Better Off Ted

The Great Repression

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 1/1/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Wen Ted and Linda are both falsely accused of sexual harassment, Veronica comes up with a novel defense: sexual harassment is a disease and no one can be held responsible for it. However, once Veridian accepts that reasoning, people start running amuck. Meanwhile, Phil and Lem try to rescue their lab robot Chumley from the company's recycling lab.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Portia de Rossi

    Veronica Palmer

  • Jennifer Irwin


  • Victor Fresco

  • Andrea Anders

    Linda Zwordling

  • Jake Dogias


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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • One of the greatest episodes of this show, with Portia giving her best display of comical facial expressions.

    By elven, Jan 10, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • (flirting) Erica: Gosh, Ted, it's like you were poured into that suit. Ted: And part of me is still hardening.

    • (to Rose) Veronica: Muss up his hair, it's the source of all his power. Ted: Oh, no! Not the hair! Veronica: Now smash him with the phone. (they stare) Why will no one in this building ever smash anyone with a phone?

    • Ted: What do you need, Veronica? Veronica: We have a problem. It's about sexual... (looks at Rose) It's about sexual H-A-R-assment. Ted: Ummm, well, I appreciate you not letting my daughter here the "har" part of that. But why don't we discuss it later? Rose: By the way, I'm eight. I know how to spell. Veronica: Never show your hand, sweetie. Always let the enemy underestimate you. Then when their guard's down, smash them with a phone.

    • Veronica: We've having a problem with some of those people who live in the cubicles. Ted: Look, they don't live in the... You know what? I'm not going to explain this to you again.

    • Ted: We are not sleazy. Our department is more like a hard-working squirrel, stuffing its nuts in... wait. We're more like a hard-working beaver... ah, I'm not going to land this metaphor.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: April 12, 2010 on Canal FX
      Czech Republic: May 18, 2010 on Prima COOL
      UK: September 21, 2010 on FX
      Slovakia: March 24, 2013 on JOJ Plus

    • A Gold Dalek from long-running British S.F. series Doctor Who can be seen in the background of the robot lab as Phil and Lem come in.

    Allusions (2)

    • Ted: How do I convince you that I'm ready to graduate from this League of Extraordinarily Perverted Gentlemen? Referencing Alan Moore's graphic novel series, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The original series, set in the late 19th century, featured Mina Harker, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll (and his counterpart, Mr. Hyde), Captain Nemo, and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man, teaming up to defend England from the machinations of Fu Manchu. Subsequent sequels have featured the same team battling Martians, and then Mina Harker continuing on for adventures in subsequent years. The first series was loosely adapted into a movie in 2003.

    • Phil: All these innocent machines hacked to pieces. It's like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, if somebody massacred the chainsaws.
      Referencing the 1974 movie directed by Tobe Hooper, and based loosely on the exploits of serial killer Ed Gein. The movie features the character "Leatherface," a hulkish killer wearing a leather mask and wielding the title chainsaw, and gave rise to subsequent sequels, remakes, and prequels.

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