KT found the episode very…suitable
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: 5.12 “Girls vs. Suits”
Anyone who knows Barney can tell you: he loves women, but at this point in his life, his serious, long-term relationships are with his suits. Karina the bartender is a beautiful girl, but she’s never going to be the object of a song and dance number evoking the old Broadway musical romances like “Singing in the Rain.” And by “evoking,” I mean this:
What a fabulous grand finale to the hundredth episode!
The episode belonged almost entirely to Barney and Ted. Lily, Marshall, and Robin spend most of it playing peanut gallery to the two plots while they debate the relative hotness of Robin, Lily, and Karina the bartender. Just as I felt the argument was getting old, Robin got up, hammed it up behind the bar, and made me laugh. I was also amused to see Lily seem to crush on another girl — remember how Robin kissed her once so that she could say she had a brief lesbian phase before she got married?
I thought the show put Tim Gunn to good use, too — with the possible exception of Regis in “Best Burger in New York,” this show is very clever about using its guest stars. Of course Barney’s personal tailor would be “TV’s Tim Gunn”! It was exactly the right amount of over the top-ness for an episode that also featured a restroom stall that can open up to hold a suit. Magical suit space?
But it was Ted’s plot that really kept me gasping. So close, we are so close to meeting the mother! And yet, I fear if we really met the mother before the show’s finale, all of our expectations would be ridiculously high and the show would jump the shark faster than you can say “legendary.” I hope that wouldn’t be the case, though, because I loved all the little details we learned about the future mother from her current roommate! I’d like to get to know this character for real.
I did feel sorry for roommate Cindy, who seems to be a very cool person in her own right, and her storyline with Ted was very well written. I won’t call out all the jokes, but the humor was good, and the interjections from Narrator Ted were tantalizing. My bet is that Ted won’t pursue this woman until maybe the end of this season, possibly out of deference to Cindy, but now that he knows she exists and that he’s attracted to her before they’ve even met — folks, it’s only a matter of time!