BETTER OFF TED “Get Happy”: I Can’t Believe You Got Me a Kitten!


Remember last week when Veridian Dynamics valued individuals? That was before they decided to respond to low employee morale by allowing workers to decorate their cubicles. Actually, that’s too risky–before decorating workers’ cubicles for them, in one of four special themes: cat people, space people, classic car people, and Green Bay Packers people. Enjoy your new individuality!

If, like me, you admire Mad Men‘s craftsmanship but sometimes find it a downer, cue up this episode of Better Off Ted as an antidote. Watching Ted squirm uncomfortably while hanging out with a sexist, swinish older generation he’s courting because they’re the only demographic who doesn’t love him is funny, but it gets even funnier as you remember that Ted’s a pretty big shark. It’s just that corporate malfeasance has changed its face. At least in Ted’s day, it’s become funny.

The last Veridian Dynamics commercial of the season: “Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork. It’s a beautiful thing. In business, it means working together for a common goal. X-rays show that when people work together, they’re happier, and less likely to do something weird. Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork. It keeps our employees gruntled.”

If that’s the last Veridian Dynamics commercial ever, I’ll be quite a lot less than gruntled.


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