Two words: Funny… Creepy.
It all begins with the gang at the bar (including Nora and Barney’s Brother James). Barney is talking about how he and Nora have yet to have sex, but tonight is the night. Nora and Barney take off to go ice skating (Nora’s idea… and it’s lame… I’m sorry, I HATE Nora) and James tells the group that Nora is a lovely girl who reminds him of his mother…. And that he has to go throw up now. This begins the downward spiral for the rest of the gang.
Pregnant Lilly doesn’t feel sexy. Marshall goes out of his way to make her feel sexy but she begins to realize just how much Marshall is like her father which creeps her the hell out. Marshall tells her that James’s theory is ridiculous because Lilly is nothing like his mother… ya well it turns out that she is like her father. EWWW. The two begin to picture each other as their parents which leads to awesome guest stars (Chris Eliot as Lilly’s dad and Bill Faggerbakke as Marshall’s dad) almost making out. Marshall and Lilly realize that If either one of them is any tiny bit like their parents, they ended up with good people.
Ted is lonely (what else is new Ted, really, get over it!) he’s hanging out with Robin too much and Kevin (the shrink… that she’s dating… it’s still weird). Kevin gets pissed when Ted invites Robin to a “romantic” concert which leads to an awesome freak out by Kevin (Kal Penn is awesome). Ted tells Kevin it’s a Weird Al concert, Robin admits that she is not a fan, Kevin (who is lying) says that he is, Ted invites Kevin and all is well. (Oh and Ted claims that he came up with “Like A Surgeon” which leads to an awesome cameo by Weird Al at the end.)
Barney is trying to get laid (what else is new?) and is working on getting Nora into bed. They go ice skating and Nora falls and knocks out a tooth (HAHAHA!), they go to the dentist and as they’re leaving a rat falls onto Nora’s head (which bothered me because it’s never explained exactly where the rat came from… I like to think that it was from God who was trying to give Barney a sign that Nora is just all wrong for him). Barney says that he can turn the night around. He takes her back to his place so she can take a bath, which she does. They end up on the balcony about to have a make out session when a man comes flying by, obviously commiting suicide “goodbye cruel world!” And that still doesn’t put Nora off (that’s just wrong). She says that they can still salvage the night and she starts singing “My favorite Things” to Barney (which again, I find extremely weird. He is not your freaking kid, you don’t need to sing to him.) which then reminds Barney of his mother who used to do the same thing to Barney. Again… Ew. Barney does her anyway (shocker… that’s just gross… and this episode kind of made me not like Barney a bit.)
Barney: “I’ve been waiting two months for that bowl of ice cream and tonight… I’m gonna have sex with it.”
James: “The Pork Authority is closed. Looks like it’s Hand Central Station for you little buddy.”
Overall Grade: B-. Not the best episode, but it definitely had it’s moments. I think the reason that I wasn’t particularly ecstatic with this episode was because I’m a huge Barney Stinson fan, and he has changed into someone that creeps me out and annoys me all at the same time. He’s working really hard to get and keep Nora and I’m sorry I just don’t see the fascination he has with her. He still wants to get laid even after he realizes that she is just like his mother, and too me, that’s just wrong. She was the most like his parent compared to any of the other characters. Barney has grown yes, but in the end, he still is kind of a horn dog, but last night, he wasn’t the funny horn dog that I love, he was the disgusting horn dog that I kind of hated.
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Next new episode of “How I Met Your Mother” airs October 31st at 8pm EST on CBS.