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How I Met Your Mother: "The Mermaid Theory" Review

I can't decide if How I Met Your Mother's collection of theories, rules and codes are getting out of hand or not. From "The Bro Code," "The Naked Man," Lily's "Where's the Poop?" and many, many more, this series is loaded with cutely named life lessons. Are there too many? Has the fact that there's so many ruined the joke? It's possible we're getting to that point, but not just yet. HIMYM is still using the conceit in ways that are playful and fun. "The Mermaid Theory" was another such example. The theory explains that no matter how unattractive a man finds a woman today, there will eventually be a time when she becomes attractive to him. Like a manatee beginning to look like a mermaid to the lonely pirates of yore. This theory came into play in several different ways in Monday night's episode. First there was Marshall and Robin's night out alone. This was a pairing we rarely see on the show, and the jokes came from that fact. The two only share three topics of conversation: cold weather, sports, and cold weather sports. The early parts of their night out were comically uncomfortable. Once the Mermaid Theory was introduced, the storyline took a silly turn, placing Robin inside a large, cumbersome manatee costume. I'll admit, the visual made me chuckle. To Read More Click Here.

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 6, Episode 11 Recap

What a strange, strange episode this was. It kind of felt like Bays, Thomas and the writers had three stories on their board and wanted to put them in an episode before the season ended. So they threw them all together and tried to make them seem intertwined. But all it felt like was watching a rough cut of an 'HIMYM' episode that still needed some tweaking. The first indication of the oddity? Old Ted's narration sounded  like it was being done by Bob Saget. But then you gave it another listen and it just... didn't. It sounded more like a Saget sound-alike rather than the man himself. Sometimes Carter Bays fills in narration on the rough-cut episodes I've seen, and it kind of sounded like that tonight, only with more of an attempt to sound like Saget. Then we have the story of the argument between Lily and Barney. Sure, it's always good to get a meta joke every once in a while to remind the audience that this story is being told through the lens of Old Ted's fading memories, but here, the fits and starts Old Ted made telling the story weren't at all entertaining. In fact, they felt more like placeholders that just set things up for the eventful flash-forward we got near the end of the episode. To Read More  Click Here.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “The Mermaid Theory” Review

What did you think of tonight’s episode? I’m so happy they brought back The Captain! I enjoyed "The Mermaid Theory" quite a bit, so let’s dive in and talk about each character (oh, and if you happen to be a single male reading this review with your married female friend, make sure you aren’t in a place with any candles!): Marshall: I loved his picture of The Captain, and it was so true. I was surprised that his dinner with Robin was so awkward and I was relieved at the end of the night when she didn’t turn into a mermaid. For all you men out there that are reading this, is the mermaid theory true? Have you ever worked with a manatee that turned into a mermaid? Lily: So I guessed right away that Lily was pregnant but I was hoping it was in real time. I’m sick of all these future flash forwards, what is this, the final season of Lost? Hurley was a good idea, but I am not liking these flash forwards one bit. Once again Lily provided some great pearls of wisdom when she laid out her rules for single men hanging out with married women. Do you think Ted and Zoey will break more of the rules in the future? To Read More Click Here.