During a bout this week with what I am now certain was a minor viral infection combined with a pretty serious dehydration issue, I did what I always do when illness hits: Stay home sick and partake of comfort food. Of course, “food” is often metaphorical (especially when you don’t feel like eating) so I re-watched television that I know and love, including part of season one of ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ Anyone familiar with my recurring argument with Rodrigo vis a vis Ted Mosby’s most adorable ex (or anyone that follows me on Twitter) knows how I feel about Ted’s ridiculous decision to stop seeing Victoria just because it got too difficult, but I’m not surprised to be in a minority about the perfection of their couplehood. Ideed, I often find myself on the wrong side of the preferred “One True Pairing” in fandom. I’m a bigger fan of Buffy with Spike than with Angel (mostly because the actors had better chemistry to my eye) and I’ve long maintained that I like Tommy Oliver better with Kat than with Kimberly (partly because of the wonderful/stupid fan theory that she ends up marrying Skull.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) understand that the name of the show isn’t “How I Met Victoria”, but maintains that if you watch the right episodes in the right order and fast-forward appropriately, it still could be, asking: What alternate romantic relationships do you like better than the official One True Pairings?