Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/8/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy has parental issues when Joyce comes home with a boyfriend, the computer expert and master chef Ted, whose charming personality impresses everyone. Everyone except Buffy that is, who is not at all willing to give her mother up to someone new. Even Willow and Xander seem to love him, and Buffy must find a way to prove that her fears about Ted are something more than simple jealousy.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Season 2, Episode 11

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • (Hi, have you met...?) Ted

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Mom's got a boyfriend and there's gonna be trouble! *possible spoilers*

    By whenIpray2U, Apr 06, 2011

  • Ted

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 13, 2010

  • Season 2, Episode 11.

    By Wanted23, Apr 16, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Angel: Loneliness is about the scariest thing there is.

    • Giles: Whatever the authorities have planned for her, it can't be much worse than what she's doing to herself. She's taken a human life. The guilt, it's... it's pretty hard to bear. It won't go away soon. Cordelia: I guess you should know, since you helped raise that demon that killed that guy that time. Giles: Yes, lets bring that up as often as possible.

    • Buffy: (about Ted) I just have so much to deal with, I don't need some new guy in my life. Angel: Well, maybe your mom does. Buffy: Well sure, if you're gonna use wisdom.

    • Joyce: (about Ted) He redid my entire system at the gallery, freed up a lot of my time. Buffy: To meet new people. And smooch them in my kitchen.

    • Xander: Oh my god. Come on! Willow: Where are you going? We need to find some evidence. Xander: We found it. Willow: Why? What was in the closet? Xander: His last four wives.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode is second in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • In an October 2005 interview with "PopWatch", Alyson Hannigan (Willow) claimed this episode as her favorite.

    • The set used for the upstairs of Ted's place (before they go down through the trapdoor) is the set later used for the Magic Box, among other things.

    • John Ritter (Ted) was the first actor on the show to be billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • Ted's culinary skills are an in-joke as John Ritter's career started when he played chef Jack Tripper from 1977-1984 on the sitcom Three's Company.

    Trivia (6)

    • Nitpick: In "When She Was Bad" Xander suggests playing miniature golf, but Willow reminds him there is no miniature golf course in Sunnydale. But in this episode, the gang heads out for an evening of mini golf. This seems an awfully short period of time for an entire miniature golf course to be built, up to code, and ready for customers. Additionally, Xander seems very familiar with the "5-par cuckoo clock," as if he'd tried it many times before.

    • The white shirt Joyce is wearing in the picture on Ted's desk is the same white shirt that she wears at the dinner table in the next shot.

    • In the classroom where Giles talks with Ms. Calendar, there's Hebrew writing on the blackboard behind him, saying: "Everyone's smart, everyone's wise!", "Torolet", and "Michael Greg Saint Jones".

    • Goof: When Ted gets up from his work station, he marks the board for his 25th sale. But as Buffy skulks her way to investigate his cube, the mark on the board is gone and he's back at 24 sales.

    • Goof: The way Xander holds his flashlight when they are searching Ted's place changes from shot to shot. It also changes from being off before he opens the closet, to on when he opens the closet.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Cordelia: I don't get it. Buffy's the Slayer, shouldn't she have-- Xander: What, a license to kill? "A license to kill" is a popular phrase originating from the James Bond novels and films. 007, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, has an official sanction to use deadly force when necessary.

    • Buffy: I guess we're Thelma & Louise-ing it again.
      The 1991 movie, Thelma & Louise, is the ultimate female buddy-flick. The film focuses almost entirely on the strong relationship between the women and is a good choice considering the no men, no romance requirement (though both appear in minor roles).

    • Ted: How about a nice game of Parcheesi? Parcheesi is an ancient game from India. In modern America it is available as a board game from Milton Bradley.

    • Giles: The advantages of layers of tweed. It's better than Kevlar. Kevlar is the material which is used to make bullet proof vests. While Giles is joking with his comment, he is probably correct. Kevlar works well in protecting against bullets but not against knives or crossbow bolts.

    • Xander: So either our boy was a Mormon... In context, Xander is referring to the fact that Ted had (at least) four wives. The Mormons are a religious group which previously allowed members to take several wives, though they have now stopped the practice.

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