Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"I've bought six automated litter boxes, and I don't even have a kid!": How I Met Your Mother

I hope that "The Goat" sent the various "Crazy theories about who the mother is" contingents into a tizzy out there. In fact, I hope that they've concluded Barney's the father and Lily's the mother. "The Goat" was an oddly mythology-heavy episode, and it ended with a surprisingly dramatic fight between Ted and Barney. It wasn't the best episode of the season, but it firmly cemented this post-strike streak of episodes for the show as a nice return to form.

What struck me the most in the episode was that final fight between Ted and Barney, which was surprisingly realistic and well-written. Usually, when a sitcom tries to do something dramatic like this, it feels incredibly forced, but here, the scene had enough amusing business in it that it felt organic and genuine, and it really did seem as if Ted had finally had enough. I also liked that neither Robin nor Barney had much interest in continuing their relationship, and that Barney immediately turned it around, celebrating with her as if he had just scored a major babe. I know there are a lot of Robin/Barney shippers out there, but I think the storyline will work better if the two of them only sleep together once a season or so.

The rest of the episode was fine and funny, even if it was just that old sitcom trope -- somebody's got a secret, and not everyone can keep it. You've seen this plot a million times before (I Love Lucy was doing it, and they probably got it from radio, and, actually, I'm pretty sure it's been around since the Greeks -- Oedipus Rex, anyone?), but there's something about it that's primally appealing, I guess, so that's why it was fun to see it with the usual HIMYM time jumps.

Anyway, just what WAS up with the Goat? That seriously messed with the episode's time flow, as the goat was pretty tied into the storyline, and then it turned out that the goat was around on Ted's NEXT birthday. But to accept that the whole story was told a year too early, you have to accept that it took a year for Ted to find out about Robin and Barney, which seems emphatically not true. Ah well.

At any rate, everything else with the goat was terrific, and that critter was terrific in closeup.

And now, back to playing Mario Kart and Grand Theft Auto. Your thoughts?

1 comment:

Wes said...

Anyway, just what WAS up with the Goat? To accept that the whole story was told a year too early, you have to accept that it took a year for Ted to find out about Robin and Barney, which seems emphatically not true. Ah well.

No, I think it is to allow for Ted's memory of the past to be faulty. Back in the first season, Ted referred to the goat incident as happening in his 30th birthday. I.E. you shouldn't even trust what you see on the show.