How I Met Your Mother: Season 5, Episode 1 "Definitions" Review - Featured

We were definitely feeling How I Met Your Mother's Season 5 premiere, "Definitions"; how about you?

After an uneven 4th season containing both some classic episodes (like Intervention and Naked Man) and some duds (I thought the finale in particular was pretty forgettable), I'm happy to report that the show was back in fine form last night!


Those who can't do...teach, right? While - like Ted's nightmare - I too question Ted's qualifications to be a professor at Columbia, I guess I am willing to roll with this one. Ted's self-doubt as a first-time professor ("Good morning. Sup dudes? Silence!")- from forgetting how to spell Professor - to not wanting to take questions (which only led to his further humiliation, as he was actually in Econ 305) was pretty darn funny. Per usual, that the mother was "in the classroom" (and how much do you want to bet that she was in the classroom, but not in the preying upon your students is generally frowned upon) was pretty much the least relevant component of the story...just a segue into introducing Ted's new career path.

Barney and Robin

Flugelhorn! I wasn't initially sure how I was feeling about this couple, as although we've been told time and again that Robin is not the mother...I always held out hope that we'd been missing some loophole and that Ted and Robin do end up together. But I have to tell you, the Barney and Robin pairing seems to be gold for HIMYM. The duo's dating issues - including their inability to put a label on what is clearly a relationship - makes them a plausible (non)couple for the show, and I'm kind of hoping that this one sticks for a while.

Lily and Marshall

These two were not the focus of the episode, but had a bunch of fun scenes, from Marshall's presenting of the Indiana Jones whip to Ted to Lily's imprisonment of Robin and Barney in the hopes of getting them to define the relationship (and Marshall's continued usage of the whip while Barney and Robin were locked up). Marshall and Lily really are as much as a heart of the show as Ted. I love Lily as the master puppeteer...forcing Robin to ask Barney "Where is this relationship going?"...and allowing Barney and Robin to think they have won the game, though in reality, as Lily points out, "They don't know that they weren't lying."

Other things:

-In case you weren't aware, both Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan were pregnant during much of last season (Hannigan even missed a few episodes and filmed some of her later season scenes out of order before she left for her maternity). They've both since had their babies; thus, it was really nice to see the group back together...and to see both Robin and Lily without holding a giant purse in front of them (I know you can only conceal pregnancies so well...but it had gotten so egregious as the season progressed last year).

-I think we can all agree that the episode's best bit was Barney's comparison between girls and gremlins: "The rules for girls are the same as the rules for gremlins:

1. Never get them wet.

2. Keep them away from sunlight.

3. Never feed them after midnight."

Watch the full clip here.

What did you think of the How I Met Your Mother premiere? Like me, have you found yourself won over by the Robarney coupling?

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Default avatar cat
Sep 23, 2009 12:50AM EDT

gremlins comments should have been in the bro code :O

Large monkey
Sep 23, 2009 7:39AM EDT

"how much do you want to bet that she was in the classroom, but not in the preying upon your students is generally frowned upon" Nothing. I bet she WAS in that class, since "that class" was Econ 305. Her being in Econ 305 would make her a Junior/Senior and not Ted's student. So if they meet while she is still a student at Columbia she isn't Ted's student and at any rate she will be graduating soon.

Large newrachelimage
Sep 23, 2009 1:51PM EDT

@unholyghost2003 - I had gotten stuck in my head back from the season finale that she was in the class he was teaching. Good point though! You're totally right!

Default avatar cat
Sep 26, 2009 5:19PM EDT

awsome premiere ! best episode ever!

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