Ted occupies Xander and Willow with some cooking as Buffy and Joyce have a little chat outside the back door. Joyce tells Buffy that Ted's a "wonderful man." He makes her life a frolic and laughter call for her. Buffy, looking like she's trying to decide whether spitting or vomiting would best express her feelings at this moment, asks how they met. At the Regal Beagle? No, Joyce says he sells software, and that he redesigned her system at the gallery. Is that what the adults are calling it these days? Buffy notes that Joyce's newfound free time allows her to "meet new people. And smooch them in my kitchen." No offense, Buffy, but I don't think the kitchen is exactly your stomping grounds. These days I don't think your refrigerator could pick you out of a lineup. Joyce good-naturedly says that Buffy wasn't supposed to see the smoochfest. Willow and Ted are discussing some Whatever Technology (tm Gustave). Ted offers her some free software upgrades, and she cutely squeals with delight. Hard to believe that the sixteen-year-old programming whiz turned into a person whose computer lexicon begins and ends with "Google." Xander is munching away on a mini-pizza that looks like it's on an English muffin, while Ted shares some recipe tips. The point here is that Willow and Xander are on Ted like Corey Feldman is on a camera, only Ted doesn't seem grossed out by the experience.
Buffy and Joyce have returned, and Ted offers Buffy a pizza, which she predictably turns down. He apologizes for the circumstances of their meeting, and I accept for her, because if I didn't need a mental image of Buffy playing nursemaid to Angel, I certainly don't need one of Ted's gut slapping against Joyce as they get their mack on. There I go again. Damn you, Uncle Bob! Gesturing to a picture of Joyce and Buffy on the refrigerator, he says that Buffy's the most important thing in Joyce's life, and that makes her very important to him too. Joyce says she wants Buffy to be okay with them. Ted: "Beg to differ. We really want you to be okay with this." You had me until "beg to differ" -- I hate that phrase. If I see it on the boards, there's gonna be trouble. Oh yeah. I'm bad. Buffy says she's okay, accompanying that declaration with a fake smile that would put Patty Chase to shame.