Guys, can I just say I laughed out loud a lot this episode. Not the lol-ing I do at the end of many a facebook update or text message, because we all know when we type lol we’re usually just smiling and not embarrass-yourself-at-work laughing, I honestly busted up with glee. Especially when Barney made the James-Sam duet a threesome and used his Louise Armstrong voice. Then the tag when he breaks out the voice synthesizer or whatever that was attached to his ear. I’m laughing right now just thinking about it. Seriously go watch it again. I dare you not to LOL for reals! Say what you will about the over use of NPH, and there were some episodes/seasons where he was horribly exploited, he can bring the funny hard. This was 1000% all Barney and I loved the shit out of it.
To the episode … Barney is having a hard time coming to grips with his mother moving out of his childhood home. I think everyone has that moment in their life. Mine was the first time I came home from college, went upstairs to go to bed and my brother had switched our rooms. It was very upsetting. We learn lie after lie that his mom told him in order to spare him any hurt. I’d usually say that kind of coddling is detrimental to a child but in the case of Barney Stinson it was the means to an end. Barney wouldn’t be Barney without his uber-confidence and super ego. Thank you Loretta for assuming the identity of the Postmaster General, home run king Frank Aaron, and every girl in Barney’s 5th grade class.
When the Stinson boys find a letter addressed to Sam Gibbs, James wants to find out if he’s one of their dads. Barney wants to believe there is a statue in Yourson, North Dakota that looks nothing like them. James tries to get Barney to come to grips with the lies and understand that Bob Barker is not his father but Sam Gibbs might be. They go to Sam’s house, James meets his father (it’s a black, no African-American, no black guy, so we’re just assuming), and Barney embraces Sam like a long lost son. After an afternoon of Barney believing he’s black, Loretta explains that she just wanted to be everything for her sons. She tells Barney that Sam is not his dad, but she has his name written down. Barney rips up the note. He realizes that he had an awesome mom/dad named Loretta and doesn’t need to meet his real dad. I’m guessing Barney will eventually want to find his dad. Hopefully he’ll use the synthesizer again.
The sub-plots were sub-par at best. Robin looked good but her overselling of Ted wasn’t very funny. (Loved the Teddy Westside shoutout.) Marshall and Lily were fighting about whether to lie to their kids about Santa and the Easter Bunny. I’m with Marshall. I’m totally going to lie to my kids. I don’t want to be the dream killer. I refuse to have the kids that ruin it for everyone else.
Other contenders for title:
-I got the queen to give me a fist bump.
-That thing is too big to fit in the that box. Yeah, that’s what your mom said.
-Guys I’m black, sorry African-American. No, I’m allowed to say either!
So people, are you a light skinned Caucasian or a really light skinned African-American? Do you know why white people like Carrot Top? I sure as hell don’t. And can someone find me one of those damn synthesizers!?!?!