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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted Mosby, a New York architect who wants to get married and start a family. Future Ted is telling the story of how he met their mother and we see his past story set in the present day and the adventures he has with friends Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. CBS 2005-???

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Episode 19 - Everything Must Go

2 July 2013

Synopsis: Lily and Marshall have to pay a contractor fifteen hundred dollars to get their slanted floor fixed. Lily suggests she sell some of her paintings while Marshall prefers to sell her expensive clothes. Barney discovers that Abby (Britney Spears) was the girl telling women not to date him. She still loves Ted and together they try to prove how lame he is.

The Good: Lily and Marshall stories tend to be feel good ones. If you like predictable happy endings then I suppose you might like this.

The Bad: Everything else. There just isn’t a way that these writers can make Marshall and Lily funny. Their story is predictable, you know she won’t be a complete failure and you know they will be happy together at the end.

So their attempts to make this funny involve the following: Lily believing that Marshall asked her to prostitute herself which comes out all wrong in tone because she would never have believed that. Them finding a website about a guy making his wife wear a garbage bag which is silly and in no way funny. A very flippant scene with a heroin addict who threatens to mug Lily which is a bad idea even if it was at all humorous and finally birds hating Lily’s paintings. Yes indeed, animals reacting to art, which makes no sense because they wouldn’t recognise a painting from the wall itself. Logic wouldn’t even matter if any of this was funny.

Meanwhile Britney Spears is back to play a silly character. Abby doesn’t resemble a real person and so her obsession with Ted just doesn’t strike any chord of humour. It just looks like desperate writing and her constant praise of Ted while pretending to hate him is so obvious that it feels like viewers intelligence is being insulted.

Finally there are Ted’s red cowboy boots which again aren’t funny. There is nothing inherently funny about wearing them and Ted sincerely believes they look good so there is no real laugh to be had at him. It’s not as if he is being arrogant or pretentious by wearing them, they are just unconventional.

Comic Highlight: Barney and Abby are in a taxi together and begin sharing their grievances about Ted:
B: Ted. What an idiot. With his stupid “meaningful relationship” with Stella.
A: Ted.
B: Ted.
A: I hate Ted.
B: I hate Ted more.
A: Are you as turned on as I am?
B: Probably not quite as much.
Barney’s delivery is pretty good.

How I rate your episode: I don’t think How I Met Your Mother got much of a boost from having Britney back on the show. At least the ratings for this episode were not nearly as high as her last visit (313) and that is probably for the best because this is bad television. Abby is such an unreal character that she is out of place in the show. The episode is dull, predictable and devoid of humour anyway, so there is nothing to held carry her story either.

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  • That's your opinion and your entitled to it. Can't we have ours?

    Posted by The TV Critic, 15/12/2011 9:31am (7 years ago)

  • ...it's a fucking sitcom. You people take this shit way too seriously. The show's purpose isn't to be deep or thought provoking and it isn't supposed to have anything to read in to, so don't judge it based on what you WANT out of the show, base it on what service the show is trying to provide. And while you're at it, go blow the "more sophisticated than though" smoke out of your ass.

    Posted by Anonymous, 15/12/2011 8:04am (7 years ago)

  • He paints quite a picture doesn't he? It frustrates me that people enjoy HIMYM as much as they do. So much about the show is deeply unsatisfying.

    The continuity between each year of the show is usually very shoddy. The flashback narration of past events always seems incredibly fake to me. Lily's shopping addiction came out of nowhere and has been rarely addressed since. The G Man is spot on here.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 30/08/2010 10:44am (8 years ago)

  • Let's review:

    Lily secretly and selfishly buys an obscene amount of designer clothing to the point where her credit rating ruins Lily and Marshall's chance of financial security. Once he finds out, Marshall forgives her goes about working for a company he hates in order to have enough money, thereby giving up his dream of helping to save the environment. A year or so later, Marshall loses his very lucrative job and reluctantly tells Lily she will have to sell most of her wardrobe in order to fix the apartment that they can barely afford because the mortgage is so high because Lily's credit is so bad. So on top of still paying of her debts (presumably this is why they have no money saved up after Marshall has worked solidly for a year) they are basically financially destroyed by Lily's selfish shopping. So how does Lily react to the news that she will have to sell her unaffordable designer clothes? She gets mad a Marshall. And worse, after years of never trying, or maybe failing, to sell her paintings, she gets annoyed at him for suggesting that she might not be able to raise 1500$ in a week from them. It really grated when Marshall comes home and apologised to her. Quite frankly he proved himself to be the most forgiving and patient man on the planet. The fact that dogs liked her paintings is beyond ludicrous (apart from anything else, dogs can't see colours) but it's mostly annoying because it manages to deprive us of any consequences to Lily's past actions. If there are no consequences to anything, why should we care?

    It's also worth mentioning that Lily is incredibly selfish on several occasions throughout the series. I'm reminded of her trying to ruin Marshall's christmas after Ted called her a bitch (after she had left Marshall and also stole Ted's car and left him stranded in the middle of nowhere). Or even the time (although I think this is later in the series) when she sabotages Ted's relationship systematically.

    What a bitch...

    Well done to you for keeping your head and managing to give this episode 25, I would have given it a zero for insulting me, my memory and my sense of humour.

    Posted by The G man, 29/08/2010 4:37pm (8 years ago)

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