Anyway... so whaddaya think that word is that Ted said about Lily in the old answering machine message? You know... the one for which the writers so kindly thought to substitute the word "Grinch". At first I thought it was a word that started with "b" and sort of rhymed with "Grinch," but shows say that word all the time, even at 8 PM. Could it have possibly been the c-word? Really? I mean, Lily did rip Marhsall's heart out over the summer, but even that didn't merit the dreaded c-word.
I almost want it to be the c-word, though, just so I can imagine the kids of Ted's super-religious cousin screaming that word over and over.
Isn't it refreshing, by the way, how pretty much every relationship is being examined this year except Ted and Robin's? We've looked at Marshall and Lily, Marshal without Lily, Lily and Barney, Barney and Barney, and Barney and his black gay brother. Now it's all about Lily and Ted. They're in one of those situations where they're close friends, not just friends-by-association. Those are rare, but they happen. So, its understandable that Ted was still a little pissed at Lily for taking off to San Fran in the summer, almost as much as what it did to him as what it did to Marshall. You'd think, though, that he wouldn't carry that grudge for six months, considering Lily and Marshall are engaged and everything.
Oh, well; it did give us another chance to see Lily's tiny Bronx apartment, where she took the Winter Wonderland after she found out Ted called her a "Grinch." Does she even use the place anymore now that she and Marshall are engaged? Maybe it'll become a Chinese restaurant like the last one did.
Back to the relationships thing... the reason why I like how this year has played out is because we're not spending it going round and round with the Ted and Robin "will they or won't they" schtick, which weighed the show down last season. Without that albatross around their necks, Carter and Craig now have the room to do silly things like show Marshall helping an ersatz UPS man deliver all his presents on Christmas Eve, or show what Barney's like when he gets sick.
Which leads me to this week's Best Barneyism: "My nose is just overflowing with awesome, and I had to get some of it out." Ewww. But a babyish Barney ("ouchie in my mouth!"), making Robin feed him soup as he lay in Ted's bed wearing elastic-waist fleece pants was priceless, as was his falling asleep in the middle of a "legend... wait for it... dary." Thank god Robin spiked his echinecia tea with codene. Have I told you how much I like her?
- Bringing a mug of beer as a peace offering: sweet. I should try that sometime.
- "Ted Vivian Moseby!" That's not his middle name. It's the more manly "Evelyn."
- "Merry Christmas, Marshall." I like his gift to himself: diving into the dough of Lily's Christmas cookies.
- We all know that running down a friend's ex-girlfriend is the best way to help him get over her... right?
- "Merry Christmas, assface."
- Nice little cameo by Ted's parents, including his mom's new boyfriend (but I liked the line "I could spend the holiday with dad and his new girlfriend... microbrewing."
- What the hell was Robin screaming when she was extinguishing the burning cookies?
- We discovered a new comedic situation: what happens when you voice dial someone by mistake. I'll find that out with my new phone...