How I Met Your Mother Recap: The Parent Claptrap


Carter Bays and Craig Thomas wrote this episode, which is disappointing, because it has to be the worst of the season so far. Though maybe that explains the dependence on callbacks — the creators are probably as nostalgic for the good old days as the rest of us, and you always know they’re desperate for material when a former plot point is not just resurrected, but subsequently beaten to death.


Case in point: It was funny when Marshall and Ted had to listen to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” for the duration of their college road trip because it was stuck in the Fiero’s stereo, and it was appropriately referenced two episodes ago during Marshall and Daphne’s otherwise dead-end drive. I was happy to see the thread picked up here as the song grew on Daphne, as promised. But that should have been the end of it. Marshall enthusiastically waving the CD in his hand and wondering if the Scottish brothers are singing to the same girl or each other was like saying, “Hey, if you somehow missed it, this is still that same Proclaimers joke!”  Read More...


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