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How I Met Your Mother S09E04: "The Broken Code"


How I Met Your Mother, Y U make me be mean to U? 

"The Broken Code" was another example of how this show can start off an episode on the right foot, and end up completely dropping the ball. The confrontation between Barney and Ted about Ted's feelings for Robin could have been an emotional moment—and it should have been as soon as Ted told Barney about his impending move to Chicago—but instead, it was played for laughs as Barney tortured Ted by making him do a bunch of unnecessary and stupid chores for the wedding. Okay, I laughed at the calligraphy stuff, because Douchey Ted remains one of my favorite things about this show, but I take major issue with what the show did with the rest of that storyline.

Ted had to deal with his feelings for Robin at some point, and it was nice to see that Barney wasn't going to just accept Ted's very blatant lie about still having feelings for her. However, the resolution—that things between Ted and Robin might always be a little weird but he was totally going to do everything in his power to move on and deal with it—was complete bullshit. It was wrapped up in the span of an hour (in the show's time) while Robin tried to make female friends in a boring B-plot. 


The fact of the matter is that Barney just accepting Ted's oath and moving on very quickly was not acceptable for the Barney Stinson of HIMYM Season 9. This Barney is a real person with actual feelings, and he deserves better. He might still be the goofy character who makes Ted take care of a couple dozen doves and rewrite table place cards over and over as punishment for lying, and he might be the man who digresses into fake history lessons about Broses and Christopher Brolumbus, but he's a human being with real emotions. Messing with Ted was just a way for Barney to pretend he doesn't have feelings. Yes, Barney finally admitted that he should have been the one to help Robin look for her locket, but he has every right to be pissed that his best friend not only has feelings for the woman he's about to marry, but has been lying to him this whole time. And the way the show played it off as Barney being angry with himself and sort of taking it out on Ted felt like the wrong move. Ted avoided him for a week because of those feelings, so to just brush them under the rug and say, "Feelings, am I right?" doesn't work for me.

This rift between Barney and Ted was a story that needed to be told, but HIMYM's writers wrote themselves into a corner when they made Ted's feelings for Robin such a prevalent plot point and then decided that the entire final season would take place over the course of one weekend. There was definite potential in a storyline about a fractured friendship between the two guys, but it was thrown out the window when the show was forced to quickly deal with it once it didn't fit the season-long format. Having a few episodes in which Ted and Barney were on the outs would have made the growth of their relationship, and Ted's role as Barney's best man, a more emotionally resonant storyline. As it stands, it felt hollow and insincere. 

Now, I acknowledge that Ted is a human being too, and that he also has feelings and can't just shut them off like he's a character on The Vampire Diaries. But he also thinks he's moving to Chicago to start over—and to get a fresh start away from the happily married couple—yet that didn't come in to play once during the entire beach scene. Lily remains the only person who knows about the impending move, and that just doesn't sit well. 


And speaking of Lily, her subplot with Robin about the latter not having any female friends, wasn't much better than the Ted and Barney storyline, but I'm a Robin, so I might be a bit biased. It was funny to see what we all know to be true: Robin would prefer to spend her Saturdays watching hockey from her couch instead of having brunch with Lily, but Lily becoming a psycho once Robin bonded over hockey with another fwoman was neither funny nor heartfelt. It felt kind of obvious and boring, two things that TV should never be.

I really do not like hating on How I Met Your Mother. I've been a fan of the show since it first premiered and I've stuck by it through everything. I'm an avid supporter and lover of everything Neil Patrick Harris does. I've defended the show to people who've completely written it off, but "The Broken Code" really challenged my devotion. The rushed storylines—coupled with Marshall's absence from the group—made this the second week in a row where I felt let-down after an episode. "The Broken Code" didn't even have a sweet Ted and Lily storyline to cancel out the poor writing; it was an obvious case of the show needing to tie up loose ends but not having adequate time to do it. I hope the series works out these issues soon and that we'll eventually get the emotionally satisfying ending we all want and deserve. Because after nine years we kind of deserve to be happy too.



NOTES

– Marshpillow 2.0—Now with Skype! I'm glad that Marshall factored into this week's storyline more than he did in the last two outings, but it still feels like something is missing with him being so far away from everyone else. That being said, I did enjoy the Weekend at Bernies references. And maybe the Neil Patrick Harris in swimming trunks. What of it?

– Tim Gunn and Billy Zabka cameos: I appreciated the callbacks, but I have to wonder how much Zabka will play into future episodes since he's pissed about losing his best man spot to Ted once again.

– Has there ever been crappier rain on a TV show? 

– Two weeks in a row with no Mother. This makes complete sense, story-wise, but that doesn't mean I don't miss her.

– E-lawyered!

– "Who needs a lady hug?"

– "Slut alert."

– Are you a Robin or a Lily?

