How I Met Your Mother: Rebound Bro - VIDEO
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I kind of wish we saw more scenes depicting the growth of Ted's and Stella's relationship. I'm guessing if Stella were being played by Alicia Silverstone instead of Chalke, we would have seen more of the in-between stuff. With Chalke in the role, we get some references to an off-camera Stella and, this week, some quick scenes of her dating Ted and getting along with the gang. Stella's absence blunted the story this week a little bit, since we haven't really have time to see Chalke and Josh Radnor together and buy them as a couple that are taking such big steps.
Not sure why Stella needed to be ashamed of her five-year drought. Not everyone humps like maniacs like Lily and the rest of the crew (especially Lily... not sure whether I liked her "sellin' it" line better than her earthquake orgasm... both were good). But I'm glad they had her come back and admit that she overreacted to Ted telling the gang about it. It was the mature way to settle the situation, and in a continuing-storyline sitcom like this one, having Stella stay in a huff over something like this wouldn't have been realistic. Sometimes the guy isn't the rash, stupid one in the relationship. Most of the time, sure, but not always. So Ted got to meet Stella's daughter and end her "Virginity 2: Electric Boogaloo" in the same day.
As I said, Forte was at his creepy best as Randy, Barney's rebound bro. "This happens every time I get an erection" is one of the funniest nose-bleed related lines I've heard in a long time. What else did I like from Randy? His dance when Barney finally decided to make him his new wingman; following Barn's advice subtly put a conquest down by calling a girl a fat, ugly whore; "Goodbye, Geraldine Ferrar-bro;" saying that the night was going to be "Legendary... wait for it... dary." Robin, as usual, was the voice of reason, showing Barney how Randy was the rebound bro and how getting him laid won't be nearly as satisfying as it was to get Ted laid. I almost wish she did say yes when Barney called to ask her to be his wingman.
More fun stuff:
- Marshall going over the pop culture events of 2003, the last time Stella got any. Seabiscuit galloped into our hearts. The DaVinci Code came out... as a book. The best was Marshall's reaction to Nell Carter's death, coupled with Robin's half-paying-attention thinking that it would be hard for Ted to rock Nell's world because of the whole death thing.
- Wow. That old bro of Barney's was really gonna rock that viewing of 27 Dresses, wasn't he? Yikes. I refuse to see that movie with my girlfriend, for many, many obvious reasons.
- The Best Barneyism was him getting Robin to come out and help Randy by threatening to show a video of the two of them on YouTube. Robin wasn't sure the video existed, but Barn came right back with, "which is why you came from Brooklyn at midnight." So glad to see their night of passion didn't affect either of them one bit.
- So Ted forgives Barney, but has outgrown him. Wow. That's mature.
- Robin thinks Barney had more sex than she did when they were together. Makes sense.
- I tend to forget sometimes that Chalke can dial it down and not be as manic as she is as Elliot Reid. This episode was more of the sweet Sarah that we see glimpses of on Scrubs every so often.
- I've never heard of "unexpected number of testicles" in the list of usual dating dealbreakers. But I guess being one ball away from being walked is something freaky enough to drive people away. If Stella ever met Randy, "erection-induced nosebleeds" would likely be added to that list.
It was a sweet episode with a decent amount of laughs. Given the roll Bays and Thomas have been on in the last month or so, it's hard to say this episode is on par with some of the ones we've seen lately. But it was enough to set us up for next week, when Brit Brit returns. Hopefully, she'll be decent and not drag the episode down.
|Yeah. She did a good job the last time she was on.||134 (17.1%)|
|Nope. She was a distraction last time and wasn't very funny.||147 (18.8%)|
|Don't care, as long as the episode is funny.||503 (64.2%)|