TV: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ not up to par after Sandy

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
RATING: 3.5/ 5

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After a two-week hiatus, this week’s How I Met Your Mother didn’t live up to the suspense that built during that time.

I had high hopes for tonight’s episode, expecting it to be 30 minutes filled with non-stop awesomeness. What I got, however, was about 15 minutes of a little awesome and 15 minutes of beating around the bush.

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) needs a new wingman and finds a dog, literally an actual dog. While this is utter nonsense, NPH made it incredible. If it weren’t for his hilarious interaction with the dog, then I would have hated most of the episode.

Throughout the episode is the notion of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) training Marshall (Jason Segel) to give proper advice and have his inner goddess shine. While the comedic timing of Segel and Hannigan is priceless – as well as Segel’s ability to make even trivial scenes stand out – this was quite a pitiful attempt to include Marshall and Lily into the episode.

Evermore, I’m feeling that the actors are carrying the show, and that is worrying me beyond belief. This show will never continue on the actors picking up sub-par plotlines that pitifully propel the suspense of the entire show. Please, writers don’t do this!

Unfortunately though, I do have a feeling that this season will be one of the last, if not the last. The cast’s contracts expire after this season and no news has been leaked that any renewals are in process.

Anyway, Victoria (Ashley Williams) is sending Ted (Josh Radnor) not-so-subtle messages about her desire to take the next step, but Ted isn’t picking up on any of them. The two question their relationship, and long story short, Ted proposes to Victoria.

Now, we all know that won’t happen, but it’s supposed to be interesting to see why (but boy was this reason repetitive – and we’ll get to it).

Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Nick (Michael Trucco) have Barney and Brover, the dog (tuxedo clad and all), over for dinner. Barney then gets a call from Brover’s owner and knows he has to return him.

Robin knows Barney is upset and wants to go with him to return Brover, which upsets Nick who now feels that Barney is more important to Robin than he is. Uh maybe because he is!

Seriously, can Robin and Nick just break up already?! His character just screams “Blah” and “I’m just a filler!” Can it just end now, please?!

Barney brings Brover to the owner, saying he was the best wingman ever. Then, the woman owner (oh the convenience) asks Barney in, so Robin fakes being a lesbian to get out so the two can be alone. But before he goes into the apartment, Barney looks to where Robin just left and says she is the best wingman ever. Can they get back together again already?!

So, Ted proposes to Victoria, and she accepts with one condition – he can’t be friends with Robin! Oh come on!

So for one, this already was an issue! Just about every relationship that lasted more than two episodes always involved a problem with Ted’s new girlfriend finding out about his and Robin’s past. I understand that is a big plot arc, and it was a major issue but key word ‘WAS.’ We already know that relationship will never happen so stop using it as an excuse for Ted’s breakups.

Also, I smell a copycat. This seems eerily similar to the plot arc in Friends when Ross (David Schwimmer) is going to get married to Emily (Helen Baxendale), but she forbids him to see Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) anymore. Except in Friends, it was a new conflict and not something done ten times already.

Anyway, Robin gets a text from Ted, saying he has to see her immediately. Oh no! He’s going to choose Victoria – yeah, right.

The scene cuts to Ted walking into McLaren’s, leading everyone to assume he’s meeting Robin, however he actually meets with Victoria. He tells Victoria that he isn’t in love with Robin but that she is a part of his family, and he cannot let her go. Victoria breaks up with him saying, “I hope you get her someday.”

Well that’s not going to happen…

We then find out Ted asked Robin about publishing some books since she’s in the media – not important, what is important is that he never wants Robin to find out why he and Victoria broke up. Hmmmm…

However, Bob Saget (the narrator) then chimes in saying she does find out, but “we’ll get to that later…” Seriously Danny Tanner just tell us what happens now!!

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