Episode 17 - The Ashtray
26 March 2013
Synopsis: The Captain calls asking for Robin's number and Ted recalls a night a year ago when he was high, Robin was drunk and Lily tried to give him art advice. Barney keeps trying to claim that he was involved in the story.
The Good: Nothing.
The Bad: So is this just fantasy camp now? Lily's lost art dreams have been picked up and put down like a child's toy over the years to the point where it has no meaning. Frankly the Lily character doesn't really have any juice left. The crass manipulation to move her from kindergarten to being the Captain's art adviser makes almost no sense.
Was anyone watching amused by the story being refashioned repeatedly? Does anyone buy that middle class adults like Robin and Ted would enter an art gallery when seriously intoxicated or that Lily or security would let them? Utter nonsense.
Barney's need to be involved in all crazy stories does fit his character but he seemed pathetically needy to request it so blatantly.
Comic Highlight: I really struggled. The only moment that I appreciated was the way in which Ted's "Boats, Boats, Boats" girl was featured in the corner of the Captain's picture and drunk Ted assumed the Captain was in love with her.
How I rate your episode: Retelling scenes from someone else's point of view is a gimmick which requires skilful writing. It also shouldn't be wheeled out every week to cover for your lack of imagination.
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