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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

From comcast.com:

Marshall freaks out when he realizes that fatherhood is staring him in the face. Meanwhile, Robin and Ted come to an understanding about their relationship.



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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:48 PM

* sad trombone noise*

The Ducky tie and the Marshall + Steph shirt were shoehorned in. Turning off the phones was idiotic (and why didn't Lily just call the casino and page them?). The Sympathy High-Five was not funny. We GET that you're dating a stripper, Barney, so STFU about it. And like I said for the previous episode, Marshall has been a real douche lately.

And it's pretty unlikely that Lily's labor pains would've started that strong and progressed so strongly within just an hour. Unless they're setting her up for a super-fast labor, which is likely what they're going since it's a sitcom and, well, that's what sitcoms do.

Ted envisioning Robin everywhere didn't do it for me. I was kind of hoping to see her actually dressed as Robin the Boy Wonder at the restaurant. That would've been my only laugh of the episode.

If Quinn's getting recognized by her clients all over the place, why isn't Barney running into all the girls he's plowed over the years? Double standards much?

I know the season finale is going to piss me off.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

The bit with the "Marshal + Steph 4eva" and the random ducky tie were anti-climactic as hell but overall it wasn't... too terrible of an episode.

(and why didn't Lily just call the casino and page them?)

I wasn't paying so much attention to the episode so I might be wrong here, but unless Lily knew what casino he was in exactly, she can't really just page them. Just knowing they're in a casino at Atlantic City isn't helpful, because there are a lot of casinos at Atlantic City. But again, I don't know if Marshal told her the specific casino as I wasn't paying much attention.

My major problem was that Lily was going into labor and she called up Marshall and Barney a bunch of times but didn't think to call Ted or an ambulance or something (I think she called Robin).

Edited by Astor, Apr 30, 2012 @ 8:16 PM.


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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

Robin and Ted come to an understanding about their relationship.

Did the synopsis-er even watch the show, because this didn't happen at all.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 8:44 PM

I wasn't paying attention - why 100 shots? How'd they decide on that number? That's like 5 quarts - were they sharing with the crowd for some reason?

I hate that Marshall will either be drunk or hungover for the birth of his child. On the other hand, I will hate it even more if they show him immediately sobered up or feeling fine when they get to the hospital. Show can't win with me!

So bored with Ted and Robin.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

Lily organized the AC trip with Barney, so I'm guessing that she knew which hotel was booked. However, Marshall and Barney could very well be at another casino, so she very well could've paged him at their actual hotel and gotten no answer because they went somewhere else first. Calling their hotel and an ambulance would make sense, but of course she calls Robin ... who doesn't have a car, right? How much help could she possibly be? Does Lily have her own car? Does Ted have one?

Which raises another question ... I thought Barney didn't really know how to drive, or at least couldn't drive without being a nervous wreck? He looked pretty calm and in control while driving through New Jersey. Ranjeet would've been much better utilized for this episode than the one about Lily's stupid sex dream.

Anyone else wondering if Barney's cookies contained something to induce labor?

I don't think there was a reason behind the 100 shots other than to show that Marshall planned to get shitfaced drunk. Which made me say out loud, "Um, wouldn't he get alcohol poisoning from 100 shots?" Kids are always in the news for dropping dead while trying to do the 21 shots for their 21st birthdays.

No idea how much he could possibly sober up by the time he gets to the hospital. AC to Manhattan is at LEAST two hours, and that's assuming they're going about 90 up the Parkway and not hitting any traffic at all. Was Barney drinking anything?

I was at least glad to see Marshall wearing a seat belt when he woke up in the car, since he gig in the car and immediately fell asleep before putting it on. It always bothers me when TV characters aren't wearing them. Like, seriously, I've been pissed at The Simpsons for doing this, FFS (and also when they put Maggie in the front seat, grrrr).

Actually, I DID get a laugh when Marshall asked if there even was a [s]Hilton[/s] Waldorf in Paramus and Barney just said "C'mon, bro" or whatever.

Edited by mbd, May 2, 2012 @ 11:16 AM.


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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

of course she calls Robin ... who doesn't have a car, right? How much help could she possibly be? Does Lily have her own car? Does Ted have one?

Dude, it's NYC. Call a cab. Or an ambulance. Robin or Ted could help provide moral support and bring a hospital bag or something. (for that matter, I hope Lily, knowing Barney and Marshall were in AC and would take a while to get back, was making her own plans to get to the hospital instead of thinking she should wait for Marshall to get baack to take her. I know some labor goes slow, but she should at least have been making plans. I'm also kind of unsure why she called Robin and not Ted (or at least both of them).)

