Review: Better Off Ted - Love Blurts
by Mike Moody, posted Dec 9th 2009 12:32AM
(S02E01) Great. Now I'm gonna be picturing Ted as "Aquated" for the next few days. (Surprise! He looks good in aquatights!)
Phil and Lem's hilarious superhero fantasy was only a tiny throwaway gag in a premiere full of wonderfully weird moments and plotlines. There was Ted's fake obsession with Utah, Veronica's real obsession with Utah, and Taye Diggs' obsession with dressing up like a bear and terrorizing innocent park dwellers. What's say we start off by discussing that last one?
At this point, I'm convinced that Diggs' contract with ABC says that he gets to appear on all of the network's shows. (I can't wait to see him on General Hospital.) I'm not complaining, though. The guy really knows how to deliver the funny (and the crazy). At first I thought his character was going to end up being Ted's bland and handsome rival for Linda's affections. Thankfully, the writers had something far more insane in mind. Hearing Diggs confess his secret to Linda – on their first date! – reminded me of why I love this show so much: It's just so damn bizarre! But Better Off Ted rarely feels like it's actually trying to be weird. Like Diggs, the show makes crazy look easy.
So the company decided to match people up with their perfect genetic partners to reduce insurance costs? Sounds like classic Veridian to me. It was hard to believe that Ted and Linda were "incompatible," especially when Ted's number one match turned out to be a Linda clone. Seriously. She was blonde, beautiful, witty, charming, a little geeky and totally smitten with Ted -- just like Linda. Well, whatever. I liked the strange twist their relationship took after Ted – who's really just desperate for some companionship at this point – blurted out "I love you" after a quick roll in the hay. And leave it to Linda to exploit Ted's little lie just to see him squirm.
Phil and Lem mostly played outfield tonight, as is sometimes the case. These two are at their best when they're in conflict with each other, or when they're working together on one of the company's more frightening projects. Sadly, their plotlines sorta took them in different directions. Lem tried to save his sperm from Veronica's clutches while Phil was bummed about his demeaned genes. But the two stories finally converged in a great scene with Veronica threatening to go "balls out crazy" on a medical clerk. (Sadly, she was only bluffing.)
I was disappointed that this ep didn't feature a Veridian commercial. Maybe there was a time issue. (Or maybe ABC thinks the faux ads confuse the audience?) Whatever the case, I've been assured that the next episode does have a commercial, so we can rest easy for now.
This was a good start. I'm looking forward to enjoying another season of one of ABC's best and kookiest comedies. Oh, one last thing ... do you think Ted's Indian language could be the next Klingon?