Buffy's mom introduces her new boyfriend, who charms everyone except Buffy. When she confronts his dark side, she is left questioning her actions.



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Ken Thorley ...
Detective Stein (as James G. MacDonald)
Jeff Langton ...


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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1.33 : 1
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John Ritter was the first actor on the show to be billed as a Special Guest Star. See more »


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 »


Buffy: You died.
Ted Buchanan: That's right, little lady. You killed me. Do we have something to say about that? Are we sorry?
Buffy: What are you?
Ted Buchanan: I'm a salesman. That's what you should have remembered. No matter how hard you put him down.
[he suddenly throws Buffy across the room]
Ted Buchanan: A good salesman always bounces back.
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References Three's Company (1976) See more »


Performed by Los Angeles Post Music
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Arnold Schwarzenegger ain't got nothing on John Ritter.
2 May 2006 | by (Mansfield, Pennsylvania.) – See all my reviews

There is something suspicious about the man that Buffy's mother is dating and it isn't that he lives with two women. John Ritter plays a warped Mr. Cleaver perfectly as he tries to mini pizza his way into the hearts of the gang. The episode itself uses him to send up the idea that evil comes in only one form, a theme that plays out a lot in this series. This is also the first episode where Buffy faces what she believes to be the reality of killing a human, a plot line that would return in the third season. Whether playing one serious game of putt putt or fighting to the death with Buffy in an amusing action sequence, John Ritter proves that he is real mean machine. Kristen Sutherland has one of her better episodes as well.

9 out of 10.

Ted(half his face warped to revel the robot beneath): "Buffy, would you like to play some Parcheesi?"

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