'How I Met Your Mother': 'The Autumn of Breakups' and Victoria's underwhelming return

On the one hand, "How I Met Your Mother" gave Victoria a pretty good sendoff in Monday's (Nov. 5) episode: Her parting with Ted in "The Autumn of Breakups" was one of the more evenhanded, grown-up splits Ted has made with a non-Mother, non-Robin girlfriend in the show's history.On the other hand, strong final scene aside, it's hard not to wonder why the show would make such a big deal out of Victoria's return only to under-use her so much.As a whole, "The Autumn of Breakups" was not a very good episode of "HIMYM." The side stories -- Barney and his wing-dog, Marshall finding his inner Gayle King and Nick's tortured culinary catchphrases -- were scattershot at best, and the main story about Ted and Victoria realizing they weren't the ones for each other didn't feel like it had nearly enough foundation.It's not that Victoria's request that Ted stop seeing Robin was completely unreasonable (just...



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