Despite the fact that we're in a TV moment where dramas are getting more attention than sitcoms, a few of the returning shows I've been most eager to see again are comedies -- "The Office," "30 Rock," and, of course, "How I Met Your Mother," which was back last night.
The "How I Met Your Mother" premiere was good, if not a classic, and it had lots of the sweet but laugh-out-loud stuff I've come to expect from this show. Marshall falling under the spell of Gael -- "Male Gail"... The gang refusing to get Gael's name right ... Ted's beards and the gang's interpretations of them ... Barney's desperate need to be Ted's wingman ... Barney's Cirque du Soleil joke, which I can't repeat here ... and the revelation of the slap countdown clock.
But I gotta say, I miss the Ted and Robin connection, and I still kinda sorta feel like they belong together. They look right together, they talk on the same level, and even though their relationship had shortcomings last season, they were pretty happy together, weren't they...?! When Ted showed up at Robin's door last night, I was rooting for them to reunite. Plus, the group dynamic was excellent when they were a couple last season. I want my gang back!
Oh well. Sigh. Last night, we were introduced to the yellow umbrella, which will lead to the "Mother." She better be pretty darn special to beat Cobie Smulders, that's all I can say. Maybe Robin has a twin sister???