Better Off Ted

Season 1 Episode 4

Racial Sensitivity

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 08, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A new motion-sensor system creates racial problems when it proves unable to sense darker skin.

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  • Its a Black thing

    Racially biased motion sensor system man that was funny. This is by far the funniest episode i have ever seen that deals with racial issues, i mean the manual drinking fountain it had me laughing like a hyena. The comecial was a touch of gold put one guy in front of white poeple at the start then use white people throught the commercial classic.

    This is the first time that as a black man I have laughed at things that otherwise world get me PO. I love this show.

    The Ted Linda story was funny enough but I missed Ted's Daughter she is funny especially when veronica talks to her its COMEDY GOLD I TELL YOU, COMEDY GOLDmoreless
  • truely one of the funniest episodes of any show

    Finally an episode of ANY show that hits the racial sensitivity right in the face! Was laughing til it hurt from the moment the motion sensor didnt see black people to the white guys following the black guys to trigger the sensors.. and the fake diversity commercial with all white people featured.. a scream! Probably not the 'best' television, but the constant funny scenes..right after pure gold in this episode. I almost spit out my coffee when I saw the scene with the 'manual' water fountain that was labeled 'for blacks'. Being trapped in work because he couldn't trigger the sensor to open the door..and the security guard that couldnt leave his kisok for the same reason.. omg.

    With all the PC going on in TV, it is so refreshing to get back to what is funny!moreless
  • Probably one of the funniest 30 minutes of TV I've seen in years.

    Witty, smart, completely UN-Politically Correct and all delivered with fantastic comedic timing. I love the subject matter, especially in this volatile political climate. A great example that almost anything can be made fun of if done right!

    And the Veridian Dynamics commercial that aires was also just briliant. Just simply hands down one of the most original and funny episodes of a sitcom I've seen. No fear - no failure!

    This the episode I'm quoting and using to try and bring more viewers on board for this show. I STILL find myself laughing when talking about it to others - it's just that funny and good.

    Bring on more like it!moreless
  • We continue to learn more of Ted and his adventures inside Veridian dynamics

    I liked the episode, it was pretty funny. I like how they use the corporate world and have laughs about it. Veridian Dynamics reminds me of Eureka on Scifi but with a lot less scifi stuff on it and concentrates more on people and their different personalities. Ted continues to be hang up on Linda and she has a boyfriend just to make him jealous. In this episode we see a racial problem with the motion detectors at the company that creates problems and oportunities for everybody. Just another day at Veridian Dynamics. Viewers. Yay!Hehe starting to be a fan of this show.moreless
  • Perfect example of the heart of this show! Big fan, even bigger after this one.

    This is one of my favorites! I know it's early in the series, but this one was really great. I particularly enjoyed Lem's plotline (I wasn't as keen on his story in the past couple episodes) and I like how it worked well with Ted's finally. I missed his daughter in this, but the addition of the ex-boyfriend was a big help. Ted is adorable and his relationship is very fun to watch grow. I just couldn't get enough of the idea of the sensors not touching Lem and having a white guy follow him around. Indifference, at best. It was a classic!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Phil: Lem, you ever get the feeling the ooplasm cultures are looking up at you, worshiping you like a vengeful god?
      Lem: No. Cytoplasm culture sometimes, but never ooplasm.
      Phil: Sometimes you are a complete stranger to me.

    • Phil: Did you put hydrochloric acid in this mug?
      Lem: Oh, yeah. I was trying to get the stains out.
      Phil: You know, soap would work, and it wouldn't kill someone if they accidentally drank it.
      Lem: But soap leaves a film.

    • Lem: (as the motion sensors bring the lights back on) It gets dark whenever you leave the room.
      Phil: Ohh... how can I get mad at you when you say things like that.

