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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 7 - The Stamp Tramp

20 November 2012

Credit NBC

Synopsis: Marshall is accused of giving his stamp of approval too easily. It seems like his friends are right when he tries to help his old friend Brad who is down on his luck. Ted is forced to admit that he doesn’t have original ideas of his own when the evidence stacks up of his piggy back stamping. Barney has to find a new strip club since Quinn has gone back to work. He asks Robin to be his agent and help him find a new home for his talents.

The Good: For once I thought the writers fed off of the established traits of the characters rather than manufacturing something. I can see sweet natured Marshall being too willing to believe in people and the twist that Brad was playing him somewhat made up for the lame humour we had to endure on route. Similarly Ted getting excited by other people’s suggestions seemed plausible and it was nice that confronted with his goofy past he actually saw himself the way he was. It was nice of him to offer his own ear piercing video to Marshall to help make his boss laugh. The revelation of his approval for Lily was a solid idea too. Although I’m not confident I felt that in some flashbacks young Ted would have been less supportive of Marshall committing his future to his first girlfriend. So naturally I really appreciated the punch line where Ted encourages him to sleep around without Lily knowing about it. That sounded authentic.

The Bad: The Barney-Robin story was not great. We were all just waiting around for them to find an excuse to be alone and make out. The show structures everything as a tease or a shock and so there’s not much chance they will just start dating again. Instead I’m assuming various hurdles will be thrown up in front of them for the next ten episodes or so.

The strip club jokes were all horrible including the old women strippers, Robin developing silly agent lingo and of course a string of puns. As for a LeBron joke? I don’t know. Pop culture gets skewered so quickly now that to wait two and half years to offer a parody is inviting ridicule.

The show also recycled its own spit take joke (from 119) with an inferior version. I wasn’t pleased to see Marshall left alone in court by his angry boss. What? Is he going to tank a high profile legal case just to teach Marshall a lesson? Ridiculous.

Comic Highlight: I smiled at the effort behind one line as Marshall desperately tries to make Brad seem less horrible than he is. Brad confesses that he was fired from “Bed, Bath and Beyond” for telling inappropriate joke. “Get a sense of humour Lashanda” he says before adding “You know how they are.” Marshall scrambles to clarify which people he was referring to and Brad says he meant women. “That still could have been worse” adds Marshall hopefully.

How I rate your episode: The overall result was much the same but the details were a little better.



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