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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 6 - Splitsville

8 August 2014

Credit CBS

Synopsis: Robin and Nick haven’t had sex in three days because he hurt his groin playing basketball for Marshall’s team of lawyers. Robin realises that Nick is stupid and tries to break up with him. She fails and so Barney tries to give her a push. Marshall takes his basketball very seriously and Ted tries to coach his own team.

The Good: Well at least we can now get on with the Robin and Barney stuff. Although I don’t know why I’m kidding myself, we’re only six episodes in. I’m sure there is a long irritating way to go.

The Bad: I did laugh. I laughed when Marshall told Ted that couples with babies are too tired to have sex. Yes that must be a struggle. It can’t help if you are spending all your time training to play basketball though. The writers inability to keep their own narrative straight can be laughable.

Naturally I thought this was all garbage. There is nothing plausible about Nick’s stupidity. Before you get on your high horse about sit coms and how I take things too seriously then let me point something out. This is a show which asks us to believe that these characters constantly mock one another, play practical jokes and come up with tedious lists of puns to satirise each other’s lives. Yet no one has said a thing about Nick’s impossible stupidity? You can’t have it both ways.

The writers just don’t know how to do anything but exaggerate. Nick can’t just misunderstand who gypsies are. He also has to believe that Dolphins are imaginary creatures. He can’t just play basketball well; no he has to score dozens of points with his shoes on the wrong feet. Splisville can’t just be a desert place where people go to break up. No it has to be full of people balling their eyes out at that moment. Ted can’t score an unlikely basket, no he has to score one which looks physically impossible. Finally Robin has to jump out of a Ferris wheel to get out of her day of fun with Patrice. Sure she did.

If you don’t know by now the reason these silly gags bother me is because they undermine my ability to take the serious stuff seriously. Barney’s “fake” speech was pleasant but it was so overplayed that it rather drowned the sentiment they were tapping into.

Comic Highlight: Nick not understanding that he was being broken up with was dumb. But his next response was funny, if only for sheer shamelessness.
R: “I am just worried that as a couple that we are not working out.”
N: “You wanna start going to the gym together?”

How I rate your episode: Tedious exaggeration.



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  • I, personally, really liked this episode. Yes, Nick being dumb was not good. It would have been better if he showed signs of being dumb in previous episodes. And they could have toned it down. But Barney's speech was really romantic and special. It was deep and made me actually feel for Barney and Robin. Another moment of excellent chemistry ruined by a badly timed phone call :-)

    Viewer score: 70 / 100

    Posted by Tammy, 05/08/2014 4:01am (5 years ago)

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