Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rabbit or Duck' Season 5, Episode 15


I've noticed that the last few episodes of 'HIMYM' have largely taken place in the "home booth" at MacLaren's. I know it's the 21st century version of the couch at Central Perk, but the world of 'Mother' is a lot bigger than that these days. And, besides, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan aren't pregnant anymore; there's no need to hide their baby bumps under the table anymore.


That being said, it's a great place for two of this show's signature "bits" to start: 1) Absurd arguments, and 2) Incessant ball-busting. We saw both of these this week, with Ranjit thrown into the mix to make things more interesting. What really made this episode wasn't just the Rabbit/Duck argument, though; it was the subtle direction shifts that made loyal viewers think Ted was going in one not so good direction, when he was really going in a worse -- but more fun! -- direction.


Seriously, before his double-date with Lil, Marshall, and Limber Girl, you had no idea that Ted had found Barney's "magic phone" and decided to follow that lead. So when he and Robin exchanged "that look," and Ted thought Limber Girl was a rabbit and not a duck, there must have been a part of you that was thinking, "Oh, crap. He's not going back with Robin, is he?" That would have been a pretty big disaster for all involved. But, no, Ted's baser instincts took over, and that was surprisingly refreshing.


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