Better Off Ted

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 18, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Ted, who loves his job, runs the research and development department at Veridian Dynamics. He is shocked when the company cryogenically freezes one of the scientists in his department.

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  • Pilot

    This does look like a fun series, and though it dint raise a lot of eyebrows in the pilot, I'm sure it has the potential to grow into a fine breed of comedy.

    I chose to see this one after watching the first 9 minutes, because it was different and fun. The cast has some familiar faces including Jay Harrington from Private Practice, and Andrea Anders from the Joey's show. The genre is different and I really look forward to how this one progresses. While it might seem fair to be optimistic, there is also a chance they make this one so incredibly stupid, that it loses any comic effect it can produce.moreless
  • Ted works for Veridian Technologies a morally bankrupt company that will do anything to make money. He is joined by his team Linda, Phil, and Lem as well as his boss Veronica. Also along for the ride is Ted's moral compass and daughter Rose.moreless

    Well what does one say about this endeavor in general. Basically it is a bunch of one liners that are suppose to be humorous or weirdly funny. Some physical humor shtick as well. In a way not much different then Scrubs but in a business instead of a hospital.

    It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It sort of falls in the Average to Good range for a first pass.

    It was nice to see Andrea Anders who we saw last saw as Alex on Joey. I have to say after I saw this I actually miss Joey which is saying a lot.

    We'll see if like Scrubs this one grows on you. Scrubs is sort of quirky in a way though. I am not sure this show has that. We'll see...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Every day something we make, makes your life better. Power, we make that. Technology, we make that. Cows. Well, no, we don't make cows. Although we have made a sheep. And medicines. And airplane engines. And whatever this is. And all sorts of things. Veridian Dynamics. Every day something we make, makes your life better. Usually. Veridian. Life. Better.

    • (Ted talking to Phil after the talk with his daughter)
      Ted: Just tell them (the firm) you don't want to do it, they can't force employees to participate in human experiments. They lost that court case.

    • Veronica: We want to make a metal that is hard as steel but can bounce like rubber, and is edible.

    • Veronica: We want to weaponize a pumpkin.
      Ted: Then so do I. Because?
      Veronica: There's a country with whom we do business that grows a great deal of pumpkins and would welcome additional uses for them. As well as cheaper ways to kill their enemies.
      Ted: Well, finally the pumpkin gets to do something besides Halloween.
      Veronica: Pie.
      Ted: Halloween and pie.

    • Ted: Okay, people, we need to turn this simple festive gourd into a killer. I've asked Dr. Bamba to take a look at how Nature does it, because Nature is a fantastic killer of things.

    • Lem: What... that's not normal, Phil.
      Phil: It becomes normal... if you keep doing it. Everything does.

    • Ted: "Never give up." That's what I always tell my daughter. She tells me to stop telling her, but I tell her I can't, because that would be giving up.

    • Ted: You think it's possible?
      Veronica: Yes, Mr. Negative, we do. We have developed a chemical that allows us to rapidly freeze animal tissue without it exploding. And--fingers crossed--we're ready for human testing.
      Ted: Your presentation sucks.

    • Veronica: Your guys would do anything for you, Ted. They've got... what's that thing again? Underlings have it. Loyalty.

    • Linda: This is a great company, isn't it? Freezing their employees.
      Ted: "Employee." They're only freezing one. For now.

    • Rose: I like Phil.
      Ted: Maybe you'll like him even more when he's frozen.
      Rose: I like him the temperature he is. Phil came to my birthday. It's wrong to freeze someone who came to your daughter's birthday.

    • Ted: Did you do your math homework?
      Rose: Yes.
      Ted: 6 x 8?
      Rose: Yes, that was one of them.

    • Dr. Bamba: I've never seen a man explode from the inside. A rabbit, an eel, a goat, a monkey, and a reindeer. But that's all.

    • Veronica: So this thing with Phil--making that stupid face and yelling--they think it's distracting.
      Ted: I guess in hindsight they shouldn't have vitrified his brains.
      Veronica: Look, I'm not going to play the blame game with you.

    • Veronica: I think you and I should have sex. If you want. Look at me. I'm so nervous I'm shaking like a leaf.
      Ted: No, no you're not.
      Veronica: No. Is that a problem? I try. It just doesn't come out. I guess that makes me... vulnerable.
      Ted: No, y-you're not vulnerable.
      Veronica: No.

    • Ted: Listen, Veronica, about firing Phil, I don't think we should rush into anything.
      Veronica: You're right. Wait until the end of business Friday. It'll be easier for Payroll.

    • Veronica: Did I surprise you? I didn't mean to surprise you. I'm just a friendly person.
      Linda: I didn't think you know my name.
      Veronica: Of course I know your name. I know a lot about you. Linda... Katherine... Zword... ning--ling.
      Linda: "Zwordling."
      Veronica: Fine. You know your name better than I do. Yay.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: September 14, 2009 on Canal FX
      Czech Republic: April 19, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: July 27, 2010 on FX

    • Presumably since they hadn't settled on a final spelling, Maz Jobrani's character name is spelled "Bamba" in the end credits. It will be spelled "Bhamba" in all subsequent episodes where he appears.

    • The show was ordered to series on 26 August 2008.