How I Met Your Mother: “The Rebound Girl”

 Grade: C-

Airdate: 11/21/11

My opinions on How I Met Your Mother have been changing a lot this season. It started with my old seated hatred from when the show started getting bad (I marked it about half way through season four). In the later seasons, HIMYM has been coming up with new plots, which I disliked because they are not funny and have nothing to do with Ted’s (Josh Radnor) search for the mother. But now the show is just repeating old story lines or using ones from other shows.

Last week, the once failed love story between Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) was started up again. Barney broke up with Nora for it, but Robin choose Kevin over Barney. This week’s episode was a few repeated story lines and a lesson Ted has already learned. It only got a C- because of a guest appearance by James (Wayne Brady) and big news for Robin.

Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are again trying to decide if they want to move out to the suburbs. A decision was made this time, because they got a sign from “the universe,” so there was an earlier season reference. That made me happy. Robin seems very annoyed by this decision and keeps trying to talk them out of it.

Meanwhile, Ted and Barney make the drunken decision that they should adopt a baby together because they both want kids but are frustrated with girls. They decide to wait to see if the decision still sounds good sober. To them it does and Barney shows up to Ted’s apartment with a baby, but willn’t tell Ted were he got her.

The gang goes to Marshall and Lily’s house in the suburbs for Thanksgiving. Lily tries to talk some sense into Ted and Barney, but they are finally convinced when James tells Ted that he once thought of doing the same thing. Words of Wisdom from James: You have to wait until the right person comes along. Ted has learned this lesson before, but story lines have been repeating a lot.

Through this whole thing, Robin has locked herself in the bathroom and said she isn’t coming out until Marshall and Lily decide not to move. Barney ends up climbing through the window and she tells him that she is pregnant.

I actually yelled “Bones copy” at this point. I would be excited, if this wasn’t actually how the last season of Bones ended. The married best friend Lily/Angela is about to have a baby with her husband Marshall/Hodgins and the said character Robin/Bones is pregnant after having a one-night stand with the guy she has had feelings for for a long time Barney/Booth. Okay, these are two totally different shows on different networks and this happened on Bones about six months ago. But, still this is the same story line. I am a little interested to see how HIMYM is going to have everyone else react to this, because we didn’t get to see it on Bones.

Watch “The Rebound Girl”

HIMYM Throwback Moment

Season 1: Thanksgiving Lap Dance


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