Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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I, Robot... You, Jane 

Willow's new Internet chat buddy turns out to be a powerful demon electronically unleashed from a centuries-old, newly digitized book.


Stephen L. Posey (as Stephen Posey)


Joss Whedon (created by), Ashley Gable | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase (credit only)
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Chad Lindberg ... Dave
Jamison Ryan Jamison Ryan ... Fritz
Pierrino Mascarino ... Thelonius
Edith Fields ... School Nurse
Damon Sharpe ... Male Student (as Damon Sharp)
Mark Deakins Mark Deakins ... Moloch / Malcolm (voice)


In the twelfth century, the Italian friar Thelonious used the circle of Kayless ritual to capture the demon Moloch the Corruptor into a book, hoping it would never be read. However, it arrives in Sunnydale High Library. Before Giles could examine it properly, it's scanned into the school computer by Willow and possesses it. Virtual evil is now able to spread through the school network, pretending to be Malcolm, Willow's brand new chat pal, for whom she even gives Xander's Bronze invitation a miss. Soon, Buffy notices other normally nice students, like Dave and Fritz in her computer class, behave strangely, and start up the abandoned computer services firm CRD. By the time Giles realizes about Moloch, the demon is very deep, powerful enough to make his minions kill Dave and abduct Willow, his unknowing deliverer to whom he declares his love. Computer-illiterate erudite Giles turns for help to his cultural rival, computer science teacher Jenny Calendar, who reveals herself as a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Moloch's voice is very similar to the Hal 9000's in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Both menacing and murderous. One a computer and the other a demonic entity. See more »


When the demon is looking through the computer for Buffy's file, her name on the list of students says she is a senior with a 3.4 GPA, and that her birthday is 10/24/80. The file opens with her correct status (Sophomore) and birthday (10/24/80), and lists her GPA as 2.8. The camera goes off the computer screen and when it comes back, the file lists Buffy as being a senior with the birthday 5/6/79, with a GPA of 2.8. Later the series established Buffy's birth year as 1981, conflicting with both sets of information in "I Robot, You Jane". See more »


[first lines]
Moloch: [translated from Italian] Carlo, my dear one... Do you love me? I can give you everything. All I want is your love.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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That last line, tho....
7 August 2019 | by GraXXoRSee all my reviews

Is it possible that a single dialogue can define an episode? While I've never been a fan of the Scooby Doo Monster Of The Week style episodes, this rather non-cannon ep was vindicated by the final dialogue, IMO.

Not a keeper, episode wise, but a doozy of a final signs and portents type dialogue.....

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28 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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