Cleveland rocked, as a new season of How I Met Your Mother got underway this week.
"The Best Man" was maybe the best season opener I can recall for this series. The jam-packed premiere opened with Ted being summoned by Barney to warm his "cold feet." For all the comedy he brings to the show, Barney's softer side is just as important to his loveable character. The tie metaphor was very well done and culminated nicely when he asked Ted if he had, in fact, picked the right one.
It wouldn't be a memorable episode, though, without a healthy dose of Women According to Barney. From his counseling Ted on how to get laid at Punchy's wedding to his unveiling of his own new moves - like the Escaped Man Slaughterer - Barney dispayed mid-season form from the opening whistle.
What really had the scouts buzzing, however, aside from his amazing Guiness Book of World Records moment, were his moves on the dance floor, as he and Robin cut a rug to Deee Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart." It especially hit home with me, for in my youth, the knee slide into the "kip-up" off the floor was my go-to move at weddings.
Despite being put in the corner when their dirty dancing was broken up by Nora's phone call, Robin was at her best when she woefully counciled him on what to say. If there was one weak point of the episode, though, it had to be her "truth voice." While funny in concept, there was one too many flashbacks. Her conversation with Ted over cigars was redeeming at least.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my dislike of her new hair style. There is no bigger Scherbatsketeer than me, but her hair looked like Cosmo Kramer's did when he and Jerry's landlord turned down the water pressure. She needed the Commando 450 to get rid of that low-flow.
I still think it's our girl from the Great White North that Barney Suits Up with for the rest of his life, but until that comes to fruition, we luckily have Marshall and Lily to tug at our heart strings while also making us laugh. Pulling off the secret sober wife at a wedding is one of the all time hardest feats of friendship, so it didn't surprise me when Marshall and Lily broke down and told their friends the big news. I mean, who can resist knee dimples? We did get to enjoy Drunk Marshall for awhile, even if the "two flusher" faux pas was a bit of a let down.
Was it weird that the whole crew was invited to the wedding? Perhaps, but if his father-in-law-to-be was paying for everything it would not have been too out of the realm of Punchy's character to invite as many people as he could think of.
I'll cut myself off there before I go all Mosby and start emotionally rambling about what I felt was a very complete start to what I hope will prove to be a great season. We may not be close to the end, but as long as the writers keep feeding us enough "Mother" clues, I'm all for it.