|How I Met Your Mother – “Oh, Honey”|
One of the best features of How I Met Your Mother is how it plays with narrative structure. Since the story is told by Ted of the increasingly-less-distant future, episodes can have him misremember events and prevent stories non-linearly. I feel like the show has played with this element more than usual this season, resulting in some pretty strong episodes. “Oh, Honey” is certainly among those in that it was a quality episode, but I have to say I’m really disappointed by the direction the story turned last night.
OK, yes, it was pretty telegraphed that Zoey and Ted would try to have some kind of relationship. And since Future Ted calls her Zoey, and not Your Mother, we know that she is not the woman Ted is going to end up with. So, in a season that set itself up as the season we’d finally meet mother, we are instead going to be sidetracked at least the rest of the way this year. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, even if they were going to introduce mother, it would probably be in the season finale.
It’s just, well, they said the story is being told in 2030. And those kids look pretty old. I’d say the daughter is probably around 18. So she has to be born next year. Just because the show is called How I Met Your Mother doesn’t mean it has to end when Ted meets mother. I mean you can’t really make the argument that every single episode has built toward Ted meeting mother anymore, the show probably should have been called How Every Relationship I’ve Had in My Life Turned Out at this point.
But anyway, I guess the main attraction for “Oh, Honey” wasn’t even the Ted/Zoey story, but Katy Perry. She’s the eponymous Honey, a sexual interest of Barney’s that results in a funny breakdown over the phrase “who’s your daddy.” Katy Perry did fine with the material she had and I guess we shouldn’t be surprised someone like her popped up on the show, after all Britney Spears was on for a few episodes not so long ago.
But the biggest laughs came from Marshall and his family. Marshall’s still in Minnesota since his father died, although Lily’s gone back to NY, presumably because she still has a job as a teacher, although I can’t remember the last time we saw that. And Robin’s in the episode too, sitting around doing nothing. But I digress, as Marshall’s “Ted, that son of a bitch” was definitely the biggest laugh of the night for me. I also enjoyed his brother, listening in on the call and offering a poetic analysis of the Ted/Zoey situation, that immediately segueing into childish jokes.
So, yeah, a good episode. It will be interesting to see where HIMYM goes from here. Bummer that The Captain probably won’t be a part of that future.