Thank You, Linus: 'How I Met Your Mother' Starts Strong
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Thank You, Linus: 'How I Met Your Mother' Starts Strong

By Courtney Enlow | TV Reviews | September 24, 2013 | Comments ()


Last night, we began the final leg of Ted Mosby’s nine-year, Whine ‘n Vagina World Tour on “How I Met Your Mother.” And, thankfully, we’re off to a strong start.

This season, the ninth and last, will of course take place during Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend. Sucker for clever narrative devices I am, I’m thrilled. And, so far, so good. Last night alone we had flashbacks, flashforwards, flashall over the damn place.

Let’s start with the most important addition, and I don’t mean Sherri Shepherd (that could get old fast). The Mother. And what an addition she is. She’s adorable, funny, gets along with Lily right off the bat, and makes a mean batch of Sumbitches. I love the way this is being set up, with TM befriending Ted’s cronies before meeting him, so we get that sense of her within the group, while seeing flashforwards to her relationship with Ted. We really do get the best of all worlds.

Speaking of the best of all worlds, we got my favorite thing: Pretentious Ted, replete with driving gloves (“Then why do they call them glove compartments?” is actually a good point.) And very little lovelorn Ted, which pleases me greatly. We are destined to get a flashback to Ted’s trip to find Robin’s locket at Stella’s storage locker, but at least we know it ends with him giving up the ghost already.

You all know my favorite goodness was Barney and Robin goodness ‘cause there ain’t no goodness like Barney and Robin goodness. We got two full episodes of them being 1) funny and 2) in love, and doing both at the same time, something the show has struggled with along the way. But, between the amazing run of thinking they might be cousins (“King Joffrey’s parents were brother and sister and he was a fair and wise leader.” Oh, Barney.) to the sweetness of Barney reassuring Robin that his brother’s divorce won’t affect their marriage, I’m really happy with how this progresses. There are those online who believe Barney and Robin won’t end up together. Obviously, I’m not one of them, mostly because I don’t want to be one of them. I’ve shipped them hard since season three and I will go down with this ship, dammit. Also, “ringbear.”

But my real favorite ship of the night?


Lily + Linus forevs.

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  • competitivenonfiction
  • apsutter

    Loooooove it! Love that site

  • I don't watch but I had to share... My son (then just barely 3) thought he was the ring bear in my SIL's wedding. She had a "classical civs" theme and my son wore a Roman-style costume. As we were putting it on him, he looked surprised and said, "...but where's the bear costume? I'm the ring bear!"

  • Kate

    It was better than anything from last season, but that's not saying much. I've reached the point where the laugh track grates terribly.

    The Mother's cute, but I stopped caring about Ted 5 seasons ago so it really doesn't matter. I'm assuming the major plot point will be the 'will they won't they get married' thing between Robin and Barney, which I'm already tired of, and Ted getting over Robin, which I was tired of in Season 1. So I don't have much hope despite a better than expected start.

  • Classic

    That's my problem. This is too little, too late. They should have wrapped this show up at least 4 seasons ago.

    I ship Robin and Barney because they were a believable couple. Her and Barney always got each other. I hated Robin and Ted together because he saw her as this ungettable thing and once he had her just made up a story about what their lives would be like and it didn't seem to include real life Robin in anyway. I am so tired of Ted and his being sad about her. She and Barney actually were together longer than she and Ted ever were (one year in show's life). She was with Barney back and forth several times and when it seemed liked he was moving on both times came in and sabotaged it. I hope they get married since anything less than that will tick me off.

    I hate Lilly and Marshall now seriously.

  • apsutter

    I used to love this show so much but was completely let down by the last couple seasons. Their videos from Comic Con and these episodes have gotten my hopes up again. I'm hoping since they aren't spinning their wheels anymore that they actually wrote some good material to end this shit on a high note

  • Kirstini

    My fella is so embittered by this show, he actually shook his fist at the end and said "That's not the mother. They've done this to us before. They're going to pull another switch on us. Bet you." Eight seasons ago he was such a sweet, happy thing, ba-ba-ba-BA-ba-ba-ing joyously along with the theme tune...

