I Robot, You Jane
I Robot, You Jane
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In the Middle Ages, a
young man approaches a horned demon, who smiles at him and then breaks
his neck. Later, a group of monks, outraged by the deed, chant in Latin,
open a book and the demon is sucked into it -- its pages now filled.
Back in the library, Buffy
opens a crate and finds the long forgotten book. Along with Xander and
Willow, the school's two computer experts are helping scan books: Fritz,
a menacing looking bruiser, and Dave, a geekier kid. Also present is Miss
Calendar, the computer science teacher, who rides Giles about his fear
of technology. As Willow scans the ancient book, the characters disappear
from its pages. When she looks away, words appear on the screen: "Where
A week later, Willow tells
Buffy about Malcolm, a boy she's having an online romance with. Buffy,
worried about her naive friend enlists Dave's help to try to find out more
about Malcolm. Dave tells Buffy to leave Willow alone. Meanwhile, Miss
Calendar stumbles upon the ancient book and asks Giles about its blank
pages. When Giles notices the horned demon on the cover, he suspects trouble.
Dave gets Buffy to look for Willow in the girls' locker room but when she
gets there, Fritz has rigged up some wires in the shower to try to electrocute
her. A puddle reaches the exposed wires and Buffy is sent flying into the
locker room -- the soles of her shoes smoldering. A shaken Dave tells the
computer he can't kill Buffy. Angry at his disrespect, it types up a suicide
note for him.
Back in the library, Giles
explains to Buffy and Xander that in the Dark Ages, the souls of demons
were sometimes trapped in certain volumes, where they remained harmless
until the pages were read aloud. When Willow scanned them, the demon, Moloch,
was unleashed into the computer, and how had access to any computer in
the world. Moloch preys on impressionable minds, which makes both Fritz
and Dave vulnerable to his power. Buffy tries to delete Willow's files,
hoping to "delete" Moloch along with them, but Moloch appears on the screen
warning Buffy to stay away from Willow.
Looking for Willow in
the computer lab, she finds Dave's body hanging, with the suicide note
pinned to it. Fritz goes to Willow's house, chloroforms her and brings
her to a mysterious warehouse where Dave had been spotted earlier.
A desparate Giles asks
Miss Calendar for help and discovers she has extensive knowledge of the
mystical realm. She helps him repeat the spell the monks had chanted while
she links up a configuration of different computers around the world.
Meanwhile, Buffy and Xander
try to save Willow at the warehouse. By the time they arrive, Moloch has
left the computer and appears as a robotic incarnation of the horned demon
that was back in the Dark Ages. He breaks Fritz' neck and is about to break
Willow's when the spell takes hold, immobilizing him. Injured, but fighting,
he lunges at Buffy, but she ducks and he punches a high-voltage junction
box and is electrocuted to death.