In retrospect, I felt I was actually pretty kind in my review of last week’s How I Met Your Mother. The idea of putting Ted and Robin back together seemed so tired to me that I couldn’t imagine that the show would actually spend any story time dedicated to it. Well, technically I guess I could imagine it, as the arc had been foreshadowed earlier in the season. But things turned out not at all as I expected.
I think I “get” Ted better than most people do. Don’t tell anyone, but it is because we have a lot in common – but hopefully not too much. Because of that, though, the idea that he has never fully gotten over Robin is something I understand. Their promise to get together at 40 if they were both single is definitely the type of thing that would trip Ted up. I’m just glad Robin didn’t buy into the idea as full-heartedly as he did. It was heartbreaking to see him cancel out that promise, but it was something he had to do if he was really going to be able to move on.
Tougher still for Ted was his realization that there was still something between Barney and Robin. I was happy to see Barney be completely truthful with Ted about what had happened between them this year – it is a nice change of pace from the first time Barney and she had a fling. What is not so good for the Barney/Robin shipper in me: the nonchalance with which the Barnacle said he was over her. I’ve still got faith in the two of them, but moments like that make it much harder to hold on to hope.
As bad as things might look for Ted right now, he has got a friend like Marshall. I don’t think I’ve ever been more impressed by one of the characters on HIMYM as when Marshall spoke to Robin about moving out. The sincerity of that moment, and the idea that Marshall would go to her without Ted’s knowledge — bros before hos indeed.
Did you catch Conan O’Brien in the background of one of the MacLaren’s scenes? If you missed it, I grabbed a screenshot. O’Brien apparently won the cameo as a charity prize. Good for Coco! Did his hanging out in the background in a bar scene remind anyone else of his time as a writer for Saturday Night Live?
I loved Lily and Marshall’s Long Term Bets:
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