HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is Back & Love is in the Air
September 23, 2008 by Kath Skerry
Please give a warm GMMR welcome to new Team GMMR member…Jen!! Jen will be covering HIMYM for us this season so show her the love!
And now I’ll turn it over to Jen…
Let me start off with saying with what really doesn’t need to be said but apparently Emmy Award voters need to hear – Neil Patrick Harris SHINES in this series and should have won the Emmy on Sunday night.Need an example? Look no further than last night’s season premiere of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Neil was fantastic! Hr brought out all the stops. His comedy is broad but subtle when it needs to be. From the McLaren’s scene, where he forcefully laughs at Robin’s joke about being the Boogeyman with a teleprompter, to the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde argument with himself over telling Lily he has feelings for Robin, to (my favorite) when he is telling Lily that he doesn’t want to be Robin’s boyfriend (but describes in detail what Lily aptly calls a clingy relationship) – he was top notch! He is pure perfection!
But oh, I guess I should have first talked about Ted and Stella. After four months and about two minutes of waiting, we finally learn Stella’s answer: YES! She will marry Ted. Was this what everyone was expecting? Was anyone upset with this outcome?
With a little prompting from Marshall, we learn that there are a few things that Ted doesn’t yet know about Stella – like her favorite color, what her hobbies are, the colors of her eyes, and -unfortunately for Stella – the fact that she is allergic to peanuts. What I don’t understand is how Ted and Stella have been dating since March and Ted knows nothing about her. Ted learned so much about Robin on their first date, how has he not found out more about Stella over the course of 6 months? But no worries, Ted thinks Stella is the one and is determined to find out more about her.
As for my take on Stella? She is a charming and an adorable match for Ted. While I love Sarah Chalke and I love Stella, I don’t think she’s not the ONE. Way back in the pilot episode Marshall laid out for us Ted is looking for in a woman: Can she make obscure “Ghostbuster” references? Does she like scotch? And what about the olive theory? If Stella has to fake her love for “Star Wars” even if it was endearing that she’s willing to do that, she is obviously not perfect for our Ted. I’m not saying Ted’s perfect woman must have all those attributes or I disregard her completely, but according to mythos, that’s the kind of gal Ted has been telling Marshall he is looking for.
“I caught feelings. I caught feelings bad.” - Barney
While Ted learns more about his fiancé, Lily learns about Barney’s love for Robin. Barney does not want to let go of his womanizing ways yet needs to have Robin in his life. I love that Lily is Barney’s confidante. She’s the only one of the gang that has been inside his apartment that we know of. He shows Lily his true colors. He went all the way to San Francisco to get her back for Marshall, he let her spruce up his apartment and live with him and he seeks her advice regarding his Robin-dilemma. Lily did what she could to help him but Barney was right Robin wasn’t going to see him in the light he was trying to shine at her. He was charismatic, attentive and pushed her to apply to the new cable news position. She thought it was just dinner, so why would she think Barney had any romantic inclinations? But let’s hand it to Robin, she continues to honor the Bro-Code and pulls out all the stops – wing-woman style. While this doesn’t seem much of a step for a Robarn relationship, they are kindred spirits and I do hope to see Barney more and watch him take it up a notch.
Lily: Just show Robin the Barney I saw yesterday.
Barney: You mean the insecure, touchy feely, she-male who sounded alarmingly close to Ted.
Lily:Hey, Ted hit that for over a year
Barney: Wish me luck.
GMMR and I both agree it was a fantastic premiere. So glad to have the HIMYM kids back on the TV again.
What did you all think of last night’s season premiere? Are you on board with Ted & Stella? Do you think Barney & Robin have a chance? Share!