How I Met Your Mother: “P.S. I Love You”

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Grade: C-

Airdate: 2/4/13

Even with bringing back Robin (Cobie Smulders) Sparkles and the story of how Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) met, this episode of How I Met Your Mother was exceeding average. And a later season level of average, so it had a lot of not funny, overdone jokes and a pointless story line.

Because this show is supposed to be about Ted’s (Josh Radnor) love life, the episode starts with Ted having a brief connection with a girl on the subway. He starts to become a little stalker-ish and Marshall and Lily tell him to stop. Ted ends up meeting the girl, Jeanette, played by Abby Elliott, and finds out that she was a little stalker-ish too.

So, that created the stalker theme for the episode. Ted tries to convince the gang that Jeanette isn’t crazy. Ted says you can’t force destiny and the rest the story line is about debunking that. It turns out Jeanette is really a stalker, who has been stalking Ted for almost a year. But, he gets with her anyway because Older Ted (Bob Saget) tells us you have to make one horrible mistake before you meet the one. One horrible mistake, really? You’re trying too hard, HIMYM. Every girl since Stella has been a mistake.

Anyway, when they were having the stalker conversation Robin admitted that she become obsessed with someone when she was a teenager in Canada. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) goes on a journey through overdone and forced Canada jokes as he finds the Canadian version of Behind the Music on Robin Sparkles. The episode seemed to forget that Robin Sparkles was a one-hit wonder in season two and three because suddenly she was popular enough to have played at the Canadian version of the Super Bowl.

The gang finds out about her lost grudge music video “P.S. I love you,” which she wrote because she was obsessed with some famous Canadian. It turned out to be Paul Shaffer, so that was mostly a wasted plot line to set up one lame joke.

Barney realized he became obsessed and confirmed Robin’s earlier point that it could happen to anyone.

This episode was everything I expect a later season episode to be: bad, not funny, plot-less, not having anything to do with how Ted become the person he needed to be to meet the mother.

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