How I Met Your Mother: Shelter Island


Another week, another great episode of How I Met Your Mother. Although I didn't quite get the resolve that I had hoped for after last week's episode, I did get an excellent mix of drama and comedy as usual.


This week's episode finally put to rest the question of whether Stella is "the mother" or not. Though I did enjoy what Sarah Chalke brought to the show, I am also slightly relieved to finally have that resolved. Ted was becoming a bit of a dud around Stella, and as Robin pointed out his romanticism was being jeopardized for the comfortable life that Stella already had.


Interestingly enough they bring up Robin's own not-so-resolved past with Ted, and make Robin and Ted seem a lot more realistic in their breakup. Because c'mon.. what real life couples do you know who can lose all feelings for their ex and resume being best friends immediately after a breakup?


And though the second half of the episode was mostly based around the will-they-or-won't-they question around Ted and Stella's marriage, the first half of the show had some excellent one-liners as usual. And they brought back snitch-dog.


Most memorable lines of the episode:


Barney (reading brochure): "The Namaste Yoga and Meditation Collective"

Marshall: "I don't know about you guys but Namaste here longer than I have to."


Barney: "Dear Female,

Thank you for your interest in Barney Stinson..."


Stella's Sister: "your back is gonna look like a Jackson Pollack"


Barney: "...I regret to inform you that at this time..."


Stella's Sister: "I was a vegan for two years. I need meat."


Barney: "....there are currently no positions available."


Stella's Sister: "I'm a yoga instructor- every position is available."


All-in-all, another well done episode by the writers of HIMYM!

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Oct 20, 2008 11:39PM EDT

what a great chapter!! never saw it coming but im glad stella is out finally

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Oct 21, 2008 12:34AM EDT

nicely put, although to answer your question "what real life couples do you know who can lose all feelings for their ex and resume being best friends immediately after a breakup?" - I don’t know about real life but Seinfeld and Elaine managed to do it (disregarding the season finale)

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Oct 21, 2008 12:40AM EDT

Touche haxwarr. In TV world it is quite common.

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Oct 21, 2008 1:49AM EDT

Well, I knew Stella had to leave, I just didn't know how it would happen. Kudos to the writers for doing another excellent job from the overall story to the small stuff like Barney's 'adventure' with Stella's sister.

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Oct 21, 2008 5:53PM EDT

well i'm glad that Stella's out cause, although she was quite likable, she wasn't funny, but to be honest i was disappointed by this episode. i do think it could have been funnier, but i also understand why it wasn't. what i don't understand is the whole stella leaving ted for her ex husband thing. i didn't find that believable at all. and come on... she told ted by leaving him a note??? and on the same day she's kissing her ex on the boat like they're on titanic? i mean up to now stella had trust issues and wanted to take things really slow and on this episode she's miss spontaneous! that would probably be fine if it was some other show, but it's himym and that's why i expected more. i still think that the writers might fix it somehow in the next episodes.on the other hand the barney-robin part was very believable. unfortunatelly!

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Oct 22, 2008 12:36AM EDT

I'm starting to like this show less and less. It's slightly annoying when shows start to focus on couple melodrama when that wasn't what got you into the show in the first place. Yes, I do understand that the show is how Ted meets his wife but that was never the part that entertained me. The general sitcom laughs were what did it for me. If I wanted drama there are a number of other show that I would rather watch. I hope they lean back towards the funny again.

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Oct 25, 2008 8:49AM EDT

Well at least barney finally won the belt. I can't believe that that wasn't referenced.

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Oct 26, 2008 11:17PM EDT

Nice catch on the belt, i had completely forgotten about that episode.

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Oct 27, 2008 12:45AM EDT

K, belt, which belt? please remind me..? Or at least which episode its in. i really liked it. i was sick of stella. Like robin said, stella was taking away the big romantic part of ted. Quick question though: Stella and her ex were on the boat kissing, but where was lucy? small detail but now its really bothering me.

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Oct 27, 2008 11:48AM EDT

Its in episode third wheel on season three. Whoever did the threesome first won the belt. Maybe Lucy just sitting on the bench back there.

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Oct 28, 2008 5:18PM EDT

The belt was won by Ted, although Ted didn't admit he had done the deed so to speak.

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Oct 30, 2008 4:40AM EDT

Joxxy, i also thought about that when i saw the episode! I guess its not that important to explain...in my mind she was just in the other side of the boat enjoying her mom and dad are finally back together!!!

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