Throughout season five of How I Met Your Mother, protagonist and narrator Ted has been resigned mostly to the background. Occasionally plotlines about him and his new career as a professor of architecture come into focus, but by and large season five is all about the new relationship between supporting characters Barney and Robin. Tonight's episode was the epitome of this change in dynamic, and is the strongest argument yet for How I Met Your Mother's overhaul back to the early seasons glory days.
In any successful sitcom, the main character must be an identifiable yet flawed everyman. Someone who encounters problems on a weekly basis then solves them in twenty-two minutes. By and large, these problems are associated with the protagonist's quirky friends, wacky neighbors, or offbeat coworkers.
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