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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jeff92k7, Jan 27, 2014.
Yep. Although faithful might work too
Just call me Norm Crosby
Okay...after watching, I agree that this was definitely the best episode this season. Really, my only complaint about it is that they crammed all that into one episode. At times, it felt rushed. I would have preferred to see those back stories spread out over at least a couple of episodes to flesh them out more rather than giving us a very fast overview of them.
Nonetheless, that's a minor complaint and I really enjoyed the episode.... from the redone opening sequence with the mother all the way to the song at the end that was so very beautiful.
That's not the plans at this time. The "spinoff" that they are planning, "How I Met Your Father," will be just a similarly styled show to "How I Met Your Mother" except from a female perspective. It will be an entirely new cast and unrelated to the "How I Met Your Mother" storyline. It's really not a spinoff at all, given that.
I sincerely hope that if there is a spinoff that they recast all of the roles except the mother. She is awesome. The rest just plain sucked.
Aside from the Naked Guy all of the supporting cast was very poorly acted.
The wife's song at the end was awesome. Ted should have, at the least, introduced herself to him.
Much of the supporting cast was already in the show. They were cast for one or two episodes. Casting for regular for a series is different.
How competent producers could see how great she was from day one, and not rewrite the whole season is beyond me.
This has happened many times in many series before, they hire somebody for a quick one-off episode, or a small role, and they are so good, they make them regulars.
Or even a pretty big focal point of the show, like they did with Ben in Lost.
As for Barney and Robin, we've seen much later than this time period already I think, so I'm pretty sure they are going through with it.
Admittedly dumb question -- was ANY of the footage actually old footage from previous episodes?
I think not, since it was basically doing the Rashomon thing -- showing you the same scene from a different perspective (and/or with more info).
I thought the scene in Mom and roomie's apt---where Ted kept on liking Mom's stuff---was the old version, up to where Mom comes out of her room...
I'm curious about this too. Sure some were from different angles and we saw the mothers face, but what about the scene where Ted comes in wearing a dress? Did a brunette really walk by Barney & Lily in the original scene?
Also, not sure if the rumored ending has been talked about in these threads (I think it has), but this episode makes me think it's true.
Pretty good episode. Why would she want to date insufferable Ted though?
Heh, I think a question like that was playing around in my subconscious as I watched the ep.
Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg briefly discussed the episode on the latest Firewall & Iceberg podcast. Fienberg was generally moderate on the episode (though he acknowledged that it is the best of a weak lot so far this season). He said one of his issues with it is that it set up the idea that the mother was with this perfect guy who did everything right, and now she's going to end up with Ted, "who's such a putz".
I had to chuckle -- that's basically right.
Maybe in a surprise twist, she will end up with Marshall and Ted will marry Lily. That pairing makes more sense!
I have been skimming episodes all season. I keep wondering why Marshall is way from the rest of the cast on the road trip all season. I guess I know why he is doing the road trip in the show but not why in real life.
I am thinking he is on a movie set the road trip plot allows him to do his scenes off site on his own time.
Also... I missed a most episodes of the middle seasons and don't remember Lily as being so angry all the time. Maybe as she aged her angry scenes aren't cute anymore.
There were a few times she actually channelled Ted.
Anyway, never got the dump on Ted vibe that goes on here. He's okay.
They haven't wrecked Ted as much as some other characters, in my view. Unfortunately, there have been times in the last few seasons where they've really played up how insufferable he can be (prissiness, faux intellectualism, etc.), and that has diminished the character and made it harder to root for him. Who would want to be with a cartoon like that? Fortunately, Ted's underlying goodness is more or less still there, and they can put him in sincere situations where it still comes out. (I compare this to, say, the Ross character on Friends, who the show so thoroughly ruined that when it put him back together with Rachel at the end -- an inevitable outcome -- it felt like the wrong thing to do. How could Rachel want to be with this Ross?)
They've turned Ted into a bit of a putz, yes, but he's still basically a good guy. Perhaps the issue actually arises from the other side: the mother, appealing as she is, may be too much a paragon to feel suited for anyone who isn't also one. And Ted never was that.
Very well said and the comparison to Ross on Friends is spot on. Still, I think I'd rather spend time with Ted than Ross. I always kind of liked Ted at the beginning and I don't remember him being so pretentious the first couple of seasons. As what happens with a lot of these shows, the writers start playing up one particular trait of a character and that defines him. The Ted that narrates the show seems VERY different than the Ted that we've seen over the last few years. I like narrator Ted.
This probably infects all the lovable losers in shows eventually: another one being Leonard - BBT, probably because we the audience who have some loser in all of us can't believe the opportunities the shows put in front of the characters that we don't experience in life and thus the continued same character flaws seemed forced. 'You dissed that hot girl AGAIN!'
Thanks for trying. I still don't see it. Just seems like a normal person to me.
I definitely think Ted's been portrayed as a pretentious d-bag for much of the last several seasons, but I can still see the earnest, lovable guy from the first few seasons in there and hopefully he'll come out a bit more in these last handful of episodes.
This episode was great. As most of the rest of you, I wish they would have stretched this over multiple episodes rather than cramming it into one.