'How I Met Your Mother' Season 6, Episode 10 Recap (VIDEO)
by Joel Keller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 11:00PM
['How I Met Your Mother' - 'Blitzgiving']
It sucks being The Blitz, doesn't it? You leave early, you walk out of the room, you decide to work on a weekend when your friends take a spontaneous road trip. You then end up miss all the stuff that your friends will talk about for years to come, leaving you forever listening to the story with the same look on your face, a painful mash-up of puzzlement and regret.
"Aw, man!" is the only possible reaction when you're The Blitz, and Bays and Thomas did a great job capturing this odd quirk of life of your pre-married life. And putting that phenomenon in the ample frame of Jorge Garcia seemed oddly fitting, and not just because he got to express happiness to have the Blitz label removed because "I was on that island for so long." (Cue the knowing groans from 'Lost' fans everywhere.)
Normally, distracting guest shots like Garcia's don't work, especially on a show with a tight ensemble such as the one we have here. And, if you stepped back and really looked at Garcia's performance, it was weirdly -- and probably purposefully -- over the top.
It was one thing for Blitz to be so distraught at missing things when he was in college, off doing his "Kroft Kraft" evenings while Ted and Marshall bliss out on Weird Al while "eating sandwiches." It's another for him to be so grateful to finally pass the mantle of missitude to Ted, that it seemed like Bays and Thomas had Garcia play The Blitz on the verge of tears for an entire half-hour.
It never got me past the inevitable "Hey, there's Hurley!" phase of the Garcia's guest sting, even if his presence didn't really take away from the funny sight of seeing Ted then Barney spend time as The Blitz. It's a frustrating feeling, to be sure, especially for a guy like Barney, who's always needs to stay ahead of the coolness curve. His whiny declaration that he slept with the Indian girl, in a flailing attempt to restore his cred, is my Best Barneyism of the week.
Barney was so clueless in his time as The Blitz, he didn't even see Zoey take her top off. Anyway, we now have the inevitable episode where Ted and Zoey turn from enemies to friends. You knew this was bound to happen, but I'm still not quite sure of where this is going. Is Zoey going to be truly a friend, or is this going to swerve into a romantic direction as she figures out that her marriage to The Captain is doomed?
For the sake of the show's fans, I hope that we stay in the friend zone for at least the rest of this season, but I'm getting a foreboding feeling that it's not going to be a quick transition from Zoey and Ted arguing to Zoey and Ted sleeping together. Bays and Thomas are trying to pursue this relationship in the Sam and Diane mold, and I think Jennifer Morrison is up to the task, but the pairing needs some time to ferment a bit before we can root for those two kids to get together.
More fun stuff:
-- Robin really needs to get out and date a little more. She's getting all hot under the collar for "Wang Guy," which is pretty desperate, even if what he sent back to Marshall was impressive and he quotes Gandhi. One of these days, I'm going to wedge the word "boomerwang" into a regular conversation and see if anyone reacts.
-- Quick, who starred with Owen Wilson in "You, Me and Dupree?" Still stumped, even after watching this episode? It's probably the reason why Lily can exude hatred towards Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger and Kate Hudson, even though Hudson was the one who was actually in the movie. They're more or less interchangeable, aren't they?
-- Some of the night the gang had with Zoey wasn't quite explained, like the parking meter or the hot dog cart. Luckily, we managed to see why Robin was walking around for half the episode looking like Paul Stanley.
-- You have to question Zoey's taste in architecture if her taste in art makes her attracted to Lily's paintings. "You're the one?" is not something you usually hear a successful artist say to someone who bought her work.
-- The Blitz's running commentary behind Ted and Zoey's zingers towards each other at first seem unnecessary until you realize that Bays and Thomas are having him do that to push the Sam/Diane dynamic along a bit.
-- Only douchey Ted would go for the turkey stuffed into another turkey. Robin's comment when they were in Marshall and Lily's smelly apartment was priceless: "The smaller turkey has crawled further inside the bigger turkey." Something tells me that turturkeykey isn't going to catch on.
-- "The Gentleman!" might go right up there in the Corny In-Joke Hall of Fame with Ted and Robin saluting every time they say a phrase like "general knowledge."
-- Best quick gag: the cab driver wanting an address when Ted just gave vague sitcom-ish destinations as "home" or "back to Zoey's."
-- For the sake of the show, the mantle of being The Blitz had to go back to the original (at least this group's original), 'Green Mile' style. It's not fun having Ted and Barney left out of all the fun on a permanent basis.
'How I Met Your Mother' airs Mondays at 8PM ET on CBS.
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My colleague Maggie Furlong went behind the scenes of this episode and talked to the cast, Morrison and Garcia: