In Which We Exalt How I Met Your Mother For Its Grasp On The Zeitgeist And Our Hearts


by Molly Lambert

Josh Radnor (OMG HE WENT AS JEMAINE) and Neil Patrick Harris (as the clown from It?)

Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother totally got way cuter between seasons. I liked him anyway when he was schlubby but upgrade haaaay! As if I could possibly love the cast and everything else about that show any more. I may talk about The Office more, but I am equally enamored of HIMYM, as I remembered when I watched a bunch of them on my mom and dad’s TIVO while my house was being sprayed for termites last weekend. Slap bet!

How I Met Your Mother Related Web Content:

Slap Bet Countdown

Barney’s Blog is hilarious. He goes into the details of his adult film script Ted Mosby: Sex Architect. Having Doogie play the misogynist asshole is brilliant. He also returns in Harold and Kumar 2. NPH is on a roll!

Motherspeak (HIMYM internal universe slang):

B-PEGS: Pictures of boobs stored in the brain.

CRAZY EYES: A symptom visible in women—only by men—in which the peculiar appearance of the eyes serve as a precursor to serious, erratic behavior.

LEMON LAW: The Lemon Law may be invoked if, at any point during the initial five minutes (300 seconds) of a first date, either party deems the union hopeless and elects to abort said date in the interest of time and/or self-respect. Receipt of this card hereby absolves the GIVER from any “hard feelings” or “questions” from the LEMON LAWYEE relevant to the discontinuance of the date, which may be terminated for any reason including, but not limited to: tawdry attire, breath, homeliness, misplaced/excessive body hair, Long Island accent, public school education, bad credit, no credit, suspicious odor(s).

Liz Lemon has been on both sides of the Lemon Law

(i) GIVER may waive the Lemon Law should LEMON LAWYEE immediately consent to a no-strings attached “stand,” duration of which shall be no longer than one (1) night.
(ii) The terms of this agreement are non-exclusively transferable, in deference to the emergence of the Lemon Law as a “THING.”
(iii) In the unlikely event of a simultaneous invocation, parties shall enact one (1) “high five,” with neither party officially assuming credit for the Lemon Law issuance.

PHONE FIVE: Exchanging a high five via the phone.

RACK JACK: (rak-jak)(Latin) v. To steal a wingman’s quarry. Often times with malicious, pre-meditated intent.

ROBIN SPARKLES: The stage name for Robin Scherbatsky who, during her teenage years, reached pop superstardom with her hit “Let’s Go to the Mall.” Also see: best form of blackmail ever.

SLAP BET: A bet between two parties in which the winner gets to slap the loser. In the event that a slap is administered in error, the slapee shall receive a specified number of extra slaps, as deemed by a pre-appointed third party. (“Slap Bet Commissioner”)

We especially love The Lemon Law, we’ve always just referred to the concept as “OH HELL NAW.”

I know this show will just get better with age. I already love the characters as much as I knew I was supposed to love the Friends. Maybe it’s because the HIMYM gang depicts my own age and class group’s existence without invoking existential misery except in the service of comedy (but also the emotions ring true and it’s not cynical or glib!) Maybe it’s the way familiar faces (Willow! Nick Andopolis! Doogie) jibe with amazing Canadian unknowns (Cobie Smulders, Joss Whedon’s pick for his aborted Wonder Woman) and “Best Summer Makeover” champion Josh Radnor.

Josh Radnor as Inigo Montoya.


Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones: mp3

Mother-Sister – The Fall: mp3

Tell Mother I Will Meet Her – Ernest Stoneman: mp3

Music For My Mother – Parliament Funkadelic: mp3

Mother Of Pearl – Roxy Music: mp3

Welfare Mothers – Neil Young: mp3

God Bless Her (‘Cause She Is My Mother) – The Louvin Brothers: mp3

Molly Lambert is Senior Editor of This Recording.


Alex on Suicidal Angst.

Alex on the musician we’d most like to strangle (tied with Michael Buble, actually) James Blunt.

Alex on the high baroque post-modern consumerism of The Darjeeling Limited.

Alex on the mid baroque mumblecore of Hannah Takes The Stairs.

7 thoughts on “In Which We Exalt How I Met Your Mother For Its Grasp On The Zeitgeist And Our Hearts

  1. ted, marshall and barney (one episode, to a funeral) all wear the same brand of sweatshirt/hoodie on the show, with some sort of leafy tree design on the sleeve, do you know the make and model of this hoodie?

  2. I am also curious, about the sheatshirts. I keep seeing them pop up in different episodes and need to get one. It is a faded sweatshirt with a three leaf patch on the left sleeve.

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