How I Met Your Mother's 100th episode -- An early look
by Joel Keller, posted Jan 8th 2010 11:06AM
If you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother -- and if you're reading this, you likely are -- the video preview of Monday's episode probably got you pretty excited. After all, it's Neil Patrick Harris and the cast, singing and dancing about Barney Stinson's love of suits. What's not to like, right? If you were wondering, though, how the rest of the episode was, I'm here to tell you that it's the best episode of the season, and maybe the best episode we've seen in a couple of years.
Come with me after the jump and I'll explain. No worries; there won't be any spoilers in this post.
In one of the two main plots, Barney tries to get in the pants of a hot new bartender at MacLaren's (played by modern-day pin-up girl Stacy Keibler), but there's one problem: she hates guys in suits. How does he hide his love of suits in order to claim the ultimate prize? Seeing Barney try to suppress the desire to suit up -- something he likes doing more than having sex -- shows NPH at his comic finest. Go for the girl or look sharp? It's a tough decision, and it's one that leads to the song and dance number, entitled "Girls vs. Suits," that has already rocketed around the web. How do things get to that point? Tune in and find out.
The other story is probably even more significant: Ted dates a woman (played by Rachel Bilson) who has a bit of a "roommate problem." In other words, men fall in love with her roommate and leave her in the lurch. Ted likes her date and vows that it won't happen. How does it turn out? Let's just say that if you're a fan of the show's "mythology" (i.e. the search for The Mother), you'll really like this story.
So, we have two funny plots, a song-and-dance extravaganza, funny jokes for the other members of the gang (let's just say Robin doesn't believe in the bartender's hotness), and more than enough for the mythology fans to be happy. Sounds like a good 100th episode to me. And it makes me excited to see what will happen in the second half of the season. The episode airs Monday, January 11, at 8PM ET on CBS.
Oh, and here's the musical clip again, in case you didn't see it earlier in the week: