How I Met Your Father is back at it for season 2—and the drama picks up right where the first season left off with Sophie (Hilary Duff) dealing with her relationship drama.
By the end of the 20-minute installment, she’s “burned through three guys in 48 hours”–her words–which means that this season will see no shortage of romantic woes.
On the bright side, after dealing with the fallout from her short-lived romance with Jesse (Chris Lowell), her split with Drew (Josh Peck) and his terrible spray tan, and her brief rekindled romance with Ian (Daniel Augustin), who returned from Australia hoping to shoot his shot only to find Sophie’s love life to be a mess, she made the mature decision to work on herself and figure out why she ran away from love the moment it presented itself.
It’s so easy to throw yourself into another relationship that you think will make you happy, especially if it’s with the one that got away, but take real courage to take a step back and really reassess your situation. I know that’s deep for a sitcom comedy, but it’s what aids in character growth—and right now, Sophie needs it.
Jesse was right when he said she was complicated, but isn’t that what makes life exciting?
Of course, the biggest shocker of the episode was a “legen… wait for it… dary!” surprise cameo from How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris, who played the iconic Barney Stinson. The flash-forward was teased by 2050 adult Sophie (played by Kim Cattrall) who was telling her son about hitting “rock bottom.” In the scene, she’s trying to get ahold of her mom because she thinks she might be “dating her dad,” (she has yet to find out the identity of her father), which seems to refer to her upcoming romance with John Corbett’s character. This show just loves its Sex and the City alums. Also, Corbett once played Duff’s teacher in Raise Your Voice—and she addressed the fact that they are now locking lips for the series in a pretty comical interview!
Anyway, as adult Sophie recalls the traumatizing moment, in the scene, her valid mini-freak out about her potential new suitor, ends with her rear-ending a vehicle belonging to none other than Barney… at least, we think it’s Barney based on his mannerisms and attire. As he emerges from the car, he buttons up his jacket, raises his arms, and declares, “Dude.”
However, it has not been announced who Harris is set to play in the show, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see if he reprises his beloved character or if he’ll be tackling a brand-new one. But what is very clear is that his return definitely makes us all more excited about what’s to come from the rest of the season.
If you’re the kind of person who mostly focuses on TV dramas, it might take a moment to shift gears into the cheesy and often times over-acted sitcom comedy with a pretty cringe-y laugh track, but the cast goes above and beyond to ground it as best as they can and offer some sincerity through the shenanigans.
Then again, the best moments arise when you kind of give into the ridiculous nature of the series and go with the flow.
The long-running joke about Ellen’s (Tien Tran) sequin satchel carried the episode (how did she make that?!), Sid’s (Sure Sharma) attempt and giving Hannah (Ashley Reyes) a great wedding party provided us with some true breakout moments, and you can always count on Valentina (Francia Raisa) and Charlie’s (Tom Ainsley’s) sexual chemistry to steal the show.
And who knew that seeing a group of New Yorkers do the electric slide at a dive bar would be that enjoyable? Sid really was onto something.
Jesse and Sophie skirted around their awkwardness as best they could, but eventually, the latter revealed that she was upset because she saw him kissing his ex Meredith after she came back to his apartment to declare her love for him. It was heartbreaking to see these two just accept the breakup rather than fight for something that they obviously both want. I know we can’t make it easy because the chase is what will give us material for future episodes and seasons to come, but it was one of those moments where you just want to shake the character and ask them “what’s wrong with you?!”
Sophie confided in Ian that she actually loved Jesse, while Jesse informed Sid that he didn’t think Sophie’s feelings for him were real, which is why he was going to try to give things with Meredith (Leighton Meester) another shot. Some people deserve second chances, but I’m firm in my stance that if someone walked out of your life, you should probably shut that door and keep it closed. There’s no reason to pry it open or even leave it ajar. Once they go on tour—if they go on tour—they’ll likely see that there was a reason they ended things.
However, if the decision to give it another shot means we get to keep Meester around for a little longer, I’m not complaining.
It really is the star power that keeps this show afloat–and I’m not mad about it.
What did you think of the HIMYF Season 2 premiere?
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How I Met Your Mother Season 2 Episode 2 was pleasantly enjoyable, and sometimes, that’s all you really need from a sitcom.
The storylines were wacky and the jokes kept flowing, but that’s what we’ve come to expect. And through it, we also got some character development—we watched Sophie spiral out of control even further, this time tapping into her compulsive lying tendencies whenever she felt insecure (which was pretty much all the time), while Sid struggled with accepting Meredith back in Jesse’s life.
