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Better Off Ted: Beating a Dead Workforce

After an employee drops dead during a sleep system project on a tight deadline, Veridian uses his sacrifice to push everyone else to work harder. Ted objects when he realizes they're going to be working 14-hour days even after the current project wraps up. Linda decides to live in the moment, and Lem discovers that everyone thinks he was a friend of the dead man and decides to enjoy the attention.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 2APX09
Airdate: Tuesday January 05th, 2010
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Sep 28, 2010

Guest Stars
Merrin DungeyMerrin Dungey
As Sheila

Co-Guest Stars
Brad RaiderBrad Raider
As Perry
Warren SweeneyWarren Sweeney
As Gordon Jenkins
Graham NorrisGraham Norris
As Johnny
Ed HopkinsEd Hopkins
voiced Narrator
Main Cast
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 is ducking in his daughter at the office because he and the rest of the company are working on a new product: a sleep system. Phil and Lem show him the new product, designed to put anyone to sleep in three minutes. The only problem is that it's incredibly noisy. Ted tells them to take it back to the lab to fix and then checks on Linda. She points out that everyone is unhappy because of the extra work. Lem spills a cup of coffee on another employee, Jenkins, and Jenkins stalks off. Ted talks to Veronica, who thinks they should fire the hardest-working employee to terrorize the others. Ted suggests a celebration of the hardest-working employee might be better...

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Episode Quotes
Lem: We did it, Ted. We now have a working prototype for the Veridian Sleep System.
Phil: All the hard work, late nights and no rest have paid off. We've cured sleeplessness and demonstrated irony.

Ted: Morale does seem pretty low.
Linda: It's like that time they paid our holiday bonuses in frozen food.
Ted: Potpie Christmas. It did not help that they made them with real reindeer.

Veronica: I heard about Jenkins' death. The company feels terrible about it.
Ted: People are working too hard, Veronica. We need to slow down.
Veronica: Legal's position's is, we don't know if hard work killed Jenkins. Legal thinks he may have had high cholesterol. They're also floating the idea that his being dead may have been a pre-existing condition, and that he may not have been alive when we hired him. Apparently he was pretty quiet in his job interview.

Veronica: Sorry, Ted. The company feels that if we ease up because someone dies, it will only encourage other people to die.

Phil: I love sugar cookies. When I was a kid, my mom used to make 'em. But instead of sugar, she'd use brandy. And instead of milk, she dipped them in brandy.

Lem: Gordon Jenkins was a good man. But he was also a complex man. For example, he liked coffee, but he did not like having coffee thrown at him. In fact, Jenkins hated being burned by any hot liquid. In that way, he was like many of us, sensitive to heat. What a character. Goodbye, Jenkins. I hope you're throwing coffee at God right now.
Veronica: Nice work, Lem. Goosebumps.
Lem: Really?
Veronica: Sure. Why not?

Veronica: If you want to get the company off this, you have to show them that this new pace will cost them money. Because the company loves its money. If they could, they'd go to strip clubs and throw naked women at money.

Lem: It's Broasting Day in the cafeteria. It'll give us another chance to figure out what broasting is.
Phil: Well, I do want to get to the bottom of that. Okay, we'll have lunch. I just hope "broasting" is not a typo, like that butter crotch pudding.

Phil: Lem, I talked to the chef. It turns out that broasting is a combination of, and I quoting, "roasting and get the hell out of my kitchen." He wouldn't tell me the proportions.

Perry: But Jenkins was still a great man, right? I mean, you were with him when he helped that killer whale find its way home.
Phil: I had not heard that one. Was that an embellishment of the time I helped that large woman with the hole in the top of her head find her way back to her apartment?
Lem: Actually, I stole that story from Free Willy.
Phil: Oh.

Ted: So the company backed down on the new hours?
Veronica: Mm-hmm.
Ted: I/we did it, because I/we stood up for what was right. I/we am proud of me/us.
Veronica: I/me, too, Ted. Together, we're like Gandhi. I'm skinny, and you're tan.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorVictor Fresco
Executive ProducerVictor Fresco
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Teverbaugh  |  Kat Likkel  |  Michael Shipley  |  John Hoberg  |  Tim Doyle
ProducerMarc Solakian
Associate ProducerLisa Iannone
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorRobert Bramwell
CastingLaura Adler
Unit Production ManagerJack Philbrick
First Assistant DirectorEric Jewett
Second Assistant DirectorJason Roberts (2)
Staff WriterIngrid Escajeda
MusicScott Clausen  |  Christopher A. Lee
Costume DesignerBrandy Lusvardi
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 EditorBrad Hawkinson
Post Production SupervisorJohn M. Myrick
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Re-Recording MixerTamara Johnson
Director of PhotographyBrian J. Reynolds
Story EditorBecky Mann  |  Jordan Young  |  Audra Sielaff  |  Elijah Aron
Costume SupervisorPatricia McLaughlin
Production AccountantSuzie Shimizu
Chief Lighting TechnicianDerrick Kolus
Department Head HairLorna A. Reid
Department Head Make-upDarla Albright
Music ConsultantKevin Edelman
Original CastingGeraldine Leder  |  Sharon Klein
Assistant To The Executive ProducerChris Luccy
Production StaffOscar Sosa  |  Jason Suhrke  |  Kate A. Ross  |  Jessica Poter  |  Robert Olmedo  |  Shel Gilbert  |  Rob Hoffman  |  Rick Glassman  |  Patrick Dunn  |  Nickole Doro  |  Justin Pastyrk
Writing AssistantDevin Mahoney
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