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Review: Better Off Ted - Beating a Dead Workforce

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 6th 2010 2:32AM
Better Off Ted dead workforce
(S02E07)
Leave it to Veronica, the master of manipulation, to use an employee's death to increase productivity. Actually, she was only following the company's orders, which were to keep everyone working 14-hour days until, like Jenkins, they all dropped dead. In defiance, Ted took his sleepy little daughter and walked out of the office to a thundering round of applause. It sure was nice of everyone to pause their clapping while little Rosie had a tinkle.

It's always great to see Ted sticking his neck out for the worker drones. He cares about the people in his department, and he usually does his best to help them out, especially when they're too stupid to help themselves. Ted's attempt to snap one drone out of the company's spell led to my favorite exchange of the night:

Ted: The company is exploiting Jenkins' death to make people work harder.

Drone: The company said that Jenkins said that some people would say that.

Linda's subplot was embarrassingly thin, but so what? It was funny. She spent the entire episode trying to stay "in the moment" by grabbing people's faces, soliciting sex from Ted and trying to sweep people's legs. We even got a reference to her cheesy Wisconsin roots. I hope that becomes a running gag, similar to Rose's St. Olaf stories on The Golden Girls.

I still don't get why Lem would ditch Phil to take smoke breaks with the "cool" accountant jerks. I guess Veridian is like one big giant high school, which naturally makes it even more evil.

This episode wasn't a homerun like last Friday's, but even mediocre Better Off Ted is better than most of the other comedies clogging up the tube these days (I'm looking at you, 'Til Death.)

No Veridian commercial again. I guess I can live with it. The show continues to be consistently witty, charming and very, very entertaining. It's too bad a third season seems about as likely as a lesbian love affair on The Bachelor. (Now ABC's marketing folks will never send me a copy of "Veronica in the Key of Love.")

Five – and only five! – quotes:

- All the hard work, late nights and no rest have paid off. We've cured sleeplessness. And demonstrated irony.

- If you feel yourself dying, well, tell your supervisor.

- Goodbye Jenkins, I hope you're throwing coffee at God right now.

- Just once I wish you would greet me with sparklers and cotton candy and tell me I have the number one album in America.

- Together we're like Gandhi. I'm skinny and you're tan.

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Cordy

I now have opened the url savebetteroffted.com

Please go and show support , the website will be growing greatly in the next few days.

January 06 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cordy

I had an idea everybody

Someone who knows photoshop needs to use the veridian log and do one of these two logos

VERIDIAN DYNAMICS.
Wednesdays. Better.

or

VERIDIAN DYNAMICS.
You cancel us. We cancel you.


Obviously somehow, here and hopefully others will pick it up will need to promote it, but I'm trying to come up with an idea. Please! Let's do this!

January 06 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Telechimp

I would really hesitate to call this a mediocre episode. I thought it was pretty stellar. I ended up watching it twice just to catch all the details the company put into building up the Jenkins mythos. Portia de Rossi singing '"Never Gonna Give You Up" as elevator music? Brilliant. If ABC was capable of Fox level marketing, they would have released it on ITunes.

January 06 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PaulC

The funniest part of the show was when Rose was in the bathroom and everyone's waiting outside - and we hear the flush, the water and then the towel dispenser. I cracked up when I heard the towel dispenser. I love this show's offbeat humor.

January 06 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

I just found this show, yes, I know people have been talking it up for a long time but I had caught one episode that left me cold for whatever reason. I am now a sad fan. I laughed out loud more during the two episodes last night than I have laughed through anything for a long time. I am not sure when the first season aired ... what night and time ... but it must have been in a time slot with heavy competition. Bring it back please.

January 06 2010 at 6:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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