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Buffy discovers that her mother has a boyfriend. Everyone quickly takes to Ted, except Buffy. While many dismiss it as stepfather issues, the more Buffy finds out about Ted, the more her dislike for him is justified.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 5V11
Airdate: Monday December 08th, 1997
Network: WB

Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Robia LaMorteRobia LaMorte
As Jenny Calendar
James MacDonald (1)James MacDonald (1)
As Detective Stein (credited as James G. MacDonald)

Co-Guest Stars
Jeff LangtonJeff Langton
As Vampire

Jeff PruittJeff Pruitt
As Vampire
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.6/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 1st out of 11 WB shows for the week.

Ranked 93 out of 118 prime time shows.

During the filming of the final fight scene between Buffy and Ted, both Sarah Michelle Gellar and John Ritter were sick; Ms. Gellar from flu, Mr. Ritter from food poisoning the night before.

Episode Quotes
(repeated line)
Ted: Beg to differ.

Xander: Who was the real power, the Captain or Tennille?

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 the mini-pizza," but I'm telling you, I am -
Giles: (interrupts) Buffy! I - I believe the, uh, subtext here is - is rapidly becoming, uh, text.

Ted: So, Buffy, I bet the boys are lined up around the block to trying to get a date with you.
Buffy: Not really.
Willow: Oh, they are, but she's only interested in - (Buffy nudges her) uh, her studies. Book-cracker Buffy - it's kind of her nickname.

Buffy: Hey, how 'bout that! Got a hole in two!
Ted: Beg to differ.
Buffy: Okay, so fine my score or whatever.
Ted: I think you're missing the point here, little lady. Right is right, wrong is wrong. Why don't people see that?
Buffy: It's just a game?
Ted: Right, it's just a game, do your own thing. Well, I'm not wired that way. And I'm here to tell you it is not a game, it does count, and I don't stand for that kind of malarkey in my house!
Buffy: Then I guess it's a good thing I'm not in your house.
Ted: Do you want me to slap that smart-ass mouth of yours?

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 - it's - it's pretty hard to bear, and 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. Do let's bring that up as often as possible.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Gary Law
Consulting ProducerHoward Gordon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorKimberly Ray
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerGary Law
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorEyal Gordin
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerMaury Harris
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorPhyllis Saldutti
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerDon Digirolamo  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Dean Batali
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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