I talked about my general disappointment with the "Better Off Ted" premiere (and next week's episode) in today's column, so go read that and then I'll have some brief, more spoiler-y thoughts coming up just as soon as I make sure it's the right man...
Look, so long as Lem, Phil and Veronica are around, "BoT" is never going to be not funny. But I felt let down by "Love Blurts" for these reasons:
1)No Veridian Dynamics commercial. There's one next week, but not till the very end.
2)Too much Ted as the center of his own storyline (as opposed to trying to fix the other characters' problems), and a storyline built around one of my least favorite sitcom devices: the lie that spirals out of control.
3)I didn't like that Veronica was bluffing with the records lady. Veronica should never, ever bluff, certainly not to someone that far below her own station.
4)While the idea that Taye Diggs' character likes to dress up in a "totally realistic bear costume" is very funny (it's the "totally realistic" part), they didn't know where to take the joke from there, I thought.
So while "Love Blurts" wasn't as useless as a stack of Mymans, it wasn't the triumph most of the episodes last spring were, either.
What did everybody else think?
(*) For those wondering about the subject line, it is a reference to one of the great press tour quotes of all time, which Rick Porter recapped here.