When you peel back the layers of sarcasm, however, there are some very real issues at play.
Sophie’s insecurity, for instance, is relatable for millennials and Gen Z alike, and especially for struggling artists who want to make it and feel like they have to prove themselves. She just went through a breakup, and even though she and Jesse have only been together for like a minute, those feelings are very real and raw. She’s feeling like a failure as a photographer while Jesse is back together with his ex, a pop star who is booking late-night shows left and right and truly succeeding in her career. It’s not surprising that Sophie feels inadequate and wants to come off as if she’s doing better than she really is.
Unfortunately, the lying catches up to her quickly, as telling a lie usually does. Sophie learns that lesson the hard way when she’s thrust into a midwife situation after promising her neighbor, Ramona (oh, hey Meghan Trainor) to take her live birth pictures. It’s one thing to lie about taking such photos as I’m sure any skilled photographer could wing it, but Sophie took the lie to the next level and suggested that she’s done so many of these, she could deliver a baby on her own.
And in true sitcom format—she had to. Thankfully, Valentina was there to lend a helping hand, and by some miracle, they were able to successfully deliver the baby in a shrimp-filled pool. That live birth was anything but peaceful!
The funny thing about this storyline is that Hilary Duff is actually an expert at live births as she’s had two of them herself, so this must have been a trip to film. As for Trainor, she just revealed that she’s pregnant, and while I don’t know if that was the case when they shot this episode, overall, it must have been exciting for everyone involved. And she got to flex her acting chops! Hopefully, her home birth doesn’t go this way!
Valentina and Sophie were riding high off of the live birth adrenaline, but what mattered most was that the whole situation prompted Sophie to come clean about all the fibs she’s told, starting with apologizing to Ramona and eventually, telling Meredith that she did not, in fact, sell her painting in a bidding war that included the sisters of Sister, Sister.
And just when she cleared the slate, she got the call she’d been waiting for notifying her that her first piece of art was sold. “In your face,” seemed like an immature thing to say to Meredith, but Sophie was simply got caught up in the moment. And honestly, Meredith seems so chill about everything that she either doesn’t know about Jesse and Sophie’s little tryst or she doesn’t actually love Jesse… which brings me to the next plot point.
Sid refused to forgive Meredith and accept that she was back in Jesse’s life, and while his behavior was a little childish, we needed to get to the root of his distaste. I don’t want to say hatred because I don’t think he hates Meredith, I just think Sid is looking out for his best friend and realizes that her intentions might not be pure. Jesse is the kind of person that wants to bottle up his feelings instead of confronting any issues, but the truth is that there are issues. And there were before they got back together, which is why Meredith publicly rejected his proposal and they broke up.
That’s my long-winded way of saying that Sid has a point, especially when we eventually realize that the “burrito incident” goes so much deeper than someone stealing another person’s burrito (which is also rude). When Sid followed the trail of pinto beans, he overheard Meredith on the phone confessing that she faked sick so that she could get out of attending Jesse’s concert because she thought it was a waste of time and didn’t feel like making the trip out to see a bunch of middle schoolers sing.
This coming from a woman who is supposed to love this man and be supportive of him. She knew how much it meant to him, and yet she didn’t care. Meanwhile, Sid got his buddy flowers to celebrate the big occasion. It’s touching. It’s telling.
Sadly, Sid didn’t want to be the person to ruin Jesse’s happiness, so when Meredith asked him not to say anything, he agreed and buried it just like Jesse suggested previously.
I’m sure this is going to come up again further down the lines. I also don’t think Meredith and Jesse will last simply because of her hectic schedule. Her career is about to take off and she won’t have time for Jesse’s small life. It already seems like she doesn’t fit into it—why would a rising pop star still hang out at a neighborhood bar with a bunch of twenty-somethings just trying to figure things out day by day?
There was also a minor plot including Charlie and Ellen, which was loads of fun. It’s always fun to see the whole cast getting some screen time, even when they aren’t all in the same place. As Ellen tried to get Rachel’s attention, the duo accidentally threw a building party, which honestly looked like a lot of fun. I didn’t think they could cramp that many people into such a tiny apartment, but New Yorkers are resourceful.
The whole storyline ended up being a lesson in miscommunication, namely how easy it is to misunderstand a situation. Ellen wanted to look cool and entice Rachel to come over, but Rachel, who was in her head about what to text Ellen, assumed she was the only one from the building not invited and took offense to it. Thankfully, they were able to sort it out face-to-face and went on their first date!
What did you think of the episode?
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