Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 5 E 15 I Was Made To Love You

Driver: What do you expect to find here in Sunnydale?
April: True love.

A Robot Girl is wandering around town looking for her maker. First appearance of Warren. Also contains a very good example of Mood Whiplash in the closing minutes...

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot
  • All Men Are Perverts: Xander says that a Sex Bot is every guy's dream. Faced by the disapproving looks of the other Scoobies, he says there's too many girls here. "I miss Oz. He'd get it. He wouldn't have said anything, but he'd get it."
  • An Aesop
    Buffy: She devoted everything to making this one person happy. And then it was like, with him gone, there was just ... no reason for her to exist any more. [snip] 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.
    Buffy: (smiles) Thank you.
  • Badass Armfold: Tara and the Little Bit show solidarity in their disapproval of Spike.
  • Bear Hug: April gives the Heimlich Manoeuvre of Death to Katrina.
  • Beautiful All Along: Buffy is upset over her inability to attract a decent guy.
    Buffy: Maybe I could change. I could work harder. I could spend less time slaying, I could laugh at his jokes; I mean, men like that, right, the, the joke-laughing-at?
    Xander: Or maybe you could just be Buffy, he'll see your amazing heart, and he'll fall in love with you.
  • Buffy Speak: Puffy!Xander
  • Buxom Is Better: April, obviously (she got self-proclaimed "breast girl" Willow's attention anyway).
  • Call Back: Dawn mentions the Ted affair and how she always said there could have been more than one of him. note 
  • Casual Kink: Averted; only Xander seems to appreciate the idea of a Sex Bot.
    Buffy: She growls? You made her so she growls?
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Warren returns as a Big Bad in Season 6. Katrina returns in the Season 6 episode "Dead Things".
  • Code Red: Willow says that April is dangerous but doesn't appear to be out to kill anyone. "Is there a Code Pink? We need more codes."
  • Cut the Juice: Buffy only survives her final battle because April's batteries run down.
  • Death Glare: Buffy running into Spike at the Bronze.
    Spike: Oh dear. If looks could stake.
  • Destination Defenestration: Happens to Spike when he whispers something dirty in April's ear. Our first clue that she's not just some ditzy airhead.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Xander and Willow by April.
    Anya: Xander got hypnotized by the strange girl. I am remaining calm, however.
  • Downer Ending: Buffy comes home to find her mother dead.
  • Dynamic Entry: Spike bursts into the Magic Box in daylight with his blanket on fire.
  • Everybody Knew Already
    Warren: Uh, there's something you need to know about her.
    Buffy: I know.
    Warren: No, wait, this is important.
    Buffy: Believe me, I, I worked it out.
    Warren: No, this is something, uh, that you can't possibly know.
    (Buffy folds her arms and nods to him to continue. Zoom in dramatically on Warren taking a deep breath.)
    Warren: She's a robot.
    Buffy: Uh-huh.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Buffy and Dawn make their mother spin around in her dress. Repeatedly.
  • Fatal Attractor: Buffy wangsts over her inability to attract a nice, normal guy.
  • Filler: Having nothing to do with the Glory story arc, the episode looks like one, and wouldn't work if it didn't.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Glory finds Buffy has refused Ben's offer of a date. After initially suspecting Ben of plotting against her, she then pouts and says, "She turned us down?"
  • Foreshadowing
    • Warren is dismissive of Katrina and sics his malfunctioning robot onto Buffy, hinting at the amoral nature that leads to him crossing the Moral Event Horizon the following year.
    • Also, April's last words "Things are always darkest before..." is a nice nod to the upcoming season finale.
    • Warren is packing to get out of Sunnydale when Spike turns up with a box of stuff from his Stalker Shrine and demands Warren build him another Sex Bot to Buffy's specs. This sets up "Intervention".
  • Friendship Moment: Between Xander and Buffy.
  • Good Name For A Rock Band
    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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tara gives Willow the hairy eyeball when she catches her girlfriend checking out April.
  • Hug and Comment: Xander gives his Beautiful All Along speech to Buffy which earns him a hug — unfortunately Xander is strapped into a huge padded suit which makes him totally immobile, causing him to moan, "Great, today's the day you chose to hug me."
  • Hypocritical Humor: Anya commenting on April's Spock Speak.
  • Improvised Weapon: April breaks off part of a playground see-saw with her Super Strength.
  • Ironic Echo Cut
    Buffy: Okay. We'll track down Warren tomorrow. Tonight I better go rescue Giles. He's been watching Dawn while my mom's out on her date, and I have a feeling there's only so much he can take.
    Tara: Oh, Giles and Dawnie? I bet they ended up having a blast.
    Cut to Giles: Dear god, Buffy, there's only so much I can take.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual
  • Let Them Die Happy: As April runs down, Buffy sits with her and assures her that Warren cares about her and will come back for her.
  • Mood Whiplash: Buffy shares a Friendship Moment with Xander, comes home and smiles at the bouquet of flowers sent by Joyce's date, walks into the living room... and finds her mother's pale, unmoving body on the couch.
