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Review: Better Off Ted - The Lawyer, The Lemur, and The Listener

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 16th 2009 8:40AM
better off ted laywers lem(S02E02) Most people have trouble separating their work life from their life life. But if you're employed by Veridian Dynamics, your work life is your life life. Always and forever.

So, like Linda in this episode, forget about writing that children's book you've been talking about for years, because the company owns the rights to anything you create -- even stories about lemurs that look like unhappily married scientists. And, like Ted, don't bring your daughter to the company day care service. You'll just end up milking her for inside information about the latest round of layoffs. Oh, and like poor ol' Lem, never ever do it with a company lawyer on company time, unless you can afford $300 an hour.

Better Off Ted
has played Veridian's tight grip on its employees' lives for laughs before, but this ep took that idea to a whole new level. It's almost like the show is trying to remind us that we spend our lives toiling away at places we don't want to be and doing things that we don't want to do. It would be depressing if it weren't so damn funny.

Like last week, the great jokes and quotable one-liners flew by at a rapid pace, reminding us that Better Off Ted deserves a better time slot and about a million Emmy nods. Seriously ABC, this is best and funniest comedy on your schedule. I applaud you for renewing it for another season, but how about showing a little more faith in BOT by giving it the 8 p.m. Wednesday night slot? And don't even think about moving it to Fridays, or else I might have to sick the super lice on ya.

Other observations:

- Since when does Ted bring Rose to Veridian day care? I thought they used children for unpaid labor and product testing.

- A Japanese corporation using a cartoon lemur to sell beer to kids? It's like the show is holding a mirror to the world.

- It's good to see a lab geek like Lem getting some action. I wish Phil would leave his supposedly terrible wife and find some real lovin', but I really don't want to see him dating a 75-year-old woman.

- I bet Linda does get high before work every morning. While watching Alf.

- I'm having trouble not picturing Lem with antlers.

- I was glad to see the return of the Veridian commercial. Looking forward to next week's.

Five – and only five! – quotes:

- "Tased flesh smells bacon-y."

- "I may have a whole new career entertaining children instead of working for a place that uses them to assemble munitions."

- "The only time I've ever been naked in this building is that time I was deloused."

- "Somebody out here isn't using hushaboom technology."

- "They make it crazy-hard to kill people here. I want my country back!"

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Rosie

Some people have a hard time letting go of first impressions. Last season Better Off Ted was a great show. This season it's just a bad work place sitcom, were humor gave place to cutesy. The first episode was dreadful, and the second was bland. At least now I won't be sad when they finally cancel it. Move along, there is nothing to see here.

December 16 2009 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

You forgot the best quote "We've got a rabbit"

December 16 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj

I don't think this show will be canceled. It is too good. I agree that it should be part of the Wednesday line up. And I, too, was happy to see the commercial back. I missed it last week, and had a brief panic attack that it wouldn't be back.

December 16 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Portia de Rossi is so good at playing the heartless cruel bitch. She nailed it in Arrested Development and she's nailed it again on Better Off Ted.

My Tivo said the title of this episode was "The Lawyer, The Lemur, and the Little Listener" (you left out the word "Little" assuming my Tivo is correct).

I'm so glad they didn't cancel this show. It's the type of quirky dry humor that I really love.

December 16 2009 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robin

"People always like to get their picture taken with me. I'm like a sunset." I love Veronica.

December 16 2009 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SHANNON

You missed my favorite quote:
"Everybody wants to have their picture taken with me. I'm like a sunset..."

December 16 2009 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Robin

Gah, Shannon beat me to it! :)

December 16 2009 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

The Canadian feed didn't air the Veridian commercial, and I was VERY disappointed.

December 16 2009 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MC

Last night's BoT was great as usual. The snappy, satirical one-liners are killer, especially Veronica's. Too bad it looks like the writing is on the wall, and we'll have to enjoy the last few episodes until it's cancelled. It'll be a dang shame too because it's better than all of the other workplace comedies on air (*ahem*The Office*ahem*).

December 16 2009 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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scott

ugh, really? where'd you see that?

December 16 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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