How I Met Your Mother Review: Consolation Prize

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Someone tell Barney I need to borrow his Booty Call phone to ring Marshall and Lily because the problem I had with tonight's How i Met Your Mother definitely warrants an eight or higher.  

There should have been a Creatively Bankrupt section to tonight's wheel on "Who Wants To Be A Godparent" because someone needed to explain to Marvin why his parents mailed in another performance this season. 

Maybe I'm wrong to criticize the actors, perhaps the writers are to blame here, but after hearing Lily's ridiculous sobbing for the fifth time, I almost switched channels to a rerun of Hoarders. When Marshall started to lecture his single friends about how having a child is the only important thing in a parent's life, I kept expecting his next sentence to be a punchline, but it never came.

The Godparent Wheel

He was dead serious but dead wrong. When you have a child, you see who your real friends are because they are the ones who still seek you out even though you aren't doing things like closing down MacLaren's Pub anymore.  

Were we also honestly expected to believe a lawyer like Marshall would go online to draft their Will? Objection your honor...sustained. 

Marshall's line about smelling urine other than Marvin's was not bad, but ended up completely overshadowed by other scenes as poor as his brother Marcus's Jamaican accent. How that scene didn't end up on the writing room floor is beyond me. 

I realize for continuity sake they have to throw Ted's horrible girlfriend in now and again, but can't they make her annoying habits even the slightest bit amusing? I have such little interest in her that just now I can't even recall her name and frankly I don't care to look it up. She who shall not be named, Ted's personal Voldemort, needs to vanish already. 

While overall a disappointment, episodes like tonight do a serve a good purpose and that is they remind us of just how awesome Barney and Robin are. Together they made up most of the best How I Met your Mother quotes this week.

From the subtle jokes like making Marvin wear the brown and black reversible belt (which I definitely owned at one point) to the amazing children song parodies at Marshall's door, Barney showed some fresh legs. Sure, he also threw in a customary "wait for it" and a mental self high five, but for him those are as natural as breathing and shouldn't be held against him. 

Robin looked great in that motorcycle gear reminiscent of the T-Mobile spokeswoman, didn't she? What really made her stand out though was when she flexed her inner Maple Leaf and let the Canuck in her have some time in the spotlight. Like Tony Stark was a fan of Doctor Banner's alter ego in The Avengers, I too am a fan of Robin's edgier side. I loved the decorations in older Marvin's room when she was giving her answers as well as when she tried to hilariously play the female vag card during the competition. 

So the episode certainly had its moments, but overall something most definitely stank tonight and I don't think we could pin it on Marvin. 

What did you think? 


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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (168 Votes)

I thought episode was funny but dragging out the inevitable breakups. I love Victoria and for everyone who says her relationship is pointless - go back and watch her episodes in season 1. She was "the one" for him until he cheated on her with Robin. One of Ted's greatest issues is he can not let go of the past. He is constantly comparing present flames to girls of his past. He did it a LOT with Robin but he has got to learn the past is the past and focus on present and future SOO Victoria will bring one step closer to doing that and thus one step closer to being emotionally ready to meet his future wife. I don't like how they are having her portrayed but I think that is to show Ted that people change - neither one of them is the same person as before and they can not just instantly start where they left off. She's not pointless and although I want Nick gone, he is not pointless either. I just wish the writers hadn't said everyone breaks up in October because now everyone is impatient and cranky waiting for what we know is coming...


Barney and Robin brought it. The others were below par. Barney's rhymes were the best. Made me remember his Xmas songs about Ted's sister.
Lily and Marshall should definitely pick it up. They are making the episodes that are good look bad.


So very disappointing. They should have ended it last season and kept some dignity.


I actually enjoyed the episode.. sure it did have its low points but overall it was really cute and funny..
I especially like how it shows the growth of each character and how they changed over the years


I'm gonna be the one to say this I guess.. I don't think you can't name three different, non married, people as the Godparent of your child. Thats like.. Just not healthy for the kid to be passed around like that.


It's as if they are writing this season off as Marshal and Lily's. Honestly, to their boring one liners, the obsessive crying, etc.. If this is the last season than step it up writers and show us why this show WAS so great.


This season is seriously shitting the bed... see you at the finale...
-Heartbroken fan


Yeah, not a big fan of this ep. either. I'm surprised they didn't mention the fact that Robin will never be able to have kids of her own, I mean it kind of seems like a deciding factor. I want Victoria gone too I find she's just a boring side-plot with no personality. I do admit I laughed quite a bit though with this episode, although Lily crying at the word death was beyond annoying.

C f ohara

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to first walk out on the wedding. Ted doesn't owe a dime. I, however, owe the show a lot for all the laughs its given me, but that doesn't mean I/we can't be critical as fans.

C f ohara

While I don't seem to be alone in my disappointment this week, for those who I am not seeing eye to eye with, allow me to clarify my feelings. The episode first off was not without merit. Barney's songs, as well as most of Robin's scenes were lauded by me above. Marshall and Lily are such a big part of this show for me though and I just haven't felt them this season yet like years past and certainly not this week. As a couple they are one of the most well scripted duos on TV. I have said this much time and again, which is why last night's episode let me down so. Each episode is not a stepping stone. There are most definitely filler episodes with no links to the mother plot, but some of which I rank in my top episodes in the show's amazing run. I of course know who Victoria is, but she has been reduced to a character I am not a fan of. Overnight she has gone from the woman Ted chased after to one he wants to push away. It seems awfully rushed. @Amie great point about Klaus being the one to first walk out on the wedding. Ted doesn't owe a dime. I, however, owe the show a lot for all the laughs its given me, but that doesn't mean I/we can't be critical as fans.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 4 Quotes

Bro bro bro your broat, gently to the bar. Hit on some sluts then do 10 shots...


You smell that? That's the smell of urine that isn't Marvin's.