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AIRED ON 3/31/2014

Season 9 : Episode 24

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I didnt really like it either. Marshall was funny. loved it
Lily and Robin - no, it wasnt funny ( since when is Robin SO bitchy? and pls that Patrice joke is not funny anymore ) At least there wasnt another Robin/Barney Story.. they arent that funny I think
Ted and Barney? Oh.. Look that Story with Robin not having babies was so good, sad, realistic... this story? Joke after Joke and I was just sitting there thinking: Is this ever going to be serious? I mean it is a serious topic. Ted is in love with his best friends girlfriend... and he is moving to Chicago. Nooo lets make 30 jokes and then talk about it in 2sek. not good
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Sorry Kaitlin, I have no idea where you get the idea that Barney Stinson is a real person with actual feelings, that character died eons ago and was replaced with a crummy cardboard cutout that spewed misogynistic nonsense and was one-dimensional and phony in every way, was inconsistent and inconsiderate and was rewarded for it at every turn for no reason. He's become a magical elf who simply drives plots and sells ties and books.

Honestly, the last few years of HIMYM have been clumsy and annoying and woefully uneven, and this season is no different unfortunately.

That was some seriously crappy rain. I especially love the sunlight glinting off the obviously SoCal waves in the background.

My vote goes to Tim Gunn, I don't know why.
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I think you're forgetting that HIMYM is primarily a comedy Kaitlin. For so much focus to be placed on Ted's feelings towards Robin in this final season just doesn't make sense because of the genre. Did I want a more emotionally satisfying ending to the storyline? Of course, but I think we need to be patient. We've still got twenty episodes, and this episode didn't really feel like a resolution to me - just a duct-tape solution to ensure Ted and Barney can continue to remain on friendly terms for the much of the remainder of the season. I've no doubt Ted's feelings aren't finished being discussed though.

While not the greatest storyline, I didn't mind watching Robin being totally against making new female friends. And it was actually funny too:

'Slut alert.'
'That's my 14 year-old daughter!'
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I agree. Aside from the fact that this is a comedy, this is how Barney ALWAYS handles things. He doesn't like emotional confrontation so of course he's going to deny and try to ignore everything until he can't do it anymore. He did the same thing when Ted and Robin were sleeping together as roommates. It wasn't until he was backed into a corner and out of crazy ideas that Barney finally started speaking to Ted about his feelings to Robin. Barney was very in character this episode. Not sure why everyone has such a problem with it.

And I also loved the Robin and Lily story. It's one thing to make friends, but it takes effort to maintain them, and Robin just doesn't care about having female friends that much.
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Yeah it is Barney, but come on Kaitlin is right. We can and have to accept more now. Look how they dealt with Robin not having babies - so good and sad and real. I wanna see that - no matter if its a Comedy Show or not!
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But the situation hasn't been resolved. There's still Chicago and the locket to deal with. Had those things been apart of the conversation then yes, this would have been a completely different episode. As it stands now, this was about Ted and Barney's friendship and nothing else. Barney needed reassurance that his friend would never cross that line and when it came down to them actually admitting their feelings: Barney saying I saw you, Ted admitting he was there, Barney later admitting to his own guilt, asking if Ted still has feelings for her, and Ted admitting it. All of those lines were completely serious. There was humor weaved throughout, but they were serious where it counted and you could see the hurt and anger on Barney's face clear as day.
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I wish Ted said something like this.
"Barney we held hands, that is all and by the way Robin was the one to hold MY hand, so maybe you should go talk to her about that one!" That would've been an easy transition for the writers and a story plot. Then we'd HAVE to see the Barney/Robin confrontation.

Speaking of Robin...I dont like how bitchy she has become these last two seasons.

I agree with the author though. I'd rather they focus on the Ted/Barney/Robin drama now than later. If it carried over for a couple of episodes, I'd be ok with that. Its just they let it go so quickly.

