I know you have all missed this show as much as I have, so I won't waste words gushing about how happy I was to settle down on my couch tonight, pen and paper in hand. I am sure you all understand (except, maybe, for the pen and paper part).
Tonight was St. Patrick's Day on
How I Met Your Mother, although the holiday was mostly celebrated by Barney's suit (yikes, what an eyesore) and not our gang. Instead, St. Patty's was used to make a few important things happen for our dear Ted: He realized that the married Marshall and Lily are boring, threw caution to the wind and got a black eye for it (that he deserved), realized that maybe boring wasn't so bad, and picked up that now infamous yellow umbrella. As for Barney, well, he and his suit ended up sleeping next to a dumpster. Note to Barney: Leave the suit there!
Yes, that yellow umbrella continues to taunt us. The Mother was there! Ted picked up her umbrella! Actuallynot really all that exciting. It does give me hope that the writers are going to hold to their word and move this story arc forward, but as far as the episode was concerned, it just gave Ted a prop. A bright yellow prop. I am curious as to how many of you noticed the quick bit where Ted bumped into the random lass at the bar? Anyone? It grabbed my attention, is all I am saying.
On the other end of the spectrum (Ted's being the sleazy and booze soaked end) are Marshall, Lily and Robin. Marshall and Lily take Robin along to put up their first piece of art in their first real apartment together. Exciting, right? Um, right? And then, of course, come the shenanigans - the apartment is crooked! Lily can't find out or she will be devastated! Okay, here is the thing. As a television plotline, this wouldn't interest me at all. And, as an audience who has never met me, none of you are going to find this amusing. But
that is my friend's apartment. I witnessed that entire scene, right down to a friend rolling a bottle down the floor. Sometimes having life experience to connect your shows with makes the entire thing better, is all I am saying. Plus, my friend also has a Hungry, Hungry Hippos game. What? It's relevant to me! Ok, ok, back on track. Here is where the plot redeems itself a little, because Marshall's invented ghost story and Lily's reaction to said ghost story were my favorite parts of tonight's show. Only Lily and Marshall could think up a racist Confederate army ghost, am I right? And, in the end, Robin's one shining moment of the show really wraps up this subplot for me: "How is 'racist ghost' better than 'crooked'?!" Marshall and Lily, you might be slightly more boring in marriage, but your eccentricities still endear you to me. And Robin gets a gold star for inventing a really dangerous and awesome game while also rocking a salad spinner on her head. You know, since she isn't allowed to have her own plotlines anymore (ever since that shaving with butter thing, can you blame the writers?).
Really, I didn't find tonight's episode overly fantastic. I enjoyed it, laughed at parts, reveled in the joy of having my show back, but it was no "Pineapple Incident" (my number one episode, for those who care and took our poll). That said, I remain besotted with this show for many reasons.
Tonight's reason is simple - this show can take a joke, run with it, run it into the ground even, and still have me laughing at it when it shows up again three minutes later. The running gags about Barney's suit were pretty much brilliant, from Marshall calling him Gumby to Ted telling him to give the bouncer his pot o'gold. From Robin saying that Marshall and Lily's apartment was "an uphill battle" to Marshall saying they would have to name their daughter Eileen. Yes, it can be cheesy, but who doesn't like some cheese from time to time? Well, unless you are lactose intolerantin which case I mean you no offense! Well, anyway, that is
my take. You are welcome to (and probably will) disagree, but that is just fine. Moving right along! Next week: Britney Spears! Oh, the blogging material. Can you taste it? I can't
And now, I leave you with my top three moments from tonight's episode:
" Pocket Dialing. I know they used it for "deep meaningful" reasons at the end, there, but how many of you
haven't picked up the phone only to hear a vague scratching noise on the other end? It happens and it's usually pretty funny, especially for those who are watching others go "Hello? HELLO? Are you even there? I am talking to your pocket/purse/coat, aren't I?"
" Ghetto Barney! "I don't see no ring on this finger!" Classic. Oh, how I have missed my little Barney Stone.
" Ted and Marshall's conversation at the end. Sappy, sure, but the relationships amongst the five characters are what make this show great. Plus, how often are you going to hear Ted call Marshall sexy or a "Kentucky Derby winning steed"?
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Welcome backI know you have all missed this show as much as I have so I wont waste words gushing about how happy I was to settle down on my couch tonight pen and paper in hand I am sure you all understand except maybe for the pen and paper partTonight was St Patricks Day on How I Met Your Mother although the holiday was mostly celebrated by Barneys suit yikes what an eyesore and not our gang Instead St Pattys was used to make a few important things happen for our dear Ted He realized that the married Marshall and Lily are boring threw caution to the wind and got a black eye for it that he deserved realized that maybe boring wasnt so bad and picked up that now infamous yellow umbrella As for Barney well he and his suit ended up sleeping next to a dumpster Note to Barney Leave the suit thereYes that yellow umbrella continues to taunt us The Mother was there Ted picked up her umbrella Actuallynot really all that excit