“How I Met Your Mother”, airing on Mondays at 8:00pm ET on CBS, is starting to round into form, and seems to be heading down the main stretch towards it’s final goal. The main character, Ted Mosby (portrayed by Josh Radnor), is narrated through the series as he tries to describe to his two children how he met their mother. Though it may be a rather long story, now halfway into it’s sixth season, it definitely makes for a very funny, and fairly recognizable sitcom.
The story-line of the sit-com “How I Met Your Mother”, and how it seems to be progressing through the sixth, and present, season;
* Bob Saget narrates “How I Met Your Mother”, and as he plays the voice of Ted in the year 2030, and that Ted’s children at the time, who are usually sitting on the couch facing him, are about 14 to 16 years old, that would mean that Ted has to get married and have two children within the next four years. Expect to see her this season, to leave enough time for Ted to brood over her for a while.
* Ted, as the audience recalls, has seen his wife to be at least a couple of times, or has he? Once, just her ankle as she was walking from the shower into her bedroom, while Ted was leaving her roommate because he wasn’t all that into her. Or, was it the girl outside the pub, with the umbrella? Ted also saw the same girl from the apartment in the bar that the gang hangs out in, below Ted’s apartment, and she turned out to end up in a lesbian marriage. Or, did she? There are a lot of dream sequences on the show.
As the show’s sixth season progresses, Marshall’s (portrayed by Jason Segel) overly doting and interfering father, also Marshall’s idol and greatest influence, has died, and has left a voice message on Marshall’s cell phone. How could this be the story line for a situation comedy?
* As Marshall tries to come to terms with his father’s death, and at his father’s funeral, his buddies, Ted and Barney (portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris), stop at nothing in trying to make him laugh. They keep showing him videos of people being hurt by animals in hilarious ways, and then resort to the old punch to the ‘nads routine while fishing for laughs.
* When Marshall finally decides to listen to his father’s phone message, to hear his real last words (since, as the title suggested, his last words to Marshall, as Marshall wants them to be remembered, were “rent Crocodile Dundee III. I caught it on the cable last night and it really holds up”).
* The actual voice message from the dead seems to be a “pants call”, where a person accidentally hit’s the redial button on their cell phone while sitting down, and in this case in a car on the way to the airport. After Marshall finally hears it, he lets it play on the speaker and goes on about how banal final words can be, since his father’s last words now appeared to be a pants call. After hearing the on-again off-again sweet and heart-felt yet funny real final message, the group all suddenly decides to call their fathers, showing their weak sides and how quick they are to cave.
* As the final scene for the episode entitled “Last Words”, Barney, ever looking for some form of father figure to look up to, calls his mother and tells her “I think I’m ready to meet my real father”.
“How I Met Your Mother” is a seriously funny and romantic comedy, with challenges met and purses with endless supplies. It is rather reminiscent of both Friends and Cheers, and only true fans will know the references, and that number seems to be growing with each new episode. Too bad it took six funny seasons for it to happen, but there’s always re-runs and BluRay discs.