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Better Off Ted: Get Happy

The company orders Veronica to get company morale up to improve productivity. While she unleashes an onslaught of compliments, Ted discover that not everyone totally likes him and sets out to address the issue.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 1APX06
Airdate: Tuesday May 05th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Aug 17, 2010

Guest Stars
Merrin DungeyMerrin Dungey
As Sheila

Co-Guest Stars
Rizwan ManjiRizwan Manji
As Rick
Vivian BangVivian Bang
As Debbie
Main Cast
Jay HarringtonJay Harrington
As Ted Crisp
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Veronica Palmer
Andrea AndersAndrea Anders
As Linda Zwordling
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Phil Mymen
Malcolm BarrettMalcolm Barrett
As Lem Hewitt


Veridian surveys its employees and discovers that morale is low and that everyone finds Veronica intimidating. They tell Veronica to start complimenting everyone. On the other hand, almost everyone likes Ted. The one exception? Men over 50 in upper management. Although he insists Ted doesn't need everyone to like him, he sets out to get the older men to like him too...

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Episode Quotes
Phil: Do you think I look like a possum in this shirt?
Lem: Not in that shirt. Why?

Clark: Mr. Crisp, you had a near-unanimous rating of "excellent." In fact, there were even several write-ins of "adorable."
Veronica: Oh, brother, look out Jesus.

Veronica: Hi, Balding Guy. I love what you've done with the hair you have left.

Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork--it's a beautiful thing. In business, it means working together for a common goal. X-rays show that when people work together, they're happier and less likely to do something weird. Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork. It keeps our employees gruntled.

Ted: Look, the company does all sorts of crazy things. That doesn't mean we have to be crazy, too. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go seduce a 55-year-old man.

Manny: Ted, you're so put together. It's like you stepped out of a magazine. Didn't you ever get a mustard stain on your shirt, or a hooker's vomit on your pants?
Ted: Well, I did do one of those things when I was 12 at a baseball game. I won't tell you which one it is, but it was the game of my life.

Linda: I just made three new friends. Maybe I was wrong about the cubicle themes. For the first time since I've been here, I actually feel like I'm part of something.
Ted: Glad to hear it. I have to go to a strip club tomorrow with a bunch of old men.
Linda: Wow. What theme did the company give you?

Ted: Veronica and her hair were working hard on the company's campaign to improve morale. They both put on a good front, but one of them was feeling frustrated and the other was feeling dry and flaky.

Lem: I'm sorry, but when I hear an undeserved compliment it makes my ears want to throw up.
Phil: Oh, your ears are always throwing up about something.

Phil: My wife says I wouldn't know comedy if it ripped my face off.
Veronica: Good for you for having a wife.

Linda: I thought decorating the cubicles would create this great sense of community, but you can't base a community on made-up personalities. It's like high school. Only no one's on drugs and everyone's trying to get pregnant.
Linda: The druggie teen slut is right, Ted.
Linda: Wh... hey!
Linda: I said you were right.

Veronica: And the next time some survey asks how happy you are, you check "very," or I'll give you something to be happy about.
Ted: I'm not sure that makes any...
Veronica: The hair is up. That's all they hear.

Veronica: Another time, another place. Two other people--it could have been magniflorious.
Phil: You mean that?
Veronica: I do. Particularly the part about two other people.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorVictor Fresco
Executive ProducerVictor Fresco
Co-Executive ProducerDan O'Shannon  |  Justin Adler  |  Michael Glouberman  |  Michael A. Ross  |  Michael Teverbaugh
ProducerMarc Solakian
Consulting ProducerMichael Fresco
Associate ProducerLisa Iannone
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorRobert Bramwell
CastingLaura Adler  |  Jill Anthony
Unit Production ManagerHoward Griffith
First Assistant DirectorEric Jewett
Second Assistant DirectorJason Roberts (2)
MusicScott Clausen
Costume DesignerBrandy Lusvardi
Key GripBruce Carothers
Set DecoratorDiane Yates
Transportation CoordinatorMike Paventi
Property MasterBruce Mink
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerJaya Jayaraja
Script SupervisorGabi Endicott
Production CoordinatorJohn Barney
Assistant EditorBrad Hawkinson
Post Production SupervisorJohn M. Myrick
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Re-Recording MixerDean Okrand  |  Tamara Johnson
Director of PhotographySharone Meir
Story EditorAudra Sielaff  |  Becky Mann  |  Jordan Young  |  Elijah Aron
Production AccountantSuzie Shimizu
Chief Lighting TechnicianElan Yaari
Department Head HairLorna A. Reid
Department Head Make-upCinzia Zanetti
Music ConsultantKevin Edelman
Original CastingSharon Klein  |  Geraldine Leder
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