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Janna of the Kalderash
Jenny(buffy)
First appearance "I Robot, You Jane"
Last appearance "Passion"
Information
Name Janna of the Kalderash
Aliases Jenny Calendar
Jennifer Calendar
Status Deceased
Classification Human
Affiliation Clan Kalderash
Scooby Gang
Rupert Giles
Known Relatives Enyos of the Kalderash (uncle)
Notable powers
  • Knowledge of the Dark Arts.
  • Computer programming expert.
Portrayed by  Robia LaMorte

B1 - B2 - B3 - A&F1

"I was raised by the people Angel hurt the most. My duty to them was the first thing I was ever taught. I didn't come here to hurt anyone. I lied to you because I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn't know what would happen. I didn't know I was going to fall in love with you."
Jenny Calendar[src]

Janna of the Kalderash was a computer science teacher at Sunnydale High. She was also an ally of the Scooby Gang and the love of Rupert Giles. She hid from all them that she was a member of Clan Kalderash sent to watch over Angel, and went by the name "Jenny Calendar".

Biography

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Giles and Jenny fall in love after a rocky start

Jenny was a computer science teacher at Sunnydale High whose modern approach did not sit well with the technophobic Rupert Giles. She called herself a Technopagan and was a member of a cyber-coven. Jenny assisted the Scooby Gang and as they worked together against evil, Jenny and Giles gradually fell in love.

Jenny's teaching methods and interests were at odds with, and seemed to infuriate, Giles.[1] Her abilities with computers enabled her and Giles to complete a ritual within the internet to get rid of a demon called Moloch that had infected computers. She later approached Giles after she becomes anxious over several signs of an impending apocalypse she's become aware of.[2] Giles soon told her the truth about the Master's plan and Buffy Summers's true identity. Jenny was present when the Hellmouth was briefly opened during Buffy's battle with the Master.

Jenny's flirtation with Giles gradually became a slow-burning romance. However, the romance was hindered when Giles' past came back to haunt him and Jenny was possessed by a demon Giles had summoned in his youth.[3] In the aftermath, Jenny avoided Giles for some time, but she was eventually ready to forgive Giles and the two of them rekindled their romance.[4]

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Angelus kills Jenny

After Buffy lost her virginity to Angel,[5] Jenny disclosed that she was part of the Clan Kalderash, who had cursed Angel with his soul and years later sent Jenny to watch over him. Jenny was not told that Angel would lose his soul, but the Scooby Gang was still angry that she had concealed her identity. She decided to make it up to Buffy by attempting another restoration and translated the spell using a computer. However, Drusilla sensed Jenny's plan and warned Angelus, who tracked down Jenny, destroyed her computer and printer, and snapped her neck, killing her. Angelus left Jenny's dead body in Giles's bed with a trail of romantic symbols leading to the scene.[6] Giles was devastated and sought revenge by trying to kill Angelus as he felt that he could not live without her. Xander Harris viewed Jenny's murder as evidence that Angel was beyond redemption. After Buffy rescued Giles from his ill-conceived act of revenge and visited the grave of the ill-fated Jenny, Buffy revealed that due to the loss, she was finally ready to slay Angel. However, Willow Rosenberg eventually found Jenny's diskette containing the spell to restore Angel's soul.[7]

Later, Drusilla manipulated a badly tortured Giles into seeing her as Jenny and revealing what was needed to awaken the demon Acathla.[8]

When the Scoobies later discovered that Angel had been resurrected, Xander spitefully reminded Buffy of her failure to stop Angelus from killing Jenny when she had the chance; however, both Buffy and Angel won back some good faith and acceptance among the gang during the subsequent scuffle over the Glove of Myhnegon[9]. On Christmas Eve 1998, the First Evil assumed Jenny's form to torment Angel into killing Buffy or himself.[10]

At some point, Giles sacrificed his memory of the day that they fell in love in order to bind a demon that was possessing a little girl.[11]

Proceeding the destruction of Sunnydale, former Watcher Duncan Fillworthe began feeding the newly activated Slayers to a demon; when confronted by Giles, Duncan insisted that the Slayers, especially Buffy, deserved to die for betraying the Watchers Council, reminding Giles that Buffy's relationship with Angel resulted in Jenny's death[12].

Behind the Scenes

  • The character was originally intended to be named "Nikki Calendar", but this was changed to avoid on-set confusion with actor Nicholas Brendon who was commonly called "Nicky".
  • The death of Jenny was never originally meant to occur. The original plan had been for Oz to be the character who met his end at the hands of Angelus, but that plan was changed after the fan reaction to Oz had been so positive. The grisly demise was then dealt to the character of Jenny.
  • Her death was later mirrored in the death of her lover Giles, whose neck was also snapped by Angel. However, whereas Angel killed Jenny while in vamp face because Joss Whedon didn't want the audience to truly hate Angel's face, Angel killed Giles in human face.
  • When approached with the returning to play Jenny as a disguise of the First Evil, Robia LaMorte, who is very religious, was very skeptical about the role, erroneously considering it basically the Buffyverse equivalent of Satan.

Appearances

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season One:
Welcome to the Hellmouth The Harvest Witch Teacher's Pet Never Kill a Boy on the First Date The Pack Angel I Robot, You Jane

Appears

The Puppet Show Nightmares Out of Mind, Out of Sight Prophecy Girl

Appears

Season Two:
When She Was Bad

Appears

Some Assembly Required

Appears

School Hard

Appears

Inca Mummy Girl Reptile Boy Halloween

(mentioned)

Lie to Me

Appears

The Dark Age

Appears

What's My Line, Part One What's My Line, Part Two Ted

Appears

Bad Eggs Surprise

Appears

Innocence

Appears

Phases Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Appears

Passion

Appears (killed)

Killed by Death

(mentioned)

I Only Have Eyes for You

(mentioned)

Go Fish Becoming, Part One

(mentioned)

Becoming, Part Two

Appears (in vision)

Season Three:
Anne Dead Man's Party Faith, Hope & Trick Beauty and the Beasts Homecoming Band Candy Revelations

(mentioned)

Lovers Walk The Wish Amends

Appears (only the First Evil)

Gingerbread
Helpless The Zeppo Bad Girls Consequences Doppelgängland Enemies Earshot Choices The Prom Graduation Day, Part One Graduation Day, Part Two
Season Seven:
Lessons Beneath You Same Time, Same Place Help Selfless Him

(only in archive footage)

Conversations with Dead People Sleeper Never Leave Me Bring on the Night Showtime
Potential The Killer in Me First Date Get It Done Storyteller Lies My Parents Told Me Dirty Girls Empty Places Touched End of Days Chosen

Buffy Season Eight

  • Safe (Only mentioned)

Buffy Season Nine

See also

References

  1. "I, Robot... You, Jane"
  2. "Prophecy Girl"
  3. "The Dark Age"
  4. "Ted"
  5. "Surprise"
  6. "Passion"
  7. "Becoming, Part One"
  8. "Becoming, Part Two"
  9. "Revelations"
  10. "Amends"
  11. Live Through This
  12. "Safe"

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