Review: Better Off Ted - Lust in Translation
by Mike Moody, posted Jan 20th 2010 10:30AM
(S02E10) Ted mixed business with pleasure again by hooking up with Greta, a sexy German exec whose broken English made her sound like a sexual deviant ("You and I do it I hope, the coming together?"). But after Greta's lunch proposal came out sounding like a much more private request ("Eat me?"), she started using Phil and Lem's translation device to communicate with Ted... in bed. Thankfully, the boys had fixed the machine's giant robot voice, but Ted was put off by its replacement, Phil's voice.
The funniest thing about this gag was Linda's reaction to hearing Phil's voice talking sexy to Ted. Not only did it make her lose the "Linda Bagel" championship, but she also seemed genuinely disturbed and crushed by what she was hearing. Veronica took advantage of the situation to steal Queen Linda the Dainty Foot's crown.
I love watching Veronica cozy up with the office drones to let loose every now and then. It was fun to see her ignore her work to practice her "Linda Bagel" pitch in this episode.
As usual, "Lust in Translation" was overflowing with quotable lines and clever gags. My favorite was the speech Veronica was rehearsing for the Germans: "A furor in Germany! A furor that will storm across Europe, crushing... no." Phil and Lem got in some laughs too with the realization that they might be evil scientists.
After Ted suggested they clear the lab of evil inventions, the boys discovered that almost everything they've created is designed to kill or harm in some way – from the man-eating Ficus to the machine that helps people "shed unwanted pounds ... but also kills." Lem even discovers Phil's evil laugh, which he only lets out when he's confronted with an uncomfortable truth, like when he saw that Al Gore movie.
There are three more episodes left to fill out the season, but ABC has only scheduled one, "Mess of a Salesman," set to air next week. Sadly, the sharpest comedy on TV might be going bye bye for good after next week due to low ratings and a network that, for some reason, clearly has no interest in promoting it or keeping it alive. I think it's time for every Tedhead who reads TV Squad to join the fan efforts to save the show. Let ABC know that BoT deserves to stay on the air.
Five – and only five! – quotes:
- "I not wish to die from Ted's underboot."
- "Chick throws a bagel like the horse is still attached. That works better for horseshoes."
- "Sex can screw things up. Why do you think The Three Stooges went through so many Curlys?"
- "Excuse, me, this isn't a library. You can't just leave your trash wherever you want."
- "Maaaaahrk! ... Maaaaarhk!"