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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:

United Kingdom Sep 28, 2010

 
Guest Stars
Merrin DungeyMerrin Dungey
As Sheila
Recurring
Merrin DungeyMerrin Dungey
As Sheila
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Brad RaiderBrad Raider
As Perry
Brad RaiderBrad Raider
As Perry
Warren SweeneyWarren Sweeney
As Gordon Jenkins
Warren SweeneyWarren Sweeney
As Gordon Jenkins
Graham NorrisGraham Norris
As Johnny
Graham NorrisGraham Norris
As Johnny
Ed HopkinsEd Hopkins
voiced Narrator
Ed HopkinsEd Hopkins
voiced Narrator
Main Cast
Jay HarringtonJay Harrington
As Ted Crisp
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Veronica Palmer
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Veronica Palmer
Andrea AndersAndrea Anders
As Linda Zwordling
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Phil Mymen
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Phil Mymen
Malcolm BarrettMalcolm Barrett
As Lem Hewitt
Malcolm BarrettMalcolm Barrett
As Lem Hewitt
Isabella AcresIsabella Acres
As Rose Crisp
Isabella AcresIsabella Acres
As Rose Crisp

Recap

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.

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?

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.

Ted: I need to sabotage the sleep system and make sure it's not finished in time for Relaxxxacon.
Linda: Cool. That's not sex, but it beats getting knocked to the floor so hard you want to go back to Wisconsin and get your master's in Cheese Sciences.
Ted: Yes, it does.

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  |  Michael A. Ross  |  Tim Doyle  |  John Hoberg  |  Kat Likkel  |  Michael Shipley
Associate ProducerLisa Iannone
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
CastingJill Anthony
Unit Production ManagerJack Philbrick
First Assistant DirectorEric Jewett
Staff WriterIngrid Escajeda
Costume DesignerBrandy Lusvardi
Key GripTom Keefer
Transportation CoordinatorMike Paventi
Property MasterKevin Shaw (3)
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerJaya Jayaraja
Script SupervisorRebecca E. Asher
Script CoordinatorEve Weston
Assistant EditorBrad Hawkinson
Post Production SupervisorJohn M. Myrick
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Director of PhotographyBrian J. Reynolds
Story EditorElijah Aron  |  Audra Sielaff
Costume SupervisorPatricia McLaughlin
Production AccountantSuzie Shimizu
Chief Lighting TechnicianDerrick Kolus
Department Head HairLorna A. Reid
Music ConsultantKevin Edelman
Original CastingSharon Klein
Production StaffJustin Pastyrk  |  Oscar Sosa  |  Jason Suhrke  |  Kate A. Ross  |  Robert Olmedo  |  Shel Gilbert  |  Christopher Horan  |  Rob Hoffman  |  James Gordon  |  Rick Glassman  |  Patrick Dunn  |  Nickole Doro
Writing AssistantDevin Mahoney
 
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