How I Met Your Mother “Karma” Review

When Becki Newton first appeared as Quinn on How I Met Your Mother a few weeks ago, one of my only complaints was that she and Barney didn’t have as much screen time as I would have liked. This week, we got a full dose of Newton, only this time as Quinn’s Lusty Leopard stripper persona, “Karma.”

As much as I love Becki Newton, I think I got a little too much “Karma” and not enough Quinn for my liking. After years of watching Barney scam the pants of countless women, I didn’t really feel bad for him, but I also didn’t really buy the idea that he would fall for that stripper routine. Somehow we were supposed to believe that Barney had been working the strip club circuit for long enough to know the weekly dinner specials, but had never noticed the chumps who had fallen for the Karma scheme before him. I suppose the “mind blowing sex” he and Quinn had weeks before must have really annihilated his instincts. I totally believe that Barney has a vulnerable, naive side, but I wouldn’t expect his vulnerability to manifest in an environment that he should be so familiar with.

Once Karma was out and Quinn was back in, I loved the interaction between her and Barney. Their last scene in line for coffee was great and I liked seeing how Barney’s pride had been affected by her manipulation. He mentioned to Karma that he had been trying to be a better person, and seeing that more genuine side of him at the end there helped me believe him.

Meanwhile, Robin had moved out of Ted’s place and in with Marshall and Lily. While Ted was trying to fill the empty space with hobbies, Robin was enduring her temporary housing among the suburban tribes. We always knew Robin hated the suburbs, so there was nothing new there, but we finally saw how miserable Lily and Marshall were without their friends out on Long Island.

Ted ultimately turned Robin’s old room into a nursery and handed the keys over to Lily and Marshall so they could move back into the city. It was totally unexpected, but the minute I saw that empty apartment, I realized that this was one of many things Ted has done this season to wrap up old chapters in his life so he could move on to new and better things.

I’m not sure where Ted will end up living now, but he’s got a couple of options. He might bunk with Barney for a little bit, or he might finally move into that old trash heap of a house he bought in the suburbs a few seasons back. Whatever he decides to do, I’ve been really happy watching Ted let go of all the things he used to cling to for security on How I Met Your Mother. This new Ted is out of his comfort zone but he’s not carrying around all his emotional baggage anymore. I’m looking forward to seeing how that changes him and where Ted’s story will go next.