As for the Mother, why would the band leader stay at the same hotel or interact with the wedding party the friday before the wedding? They move to Saturday after next week's episode so we should see lots of YM soon.
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I don't think it's over though. The fact that Robin wasn't involved in this discussion at all tells me that much. There's also the whole locket thing and they still don't know about Chicago. I think that making peace with Barney and making him understand that Ted's not purposely being a dick, is important. Barney has always been a better best friend than Ted gives him credit for and the fact that Barney didn't completely lash out just highlights this even more. (unlike Ted who flipped a shit on Barney multiple times).
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I actually liked it. The Barney and Ted conflict that you described would have just been distracting, and seeing a quick resolution (or so it seems) seemed appropriate for the situation, and hopefully there's some residual tension still remaining that will make the situation interesting. The drama in the episode made it a lot more interesting than a lot of the episodes which have been bland, and even the Lily and Robin story had meaning unlike a lot of weeks. Obviously, I'm in the minority here.
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I agree 100%. I thought the situation was handled really well actually. This review makes it seem like they didn't discuss Ted's feelnigs at all, but they did. And Barney was very in character throughout the episode. Barney hates emotional confrontation and that's never going to change. Yes, he's gotten better, but this is the guy who was destroying TV's in the alley everytime Ted and/or Robin would discuss their "friends with benefits" situation and decided to clean their entire apartment for them. It was only after Barney was backed into a corner and failed to make them stop using other means, that he finally admitted to Ted what was wrong. That took him DAYS. The fact that he spoke up and actually called Ted out a few times this episode shows growth.
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I thought this show was called How I Met Your Mother not How I Pine Over Robin For 9 Seasons - boring - lame - move on!
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This episode embodies my concern with having this entire season be about the wedding weekend. It took Lilly several weeks to get over an offensive PB&J joke by Barney (Yes Alyson Hannigan was off on maternity leave, but it's cannon). Ted and Barney resolving an 8 year old problem in one hour just does disservice to the characters.
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I´m tired of the weekend formula, I prey the writters to end this in two or three episodes....the only thing that makes me happy is that there is no mother at all, I don´t like her interactions with Ted or Lily (I know most of you love her, but I can´t), I know that we are going to see a lot of her in this season, and I hope that I like her at some point, but I don´t want to see her untill the end of the weading.
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I enjoyed this episode, but then, I'm not going into it with unrealistic high expectations. It made me laugh, a number of different times. Ted and Barney holding hands on the beach! Marshall freezing... wait for it.... and for some reason, people yelling at Patrice is always funny.
I can't think of a single tv show where every episode has been gold. This wasn't one of the best ones, but it still did its job in entertaining me. That's all I ask, seeing as we know there will be some 5 star episodes coming up. That's what HIMYM does.
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I loved this episode, I thought it was the best one we've had in a while. I don't understand why this review was so negative. It had some called backs to past episodes and I thought everyone was pretty in character.
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Crazy Lily always seems a little off... But I think with such a short timespan that they have to make a plot into, they're running out of plots
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To me, psycho Lily was a mix between shopaholic Lily from a few seasons ago and crazy for cookies Lily from the train back when she met The Mother.
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The only way this one-weekend concept can turn out to be a good idea is if we see more of The Mother, and more flashbacks and forwards. This episode didn't have any of these...

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This season is turning out to be a complete disappointment!! One of the editors/reviewers here on TV.Com once said that the best way this season could have gone would have been to be completely from the Mother's perspective... You sir, I salute you.

Just think... Ted's sitting on the couch, telling the story of HIMYM to the kids... and thud! The door opens and in walks their mother... And so kicks off the season with it portraying everything we've seen in the past from the Mother's perspective.

How her roommate dated the guy she eventually wound up being with... how she stood just a few feet away from him at the train station, and so on.

But YAWN!!! It's been kind of a let down so far. Sure, it has some funny moments, but enough is enough!!!

I was a bit excited half-way through this episode... For when Lily started talking about Robin making more girl friends, and trying to get her to start a friendship with someone... I kinda expected the Mother to show up and Robin kicking it off with her. But wait, what am I talking about? I'm sure that never crossed the writer's minds... :P

Oh well... Who cares anyways. It's HIMYM Y'all!!!
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I was really hoping that Robin would find her female friend in the form of the Mother (can we get a name already?) and the story could continue in this manner so that the entire group meets the Mother before Ted and already approves of her.
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I was actually surprised the show missed an opportunity to introduce the mother to one more member of the gang. I thought the Robin-needs-a-female-friend subplot would end with Robin meeting and bonding with the mother.

Also I agree that the Ted/Barney storyline wrapped too conveniently. It landed a little hollow for me
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Because it's not over. (Chicago and the locket are still factors.) On one hand I wish they had handled everything in this one episode because I'm sick of Ted pining for Robin, but at the sametime, I do understand why they didn't. This was about Ted and Barney's friendship and as much as we don't want to see Ted pining over Robin, it is true, you CAN'T just turn feelings off. Having Barney come to terms with that and still accept his friend is actually a big deal.
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This episode annoyed me.
It pointed out all of the reasons I hate Robin.
There was no Mother.
It glossed over a what should have been a major issue between Ted and Barney. It reintroduced a side to Barney that should be long gone now that he is committing to a marriage: childish tasks designed to punish someone without their knowing. What was the point of Barney straight out comfronting Ted about the carousel thing if he was just going to say it didnt annoy him when it really did? It's not like Barney has any qualms about talking straight to Ted about Robin, calling back to last seasons slightly harsh "She chose me" line.
There was no charming conversation or moment between two of the main characters that remind us just how much we've grown to love these people. (except Robin)
I feel like the final season is being wasted. The whole season is the wedding weekend format was a bad idea, and cracks are already appearing in the formula, and we're only 4 epsiodes in. The fact that Marshall is splintered off from the group compunds the staleness of the setup.
Again, it would be nice to see what the Mother is up to at the same time Ted and co. are breaking our hearts with this awful filler nonsense.
So disappointing after a pretty great premiere.
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Barney's always been childish. It's part of his quirk and no matter how much he grows, he's never going to get rid of that completely. Him lashing out at Ted in this juvenile manner makes perfect sense (notice that it didn't last as long this time as previous attempts to avoid emotional confrontation). Also, remember, the "she chose me line" was because Ted was talking down to Barney like he wasn't good enough for Robin and acting like he still knew her better than Barney did. Barney was frustrated with this and as we saw later on when Robin welcomed Barney home that Ted DIDN'T know her.
The situation from this episode is different. It wasn't about whether or not Barney is good enough for Robin or Ted being high and mighty as usual, it was just about Ted's feelings. At this point, it's more exasperating than anything so I understand why Barney didn't completely flip. At the end of the day, Ted's still his best friend and even though there was some hurt there because it's his fiance, Barney is also looking at this from the best friend perspective of "dude move on already" because no one wants to continually watch their friend destroy themselves over one person.
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Robin and Lily's subplot is a foreshadowing how Robin will meet the Mother, if it isn't kind of obvious.
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EXACTLY! Could they have put in a tidbit at the end? Yes, but oh well, next episode. I don't know why everyone is so annoyed. I feel like putting emphasis on Robin's unwillingness to MAINTAIN a friendship with other females is key in highlighting the meaninfulness of her accepting the mother . It means "wow, this girl must really fit." It's just like Lily's front porch.
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UGH, thank you for giving voice to that sinking feeling in my stomach. I just wish they'd ended the series last season. It's obvious now the actors wanted to - anyone else get the feeling that Jason Segel's last minute change of heart on season 9 was premised on the showrunners coming up with this "remote Marshall" concept? I bet he was on set for maybe a week to film all his scenes.

