Buffy's mother brings home Ted, her new boyfriend, who is not what he seems.

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Buffy has parental issues when Joyce comes home with a boyfriend, the computer expert and master chef Ted, whose charming personality impresses everyone except Buffy. Buffy insists there's not something right with Ted, but everyone keeps telling her she's just being paranoid... Written by Alex

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8 December 1997 (USA)  »

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John Ritter was the first actor on the show to be billed as a Special Guest Star. See more »

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The "stock" exterior shots of the house in Torrance are missing the "1630" address of Buffy's house and have the "1313" address of the actual house visible, while the exterior shots specific to this episode have "1313" removed or obscured and "1630" in place. (This is pervasive through all seven seasons of the series.) See more »

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[Cut to Angel's apartment. Buffy is replacing the bandage on his right hand while he lies in his comfy chair]
Buffy: So mom's like, 'Do you think Ted will like this?' and 'This is Ted's favorite show,' and 'Ted's teaching me computers,' and 'Ted said the funniest thing,' and I'm like, 'That's really great, Mom,' and then she said I was being sarcastic, which I was, but I'm sorry if I don't wanna talk about Ted all the time.
Angel: [looks up at her] So, you gonna talk about something else at some point?
Buffy: I'm ...
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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The One With John Ritter...
22 March 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this episode. It's one of my all-time favorite Season 2 episodes, and it's actually one of my all-time favorite episodes in general. It's just fantastic. This episode was the first thing I ever saw John Ritter in and he did wonderfully in it. It was great to see him play a completely different character than I'm used to seeing.

In this episode, Buffy's Mother, Joyce, starts dating a seemingly nice man, named Ted. He seems like the best boyfriend ever, being nice to Buffy's friends, being a good role model, but it turns out that he has a deep, dark secret that Buffy discovers whilst trying to expose him for being a fraud, in some way. Ted goes and reads Buffy's diary, and they get into a fight, which he starts. Ted is somehow as strong as Buffy. And no one except evil beings and other Slayer's is as strong as Buffy. She kicks him down the stairs and he dies. And Joyce is just devastated. But then Ted comes back. It turns out that he's a robot. Yes, a robot. Xander and Willow discover that Ted, back in the '50s, killed his wives, and made a robot of himself, so that's who's been living for the last forty years. In the end, Buffy defeats the robot, who was really creepy, by the way.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.


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