TV: My heart should have had a ‘pre-nup’ with ‘How I Met Your Mother’

By Meryl Gottlieb | | @merylgottlieb
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Rating: 3/5

My hopes of finding out more about the future Mrs. Ted Mosby were unsurprisingly squashed tonight, for it was not even mentioned in the episode.

Tonight’s episode, “Pre-Nup,” dealt more so with everyone’s relationships in the present.

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) wants Quinn (Becki Newton) to sign an extensive pre-nup that is full of utter nonsense that basically outlines how Barney wants Quinn to act during their marriage.

Things like paying $2,000 for every pound she gains truly lit my feminist fire. While I’m used to Barney’s misogynistic sayings and ideologies, sometimes they go a bit too far. There’s a certain point where I take things as a joke and where I see things as on the verge of chauvinism. I’m not hating on Barney – I love NPH too much – I’m just asking the writers to take it down a notch.  We get it; he’s a ladies man and haters gonna hate.

This leads to a battle between the sexes of sorts in which the pre-nup issue has sparked conflicts within all of the relationships.

Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) fight over Marshall’s roughhousing with their son. Nick (Michael Trucco) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) fight over the fact that Robin likes to watch TV, particularly herself anchoring the evening news, while they are in bed together. And, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Victoria (Ashley Williams) fight over her ex-fiancé, Klaus (Thomas Lennon), who is temporarily living with them.

Thus, prompting the girls to help Quinn make a pre-nup of her own for Barney to agree to.  Her pre-nup, on the other hand, was just as ridiculous but without belittling Barney as a human being – why can we not have equality in this world?!

Then, as random as ever, Barney’s co-worker, Arthur Hobbs (Bob Odenkirk), who originally helped Barney assemble the pre-nup, sets everyone straight by declaring, “You all have someone you love and are screwing it up over power?!  That’s not love.  Love is talking about your problems and making them work.” How on earth does this random man have all the sense in the room? I had to google the episode in order to just find out his name, yet he was the one that resolved the whole issue… go figure.

Now we are lead to what Narrator Bob Saget introduced in the beginning of the episode, “The Autumn of Break-Ups.” The first victim claimed by this inevitability is Barney and Quinn – finally. Still fighting over the pre-nup, they finally realize that a relationship should not be that hard and that neither of them trusts the other.

However, the mood is lightened when it flashes forward and Barney expresses how “legendary” his wedding will be and, more importantly, saying “There won’t be a pre-nup this time,” because it is with Robin!!!! Finally, some answers about the future I have been yearning for since 2005.

While tonight’s episode was decent, it was not monumental to the overall plot and still leaves me wondering the same questions I had last week. But props for showing the love between Robin and Barney – always a reviving quality for the show.


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