September 20th, 2011
02:10 PM ET
Monday night's one hour season premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" - actually two episodes - was hit or miss for me.
The first episode was a hit. It really felt like the show had gotten its groove back with a classically structured "HIMYM," a flashback within a flashback, of Punchy's long-awaited, disastrous wedding.
All of the business with Ted trying to avoid yet another embarrassing toast, Lily trying to hide her pregnancy, and Robin's rekindled feelings for Barney worked brilliantly. It didn't hurt that Robin and Barney had a show-stopping dance number in the middle of the episode, either.
Marshall's "drinking for two" - especially his line "I will do this, for the child," had me rolling, not to mention Lily's "This son of a bitch has knee dimples!"
So it was a big letdown when I found the second episode to be a miss. Martin Short just didn't work for me as Marshall's boss and I'm really not interested in Barney's pursuit of Nora (hopefully this is not going to drag out all season between him and Robin).
I will admit that it had its moments, in particular "Beercules" and "Edward Forty Hands." (The lesson here? The Eriksens are having a pretty good season so far.)
But nothing prepared me for the final scene, which made it all worth it. Victoria, Ted's girlfriend from season 1, is back!
Either the producers are responding to what the fans want, or they had this planned from the get-go. I kind of doubt it's the latter but it would be amazing if so.
In any case, this development really makes me excited for this season. Do you agree? Share your iReport or comment below.
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