But more annoying than this slap-dash half-resolved plot business is WHAT THE HELL DID COBIE AND ALYSON DO TO PISS OFF HAIR AND MAKE UP?? They look like hell. I've seen them in promos, I've seen Shield, I've seen them at the Emmy's - these women are gorgeous. Lilly looked horrendous last night - tired and haggard and jowly. She does not look like that when she's off set. What gives?
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I've been wondering that about Alyson for a long time. At first I tought she was suppose to look haggard because she's a mother now, but Marvin is not around so...I know she's been wasted pretty much since she got there, but I don't think she should look that bad. Cobie looks find to me though.
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Well, now that you mention it Lily did look a bit horrible, I didnt notice it on Robin though
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I liked it. Was it the best episode ever? Of course not. But it was still enjoyable.

The bro code everywhere was pretty funny. Marsh pillow 2.0 was funny too.

The thing between Robin, Ted and Barney is not going away and I believe that a some point during the season this episode will loom large and the themes will come back in spades.

The Robin/Lilly story was week, but I must say as a Canadian I totally understood here Robin was coming from. And yes, I to hate the Boston Bruins.
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LOL. I actually enjoyed the story between Lily and Robin because it's setting the sate for Robin's acceptance of the mother. Robin not maintaining friendships with other females is like Lily's front porch.
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Stage not sate*
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I agree with most things in your review except the part where you used "Barney" and "deserves better" in the same sentence, which is something I can't comprehend, unless it's in the form of "Robin/Quinn/Nora/anyone deserves better than Barney".

But that's only because I really can't stand Barney.
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It was an okay episode, not all that great, but it did finally deal with the "elephant in the room" in regards to Ted finally acknowledging his feelings for Robin. I'm glad its out there, but I will disagree with you that Barney needed to be angry with Ted and have it stretch over a few episodes. No he didn't, and the fact that Barney reverted to mean spirited behavior towards Ted, showed how much he still needs to grow up. Ted NEVER did anything to interfere in Barney and Robin's relationship, and he has actually gone out of his way to take himself out of the equation (going to Chicago, though the only one who knows is Lily), and he unwittingly sent Robin to Barney so he could propose. He offers sound advice, even when its not asked or required, and he wants what is best for them. Sounds like the perfect best friend, especially since he pushed his own feelings to the side so THEY could be happy. I'm not saying that Barney shouldn't be upset, he has every right to be, but he should also know that Ted wouldn't do anything to jeopardize their relationship. And in all honesty Ted didn't break any part of the "Bro Code", something that we have seen Barney do (sleeping with Robin and not telling Ted comes to mind). Overall I think it was handled well, because although Ted did acknowledge that he sometimes has feelings for Robin, he has never acted on those feelings while she has been with Barney.

Also why is it okay to worry about Barney's feelings and not Ted's. Last time I checked he was human too, and to top it off he is at the wedding of his two best friends who up until a few years ago DESPISED marriage and relationships, and now they are marrying each other. I'm surprised he's not on top of his building threatening to jump off. Ted is LONELY, and it has been tossed in his face for the last season and a half that all of his friends are settling down and happy in relationships. It is something that he wants badly, and he is almost there, but now he is desperate and sad. How much is a person supposed to take?

I did like that Marshall was more included in this storyline, although they need to get him back to the gang pronto. Its not the same without him. The Lily and Robin storyline could have been SO MUCH BETTER if they had had the Mother be one of the people Robin tried to befriend. I thought that was the way it was going, but I guess not. Hopefully we see the Mother again soon, I LOVE HER.
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I completely agree with the Ted and Barney situation. I thought Barney's behavior was spot on. Barney is and always will be childish. Yes, he's matured a lot over the years, but he's still Barney. Juvenile tantrums are as much a part of him as magic and fake stories. He HATES emotional confrontation and that's not going to change just because he's finally accepted and made peace with falling in love. Don't know why people are surprised by this.

