The eighth episode of Hulu’s sitcom “How I Met Your Father” Season 2 is titled “Rewardishment,” which revolves around Sophie’s inability to drive. Her group tells her to learn to drive, only for her to respond that she can never accomplish the same.
The group starts to talk about things they couldn’t succeed in accomplishing despite putting in their effort. Sid proposes trying their best to achieve the same in forty-eight hours with the support of one another, and the gang agrees.
The surprisingly entertaining episode ends with personal revelations and feats of emotional strength.
Will Sophie and Jesse get back together?
When Sophie’s driving instructor suffers a heart attack, Jesse teaches her to drive. After the class, they discuss Jesse’s obsession with hooping as a child, only for him to show Sophie a video of what he wants to achieve.
While Sophie is going through Jesse’s phone, he receives a notification from a dating app, which unsettles her. We see Jesse apologize to her even though he is accessible to date anyone since they are not together anymore.
The awkward incident makes it clear that Sophie and Jesse haven’t completely moved on from each other. As far as Sophie is concerned, she is still unsure whether it is the right time to give a second chance to her and Jesse’s togetherness.
Sophie’s commitment issues and patterns make her not pursue a relationship with Jesse. She has broken up with him once because of the same, and she cannot risk doing it again by prematurely reuniting with him.
Sophie is aware (so are we) of how sensitive Jesse is, and she may only want to get back together with him when she is outrightly sure about her ability to maintain a commitment.
On the other hand, Jesse may want to respect Sophie’s decision not to date. Considering his apology to Sophie for returning to dating apps, he has feelings for her. But Jesse may not want to stay single all the while Sophie tries to resolve her concerns.
It’s difficult for him to wait for Sophie when there isn’t any surety that they will reunite. But the relationships Jesse may form with others to distract from Sophie are not expected to last long.
As long as he cannot completely move on from his ex-girlfriend, any new relationship will fail even before they get formed. Thus, Sophie may not need to panic about Jesse trying to get into a new romantic relationship.
Sophie and Jesse have always successfully understood each other better than anyone, which is the foundation of their companionship. Such a foundation is expected to hold them together, but only when the time is right.
Does the gang complete their tasks?
Yes, the gang completes their task. After injuring himself while learning to shave, Charlie ends up in a hospital. He realizes he may understand better if he is not scared about wounding himself, leading him to a fellow patient awaiting his surgery.
Charlie manages to shave the man’s chest region confidently, without the fear of injury and succeeds in learning to do the same. He helps Sid to complete his task by mixing pepper juice in the latter’s drink. Sid drinks the same and struggles to deal with the heat, only for Charlie to keep a mug of beer in front of his boss.
Sid unintentionally chugs the beer to subside the heat and finishes his task. Charlie also puts contact lenses in Valentina’s eyes with the same hand he used to handle pepper. She overcomes the fear of disturbing her eyes but in the worst possible way, only to start putting contacts on her own.
Ellen brings Jesse to her office to practice confrontations, only for Rhonda’s pet snake to bite her brother. Ellen, the protective and caring sister she is, explodes in front of Rhonda and confronts her about her actions. This leads to the fulfillment of her task as well.
Jesse teaches Sophie to drive calmly so the latter can drive without inhibition. Since Jesse always offers a safe and comfortable space for Sophie, the latter takes advantage of the same and trusts her new instructor to move confidently.
Although all his friends manage to complete their tasks, Jesse fails to do vertical hooping. He tells Sophie that he consistently failed to do it because his mother didn’t show up during his vertical hooping performance onstage. This made it traumatic and reminded him of the lack of people who supported him.
Sophie then makes him realize that their gang is nothing short of a family that always supports each other. This leads to him finishing the task. However, the gang completes the tasks ten minutes past the forty-eight-hour mark.
They drink drippings from the drinking mat rather than looking for excuses like they didn’t look for reasons to finish their tasks. They end up suffering from bacterial meningitis.
About How I Met Your Father
How I Met Your Father (HIMYF) is a spinoff series of the incredibly successful CBS show, How I Met Your Mother. The original show ran for nine seasons, from 2005 to 2014, quickly making its mark with a dedicated cult-like fanbase.
HIMYF was announced to start production in April 2021 with the Lizzy McGuire star Hilary Duff playing the lead called Sophie, narrating her journey to her children in the future.
The show’s flashbacks will start from Sophie and her close friends navigating love, life and struggles in the modern era of dating, paying bills and more, in 2021.
Created by writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger of This Is Us fame and directed by the original show’s director, Pamela Fryman, the first season of HIMYF is revealed to have 10 episodes. No further details have yet been released.