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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 3 - Nannies

9 October 2012

Credit CBS

Synopsis: Lily needs to go back to work but hiring a nanny is difficult. She and Marshall think they have found the perfect girl but Barney seduces her in one of his silly quests to get over Quinn. They are furious with him and he pays for another nanny to make it up to them. However Lily can’t bring herself to hand Marvin over to a stranger. Ted and Robin compete over who has the more advanced relationship.

The Good: I have no problem with Lily struggling to hand over the baby to a stranger or Mickey helping out.

The Bad: But why can’t the writers just leave Mickey as a bad person who is trying to make up for his past? Why add the silly logic that he randomly became a gambling addict after being a perfectly good parent when Lily was a baby? The joke about his thumbs was intended for people Marvin’s age and not adults. This episode was filled with unnecessary things like that.

Robin and Ted seem too old to be trying to prove whose relationship is better. Both characters have been lonely or gone through horrible breakups in the last few years. They are also well north of thirty and it all seemed completely beneath them. Needless to say reducing Victoria and Nick to clichéd sit com nonsense (she’s a slob and he’s too emotional, have we seen evidence of this before? Of course not) had me shaking my head at the waste.

Barney’s story left a bad taste in my mouth too. I know it sounds silly to complain about Barney’s seductions at this point. But the death by orgasm story is so stupid that it destroys any sense that these nannies were actually being drawn in by him. And I guess what bothered me more was that the writers were pretending that this was a story about Barney getting over Quinn. In reality they just don’t know how else to write jokes other than Barney’s exaggerated sexcapades (which are not funny).

Comic Highlight: The idea that Lily would leave Marvin with a dirty diaper just to saddle Marshall with that task was about the only vaguely humorous and authentic moment here.

How I rate your episode: How I Met Your Mother has always been more rom than com. So I don’t understand the logic of skipping over a story like Ted and Victoria trying to make a relationship work in favour of telling awful jokes.



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