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Review: How I Met Your Mother - Girls vs. Suits

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 11th 2010 8:42PM
Girls vs. Suits musical number in HIMYM's 100th episode
(S05E12)
After I wrote my gushing preview of this episode, I went back and re-watched it, hoping my first impression was correct. It turned out that it was, but for a very different reason than I thought. The 100th episode of HIMYM didn't have everything that makes the show such fun for its fans: there was no time-shifting, and not a lot of misdirection. It just told two straight-ahead stories that were really funny and gave us confidence in how things are going to play out going forward.

Oh, and it had a song-and-dance number that was fun as hell.

Josh Radnor and Rachel Bilson in How I Met Your Mother: Girls vs. SuitsLet's start with Ted. At the end of this episode, we're as close to the mythical Mother as we've ever gotten. And it we got there in quite an interesting way: he dates a woman who's jealous of her "perfect" roommate. Rachel Bilson did a nice job of playing Cindy, making her vulnerable because of this problem, but not crazy. And it seemed at the start that Cindy could be the mother, when Ted had confiscated beers with her in his classroom, but I'm happy that the magical roommate was brought up right away.

Here's what I wonder, though: is the Mother truly becoming mythical, at least as far as the viewers are concerned? Bays and Thomas set her up in this episode to be the coolest chick ever created -- She plays bass in a band! She paints robots playing sports! She makes breakfast food sing! -- and it makes me start to think that meeting her is going to be a letdown. But that's the cynic in me talking. Oh, and just because we met her roomie doesn't mean that we're going to see the Mother anytime soon. I mean, Ted could just get another umbrella, know what I mean? But it was fun to contemplate.

Now on to Barney and his love of suits. I've been complaining for a while that bringing Barn back to his old piggish ways after the whole Robin thing didn't ring true, because we knew he could be a good guy. But, with his desire to conquer the hot bartender -- who just happened to look like the oh-so-leggy Stacy Keibler -- I started believing in Barney the hound once again. His list of the kinds of women he conquered, especially the rhyming section -- was an inspired bit and is my Best Barneyism in a week full of great Barneyisms.

The "Girls vs. Suits" musical number was played well. It didn't dominate the episode; it just played out in Barney's head as he had to figure out whether to bed the bartender or keep the suits. It was a tour-de-force for Neil Patrick Harris, as he reached notes I never thought he could. And it was fun to see the gang dancing around in suits, with the guys surprisingly moving very easily in theirs and the girls looking like they're wearing oversized duds that would make David Byrne jealous.

My favorite part of the video? "I'm gonna stop you right there. It's the suits. Come on, Lily, get your head out of your ass." Oh, and I loved the fact that Barney pulled a Barney and whispered to the suits at the end, "You guys are fine." Guess we won't see Stacy Keibler back anytime soon.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tim Gunn in How I Met Your Mother: Girls vs. SuitsMore fun stuff:

  • There wasn't much for the rest of the gang, but what they did have was fun: Marshall didn't think the bartender was hotter than Lily, but Lily didn't believe him. I liked that Lily continues to explore all her sexual sides by admitting the bartender popped in her head in bed.
  • Gotta love Robin's ego, thinking that she was still the hottest woman in the bar. Then she tested the "circumstantial hotness" theory... and she was right!
  • Of course Barney's personal tailor is Tim Gunn. Tim's no actor, but I still really enjoyed seeing Barney cry on his shoulder, mourning his torn suit that gave its buttons for a good cause.
  • We can also see Robin getting a little weary of Barney, as she interrupted his "wait for it" pronouncement that he will no longer wear suits.
  • "For those... I mean for that... I mean for her..." gets second prize in the Barneyism race this week.

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alameda

I really enjoyed this ep, but is anyone else a little bit bugged that this episode was advertised as a "Musical" but it only had ONE song and dance number? It wasn't a musical episode at all. I loved it and all but I was really looking for to a MUSICAL

January 14 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
McGrupp10799

I've always felt that the show has to END once Ted meets the Mother.

The show isn't called How I Met... then dated and married... Your Mother.

I always envisioned the final line of the show being Barney saying to the Mother... "Have -- You... Met Ted!"

The two are introduced and that's it. Perhaps a wrap up told to the kids in 2030.

January 12 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

It's too bad they had a large scale dance number and were unable to utilize the fantastic Stacy Keibler. She was awesome on DWTS.

January 12 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

The episode wasn't the greatest, especially with Cindy's character not being interesting. Who is fascinated with someone who constantly gripes about their roommate being better? Anyway, my big question is this...

How many old characters are inserted in the song and dance number?

Arthur Hobbes, The guy with the dog who peed on Marshall's barrel, and Robin's ex-boyfriend Kurt. Anyone else?

BTW...who else noticed one extra dancer wearing SNEAKERS with the suit? Ugh.

January 12 2010 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
forg

Very impressive episode. I like the build up of the mother. It was nicely done. I really don't mind when they plan to introduce her, I completely trust the writers. Some people are impatient haha. I love the teases. But if they plan to introduce the mother I was hoping they put a twist on it, has anyone seen the movie DEFINITELY, MAYBE? I think HIMYM could take note on that movie's style with regards to the mother

My laugh out loud moment was when Barney was enumerating the kinds of girls she slept with

And the musical number was mesmerizing

January 12 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

I thought this episode was average at best.

January 12 2010 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

I loved the episode. We got Ted getting so close to the 'mother' yet still so far away and we got Barney being awesome. I loved the Song&Dance number, watching the others squirm while NPH lapped it up. I'm glad Rachel Bilson isn't the mother, and I'm kind of hoping that the 'mother' turns out to be an unknown actress so I don't have any pre-bias against her. Although, having Winnie Cooper be the 'mother' would be interesting, we might actually be able to find out where the pineapple came from!

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January 12 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
greatone

I like most of the episode except the song and dance sequence. This song wasn't even the best song performed this season on HIMYM. IMO, Marshall's cat funeral was the best song performed this season. Overall this was a good episode though.

January 12 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gazzoo

You're right about the "Mother" becoming mythical...I'm beginning to think we may see the story of how they met, but never actually see her face.

January 12 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smartone

It is so obvious that we get a glimpse of the mythology but in no way does that mean Ted is meeting the Mother anytime soon.

January 12 2010 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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