KT totally called dibs, you know.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: 6.01 “Big Days”
All summer, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been telling interviewers that, after a hit-or-miss fifth season, this year HIMYM is going to try to recapture the fun of the show’s early seasons. So, no pressure here or anything.
But while it took until the end of the episode to make up my mind, I thought this was a good first step.
I say it took until the end because the initial set-up didn’t look like anything special. Ted’s storyline is a tease, bringing back Cindy from last season and introducing a girl who could have been her roommate — and thus, The Mother — but turned out at the last minute to be her date instead. But though it left Ted and Barney with nothing to do but ogle a girl who wouldn’t have wanted to date either of them, I liked the reconciliation between Cindy and Ted. Now I could believe she might introduce him to her roommate one of these days.
The heart of the episode, though, belonged to Marshall and Lily. Since the last two episodes that dealt with their deciding to have a baby left me feeling squirmy and uncomfortable, initially I was afraid this was going to be more of that. You know, the candles, the music, the rest of the cliches (though admittedly the banjos were a nice touch) — but then Marshall came home, Lily had clothes on, and we went in a different direction entirely.
We’ve seen before that Lily doesn’t always fit in with Marshall’s family, though in the past it’s been placed more on his mother. The invasive father-in-law was a new story,(something this show has been needing), and also a different way to play on the idea that something normal to one member of a couple is weird and unwanted to the other. As it played out, the events were amusingly exaggerated, as you’d expect, but the emotions felt real, and I really enjoyed their scenes in the bar and on the steps of their building.
Another moment that really won me over was Barney’s split second of sentimentality — admitting to Lily how much he would like to know his father.
Of course, the big blinking question the episode set for us is “Whose wedding is it, anyway?” Given the way the ending was set up, I think it could easily be Cindy and Dibs-girl — though that would mean we’ll be seeing a lot more of Cindy, if Ted’s the best man. He’d be more natural as a best man for Barney or Robin, but can you picture either of them getting married anytime… ever?
Last thing: Let’s remember that Ted’s last line as he went into the church was “No, I didn’t bring an umbrella.”