‘Who’s your daddy’ takes on a new meaning on How I Met Your Mother

We’ve probably all heard before that we are likely to marry someone who is similar to our parents. Initially the twisted Freudian concept causes us feelings of disgust, as we can’t even fathom being sexually attracted to someone similar to our mom or dad. But, whether it’s for better or worse, the research is there to prove that this warped theory is true.

On this week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother Barney’s brother can’t help but notice the striking similarities between Nora (Nazanin Boniadi) and his mother Loretta (Frances Conroy). Leading to the episode’s title Noretta.

Kevin (Kal Penn), Robyn’s (Cobie Smulders) new psychiatrist boyfriend quickly points out that this is extremely common subconscious behavior. Immediately, the gang laughs at Barney, but slowly realize one by one that he is not the only one to date someone like his mom.

Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is having trouble feeling sexy during her pregnancy. When Marshall (Jason Segel) decides to make a “naughty” board game to help get her in the mood, Lily realizes Marshall’s love of board games and connects it to her father’s passion for the same thing. The board game quickly goes from fun to raunchy when Marshall transforms into her father, talking dirty to her.

Now of course in real life once someone has pointed this out to us, our minds don’t go as far as to actually visualize our mom or dad especially in those intimate moments, but the glass has been shattered. It’s almost like having a paradigm shift, but extremely less profound.

Oddly enough, almost the same thing recently happened to a friend of mine. She discovered her boyfriend’s love for cryptograms, her father’s morning ritual- in fact, he refuses to do any other type of puzzle. Lucky for her, this realization didn’t result in her boyfriend morphing into her father right before her eyes, but let’s just say she may have avoided him for a day or two.

All jokes aside, I think there’s a lesson to learn here. If it is the good qualities that we’ve been drawn to after all, then for once maybe we should take Barney’s words as words of wisdom when he says,  “My mom’s the best person I know, if Nora’s even the tiniest bit like her, I’m a lucky guy.”


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