Last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother was called “The Stinsons”, and came after a month-long hiatus. After that much time between eps, I was really hoping for something stellar, but was disappointed with this one. It just felt off right from the beginning and never recovered at all.
For one thing, I really don’t like eps that showcase Barney’s completely outlandish side. I hate it when the writers turn him into a caricature instead of trying to make him seem somewhat believable. Barney the womanizer who tries to sleep with anyone who walks into McLaren’s? Believable. Barney the mama’s boy who hires actors to play his wife and kid for seven years? Total caricature. WTF?? Maybe I’m just in a foul mood, but I can’t understand why anyone would think that setup was plausible or funny.
Lately I realize that I’m watching this show just on the off chance that there will be some Robin/Barney interaction somewhere along the line. Frankly, the 10-second glances and longing looks aren’t cutting it for me when I have to sit through 29 other minutes of crap.