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.moreless
Buffy Anne Summers
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
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".
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.
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.
When Ted hit Buffy the first time, it looks like he hits her on the left side of her face. But when the Detective asks her where Ted hit her, she points to the right side of her face.
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.
Cordelia: (about Buffy) But she's like this Superman. Shouldn't there be different rules for her?
Willow: Sure, in a fascist society.
Cordelia: Right! Why can't we have one of those?
Xander: Hey, Cordy! Nice outfit.
Cordelia: Oh, very funny.
Xander: Not really.
Cordelia: What are you saying?
Xander: Nice outfit?
Cordelia: Well, why don't you just keep your mouth shut?
Xander: You wanna go to the utility closet to make out?
Cordelia: God, is that all you ever think about? (pause) Okay.
Xander: Willow, are you the best human ever. I adore you. Well, that's the cookies talking, but you rock!
Ted: So, Buffy, I bet the boys are lined up around the block tryin' to get a date with you.
Buffy: Not really.
Willow: Oh, they are, but she's only interested in... uh, her studies! 'Book-cracker Buffy', it's kind of her nickname.
Buffy: You died.
Ted: That's right, little lady, you killed me. Do we have something to
say about that? Are we sorry?
Buffy: Angel's sources say the contract's off.
Xander: How is Angel? Pretend I care.
Buffy: Fine, fine, I'll give Ted a chance. I'll play mini-golf, and I'll smile and curtsy and be the dutiful daughter. Do I have to like him?
Angel: Kiss me.
Buffy: Finally, something I want to do.
Buffy: Willow, tell me you didn't keep any parts.
Willow: Not any big ones.
Buffy: Oh, Will, you're supposed to use your powers for good.
Willow: I just want to learn stuff.
Cordelia: Like how to build your own serial killer?
Xander: It's so hard to rent one nowadays.
Ted: Buffy, how about a nice game of Parcheesi?
Xander: Can you say "overreaction?"
Buffy: Can you say "sucking chest wound?"
Buffy: So far, all I see is someone who apparently has a good job, seems nice and polite, and my mother really likes him.
Xander: What kind of a monster is he?!
Buffy: I'm just saying there's something a little too clean about this clown.
Willow: He's a clean clown! I... have my own fun.
Xander: Who was the real power, The Captain or Tennille?
Buffy: Um, who are these people?
Xander: The Captain & Tennille? Boy, somebody was raised in a culture-free environment.
Buffy: I was just...
Buffy: No, not thinking. Having a lot of happy non-thoughts.
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: So, you gonna talk about something else at some point?
Xander: You're having parental issues, you're having parental issues...
Xander: What? Freud would've said the exact same thing. Except he might not have done that little dance.
Buffy: Vampires are creeps.
Giles: Yes, that's why one slays them.
Buffy: I mean, people are perfectly happy getting along, and then vampires come, and they run around and they kill people, and they take over your whole house, they start making these stupid little mini-pizzas, and everyone's like, "I like your mini pizzas," but I'm telling you, I am—
Giles: Uh, Buffy! I believe the subtext here is rapidly becoming, uh... text.
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.
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.
Cordelia: But she's like this Superman.
Superman is the crime fighting super hero of comic books, movies and television.
Xander: I mean we are talking creature feature here, right?
Xander inquires about the nature of Ted by comparing him to the horror movie monsters. These movie are sometimes called creature features after the monsters in them.
Salesman: Back to the salt mines.
Digging in a salt mine is an image often associated with slave labor.
Buffy: Like Stepford. Buffy references the 1975 film, The Stepford Wives, in which a group of suburban housewives are nothing more than brainwashed drones.
Xander: I think maybe we're in Sigmund Freud territory.
Xander posits that Buffy's problems with Ted are psychological by invoking the name of the Father of Psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud.
Xander: Who was the real power, the Captain or Tennille?
The Captain and Tennille were a 1970's singing duo who also had a television show. Since the show was on in 1976-77, Xander must have seen the re-runs.
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