How I Met Your Mother: Do I Know You? (season premiere)
(S04E01) Right now, Sarah Chalke plays two different doctors on two different series. And, as I ponder the mediocre fourth-season opener of How I Met Your Mother, I find it remarkable that Mother's Dr. Stella Zinman is the polar opposite of Scrubs' Dr. Elliot Reid. Elliot can be manic; Stella is always calm. Elliot is completely insecure (though less so now than earlier); Stella is rock-solid sure of herself. Elliot lets life happen to her; Stella takes action.
But who would I want to date? Elliot. Why? Easy; Elliot's interesting; Stella's boring. And therein lies a huge problem.
I've tried to get invested in the Stella-Ted relationship. But, even tonight, with Stella agreeing to marry Ted and Ted using Star Wars as a way to figure out if they're compatible, I just didn't care what the outcome would be.
It might have been because Sarah's double-duty on both shows precluded Bays and Thomas from really developing their relationship; heck, Carter told me as much during my last interview with him. But, for some reason, I'm not buying the chemistry between the two of them. Even Marshall popping up randomly because a) he wants to support his friend and b) he needs to find a job couldn't really save this storyline.
The other "do I know you?" storyline -- Barney and Robin -- was a bit more emotionally satisfying, though not particularly laugh-inducing. We can see Barney struggle back and forth between his feelings for Robin ("I caught feelings. I caught feelings bad.") and wanting to stay true to his "awesome" self.
Lily's coaching was funny; I mean, if she can keep a 5-year-old from eating paste, she can fix ol' Barn, right? But seeing "normal, caring" Barney try to have a real conversation with Robin was a bit disturbing ("It's simply de-wait for it-lightful!"). It makes me wonder if Barn is going to be pining for Robin the entire season; if it is, I don't know if I want to see it. And will that job he encouraged Robin to go for will take her away from Barney in one of those cruel twists of fate? Can this show be that melodramatic?
Other fun stuff:
- Barney's ode to the bimbo was the Best Barneyism this week.
- I'd dump Stella for hating Star Wars. Thouch Chalke does a passable Wookie impression.
- Think local news isn't as silly as Robin's channel? You haven't been watching lately...