Well, this feels like the first solid episode in a good little while. Ted's mother, Virginia (Cristine Rose; Angela Petrelli on Heroes) is marrying her boyfriend, Clint (Harry Groener; Mayor Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and so, of course, wackiness ensues, mostly because Clint is one wacky dude. He shares stories of his and Virginia's sex life with Ted, and frames Ted and Virginia's relationship in his own special way. "You have your own sexual memories with your mom, don't you? Exiting her womb, receiving her milk." But Virginia is madly in love, and so there's a wedding. That's right, Ted's mother is getting married for a second time, before he even gets married once, and he's not taking it so well.
During the reception, Ted disappears. The gang doesn't see him for the next 72 hours, until he shows up and brings them out for a little ride -- to the house he just bought. Online. The gang, and Ted's home inspector, all try to tell him to dump the rodent-ridden money pit, but it's too late. Only Marshall stands by him, and along the way, tries to deflect some criticism off of Ted by sharing some of his own bad decisions. This turns into a game: "Drunk or Kid," where the crew has to guess if Marshall was drunk or a kid when he pulled some of his stupid stunts.
After the home inspector falls through the ceiling, the reality of his purchase hits Ted, he decides to raze the place and sell the land, so Lily talks him into taking out some of his frustrations with sledge hammer. They gang all does a little impromptu demo work, to CSN&Y's "Our House." But when they're done, Ted falls silent before taking off for another 72 hours, during which he returns to his mother's home and reads to her and Clint the toast he failed to deliver at their wedding. In the end, Marshall and Ted have a sausage fest (not like that) on Ted's back porch. And when Ted decides he's not going to dump the house after all, Marshall is not surprised in the least.
The B Plot (or C Plot, if the wedding is A, and the house is B) revolves around whether Robin or Barney broke down in tears when Clint sang to his bride at the reception. It's amusing enough, but I'll save it for the full weecap.
First up, kudos to Cristine Rose and Harry Groener, who are always sure-fire hits. I'm glad to see Groener join the HIMYM extended family. Now, this episode was quite funny in spots (largely thanks to Groener), but at other points it fell flat. The home inspector took me out of the show, throughout. Sure, Marshall declares Ted's heart to be both drunk and a kid, but he's still Ted, right? The idea of this particular architect buying a house before inspecting it himself (an architect is not the worst person for the job, in the real world) or before having it professionally inspected? I just couldn't buy it. Still, I feel like the show turned a corner tonight, or at least came in sight of one. And what this episode lacked in logic and humor, it more than made up for in heart. Marshall and Ted's friendship gets lost every now and again, so whenever we happen upon it, it warms my heart. I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping it lasts. At least I didn't sit here wondering what was happening on Dancing With the Stars. Seriously. [Monkey.]
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This is the first solid episode in a good little while, but the kids are on vacation and my oldest had a doctor's appointment. I've only got about an hour to weecap it before Lost starts, so expect this cap to be oh-so-wee. Cue stock footage of Ted's kids on the couch. I feel so sorry for them, stuck there, forever. Saget!Ted introduces tonight's outing by telling them that everyone makes one or two crazy decisions that change their lives forever. This is the story of his.
Ted's mother, Virginia (Christine Rose; Angela Petrelli on Heroes) and her lover Clint (Harry Groener; Mayor Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) come for a visit, and wackiness ensues, mostly because Clint is one wacky dude, who is always saying things like, "Ted, your mother is a very erotic woman." And poor Ted is always half-saying/half-praying, "Please don't." But that doesn't stop Clint. This painter/songwriter/volunteer fear fighter finds Virginia "Incredibly sexual." He waits a beat. "But you have your own sexual memories with your mom, don't you? Exiting her womb, receiving her milk. You get me? Good." When Clint leaves the room, Virginia rises and says, "I cannot believe I am with that man." While we all see this for the set-up it is, Ted doesn't, because he doesn't know he's living in an aging sitcom. As he tries to tell his mother than she doesn't have to settle, Virginia turns to face him and squees like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert. "He is so cool! And he picked me! Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!" Ugh. When Ted says he's glad they're both happy, Clint and Virginia share their special news with him. They're getting married.
MacLaren's: Ted's own mother is marrying for the second time -- before Ted even marries once. As the gang toasts the happy couple at the bar, we cut to Ted trying to play along, but Son-zilla scowls as he furiously chugs his beer. Cut to...
Reception Venue: Ted and the gang attend the wedding. At the reception, he tries to have a good time, but ends up dancing with people like Aunt Meredith (Marianne Muellerleile) who's droning on about the importance of sterilization in home canning (not that she's wrong). Ted's mother says romantic things like the fact that today makes her feel like the last 35 years of her life have never happened. Her 30-something year old Son-zilla is thrilled at that, to be sure. But nothing beats the thrill Ted gets when his new step-father presents him with a portrait he painted of himself and Virginia. In it, they're nude. Virginia is standing behind Clint, but wrapping her leg around him, and Clint's holding a guitar over his naughty bits. Saget!Ted: "Kids, there was no guitar." Prop department -- thank you for the guitar. As Ted struggles to breathe, his friends fail to contain their inner 12-year-olds. Robin: "Best." Marshall: "Wedding." Barney: "Ever!" They laugh, giggle and clap, while Ted hastily tosses the cloth covering back over the abomination. Speaking of abominations...