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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted Mosby, a New York architect who wants to get married and start a family. Future Ted is telling the story of how he met their mother and we see his past story set in the present day and the adventures he has with friends Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. CBS 2005-???

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Episode 2 - Purple Giraffe

25 March 2012

Synopsis: Robin tells Lily that she only wants something casual. So Ted decides to throw a “casual” party in order to spend more time with her. She doesn’t show up on Friday and so Ted throws another party on Saturday. When she doesn’t show up for that he throws another for Sunday night. She does come and he admits that he organised each party just for her. She tells him how she feels and they agree to be friends.

The Good: In the first few minutes, we get a recap of the pilot episode. I have no problem with this because any new viewers checking out the show need to know what’s going on. And in a way this whole episode replays the main incidents of the pilot. Ted has a plan to be with Robin but has to abandon it and be more spontaneous. Barney encourages him not to look for marriage while Marshall and Lily celebrate their engagement. Fortunately the story moves forward enough that this doesn’t feel like a repeat at all.

Once more Ted’s charm carries the story nicely. His desire to find the love of his life is endearing as are the lengths he is willing to go to. His party trifecta is a fun plot device and provides action for all the other characters who are opposed to his plans for varying reasons.

Ted’s attempts to be casual mark him out as a fun character “Aint no thing but a chicken wing mamcita…who am I?” He tries so hard to be cool but can’t hide his true feelings. He looks so desperate when Robin finds out what he has done, but she forgives him because he is so lovely. Their rooftop affection seems very natural and real. It leads inevitably to Robin being invited into the group and the awkward sexual tension which will doubtless help fuel storylines.

Barney once more plays the devil on Ted’s shoulder encouraging him to forget about marriage and live for now. He provides more laughs than anyone else (See Comic Highlight) at this stage and his seduction and break up with a girl who no one knows is a fun sub plot over the weekend of parties.

Ditto Lily wanting to have lots of sex with Marshall. Again they look natural as a couple and play the role of surrogate parents to Ted nicely. Marshall’s need to finish his paper and not be disturbed is another understandably obstacle which Ted has to side step in his pursuit of Robin. Ted being in the room while Lily seduces Marshall was a nice joke and definitely seemed plausible for three house mates who have known each other for a long time.

The Bad: The only line which fell flat was Lily asking if the guys “got high?” when they aren’t making sense. It’s such a sit com cliché and the show should steer clear of those.

Comic Highlight: Barney tries to work out the quickest way of breaking up with the girl he slept with the night before. So he tells her he is in love with her. As in what Ted did to Robin. The way the joke is told, through the flashback storytelling technique, makes it particularly well timed.

How I rate your episode: A really fun follow up to the pilot. Robin is now part of the group and the story of their lives can begin.

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