HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Mystery Vs. History” Review

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Mystery Vs. History” Season 7, Episode 6 – I’ve got a couple of friends who have only seen a handful of How I Met Your Mother episodes and in the process of telling me how much they hate the show, they inevitably begin a character analysis trying to convince me that my favorite TV pals are totally obnoxious.

Tonight, Kevin did that work for them and laid out all of the reasons that the How I Met Your Mother gang is a group of “co-dependent incestuous control freaks.” While my HIMYM-hating friends might look at his analysis as a great list of all the reason these characters are despicable, it only made me love these flawed characters all the more.

How can you not laugh at Ted and Marshall’s separation anxiety or their stupid poop texts? Their juvenile social behavior is what makes them relatable to those of us who are fully functioning in an adult world, but who don’t feel totally grown up. I can’t really relate to Lily’s Survivor guilt, or the emotional extortion among the group, but I’ll happily watch the folks on How I Met Your Mother slap the living daylights out of one another to the tune of Murder Train any day of the week.

Kevin’s role in tonight’s episode actually reminded me a lot of an early episode of Friends where Phoebe dated a psychiatrist. Kevin is much more lovable than Phoebe’s boyfriend, so when he loses his cool and speed-analyzes the group in a somewhat negative light, it’s forgivable.

I loved Robin and Barney’s obsession with researching Ted’s dates and finding the weirdest things about all the women that are willing to go on a date with Ted. The running Annie Hall gag cracked me up and it played so perfectly into Ted’s imagination of the secrets that Janet was keeping from him – she could be a prostitute, a dude, or heaven forbid, only like Annie Hall a little bit.

It’s so easy to get frustrated with Ted. He’s so terrible with women that it makes me wonder how he will ever be able to make a relationship last long enough for a woman to want to marry him. The minute he gets online confirmation that Janet is an amazing, accomplished billionaire he’s so intimidated by her that he can’t stop blabbering. If he’s not going to meet the mother of his children any time soon, can’t he at least manage a successful date with a single woman?

Much to Barney’s dismay, Lily and Marshall were trying to keep the gender of their baby a surprise. Since Barney can’t stand not knowing things, he uses his usual manipulative ways to find out the information for himself. Robin instinctively into partner-in-crime mode and I enjoyed their dorky play on boy, girl, or twins as they teased Lily and Marshall about the mystery gender.

The bile yellow color of that nursery needed to be changed even if they didn’t find out the gender of their baby. I thought it was sweet how Lily and Marshall accidentally found out about the gender of the baby even after deciding they didn’t need to know it. No matter what, the gender reveal was an unexpected surprise and they can still resist traditional gender roles even if Barney insists on buying him an infant sized baseball uniform.

There were a few bits in this episode that felt out of place for me. The running spit-take gag felt so outdated and if it was just supposed to be a physical gag, it definitely fell flat. I also didn’t see how Robin’s flashbacks added to the story. As much as I love any opportunity to see Robin in awkward Canadian outfits with bad hair, it wasn’t funny enough to take up as much screen time as it did.

Overall, this was a cute episode of How I Met Your Mother and while there were a few gags that didn’t work for me, there were just as many moments that gave me serious chuckles.

What were your favorite bits? Let me know in the comments below!