How I Met Your Mother: Sorry Bro
Ted's new romance, with his super-douchey college girlfriend Karen, seems like it's another one that's destined to fail. And not because she brings out all the stupid college-kid pretentiousness that Ted barely has the strength to squash as he enters his thirties. It may be that we've kind of stopped caring about Ted's quest, haven't we?
Don't get me wrong; the way Bays and Thomas told tonight's stories -- using their patented flashbacks and the oh-so-clever device of keeping his pregnant female stars mostly in a booth at MacLaren's -- was well done. And the lead-up to the story of Pantsless Marshall was funny mainly because the payoff was lame on purpose. But two things stood out for me about the way the story went down: a) is the gang that detached from each other that this whole process Ted went through to get back together with Karen went on without them noticing? And b) is Karen there to just be the hated ex, or is there going to be more to her that we have yet to see?
Because, right now, I don't want to see any more of Karen.That's tough to say, because I like seeing fellow Jerseyan Laura Prepon in just about everything she's in (though I wish she went back to her Donna Pinciotti-era red hair). Saying that she was the "heiress to the Masengill fortune" was an understatement on Marshall's part; if Carter and Craig made her over-the-top douchey in order to make fans hate her, they've done their job. Yes, this is all part of Ted's "journey" or whatever it is. But I just wish they'd give him more romances along the way that looked like they'd have a chance to succeed, not ones that are doomed from the beginning. That just makes the fans tired.
More fun stuff:
- Lots of little funny Barney moments this week: my favorite is Barn not being able to contain himself about the pants story, constantly telling Marshall, "You tell it, no I'll tell it, no you tell it," as we see the same flashback over and over. I also liked him high-fiving Ted for kissing Karen even as he's saying, "that's awful."
- But the Best Barneyism of the week is his four reasons why an ex would ask you out to lunch. It allowed us to see Robin's Colbert-like attachment to her snub-nose .38 (well, maybe not so Colbert-like, since she keeps losing the thing), and the fact that Marshall's still bitter about meeting his ex for lunch ... in the fourth grade (her new boyfriend "reads at a fifth-grade level." Talk about rubbing it in your face...
- We also got to see how sleeping pills affect Robin. Sleep-eating, sleep-hockey-play-by-play, and sleep-thinking that Ted and Lily are making out. Wow. That's some strong Ambien.
- And what is the gang doing at MacLaren's at 1:45 am on a weeknight? Don't they all have jobs to go to? It doesn't even look like anyone else is in the bar. Maybe they were just there that late to make sure they saw Robin off as she went to her morning show job...
- Marshall brings spare pants to work!
- Also, it was a fun little tag to see Marshall still wearing the hacked-up pants at MacLaren's, acknowledging that he likes how his calves look.
- Not sure what M&L joke I liked better: the Wrestlemania makeup, Marshall wanting to be called MJ Smoove, or Lily going "you gots ta get got" over Karen's blatant lingering.
- Wouldn't it have been fun if the episode ended on Ted giving Karen the "Sorry Bro," instead of them getting back together? I'm just sayin'.