Guest Starring: 
 John Ritter: 
 (Ted Buchanan) 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Robia LaMorte: 
 (Jenny Calendar) 
 Ken Thorley: 
 James G MacDonold: 
 (Detective Stein) 
  11. Ted.  
  Joyce gets a new boyfriend; Buffy thinks there must be something wrong with him.  
  Great quotes:  
John Ritter as Ted.
  • Buffy to Angel: "Sure; if you're gonna use wisdom..."
  • Ted's use of the word "Malarkey", I thought only wannabe Cockneys said that.
  • Cordelia on fascist societies: "Why can't we have one of those?"
  • Giles after being shot accidentally with an arrow; "Layers of tweed, better than Kevlar."
  Fantastic moments:  
  • The love / hate relationship between Cordelia and Xander continues where it started out in the last episode and is just as funny.
  • When Ted confronts Buffy in her room about her diary I was gritting my teeth and thinking "Hit him Buffy!". It's a pretty dramatic moment when she finally strikes him, only to knock him down the stairs. The story suddenly lurches into a highly charged piece about Buffy's possible miss-use of her powers; unfortunately they miss the conversion, failing to follow up on it (see below).
  • I love the way that Ted continues to use his 'salesman' speak after Buffy minces his circuits.
  Duff Bits:  
  • The quick reference to the Order of Turaca right at the start of the episode is a bit of a lame way of getting the plot out of a potentially messy situation. Maybe they shouldn't have claimed that the order would keep on coming forever.
  • I don't usually like to nitpick the plots of stories where a certain suspension of disbelief is required, but there is no way that a robot that advanced could have been built in the 50's.
  • We don't get to see the bodies in Ted's flat, low budget anyone?
  Dean's comments:  
 Some good moments, a great performance from John Ritter as Ted and all the stuff highlighting teenage insecurities about adults and adult behaviour for example, but I feel that something is missing in this episode. It could be the lack of credibility behind the premise of the episode (a robot that sophisticated built in the 50s?), or the fact that there is nothing supernatural at all in the show, or the awful leopard skin top that Buffy wears. I think the real problems lies in the fact that I would have enjoyed the episode more if it had been an emotional tale about the misuse of Buffy's powers to kill a guy , who although annoying, is ultimately innocent. The episode simply descends into a sort of a fantasy parody as soon as Ted's real nature is revealed. I guess that the writers thought they couldn't deal with such a serious turn in Buffy's life at this early point in the series. For 20 minutes 'Ted' is a powerful story, once the robot is out of the hat though it loses a lot of credibility and becomes another 'monster of the week'. 
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