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Better Off Ted: The Great Repression

Cubicle worker Sheila mistakes Linda's comforting hug as sexual harassment, and files a lawsuit. When Ted tries to explain, things go badly and Sheila accuses him of sexual harassment as well. Veronica convinces the company to identify sexual harassment as a disease, but Ted and Linda refuse to be "treated." Meanwhile, Phil and Lem discover that retired robots are not sent to Veridian's "robot farm," and try to save a longtime working associate.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 2APX08
Airdate: Friday January 01st, 2010
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Sep 21, 2010

Guest Stars
Merrin DungeyMerrin Dungey
As Sheila

Co-Guest Stars
Jake DogiasJake Dogias
As Alvin
Zaid FaridZaid Farid
As Steve
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
Isabella AcresIsabella Acres
As Rose Crisp


Ted comes into his office to roughhouse with Rose, who is taking a break from aftercare. They're interrupted when Veronica comes in and suggests Rose hit him in the head with a telephone. When that doesn't go over well, she talks to Ted in private about a sexual harassment issue. She informs him that an employee is filing a sexual harassment case, but the company's legal department won't tell her whom. Ted goes to the cubicles to find out...

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Episode Quotes
Erica: Gosh, Ted, it's like you were poured into that suit.
Ted: And part of me is still hardening.

Veronica: Muss up his hair, it's the source of all his power.
Ted: Oh, no! Not the hair!
Veronica: Now smash him with the phone. Why will no one in this building ever smash anyone with a phone?

Ted: What do you need, Veronica?
Veronica: We have a problem. It's about sexual... (looks at Rose) It's about sexual H-A-R-assment.
Ted: Ummm, well, I appreciate you not letting my daughter here the "har" part of that. But why don't we discuss it later?
Rose: By the way, I'm eight. I know how to spell.
Veronica: Never show your hand, sweetie. Always let the enemy underestimate you. Then when their guard's down, smash them with a phone.

Veronica: We've having a problem with some of those people who live in the cubicles.
Ted: Look, they don't live in the... You know what? I'm not going to explain this to you again.

Ted: We are not sleazy. Our department is more like a hard-working squirrel, stuffing its nuts in... wait. We're more like a hard-working beaver... ah, I'm not going to land this metaphor.

Ted: That doesn't sound so sexual. It's just a hug that drifted... boobwardly.

Linda: Relax, Sheila. Don't fight it.
Ted: "Don't fight it?"
Linda: Hindsight is 20-20, Mr. "I never accidentally fondled anyone."
Ted: I don't think the words "don't fight it" have ever been used when someone isn't being sexually harassed.

Veronica: Sheila claims you propositioned her for a threesome.
Ted: Veronica, I work full-time and I have a eight-year-old daughter. I don't even have the energy for a onesome.

Phil: Where'd they take him, you son of a bitch?!? I mean, my immediate superior.

Phil: I feel like my heart has been kicked in the testicles.

Veronica: Great news! You both have a disease.
Ted: You would be a terrible doctor.

Linda: I don't like other ladies' breasts. Some days I don't even like my own breasts. Although mostly they're awesome.

Linda: I don't want to lose this job. What am I supposed to do, go back to Wisconsin and work in the cheese mine? After I made that big speech, threw down my cheese shovel, and stormed out?

Phil: We can put him back together. I fixed my marriage with mechanical attachments, I can fix this.

Veronica: Choo, choo, choo, choo.
Ted: What are you doing?
Veronica: That's the sound of me deflecting the whiny bitching with my happiness shield.

Phil: This must be how Dr. Frankenstein felt. And that creepy scientist on the fourth floor who tried to build a wife out of mannequin parts and chicken skin.
Lem: Yeah. It was awkward at the Christmas party when we had to pretend she didn't smell like chicken.

Ted: You're one of the best executives ever. You're better than Steve Jobs, Lee Iacocca, or...
Veronica: Field Marshal Rommel?
Ted: Okay.
Veronica: He was a brilliant tactician who looked magnificent in jodhpurs.
Ted: Now I'm picturing you in jodhpurs.
Veronica: So am I, and I'll bet Rommel didn't wear a thong underneath his.

Keith: That isn't harassment. Harassment is supposed to be sexy. You're not even doing it right.

Phil: Boy, bringing things back from the dead never goes smoothly.

Veronica: Children, they have so many uses. They're like adorable Swiss Army knives.
Ted: Although they can't open wine worth a damn.

Cultural References
Perhaps not surprisingly, Veridian keeps a Gold Dalek from the Doctor Who TV series in their robotics lab.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorVictor Fresco
Executive ProducerVictor Fresco
Co-Executive ProducerKat Likkel  |  Michael Teverbaugh  |  Tim Doyle  |  John Hoberg  |  Michael Shipley  |  Michael A. Ross
ProducerMarc Solakian
Associate ProducerLisa Iannone
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorLance Luckey
CastingJill Anthony  |  Laura Adler
Unit Production ManagerJack Philbrick
First Assistant DirectorLeo Bauer
Second Assistant DirectorJason Roberts (2)
Staff WriterIngrid Escajeda
MusicScott Clausen  |  Christopher A. Lee
Costume DesignerBrandy Lusvardi
Key GripTom Keefer
Set DecoratorAndi Brittan
Transportation CoordinatorMike Paventi
Property MasterKevin Shaw (3)
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerJaya Jayaraja
Script SupervisorRebecca E. Asher
Production CoordinatorJohn Barney
Script CoordinatorEve Weston
Assistant EditorJoan Wrzala
Post Production SupervisorJohn M. Myrick
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Re-Recording MixerTamara Johnson
Director of PhotographyBrian J. Reynolds
Story EditorElijah Aron  |  Jordan Young  |  Becky Mann  |  Audra Sielaff
Costume SupervisorPatricia McLaughlin
Production AccountantSuzie Shimizu
Chief Lighting TechnicianDerrick Kolus
Department Head HairLorna A. Reid
Department Head Make-upDarla Albright
Music ConsultantKevin Edelman
Original CastingSharon Klein  |  Geraldine Leder
Assistant To The Executive ProducerChris Luccy
Production StaffRobert Olmedo  |  Jessica Poter  |  Kate A. Ross  |  Jason Suhrke  |  Oscar Sosa  |  Shel Gilbert  |  Christopher Horan  |  Rob Hoffman  |  James Gordon  |  Rick Glassman  |  Patrick Dunn  |  Nickole Doro  |  Katie Botkin  |  Dan Eason
Writing AssistantDevin Mahoney
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