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post #1 of 123
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Hurray! It's back. And we actually see the Yellow umbrella again!

 

And that was pretty much the only good thing about this episode. Let's hope it picks up next week.

post #2 of 123

Agreed.  It was pretty boring and the Marshall/Lily jokes were weak.  For some reason, it felt like scrambling to put a bunch of chess pieces in place.

 

I thought for a split second that the creators were going to show us the mom super early and surprise us.  But still, pretty nice ending.

post #3 of 123

I actually really enjoyed this, kinda surprised that the online opinion seems kind of down on it.

 

The weird Marshall/Lily water-vision thing didn't work at all, but I liked a lot of their delirious interactions (particularly Marshall. I love watching Segel play delirious/inebriated). Loved the scene where they're worried about the baby monitor.

 

I enjoyed Tom Lennon's German groom far more than I thought I would. The whole exchange with Ted not knowing the super-long German compound words ("you are maddeningly inconsistent") was great.

 

You can't talk about this episode and not mention Barney's 1 minute synopsis of the whole series though. That was the kind of gag this show does really well, it was LEGEN - waitforit - DARY! Seriously, how can you not love "not much of a closer, our Ted", "It's not important, I just like to bring it up whenever I can", and "also I went on The Price is Right and I won a dune buggy"?

 

Did a solid job forwarding the big storyline, kept me laughing, and had one really great bit. I'll take that.

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I enjoyed Tom Lennon's German groom far more than I thought I would. The whole exchange with Ted not knowing the super-long German compound words ("you are maddeningly inconsistent") was great

 

Ah, shit.  I forgot about that bit.  That was amusing.  Got a chuckle out of me for sure.

post #5 of 123

As funny as Barney describing most of the show under a minute, what I loved best was him jutting out his chest to Quinn in a "Yeah, I did it." way.

post #6 of 123

I remember when HIMYM was a pretty great show despite being on CBS.

 

Now it is just another unfunny shell of a show occupying 30 minutes of airtime.

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I remember when HIMYM was a pretty great show despite being on CBS.

 

Now it is just another unfunny shell of a show occupying 30 minutes of airtime.


Uhgreed.  I chuckled just a tad at the last scene just because Klaus is amusing.  However, I have lol'd one time in the two episodes thus far.  I appreciate that there is focus on character, but there is a way to develop character and be funny at the same time.  Currently, I just stare at the screen for 21.5 minutes with drool pooling at the corner of my mouth.  Plus, the writers are doing nothing to make me hate Robin any less.

post #8 of 123

Totally disagree, I'm still loving the show.


Barney's 1 minute synopsis was gold.

post #9 of 123

This season thus far? Erm...zzzzzz.....

post #10 of 123
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yeah this season has sucked so far.

post #11 of 123

Saw the synopsis of next week's episode in which Lily and Marshall can't decide who name as Marvin's godparents so they decide to do some WACKY TESTS!

 

 

 

So, in closing, Kim Pine is much more fun to watch than this show.

post #12 of 123
This show...

...honestly it feels like Smallville. I swear Ted will probably meet the mother, and they'll cop out and just show everything below the face (kind of the opposite of smallville), in the last few minutes.
post #13 of 123

How I Met Your Mother seems like it is going to possibly get away with a huge no-no when it comes to writing.  Why in the world should we care in any way, at all, who the mother is?  After 8-9 seasons we should/may care only about Ted settling in, but they could put the most mundane, boring lady in the role and it wouldn't matter. Especially since the only one I have ever cared about - Victoria - isn't going to be the mother.  Seriously, screw this show for stringing me along with some fun writing on a network that isn't known for any sort of challenging material...anyway...off to watch my HIMYM DVDs!

post #14 of 123

The identity of the mother was the least interesting part of this show from the beginning, total MacGuffin.  That was just a plot device to get people to watch the pilot so they could trick us about Robin, the show has been about our main cast friends ever since.  Yeah, we all want to see who she is, but if that's the only reason you've watched then you missed the whole point.  It's one of those journey-not-the-destination things.

