinking about buying something very expensive. Maybe an antelope.
Tara: You - you can do all this stuff with a regular computer?
Anya: I'll show you. You can also see the website I designed for the magic shop. Huge photo of me.
Anya: (about April) She speaks with a strange evenness and selects her words a shade too precisely.
Xander: Well, some of us like that kind of thing in a girl.
Spike: Bloody hell! You threw me through a window! What's that about?
April: You cannot make those suggestions to me. I have a boyfriend. Warren is my boyfriend.
Spike: You know what? My bleedin' sympathies to Warren.
Buffy: Ow. I don't know about you guys, but I've had it with super-strong little women who aren't me.
Giles: Dear god, Buffy, there's only so much I can take. We're going to have to change the system. A fourteen-year-old's too old to be babysat, and it's not fair on her.
Buffy: What'd she make you do?
Giles: Um, well, we listened to aggressively cheerful music sung by people chosen for their ability to dance, then we ate cookie dough and talked about boys.
Giles: And you're certain she was a robot?
Tara: She practically had "Genuine Molded Plastic" stamped on her ass. Just trying a little spicy talk.
Xander: Beautiful girl with.... no other thought but to please you... willing to do anything. Too many girls. I miss Oz. He'd get it. He wouldn't say anything, but he'd get it.
Dawn: A robot? Really? Was it Ted? 'Cause they always said there could have been more than one of him.
Giles: We are not your friends. We are not your way to Buffy. There is no way to Buffy. Clear out of here. And, Spike, this thing - get over it.
Spike: I don't know what you mean.
Giles: Yes, you do. Move the hell on.
Buffy: She's voice-activated?
Warren: Well, I made it so that if she heard me and she didn't answer, it causes this kind of feedback.
Buffy: Wait, if you call her and she doesn't answer, it hurts her? You're one creepy little dweeb, Warren.
Buffy: She growls? You made her so she growls?
Xander: I think I've actually turned into someone you want around after a crazed robot attack.
Buffy: And if you ever start your own business, you have your slogan right there.
Xander: Robots are the strangest people.
Buffy: No, people are the strangest people. I mean, look at me obsessing about being with someone. It's like... I don't need a guy right now. I need me. I need to get comfortable being alone with Buffy.
Xander: Well, I'll say this. She's a pretty cool person to be alone with.