Friday’s episode (with a little help from its ROSE BOWL lead-in) unexpectedly doubled its typical audience numbers. Tonight at 8:30PM and 9:30PM, ABC gives viewers two more chances to catch one of the best shows you’re not watching… yet!
“We are not sleazy!” said Ted in defense of a sexual harassment suit. “Our department is more like a hard-working squirrel, stuffing its nuts in… wait. We’re more like a hard-working beaver… ah, I’m not going to land this metaphor.”
Portia de Rossi’s emotionally-detached, conscious-free boss is perhaps the must cut-throat woman currently occupying the airwaves, a joyously un-self-actualized creature given to utterances such as “Children are so adorable… In a way, they’re like people” or “There are employees everywhere! It’s like I’m walking through spiderwebs!”
How can you not love a company that makes everything from weaponized pumpkins to a hypersonic-sound machine known as “The Voice Of God”.. which unintentionally causes people to throw up. (Or, as Ted put it, “A machine that causes vomiting. Well, that could have all kinds of applications for the military… and fashion modeling!”)
Lem & Phil
Like most people blessed with true genius, the scientists responsible for the company’s amazing – and often horrific – breakthroughs are insecure and prone to paranoia. (“He’s like a god,” said Phil of boss Ted, “Only it hurts more when he judges us.”)
ABC is almost single-handedly bringing back comedy this season thanks to freshmen hits MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN and THE MIDDLE. Obviously, there’s an audience out there… it simply needs to find sophomore series TED. Otherwise, yet another timeslot will be given to THE BACHELOR or some other unworthy reality show. And do you really want to be responsible for that? Because yes, I will hold you personally responsible. Consider that a warning.