How I met your Mother and the Heights.

So I have been pretty addicted to How I met your Mother – what a good show. It was a slow starter, but has risen to almost cult status. The humour especially appeals to me, in its quick witted comebacks and jestful jousting between the characters, reminiscent of Friends. It is set in Manhattan, New York. The fictional dynamic between the friends clearly shows the casting directors picked a cast with amazing chemistry. Each actor plays off the other’s character, making you feel like you know them better.

“Lillypad” and “Marshmellow” rather sharply remind me of two of my married friends. They are the perfect couple, that you never want to be like. Their constant saccharine romance illicits the reaction of wanting to Marshall-style bet slap them out of their candy bubble. “Barney Stinson” is the eternal bachelor: a complete skeez, who is constantly trying to seem like a distiguished gentleman to bed women. His character is highy humerous as an eggageration of single males under 30. Everyone knows a “Barney”. His character is multi-dimensional as you occasionally see the deeply sentimental side of him he tries to keep hidden. The relationship between “Robin” and “Ted” is tragic. From the outside it is plainly obvious: “Suck it up Robin, you love Ted,  just be happy!” But most independant under 30 women can definately identify. The way that they set up the break up scenes at the end of season 2 was really well done, as it raises up your hopes with a possible pregnancy, and then drops them with the truth. Another reason why I may be drawn to the show, is that “Ted Mosby” rekindled crush I had on an actor called Ken Garito, when I was about 13 yrs old. The two stars are both dark haired with a boyish playful smile, offset against firm facial features. Both could play a character from almost any era, as they have timeless, versatile appeal.

This reminds me of the 1992 Aaron Spelling produced series called The Heights, based in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Probably mainly because Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby) reminds me of  Ken Garito who played a character called “Dizzy” in the show.  He could play Ted Mosby’s older brother in How I met your Mother, not nessesarily on looks alone, but because they emulate each other in suttle manerisms and how they deal with humourous lines. This show centered around a group of friends in a band, with a similar dynamic to “Ted’s” HIMYM crew with not always as much comdedic appeal, but more dramatic. Unfortunately the series only ran for 13 episodes. The hit song that emerged out of the show was called “How do you talk to an Angel”, performed on the show by “Alex”. It was thereafter used as the theme song. “Alex” was played by Jamie Walters, who then went on to star in Beverly Hills 90210 which was a lot more polished and teen centered. Its soapish story lines lacked the rough-raw-real life that the Heights captured. The exclusive theme song “How do you talk to an Angel” reached Billboard number one, and will probably be recognised as a hit by most kids of the 90’s. Sadly, the show was cancelled at the same time as the song was climbing the charts. The show had great potential but was failed by a bad time slot and not enough hype! The latter could have been provided by the song, had the producers waited it out and possibly done more promotional work, although this was difficut in pre-internet TV.

My Favourite episode was “A Star ain’t nothin’ but a ball ‘O gas” centred more around “Stans” music career, hence the title. It is in this episode that Dizzy proposes to his girlfriend Jodie, whom he recently found out is pregnant, and although he is sincere, she turns him down to “let him off the hook”. The scene is setup with Jodie’s father giving permission for the proposal and advising Dizzy that he needs to “Woo” her, suggesting Paul Anka as a start. Dizzy gets all dressed up in a classic grey suite and waits outside the hospital where she works (she is a nurse). He stands out in the cold armed with a boombox and an engagement ring representing all his savings. As she comes out he plays Paul Anka’s “Put your Head on my Shoulder”. The scene turns to black and white and seems to be taken from a romantic 50’s film. He nervously gets down on one knee and stammers out:  “Jodie will you marry me.” Shocked, she softly answers, “No Dizzy, I’m sorry but I can’t.” His eyes grow in disbelief with him questioning: “What, what did you say?” She replies hesitantly, “I think, I just said no.. ” , showing him an apologetic look as the scene slows with her walking away in slow motion. As she is leaving in a cab, she slowly glances back at him, and seeing him completely crushed her eyes well up. I remember this scene like a memory in my own life. As a 13 yr old girl, this moment was way too complex for me. I did not understand at all. In retrospect, I can see the nobility and even wisdom in her refusal. She didn’t think Dizzy could deal with the responsibility and she didn’t want it to change who he was, lighthearted and humourous. I think that is why that scene meant so much to me, because it was the first time I saw someone’s heart break for a reason that had nothing to do with not being loved, but two people loving each other enough that they try do what is best for the other, even if it means heartbreak. For the romantics, eventually: they end up married. As for me, I still think Ken Garito is really attractive, and long to see him in more movies/shows.

The hopeless romantic in me wants the same fate for Ted and Robin in How I Met Your Mother, however, this is sadly excluded from the story line from about episode 2 of the first season. I haven’t watched season 3 yet, so hopefully the lady with the yellow umbrella shadows Robin.

P.S. Please take some time to read and look at the clips from this documentary. It was nominated at Sundance and WON! The Clips will move you: #RoughAunties