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The identity of the mother was the least interesting part of this show from the beginning, total MacGuffin.  That was just a plot device to get people to watch the pilot so they could trick us about Robin, the show has been about our main cast friends ever since.  Yeah, we all want to see who she is, but if that's the only reason you've watched then you missed the whole point.  It's one of those journey-not-the-destination things.

 

I think that's easy to say after 8 seasons.  I mean, the show is called How I Met Your Mother.  I was already annoyed halfway into the second season when I realized they weren't really going to invest much time into the mother.  Nonetheless, I have come to terms with the fact that we aren't going to give much of a shit.  It should be called How I And Your Aunts And Uncles Fucked Around In Our 20's And 30's Before I Finally Settled Down With The Only Woman Willing To Deal With My Neurosis or HIAYAAUFAIO2A3BIFSDWTOWWTDWMN.

 

ETA: I realize that I only have myself to blame for the disappointment I have in the show's lack of commitment in it's own implied intent.  It is only further exasperated by the unbelievably bland new season and drawn out "storytelling".  At this point, it's all on me though.


Edited by wd40 - 10/18/12 at 6:52am
post #16 of 123
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  Yeah, we all want to see who she is, but if that's the only reason you've watched then you missed the whole point.  It's one of those journey-not-the-destination things.

I agree with wd40. I think the point is, this isn't the reason many of us watched from the start, but it feels like the only reason to continue watching now when the rest of the show feels so played out and devoid of any more interesting places to take the characters. It's at the point where I feel like they're out of good ideas, so I just want them to get their pay-offs over with.

 

Marshall and Lily are happily married with a child. I don't think there's much left that can be done with them. Barney and Robin just need to get married and Ted needs to meet the mother. I can't imagine much else that happens before those events coming across as anything but uninteresting stalling. It used to be 'about the journey, not the destination'. Once the journey gets boring, one is left with this irritated desire to just get to the damn destination already.

post #17 of 123

So, not sure if it's the hurricane or something, but my "new" episode was a rerun...while the description indicated it was new and called Autumn of Breakups or something.  Twice now either CBS or Comcast has burned me on this season.  Is it a sign from God that I should stop watching?

post #18 of 123

Yeah, bummer tonight.  I was all excited and here we got a rerun.

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post #20 of 123
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well that was a damn good episode. The first part of this season sucked, but I'm glad it's geting back on track.  I just hate that we won't see more Nick, because he had one of the best line's of the night.

 

I feel like I pulled a groin in my heart.. or something like that.. was hilarious.

post #21 of 123

See, I am still massively disappointed with this show.  Ted's geekiness was a nice return, but went a bit too far.  Lily's sexual-ness is played out.  Nick is horrible - his character is lame and the actor is not a good comedic actor.  A line or two was funny, but overall I am so glad he is off the show.  And my gosh, the women they brought on to accompany him home? Even worse.

 

The only thing I found somewhat amusing was Marshall's story - but it was underbaked.

 

Seriously, I am literally just watching this for the mystery at this point.  I watch this show with disdain and contempt now.  I promise, this will be my last negative post going forward as it must be draining to read my bitching all the time.  Sorry all, as you were.

post #22 of 123

The whole concept of Splitsville (and the establishing shot with crying couples at every table) won me over.

 

Also, Robin rolling over and going to sleep.

post #23 of 123
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Robin as Angelina Jolie as Laura Croft..  awesome.

post #24 of 123

And I love how they didn't oversell the gag of Robin still wearing the Croft costume during her follow-up convo with Lily.

post #25 of 123
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Extremely funny time with all of TED's stuff. I knew the label maker was coming and yet I still laughed my ass off.

post #26 of 123

I liked the opening bit with Marshall's standup:

 

"You suck!"

 

"Lily?"

post #27 of 123

"Please tell me this is about my drinking."

post #28 of 123

I just stumbled on this. Why yes, it is Jason Segel and NPH singing "Confrontation" from Les Mis. Fantastic.

