TV Review: How I Met Your Father, 1×10, “Timing Is Everything”

User Rating: 8

If someone were to ask me whether or not I would watch the second season of How I Met Your Father, I would say yes in a heartbeat. The show doesn’t always fire on all cylinders, but when it engages with the characters in a meaningful way, the show becomes unmissable. In “Timing Is Everything,” Sophie is waiting for Jesse at a restaurant. For those eagle-eyed viewers paying attention, this was a reversal of what happened in the second episode, “FOMO.” Luckily, Sophie wasn’t stood up by Jesse, and he was honest enough to admit that he had long conversations with his ex-girlfriend, Meredith, about why their relationship didn’t work. Sophie took this as a sign that Jesse was choosing her, and instead of continuing the conversation the way they had been, they had sex twice.

Hannah and Sid solved their expensive wedding problems by getting hitched courthouse style. Ellen found a cat that actually belonged to the neighbor she was attracted to, and both women agreed to start over. The nail in the coffin for Jesse’s relationship with Sophie came by Sophie’s own hand. She told Jesse that it was too soon for any sort of I love you, even though it happened in his sleep and he has no memory of it. Sophie felt like she was holding Jesse back from pursuing his music and pushing him right into the arms of Meredith.

Sophie eventually felt guilt about pushing Jesse away and went to McLaren’s Bar, where she meets Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) from the original show. Well, having a drink with Robin, Sophie got some advice on love, but it was too late. There was a consolation prize for Sophie, as Ian (Daniel Augustin) surprisingly returned from his marine biology excursion.

This was a fantastic, fun episode that put audiences squarely in the perspective of all our main protagonists. Sophie struggles with making the right choice because she doesn’t want to end up like her mom. Even though he’s not afraid of failure, Jesse’s scared of failing someone else, especially when it comes to a relationship. This is why he would rather run away from a potential relationship with Sophie than embrace it. The one plot point that completely shocked me was Valentina and Charlie breaking up because they were on opposite sides of the fence about whether or not to have kids someday. Honestly, that was the most challenging moment to watch, given how in-sync they had been the entire season. I hope they make it through.

Overall I think Hulu has a winner on its hands, and as long as they keep up the strong writing for characters like Jesse, Sophie, Valentina, and Charlie, How I Met Your Father will be fun to watch. The jury is still out on Ellen, but I hope she improves next season, especially now that she has a potential girlfriend and a good job. Such are the trials and tribulations of making a living in your early 30s. The only thing that scares me about this show is that I don’t want the stories to be a rehash of the ‘Mother’ series. If that happens, the show may be in trouble.

Still, I look forward to continuing the journey with them and hope I don’t make any mistakes as they did along the way.

How I Met Your Father is now streaming on Hulu.

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Chike has been a film critic in Illinois for the last 10 years with Urbana Public Television. Most of his work can be found on their YouTube channel where his show Reel Reviews is posted. The films he enjoys most are the kind that surprise you with characters that are deeper than you could ever suspect. As much as he loves reviewing it’s the stories that are unexpected that bring him the most joy. He lives in Champaign with his parents surrounded by cornfields.

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