Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ted's 'Mother' Gets Married

I know I'm not the only one trying to think up a good story from my past to quiz my friends with for "Drunk or a Kid" - the Home Version.  Marshall's stories were good -- too good.  Both the "drunk" and the "kid" stories were crazy enough to have gone either way and could have happened years ago or yesterday.  Let's face it, Marshall is sort of a big kid.  Ted, on the other hand, was desperately trying to move past his childhood years.  He wants the wife, the kids, the house with the picket fence, but this week, he had to settle for just one of these and it wasn't exactly what he had in mind.  But, there was a lot more to the house that looked like something out of The Money Pit. It may have looked like a lost cause, but as it turns out, it was a very important beginning.  And not just any beginning, but the beginning of the rest of the life he so desperately has been seeking.

Long-time fans of HIMYM may be a bit tired of the show dancing around the whole mother saga.  I definitely have "mama drama" fatigue, so I did like the way Ted (and the show) took a big step forward by purchasing and deciding to keep that dilapidated eye sore of a house.  As we learned at the end, that house is the same one that we see the kids sitting in during the year 2030 while older Ted recounts the long and windy road to meeting their mother.  OK, he has the house and we know that he has shared the same space as the future mother (twice that we know of), so we're getting closer.  I'm hoping that Ted's happy ending enters his life -- for real -- soon now that he has the house they'll eventually start a family in.

The rest of the episode focused on Ted's mother getting married to a hippie hold-out (the catalyst for Ted's house-buying decision) and there were a few laughs: THAT painting, THAT song ("... and the dragon!"), and Robin, I mean Barney, crying at the end of the song.  Overall, though, the wedding was merely a means to an end and that end was Ted purchasing the house.  Something needed to push him over the edge and cause him to jump start his own future and watching your mom marry a man who paints a naked picture of himself and your mother and then gives it to you in the middle of the wedding reception would probably do the trick for most people.  LOVED it when the gang all simultaneously declared, "Best.  Wedding.  EVER!!"

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS. If you missed last night's episode, watch it for free at cbs.com


Nat said...

I really liked the episode. It was nice to see some movement towards Ted's 'mother' future as well as some funny jokes. The ending with the house transforming into the future house was a little predictable but I loved it

John said...

I didn't care for the episode.

Ted is supposed to be the smartest and most mature of the men on the show and he is an idiot. The fact that the house he bought became his future home doesn’t make why or how he purchased it any dumber.

His reaction to his mother's wedding and that fact that she and her new husband are in love is beyond juvenile.

I don’t view the show as really being about Ted’s search for his future wife. If it is going to be that then Ted better grow up. He (and Marshall) is annoying as hell. Acting as if any half way presentable female is his soul mate and any building is his future happy home annoying.

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