Is How I Met Your Mother officially back as a cute and funny show? The last two episodes were fantastic. The one before last (the one dealing with whether Robin was a real New-Yorker) was better, but this one was just fine as well. There was a great, although limited use of Barney in both, Lily was not super annoying, and there was enough humor to carry both half hours.
Last night dealt with Ted and Barney still working together on the GNB building. Ted found out that the site of the building was going to be the place where an old hotel, The Arcadian, was going to be torn down. It used to be a great hotel, but now it is a place where drag queens hang out. Ted was sad that he was going to be a part of the hotel’s demise. To make Ted’s quandary even more dire, he met a hot activist girl named Zoey who wanted to save it. She also had mad knowledge of architecture. As Ted set of to save the building with Zoey, he assured his four friends that he was not only doing it for a girl. No one believed him.
If you were watching the news and spoilers for this show, you will know that much was made of Zoey. She was played by that Dr. Cameron from House (Jennifer Morrison), and people were wondering if she could be The Mother. We maintain she does not exist. Those kids were adopted. Or made in test tubes. We’ve given up hope, and it is never coming back. But we were surprised when Zoey turned out to be off-limits. Well done, show, for surprising us. In the episode, she was married, and she ended up hating Ted because he decided to stop fighting GNB over the building when he found out Zoey was taken. That girl was crazy. She sure acted unmarried. And why did it take Ted so long to notice the ring? When we scout out a member of the opposite sex, that’s the first thing we look for, to make sure they are available.
The subplot was about how Robin is dating Marshall’s law school friend, Max. But Max has a small penis. This shocked Marshall, but what was worse was that Marshall realized that girls talk too. Lily had been telling Robin details of their sex life. This isn’t making us like Lily, our least favorite character, any better. This subplot was funny, but it’s just not acceptable to bring intimate marriage secrets, whether personal or just physical, out of the relationship. It’s not right, and we would never do it to our husbands (when and if we get them). That’s between us. Just sayin’.
We loved, “It’s filled with snakes. I don’t remember saying snakes.” We also loved the parade of Ted’s different past identities he used to impress girls. The best moment had to be Barney bonding with the bunny in Ted’s apartment and using it as an evil prop.
Episode Grade: B+
Watch it here: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/video/?pid=djim5fAMBvwlhgT70bYuC71lQ43yv_i0&vs=Default&play=true
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