  • apsutter

    Awwwwwwww :)

  • emmalita

    The world is a cruel place to the innocent and tender hearted.

  • Andrew J

    I thought the episode was better than anything last season but man the robin-Barney "I don't have to do (insert any catchphrase or old joke here) because I have you" thing they did in EACH episode got old like yesterday

  • Mrcreosote

    There was a story told on "Wait, wait..." this weekend about a little boy who went down the aisle growling at everyone. They asked him why during the reception and he said "because I'm the ring bear."
    I want that story to be true.

  • Milly

    The glove compartment is a throwback to early cars not having a roof and gloves were a requirement to stop fingers freezing over, right?

    Oh, and I liked both episodes.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also, people just generally wore gloves back then. Twas a genteel time.

  • My father in law wears driving gloves because he's 72 and the fanciest man.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    when I was in junior high, my 17 year old sister had zebra driving gloves, and I thought they were just the coolest.

    I'd get a pair now. If I had a car.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I really want a nice pair of driving gloves. I live in the warmest part of Canada, but it's still Canada people!

  • apsutter

    I have fancy driving gloves because they make me feel like a lady :)

  • Blake

    I tuned in last night, even though I did a self intervention a few years and stop watching H.I.M.Y.M

    This show can't end worse then Dexter so I'll keep watching.

  • Maguita NYC

    Last night's episodes were okay, less annoying than most of last season.

    All in all I'm hoping this new and final season, for those like me who have opted to see this through until the very end, would be somewhat enjoyable and as far dull or painful as possible.

  • Hell yeah The Mother is adorable. If the season starts to suck we can at least have a "Who is the most adorable contest: Lily or The Mother?" each week. And this is allegedly the last season. I'm still not convinced.

    Still don't like Barney and Robin. But I don't care enough to put up a fight.

  • But they shared telekinetic murder thoughts!

  • apsutter

    That whole bit in the limo was awesome. They're not my favorite couple but I like them. And I liked how they're were holding hands when Barney was talking to James about his divorce

  • PerpetualIntern

    You're contest is invalid due to the fact that Robin is the most adorable of all.

  • Blake

    "Sex Bomb" is the term I most associate with Robin, not "adorable".

    Robin, The Mother, and Lilly all lose though with Wayne Brady around.

  • Fredo

    I most associate Robin with "Sparkles"

  • Blake

    That to Fredo.

  • HerGuyWednesday

    Personally, I thought it sucked. the Lily-Mother stuff was probably the best in an otherwise lousy bunch. Every scene with Marshall was awful (I don't mind Sherri Sheperd, but I was done with her halfway through the first episode, so a season-long arc will be insufferable), and the Barney-Robin-as-cousins drama wasn't funny. Nor was the worry regarding James' divorce-- isn't it lazy when tv shows introduce things as important facts just so they can cause a potentially huge plot twist (ie, Barney's previously-unmentioned thought that his brother's wedding is the only marriage that makes him believe that marriages can work)?

    I dunno, I was pretty disappointed but remain hopeful things will improve.

  • Opie Curious

    Does anyone know if there are plans for Jason Segel to appear in fewer episodes? I recall he was iffy about doing another season; maybe it's a plot device to allow him fewer appearances.

  • My best friend is from St. Cloud, MN, and that bitch can throw down, so the grating politeness of Marshall gets old.

  • Nimue

    I definatley hated the Marshall bits, he needs to get with the group ASAP.

  • mairimba

    The hotel guy (Curtis?) feeling bad for Ted for being by himself. Loved that bit!

  • Mrcreosote

    I think the crab shack is overrated. The Sand Trap is where it's at.

  • Leland Eidson

    Personally I can't get enough of Lady Tedwina Slowsby

  • Repo

    "Whine ‘n Vagina World Tour". And here I thought I was the only one old enough around here to remember Lilith Fair.

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