EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Buffy' nostalgia recap: The Buffybot is everything

Season 5 | Episode 18 | “Intervention” | Aired April 24, 2001

Season 5’s “Intervention” is a big arc significance episode. Buffy goes on a vision quest to the desert (conveniently, the desert location to which Slayers have presumably been pilgrimaging for centuries is located in day trip distance from Sunnydale) to discover her purpose in slaying. There, she learns, quite ominously, that death is her gift. That’s important and will play a big part in the season’s finale, appropriately titled “The Gift,” in which Buffy sacrifices herself to save not only her sister, but the world. While Buffy is distracted by her vision quest, Glory’s minions start looking for the Key in a productive way. Now that they know the Key is human, they start investigating Buffy’s friends, searching for someone she loves who has joined her group recently. They think, for a second, that Spike might even be the Key. 

That was a very long paragraph, packed with a lot of very important things. These are things that drive the larger plot of the show forward, things that move our characters and make the journey that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer worth it.

But then, there’s also the Buffybot. The Buffybot is commissioned by Spike as a love doll/girlfriend, the result of his grossly unhealthy romantic obsession with the Slayer. Spike forces Warren, later of the Trio, but now just of the creepy robot girlfriend from earlier in season five, to make his Slayer sexbot and it’s amazingly accurate, physically. Behaviorally, it’s a bit like watching Anya prance around in Buffy’s body.

The Buffyboty plays a key role in defeating Glory in the finale, and I don’t want to diminish the cleverness of this plot line. I love that Joss Whedon & co. took something that seemed mostly like comic relief and made it important and grand. But I also don’t want to diminish the amazing comedy of the Buffybot or just how charming she is and how brilliantly she’s played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Here are just a few of my favorite things about the Buffybot:

  • I love that she wears pink. Sarah Michelle Gellar glows in pink, but she doesn’t really wear much of it as the Slayer. Does it make me a bad feminist to kind of love the look of Buffy, a character who we know is strong and fierce and mighty, donning hot pink and still looking like a badass? I don’t think so.
  • I love that Spike programmed her to speak in British slang. Her insult of Angel is particularly amazing (“Angel is lame. His hair grows straight up and he is bloody stupid”).
  • I love that she and Anya get along. Anya is one of the best and more underrated members of the cast. I didn’t realize how incredible she was on first watch, but this rewatch has really highlighted just how brilliantly Emma Caulfield played a character who could have been very annoying or sorely one-dimensional. Anya doesn’t get enough love from the other Scoobies, either, and I could easily see her and the Buffybot being BFFs.
  • I love that she smiles. Buffy became increasingly serious as the series progressed, transitioning from a wannabe vapid high school student to a full-blown responsible adult (on top of her world-saving duties). The Buffybot smiles a lot and, even though it wasn’t real Buffy getting to be happy, it was nice getting to pretend for a few seconds.
  • I love that the Scoobies can’t tell Buffybot is a robot. Everyone knew April was a robot immediately, but no one guesses that the Buffybot isn’t quite right, even when she says things like Willow is “recently gay” and gushes about how great Spike is in bed.

I only wish the Buffybot had hung around longer, because she was a brilliant character. I would also have accepted a spin-off just starring her and Anya. In fact, I would still like that spin-off, if Sarah Michelle Gellar and Emma Caulfield are up for a webseries.

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

You May Like