There were possibly more good jokes per minute on last night’s Better Off Ted than on any other sitcom this year. The two subplots: Phil and Lem bringing Ted down to the Veridian building basement for Medieval Fight Club (“You’ll bring us street crud,” said clueless malaprop-master Lem), plus Veronica deciding to make Linda her new friend and confiding way too much information. “I’m like her brain-toilet,” complained Linda.
The series continues to achieve a mixture of brutal office-politics satire and surreal whimsy. And in a joke that proved Portia De Rossi doesn’t mind poking fun at herself, her Veronica admitted to Linda, “I used to feed my sister in her sleep so she wouldn’t be skinnier than me.” I admit I had to rewind to make sure I heard that one correctly. Then I laughed, hard. And even harder later, when we actually saw Veronica feeding her sleeping sister, distractedly massaging the slumbering girl’s throat to make sure the food went all the way down.
From the fake Veridian commercials extolling the virtues of management (over a picture of worms: “Without bosses, we’d be like these worms — disgusting”) to Linda’s drunken babble (“I’m completely fit-shased”), this was a new all-time high for Ted. Do you agree?