I used to really love this show. I used to love all the great Barney quips and everything, but the show is getting SOOOO tired that I've stopped watching it this season. All the characters have been developed. It's just getting down to the "girlfriend of the month" with Barney or the "boyfriend of the month" with Robin. They've been doing this "a little ways down the road..." thing for so long now... just think --- they started that in Season 6, and here we are in Season 8 and not any further along in the plot. We still don't know who the mother is and there's no telling that they'll get there this season either. It's almost as if the writers and producers are giving us a big "Wait for it....." trying to force this epic build-up, but it never comes. When you have the target in your sights, JUST SHOOT for goodness sake!!
I think I'll probably just wait until the show ends and only catch up with the episodes that show the ACTUAL conclusion to Ted's relationship misgivings and the introduction to "the mother". I'm getting the really strong feeling that I won't be missing anything. *sigh*
They had a good thing going with this show, and they ruined it.