Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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

The writers took a few ideas and ran with it very, very far. The result was an episode that was all over the place, bordering on fantasy several times, but extremely funny in the process. Being too weird isn't always the best direction to go, and yet HIMYM nails it the majority of times.

The bizarre rabbit or duck analogy comes into play after Ted randomly pulls out a book. Immediately, I saw a duck, and only saw the rabbit later. Either way, you see both eventually, and everyone sans Barney gets into a huge argument. Marshall likes rabbits better, but after a furious discussion, Marshall relents and admits ducks are better.

That set the base for the relationship stuff in the episode. At first, Don is the rabbit, but by the end of the episode, he's looking a lot like a duck to Robin. Ted gets Marshal and Lily to find him a girl to marry, but they forget and grab a girl from Barney's phone (more on that later). Ted chooses a rabbit and goes to a date with a girl he grabbed from Barney's phone prior to that. That too fails, and by the end of the episode he's sitting dejected on the couch next to Robin. They've gone down that road before, but they are so great together I was expecting them to kiss. Scenes like that shouldn't be allowed to exist knowing that it won't happen.

CBS's Super Bowl promotion of HIMYM was Barney at the Super Bowl holding a sign with his phone number. With millions of people watching, Barney got hot girl after hot girl and couldn't decide what to do. It's like a year of his life stuffed into several days. He can't juggle all these girls without going crazy. Maybe he'll learn his lesson. Nah.

Score: 9.4/10


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