Another season, another fifteen time-jumps and distractions from actually meeting the mother.
That wedding they have over-hinted about all season may not be until next week, but tonight is the episode we've actually been waiting for. It looks like the gang is going to tell Ted just how bad they think Zooey is for him. Of course, considering she's stayed past her welcome this long, there is no reason to have much hope that this will be the last time we see Zooey, even if the intervention banner shows up.
It's finally here -- the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother! Of course, it feels like more than 100 episodes that we've been watching Ted strike out with women, but it's been a good ride. Supposedly, tonight's episode takes him one step closer to meeting the mother, but we've been hearing that for a while, and we'll believe that when we see it. Special guest star Rachel Bilson may or may not be the child-birthing lady in question, or at least that's what they want us to believe, but we're sure it'll just be another red herring. We're more interested in the B-plot -- or is Ted's romantic journey now the B-plot? Let's say that it is. Less pressure on it to deliver week after week. (Although let's be clear on this -- Ted is still awesome.)
Because everyone who wants to watch a show about a couple who fall in love at first sight will be at home watching TV on Valentine's Day, CBS is premiering a show about just that tonight. Mad Love centers on a a couple (Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke) who meet on top of the Empire State Building and very quickly find they are perfect for each other. Unlike most other relationship-y sitcoms popping up this mid-season, they are the only couple. Hopefully, this will give the show a sense of Dharma and Greg-like focus, even if the characters seem all too bland.
It's the How I Met Your Mother season finale, and it's taking place at the long-teased mysterious wedding attended by The Mother! Surely, Ted will meet her tonight and ask her out and we can all stop complaining about how long this is taking, right? Because believe it or not, I'd love to stop bitching about it. Really. Just give me the chance. Please.
While I'm most excited for the premiere of the disastrous-sounding Skating with the Stars -- even though I wasn't a super-fan of Skating with the Celebrities -- on Monday night, I don't know if I can sit through the Dancing With the Stars episode that precedes it. Instead, I'm glad to have this HIMYM Thanksgiving episode to watch.
The Olympics are over, which means all our favorite shows can come out of their hiding places and start airing new episodes, free from fear of ice dancing and Bob Costas squishing their little non-athletic bug ratings. In HIMYM's case, it also means it's time for the Carrie Underwood episode. Because if there's anything this show loves more than soundstages that look nothing like NYC, it's stunt casting.
Are you happy now, all you Barney/Robin shippers? Robin and Barney have declared themselves boyfriend and girlfriend, which automatically makes their relationship twice as interesting as Ted's never-ending search for a mother. (Although the upcoming 100th episode may liven things up in that arena.) So, in an attempt to make Ted relevant again, the writers have him teaching Barney how to date his ex-girlfriend. Which seems like asking asking the captain of the Titanic how to navigate the North Atlantic, but whatever.
As New Moon has proven this weekend, sequels are always highly anticipated, and tonight's HIMYM is no exception. Titled "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap," tonight's ep features the return of one of the most popular running storylines in the show's history. After being shelved for a while -- so long, in fact, that I wondered if it had been resolved and I'd missed it -- it seems that Marshall is ready to give Barney another one of the slaps he owes him from their ill-advised Slap Bet of yore. Having dispensed three of the five, a fourth will be given tonight... but it may not be Marshall doing the slapping.
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?