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
- An Aesop
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
(smiles) Thank you.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Downer Ending: Buffy comes home to find her mother dead.
- 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.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Buffy and Dawn make their mother spin around in her dress. Repeatedly.
- Foreshadowing: Warren just appears an inconsiderate jerk until he 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.
- 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.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Glory finds Buffy has refused Ben's offer of a date.
"She turned us down?"
- 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.
- Man on Fire: Spike's blanket is on fire when he turns up at the Magic Box in the daytime.
- 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.
- Neck Lift: April to Katrina.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In one episode Warren makes a robot girlfriend who looks exactly like his ex and has the same personality—except it agrees with him 100% and becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl. He tries to run away, but it tracks him 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.
- 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.
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.
) "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.
- Reveal Shot: Buffy appears to be pounding a punching bag, but it turns out to be Xander in a huge padded suit.
- 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.
- Sex Bot: April
- 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.
(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.
- 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
- Vampire Invitation: Warren wants to know how Spike got into his house. Spike replies that Warren's mother invited him in.
- 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: Spike tries to start some casual conversation with Buffy, only to be bluntly rejected by her and the Scoobies.
- Wham Episode: The end.
- What Could Have Been: April was originally to have been played by Britney Spears.
- Window Pain: Fortunately Buffy now has a carpenter on hand, with the Xander Man.
- Yandere: April is a surprisingly sympathetic and tragic one, considering the way this trope usually goes