'How I Met Your Mother' Aftergasm: Bad Girlfriends, Placenta and Night Gowns
'How I Met Your Mother' Aftergasm: Bad Girlfriends, Placenta and Night Gowns
How good was last night's episode of How I Met Your Mother, “The Front Porch”? The previous two episodes really haven't been that good, so I was overjoyed that my beloved sitcom has returned to its high quality and big laughs.

There was a whole bunch of stuff going on all at once in “The Front Porch.” The three main focuses were on Ted (Josh Radnor) reuniting with his high school sweetheart, Karen, much to Marshall and Lily's dismay, Robin requesting that her friends take an interest in her new job as host of a morning show, and Marshall converting Barney to the wonders of nightgowns, with interstitial bits of Future Ted, Future Marshall and Future Lily. It's always fun to see them as old folks.

The thing I absolutely adore about How I Met Your Mother is that everything seems to be taken from my own life. I have experienced at least two thirds of the episode in my own life.

For example, I have a friend whose girlfriend is rather, shall we say, difficult to deal with. My friends and I all secretly don't like her and think that our friend can do so much better. I probably would never do what Lily (Alyson Hannigan) seems to have made her second career – breaking up Ted's relationships – but I think we've all had friends whose partners we just couldn't stand to be in the same room with. Unlike Ted's girlfriend Karen (played by Laura Prepon), my friend's girlfriend isn't quite a douche, but she is cold, condescending and demanding….but I better stop there lest I give anyone's identities away.

Not that it would matter anyway because, like Robin (Cobie Smulders), I have a very difficult time getting my friends to read anything I write for my job here at BuddyTV. In “The Front Porch,” Robin realizes that none of her friends had ever seen her new morning show, so they agree to stay up late to catch the 4am show. Unfortunately, they start to discuss Ted's relationship with Karen and Lily's front porch theory (she only wants Ted to date people whose company she will enjoy way in the future when they are all old and playing bridge together, out on the front porch), so they don't actually get around to watching the show, which is playing in the background. That's definitely their loss, however, because Robin's show is amazing. Cobie Smulders definitely has a gift in physical comedy, as if we didn't already know this from her Robin Sparkles videos. Robin Scherbatsky must have some skills too, seeing that she performs CPR on the weather guy, puts out a fire during the cooking segment and delivers a baby, which is how her jacket came to be covered in placenta. I wonder whether my friends would bother to read my articles if crazy things like that happened to me at my job? Eh, probably not.

Finally, I have had the pleasure of sleeping in a night gown, as Marshall (Jason Segel) seems to do every night. I assure you, it is as wonderful and freeing as Marshall promises. Even Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) gave up his silk suitjamas in favor of the humble nightshirt after listening to Marshall's declamations of its wonder and glory. I implore all of you reading this: go home and try it! You won't be sorry.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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