Better Off Ted

Season 2 Episode 6

Beating a Dead Workforce

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 05, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A Veridian employee dies due to overwork while trying to finish Veridian's next major project, a machine that will help people get more sleep. Instead of mourning the loss, Veronica tries to use the incident as a way to inspire the employees to work even harder.

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  • Probably the best scene ever.

    It happened when Veronica, at the funeral don't remember the correct fullname (Gordon Jenkins) and Ted try to put her on right direction with hilarius consequences !!!

    Veronica: Carl Jenkins

    Ted: Gordon

    Veronica: Carl Gordon

    Ted: Jenkins

    Veronica. Carl Gordon Jenkins

    Ted: Gordon Jenkins

    Veronica. Carl Gordon Jenkins Gordon Jenkins ... are you sure that's right ??

    Ted: That's right !!!

    Great scene !!

    I don't know to immagine how the authors reach to invent dialogues like this, but it's amazing.

    And please note, even the expression of Jay Harrington "Ted" discouraged when realize that is a Mission impossible.

    Great cast, greats authors for the one of the best episode ever !!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Lem: We did it, Ted. We now have a working prototype for the Veridian Sleep System.
      Phil: All the hard work, late nights and no rest have paid off. We've cured sleeplessness and demonstrated irony.

    • Ted: Morale does seem pretty low.
      Linda: It's like that time they paid our holiday bonuses in frozen food.
      Ted: Potpie Christmas. It did not help that they made them with real reindeer.

    • Veronica: I heard about Jenkins' death. The company feels terrible about it.
      Ted: People are working too hard, Veronica. We need to slow down.
      Veronica: Legal's position's is, we don't know if hard work killed Jenkins. Legal thinks he may have had high cholesterol. They're also floating the idea that his being dead may have been a pre-existing condition, and that he may not have been alive when we hired him. Apparently he was pretty quiet in his job interview.

    • Veronica: Sorry, Ted. The company feels that if we ease up because someone dies, it will only encourage other people to die.

    • Phil: I love sugar cookies. When I was a kid, my mom used to make 'em. But instead of sugar, she'd use brandy. And instead of milk, she dipped them in brandy.

    • Lem: Gordon Jenkins was a good man. But he was also a complex man. For example, he liked coffee, but he did not like having coffee thrown at him. In fact, Jenkins hated being burned by any hot liquid. In that way, he was like many of us, sensitive to heat. What a character. Goodbye, Jenkins. I hope you're throwing coffee at God right now.
      Veronica: Nice work, Lem. Goosebumps.
      Lem: Really?
      Veronica: Sure. Why not?

    • Veronica: If you want to get the company off this, you have to show them that this new pace will cost them money. Because the company loves its money. If they could, they'd go to strip clubs and throw naked women at money.

    • Lem: It's Broasting Day in the cafeteria. It'll give us another chance to figure out what broasting is.
      Phil: Well, I do want to get to the bottom of that. Okay, we'll have lunch. I just hope "broasting" is not a typo, like that butter crotch pudding.

    • Ted: I need to sabotage the sleep system and make sure it's not finished in time for Relaxxxacon.
      Linda: Cool. That's not sex, but it beats getting knocked to the floor so hard you want to go back to Wisconsin and get your master's in Cheese Sciences.
      Ted: Yes, it does.

    • Phil: Lem, I talked to the chef. It turns out that broasting is a combination of, and I quoting, "roasting and get the hell out of my kitchen." He wouldn't tell me the proportions.

    • Perry: But Jenkins was still a great man, right? I mean, you were with him when he helped that killer whale find its way home.
      Phil: I had not heard that one. Was that an embellishment of the time I helped that large woman with the hole in the top of her head find her way back to her apartment?
      Lem: Actually, I stole that story from Free Willy.
      Phil: Oh.

    • Ted: So the company backed down on the new hours?
      Veronica: Mm-hmm.
      Ted: I/we did it, because I/we stood up for what was right. I/we am proud of me/us.
      Veronica: I/me, too, Ted. Together, we're like Gandhi. I'm skinny, and you're tan.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Veronica: Now let's go upstairs and get back to work, for tonight, we dine in Hell!
      Referencing a line spoken by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) in the movie 300 (2006), which chronicles the Greek battle against the Persian army at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The full line is "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!"