Last Night’s HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Gets a ‘C’


Kids, today’s lesson is how to do what we once believed was impossible… deliver an unfunny episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Step #1: Develop a completely implausible and predictable storyline that has Barney brushing up on Robin Scherbatsky 101 with a little help from self-proclaimed expert, Professor Ted. Really? Barney really needs to be taught that ‘Gun Maintenance,’ ‘Hockey,’ and ‘Emperor Penguins,’ are three subjects that can easily distract her? I mean you’d think that three years of friendship and one year of borderline stalking would have already filled him in on those obvious nuggets (Admittedly, the whole penguin thing was bit out of left field, but I digress.)

Step #2: Provide Lilly and Marshall with an utterly pointless ‘B’ story and in the process rob HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER of one of its most delightful gifts: Its uncanny ability to generate big laughs by putting an imaginative and unique spin on the everyday (See: the episodes one redeeming quality, the Dead Poets Society reference. Which let’s face it, never gets old.) Unfortunately, Marshall’s wide-eyed amazement over the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ that was the stoop outside of his apartment wasn’t one of those quirky spins on the everyday. As any apartment dweller in the history of tenants will tell you, if you put something outside, it’s going to be taken away. Heck, in my old haunt, stuff literally disappeared before I made it up the elevator to look outside.

Step #3: Screw up your Stanley Cup history. Seriously. Blaming “Captain Canuck” Trevor Linden for the Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Loss: Watchatalkingaboutwillis! There is absolutely nothing wrong with leading your team to an electric game-seven showdown (and subsequent 3-2 loss) against the unstoppable force that was Mark Messier and his New York Rangers. We’re just sayin’

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  • Chelsea

    Huh, I actually enjoyed the episode a lot. I’m certainly seen worse from the show (The Best Burger in New York anyone?), and this was by no means a “legendary” episode but I did laugh out loud a few times and generally found it quite funny. However, I’m the rare Canuck without any knowledge or or interest in hockey so that part didn’t bug me. 😉

  • Ace

    It wasn’t exactly the most original idea for an episode, but I still laughed far more than I do at most comedies. For example:

    -“This is just me, but I like my testicles attached to my body rather than rolling around next to some eyeliner in Robin’s purse. Stinson out!”
    -The beginning with Barney trying to sneak out.
    -“She doesn’t say ‘I love you’ like a normal person. Instead, she’ll laugh, shake her head, give you a little smile, and say, ‘You’re an idiot.’ If she tells you you’re an idiot, you’re a lucky man. And if she does say ‘I love you,’ she’s already broken up with you in her mind.”

    My only real complaint would be that they didn’t use Marshall/Lilly enough. And yeah, Barney probably would have picked up on a lot of these things just by being Robins friend (esp the hunger thing).

  • Michael

    Come on TV Addict! The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, not 2004! There was noting incorrect in Robin’s statement.

  • Remy

    The Marshall plot point was a low one, I will agree. Very low, very unnecessary.
    But I actually liked this episode better than last week’s. It felt more in-tone with the series to me. *shrugs*

  • suziesunshine

    Than goodness I missed this episode. Nobody, and I mean nobody, insults Trevor Linden on my watch!! GRRRRRRR!!!!

  • Javi

    I actually thought it was pretty funny. Ok, the Lily and Marshall story was aweful, but the Ted/Barney/Robin plot was good. I enjoyed it

  • LB

    I didn’t think it was the show’s best ep, or in the top at all, but I didn’t think it was *that* bad. The Dead Poets Society reference was the best.

    Plus, like Chelsea, I too am a Canadian without much interest in hockey so #3 doesn’t apply to me.

  • Just Jody

    I enjoyed the episode, but I have to agree on the not very funny part. I’m liking this season because the characters are moving forward, but I honestly haven’t been laughing at all. It’s like a half-hour drama these days.

  • I actually thought last week’s was worse. I laughed a lot at this one. Although I do agree the Barney taking a class on Robin was a bit much since we know he watched her on her show and basically pays attention to the little things about her.

  • Sebastian

    Full ACK. On all points.