How I Met Your Mother: Brunch
Oh, that didn't happen the last time you visited your local bistro? Well, that's why sitcom life is a bit different than yours. Just be glad you're not Ted Mosby; we found out a little more about him tonight, stuff that's not going to bode well for him down the road.
I've got to say, I'm really liking the broken-up Marshall and Lilly. The "Marshall and Lilly part" of the eventful brunch was the funniest of the three "parts" shown (the other two were "the Barney part" and "the Ted and Robin part"). The porn music that was played as Lilly showed off her chest to Marshall at dinner was good, but it was even funnier when Marshall "unleashed" his calves at brunch and started rubbing them in front of Lilly. The looks on their faces were hilarious. Biggest laugh of the night. Carter and Craig are doing a good job of showing how break-ups aren't clean, and in Marshall and Lilly's case, extremely complicated. Another good line: "That U2 boxed set? Look inside: it's all Dave Matthews Band."
The "Barney part" is pure Barney. He knows everything about Ted's parents, who come in from Cleveland to visit, basically to show he's a better friend than Robin is a girlfriend. Of course, Robin is upset, but when she tells Barney, ite leads to the week's Best Barenyism: "I'm his best friend. You're his girlfriend. Girlfriends are like a bad flu: out of your system after a couple of weeks in bed." The odd thing is, when Barney takes Ted's dad out for a beer at the pub, he's kind of disgusted after Mr. Mosby "rack jacks" him. It's a rare bit of humanity from Barney; he's disgusted as much about the fact that Mr. Mosby is supposedly married than he cares about being c-blocked. It was interesting to not only see Michael Gross, who played Mr. Mosby, be Barney's wingman, but it was odd seeing him sucking face with a young waitress.
Now we come to the "Ted and Robin part": This one was a bit too telescoped for me. Not the part where we find out that the Mosbys have been divorced for months but never told Ted (whenever any emotional issues come up, Ted's parents change the subject. Ted and his dad talk about baseball and that's it); that one was a fun little twist. It's why they got divorced that was a little too neat and clean. They were two different people; one is a dreamer, the other more practical. One wanted kids, the other didn't. Sound like any couple we know? Heck, they didn't even switch roles; Robin is the younger version of Mrs. Mosby and Ted is the younger version of his dad. Why didn't they just say, "Hey, Ted and Robin, the two of you are doomed and here's why!"
But this is a minor quibble with an overall strong episode. It's getting better every week, which is what usually happens when a show is about to break out and become huge. Isn't it starting to feel like that to you folks?