 

post #29 of 123
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For an hour epsiode, HIMYM nailed it.

post #30 of 123

I love how even imaginary Patrice could see the bright side of being kept in a Silence Of the Lambs pit.

post #31 of 123

So, whaddya know?  I do not like Barney and Robin together, but dammit did I love this one.  The only stumble was the well bits for me. Otherwise, I am finally invested in those two.

post #32 of 123

Most of this season has gotten by on the characters being likable, but not as funny. The last episode changed that. Robin screaming DAMMIT PATRICE! never stops being funny. While the proposal wasn't as good as the one on Park and Recreation, it was still sweet.

post #33 of 123

<ducks in, tries to read the crowd...>

 

"How I met Your Mother is to modern relationships as The Big Bang Theory is to particle physics."

 

<Thanks audience, backs off stage...>

post #34 of 123

So, did everyone hear about Jason Segel signing on for the next season, and thus keeping the show alive? If not, here's a dramatization.

 

700

 

"DESTROY IT!"

 

700

 

"No."

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<ducks in, tries to read the crowd...>

 

"How I met Your Mother is to modern relationships as The Big Bang Theory is to particle physics."

 

<Thanks audience, backs off stage...>

 

Shut up Patrice!

post #36 of 123
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I facebooked it. On facebook.  

 

Gawd, I knew the confetti was coming, but damn did I not laugh my ass off at that scene. Hilarious episode and a little bit closer to meeting the mother.

post #37 of 123

So yeah, Alyson Hannigan absolutely killed with that monologue on the rooftop. What a devastating, human moment.

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So yeah, Alyson Hannigan absolutely killed with that monologue on the rooftop. What a devastating, human moment.

 

Man, did she ever. I feel like she's been entirely underutilized in the last few seasons, but that moment was like "oh yeah, I remember why I fell in love with you on Buffy."

post #39 of 123

It's weird-- she doesn't have that wide a range and plainly struggles with that SonovaBITCH catchphrase every single time, but what she does well (be adorable, be horny, cry) she does better than just about anyone.

post #40 of 123

Even Ray Wise in Parrot-Head Gear is terrifying.

 

Now I wanna write a story where a crime lord wears that stuff and is a vampire.

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So yeah, Alyson Hannigan absolutely killed with that monologue on the rooftop. What a devastating, human moment.


It always broke my heart when Willow cried on Buffy. Hannigan can really bring it.

 

The episode where we find out Marshall's dad died really impressed me. You could tell she wanted to break down but knew she had to be strong for Marshal. The utter passionate love Marshall and Lily have for each other is stunning. Great actress when given the chance.

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So yeah, Alyson Hannigan absolutely killed with that monologue on the rooftop. What a devastating, human moment.

 

I think the subject matter lent a lot to her performance, as that was one of the most honest and human moments I think I've ever seen on this show. Kudos to the writers.

post #43 of 123

I expect actually being a mom may have helped too. I look forward to her future grown-up roles.

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  I too thought Alyson Hannigan's scene on the roof was moving. However since I've had a crush on her since season 2 of Buffy I was hoping she would say" Leave in the middle of the night with Chaz and have a relationship based on PBR, and hair metal."

 

  Cobie's voice sounded worn out, but it did work for this episode since she was so tired of dealing with her father that it was taking a toll on her.

 

  "Do you think I wanted to kill that bear?"

  "Yes."

post #45 of 123

I just assumed Smulders had a cold or something.  I bet she sounds fine in the next new one.

 

Yay for Ray Wise!  His character was a mess, but I love the man too much to care much.

 

But, hey, progress!  We had better fucking see the mom's face in this season's finale. heh.

post #46 of 123
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AV Club kind of hated last night's episode, but I thought everything in Barney and Ted's story was bang-on funny.

post #47 of 123

I disagreed with AV Club's review too. Ted and Barney's sister winks at the end was good stuff.

post #48 of 123

The comedic throughline from the "Honka-honka" callback to "Hop on Pop" was really masterfully constructed.

post #49 of 123

That visual of Ted and Barney's sister slow dancing in that crowd of little kids just about killed me.
 

post #50 of 123

I really want Barney's sister to be the female version of him going after guys. Of course, she'd have a much easier time at it and wouldn't need plays like Barney did.
 

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