TV: HIMYM only average after the final Robin Sparkles

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











After having last week’s Robin Sparkles episode remind me of why the show is so phenomenal, tonight was a bit of a let down. While not terrible, tonight’s “Bad Crazy” was only average. Still possessing some hilarious moments based on the cast’s comedic talents, tonight’s storylines were simply subpar.

Ted (Josh Radnor) has trouble breaking up with Jeanette (Abbey Elliott) even though she is utterly crazy.

Here is where Marshall (Jason Segel) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) shine. In their reaction to her appearance at Ted’s apartment to their jokes about her craziness, Marshall and Barney were hilarious. Well done, boys. Keep it up.

Ted tries to get Jeanette out of his apartment after she locked herself in his room, which is equipped with an abundant food and water supply as well as a portable toilet since Ted went overboard in preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. Oh, Ted.

In an attempt to get her out, Ted dresses up as Boba Fett, but that doesn’t work either. Are you kidding me? He’s the fiercest bounty hunter in the galaxy; how could that not work?!

Robin (Cobie Smulders) has never held Marvin and is terrified of doing so. However, when the time comes, a story ensues that takes 17 years to fully tell.

Every few years, we flash-forward to Robin and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) talking about the day Lily went to find Marvin’s pacifier and left him alone with Robin. But, each time we flash-forward – farther and farther into the future – Robin just oh so remembers another detail from the story.

This is one of the best dynamics of HIMYM. Instead of the basic storytelling that most shows do, HIMYM has the ability to lie about a story and then jump around in time to tell what actually happened. Genius.

You have to see it play out in order to appreciate the comedy.

Here’s what actually happened. Marvin immediately started to cry, but instead of picking him up, Robin picked up the entire stroller in an attempt to calm him down. She originally claimed that a strange old woman picked him up, then his stroller rolled away, then they went to a strip club and then she confessed she left Marvin with the stranger while she went to the bathroom.

As usual, Robin was hilarious. She can do no wrong.

The icing on the cake was the final reveal: the old woman wasn’t actually there; it was actually Mike Tyson (in a cameo role) the whole time. This storyline is essentially pointless but this made it worth it. The sheer humor is reason enough to do this storyline. Not to mention the fact that this is exactly something Robin would do. Thus, I approve.

Who would have ever guessed that I would say Mike Tyson was the best part of HIMYM tonight? I wouldn’t have, not in a million years.

A new theory arises that a crazy girl’s insanity is matched or enabled by the guy she’s dating, so Ted is crazy too and Lily agrees with it. Oh hold on, we’ll get to the commentary. Thus, Ted continues his fling with Jeanette. But we do learn that she is apparently the one who made Ted want to officially settle down, for she was the last girl he dated before he met Mrs. Ted Mosby.

I don’t mind him dating crazy Jeanette because Abby Elliott is at least funny in her role. I do mind wasting my time with a pointless storyline like this that doesn’t even have any redeeming hilarious qualities that I could use to justify why it was somewhat ok – like with the Robin/Lily storyline tonight.

In the end, Robin holds Marvin and has trouble letting go – that is, until he poops. I get it; that would be a deal-breaker for me as well.

Though not one of the worst episodes I’ve seen, I was disappointed with tonight’s episode because it just seemed like the writers are beating around the bush until they can make more advancements in the overall, more important stories, such as the Mother or Barney and Robin’s wedding.

Even so, that’s no excuse to throw Boba Fett under the bus.


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