In regards to his feelings towards Ted, at the end of the day, Barney is just as exasperated with this situation as we are. He doesn't understand why Ted still has feelings for Robin. He thought that ended the night of the proposal so to find out this is still an issue is more annoying and painful to him than it is infuriating. As Robin's fiancee, naturally Barney doesn't want someone pining for her, but he's also really tired of watching his best friend chase a lost cause. He wants him to move on not just for his and Robin's sake, but for Ted's sake as well. Barney can be an asshole and he doesn't always practice what he preaches, but he's always cared about Ted's feelings at the end of the day. Plus, I really think Barney understands that you can't just turn off your emotions no matter how much you want to. He himself tried to stop loving Robin many times. It's only natural that he be reluctantly understanding to Ted.

And I think Ted handled the situation well. He didn't rile up Barney and he didn't belittle him like he usually does. They spoke man to man as friends. I feel like people are ignoring all these facts.
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Couldn't they somehow squeeze the Mother into every episode? I'd probably enjoy the episodes more. We've already had 8 years of watching the 5 of them do their quirky (and yet sometimes repetitive) antics. It's about time they showed us more of the Mother.

Here's hoping the final 20 eps show:
7 to 8: Mother-centric A-plots (what she's been up to in Farhampton, flashbacks with her exes, flashbacks with her friends who coincidentally include one of the gang's doppelgangers, her near misses with Ted told from her POV)
10 to 12: Lily/Robin/Marshall/Barney Mother B-plot encounters and combinations thereof. I hope the four of them cross paths with her multiple times. Once ain't enough.
0-3: "cameo" appearances. She, or even her yellow umbrella, could be in the same room as one of Ted's friends even before she meets them personally. It would be like a Where's Waldo? game for us viewers.
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This one was just boring.
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I didn't love this episode but I found it alright.The B-Plot wasn't that funny, yes. But I thought Ted's and Barney's behaviour to be quite believable. And it isn't said that their argument won't come up again.
I think both were right. Of course Barney is upset about Ted still having feelings for Robin but Ted is a human being. And Ted's apology was sincere and Barney should try to accept it. I would.
I want to see the mother more. I really like her. :(
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I agree. At the end of the day, Barney knew Ted had these feelings, everyone did and it is upsetting to find out they still exist, (he thought it ended the night of the proposal) but that doesn't mean Barney's going to let this ruin their friendship. His acceptance was reluctant, but it was there because he does understand. People have to remember that, Robin or no Robin, no one wants to watch their best friend chase a lost cause and Ted's been doing that for several years. Everyone wants Ted to move on because they're tired of watching him hurt himself, it's not just Barney.
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That point didn't cross my mind but you're right, of course Barney (and everybody else) wants Ted to move on. And it wouldn't help if Barney would stay angry with him now.
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The best part of the episode was the return of Patrice.
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I was expecting this episode to be about Robin becoming friends with the mother when they realized she had no lady friends and tried to get her some. I'm sure they have something planned but that would have been a perfect lead in for Robin.
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I also expected that the last woman Lily points to would be the Mother - that would have been funny. :)
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me too!! Funny, sweet, and also it would have elevated the B-plot to something that mattered. I thought they were setting us up for everyone else to meet the Mother before Ted does - which would be cute.
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They are, it's just a slow build. I enjoyed the B-Plot because it's just putting emphasis on how strong the connection between Robin and the mother will actually be. Robin putting in effort to maintain a female friendship is like Lily's front porch.
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How many episodes do we have left?
I think this last season would be better with only 13. Less nonsense, more Mother.
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Twenty loooonnnnnggggg episodes left, if they keep this up. I am hoping there is a midpoint with the wedding, maybe by episode 13, and then Ted, and we, move on getting to know the mother
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I get that Ted's always gonna have feelings for Robin but I'm getting so bored with the writers trying to make us want it to happen. I dunno why but I felt like Robin acting really bitchy towards other women a little out of character for her. I did not like the Robin & Lily plot as it felt way too over exaggerated which caused it to be very un funny. Can Marshall just join up with everyone else already coz I find him tolerable when he's around the other characters and annoying when he's on his own (mainly coz I don't like the character). I'll admit I miss the mother already and this is the biggest problem with the final season being set over a short time period in all honesty coz we're not always going to see her and get to know her.
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This episode was just bad. They have to make Barney & Ted have a meaningful convesation about Ted's feelings for Robin!!!! They have been avoiding this point for so long now.
Of course they wouldn't have to be worried about this if they had written off the Ted/Robin stuff seasons ago. But no, for some weird reason they think this is interesting, that people actually want to see Ted pinning for Robin, well HIMYM writers, we don't. We want to see Ted just happy for both his friends, and ready to meet the love of his life.
Also, I want to see more of the mother, I need to see more of the mother.
I was just to upset to pay attention to Robin's storyline.
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I agree. It's not like Ted and Barney haven't had serious, meaningful conversations in the past. Remember the whole fight when Barney slept with Robin? These are characters with a wealth of history and a deep connection and the writers just aren't respecting that right now, choosing instead to play it all as caricaturic slapstick. I don't care what Ted feels for Robin. I've spent 9 years being told that Ted is a good guy, and a good guy would be happy for his pals. His feelings wouldn't still be an issue.
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I hate the Bro-code. Its the worst, closely followed by the playbook. And the other over the top crap they do with barney instead of treating him like a real person. The episode was pretty awful, I thought the Robin stuff was pretty god though :)
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I agree with you on the Bro code and the playbook. I mean they're not the worst but they were hilarious the first time, and have been far too played out.
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Don't get me wrong: I HATE that they restarted the whole Ted+Robin thing. HATE is too weak a word... loathe?

