History Headscratchers / HowIMetYourMother

21st May '16 7:36:07 AM Evighet
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* The pregnancy really ought to have ended the argument in favour for Marshall. Sure, it's not a physically demanding job that Lily has, but all the same she will be going on maternity leave. Or does she intend on just taking a day off to give birth and then jump right back to it? You don't take newborn babies out to museums and art galleries, the recommendation is that you keep them away from public, crowded places for the first few weeks, and either way she probably won't want to jet off to work when the baby has just been born. Mothers tend to want to be with their infants and it's a crucial bonding period. Basically, while she certainly ''can'' do the job while pregnant she can't do it full-time for the full year and while the child is an infant it should be her priority to be with the baby. Is it ever discussed if the Captain would be willing to postpone and let her go to Italy a year later, when baby Daisy is older? Additionally, this supposed dream job of Lily's just popped up right out of the blue in season eight yet she treats it like it's been her lifelong dream and ambition. Practicing law in order to preserve the environment and make the world a better place has been Marshall's goal/dream throughout the series. Lily has always had an interest in art but becoming an art dealer was never mentioned prior to the Captain making her the offer. Why is it treated with the same weight as Marshall's dream? He has worked hard to get where he is while Lily just had it all dropped on her lap and she didn't even seem to have considered it before then. Marshall's job offer also means a stable job that he would hold indefinitely, meaning a steady income (which they very much need, especially considering Lily's credit card debt and the fact that their family is growing). Lily's is for a year only, she has no idea if she'll even have a job when the year is up and considering the Captain's fickle nature she might get fired at any point while in Rome. To me it felt like the options were "lifelong dream job that the person has worked hard for and which will provide stability and financial security for years to come, possibly the rest of their lives" and "job that the person fell instantly in love with and really wants to do but which will last only for a year and the person won't even be working that entire year due to maternity leave". It's all well and good that she has dreams but there comes a point where you have to be practical and act like an adult, especially if you have children. To me it felt like Lily holding this newfound dream as more important than all of Marshall's hard work and ambitions and the well-being of their children, and/or simply expecting Marshall to make sure it works on a practical level. I like Lily as a character but I thought she was incredibly selfish about this, and considering that selfishness was the crux of the argument...
19th May '16 2:25:00 AM Evighet
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** Personally I chalk it up to this having to do with UnreliableNarrator Ted ''wanting'' both Marshall and Barney to want to be his best friend, and be the one they're fighting over. In actuality none of Barney's insisting that he is Ted's best friend might have taken place.
13th May '16 8:04:56 PM ApeAccount
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** Barney tends to play a "role" of the rebel who doesn't believe in ever doing things the mundane way. Rejecting marriage in favour of one night stands is part of that, as is showing up to a funeral in street clothes and wanting to get buried in the nude. However, if there's one couple who've ever caused Barney to show a subtle appreciation for what a conventional family can be it's Marshall and Lily and by extension their family (no matter how much Barney may push Ted to stay single, you can see how distressed Barney is by the idea of Marshall and Lily breaking up). They have the ability to bring out the side of him beneath the mask. Marshall's father's death was an extension of that and it probably didn't even occur to him not to wear a suit.
13th May '16 7:49:17 PM ApeAccount
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** Barney was trying to talk Marshall out of telling off his boss. The whole point of his story was to tell him how badly it could turn out if he did so. Making up a story with an "and then he died" ending was the perfect way to do this.
13th May '16 7:41:54 PM ApeAccount
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* In “The Goat” the episode was told involving the titular goat. Then at the end of the episode Ted remembered that the goat actually was there on his 31st birthday, not his 30th. This meant that the events which involved the goat had to take place in the episode “The Leap”. That’s not a big deal, considering that the goat was seen at Lily’s kindergarten class and on the rooftop of a surprise party for Ted, the former of which Lily was still teaching a year later and the latter of which was specifically stated to be thrown two years in a row. However, there was also a scene in which Barney spoke to Lily on the phone from a limo on the way to pick up Ted to take him to Vegas to tell him about sleeping with Robin (which placed it near his 30th birthday specifically). In that scene, Lily specifically mentioned both the goat (31st birthday) and Stella (30th birthday). On Barney’s side, events were clearly taking place on Ted’s 30th birthday. So some of what was happening seemed to place the scene on Ted’s 30th birthday and some of what was happening seemed to place it on his 31st. When did this scene actually take place? Since the scene couldn’t have actually happened like this (unless Barney’s phone can call the future), did Future Ted take a real conversation between 30th birthday Barney and Lily and just imagine Lily telling Barney the part about the goat? Or did Future Ted take a real conversation between 31st birthday Barney and Lily about the goat and just imagine everything else around it (Barney being in the limo, Stella being at the party) based around what was happening on his 30th birthday? Either way, it does add to a layer to Ted’s UnreliableNarrator status if he didn’t just omit details from the scene or change the timing but completely modified what was said in the conversation or where people were when they said it.
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10th May '16 7:12:42 PM CastingCrowns
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** Ted is from the Midwest, he is also used to living in a big city from living in New York for so long, Chicago makes perfect sense for Ted. He even describes it as a "Cleveland-y New York".
10th May '16 5:40:05 PM CastingCrowns
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** Ted nailed it when he said she was a bored little trophy wife. Her activism isn't based on any deep personal beliefs. It's more of a hobby.
5th May '16 8:43:09 PM nombretomado
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** This bothered me too. I was really hoping for a cameo at the end of the series, (considering they effort the went to in the late future scenes to dress Ted like [[FullHouse Danny Tanner]]) especially since no matter how much gray you put in his hair no one will buy Josh Radnor as the father of teenagers.

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** This bothered me too. I was really hoping for a cameo at the end of the series, (considering they effort the went to in the late future scenes to dress Ted like [[FullHouse [[Series/FullHouse Danny Tanner]]) especially since no matter how much gray you put in his hair no one will buy Josh Radnor as the father of teenagers.
2nd May '16 10:48:05 AM erforce
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* I don't really get why Barney thinks Ralph Macchio's character was the bad guy in ''TheKarateKid.'' I can get him thinking Daniel is just lame, and that the villain was cooler, but did he miss the part where every single fighter in the Cobra dojo act like sociopathic thugs, their sensei is a scheming psycho, and they tried to ''cripple'' Daniel during the tournament? And he complains about Daniel using the Crane kick after all that?

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* I don't really get why Barney thinks Ralph Macchio's character was the bad guy in ''TheKarateKid.''Film/TheKarateKid1984.'' I can get him thinking Daniel is just lame, and that the villain was cooler, but did he miss the part where every single fighter in the Cobra dojo act like sociopathic thugs, their sensei is a scheming psycho, and they tried to ''cripple'' Daniel during the tournament? And he complains about Daniel using the Crane kick after all that?
2nd May '16 10:47:51 AM erforce
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*** Upon re-watching that scene, it seems like Barney was just screwing with everyone when he said that (he did, after all, also say he roots for the T-800 while watching ''TheTerminator'', and cries when it's destroyed at the end, "And never got to kill those people. And they don't even help him up."

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*** Upon re-watching that scene, it seems like Barney was just screwing with everyone when he said that (he did, after all, also say he roots for the T-800 while watching ''TheTerminator'', ''Film/TheTerminator'', and cries when it's destroyed at the end, "And never got to kill those people. And they don't even help him up."
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