TV Recap: “How I Met Your Dad” – Episode 3 “Dirrty Thirty” (Hulu)
Sophie (Hilary Duff) is about to turn 30, and her best friend Valentina (Francia Raisa) is planning a “Dirrty Thirty” party themed after Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” song and video. . Sophie looks forward to her party but is more excited about the blossoming romance with Drew (Josh Peck). They get along well and the future looks positive for her.
Sid (Suraj Sharma) is thrilled about his engagement to Hannah (Ashley Reyes) and wants to tell everyone about it. Sid even went so far as to have an engagement ring made that was hard to miss and often the butt of all jokes.
Their dinner is a resounding success and Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to Drew. He wants to see her again the next day, which is the same day as her birthday. She’s afraid to invite her new boyfriend to a hot theme party. But when you’re in love, it’s hard to refuse, and Sophie invites her new boyfriend.
Arriving home, Sophie informs her friends that the theme of the party has to change since Drew is coming now. Last-minute changes affect not only the theme of the party, but also the desire to make their apartment more mature. Valentina and the gang scramble to classify the apartment and party so Sophie won’t be mortified.
On the evening of the party, the appropriate changes were made, each in their best clothes. Jesse (Christopher Lowell) does his best to help his sister Ellen (Tien Tran) meet someone new. He fails to be the best big brother. (Jesse plays a form of “Have you met” to introduce Ellen to a random stranger, it’s the little moments like this that foster connection with HIMYM that bring smiles. It’s the perfect amount of tribute. )
Valentina and Charlie (Tom Ainsley) are at a crossroads in their relationship. They decide to use this party as a chance to meet other people, but Valentia can’t control her jealousy as she watches other women talk to Charlie. This new desire leads the couple to meet in the bathroom.
Although he may have failed to help Ellen meet someone he knew, Jesse strives to reconnect with his sister. He doesn’t know much about her since their parents divorced when they were young, and this lack of knowledge upset Ellen. She sees Jesse as indifferent and distant, which shocks him.
Recalling what it was like when their parents brought Ellen home as a baby, Jesse reminds her that when their parents divorced, he was young too and he missed her very much when the family broke up. . Beginning to rebuild their relationship, Jesse takes the time to teach Ellen how to use the subway sweep for the subway, and when that fails miserably, he shows her how to jump over the turnstile and run to the subway.
Sophie spends most of the party worrying that she’s going to embarrass herself in front of Drew, and when he accidentally burns himself on the overheated pipe, Sophie goes into full-blown panic mode. On the roof of her apartment building, she explains to Drew how she feels and that she’s been trying to impress him all night. Drew is the adult relationship Sophie has always wanted and doesn’t want to mess up. After admitting to Drew what the original theme for the party was, Drew, who appears to be mature and responsible, explains to Sophie that he is a big fan of Christian Aguilera’s song, and the two sing the song which leads to a kiss.
Bill’s point of view
The fact that how i met your father concentrating an entire episode around the influence of ‘Dirrty’ fills me with faith and hope that this show will last for years to come. The 2002 song is a mainstay for anyone who grew up in the 90s and went to college in the early 2000s. This song was played in every bar I went to from 2002 to 2005. (I promise to mom and dad that it was only a few bars.)
The group dynamic is now well established. We see how Valentina and Charlie work on their relationship, and finally Jesse and Ellen expand their story. I loved seeing how they came to terms with their past, and the show allowed them to break away from the group to be brother and sister. We need more antics from Jesse and Ellen.
Christopher Lowell struggles to play Jesse. While he was initially interested in Sophie, I was glad to see that Jesse hadn’t become the mopey-obsessed stereotype who constantly pined for the girl. There is a certain show (Friends) who has been using this scheme for too long. Jesse has a life and seeing how Christopher Lowell and Tien Tran were allowed to explore their brother-sister relationship was great.
Who’s the father? Who knows, and I don’t care right now because I love this show and want it to go on for years to come.
Bill Gowsell has loved all things Disney since his first family trip to Walt Disney World in 1984. Since starting writing for Laughing Place in 2014, Bill has specialized in covering the literary universe of Rick Riordan, a retrospective of the Touchstone Pictures film library, and a variety of other Disney-related topics. When he’s not spending time with his family, Bill finds himself at the bottom of a lake. . . scuba diving