TV: The comedic and sentimental nature of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ strikes again

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 4/5


It’s that time of year again folks – no not Halloween – who in Athens would care about that? It’s Bang-tober Fest.

Now that he is single, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is set, yet again, on jumping right back in the game and picking up tons of clueless female partners.  I say this begrudgingly because we have seen this before; it’s his habit.  After a break-up, Barney refuses to acknowledge that he was ever tied down, so he goes overboard with his “game” in order to numb the pain he actually feels.

Please, Barney can be so much more than this, and we see it in flash-forwards when he is with Robin (Cobie Smulders); let’s give NPH some new material that we all know he will master, because he is awesome.

Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) are now seeking a babysitter since Lily is set to return to work soon.  But, isn’t of much help.

They meet someone who is the epitome of a Mary Poppins wannabe – accent and all – yet, due to poor economic circumstances, they cannot afford the wonderful Mrs. Buckminster (Jane Carr).  They also meet Julie (Kim Shaw) who is from Marshall’s hometown, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and the two exchange a hilarious banter about her father, last name of Morganson, who sells organs, and you can see where that’s going.

All is set on hiring Julie until Barney snatches her under his own devious plans.  He is pretending to be a single father to baby Edgar – which should have been a signal in the first place – in order to hook up with potential nannies for the sake of Bang-tober.

Meanwhile, in a way to tie Robin and Ted (Josh Radnor) into tonight’s episode, both reveal that they are annoyed by their partner’s habits despite having spent most of the episode competing over who was in the better relationship.  Robin is frustrated with Nick’s (Michael Trucco) sensitivity, and Ted cannot stand Victoria’s (Ashley Williams) sloppiness.

While I always enjoy Robin’s wit and Ted’s comedic delivery, their storyline tonight seemed like a filler that the writers felt obligated to include.

Barney finally faces his demons from his scheme when multiple nannies gang up on him in the street and attack – all set to a terrifying version of “Pop! Goes the Weasel.”

As Lily prepares to call off work, Mrs. Buckminster comes to their rescue since Barney is going to pay her fee out of guilt.  However, Lily is not prepared to give up Marvin because of the typical attachment issues that come with being a new parent.

Instead, Lily falls asleep with Marvin but awakens to be only holding a stuffed monkey.  Here is when the kidnapping story begins… no, I’m totally kidding.

Actually, Lily’s father, Mickey (Chris Elliott), took Marvin and helped out around the house, proving that all along he was the right choice as the nanny.  He even reveals that when Lily was a baby, he was a stay-at-home dad and was the one who took care of her.  What follows is an adorable montage of old baby photos of Lily, which is then paralleled with a similar montage of Marvin’s future with Lily, Marshall, and Mickey.

How I Met Your Mother may not always be full of purposeful content, yet it always knows how to deliver great comedic lines while still touching the hearts of its many fans.


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