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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 - Ring Up

17 December 2015

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Synopsis: Ted wears a wrist cuff in order to date a twenty year old. She is only attracted to him because he’s old and he gets tired of it quickly. Barney begs him to keep dating her though so that he can vicariously experience it to help him with the withdrawal of being single. Marshall puts on the cuff and Lily is turned on by the fantasy that he is in a band. Robin discovers that she no longer gets treated like a hot girl since she started wearing an engagement ring.

The Good: I understand the need to try and move Barney away from his former life but was this the best way?

The Bad: We got a dance routine during this episode where the show felt the need to point out that the dance didn’t really happy and was exaggerating for effect. It’s sad that the show has no idea how to actually accomplish that. Everything in this episode was an exaggeration which killed off anything worth watching. It’s not hard to imagine Lily and Marshall’s sex life suffering from the arrival of a baby. But I don’t see the humour in watching two decent actors phone in a pathetic imitation of a singer and groupie. Similarly the engagement ring making you invisible is an old sit com idea (see Scrubs 523 for example). But when guys are practically laying down their lives for Robin or she is literally invisible then the concept has been simplified to the point of having no value.

The Ted-Barney story was even worse. Carly’s fetish for old men (handled far more amusingly in Louie 104 btw) was more ludicrous exaggeration as were the writers attempts to satirise the twenty year olds of today. But the worst part of this was the revelation that Carly was Barney’s half-sister. We’ve never seen her so that moment fell entirely flat. Then there was Ted’s complete lack of shock or awkwardness about this. Carly then stands by as Ted and Barney discuss her without once asking how they knew each other or showing any awareness of the situation.

The conclusion was about as flippant as any plot could be. No one seemed to care about the wedding staff standing around watching this ludicrous argument unfold. Nor did it seem at all plausible that Barney would see marriage as a solution to this problem. Of course it was all a setup for Barney to feel genuine disgust at a one night stand. But the fact that his sister was involved is surely what made it abhorrent to him? There’s no way a sex-addict like Barney could kick the habit so quickly and I don’t really believe the writers have the skills to avoid falling back on it.

The morality of the situation was bizarre. Somehow, and I appreciate the ridiculousness of this after eight years, it felt tawdry that Barney and Ted were discussing girls a decade younger than them the way they did. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition between Barney’s new marital status and the relentless objectification which made it uncomfortable. 

Comic Highlight: I’m struggling to think of anything but I suppose Ted wanting to wear more layers where twenty year olds happily stand out in the cold makes sense.

How I rate your episode: I can’t believe we are getting another season of this.



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  • totally agree. started to seriously feel desperate of this show..

    Viewer score: 30 / 100

    Posted by Di, 06/12/2015 9:37pm (4 years ago)

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