    • Ted: The system doesn't see black people?
      Veronica: I know. Weird, huh?
      Ted: That's more than weird, Veronica. That's basically, well... racist.
      Veronica: The company's position is that it's actually the opposite of racist, because it's not targeting black people. It's just ignoring them. They insist the worst people can call it is "indifferent."
      Ted: Well, they know it has to be fixed, right? Please... at least say they know that.
      Veronica: Of course they do, and they're working on it. In the meantime they'd like everyone to celebrate the fact that it sees Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Jews.

    • Ted: It turned out, Don was really a good guy. Linda was right. He was funny and smart. And for some reason, he could name every freshwater fish in North America. Plus he once played miniature golf with Tiger Woods.

    • Phil: This is ridiculous. You have to talk to Veronica.
      Lem: I'm going to.
      Phil: No, I mean you really have to.
      Lem: I'm going to.
      Phil: No you won't.
      Lem: Yes I might.
      Phil: You have to stand up for yourself this time. This isn't just delicious flavored coffee. This is your dignity we're talking about.
      Lem: I have my dignity. Now will you take me to the bathroom.

    • Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Diversity--just the thought of it makes these white people smile. We believe everyone works best when they work together, even if they're just standing around. Just like we enjoy varieties of food, we enjoy varieties of people. Even though we can't eat them. At Veridian Dynamics, we're committed to a multiethnic workplace. You can shake on it. Veridian Dynamics. Diversity. Good for us.

    • Lem: (trapped in an elevator) This is the company's plan. We're all gonna die in here.
      Bert: Yeah, we'll get the last laugh next week when everyone is wondering what that smell is.

    • Veronica: I know what it's like to see the ugly face of discrimination.
      Lem: You do?
      Veronica: Yes, I do. When I was 16, I was 5'9" and stunning. I mean, off-the charts gorgeous. At school, I was like a swan among the ugly ducklings. all the other girls hated me. And like our light sensors are doing to you, totally ignored me. If it wasn't for the modeling contracts and the comfort of college boys, I don't know if I would have made it.
      Phil: Wow. I had no idea.
      Veronica: No, how could you? You're still not 5'9".

    • Veronica: My door is always open to you. Please, close it on the way out.

    • Veronica: Okay, they realize it didn't work. Although there's a lot of fighting upstairs about whether it was the idea or the execution.

    • Veronica: The good news is, I'm told they fixed it.
      Lem: Really?
      Veronica: Yes. You won, nice work. You can walk away tall.
      Lem: Thank you. I just...
      Veronica: Walk... away... tall.
      Ted: I think she's telling you to walk away. But tall.
      Lem: Oh, right. Go Veridian!

    • Veronica: Well, I'm different than other women, Ted, and by different, I mean "better."

    • Phil: When you stand up for yourself, you get things done. I learned that the first time I sent back undercooked chicken at a restaurant. Sure, I ended up paying for two chickens...

    • Lem: Can you believe this?
      Bert: I know, isn't it great? We all get our own free white guy.

    • Veronica: (turning down sex with Ted) If we did this, it would be fun. I mean, it always is with me. I'm not bragging, it just is.

    • Ted: Listen, you're not, uh, you know...
      Veronica: What, Ted? Embarrassed? Upset? Disappointed? Itchy? Hungry? Earning twice your salary? Don't worry, I'm not any of those things. Maybe a little hungry. Plus, the salary thing.

    • Veronica: "Money before people," that's the company motto. Engraved on the lobby floor. It just looks more heroic in Latin.

    • Ted: And so, if the company keeps hiring white people to follow black people to follow white people to follow black people, by...
      Lem: Thursday, June 27, 2013.
      Ted: ...every person on Earth will be working for us. And we don't have the parking for that.

    • Veronica: Here, I bought you some briefs. The boxers you were wearing didn't highlight your assets. Penis-ly speaking.
      Ted: Thank you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: October 5, 2009 on Canal FX
      Czech Republic: April 22, 2010 on Prima COOL
      UK: August 3, 2010 on FX