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Better Off Ted: "Love Blurts" Review Season 2, Episode 1

When I heard that Better Off Ted would be returning for a second season, I was surprised. Don't get me wrong - it's a great show with a terrific cast and smart, funny writing. It's just that it floated under the radar last season and was subjected to a hard-to-follow split schedule that you'd associate more with a cable shows or something the network wanted to burn off over the summer. Hopefully the critically acclaimed show will get more eyeballs this season because the simple premise ethical employees working for an unethical mega-corporation - is easily relatable to so many people. Even though Better Off Ted is a show I'd recommend to anyone, I have to admit this season premiere was not their best effort. The cast, including Jay Harrington as Ted Crisp and Portia De Rossi as Veronica Palmer, were hilarious as usual, especially when Veronica decided it was time to go "balls-out crazy" on a poor receptionist. The problem was with the largest character of all: Viridian Dynamics. The cold, heartless beast of a company just didn't seem as cold and heartless in this episode. The company set up a matchmaking service for single employees, hoping to pair genetically compatible mates so that their offspring would need less health care paid for by the company. If you think about it, it's not an entirely horrible idea. Sure, the faceless corporate behemoth wants to control every facet of its employees lives, but in doing so, they also want healthy children. And therein lies the problem: since when did Viridian Dynamics care about its employees? Regardless of the entertaining, yet tangled love connections that occurred between the cast (Taye Diggs' cameo as Greg, the bear costume enthusiast, was a wonderful surprise), I still couldn't feel sorry for any of them. Whereas last season, the company put its employees in harm's way multiple times (remember Phil's cryogenic freezing disaster, Linda's mysterious energy patch or Clem's battle with sensors that didn't recognize him?), all that really happened to the pawns this time out was a couple of bad dates. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Review Season 2, Episode 1: Better Off Ted - Love Blurts

Great. Now I'm gonna be picturing Ted as "Aquated" for the next few days. (Surprise! He looks good in aquatights!) Phil and Lem's hilarious superhero fantasy was only a tiny throwaway gag in a premiere full of wonderfully weird moments and plotlines. There was Ted's fake obsession with Utah, Veronica's real obsession with Utah, and Taye Diggs' obsession with dressing up like a bear and terrorizing innocent park dwellers. What's say we start off by discussing that last one? At this point, I'm convinced that Diggs' contract with ABC says that he gets to appear on all of the network's shows. (I can't wait to see him on General Hospital.) I'm not complaining, though. The guy really knows how to deliver the funny (and the crazy). At first I thought his character was going to end up being Ted's bland and handsome rival for Linda's affections. Thankfully, the writers had something far more insane in mind. Hearing Diggs confess his secret to Linda - on their first date! - reminded me of why I love this show so much: It's just so damn bizarre! But Better Off Ted rarely feels like it's actually trying to be weird. Like Diggs, the show makes crazy look easy. So the company decided to match people up with their perfect genetic partners to reduce insurance costs? Sounds like classic Veridian to me. It was hard to believe that Ted and Linda were "incompatible," especially when Ted's number one match turned out to be a Linda clone. Seriously. She was blonde, beautiful, witty, charming, a little geeky and totally smitten with Ted -- just like Linda. Well, whatever. I liked the strange twist their relationship took after Ted - who's really just desperate for some companionship at this point - blurted out "I love you" after a quick roll in the hay. And leave it to Linda to exploit Ted's little lie just to see him squirm. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now