After watching Monday night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” we really have to admit that we are not too upset about Ted wearing a green dress proved to be a passing glance. After the show hyped up the event last year, it felt almost as though the writers realized that had no real way to make it work, and threw something in about Ted trying to make Barney feel better — then again, Ted at least did have motivation for trying to work his pal through some major self-esteem issues after he realized that Barney was not as happy about dating a stripper as he was letting on.
While Barney was desperate to having “legendary” nights almost every week, this surprisingly was not the most legendary part of this episode (and nor was Lily having a dirty dream about Barney’s driver). Instead, it was seeing Robin suddenly become a hero after landing a traffic helicopter after the pilot suffered a stroke. After struggling for so long to make a name for herself, she is finally set up in a position to succeed in career — and there is also some hope for romance in here with Barney still questioning Quinn’s profession.
It may all be deceptive, but what we love about “Mother” as a whole is that every week there is at least some notion of progress. This week, it was Ted finally opening up to Robin again, and it was Robin also surging forward in her career. By the end of this season, it will be Marshall and Lily’s baby arriving and Barney’s bride being revealed. We aren’t necessarily going to write down Monday night’s episode as one for the history books (or even proclaim it “legendary”), but in between the mariachi costumes and Robin meeting Letterman it was still pretty darn good.