How I Met Your Mother Review: Brains or Brawn

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Well, Ted, you were right: things have been weird.

Large numbers of How I Met Your Mother fans have expressed their disappointment with this season thus far. I've been on the same side of the fence a few times, but felt very much alone in my praise of last week's episode. So when it came to "Splitsville," I found myself in unfamiliar territory. 

Have my eyes been closed to what this sitcom has really become? Was I oblivious like Robin, who didn't notice how dumb Nick was because she was blinded by his abs? Maybe I've just stuck with this show because it's comfortable, familiar and we've been together for so long it seems silly to break up. 

Barney Helps Robin

After a lot of pondering, I am confident that the answer to all these questions is a resounding "oh, Hell no!" H.E. double hockey sticks to the N.O. 

Marshall and Lily were going through a very real issue among married couples, but it brought out the best in both of them. I love when Marshall steaks out a la "Beercules" - and when Lily's hormones rage she is a sight to behold.

Marshall's speech where he tried to defend Nick to the gang topped an unusually short list of notable How I Met Your Mother quotes from the night, but the delivery was just hilarious. Marshall also nailed it with his intensity toward the Little Ivies Professionals Over 30 Who Work In Midtown League comments. Did you catch the glass of raw eggs he made for himself at one point, something he clearly learned from Rocky Balboa?

Nick's lack of mental aptitude certainly wasn't a surprise to any of us, but I still found the examples of his stupidity - such as the crossword puzzle scene and the gypsy conversation - to be quite funny. Any guy though who would prefer to eat dessert out of a bowl instead of off Robin really is a level of dumb all unto himself. Nick couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel, but if he came with a mute button I guess I could see the appeal that Robin did. (BTW, loved her in Canucks tee and shorts) 

Ted captaining his own basketball team seemed a bit redundant, but I did like how he came to the rescue in the end for Lily and Marshall. Everyone noticed something was wrong, but Ted pressed the issue and got them to open up with the truth. The sentimental moment was kept light and funny, with references like Marshall doing one-arm pushups while dipping his genitals into ice water in college. 

Barney coming to Robin's aid was no shocker, but you had to love the added twist of him first threatening her with the Robin and Patrice's BFF Fun Day, forgetting to then turn off the Evite and the resulting photo montage of the two besties on their day out.

We all knew he wasn't faking that affection for Robin, but I loved how they almost kissed. That should be a legendary moment, so I like that they are building up to it. 

Was it a great episode? No. Was it average in comedy and entertainment? No. It was just a touch more I thought, hence my 3.5 stars. What did you all think? 


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (153 Votes)

i watch how i met your mother every day because it is the best programme ever even better than holyoaks


I love it. 4 stars!


mmmm... I like the episode, although I think we are paying too much attention to Barney and Robin love story... Don't get me wrong, I love them but Ted is the lead character, I want to see some more action with him


After watching this week's episode, I went straight here to see a great review. But somehow I wondered why this episode got a 3.5 stars. It's way better than the godfather episode, and everyone is at their game. I love how Barney was paying great attention to Robin from the start of the episode, but was doing it really subtle, such as he keeps on dropping his dumpling whenever Robin was talking something sexy about Nick, when Robin came into Mclaren's Barney immediately gave his seat to her. That's why when Barney gave that romantic speech, I totally felt it. And the storyline is progressing since Ted will meet his wife at their wedding.
I'm probably one of the minority who still loves this show from the beginning and not just watching the final season since I have been following it for so long. Although some of the plot lines were repeated, I'm pretty sure this show will end strongly.


when did 35 become too old not very like getting married at 16


As soon as Marshal opens his mouth I wont to smash my tv,guy is so freaking boring that is painful


i hate to say it but i agree with you, i mean, i really miss how the show used to be. the other day i started rewatching the first seasons with my mom, and i remembered why i'd got so hooked at first. it was really my favourite show.Even season 7 has some episodes i really like.
himym seems to have become dumber to me, and the jokes they make feel so forced.I wish and hope that it gets back on form, come on i want a legendary ending.


am i the only one who is honestly enjoying it?!

Drea xoxo

@joyeful no one is disputing the fact of it being the strongest episode so far, it's just the fact of the matter that the show has lost its direction and it feels forced. the storylines do feel recycled and barney is the only reason why i watch this show tbh. or is this show being picked up by another station? is that why they are taking a back seat burner in finding the mother

Drea xoxo

@lily you and me both! they are dragging and dragging and tbh i've lost the interest to find out who the mother is.
if they knew barney and Quinn was never going to be endgame why make us all invest for a WHOLE SEASON!!! I am so confused!! i really detest writer when they do this to the fans, give us false hope to crash and burn.
this series is meant to focus SOLEY on the mother! no one else but finding this woman! why do we care about the others at this point! they should be subplots not main. skip to barney and robin's wedding and then enter the mother. this series is becoming boring and forced and won't be remembered for the good things, just like GG.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 6 Quotes

Talk about a double standard. Every time I go after a busty dullard that can't tell time or thinks I'm the ghost of Leonardo Dicaprio, I'm shallow. But somehow it's okay for Robin to date a guy who can't be trusted around outlets.


Okay that's ridiculous! Is Nick a genius? No. But does he have average intelligence? No! But he is a human being with a heart!