  • Must Be Invited: Warren wants to know how Spike got into his house. Spike replies that Warren's mother invited him in.
  • Neck Lift: April to Katrina.
  • No, Except Yes: Warren didn't dump April, he just walked off and left her, figuring her batteries would run down.
  • Noodle Incident: The story of how Joyce ended up on her first date with Buffy's dad even though he brought another date is a much funnier story (than the date itself) that Buffy will never get to hear.
  • Oblivious Mockery: Buffy tells Xander that she dancing with him is much more fun than trying to hook up with some good-looking guy.
  • On Second Thought: Buffy tells Giles that her night didn't go well, what with Spike being thrown through a window. Buffy then decides she wouldn't exchange that night for anything.
  • Operation Jealousy: Spike chats up April to make Buffy jealous.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Buffy kids her mum about the lack of apparent passion between Joyce and her date. But Joyce has the last laugh.
    Buffy: MOTHER!
    Joyce: I'm joking.
    Buffy: (sighs) Good God, that's horrible. Don't do that.
    Joyce: I left it in the restaurant.
    (Buffy puts her hands over her ears and starts running up the stairs)
    Buffy: No more! No more! No more!
    Joyce: (yelling up the stairs at her) On the dessert cart!
    Buffy: (OS, faintly) I can't hear you!
    • Unfortunately, Jane Espenson notes in her DVD Commentary that the joke is ruined by Joyce wearing a strapless dress.
  • Papa Bear: Giles lets out his Ripper menace to warn off Spike.
    (softly) "We are not your friends. We are not your way to Buffy. There is no way to Buffy."
  • Percussive Therapy: Buffy pounding on Puffy!Xander while venting about Spike.
    Giles: Buffy, I think you should perhaps calm down.
    Xander: Me too.
    Buffy: Oh! Puffy!Xander, uh, I'm sorry, I got ... guess I got carried away. Are you okay?
    Xander: I'm alive. I can tell 'cause of the pain.
  • Precision F-Strike: Well, by Tara's standards.
    Tara: She practically had 'Genuine Molded Plastic' stamped on her ass.
    (Everyone gives her very odd looks)
    Tara: Just ... tryin' a little spicy talk.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Buffy to Spike: "Get...away...from me."
  • Pygmalion Plot: Averted; Warren thought he'd fall in love with his creation, but she turned out to be boring as opposed to his real life unpredictable girlfriend.
  • Rage Judo: Faced with a pissed-off robot, Warren claims that Buffy is his girlfriend so it will attack her instead of him.
  • Reveal Shot:
    • Buffy appears to be pounding a punching bag, but it turns out to be Xander in a huge padded suit.
    • A sweat-stained Glory appears to be having sex, but she's actually morphing into Ben.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Subverted in that the Scoobies realise quite quickly that she's a robot.
  • Robo Cam: With drop-down menus showing Fetishes 1-3 and Positions 1-6.
  • Robotic Reveal: Though only for Katrina, as everyone else already knows. April starts sparking when Buffy hits her in the stomach with a board.
  • Sex Bot: April
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Warren's response to seeing April is to pack his bags and flee, but things don't go according to plan.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Glory morphs into Ben, who belatedly realises he's wearing a red silk dress.
  • Sick and Wrong: Buffy's reaction to the previous episode's events.
    Buffy: (pounding on Puffy!Xander) I feel gross, you know, like, like, dirty.
    Giles: That's ridiculous, you can't be responsible for what Spike thinks or, feels.
    Buffy: (stops punching) Well, aren't I responsible? I mean, something about me had to make him feel that, right? Something that made him say, "woof, that's the one for me!"
  • Soft Glass: Averted; Spike gets some cuts on his face after getting thrown through the window.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Warren tells Katrina to wait in the kitchen while he talks to Buffy. When he tells her to shut up instead of explaining what's going on, Katrina loses her temper and walks out on him.
  • Sunnydale Syndrome: Averted. Warren attended Sunnydale High. When Buffy shows up at his door and asks "Do you know who I am?" he knows shit just got real. This would fit the events of "The Prom" where it's shown the students do in fact know weird things are going on, and that Buffy is involved in fighting them. Warren also seems to know who and what Spike is — perhaps he saw him during the events of "School Hard".
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: April is programmed with great strength and a combat mode. Given that Warren is portrayed as something of a nerd in Season 6, it's possible he made April that way simply because Ridiculously Human Robots always have these abilities in TV and movies.
  • Taking the Bullet / I Know Kung-Fu: Some of the actions programmed into April's combat mode.
  • Trauma Swing
  • Verbal Backspace: Giles says he can't see why Spike is attracted to Buffy, only to add quickly that it's not because Buffy is unattractive.
  • Waif-Fu: Buffy is tired of getting beat up by strong girls who aren't her.
  • Wall Glower: The Scoobies are unanimous in showing their distaste for Spike after the events of "Crush".
  • Wham Episode: The end.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?
    Warren: 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? (he looks embarrassed) You're one creepy little dweeb, Warren.
  • Window Pain: Fortunately there's now a carpenter on hand, with the Xander Man.
  • Yandere: April is a surprisingly sympathetic and tragic one, considering the way this trope usually goes.