But I think the reviewer is being a bit harsh on Ted and Barney. I've seen instances where a guy never really got over the girl but accepted that she moved on. You can't turn it off like an iPad. You feel for the guy, but it's not like he's trying to mess up her current relationship or whatever. That's kind of what's going on here (for better or worse): Ted hasn't fully moved on but at least he acknowledged it and promised Barney he wouldn't let it get in the way. Now... if he INDEED got the necklace for Robin then that's bad.

Ted DIDN'T tell Barney about Chicago and it's for the best. As he originally stated: telling someone that hours/days before their wedding would sour things a little so it's best to wait til afterwards.

Barney... he's in a tough spot. Ted is his best friend and he's known him longer than Robin. A solemn vow to not try to mess up their relationship or overtly pine for Robin should be enough so long as Ted keeps up his end of it.
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So if this episode was all supposed to take place over an hour- how did Ted rewrite all those notecards twice in addition to everything else? The episode seemed like quite more than an hour passed to me, so they're messing up their format already, ugh.
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It really makes no sense. The problem is most HIMYM episodes take place over a week, or sometimes even a month. Now they're just crammed into an hour of time? Nothing can happen in that short of time

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Admit it people, this show has gone from a semi-funny comedy to a form of self torture....
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I do. I very sadly do. I am watching it because I've got 8 years into it and feel like I have to. But it's an effort. I wasn't even going to follow these reviews but I felt like I needed someone to talk me into seeing the better parts of it - but alas, all I find is more people who feel like us.
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In the very first episode of HIMYM, when Ted sees Robin for the first time, was't she with a bunch of girls? And didn't she become a 'woo' girl sometime in the middle with a bunch of other girls?

So why on earth can Robin suddenly not make any girlfriends, when she had no problem doing so before??
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Its not entirely outside the realms of possibility that these women that Robin were friends with got sick of the shrill harpy and dropped her. Lets face it, she's a pain to be around and seems like she'd be the absolute worst friend ever.
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That wouldn't affect her ability to make new friends: if anything, Robin should be able to make girl friends more easily if she can't keep the ones she already got.
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And in the episode when Barney met Nora, Robin was spending Valentine's Day with her girlfriends.
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I'm going to pin this on a monogamous friendship with Lily rather than lack of social skills.

Robin can make friends, she just doesn't want to.
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The episode was funny, its when you stop to ponder Ted's feelings for Robin that it becomes a drama but then the groom does something and its funny again!

But then, you remember the best man is trying to steal the bride and its a tragedy again.

And then, Lily goes psycho and its funny again! And Robin says she's her psycho and you just want to cry.
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Am I the only one who laughed during almost the entire episode? I found it really funny and yes, some aspects of the plot are not very deep (never been, actually) but honestly? I wanna laugh when I'm watching HIMYM, I don't wanna extreme drama, long fights or super poignant moments,
I think fun is the priority here, if I wanna some drama I'm gonna watch Breaking Bad finale again, or just a random episode of Person of Interest (shows that I love for all the different reasons).

When it comes to HIMYM I'm just glad it's making me laugh again, because I start to worry or whine only when *that* doesn't happen.

And yay for Barney, he was hilarious and not to mention super hot!
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I can't vote for any of those choices. It wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad either. I can accept that Ted & Barney get over this problem so quickly. They've been friends for a long time, and most men don't really deal with their emotions. It might come up later, but I don't think it will affect their friendship. The Robin/Lily story was OK. I liked Robin's list of friends. :) So, was Marshall stuck in Wisconsin? Why wasn't he on the road? Or did he just have a really good connection? I do wish we had seen something of the mother. What's she doing in Farhampton if she isn't at the wedding location yet? Is her band rehearsing somewhere nearby?
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I think Marshall was driving (well, riding) in the car while Skyping.
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dude, he must have a KILLER data plan!!
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Not necessarily. I could do it if I wanted to. It is just unlimited data.
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Filler, I am sick of filler episodes. A couple of moments that made me laugh (Bro Code history, the Weekend at Bernies bit at the end, Marshall stole all his scenes).

I am sick of the Ted and Robin plot, we know nothing will happen and yet it feels like the writers want us to root for it. Even though we are only 3 (or 4) episodes in I am starting to feel slightly tired with the "Weekend" concept the writers are doing this season.
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I was hoping Robin would have ran into the Mother and made friends with her, it would have seemed like the obvious solution to that sub-plot.
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I'm starting to fear Robin would be as psycho about the mother as Lily was about her potential friend.

