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I guess I just like liking things

Okay, I’ll be honest: I don’t have much to say about this episode. I mean, I like that it picks right up where last season left off with Ted deciding to be a “guy who goes on dates,” but that whole Utah Indian language thing is my least favorite plot point in the whole run of the show.  I am not a fan (read: “I dislike vehemently”) any kinds of stories where some simple communication would fix a misunderstanding (things like “The Importance of Being Earnest,” for example). On top of that, the ridiculous words that Ted comes up with are… ugh, so frustrating.  This whole thing just rubs me the wrong way.  Furthermore, Linda’s outrightly mean use of the language to torpedo Ted (who, it should be noted, deserves to be torpedoed here, but could have been in a nice way) is just so mean. I get that Linda likes Ted and doesn’t like to see him dating someone else, and I also get that she’s on edge because the guy she went out with likes to dress up like a bear, but still.  The worst part is that Danielle seems like a nice person, someone Ted would really get along well with, and I know they can’t keep her around and the reason she doesn’t stay is completely realistic, it’s just frustrating.


The other storylines are fine, but the main one leaves such a bad taste in my mouth that it flavors everything else.  Don’t get me wrong, I still like the majority of the episode, but if I were somehow able to order all 26 episodes (I wouldn’t be), this one would be at the bottom, which still makes it better than any episode of  [INSERT TERRIBLE SHOW HERE] I’ve ever seen.

I feel like I’m letting you down with this episode, but I really didn’t have much other insight, I’m afraid.  Let me know in the comments the stuff that struck you.  I will say that Veronica’s delivery of the “Lem, you remember the NASA guys?” line is absolutely one of my favorite timing/delivery bits on the show ever.

Bits and pieces:

  • “Remember ‘Whee, Pension rollbacks?'” – Ted
  • “Well, technically Mr. Cynical can’t be happy, it is his power and his curse.” – Ted
  • I don’t completely understand what makes two people “genetically compatible,” but I do like that Veronica’s assessment of Lem boils down to “smart mom, hot dad.” She fails to mention that Lem’s mom is also hot (we find this out later this season when we meet her).
  • Lem’s dad was the first male supermodel
  • Ted’s favorite movie is Caddyshack
  • “That’s why it wasn’t called Romeo & Juliet & Lem & Phil.” – Ted
  • “I will rescue a young, beautiful lady from a Tedless existence.” – Ted
  • “Twice a week after work, I put on a totally realistic bear costume and hang out in the park.” – Greg
  • The Myman Family Tree looks like Wikipedia
  • “Sorry, Ted, I’m actively disappointing you.” – Phil
  • Phil crying in the elevator, Veronica unfazed by it – “Shh, I love this song.”
  • I suggest that “The Prolific Mymans” would be a good name for your garage band
  • “Drugs: they take the edge off.” – Sign on the wall in the medical clinic
  • “Run, I’m all bluff” – Veronica
  • “Who would have guessed it would be a bad idea to let a giant corporation’s financial agenda dictate who we date?” – Linda


No commercial this week!  Boo!

Ideas/Inventions mentioned in this episode:

  • Nutrition pellets
  • Super fast-growing moss for astronauts

Coworkers named/seen:

  • Danielle, Ted’s “match”
  • Greg, Linda’s “match”
  • The receptionist at the medical clinic, unnamed but has lines

Next week: S02E02 – The Lawyer, the Lemur and the Little Listener

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