I don't like Ted seeing Robin everywhere either. I'd rather see more of him and random hookup girl.

Edited by My Way, Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:52 PM.


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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:54 PM

Really.....I got nothing. The show was on, I don't remember it. Nothing stood out. Nada. Wait, I think Ted didn't annoy me, but that's not possible, right? So I must have made it up.

I think this is the sign that my relationship with the show is truly over. Damn it, I put in all this time, hoping for something wonderful to develop, and then I look up a few years later and realize you'll never be able to give me what I want or need...I have to find that fulfillment for myself. I wish you well. We had some good times, some laughs. When it was good it was great. Farewell old friend.

This really does feel eerily like breaking up with previous BFs. Anyway, I love all my fellow TWOPers who will continue with the show until the bitter end. I will look in occasionally to get a pulse on the show, but I can't do it anymore.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:02 PM

Is it just me, or was the laugh track ramped out to 12 for this ep? For most eps, the laugh track is just a low murmur in the background, but for this ep, it seemed to be going off every 30 seconds, even in the middle of somebody talking.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:06 PM

Anybody notice that Barney was driving? Remember when he was scared to drive?

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

I can't believe they're going in circles again with Ted/Robin. The worst thing about this is not that it's a waste of time -- unless she's the mother, which at this point is just ick considering that she was with Barney for so long -- but that it's boring. Uninteresting. Not funny. Lame. They've run out of story.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:29 PM

Was the Marshall+Steph thing a reference I was supposed to get?

Which raises another question ... I thought Barney didn't really know how to drive, or at least couldn't drive without being a nervous wreck? He looked pretty calm and in control while driving through New Jersey.

Anybody notice that Barney was driving? Remember when he was scared to drive?


Yeah, the writers threw that idea out a few seasons ago when they had a C Plot about Barney deliberately getting speeding tickets in order to try and talk his way out of them.

I did like how they showed Marshall smoking in the end, nice callback.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:29 PM

Wow this show kinda sucks now. I was just so uninterested in it. Can we just get to the effing mother already? It just seems like every episode is filler now.

Also Ted/robin is th biggest waste of time. We've seen this enough times. Do something else show! Anything! Please, just progress in some way. Even if it's a small small way. I just need something.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 1:09 AM

Next week -- or, given that this is this show, in about 100 episodes from now -- Quinn will say, "Barney, the only way I will quit my stripping job is if I get married," and Barney would be all, "Wow, that gives me an idea," and then he will propose amidst some sort of hijinks, and then she will say yes, and then there will be all sorts of fuckery, and build-up to the wedding, and people will get left at the altar. CALLING IT. (As if I really care.)

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 2:59 AM

Next week -- or, given that this is this show, in about 100 episodes from now -- Quinn will say, "Barney, the only way I will quit my stripping job is if I get married," and Barney would be all, "Wow, that gives me an idea," and then he will propose amidst some sort of hijinks, and then she will say yes, and then there will be all sorts of fuckery, and build-up to the wedding, and people will get left at the altar. CALLING IT. (As if I really care.)


She already said she would quit stripping if she got married, she said this in "Trilogy Time".

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 4:11 AM

Wow, I didn't laugh once.

This was bad all around. The T/R storyline has been done to death and is just so boring and tiresome. At this point, I don't see how the mother can possibly stand out. Seriously. After 7 years, Ted's still the love sick puppy lusting after Robin. Puh-leeze. Unless she really is the mother (which would totally be gross, btw), this was the dumbest thing they've done with these characters considering the whole point was to get to how wonderful and special the actual mother is/was for Ted.

Watching Barney doing crazy shit used to be the highlight of so many episodes, he's just annoying now. Enough with the stupid stripper thing, we get it. If that's the reason he ends up proposing to Quinn, fine. Just quit with the whining. I do think that Quinn would be the bride from the first episode of the season. Everyone seems pretty bummed out on his wedding day. I think Ted looked depressed since he got to watch Barney of all people get married while he's still all alone, I think Lily didn't look too enthusiastic since she doesn't think Quinn is right for Barney, and Marshal was just being Marshal.

I do hope that the show gets better next season and that it would be the final season of the series.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 6:33 AM

So bored with Ted and Robin.


Seriously. I know that Robin is important to Ted, but we didn't need four or five episodes of him dealing with the fact that she isn't in love with him. It just seemed pointless. At the beginning it looked like the storyline was going to progress, finally, but it soon became redundant. It's like the whole season has been filler as we wait to see what's happening in the final episode.

