How I Met Your Mother: Not a Father's Day
It's just a little sock, but it wields so much adorableness, it makes everyone who touches it into a babbling idiot. How else do you explain what we saw by the end of this interesting episode? By the time the sock was finished imposing its widdle biddy ruthlessness on the Scooby gang, some of them weren't recognizable.
At least the sock didn't make Marshall into a girl, like in the picture above. No, that was the Cheerleader Effect in full force.
One of the good things about the end of the Stella storyline is that we get away from Ted's quest for happiness for awhile. I gotta tell ya, it's a lot more fun to see Ted be the butt of everyone's jokes than to see him mope through every life-changing decision. Yes, he formally offered his spare room to Robin, thus cementing what we learned in last year's "goat incident" episode. Pair that and the ice queen's softening stance on kids -- thanks to that damn sock -- and you'd think this episode represented a monumental moment in Ted's life. But it was done in a refreshingly matter-of-fact way, giving us room for more Barney and Marshall and Lily, which almost always makes for a better episode.
Barney was full of catchphrases tonight, wasn't he? Not a Father's Day... The Cheerleader Effect (which was used against him when Ted and Robin pointed out how fugly his Not a Father's Day group was) but the Best Barneyism was "I'm one scotch and soda away from the cantina scene in Star Wars." Yes, cantina references aren't new. But they're still funny when used correctly. Though I liked the alternate names for the Cheerleader Effect, especially the late-nineties version, "The Spice Girls Conspiracy." I bet David Beckham wakes up every day and wonders about that conspiracy...
Anyway, I loved the back-and-forth between Robin's reasons why babies are so annoying and Lily's drunken acting out in Marshall's office, especially when Lily stopped crying when she was given her bottle (of wine). I was going to pull my hair out at the ol' sitcom trick of no one seeing the chaos going on behind them, but then the guy from China piped up, "Did anyone see the drunk chick?" Jeez, if he could see Lil from China, then why couldn't anyone else?
More fun stuff:
- Robin's fear of babies was funny, especially when she put out her hand for one kid to sniff as if she was about to pet a dog. Though I understand her fear of talking baby ads; they're freakin' creepy.
- Where's Barney going with this sudden desire to have a kid? Is the fact that both Robin and Barney are warming to the idea at the same time going to bring them together? Or will Robin's warming and her proximity to Ted make that very difficult?
- At least we get to hear NPH sing "Cats in the Cradle." God, that song is awesome and sickening all at once. For that, we can also thank the sock.
- Marshall sees the cute aspects of having a kid, and Lily sees the horrors (no sleep or sex, mostly). Marshall came around by the end of the episode... but we all think he'll cave within a year, based on some clues we saw a couple of episodes ago...
- Kinda like how Bays and Thomas have underplayed the Dowistrepla move. M&L moved a couple of weeks ago, and now they're in the money pit condo. No biggie.
- Ted being a single, childless, goofy dad plays right into Old Ted's goofiness, doesn't it? I can now very easily see him becoming Bob Saget (Danny Tanner version, not Aristocrats version) in his fifties.
- Speaking of '80s TV dads, it was nice to see Dan Lauria pop up again. It's been a long time since The Wonder Years...