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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 5 - The Autumn of Break-ups

7 November 2012

Credit NBC

Synopsis: Marshall is learning to be that special blend of insightful and judgmental that Lily is. The two of them tell Ted that Victoria is looking to get married soon. Ted obliges by proposing but she asks him not to see Robin anymore. Ted agonises but can’t do it. Meanwhile Barney finds a stray dog and adopts it as his new wingman.

The Good: I didn’t mind the idea that Barney would be upset after what happened with Quinn and that Robin would want to look after him.

The Bad: Do excuse any typos in this review. My whole body is still cringing from watching Marshall’s “You go girl” routine. Seriously? The straight goofy guy impersonating sassy women. I think it’s been two decades since this was first attempted and this was a horrible attempt at it. Why are Lily and Marshall even on the show at this point? They are just making me hate two actors who I once really liked.

Barney’s meltdown was pretty dull stuff. I still don’t understand how the writers think that endless puns are actual humour and that’s all we got here. We got Barney dressing up a Dog and doing his pickup shtick while out of nowhere Nick gets an implausible career and a bunch of catchphrases. Maybe they’ve mentioned that Nick is a TV chef before but clearly the details were entirely fabricated for a series of atrocious gags here. Why not just shoot the guy in the head if you don’t want him to be Robin’s boyfriend. It would only be slightly less implausible than this.

The Ted and Victoria story annoyed me obviously but not in the way you might think. What annoyed me is the lack of characterisation for Ted. All of last season we got this story about how he was lonely and desperately wanted to be in a relationship. The way he came onto Robin felt quite desperate in that context. Now he is with Victoria apparently he wants to take things slow. Why? Isn’t this what he wanted?

Apparently it is because when she makes it clear that she wants to get married he proposes. Yes, Ted Mosby the star of the show proposes to his girlfriend. Big deal right? Wrong. Somehow we’ve reached the point where Ted proposes and it not only doesn’t mean anything but I don’t buy it.  When talking to Marshall and Lily later on he says that Robin will never grow old with him but Victoria “could” be that person. Um, “could” be? Ted shouldn’t you be sure that she is if you are about to marry her? Does he not know? This guy who has spent eight seasons in search of marriage and family?

The truth is that the writers don’t care about Ted’s character. We are in full on juggling mode now. Can they keep the pieces in the air for long enough before they all land where we know they are going to in the final episode? Victoria claims that she sees Robin as a roadblock to their relationship. Sure, why not? It’s plausible enough and it’s not like another much better sit com did the exact same thing. It would have been nice if they had hinted that this was coming. But that would have required us to spend some more time with Victoria and really who wants to see that?

Comic Highlight: Robin’s escalating joke that Ted was texting her for sex actually did feel kind of authentic. The joke you make to your partner that isn’t funny but you can’t let it go because you keep thinking of ways to add to it.

How I rate your episode: Oh and at one point Barney tried to kill himself. Did I not mention that? Suicide and a marriage proposal, just another episode I guess.

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