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Monday, February 9, 2009: How I Met Your Mother

by Zach Oat February 9, 2009 6:00 am
Monday, February 9, 2009: <I>How I Met Your Mother</I>

Note: CBS decided to play it safe to air a rerun instead of this fab new episode just in case President Obama's speech runs long. Damn it. So now we'll have to wait a whole week for Barney's mom to visit. However, Christine Baranski is dropping in as Leonard's mom on chuckle-worthy Big Bang Theory which is airing just for tonight in a post-Two and a Half Men timeslot at 9:30 PM. Give it a whirl. We love those nerds almost as much as Barney. Almost.

Oh, How I Met Your Mother -- how unnecessary are your guest stars. You have an amazing cast of characters already: Neil Patrick Harris' womanizing Barney, Alyson Hannigan's aggressive Lily, Josh Radnor's wishy-washy Ted, Jason Segel's lovable Marshall, Cobie Smulders'... very Canadian Robin. Whenever you have a guest star on, be it Britney Spears, Regis Philbin or whomever, it always takes away from the existing dynamic that exists between these five young, urban professionals. That being said, tonight's guest appearance by Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) is forgivable, because she plays Barney's mother, Loretta. Any episode that introduces members of Barney's family can be forgiven a guest star or two -- after all, we forgave the appearance of Wayne Brady as Barney's brother and Bob Barker as Barney's supposed illegitimate father. And what are we, hypocrites?

The plot of tonight's episode has the gang follow Barney when he mysteriously leaves MacLaren's bar, thinking he's meeting someone he's in love with. (Except at least Lily and Ted know that Barney is in love with Robin. Maybe tonight, Marshall will find out and we'll get the hat-trick?) But apparently, Barney is merely going to his secret house in the suburbs to see his secret wife and child -- or rather, his fake secret wife and child, hired for the express purpose of fooling his visiting mother. While we've never seen his mother before on the show, we did hear her tell Barney that Bob Barker was his father, although back then she was voiced by Megan Mullally. (It must have been a difficult time for her. And Barney.) Hopefully, Conroy will be less sickeningly sweet (and bonkers) here than she was in her recent stint on Desperate Housewives. (As a guest-star bonus, the fake wife is played by Brooke D'Orsay, formerly of Happy Hour, which ran for a whopping four episodes on Fox. Before that, Brooke did mostly Canadian TV. She and Robin should totally hang out.)

How I Met Your Mother airs tonight (and every Monday) at 8:30 on CBS. To see what else is on tonight, check out our TV listings.

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