45 min., 1997
Written by David Greenwalt/Joss Whedon
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
My rating: ★★★
What can make Buffy better? John Ritter and robots, that’s what
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Buffy and friends shows up at her home where they hear noises coming from the kitchen. They enter ready for a fight when they see Buffy’s mom kissing a man. His name is Ted (John Ritter) and they are dating. Ted really seems to be a nice guy, but when Buffy starts to act like a normal teenager (like talking back or cheating) Ted starts to act a little strange and aggressive. They end up fighting and Buffy kills him. But then he’s back and he’s a robot. Then she kills him again and then it’s over.
This is an okay episode with John Ritter making a great villain. Most of the time he is portrayed as a lovable guy, but he shows that even in a darker role he can pull off some believability. He really does a great job. Everyone else, for the most part, is just the same. Xander and Cordelia’s relationship is pretty funny, but then again, it’s already starting to wear thin.
Overall it’s pretty good. Having Buffy deal with her killing a human was done pretty nicely, but there were times where it was just not convincing. So that was a little sloppy, but everything else is okay.
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