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'Buffy' nostalgia recap: I love this episode like April loves Warren

Season 5 | Episode 15 | “I Was Made to Love You” | Aired Feb 20, 2001

“I Was Made to Love You” is one of my favorite episodes of Buffy‘s season five. You might remember it as “the one where we first meet Warren” (as in the Warren who would later go on to [SPOILER] lead the Trio, kill Tara and incite the rage that turned Willow evil).

Or maybe you remember it as “the one with the sex robot” because yes, it’s also that. (But it’s not the only one with a sex robot—after this episode, Spike enlists Warren to create a Buffy bot for him, and that Slayer bot will go on to play a major role in the battle against Glory at the end of the season. That, my friends, is arc significance.)

Or maybe you remember it as the one where Joyce dies, because it’s also that (what a devastating cliffhanger).

Ostensibly, “I Was Made to Love You” is about a girl named April arriving in Sunnydale. She’s cute, perky, and singularly focused. She asks everyone she meets if they’ve seen Warren, her boyfriend, and if the answer is no, she politely moves on. She encounters members of the Scooby Gang (specifically Tara and Anya), and even shows up at the Bronze, where she throws Spike out of a window when he hits on her in an attempt to make Buffy jealous. It’s not that she cares about Buffy and the jealousy ploy; she’s just offended by a man who isn’t Warren making any kind of advance on her. The Scoobies quickly deduce that April is a robot (she talks mechanically and is super-strong, and they have encountered a robot before with season two’s Ted) and set out to find the Warren she’s so desperate to get back to.

Willow goes all techie and hacks into … something? Several school databases, I guess, and figures out that it’s Warren Mears, a guy who went to Sunnydale for a semester and then ended up at a college specializing in tech. Buffy goes after him and we learn that Warren isn’t an evil genius (yet, anyway); he was just a lonely nerd who built himself a girlfriend. But when he falls in love with a real girl with real opinions who challenges him, he abandons April the Robot, hoping that her batteries will die and he’ll be able to pull off the ultimate ghost exit from a relationship. April doesn’t actually kill anyone (although she comes close to killing Warren’s new girlfriend, Katrina). She’s not explicitly evil, just deeply in love, and therefore dangerous.

And that’s the real point of the episode. “I Was Made to Love You” is one of those BtVS episodes that does what the show does best and what it really set out to do: It tackles a very grounded, very real-world, very human struggle through the lens of the supernatural. In this case, it’s about the pain of loneliness, but how that’s totally eclipsed by the pain of losing yourself in the love of another. April is a mirror for Buffy, who has become obsessed with finding a new boyfriend after Riley leaves. She’s come to the conclusion that everyone she loves leaves town and that there’s something wrong with her.

In a rare moment of something resembling wit, Xander points out that maybe these guys are leaving town not so much because of Buffy, but because it’s a hellmouth and that is, perhaps, not the best place to go looking for love in the first place. The episode is nice in that it frees Buffy of her desperation to find love, which was getting old fast. Plus, April is an incredibly relatable and human character … you know, considering she’s a robot.

But more than that, more than for its big message or deceptively important arc significance, I kind of love this episode for its little moments. That’s the wonderful thing about these lighthearted, “throwaway” episodes of BtVS: They’re the episodes that are full of moments that let the beautiful Scooby ensemble shine. Here are a few gems from this episode.

  • Anya revealing that she’s succeeding in the stock market. Anya and Tara take a walk, and Anya explains that she’s started investing her money from the Magic Box. In fact, she’s tripled it (to paraphrase Tara, that’s tripled as in “first money and now money, money, money”). The best part? Anya’s success isn’t chalked up to dumb luck. There’s actually nothing dumb about it. She explains her investment strategy to Tara, and it’s actually a really good one. We get to see Anya as more than the ditzy ex-demon who doesn’t understand our modern ways, and that’s amazing.
  • Xander proving his worth to the Scooby Gang. It might not be Slayer strength or incredible magic, but Xander finds a niche within the Buffy group, even as a normal guy; his carpentry skills prove valuable because, let’s face it, things get destroyed and rebuilt a lot in Sunnydale—and that gets expensive. Xander’s job skill finally gave him a real use to the gang.
  • OZ JOKE. I miss Oz. Even though the reference came in the form of a sexist Xander joke. (“She’s a sex bot. I mean, what guy doesn’t dream about that? Beautiful girl with no other thought but to please you, willing to do anything? [Look of ‘Hey, stop being a sexist pig” from the group.’] Too many girls. I miss Oz. He’d get it. He wouldn’t say anything, but he’d get it.”) But I still loved Oz being referenced. People leave Sunnydale, but that doesn’t mean they’re forgotten and never referenced again.
  • Giles complains about babysitting Dawn. “We listened to aggressively cheerful music sung by people chosen for their ability to dance. Then we ate cookie dough and talked about boys.” YES.
TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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