Worst of all, the show has given up on the idea of being funny.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 8:26 AM

Dear God, how much more of Ted and Robin do we have to endure? At this point I hope they come up with some screwy gotcha surprise-twist way to make Robin the Mother, because even though his wife is fictional, I hate to think about her listening to Ted drone on and on about Robin their whole married life. And you know he will. The only acceptable alternative for me would be the Mother in prison for trying to stab Ted to death, and Ted explaining to the kids why she had a motive. "Don't be too hard on your mother, she had her reasons. Here, I'll demonstrate."

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 10:59 AM

I hope Quinn breaks up with Barney. I like her just fine but Barney clearly can't handle her job so it's just not a good relationship for her to be in. I bet she gets sick of him always telling everyone wherever they go about it, too.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

RE: Ted and Robin. It's over! When they broke up the first time the writers weren't done with the relationship so they really didn't have Ted deal with anything or put closure on it. It was just left out there if they wanted to tap into it again. This time Ted's relationship with Robin had to be dealt with before he meets the mother. They have only one more guaranteed season left. They are finally letting Ted deal with the fact that it's NEVER gonna happen with her. Either he just stops seeing her all together or he accepts being just friends. That is what yesterday's episode was about. Once he has that talk with her in the season finale, it will finally be over and he can move on. Robin has been the most important relationship for Ted,(lovers, roommates, best friends). You can't just realistically end it in one episode. You have to let it play out over a few episodes and let the viewer have the kind of closure that's befitting of this relationship.

Edited by TWoP Roxy, May 1, 2012 @ 6:16 PM.
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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

I honestly didn't realize that Ted was that hung up on Robin until this episode. I thought that they were avoiding each other in order to get some distance, yes, but not because Ted *really* loved and wanted to get back together with Robin. I had taken his declaration of love as almost a kind of desperate act. Maybe not desperate, but, not sure where to go/confused kind of thing. And he felt embarrassed and awkward about it, so hence the avoidance. This episode kinda threw me with all the "not over Robin" stuff.

I'm so over Barney and Quinn. Please break up, and soon.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 4:31 PM

Just because they're annoying doesn't mean characters aren't in love and should break up.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

Yeah, when Ted confessed his love to Robin earlier this season and she came back and it was awkward, I felt that it was awkward because they both realized that it wasn't meant to be for them. Not that Robin just rejected Ted outright. I wish they had gone that way, instead of making him go all the way back to being in unrequited love with her. If he's in love with her again 5+ years after they break up, after having almost married someone else, who's to say that he won't fall in love with her all over again 5+ years down the road, when he's supposedly married to the Mother?

The Lily labor thing was so silly and sitcommy. I guess I can sort of fanwank that Marshall and Barney's "one hour" with the phone off turned into several hours, which can happen pretty easily when drinking and gambling. But it wasn't clear in the show; it just seemed like Lily had one contraction and had to go to the hospital immediately.

Edited by IseutLaBrune, May 1, 2012 @ 5:01 PM.


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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 8:55 PM

The fact that he's still married to the mother in 2030?

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 9:23 PM

This episode was meh. I did like some of the stuff with Marshall and Lily, Barney and Ted, and Marshall and Barney, though. Barney's dating profile for that fake woman he made up for Ted was really funny. And I liked Marshall's "Is there even a Paramus Waldorf?" and Barney's incredulous "Bro."

I didn't care for the Barney/Quinn and Ted/Robin storylines, though. I couldn't care less about Barney and Quinn as a couple, but if they're going to the trouble to give them screentime, I'd like to see Barney growing up some more through this relationship, rather than regressing. I have no issue with him having a problem with Quinn being a stripper, but I do have a major issue with him making her feel bad about it and basically calling her a slut. I assumed this was all leading to a proposal so Quinn would stop stripping, but maybe not. Or maybe that's what will happen in the finale. Right now, though, the best thing for them to do would be to break up. Quinn enjoys her job, and Barney is never going to be okay with dating a stripper, so they're at an impasse. I know Quinn originally said she'd quit stripping if she got married, but she seemed to love it so much in this episode that I don't know if she actually meant that when she said it.

Quinn herself confuses me - I was totally with her on the whole "I don't need you to rescue me" thing, and her saying she doesn't want to be caged. But at the same time, this is a woman who gave up her apartment and sold all of her belongings except for a box of mugs to move in with Barney, a guy she'd known at the time for a little over a month. I thought she was doing all that stuff because she was desperate for a relationship or desperate to get married so she could stop stripping (since she said she would) but I guess not. I was similarly confused about the guys she ran into. When they first introduced Quinn, it seemed like she seriously loathed the guys who came into the strip club all the time, which is why she had no problem trying to manipulate them out of their money or take Barney's watch or whatever. And I could understand how a stripper might dislike her customers. But then in last night's episode when she runs into some of her regulars, suddenly these guys just say gross things, but are nice people? Like they're all just misunderstood and Quinn just loves stripping for them? I don't even know why I'm thinking about this, really, since I've probably thought about it more than the writers have, but it just bugged me.

