I have sadly been wondering this season what has happened to the show I loved? The everyday humor that we can all relate to isn't there any more. Anywho, fast-forward to the latest episode, "The Rebound Girl." The humor I'd been missing was back! This was definitely one of the best episodes thus far this season, and with the major let down of the "Slutty Pumpkin" story line, some good old fashioned HIMYM humor was much needed. Loved the "shrinking apartment" twist to why Lilly and Marshall needed to move to suburbia: classic HIMYM humor.
Bro-parents...really? While the humor was there, I did have mixed feelings on that story line. Ted and Barney do hang out with each other enough that seeing them "in a relationship" was quite humorous, and an unexpected twist to the story. If "narrator Ted" didn't constantly remind the audience "we were out of our minds" I would have put it right into the "unbelievable humor" category that recent episodes have been drowning in. It's definitely a Ted thing to do, but the Barney we've come to love seems to becoming more and more domesticated (remind you of lady's man Joey from Friends at all?). The writers were able to still bring into play the Barney we know, with Ted realizing Barney probably isn't the best parent for children, so hopefully all is not lost yet.
Biggest shocker of the episode? Robin's pregnant! Um...what?! With everyone now being pregnant how much longer can the show really go on as a young-adult comedy? It seems to be quickly moving towards a family comedy and that's not what I signed onto when I first got hooked to the show. Baby and pregnancy humor only goes so far. Remember when Rachel got pregnant on Friends?
While the episode brought back a lot of what the show had recently been missing, it left me feeling nervous about where the show is going to go.
Best Line of the Episode: "Being gay would be kick ass." -- Neil Patrick Harris as Barney
Rating: 9.5 -- REALLY?!?! While I'm writing this review a few episodes later, these are still my immediate reactions...KILLER cliff hanger!
Ok, last episode was more romantic than funny, something that is not unusual for this show. Anyway, in this episode things are back to normal, which is a capital LOL throughout the episode. The story is divided in three sub-stories.
Ok, last episode was more romantic than funny, something that is not unusual for this show. Anyway, in this episode things are back to normal, which is a capital LOL throughout the episode. The story is divided in three sub-stories. Marshall and Lilly are fond by the apartment that Lilly's grandparents offered them as a gift. Trying to find enough reasons to move to Long Island by still remaining New Yorkers puts them on many funny scenes. But, that won't be the main course of this funny episode. Barney and Ted are ready to do something really stupid, again. They've done enough stupidities before, but this thing is really stupid. They plan to adopt a baby and still remain two straight parents. Just imagining them as a couple sounds funny, but watching them dreaming about their kid, and turning into a couple without knowing it provides laughs that won't stop easily. Let's not forget Robin who somehow seems a bit in a low mood and trying to release her anger by stopping Lilly and Marshall moving to Long Island. But, she has other major issue that I didn't see it coming. One of the greatest episodes in this season, and if you a HIMYM fan you will HAVE TO watch it.
First, this was an incredibly amazing episode, it had the humor that we all love in the show, the heart, and an added extra - a SURPRISE!!!
We start off with Barney and Ted, drunkenly commiserating about the fact that it is too bad they aren't gay, because they want to have a life, without women (I had no idea that men did this too!) and this leads to them deciding to try to be "bro-parents". When Ted says they should wait until they sober up and talk about it more the next day, which leads to them deciding that it was a great idea, and they need to discuss logistics. Do they stay in the city or in Ted's house in Westchester? Does Ted keep his job? Should they get a pet cobra (Barney)? How many nannies will satisfy Barney? When Ted starts to realize that different parenting styles and goals might make this a little more difficult then they originally imagined, Barney shows up Thanksgiving morning with a baby.
Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall decide to put her grandparents house (that they gave to them) on the market. When they show up at the house, they think it is beautiful and perfect for raising a family. When they go back to their apartment, it seems so much smaller (which was a brilliant set design) and makes them want to move even more.
Robin shows up and they tell her that they are having THanksgiving at their house there, and then they are staying there. Robin is aghast, and tries to demonstrate how much room they actually have, and knocks over a lamp. They decide to let the univese give them a sign as to sell their home, or the apartment, and a man shows up wanting to possibly purchase their apartment.
Robin, Marshall and Lily arrive at their house to start dinner, and Robin says she is locking herself in the bathroom until they agree to stay in the city. After a bit, Marshall knocks on the bathroom window, and asks Robin if she is okay, and offers her some food. She mentions that she needs them more than they know.
Barney and Ted show up with their baby girl "Hurricane Mosby-Stinson" and discuss things, and then Barney's brother, and his husband show up and take their daughter, Sadie, back from Barney. Barney leaves to go talk to Robin (To which he has to go outside to the window) James goes to talk to Ted. He says that he and his best friend were going to adopt a child together and try everything Ted and Barney are discussing doing, and he is now so glad that he never did, because once he met his husband and decided to be a parent with him, everything was perfect, and he wouldn't have had that otherwise.
Cut to Barney discussing with Robin things about them, it is clear he still loves her, but he just talks, and she just talks, and they talk about kids, and Robin blurts out, "I'm pregnant."
NOW, this was something I don't know if anyone expected, but I know that I was STUNNED. I don't know if Barney or Kevin will end up being the father, but this was an excellent piece of storytelling. I like Barney and Nora together, and I like Barney and Robin together. I hope that the laughs, heart and writing of the show stays on the track that it has been on. I'm not completely disappointed in Marshall and Lily's possible move, but what I am starting to see, is that this wedding is LIKELY not at the end of this season. Because Lily is pregnant, and she isn't at the wedding. Now, if she supposedly got pregnant during Hurricane Irene, that means she got pregnant in August, and wouldn't be due until May. So, clearly the time loop here is being thrown off, and Barney's wedding won't be this season.
After last week's more serious eppy, this episode was more light. Ted and Barney decide they want to have a family with each other and call it "bro-parenting". This is hysterical as they try and figure out how many nannies they would need and Barney wanting to have a pet cobra, but the next day Ted feels they were being silly... when Barney shows up with a baby.
Meanwhile, Robin is trying to talk Lily and Marshall out of moving to Long Island and locks herself in the bathroom of their Long Island house. Marshall comes round to the window and asks why she;s acting like this and she tells him she needs them more than he thinks.
Barney's brother and his family show up and reveal the baby Barney has is theirs and Ted and Barney decide to wait for the real thing.
Which might be sooner than we think as Barney goes to see Robin and Robin tells him she's pregnant.
Uh huh. Robin. Preggo. With Barney's child.
While I think it could be awesome for Lily and Robin to have kids at the same time, I'm not sure if I like that it's Barney's child, because I like him with Nora, and I'm pretty sure in saying that having a kid with Robin kills any chance he slightly has with Nora.
Now we have to wait another week to find out anymore, but... wow.