Review: Better Off Ted - Change We Can't Believe In
by Mike Moody, posted Jan 6th 2010 3:45AM
(S02E08) Now this was an episode I could relate to. I hate small talk. This might sound cruel, but dealing with "energy sucking time gobblers" like Ryan was one of the things I hated most about working in an office. (That and having to wear pants, of course). So I can't blame Ted for wanting to cut the guy out of his life.
But Ted wasn't about to fire Ryan just for being a chatterbox. Instead, he took Veronica's advice (or Linda's advice, depending on who you ask) and decided to try and change him. And why not? Change is good. Except, of course, when it ruins a guy's life and causes an odd chain of events culminating in a stranger giving birth in the backseat of your car.
Just like the other ep that aired last night, this one was solid if not spectacular. The main plotlines kinda seemed to go nowhere, but there was enough funny stuff going on to keep me interested, like the nipple knobs and "spider madness."
I loved watching Phil and Lem claw at the door like frightened little kitties after Ted locked them both in the room with Veronica. Apparently she's so intimidating that the boys had to hold hands to face her alone. I guess I'd be scared of my boss too if there was a rumor going around about her trapping a janitor inside of a wall.
"Change You Can't Believe In" wasn't exactly the sharp bit of workplace satire BoT delivered half an hour earlier. This ep just rushed on by with a confident string of jokes and clever exchanges between the main characters. I still can't decide what was funnier, the dual meaning of "douche mobile," Veronica's "now, now, now, now, now" moment, or Phil's "One convenient nipple. I'm sorry. Nipple. I'm sorry. Nipple" slip. All three were funnier than Veronica and Ted's cute but odd Sonny and Cher sing-along, though.
And we finally got a Veridian commercial after God knows how many weeks without one. "Friendship. It's the same as stealing." It was short, but oh so sweet.
Five – and only five! – quotes:
- Talking about drawer elves won't make this any less scary.
- I would like to unsubscribe from whatever you're doing right now.
- Oh my God, there's flagellum everywhere!
- I saw the beautiful miracle of birth, and the less beautiful expulsion of afterbirth.
- Maybe the kindergarten teacher was right. Maybe I am too controlling.