How I Met Your Mother Season Premiere Review: A Wedding Wonderland

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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.

Barney at a Wedding

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.


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Derek the joke was that lily had nfi about the metaphor. I think it has to be nora's wedding, only because if Barney the other tie was nora, it wouldn't matter because nora wouldn't take him back again.... I wonder if anyone else saw the resemblance to the s2 ending with the cigar scene :D


Loved this premiere! Everything that involved Barney and Robin was so good. Favorite scenes had to be everything involved with the tie metaphor, Robin telling Barney her feelings while he was on the phone with Nora, and Robin and Ted's conversation over cigars. Really, really good season premiere.

Uncle jackass

"The Bride wants to talk to you Ted?" Therefore, Ted must intimately know the bride...


I don't know if that wedding is gonna go forth, if it is for good, but I definitely think Barney is ending uo with Robin. When they ended, future Ted said that Barney and Robin only needed some more time, so I think they will be together at the end.


best episode ever! amazing! the wedding fight was amazing! the dance perfect! i just love this show! so natural and true feelings! :D it wasn't so funny the story was just great!


i really want it to be robin. and omg jason seagal lost some weight! i love this victoria twist. and derek, im thinking it's probs just a joke


I think it's Robin, because last season Robin said she will make Ted as her best man at her wedding. But we'll never know until we get to the actual wedding itself. I love the dirty dancing, and that last move is always sexy. Too bad Nora has to call. BTW, are you going to make a review of the second episode?


I totally didn't realize that the actress playing Victoria was a current baddie on W13.


Victoria is still i think the best girl for ted right after robin!


It's going to be Robin, cause Nora doesn't know Ted enough to ask for him to see her, and Lily would not be Nora's maid of honor(assuming that that is why she requested Ted see her instead of someone else.) knowing that Robin still had feelings for him. So I think he marries Robin.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 1 Quotes

Wow Marshall really took a two-flusher on that one!


Oh thank God! Barney Stinson needs you right before his wedding, you assume there's at least one dead stripper in the closet.