I love this show. As my regular readers know I generally don’t watch traditional sitcoms but this one has something unique. In addition to having one of the best ensemble casts on TV, it’s one of the few shows that is able to make me laugh out loud one minute and give me the “warm and fuzzies” little tear in my eye, the next.
Picking up right from last season we are treated to Barney’s attempts (“Cirque de so-laid”) to pull Ted out of his post-Robin funk while his beard grows. Of course, it just takes Robin’s return from Argentina with new boyfriend Gael or Gail, played perfectly by Enrique Iglesias, discussing the joys of windsurfing to compel Ted to try and win the breakup war.
And don’t think just because Lily and Marshall are married that we aren’t going to like them anymore. Between Lily’s quick recovery from her comment on how the girl “never marries the hot guy” to their double date with Robin and Gael where both end up falling for him, we find new ways to love this great couple.
Meanwhile, who is Ted’s rebound girl – Mandy Moore – who I have had new appreciation for since her work on Entourage a couple of seasons ago. Here she’s a tattooed throwback (1994 Courtney Love) who calls Barney a nerd and verbally spars with him throughout the episode. I really wonder how this show gets some of the jokes through the censors at 8PM.
The show concludes with one of the great apologies of all time from Barney and a reminder of why Robin is so cool as she makes Ted feel better about his comparison to Gael.
As I’ve said many times, this show is just like welcoming back old Friends (in the first few seasons). Lastly as much as I like Ari Gold I have to say that Neil Patrick Harris was robbed.
Avi’s Episode Rating: A