How I Met Your Mother Recap: Meet the Parents

So Ted still keeps in touch with Trudy, a.k.a. the girl from season one’s "Pineapple" episode, a.k.a. Danica McKellar? Perhaps not a stunning revelation — this is Ted, after all — but an amusing callback to a character in an episode filled with lots of them. Last night’s parade of previous guest stars was, in some ways, the modern equivalent of a montage episode — you know, when television shows used to just string a bunch of old scenes together and call it new even though the only fresh thing about them was the cheesecake that got eaten? The nostalgia was rote, yet nonetheless entertaining.

For a series with such keen generational observations, it’s almost surprising that it took so long for it to ask: Do we end up with our parents? Fitting, though, that the group would wonder this now as they creep toward their mid-thirties and perhaps find their relationships less amorous than before. Writer Matt Kuhn, who’s responsible for one of our favorites, "Three Days of Snow," seems to have more mature preoccupations, so even sillier plots like these have a whiff of truth. Read More...


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