Last night's first of two new Better Off Ted episodes returned to the show's strength: an office satire. During "The Impertence of Communicationizing," the topic of the episode was memos.
Sure Office Space may have mocked TPS reports, but Ted handled memos in a much different way. Apparently, the HR department at Veridian is notorious for typos, and rather than admit it could ever be wrong, Veridian enforces the incorrect policies.
During last night's episode, a memo went out that employees must NOW use offenseive language instead of NOT. The results? Hilarious as expected. We especially loved seeing Phil and Lem break down insults to a simple formula.
The episode may not have been the strongest of this short second season, but it will certainly have you smiling. Except for when you see Ted in a cheap, unfitted suit. Then it will have you shocked. Then you'll consider what the rest of us look like in suits and decide to upgrade.
Anyways, now for some Better Off Ted quotes from the half hour:
Ted: "Employees must now use offensive or insulting language in the workplace." This has to be a mistake. Why would the company want us to swear at each other?
Veronica: Well, maybe they're trying to make the people at work seem more like a real family, Butt-Munch. Yeah this is going to be good.
Linda: Like everything the company does to us, it's gotta be about money. Maybe when someone's called a "lazy sack of crap," they work harder so they can just be a "sack of crap."
Ted: Oh, this is gonna be a problem. People here follow memos. Especially since that memo came out saying people have to follow memos. | permalink
Janet: The company doesn't make mistakes.
Ted: What about that memo announcing "Casual Fribsday"?
Janet: The company said that wasn't a mistake. They explained that the ancient Mayans prophesied Fribsday--the first ever eighth day of the week which will occur in 2024. Which the company believes should be celebrated casually. I'm going to wear a denim pantsuit.
Ted: And when they urged all employees to "carpoop"?
Janet: That wasn't mandatory. Thank God.
Ted: Although we did find out what people would do to park slightly closer to the building. | permalink
Phil: We really should have been reading these memos.
Lem: Damn! We didn't have to work on Thanksgiving!
Phil: And look! Like I suspected, we were supposed to be wearing lead aprons when we were working on that genital x-ray project. | permalink
Veronica: In fact, we need to talk about us. And the future of our babies and how they'll be committed.
Walter: Wow, that's a lot to take in. Okay.
Veronica: I need this relationship to have a future because I need babies. That's right--big, screaming babies shooting out of my uterus, just stacking up like cordwood.
Veronica: Yes, sir. That's all I ever think about--the future, babies, and commitment. Future, babies, commitment. Future, babies, commitment. Commitment, commitment, commitment, commitment. | permalink
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