October 19th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
After "How I Met Your Mother's" below average fifth season, things weren't looking a lot better for this one. However, Monday night's episode restored my faith that this show has still got it.
"House" alum Jennifer Morrison guest-starred for the first of several episodes as Zoey, a woman who's "perfect" for Ted (where have we heard that before?) - except for the fact that she's protesting his plans to replace an old New York building with Barney's company's headquarters.
Ted shows how far he will go for a girl by claiming to be a veterinarian and planning to join in the protest against himself... until Barney throws a wrench into those plans via a giant billboard with his face on it (and he is dressed as a wizard in the photo, also for a girl).
We got another twist when we found out that Zoey is actually married, and at that moment, Ted was honest enough with himself to admit that the only real reason he was compromising on the building was for her.
Moving on to what is usually the highlight of every episode, the Marshall and Lily subplot. After learning an intimate detail he wished he had never heard about Robin's boyfriend, Marshall starts to lose his "traction" altogether due to Lily and Robin's frank sex talk (nice touch with the faux "Sex and the City" theme when Marshall imagined them talking).
This was fairly sub-par stuff, but redeemed itself with Lily's completely-scripted discussion (Marshall was even holding "cue cards") of the previous night's activities with Robin over the phone.
There were some great lines (as usual), like Barney's adopting "Cottontail," a rabbit which Zoey had left with "veterinarian" Ted: "You took longer to get here than I thought, we bonded and I'm keeping her."
But the repeated references to Guns N' Roses ("Chinese Democracy"?) were what made this episode "legen- wait for it ...I'll send you an inter-office memo with the rest!"
Did you like this week's episode as well? Looking forward to more of Zoey tormenting Ted? And do you think there's any chance she's the mother (I'm pretty doubtful myself)? Share your view on a video iReport or in the comments below.
Oh, and here's a memo: "-Dary!"
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