How I Met Your Mother Review: Yes, It's Creepy

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Ah, I love the smell of sheet cake in the morning and I loved the way Garrison Cootes told Marshall they were going to war in the closing moments of this week's episode.

It took me awhile to warm to Martin Short's character, but around the time I realized where I had most recently heard his voice, (PBS's Cat In The Hat series), I started to also become a fan of Marshall's new boss. I just wanted to know if he had room for me in that mine shaft of his, stocked with all five seasons of Friday Night Lights on DVD.

Problems with His Boss

While my heart was full of love for Cootes, I had a bone to pick with Marshall after he told Garrison he could skip season two of the high school football series. In defense of Peter Berg's masterpiece, that was the year of the writers strike and episodes like "Backfire" where Street and Riggins went to Mexico should not be skipped.

Speaking of skipping, I don't think i would have signed a permission slip for anyone to go on Ted's "Field Trip." That is, not until Barney got involved of course. From calling two of Ted's students "Weird Beard" and "Bieber," to knowing Gina, the attractive blonde's name, we were treated to a scene where Barney seemed to actually possess Jedi powers of humor.

As disappointed as I was to not see what his "Sex Lessons" were all about, the Ewok Powerpoint presentation more than made up for it. Having been born in 1978 I can remember being shocked to learn there were people who did not like George Luca's primitive inhabitants of Endor. That being said, I'm sure there also exists a Jar Jar Binks line which separates those born before and after May 19, 1999. I don't care if it gives away my age, I am most definitely a member of the Jar Jar Binks Haters Society. 

Regardless of when you were born, dating your therapist was deemed by everyone Ted and Barney polled to be creepy. Upon meeting Kevin, Barney treated him more like he was "the rapist" as opposed to the "therapist" he had heard about. Is it weird that I sort of agreed with his logic that pretending to be a therapist and sleeping with your patients was less creepy than doing it for real? Regardless, I thought it was great when he and Ted agreed in unison that Robin's new relationship was indeed, here's that word one more time, "creepy."

I did like Kevin though as the episode wore on, especially when Robin put him on the patient couch and had him spewing about his brother the neurosurgeon while angrily raking the desktop zen garden. And, yes Robin, dating your "gyno" is bad too.  

While it wasn't hard to believe Marshall and his boss would one day save the world, I did have a hard time accepting the fact that nobody took a shot at Ted's five o'clock shadow. Aside from it being in a terribly weird transitional stage - if he was in fact trying to grow a beard - I'm pretty sure I also saw some grey hairs in those sideburns.

Well, we all get old someday, right? Lucky for Nora she has one good year left, as Barney put it, and lucky for us we have such a great show to enjoy while we still can remember what television is. In case you forgot any of your favorite lines from this episode, be sure to see if they made it on to my list of best quotes from the episode


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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (80 Votes)

Do you have to have standing to get it off the air?The pnsores the show was ased on has his civil rights violated because the owner of the home put hidden cameras in his bedroom and bathroom and turned it into a tv show, he had a very reasonable suspicion that he was on tv and told the homeowner he didnt want to be on tv, but they said there were no cameras.This violatesIntrusion upon seclusion and appropriation of likeness for commercial use.What can I do?


Robin and The Rapist have no chemistry whastsoever, and I agree....It is a terribly contrived and unlikely pairing. Kal Penn can be funny. But he seems to be sleeping beside a sparkling cast like this. This plot: Lame. The Field Trip? Why would anyone stay? It was ridiculous and pointless and not funny. Was it ALL so that Ted would have a quorum to agree that dating The Rapist was creepy? They threw Barney and his hijinks in there solely as a Life Raft Of Comedy. He was there solely to funny up a poor idea. This plot: Lame. Marshall and Martin Short? This wasn't a comedy plot. It was supposed to be the feel good part where there was a victory of some kind for The Gang. In a funny episode, it would have been fine. But it's flanks were exposed and it got overrun. This plot: Fine, but left to rot in the sun.... I like this show alot. But I thought this episode was pretty bad. Reading some of the other posts, that hang entire opinions of eps on one successful joke, I wish I could be less critical, more broad and less sophisticated in my comedic desire....But, alas, I cannot achieve this.


Here is what I dont get, Kevin knows that Robin is completely in love with another man yet he thinks it's a good idea to date her? How does that make sense? On another note, I like Teds shadow. It looks good on him.


@NJ thx, you're totally right ;) sorry for that!


I wasnt that big a fan of this episode mainly b/c of the cobie/kal relationship storyline. it just seems way too forced. I agree with @AK they dont have much chemistry together.
other than that i liked the episode. I LOVED the fish names call back [only jason could pull off something like that and somehow make it funny]and I wish they would have thrown in a few jokes of Marshall's love of graphs.
I wasnt that big a fan of the field trip bit [although i did find it funny when a few ppl left b/c they confused architecture with archaeology] until they started using them for polls. I wish they would have had that bit spread out throughout the episode and let it run longer
And as always Barney was hilarious in just about all his scenes
overall 4/5


@rooney, It was a flashback to a few weeks earlier, not a flash forward. They showcased the argument that led to the polling during the fiel trip on Jacob or Edward. I'm with Barney, personally. Jacob all the way.


in the final flash forward (a few weeks from now) barney was wearing a different tie... interesting how this could happen? maybe another bet?!? or am i wrong with the assumption, that the bet was to wear the ducky tie for a whole year?


I'm not a huge fan of Kevin or his relationship with Robin. I think that to pull it off the actors need to have crazy chemistry, which Cobie and Kal just don't have. Don't get me wrong - they're cute together, but I can't see that certain spark between needed to sell such a whirlwind, insane, ethically murky romance.

C f ohara

Ah good point Derek about the break up beard. I forgot about that. I shouldn't be one to talk anyways. I shy away from razors like kids do broccoli.


Can they please improve Robin's wardrobe? It crossed the distractingly awful already. Why are they dressing her like a lesbian?

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

It's like watching The Breakfast Club on TBS.


Barney: Studies show that 83% of all college students desperately need, Sex Lessons!
Ted: Barney these are eighteen year olds!
Barney: Ted, these are eighteen year olds!