How I Met Your Mother

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Cindy McLennan: C+ | Grade It Now!
There's No "I" In Team And No "U" in Poo

MacLaren's: Marshall hands out baseball caps (personalized with "Seven Up Seven Down") to the gang, and proclaims them the official hats of Barney's perfect week. "I was going to do shirts, but then you have to guess sizes and feelings get hurt. It's a mess." Lily then retires the tie that Barney wore on Night Seven of his perfect week. Marshall nails it to the MacLaren's wall as he says, "May Barney's heroic feat be remembered and spoken of for generations to come." Ted rolls his eyes and smirks. "Yeah. I'm totally gonna sit my kids down one day and tell them about the time Uncle Barney nailed seven chicks in a row." Everyone laughs.

Mosby Den; 2030: The kids look like they don't know what to say. Saget!Ted asks them, "Am I a bad dad?" Fade to black.

End Tag: As Ted is getting a beer from the bartender, Wendy the Waitress comes out with a take-out order. "Take-out order for Cook Pu. We have a number 2 over here, for Cook Pu." Ted's back is to her. He gives the gang the evil eye. They break into laughter. Ted's not amused. "You guys have Wendy saying it now. Come on, I get it. Cook Pu is a stupid name, and it gets stupider and stupider the more you say it. Cook Pu. Cook Pu. Cook Pu." Over at the alley-door end of the bar, poor Cook Pu peeks her head out from behind the guy next to her and says, "Here!" Ted is mortified. He turns to face his unintentional and yet repeated victim. She gives him a dirty look, but it's worse than a dirty look, because it's a dirty, hurt, humiliated look. She grabs her bag from Wendy and hurries out of the bar. Ted sits down in defeat.

As you can tell, I didn't love this one. I hope you grade the episode up at the top of the page (see the little "Episode Report Card" square with the pull-down). I'm seeing a wide range of opinions about this one online, and I'd like to know where TWoP readers fall. One thing I did appreciate it though, is that we got some confirmation that Ted is telling his kids most of these stories. In the past, I've honestly figured that he was censoring out the more salacious ones. From now on, unless he specifies otherwise, I'm going to assume he's a bad dad telling them most of it.

For those of you who didn't read the recaplet, I'll repeat here that while I thought the structure of the episode was wonderfully complex, even for HIMYM, I've got some Barney fatigue, and more specifically some Barney's-such-a-ho fatigue, so by the time the whole gang started pulling together help Barney land the last conquest needed for his perfect week, I started hoping he'd fail. In fact, I expected him to fail. I'll add that I think he should have failed at something. Since he succeeded at his perfect week, I think his GNB job should have been toast. This episode felt like it went nowhere except possibly backwards. After watching it, I felt less connection to the characters than a random girl gets from Barney during a perfect week attempt.

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