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How I Met Your Mother Fodder

How I Met Your Mother: Intro & Where Are We Recap

Greetings to one and all and welcome to How I Met Your Mother Fodder. My name is Gordon Davidescu (pronounced dah-vee-deh-skoo) and I will be your HIMYM blogger taking you through the wonderful world of the show. Some of you may know me from my other Fodder blog, Days of Our Lives Fodder. This looks like it's going to be an exciting season.

For those of you who know abosolutely nothing about the show let me get you warmed up. How I Met Your Mother starts off with a father figure voiced, appropriately enough, by Bob Saget (Danny Tanner, anyone?). We are in the future and the unseen father figure sits his two children down to explain the story of how he, the character of Ted Mosby, met their mother.

The rest of the characters break down like this:

Marshall Eriksen: One of Ted's best friends. At the beginning of the first season we see that he is engaged to the character of Lily Aldrin. Ted and Marshall used to be roommates alone in their apartment - well, up until the engagement. Marshall encourages Ted on his quest to find true love.

Lily Aldrin: Marshall's fiance and a kindergarden teacher. She thinks that Ted sometimes just goes a little over the top in his pursuit of love.

Robin Scherbatsky: News reporter for NY1, which is actually a really nice channel to watch important New York City related news. She and Ted had a date at the beginning of the first season - at the end of the date he told her he loved her and she broke it off with him.

Barney Stinson: Possibly the funniest character in the show, though I am biased about this since I love Neil Patrick Harris. The perpetual bachelor with no intentions of ever being serious in a long term relationship. His ideal life would probably be if Marshall and Ted both shared his ideals for pursuing hookups with women and "suiting up" in order to do so.

Most of the first season involved Ted trying to find the right person. By the end of the first season, Lily had gotten a curious offer to participate in an art program in San Francisco which she did not tell Marshall about and Ted had managed to win over Robin. When he finally found out that she had applied for the art program, Marshall told Lily that if she went to the program their engagement was effectively over and so was their relationship. Ted in a happy state went to tell Marshall about the great news only to find a slumped shouldered Marshall sitting in the pouring rain. He held up the engagement ring as a sort of non-verbal explanation.

The first episode of the second season therefore started off as a sort of getting through the summer episode. Up until he realizes that Ted and Robin are together, Barney briefly believes that they finally have a single guy trifecta and they can do all sorts of single guy things. The Ted of the future explains how they worked hard to get Marshall through the grief of losing his fiance and how they took him to a baseball game, a shooting range, and even a strip club but absolutely nothing worked.

There is also a subplot wherein Marshall figures out how to see what Lily has been charging on her credit card online and sees that she has charged a hotel room right there in New York, leading him to believe that she has come back. Though Ted and Barney tell him not to, he goes to the hotel room to confront her only to come face to face with a man, whom he punches out. As it turns out, the man had stolen Lily's credit card number and was charging things without her knowledge.

At the end of the episode it turns out that the thing that helped Marshall get through the pain the most was simply time - 67 days of time, to be exact. He finally is able to whip up some pancakes, one of Lily's favorite foods, and he and the gang all go out to a bar as friends to have a good night together. Lily walks into the bar and sees them together and turns on her heels and walks right out. Will she ever talk to them again? Surely we will find out in the second episode of the season.

Posted by Gordon on September 26, 2006 1:53 PM
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