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'How I Met Your Mother': Hooked on a girl

March 1, 2010 |  9:10 pm
Tonight, romantic Ted (Josh Radnor) took a break to make room for jerk Ted, who was trying to woo pharmaceutical rep Tiffany (Carrie Underwood) while leading on another girl. Tiffany's got Ted hooked good, but every hook needs bait and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has found the perfect bait after unsuccessfully attempting to use a trampoline and a slot machine. What do girls love? Little, cute baby animals, of course! Have you seen the number of cat videos on YouTube? Ted borrows Barney's teacup pig – does he buy a new one when it grows too big? -- to lure Tiffany up to his place. But girls aren't the only ones who love the charms of baby animals, Tiffany reveals when she tells Ted her boyfriend would like the teacup pig too. Well, he's not really her boyfriend. Wait, yes, he is, technically, but she likes Ted. She just can't be with him. Right now. Hook. Line. And sinker.

I had trepidation upon first hearing that Underwood would be making her acting debut on the show, but I have to admit I found her charming and funny -- “I've always been hot. What are you going to do?” was a highlight – even though she was playing an unlikable and selfish character in some ways. To use the word Ted called himself for keeping Henrietta (Catherine Reitman) the librarian on the hook, she was a jerk. But also like Ted, Tiffany was being hooked herself by her boyfriend. When Ted realized that, he went to let Henrietta go, but not before accidentally proposing to her and meeting her parents.

Lily (Alyson Hannigan) also tried to let her hookee go. Scooter (David Burtka), her high school boyfriend who tried to win her back at her wedding to Marshall (Jason Segel), has been working at the school cafeteria where Lily teaches. Turns out “lunch lady scooter” does not refer to a scooter that carries tired lunch ladies around, as Marshall believed. Marshall forces Lily to practice telling Scooter she doesn't want to be with him ever on the teacup pig. It takes several attempts – I'm starting to wonder where I can buy a teacup pig myself – but Lily finally does it. Then she tells Scooter face to face that there's no hope for them. But maybe the fact that Marshall was standing behind the pig means he didn't build up the same defense system because he falls for Scooter's sad eyes and yells, “Hang in there, Scoots! I'm not going to live forever!”

Props to Segel, who dressed up as a gigantic, bumbling teenage version of Marshall, zits and all, for a flashback to the time Marshall got hooked. It was made even funnier because Segel was acting opposite a girl who actually looked like she could be in high school.

Robin (Cobie Smulders) has also hooked someone. She's got her older cameraman from work giving her foot massages and doing her laundry for a chance after “right now.” But it's not her fault if he got hooked because “our girl parts are like a spider web. Sometimes you're going to catch stuff you don't want.” Oh, Robin.

Meanwhile, Barney is in pharma girl heaven with Tiffany and her coworkers. Apparently, pharmaceutical sales rep is the new hot girls job. Previous hot girl professions: gatherer to man's hunter, nurse, flight attendant. Is this how Ted met Tiffany? Her introduction was a bit sudden and unexplained. Did she catch his eye at a doctor's visit with free samples and pens?

Readers, what did you think of Carrie Underwood? Who was your favorite hookee and hooker? Could you resist a teacup pig? And is pharmaceutical sales rep really the job with all the hot girls?

– Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)


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Photo: Tiffany (Carrie Underwood) has Ted (Josh Radnor) under her hook. Credit: Richard Foreman / CBS