History Headscratchers / HowIMetYourMother

30th Oct '16 11:56:13 AM DontCallMeHuman
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**Also worth remembering that Marshall calculated Barney's success rate at only just over 1%.
21st Oct '16 8:22:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** "What the hell were the writers thinking" is the main thing that a lot of viewers (including myself) are wondering about the finale in general. Robin has probably finished all her traveling by this point, and everything else has magically worked out so the writers could have their way. If that explanation doesn't satisfy you (which would make perfect sense), just think that the writers wanted this ending since the beginning of the show. So you can pretty much say that regarding anything that was standing in their way (like Robin's job or the fact that The Mother is more than a walking uterus), TheyJustDidntCare.''Still bitter''.

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** "What the hell were the writers thinking" is the main thing that a lot of viewers (including myself) are wondering about the finale in general. Robin has probably finished all her traveling by this point, and everything else has magically worked out so the writers could have their way. If that explanation doesn't satisfy you (which would make perfect sense), just think that the writers wanted this ending since the beginning of the show. So you can pretty much say that regarding anything that was standing in their way (like Robin's job or the fact that The Mother is more than a walking uterus), TheyJustDidntCare.uterus).''Still bitter''.
6th Oct '16 12:10:52 PM Hawkeye86
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** He was offered a position with a clause stating he had to have passed the bar. If he would have failed the offer would no longer be on the table.
11th Aug '16 3:33:57 PM yecasux10
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*In I'm Not That Guy Marshall is offered a job at a law firm, but it isn't until 2 episodes later in Spoiler Alert that he finds out if he's passed the Bar or not. How could he get a job if he hadn't already passed it?
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14th Jul '16 7:44:51 PM Truec
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***Truth in television once again, there are in fact at least two sewage treatment plants in Manhattan. And the property owners avoid having their values brought down by conning idiots into pretending they already know about the plant.
14th Jul '16 12:07:09 AM Lightning4119
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*** It may not even be that he "knows Ted better than he knows himself," as much as it was the case at the end of Season 4, where everyone could tell that the situation was hurting him, but he couldn't admit it or wouldn't take steps to fix the problem because he still wanted something that he couldn't necessarily have at the time.



*** Its not just her, most sitcom marriages has the wife be a shrill harpy because HERPADERP FUNNY, but their relationship is held up as ideal, with NO basis whatsoever. Theyre very different people, they dont actually seem to share anything that would make them a perfect couple, other than that they latched onto eachother in college. I get that Lily is based on one of the creators wives, but come on!

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*** Its not just her, most sitcom marriages has the wife be a shrill harpy because HERPADERP FUNNY, but their relationship is held up as ideal, with NO basis whatsoever. Theyre They're very different people, they dont don't actually seem to share anything that would make them a perfect couple, other than that they latched onto eachother each other in college. I get that Lily is based on one of the creators wives, but come on!



*** So her almost running off to Spain because she didnt want to deal with the effects Marshalls new job would have, or Marshall being forced to take a corporate job because of HER credit card debts makes her a wonderful spouse? Its like Ted said before, all Lily cares about is to have the life that SHE imagines, she doesnt seem to give a crap about what anyone else wants. And the little rituals they have are a sign of co-dependency, not love.

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*** So her almost running off to Spain because she didnt didn't want to deal with the effects Marshalls Marshall's new job would have, or Marshall being forced to take a corporate job because of HER credit card debts makes her a wonderful spouse? Its like Ted said before, all Lily cares about is to have the life that SHE imagines, she doesnt doesn't seem to give a crap about what anyone else wants. And the little rituals they have are a sign of co-dependency, not love.
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.
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