How I Met Your Mother: “Lobster Crawl”

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Grade: C

Airdate: 12/2/12

For the last few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, I have said the first 25 minutes have been a waste and the only actually story has been about Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) relationship and left in the last five minutes. This episode changed that around and made half the episode about their relationship and half a story line with the other characters. It was better but not by very much.

The episode starts will the gang plus Marvin at the bar. Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) explains they only brought their baby to the bar because her dad is sick and couldn’t babysit him. So, they also need a babysitter for the next week or so. Ted (Josh Radnor) volunteers because he doesn’t have any work for a while. This story line was actually OK.

Ted becomes overly involved in Marvin’s life and starts to do a lot of firsts with him–the most important being witnessing the first time he crawled–which causes overly dramatic crying from Lily and Marshall desperately trying to control the situation. A couple of the jokes go on for a little too long, but the show ended Ted’s time as the babysitter by having Lily decide to fire him because he took Marvin to meet Santa and Marshall decide because he put Marvin in a Browns shirt.

They decide that Ted needs something to focus on and tells him to focus on designing a new building.

For Barney and Robin’s story line, Robin is acting all strange and trying everything possible to get Barney’s attention. Lily points out she is wants him so badly because now she can’t have him. Last episode they agreed they weren’t going to try to get together anymore. Robin is convinced she just needs to sleep with him one more time and everything will be fine. There is a not funny montage of all of Robin ridiculous attempts to get his attention. One was laser tag, so I have to give the show some credit for at least acknowledging its roots.

Robin’s last attempt is Lily’s idea of pretending to get with a girl right in front of Barney. Apparently that worked for Lily when she first meet Marshall and the show keeps failing back on making jokes about Lily’s crush on Robin. Robin ends up pulling the attempt with a work friend, but it fails because Barney leaves the bar with the friend.

The last scene is Robin making one last attempt to get Barney by going to his apartment, but that also failed. Barney rejected Robin’s work friend and ended up with her annoying co-worker. And for a moment I thought this show could take anything seriously. Nope instead it makes Barney date a failed comic relief character. The show has lost all its wit and has resorted to slapstick and bad storytelling. It could at least cover up Alyson Hannigan’s pregnancy in a comedic way like it did last time, but I don’t even know if it is witty enough anymore to do that much.

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