"Oh great, a book!" (The bane of this episode's existence!)
The episode begins long ago, 1418 to be exact, with an ugly green horned demon demanding the love of some man. Suddenly, a spell is performed and he is trapped inside a book. A book that Buffy so happens to pull out of a crate.
The computer nerds and a new character, Jenny Calendar, the computer science teacher, are scanning books into the computer, which is giving Giles some major wiggings. Everyone departs and Willow scans the book containing the demon. We see the words 'Where am I?' typed onto the screen. Dun dun dun!
The next morning Buffy catches up with Willow, who is staring dreamily into space. She confesses she met a guy named Malcolm and stayed up all night talking to him. And then she proclaims that she has no idea what he looks like, much to Buffy's confusion and a bit of horror. She warns Willow to be careful, but Willow brushes her off. The demon, Moloch, warns creepy computer kid, Fritz, to watch Buffy. Buffy extends her concern to Xander and they give us a lesson in internet safety.
I love the fact that Willow has a picture of herself & Giles in her locker.
Xander: Yeah. I mean, we read about it all the time. Y'know, people meet on the 'Net, they talk, they get together, have dinner, a show, horrible ax murder.
Buffy: Willow ax murdered by a circus freak... Okay, okay, what do we do? What are we doing? Xander, you get me started! We are totally overreacting!
Willow overslept because of talking to Malcolm all night. Buffy disapproves and extends her concern to Fritz, who tells her to leave Willow alone. She then heads to Giles, who wants her to follow Fritz, which she does. She follows him to some computer corporation. Moloch knows and wants Fritz to kill her.
Buffy: Besides, I can just tell something's wrong. My spider sense is tingling.
Giles: Your... spider sense?
Buffy: Pop culture reference. Sorry.
Miss Calendar comes in to see the Scoobies talking to Giles and grows a bit suspicious.
Ms. Calendar: You're here again? Kids really dig the library, don't cha?
Buffy: We're literary!
Xander: To read makes our speaking English good.
Ha, I love that quote. Anyway, Willow is talking to Malcolm and he slips up, telling Willow more information about Buffy than he should know. She grows suspicious, finally. Giles and Miss Calendar fight Jack and Diane (Cheers) style over books and computers. So adorable. They discover an empty book; the one with Moloch on the cover. Finally, someone is going to fix this problem! Moloch has been wreaking havoc on the 'Net, deleting people's history papers and transferring money incorrectly in banks.
Buffy goes to find Willow in the locker room. She sees a big puddle of water and almost gets electrocuted by some loose planted wires, but one of the normal computer nerds warns her before she gets hurt too badly. But, she's pretty frazzled. It's cute, really.
Buffy: Tell me the truth. How's my hair?
They go to find the nice computer nerd to get rid of Moloch, only to see he hung himself. Of course, we all know Moloch made him do it. Willow gets kidnapped to the computer corporation, Giles enlists the help of Miss Calendar, who already knew about demons and magick, and Buffy and Xander go to find Willow has disappeared.
Giles and Miss Calendar get Moloch out of the 'Net with a pretty powerful spell, only to confine him in the metal body the computer nerds, like Fritz, have built him. Buffy attemps to kick him and crumples to the ground. Ouch! Moloch is not thrilled, especially since his love for Willow was not returned when she saw what he really was.
Buffy finally tricks him into electrocuting himself and they kill Moloch. Back at Sunnydale High, Giles and Miss Calendar reach an understanding about books and computers. Also, Giles uses the word "anon." He's so old fashioned.
Buffy, Willow, and Xander contemplate their future love lives.
Willow: Malcolm, Moloch... whatever he's called. The one boy that's really liked me, and he's a demon robot. What does that say about me?
Buffy: Hey, did you forget? The one boy I've had the hots for since I've moved here turned out to be a vampire.
Xander: Right, and the teacher I had a crush on? Giant praying mantis?
Willow: That's true.
Xander: Yeah, that's life on the Hellmouth.
Buffy: Let's face it: none of us are ever gonna have a happy, normal relationship.
Xander: We're doomed!
It's sad and funny that that's pretty much how the show goes, LOL.