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  • Cargo Shipping: Veronica often refers to the company as if it were a person, and seems to hold the company itself in higher regard than the people who actually run it.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Crosses over with Accidental Aesop where Ted insists that at the end of one episode the lesson is to never take the low road. Veronica feels that what they should really take away is that when they take the low road they should coordinate better.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: In the pilot, Ted and Lem are discussing Lem's mother. Ted says Lem's mother is many things, but not someone who "can make something out of nothing" and assigns Lem a project. Later, in season two, we find out that exchange wasn't just Ted trying to encourage Lem, but that Lem's mother is also a scientist, but works only in theoretical science and looks down on the things Lem creates.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The numerous jokes about losing weight given to and by Veronica become uncomfortable when one is aware of Portia De Rossi's autobiography, published around the time Better Off Ted first came out, in which she writes at length about her real-life battles with eating disorders.
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  • It Was His Sled: In "Lust in Translation", Lem says the bagels are more corrupt than Michael Corleone at the end of The Godfather, spoiling both Phil and, no doubt, several members of the audience.
  • Les Yay: Averted in Linda's past:
    Linda: I actually went to an all-girls school and was totally straight. But I'm very trampy now.
    • Linda and Veronica: "Hi best-looking-woman-in-the-company, possibly the universe..."
      • She was hopped up on drugs at the time, but she did continue to say that "her calves [are] like granite wrapped in silk".
  • Magnificent Bastard: Veronica. Holy hell, Veronica. She's rather impressively amoral, can handwave the company's worst policies and can convince just about anyone to do just about anything. And regardless of how dirty her own methods get, she can come out of it all looking squeaky-clean to both her superiors and subordinates or making them feel they've let her down. It's hard to hate her and easy to be in awe of her.

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