School. Buffy asks Willow to investigate Ted. Willow and Xander, chomping on cookies, think she's overreacting. Cordy happens by, and Xander compliments her outfit. She gets snitty and stomps off, and Xander follows. Buffy and Willow watch them go, and it couldn't be more obvious what's going on if it were skywritten. Inspector Clouseau's already figured it out, and he's hampered by death as well as stupidity. Cordy chews Xander out, saying his friends are going to figure out what's going on. Well, they might if you keep acting like a screeching harpy every time he looks at you sideways. Then again, they do know you, so they might not. Xander: "'Know' what?" The meaning of life? How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" That you macked, you impossibly thick buffoon! Xander catches up, asking if it's that they kissed, and Cordy makes an "uch" noise. Hee. Xander assures her that no one will know. "You wanna go to the utility closet and make out?" Cordy: "God, is that all you ever think about?" Beat. "Okay." Hee. Meanwhile, Buffy tells Willow that Ted acts like she's in the way, and that Joyce has been "Stepford" since he's been around, which is quite clever on the part of the writers, I must say. Willow says she'll help, and Buffy asks her to find out where he works.
Some office. Buffy sees Ted on the phone making a sale. He smarms that the software in question is very expensive, but it's worth it. He apparently makes the sale, although he doesn't get such possibly useful information as payment details or a shipping address, and then gets up as Buffy hides. Ted goes over to a magic marker board and adds a tic next to his name, which has by far the most tics. He announces to no one that he's going to lunch. No one breathes a sigh of relief that he's rid of that smarmy salesman for an hour. After he's gone, some heavy middle-aged salesman gets some coffee and starts pleasantly chatting with Buffy. Buffy lies that she's temping for the day. Gesturing to the board, she says Ted must be the one to beat around there. Heavy Middle-Aged Salesman says that no one beats the "machine." Funny how clever and subtle so often starts to give way to ham-fisted and obvious. It's a microcosm of the development of this show. Buffy faux-innocently speculates that Ted must have people to support, but the dude tells her he just has a girlfriend, nodding to a picture frame on Ted's desk, which is the only personal item on it. Salesman: "Thank God he's taking off for the wedding." Whoa! Where's the shotgun? He goes on that it's in two months, before warning Buffy that the "uberboss" is coming. He leaves, and Buffy sidles over to Ted's desk and picks up the picture, which is of Joyce. Realization hits, and she takes the picture out of the frame. She unfolds it to discover that it's the picture from the refrigerator, with her image folded behind Joyce's. Again, cree-pee.