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)

Facepalm should be the name of this episode because once again aside from a cool ringtone like in the last episode of HIMYM - NOTHING made me laugh. I agree, Lily's sobs - annoying, Ted's douchiness - maximized, Robyn's coolness - minimized, Barney's awesomeness - definitively a 6. Guys, it this is HIMYM's last season, I am disappointed beyond words, seriously, even GG is putting in more effort these days and they only have 10 episodes overall this season. I really don't get what is happening in the writers's room. The idea of who wants to be a godparent is very HIMYM material but when it lacks the way HIMYM should execute this on the screen. Also why are they destroying Victoria? And if I remember correctly it was Klaus who decided to walk out on the wedding in the first place, so why does anyone owe Victoria's dad anything? Sad 5!


I didn't particularly care for the episode but do you even watch the show? How do you not know who "Ted's horrible girlfriend" is?


good show. but i want the new barney from season please. he had growth and like how use to be too.


i thought that all five of the characters were self involved and hatful this week. Which is actually expected at their time of life, but it was not at all funny. the actors were phoning it in, but what were they phoning in...crap. I have been re-watching early episodes, and it just makes me more and more disppointed.


Am i watching the same HIMYM as you are? Because i loved this episode! It was old school HIMYM - Barney's overly sexualized nursery rhymes, Robin in leather suite, the Broller and that ringtone? HIMYM brought it for me. And in a very longtime, the episode focused on all 5 friends in one single storyline...


For all you asking for them to meet the mother so the show can end be carefully what you wish for because your the same people that are going to wish they didn't rush it.


I hated this episode for personal reasons - as someone who had to go through some sudden and major life changes, I thought that Barney, Robin and Ted were absolutely ridiculous. While I agree that Marshall/Lily should make time for their friends and should still show interest in their lives, I think that the other three's petulant whining about it was just wrong. I agree with the reviewer - the good friends are the ones who stick around and realize that the changes in life necessitate a change in the way that a friendship is maintained. If they were feeling left out, there are a MILLION better ways to say so than walking out on the new parents and whining about it. Anyway, I'm done my rant.

Drea xoxo

Pointless Pointless Pointless! can we just fast forward to the wedding and see ted meet the mother and then we see how she jelled with the group and if she was the correct choice. i agree with Chris, victoria is so boring and unnecessary to the show atm, ted break up with her already and find your future wife. all these side plots is ruining this possible last series of this long charade, try and end gracefully not because the audience has become tired. i even forgot about nick, thats how pointless he is too. the show has lost it's je ne sais quoi and needs to find it QUICK


Funny but they can do much more/better.


I see where you are coming from but, although this entire season is full of pretty sloppy writing, i think it is important to look at each episode as a stepping stone to the conclusion of the story. Naturally, we need Marshall and Lily back with the group before we can move on. The writers chose an admittedly odd way to bring about their return to the MacLaren's crew, but the jokes were solid before they started bashing us over the head with them. Also, where is the hatred for Victoria coming from? We have barely seen enough of her to hate. Speaking of which, the show is wasting a lot of potential like the Ted/Victoria and Robin/Nick relationships on shticky gags that never pan out. Robin has been the most solid character this season so far and has barely had a storyline to herself. Writers, let's change this. (5.5/10)

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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.