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Better Off Ted Recap: "Pilot"

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ABC's new office comedy, Better Off Ted, has the cast, the style and the quirkiness to make it a hit.  So how was the pilot to this eagerly anticipated series by Emmy-nominated Victor Freco?

Ted and His Scientists

Well, honestly, it started off a little weak.  The plot was definitely there (read our pilot recap).  The witty lines were even there.  The style was definitely there.  But there were very few moments that were laugh out loud funny.

Don't get us wrong, we're definitely tuning in next week to see how this show matures.  I mean just read some of the following quotes from the episode and tell me this show doesn't have potential:

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 | permalink
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 | permalink
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 | permalink
Don't worry, we're still giving it another week and we think you should too.

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Better Off Ted Quotes

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

Ted

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