How I Met Your Mother Review: Bro-Parents Activate!

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On "The Rebound Girl," Marshall and Lily's usual role as the show's top couple was challenged by Ted and Barney. Baby brain consumed the two buddies as they discussed taking their bromance to a whole new level. 

While Marshall and Lily waited for the universe to weigh in on their big decision, Barney and Ted made the right choice in the end by acting like responsible adults and a pair of true friends. The scenes leading up to their decision to wait for the "real thing" were a tremendous blend of comedic exchanges fueled first by their frost-brewed logic and concluding with a more sobering and sentimental blend of realizations. 

Barney is Here!

Barney delivered side-splitting laughs and, in the next breath, tugged at our heart strings here, telling Ted, for example, just how tough it can get to wait for the real thing.

We were also treated to another drive-by cameo from James who, along with his husband Tom, made the most of the short time they shared the screen with Barney and his friends.

A wise man once said, "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say yes!" That same man, Ernie Hudson, was wise to say yes to a guest spot on this week's episode because Marshall's Ghostbusters-themed flashback could have even made Janine smile. 

Having held my tongue through countless knocks on my home state of New Jersey, I would have appreciated hearing Robin give a few more examples from her list of fun facts about Long Island. 

Two totally unrelated scenes worthy of applause included Ted's Different Strokes reference and Lily's decision to have an epidural only after watching Marshall try to squeeze his huge head through the narrowed kitchen doorway at their apartment. Despite great moments like those, I initially gave tonight's episode a slightly lower rating.

As it ended, I was left frozen at the plate, totally fooled by that last curveball Robin threw at us, not sure what I was supposed to feel. I eventually opted for five stars after thinking about just what it was we were treated to here. I guessed my reaction was similar to what Lily must have felt after one of her "weird pregnancy dreams." I'm sure the one that featured Robin as a naughty cop had Lily a bit confused at first, but as we saw in the scene at her and Marshall's apartment, something about it stuck in her head and she rather liked it. 

Just when we thought we had single Barney back, it looks like he may find himself a dad after all. That is, of course, if the baby is even his. I'm sure Barney's little guys, not the suit or ticket ones, are strong swimmers, but Kevin did not look like he was going anywhere any time soon. What did you all think? I look forward to your comments and watching the gang play the dysfunctional family feud in upcoming episodes.

Like this week, I'm sure it will make for some pretty unforgettable quotes


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (178 Votes)

i h ave so like last nights show. heck i liked the whole season so far. i like braneys growth this whole season. keep it up


Maybe these exspans the begging of the season with Barney and Ted and least remember the season finale will be a wedding of Barney and someone maybe its Robin


I loved this epsidoe!!
I think it may have been the funniest of the season with the Barney/Ted scenes all being funny but also rather sweet. Add in the Ghostbuster refrence and some good scenes with with Marshal/Lily/Robin (especially her breaking the lamps!) and you've got a really good ep but the ending....OMG!!! Did not see that coming and can;t wait to see how it plays out!


Great episode, seeing Ted and Barney planning their fatherhood was really amusing. And the end was a bomb.


Definitely didn't expect that ending. Really great though how the entire episode's events were built in such a perfect way for that reveal. Barney and Ted were hilarious for me and it was a very fitting storyline for what Robin had to reveal. I don't know where the show will take that storyline because it's difficult to imagine two of the leading ladies being pregnant at the same time but it'll be interesting to see.


Look, I don't think a show will welcome two babies in one season. It's just too much BABY!!! for one show. It does not make sense. This is most likely just a scare .Or she will miscarry early on. Not abort, because she does have future children. Or maybe abort then has those children. Oh well... who has the two main leads become pregnant in one show? I actually kinda LIKE that she's pregnant but please don't tease us with the paternity, if they even go through with this which I doubt


I liked the Barney/Ted storyline but the Marshall/Lily storyline was a retread and silly though it had some good parts like the epidural line. Sneaky ending though it explains the real reason Robin locked herself inn the washroom.


I think the whole Robin being pregnant is one of Lily's crazy pregnancy dreams.


I HATE "who's the daddy?" story lines. It's just so tired. Babies on a show suck and there's already one on the way. Don't do it, show.


omg if its not barneys i quit watching!!! i am getting the "who's the daddy" storyline already on Gossip Girl. BUT HOLY COW THROW A CURVE BALL! I literally screamed "AHHHHHHHHHH" in shock! Just seeing those two in the bathroom, it showed how much chemistry they have! baby names- sparky, if it's a boy. Mix of Barney and Sparkles (robin sparkles)

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 11 Quotes

Why wouldn't I be all right? Barney is single again, it's what America has been clamoring for.


OK after Thanksgiving I'm cutting out carbs.