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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Ted (TV Episode 1997) Poster

(TV Series)

(1997)

Trivia

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One of Alyson Hannigan's favorite episodes, largely because of the participation of John Ritter.
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John Ritter was the first actor on the show to be billed as a Special Guest Star.
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This episode starts with adults kissing (Ted and Joyce) and ends with adults kissing (Giles and Jenny).
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The episode was shot during the Halloween holiday. Many members of the cast and crew came to the set in costume; Kristine Sutherland wore 1950s clothes like Ted's first wife, and Sarah Michelle Gellar came as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (1939), along with her dog, Toto.
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John Ritter claimed this episode influenced his understanding of his own step-daughter.
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Angel reveals that the contract on Buffy's life with the Order of Taraka has been cancelled, which is why they send no more assassins after her after the deaths of Octarus, Norman Pfister and Patrice.
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Ted's cooking skills are an inside reference to John Ritter's famous sitcom _Three's Company_ where his character is a chef.
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Xander notes at the beginning of the episode how quiet Sunnydale's undead population has been since the events of the previous episode, but quickly stops to chastise himself for potentially jinxing their good fortune. Buffy and Willow criticized him for doing almost the exact same thing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard (1997).
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The plot of the episode is similar to that of The Stepfather (1987), where a teenage girl suspects her new stepfather (who is obsessed with "old fashioned values") is a serial killer who marries women, and murders them when they fail to live up to his exceedingly high expectations.
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Cordelia turns out to be a better investigator than Willow and Xander, when she uncovers the past of Ted, foreshadowing her future partnership with Angel in Los Angeles.
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John Ritter's father, Tex Ritter, was also an actor and worked with Joss Whedon's father Tom Whedon.
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This is the last episode of the series to air in 1997.
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One of Willow's lines in the teaser was cut: "I'm just saying that if Tennille were in charge, she would have had the little captain hat".
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Xander mentions "Creature Feature". Dawn Summers later says "Feature Creature" in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tabula Rasa (2001).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final fight between Buffy and Ted, both actors were ill. Sarah Michelle Gellar had flu and John Ritter was suffering from food poisoning.
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During the episode, Ted and other characters use specific language to tease the audience about Ted's robot personality. Ted uses the phrase "I'm not wired that way" a couple of times, an employee at Ted's workplace describes him as a "machine", and Joyce tells Ted that every home "should have one of him," implying that he is like a house robot.
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Ted is the first human-impersonating robot to appear in the series. The theme will be reused many times in later episodes.
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