And while on one level, I can understand why Ted is still hung up on Robin, the storyline is getting old, particularly because Ted doesn't really have any actual interaction with Robin. This is the second episode they've done recently where Ted is talking to Robin when she's not really there - 7.18, he's having visions of her in his room, and then this episode, everyone he sees turns into Robin. I guess I just wish if they were going back to this again that they'd find some new ways to deal with it or something. Plus I love Robin, so it makes me sad that she's not around much lately, even if it's understandable for a lot of reasons.

I don't know. I'm looking forward to the finale, but this episode didn't really do anything to get me excited for it.

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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 11:59 PM

Dear God, how much more of Ted and Robin do we have to endure? At this point I hope they come up with some screwy gotcha surprise-twist way to make Robin the Mother, because even though his wife is fictional, I hate to think about her listening to Ted drone on and on about Robin their whole married life. And you know he will. The only acceptable alternative for me would be the Mother in prison for trying to stab Ted to death, and Ted explaining to the kids why she had a motive. "Don't be too hard on your mother, she had her reasons. Here, I'll demonstrate."

After which, the kids will finish what their mom started.

Yeesh. At this point, I don't see how the mom can be anything but second best.

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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

I assumed this was all leading to a proposal so Quinn would stop stripping, but maybe not. Or maybe that's what will happen in the finale.

I hope they don't go this route. They've spent so much time having Barney freaking out about Quinn's stripping that I fear it will just come off as Barney being desperate for her to stop stripping.

I really wish I understood why Ted is still obsessed with Robin. I mean, I don't like her character in general and especially not in the last few seasons (but I do like her and Barney together, strangely) but even disregarding that Ted's strange inability to move on after seven years...what is it about her? I think that if Lily and Marshall had never gotten back together after Lily came back to New York then even they'd have moved on by now.

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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 6:34 AM

When they first introduced Quinn, it seemed like she seriously loathed the guys who came into the strip club all the time, which is why she had no problem trying to manipulate them out of their money or take Barney's watch or whatever. And I could understand how a stripper might dislike her customers. But then in last night's episode when she runs into some of her regulars, suddenly these guys just say gross things, but are nice people? Like they're all just misunderstood and Quinn just loves stripping for them?

The way I saw it, she hates them but she loves their money. She's can't really tell them to go away because otherwise they might actually do it and she'd get paid less.

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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 8:36 AM

I really wish I understood why Ted is still obsessed with Robin. I mean, I don't like her character in general and especially not in the last few seasons (but I do like her and Barney together, strangely) but even disregarding that Ted's strange inability to move on after seven years...what is it about her? I think that if Lily and Marshall had never gotten back together after Lily came back to New York then even they'd have moved on by now.


I think it's because Robin is genuinely his friend. He can talk effortlessly with her and he doesn't seem to worry about what he's saying or how he's acting when he's with her. He never seemed to have the same kind of relationship with Victoria, Stella or Zooey.

Yeesh. At this point, I don't see how the mom can be anything but second best.


I think that that's the point they're going for here - he'll know that The Mother is "The One" because he's finally met someone he loves more than Robin, which is why they keep harping on his infatuation with Robin. But I just have a feeling it's not going to work when they finally get around to introducing The Mother. Either they're going to try and make her seem so awesome and it's just not going to come across to the viewers, or they'll show her in the last 20 seconds of the series and we'll just have to believe that she's perfect for Ted without getting to know her at all.

And that's if they even *show* us who The Mother turns out to be. I've recently had the feeling that we're just going to see a shot of her from the back as they first meet, and then it'll all fade to black. They've built her into some sort of demigod for the past seven years, so how can she possibly fulfill everyone's expectations?


The Lily labor thing was so silly and sitcommy.


When Lily started having contractions I remarked to my husband, "Next thing you know she'll be giving birth in a hot air balloon."
Husband: Yeah, and it'll be on fire.
Me: And Ted and Robin will have to deliver the baby, but they'll have leprosy and their hands will have fallen off.
H: And their nubs will be on fire.
Me: And a rabid bear will be loose in the balloon basket.
H: And the bear will be on fire.

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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

I nearly forgot: Lily and Marshall hosted their own baby shower. Of course they did.