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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-???

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Episode 9 - Lobster Crawl

6 December 2012

Synopsis: Marshall and Lily let Ted take care of Marvin but are annoyed when he oversteps his boundaries. Robin becomes obsessed with sleeping with Barney while he comes up with an idea for Bro Bibs.

The Good: I thought this was a mess.

The Bad: I was actually enjoying the Ted story until they “explained” it. Here was Ted, desperate to have a family of his own, taking liberties with Marvin. But somehow that basic storyline which fits the whole premise of the show was too simple. Instead the writers exaggerate and ram the point home that it is the GNB building project which he misses. Great.

The Robin story did the same thing. It’s a pretty common storyline on any TV show that something you can’t have becomes more alluring. Particularly when it comes to sex and relationships. So why did we need to see Robin puffed up on lobster? Couldn’t the story have been simply her arguing that she wanted to sleep with him one more time while muzzling her own deeper feelings for him? Why is subtlety the enemy? I also thought another character beat was missed in that Robin was told she can’t have a baby. You’d think that might make her want one given the evidence of this episode.

We had to sit through the usual array of exaggerations of course as Robin behaves entirely out of character and hits on Barney while he doesn’t react. He isn’t the least bit surprised that she turns up at his lazer tag game or calls him to her office to “move a printer.” The final scene was really irritating as he doesn’t seem affected by her attempt to seduce him and is on a date with Patrice. I appreciate the idea that the Quinn breakup has hurt him but both those things are entirely out of character.

Alyson Hannigan shouldn’t be allowed to cry anymore. I also noted that the writers just gave up altogether at one point and stole a gag from The Simpsons (Robin’s inner monologue walks out on her just as Homer’s did in 414).

Comic Highlight: I guess Marshall being turned on by girl on girl action was at least well performed by him.

How I rate your episode: This was the usual crap but with the added irritation of decent character beats being overwritten by lame ones.

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  • It was one of the worst episodes I have ever seen. Robin was acting out of character and was so unconvincing. The Bro Bibs were super random. The Ted plot was nice, but not really funny.

    Viewer score: 26 / 100

    Posted by Sherry, 06/12/2012 6:53am (5 years ago)

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