How I Met Your Mother Review: Slam-trak

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About halfway through this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother, I was looking for the conductor to stop the "The Drunk Train" because I wanted off. 

While Barney and Ted's nicknames for it were classic, as were the top 10 things Marshall and Lily said on their wedding night, I felt like the episode tried to cram way too much into one half hour block and came off as a poor attempt to hot-wire the Mother storyline.

Barney messing up his trademark catchphrase was amusing, but I honestly could not believe any woman - let alone someone he met a day ago - could unnerve him like that. I felt like the great Barnabus's legacy was slapped in the face with such missteps, along with the fact that we were meant to believe that Barney honestly did not recognize Quinn from her job at his favorite strip club. It would be like if someone drew a comic book where were were lead to believe Aquaman died by drowning. Come on, people. 

Naked Barney Alert!

Moving on: hey, look who they decided to bring back: Kevin! And he had a ring! Kudos to Robin for coming clean about not being able to have children, but shouldn't she also have mentioned that she didn't want to have kids at all? Instead, we had to endure Kevin asking her to marry him time and time again. Don't worry about Robin, though, because Ted went from no longer caring about "the one" to telling Robin he loved her.

Are we really supposed to believe Robin is the mother? Ted and she have shared a few tender moments the last few episodes... but really? Robin put out her cigarette just in time for Ted to lay the granddaddy of all lines on her? I don't think so, or at least I hope not. 

Aside from some great Barney, Ted's line about his date - whose favorite band was Glee - and the flash forward scene with Marshall and Lily, the only other redeeming part of this episode was that it did at least try to advance what had been a stalled storyline. There was no Vin Diesel, but tonight's installment was too fast and too furious a plot.

So I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Having gotten so thrashed for liking last week's "filler" episode, if I am completely off base in your opinions once again this week, I am going to have to seriously reevaluate my take on the show or my faith in humanity. 

Perhaps I am sadly devoted to an ancient way of judging television. So here I am, my light saber at my side. Oppose and contradict my opinions if you must, or concur with my feelings and join me. For those of you who choose to do so, remember that as the others try to strike us down, we will only become more powerful than they could possibly imagine.


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Barney is best when he is single and don't giva a damn about girls while bashing Ted's search for the one. I really think the writers killed half of the laughs of this season by turning Barney serious.
Get rid of the chicks and let Barney have his one night stands. Sadly this cannot happen since show is running to Barney's wedding obviously. It's sad really. At least we get to hear his amazing one-liners.


I'm sick of Robin and Barney. For me, it has ruined Season 7.


I liked this episode, but I was desperate for something more after last weeks 'filler'. I do like Becki Newton and providing that her relationship with Barney isn't too similar to that of Nora (who, tbh, I couldn't stand) I think she can keep it entertaining. As long she's given good, snappy lines that is. I'm also not a fan of Barney completely changing his personality as he tried to do with Nora: yes, it was nice to see character growth (and I'm glad we did) but I don't like him fawning. Ted I could have killed. Apparently it's "going in a new direction" but I think they really shouldn't play the Ted and Robin card again. I think single Ted is actually quite rude (I know that girl was boring and it was played for laughs, but the Ted I remembered would never dance away from a girl simply because she's not going to put out). Having said that relationship Ted can be even worse. I do love HIMYM though, so I will continue to count the days until the next episode!


Man I feel like HIMYM is trying too hard ! Since it's backs actually, not that episode alone. And that Kevin guy, pathetic... Love is not all in a relationship, especially with "kid" part. I admire Robin for standing her ground even though she had to stab the guy's heart and her own in the process, but she had to... And Ted, COME ON ! I'm sick of this guy already, always looking for the ONE, PATHETIC ! If they do this again, I'm gonna stop watching. And that Quinn girl feels like a scam ! No wonder she knew all about him. P.S. : hearing Chcuck's finale ending song was a weird thing, but man it brought me back to the scene on the beach...


THEY SHOULD CAST 'SOPHIA BUSH' AS THE MOTHER. TO HONEST I THINK THE SHOW IS STARTING TO LOOSE ITS MOJO AND THE WAITING FOR THE MOTHER IS GETTING REDICOLOUS... I Mean they could write a lot of funny stories while she is in the picture.I have stopped watching becasue the earlier seasons were funnier and now the show is just draaaaaaaaaaging. i have every season, but this season is just not entertaining to me, and I hate the fact that 'obin cant have kids" i stopped watching after that episode. I got all emotional as i know a lot of woman who cannot have kids and I think the show pushed it too far with that.


@Rosie I didn't say Quinn is like Nora, I said the storyline is the exact same. We don't know enough about Quinn to say she is or isn't another Nora at this point. For all we know, she's going to be the greatest addition this show has ever seen.
That being said, I couldn't agree with you more on Barney and Robin. I don't understand how everyone has misremembered their brief romance, thinking it somehow worked when all it did was wreck their characters and the show's dynamic. Hopefully the writers agree.


["@Rosie: Isn't it obvious how Quinn/Barney is Nora/Barney II? Barney's out on VDay running a play, but can't/won't close with women because he's got emotional ties to some girl who may or may not be into him, and it's supposed to show emotional growth on his part."] This is your argument on how Quinn is like Nora? And to be honest, I have nothing against Nora. Yes, she was one-dimensional. And that is because the show's writers created her in that manner to manipulate us into supporting the "not-so-great" Barney and Robin romance. Am I a Barney/Robin shipper? No. They HAVE NO CHEMISTRY when it comes to serious romance. Every time I see them attempt at serious romance, I get a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. Season Five was a strong example of this. They were more bearable as friends and occasional flirts. But the fans have bought this awkward and rather flat romance to their heart and the show's writers are determined to make them a permanent couple.


Fear not, Chris. Your observations this week are spot-on (or at least in my opinion they are). While I think this week's episode was better than last week's.....I really didn't like the ending. Someone else mentioned that surely Ted would have matured since his failed attempt to win Robin - but that ending had him pretty much regressing. Plus, I sort of expected/wanted Barney to end up with her. Ah well. The show keeps me guessing - and therefore wanting to come back. The "writers from the deepest hells of the Black Lagoon" have done their job.


If the point of the story is "How I Met Your Mother" and it started with meeting Robin, she has to be an active driving force in Ted's life and for a while she's seemed like a friend and roommate, but not nearly as close with Ted as Marshall and Barney. If Ted really think's he's in love with her, then the wake of this second (or third) try resulting in her ending up with Barney and Ted meeting the mother would make up for some of the dragged out story. Until this particular development I thought Barney and Robin might really be through, except for a little pre-wedding temptation, but given how they set this season up, I think we'll see the Victoria-suggested Barney-Robin-Ted love triangle finally materialize. Ultimately, it will lead to Robin being revealed as Barney's bride. And next season would be "How Barney Married Robin" ending with the titular mother.


@Rosie: Isn't it obvious how Quinn/Barney is Nora/Barney II? Barney's out on VDay running a play, but can't/won't close with women because he's got emotional ties to some girl who may or may not be into him, and it's supposed to show emotional growth on his part. Now, if they send him to the roof to talk to Robin instead of going to see Quinn, then it's differene. Otherwise, it's a complete replay.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 16 Quotes

Last week I went out with a girl whose favorite band was Glee!


Where has this heavenly vehicle been all my life? Can you hear it's inspiring chant Ted? I think I can get laid, I think I can get laid, it's the little engine with wood!