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)

LOL...unfortunately I disagree with the review again this week. I thought this was one of the strongest episodes this season. But I think I just love any episode where Neil Patrick Harris has to deliver a heavy emotional scene - because he freakin' nails it ever time. I thought they had already done the dumb boyfriend storyline (I could be mistaken), but it was a lot of fun to watch anyway. Robin & Patrice's BFF Fun Day had me rolling - I had forgotten about Patrice. Also, Marshall and Lily were on top of their game this week, and this was the most bearable Ted's ever been. I do agree with the build-up of what will be a legen-BarneyKissesRobinAndTheWorldExplodes-dary moment. Also fun to watch.

Spindae 2o

they are dragging it to long! The Quinn story wasn't nessesarry at all! They should've put them together when they had the chance. Nora and that House guy(kevin I think). Ted is now almost 35 a bit to old to find his soulmate! That is the problem with Longterm good shows. They drag them to long just to gain money.


now you himym fans know what it was like to be a will & grace fan...they should've stopped after 7 seasons...kept it going way too long, although, the live shows were fun. a lot of shows don't know when to call it don't get me wrong himym is still decent, it's just not as exciting and fun as it once was. the only sitcom to go out with 3 strong final seasons (and a 10 year run, wow) was friends, and that will not be repeated for a while.


You're on the wrong side of the fence again Chris.


This season started out rather rocky for me. There were more let downs than there were highlights, but this episode was a highlight all around. Lily's hormones going into overdrive, Marshall's "swallowed her vocal cords because she's talking out of her ass" comment, and the T-Squares were hilarious. But what sold me on this episode for me was, HANDS DOWN, Barney's speech about Robin. Sure at first he was just "acting", but you can really see the change when the dramatic music starts, that now, he was expressing his feelings. I've been a Barney/Robin shipper since season 1, but if I had been one of those B/R haters or T/R supporter, I would have changed my mind instantly when hearing that speech come from Barney.


Definitely the best episode of the series so far!


I've been watching since season one and I honestly wish they'd just end the series already. It's getting worse each week, it's like they're trying too hard.

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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!