TV: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is always a success

By Meryl Gottlieb | | @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother Airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
RATING: 4.5/ 5

Since the birth of their child, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) have established the “Eight or Higher” Rule in which Ted (Josh Radnor), Robin (Cobie Smulders), and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) can only come to them with their problems if they rank as an eight or higher, on a scale of ten being insanely important.

My immediate reaction made me ponder how any new parents keep their friends if they act like this. I understand you have a kid, but seriously, you need that time with your friends in order to not go crazy so don’t limit it!

But more on this later…

Marshall and Lily do decide to go out but are almost hit by a taxi, thus prompting that “death is all around them” mindset and sending them both into panic mode. Guys, come on, you live in New York, has that really never happened to you before?

Nevertheless, Marshall and Lily decide to make a will but cannot figure out whom to name as Marvin’s guardian. It is decided that no one in either of their immediate families are competent for the job, so Ted, Robin and Barney are now left for the fight.

After a hilarious montage of Ted and Robin bringing in ridiculously sized teddy bears and Barney singing “bro” versions of class children’s songs (“Boobs on the Bus” for example), Marshall and Lily decide to host a game show, “Who Wants to be a Godparent?” in order to determine who gets the coveted title — you know, the normal thing a group of friends does on the weekend.

Questions on the wheel included how they would explain Marshall and Lily’s death or the birds and the bees and how they would discipline Marvin. As expected, Ted provided the wimpy, softy answers by using Professor Infosaurus the sock puppet (can we stop these ridiculous extremities to show Ted is a dork; we know – we’ve been watching for eight years), Robin consistently talked about tough love and ruggedness, while Barney discussed preparing young Marvin to be a bro, even wearing alligator skin belts at the about the age of six.

The game ended but not with the result expected. Marshall and Lily deemed the trio unfit for parenthood when it claimed the two have been neglectful friends since they had Marvin.

And finally, Marshall and Lily realized that their friends were right – they were about to name one of them a godparent but could not even tell what was happening in each of their lives.

The couple then went down to the bar and for the first time since Marvin was born, they stayed with the gang until MacLaren’s closed and talked with them all night.

At the end of the episode, it is also revealed that Marshall and Lily did the obvious choice of picking all three of their friends to watch Marvin so that way he would “stay in the family.

While reading this you may think, why is this show so great? Why do I waste so much time watching it every week? I’ll tell you why: Because comedic timing, gestures and chemistry do not transfer over as perfectly to the written word versus seeing it performed.

Every week, How I Met Your Mother’s cast delivers spot-on performances, something you have to see in order to truly admire. The chemistry between Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan, the traditional smirks from Neil Patrick Harris along with all his other Barney-esque mannerisms, and the kick-assery of Cobie’s Robin is phenomenal each week.

Tonight’s episode was simply one more example of why I love the cast the way I do. Like a Friends successor (literally; it aired one year after Friends ended), How I Met Your Mother’s cast members are perfect for each of their roles and the chemistry between members is pure magic.

So after reading this review, if you wonder why I still watch this show, go watch it and figure it out for yourself because only something so legendary could harness the awesomeness of Barney Stinson.


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