Why would Ted need Robin when his wife is his new best friend?
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Well, a few seasons back Ted does mention that Victoria was right that Robin couldn't be in his life as much as she is if he were to be in a healthy relationship, and the narrator said, "She was right." So, I'm assuming there is a step back somewhere.
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I was going to comment the same thing , but we are only 4 episodes into the season and since the Mother will meet every other member of the gang before Ted and as she already met Lily , I think it will be too soon for her to meet Robin already
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You people are taking this show waaaaay too seriously. It's a half hour sit-com. Did you really expect drama and fighting? What exactly are they supposed to do at this point? Ted has feelings for her but he can't change it, you can't help who you love, so what would be the point in being pissed at him? They can have hours of tears, screaming and throwing things against the wall, but it won't change Ted's feelings and since Barney has "won" and is about to marry her, maybe he shouldn't harp on it.
And seriously, you want more of the mother?? She is the WORST! I don't know if I'll be able to keep the puke down my throat when she joins the cast full time and we have to watch those two fawn over each other the whole time. It is going to be way over the top and you all know it, so just enjoy the actual comedy while it lasts because there is little time left.
You want drama, there are plenty of dramas to pick from every night of the week. Chill out for fucks sake.

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I really liked the episode, which felt funnier and lighter than the previous ones. I'm a total Robin so I enjoy that kind of plot. I'm not disappointed at all but I can't wait to see the Mother a bit more. (Ps: can someone do something about the spam going on in the comment thread? It's becoming really annoying.)
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In the poll, there should be a choice "the show should have ended two seasons ago"
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If only there was a way to not watch and/or comment on the review...
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I liked that Ted and Barney (and Marshall) had that moment at the beach, but you're right Kaitlin, it was only one moment. A few episodes with a little tension wouldn't have hurt. I didn't think it was handled badly, though. I was little disappointed with the Robin/Lily storyline because I kinda expected Robin to meet the Mother and hit it off with her.. But that didn't happen. I'm not completely on board with the one-season-in-one-weekend plot because episodes 3 and 4 were pretty weak but I will stick around.
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I wasn't a big fan of the Robin/Lily story. Though I realize they have to pace some of the stories to fill in without creating too many other story lines that they would need to resolve. So using this story as an explanation as to why Robin didn't get a bachlorette party episode after Barney got an epic one last year makes sense. And I wasn't expecting to see the mother as one of the women. I just have a sense they are going to space her out between meeting Robin, Barney and Marshall through the season, and then in the last couple episodes they will interact with her more as time is running out towards the wedding, with a running gag being Ted just missing out on meeting her. And as for explaining her absence, that's easy... she is in the band for the wedding reception, not a guest so she may not be staying at the fancy smancy Bed abd breakfast, rather at a nearby motel for a couple of nights, so wouldn't be around until the band started setting up and doing sound checks.
I did love that Barney would have Ranjit at the wedding. And that Billy Zabka would have nothing better to do than go to the wedding too. Tim Gunn underwhelmed me. He needed to go back to the drawing board.
I miss Marshall.
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All that, or this is a sitcom and they did a masterful job avoiding an emotional sand trap and dragging down the episode.
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But it wasn't funny either.
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It rarely is anymore, is it?
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Four episodes in and I am already tired of this formula. There are just not enough interesting stories to tell over one weekend and just like the last few seasons it seems like the writers are just trying to delay the inevitable. And since Ted doesn't meet the mother until after the wedding, we still have a lot of episodes left. I know it contradicts the name of the show, but would it have been so bad for them to have done the wedding in the first 4-6 episodes of the season and then have the rest been about Ted dating and being with the mother?
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My thoughts: This was a step up from last episode, but SUCH a disappointment at the same time.
On one hand you have Ted, Barney, and Robo-Marshall, who, I admit, were pretty funny. I'm so glad that the cast switched, and we actually got to see Ted and Barney interact again, something they haven't really done this season so far. Barney is always at his best when he's got Ted as his straight man. The holding hands ruling was funny, and I do like that Ted and Barney finally seem to be on the same page. I do feel that this whole A-plot seemed to be one big product placement for the actual Bro Code (it's a real book.) but I don't mind it as much because Barney has taken a step toward being his usual hilarious self instead of trying to hard to be funny like the past 3 episodes. It's amazing how funny people can be if they have the right partner to set up the jokes, and that's really where Ted fits in this series. He isn't funny by himself, but he makes Lily, Marshall, and especially Barney look good in comparison.

And now the bad part of the episode: Lily and Robin's B plot. This was SUCH a huge letdown. Robin, being the bitchy woman that she is, realizes she doesn't have any female friends besides Lily, so Lily sends Robin on a quest to find a female friend to be with Robin when Lily goes to Rome. This, in my opinion, could have been an amazing episode if Robin had decided to pick The Mother out of the random women being shown to her. The Mother is, from what we've seen, a brunette version of Lily, and we KNOW Robin is supposed to meet her before Ted does, SO WHERE WAS SHE? She was nowhere to be seen, and instead we get a no-named character that sort of bonds with Robin only to be chased off by a jealous Lily. I really think this would've been a lot better if the Mother had been the girl Robin picked as her surrogate besty, and I could imagine Lily going up to her to try to scare her away, only to find that the girl Robin picked was the nice girl she met on the train. The three sit down and talk, and the next few episodes might focus on the three of them having wacky adventures and trying to get the Mother to meet Ted or the others, but missing Ted one way or another. THAT would be something I would watch. But nope, all we have was a long setup to a pretty unfunny joke. And btw, where was Linus? Did Lily drink the bar dry?

