How I Met Your Mother: “The Broath”Posted: April 8, 2012
After the opening scene of this episode of How I Met Your Mother, which included Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted (Josh Radnor) dressed as monks and swearing an oath on “The Bro Code”, I assumed I was going to hate this entire episode. And I did from a comedy stand point. As a comedy show, this episode was horrible. There was maybe one thing I thought was funny. But, from a drama stand point I liked this episode. HIMYM used to have a lot of dramatic story lines mixed in with actually funny comedy, but the drama portion has been absent since season five. However, it returned in this episode and it wasn’t that bad.
So, during the broath Ted swears that he will not tell the gang that Barney is dating a stripper–Quinn/Karma played by Becki Newton–who tricked him out of a ton of money. Of course, Ted goes right to the bar and tells everyone. They decided this isn’t a good idea that they need to break them up. Everyone goes over to Quinn’s apartment and she is being strangely controlling and everyone finds it a little weird. They also announce that they are moving in. Ted and Robin (Cobie Smulders) then start fighting about who should get to lease the apartment, because they both still haven’t found a place to life since their apartment was given to Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hanningan).
The gang decides to have an intervention to tell Barney that he is moving too fast with Quinn, who is controlling and doesn’t seem like a good person. Quinn happens to walk into this and breaks up with Barney because he didn’t want his friends to know she was a stripper. There was a bunch of comedic stuff thrown in here, but it was so bad I’m not going to talk about it. I mean it was like green screen, togas and ninjas bad.
Somewhere in here Robin decides talk to Ted alone because they have been acting weird around each other since out-of-nowhere plot twist that he is still in love with her. This scene wasn’t that bad and kind of reminded me of the old HIMYM. Marshall and Lily then say they should all go over to Barney’s and apologize. They do and Barney makes them all swear a broath that they will not interfere with his love life again. They all swear and have to kiss each other (Lily and Robin, and Marshall and Ted). Quinn then walks out of the kitchen and she and Barney explain that the whole thing was an evil plan to mess with them. Barney asks everyone what they think of Quinn now and Marshall says “You two are perfect.”
They stay together and actually do move in with each other. The episode ends with Robin getting a promotion and a nice apartment, so she lets Ted have Quinn’s. They have an awkward moment at the bar and then Robin says she has to go but she will see him soon. Older Ted then tells us,” I didn’t see her for a while, but more on that later.”
Now this, much like seeing the original apartment empty, created an old-school HIMYM fan moment for me. I’m actually a little worried that Robin isn’t going to be around for a while. I don’t agree with the show trying to force a romance between Ted and Robin again, but I still want Robin to be around. But, this whole thing will probably not last for more than a few episodes and will create no important story lines.
As I have said numerous times, HIMYM has forgotten the premise of the show: this is the story of how Ted became the person he had to be to meet the mother. And sure maybe, not seeing Robin for a while will create something that leads him to this goal. But, I bring this up because Ted’s life seems to have been on a stand still since Stella left him at the altar in season four. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are having a baby, Robin is focusing on her career and not getting married (which was her plan in the earlier seasons), and Barney probably going to marry Quinn. The writers tried to say this was because Ted was still in love with Robin, but that isn’t it. The show has forgotten its purpose and Ted is no longer the main character.