Another one from Solo!
Ok, so, I’m just gonna jump right into it this week.
What Was Good
So many great bits in this episode.
Another really solid ensemble piece, but with a good bit of focus on Ted for a change. I liked that Ted was doing a bit of screwing around (although not necessarily his specific approach). Once in a while, particularly when you’re otherwise searching relentlessly for “the Mother” (so to speak), it’s nice to just have some fun. Not necessarily to turn into a Barney type, but there’s nothing wrong with cutting loose a bit.
It was nice to see Robin and Barney NOT dominate the episode. I think that at this point, with them planning a wedding and such, it would be very easy for them to totally overpower the season, but instead we’re getting a really nice balance of all the characters.
Also, I’m delighted that they debunked the Carly Theory. Folks, I don’t know what those of you who subscribed to this thought, but there was never any way it was Carly if she was an undergrad at NYU two years ago. At the absolute oldest, that’d make her 24 today, and Ted is 35. I’m sorry, but an 11 year gap is a BIG one to bridge. It can be done, but on this show…not really. It doesn’t fit, and given the ages we’re talking about (early 20s and mid 30s), it really wouldn’t work. So I’m glad they finally laid that one to rest. Lastly, I have to say that some of the bits in this had me laughing out loud. I particularly liked the bit with Ted at the club surrounded by infants. That was priceless. I also loved when the guys sang “She’s exaggerating to make a poooooooooooint!”
What Was Not So Good
First, I was disappointed at how Ted gave ground on the Star Wars issue. But that’s a whole other debate to have. The big thing that I viewed as a missed opportunity here was the fact that the episode didn’t end with Barney agreeing Robin doesn’t have to always wear the ring. Why you ask? The Exploding Meatball Sub flash forward. That’s one that’s perplexed people for a while, prompting folks to presume Barney and Robin divorce and Robin and Ted get married after the Mother has a piece of Skylab fall on her or somesuch. It would’ve been nice to see that particular theory laid to rest as well. Oh well. You only get so much per episode.
I have to say that this is the most consistently “on” stretch of HIMYM that I’ve seen in several seasons. And I mean even from watching back-to-back episodes on DVD or streaming. These have just been some really solid episodes. I hope they can keep up this level of quality, although I fully expect we’ll have a few duds come along in a bit. Hopefully, though, we’re out of the doldrums and can go full steam ahead.
Second, again about the Carly thing. It was never gonna happen. How do I know? Because I’ve lived it. When you’re in your early to mid 30s and you date a young 20-something, suddenly you realize that you are in no way shape or form a young 20-something anymore. Your attitudes about life are different, your pop culture touchstones are different, the things that really matter to you are different. In my experience, more than once, I’ve found myself in some dialogue with a younger 20-something I was dating, and end up saying to myself “Didn’t I already do this stuff 8 years ago?” So yeah, I think this episode did an excellent job of showing WHY the Carly thing wouldn’t work. Are there mature, not-at-all-annoyingly-hipsterrific 20-somethings out there? ABSOLUTELY. I don’t mean to suggest otherwise. But they’re a rare breed, in my experience.
On the subject of Ted, I started thinking about it this morning, and I think what we’re seeing here is two things. First, Ted is “acting out” a bit as the last single and 5th wheel in the gang. Hence the stupid hat, wristband, etc. I also think that there may be a part of Ted that sort of wants to try doing it Barney’s way for a bit. Not seriously, not to the point of lying to women to get laid, but he’ll screw around some because it’s sort of allowed Barney to nab Robin (or at least didn’t stop him from it).
Mostly, though, I think it’s the former and I’d bet that, although we’re having some ha-ha-funny episodes right now, at some point down the road, someone’s gonna sit Ted down and say “Dude…are you ok? You’ve been…not yourself for months now.” Guessing as to the answer, I’d bet it’d be that, no it’s not about him wanting to be with Robin, but rather that he wants to find his own version of happiness, and he’s kind of despondent that he seems unable to do that while everyone around him seems to be settling down. That’s a hard thing to deal with, which is why I think we’re seeing Ted be an idiot right now.
Anyway, we didn’t get plot development exactly in this episode, or at least not obvious plot development, but I think we got a glimpse into a side of Ted that’s been missing for a bit, and it may have larger implications down the road. Here’s hoping the winning streak continues next week!
So, thoughts? Opinions? Favorite one-liners? Reactions to the Carly Theory being completely debunked (although it was pretty close to that last week)? Have at it, people!