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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted Mosby, a New York architect who wants to get married and start a family. Future Ted is telling the story of how he met their mother and we see his past story set in the present day and the adventures he has with friends Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. CBS 2005-???


Episode 14 - Zip, Zip, Zip

25 March 2012

Synopsis: Victoria suggests that she and Ted wait a month before sleeping together. As the night approaches Lily and Marshall are heading away for their nine year anniversary. With everyone occupied Robin and Barney decide to hang out together. On the night Lily and Marshall decide not to go away and get stuck in the bathroom as Ted seduces Victoria on the couch. Soon Lily needs to pee just as she wonders whether the romance has gone out of her relationship. Meanwhile Robin and Barney bond as true bro’s until he tries to have sex with her.

The Good: Another expertly put together episode. The reason I use phrases like “put together” or “created” instead of just saying that it’s a good story is because of the show’s format. Often I think the story is asked to fit around the show’s narrative structure, instead of vice versa. So far that hasn’t been an issue but one day it might.

As for this episode, once more the writers make good use of having the majority of the story unfold on one night. This is a very effective technique because it adds a sense of urgency and immediacy to proceedings (see Comic Highlight).

The story itself is excellent and portrays three very different couples in very different stages of their relationships. Lily and Marshall have a lot of fun in the bathroom. Again their excuse for staying in there becomes stronger the longer they hide. The embarrassment of admitting they were eavesdropping the whole time is believable. While in there they end up mocking Ted and Victoria, as an established couple might do when seeing two people dance around sex with their “romantic” talk. It’s a superbly written contrast because Lily and Marshall have just blown off their romantic weekend to just sit around and do nothing. Why bother with romance when you know each other so well? It’s such a relatable issue and their attempts to solve it are sweet and endearing.

Their story also teases out several good lines to compliment this. Such as Lily realising they are stuck there and saying “I guess I’ll actually floss.” Or Marshall and Lily’s amusing high five when he suggests that in the forty five minutes that Ted and Victoria have been talking, they could have had sex three times. “Huh, try five!” she says. Finally of course Marshall sneaks back in to the bathroom for a private whizz despite sitting with Lily while she peed.

Over with Barney and Robin we get the usual Barneyisms including a “freeze frame high five” and suggesting a woman for Robin to hit on at the bar. Their laser tag and cigar club bonding are fun to watch as we see the tomboy that Robin can be. It was nice to see that Barney had a good rationale for hitting on Robin (that they have lots in common and get on well) and actually checked with Ted. Its touches like that that makes his friendship with the group believable. The result of his failed seduction is that Robin again reveals her feelings for Ted. The best episodes of television can tell an entertaining story while also adding to the overall arc.

The Bad: Nothing much.

Comic Highlight: At one point Barney calls Ted to ask if he can hit on Robin. Unfortunately his call interrupts Ted and Victoria on their way to the bedroom, so they decide to stay on the couch for a bit longer. Poor Lily in the bathroom wants to pee in private and is angry at this turn of events, forcing her to uncharacteristically shout (under her breath) “No! Do her! Do her now!” That whole exchange is the magic of sit com writing. Lily has a completely plausible reason to say something so unlike her and the result is a really funny line.

How I rate your episode: A really strong and enjoyable story which focussed on the characters and told some good jokes.



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