Better Off Ted

Season 1 Episode 8

You Are the Boss of Me

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jun 23, 2009 on ABC
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Ted tries to befriend his underlings in their version of Medieval Fight Club, unaware that they're uncomfortable around him. Meanwhile, Linda tries to befriend Veronica.

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  • Nice one..

    I never knew this show was back on air, until started comparing this to 30 Rock. Not to take anything from this freshman show, but it would be ages till it gives an Emmy winning show a run for its money.

    Based mostly on the concept of bonding with your boss, this installment uses two different story lines.One was a fight club thing with costumes from the medieval age, in which Phil and Lem enlist Ted. The second was Linda being Veronica's BFF. This episode had a decent comedy element, and the writing has begun to show some maturity. There is still a lot this show has to learn -mostly dealing with loosely connected subplots and archaic Willy-Wonka references; which the show can do without.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Ted: The implications for weight loss are enormous. And while elective brain surgery doesn't test that great, it still tests better than dieting and exercise.

    • Lem: I always thought Veronica lived here.
      Phil: Me, too. You know, she just finds a comfortable chair and powers down for the night.

    • Phil: Besides, Ted could bring us a lot of street crud.
      Lem: It's street cred. You know, "credibility"?
      Phil: Oh... now that finally makes sense.

    • Veronica: Don't be silly. Let's talk. Would you like some wine?
      Linda: I would like a whole bunch of wine, yes.

    • Voiceover: Veridian Dynamics. Bosses. Everybody has one. Without bosses, we'd be like these worms. Disgusting. Bosses make everything better. So listen to your boss. And don't question them. Otherwise you're no better than a worm. Veridian Dynamics. Bosses. Necessary.

    • Lem: Bosses and employees just shouldn't hang out. It's like a ventriloquist trying to be friends with his dummy. At the end of the day, you know who's sleeping in a suitcase.
      Phil: The dummy.
      Ted: All right, I was the one who pushed for us to hang out, so I should endure this. I mean suffer through... I mean support you. Because that's what friends do.

    • Veronica: My grandfather... I never liked him. He smelled of onions and once cheated on my grandmother with Eleanor Roosevelt, who hated men but loved onions.

    • Gil: I declare Ted the victor, and Victor the loser.

    • Phil: Medieval Fight Night two nights in a row? Man, my codpiece just got tighter.

    • Linda: I don't know why I drink. I always either get laid or fired.
      Lem: I have to start drinking. I like those odds.

    • Veronica: I'll take you to breakfast--somewhere where the meals don't end with the word "slam."
      Linda: I don't know. I've got a lot of work to do on the Doppler Project.
      Veronica: You're with the boss. Relax. Besides, I can give the Doppler Project to Joe.
      Linda: Really? Because I do hate the Doppler Project.
      Veronica: And I hate Joe. So everybody wins.

    • Gil: Ted, in order to advance to Squire, there is but one knave standing in your way.
      Phil: I propose a mutual surrender.
      Gil: Valiant try, you giant ball of wuss.

    • Veronica: I once slept with my boyfriend's therapist to find out if he was cheating with me. He wasn't.

    • Veronica: And then I accused Omar Sharif of being a terrorist so he'd get kicked off a plane and I could take his first-class seat.

    • Francis Groth: I don't think so, fellas. I'm done with Medieval Fight Club. I have a girlfriend now.

    • Veronica: Linda, I feel like you've been wanting to get our relationship back to the way it was.
      Linda: What gave you that idea--the fact that you shrunk my cubicle into a hobbit hole?
      Veronica: Now let's not get into "who shrunk whose office" or "who canceled whose dental plan."

    • Ted: I'm a little preoccupied. I almost killed a man in the basement.
      Linda: Huh. Last week a story like that would've surprised me. So who'd you almost kill? Was it Joe? I hate that guy. He took half my cubicle.

    • Linda: There's a single dads' club that meets on the fifth floor every week. Maybe you should check it out.
      Ted: Eh, I guess I could go beat up some single dads.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: November 2, 2009 on Canal FX
      Czech Republic: April 29, 2010 on Prima COOL
      UK: August 17, 2010 on FX


    • Linda: What gave you that idea--the fact that you shrunk my cubicle into a hobbit hole?
      Referencing the fictional mythical creatures created by J R R Tolkien. Also known as halfings, they first appeared in The Hobbit (1937), and are on average 3-1/2' tall creatures who live on average to the age of 100 and are known for their furry feet. The hobbits play a significant role in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • Ted: Because I'm an actual parent, not Willy Wonka.
      Referencing the fictional candy manufacturer created by Roald Dahl in 1964 in the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The eccentric candymaker has since been the subject of a sequel novel and two movies, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971, starring Gene Wilder) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, starring Johnny Depp).