I will give it one thing, at least Marshall somewhat got back to hang out with the boys. But I'm going to be glad when his road trip is over and he reunites with his wife. Lily is wisest when Ted's around her, but her humor seems to shine only when her husband is with her. And it seems if Robin is put with ANYONE, she sucks the humor out of her partners completely.

Final thoughts: It was better than last episode, but still not enjoyable. Where is the Mother? I'm not sure how much longer I can take with these bozos without the mother's charm to save the episode like episode 1 and 2 of this season. BRING HER BACK! (6.8 out of 10.)
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Lily got a drink from Linus at the beginning. Then no more!
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So the story of the Bro Code's origins just changed? Cause I thought Benjamin Franklin wrote it or whoever. Also, I'm surprised there was no reference to the blaring fact that Barney seriously broke it when he slept with Robin in the earlier season by sleeping with Robin. I'd say this week's was better than last (barely) but I really hope there's not some sappy story each week. They need to get back to the old "episode formula"
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I think Barney changing the origin of the Brocode was done on purpose and Ted talking over Barney explaining it was his way to distract from the real point only further convinced me of that. Barney likes to go off on his tangents, like always using 89 percent when he uses a statistic. It is just his rambling. So using a different historical "figure" than he used before is meaningless. And Ted skipped over the Barney/Robin thing because he was trying to downplay his own guilt and went to one of the many other times Barney has broken the code. But I am sure it will be brought up again before the wedding.
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I don't think we're ever going to go back to the hilarious formula that defined the show in the early days, since Barney and his man-whoreness was the reason why I watched the show in the first place and he's "evolved" into a one-woman man... and his woman just happens to be the humor-stealing leech known as Robin.
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"and his woman just happens to be the humor-stealing leech known as Robin."

+100 thumbs up for you, sir! Robin is the worst.
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But she had the funniest line in this entire episode: 'Slut alert.'
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Yeah as the author of this post said the writer's have really written themselves into a corner with the whole 52 hours thing and the fact that Barney is taken (I too thought NPH was like 80% of worth watching the show). And I forgot to mention what you said in your comment the Bro Code book which is a real book was sortof weird to see in the show
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When Lily was trying to get Robin to make another female friend, I thought the "mother" would show up and Robin would try with her, but no.

Other than that, it was another tedious episode with needless filler though a bit better than last week.
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Robin and Lily were given the perfect opportunity to meet (or in Lily's case, reunite with) the Mother and the writers threw it away for a no-name character and a one note gag. SHAME ON YOU, WRITERS!
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I thought the same
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I don't know why I didn't even think of this while watching! That is of course brilliant! If the Mother had shown up and become friends with Robin THAT would have been great and something and made sense.

So of course it didn't happen and instead we got some anecdotal random woman who will never be on the show again and who has nothing to do with the endgame.
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The mother is probably going to be Smallville's flying superman, years of building up to one dissapointing episode.
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Do you mean Clark flying for the first time? I didn't watch that long, so I don't know sorry.

BUT. At least Smallville had lots of things important to the Superman stories.

HIMYM is literally predicated and only exists so Bob Saget and blab about how he met THE MOTHER. So this is probably a huge disappointment in the waiting..... Personally I think this is because the show is many seasons past where it should have ended, and I like the tiny bits of the Mother we've seen so far.

But yeah you're probably right :/
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Well, the difference between the Mother and Superman is that the Mother has been shown with the characters TWICE (episode 1 and 2 of this season) and she has great chemistry with Lily and Ted. The flash forward showed that Ted is genuinely in love with the Mother, and the Mother's train scene with Lily was hilarious. The Mother so far has lived up to her hype by being shown the very next episode after she was introduced, as opposed to Superman, who was built and built and built and finally was shown at the VERY end of the series, being a total letdown
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Yeah, Smallville's problem was a show about the youth of Superman without Superman, the side characters were more interesting than Clark himself, and Lex Luthor was a more likeble character.

I've watched every episode and was looking forward to the last episode where Clark finally put on his suit and took flight but despite The Justice league already introduced and showed flight alongside Super Girl they instead decided to show a very cheap mini CGI rendered Clark Kent in the distance and when saving a plane you only see a close up of his upper body.

I felt really cheated as a royal fan and I'm really hoping HIMYO won't take the same turn.
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It was weird. I really want more of the mother, even if these little things are ones that need to happen if everyone's going to end up happy come this season's conclusion. They're tying up loose ends and while I say they're necessary, they're also boring when there's bigger fish waiting.
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I am struggling with the concept that the WHOLE season is based around the wedding. Ted has become annoying just want it over now. Only watch if I feel like it or the reviews so it as a possible good ep. Otherwise moving on.
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