How I Met Your Mother: Barney Learns Nothing
How I Met Your Mother: Barney Learns Nothing
So, that was new.  Tonight's episode of How I Met Your Mother was a full-on Barney story, the likes of which we've never see before.  We delved deep into the sick world of Barney and his multitude of perverse sexual conquests and, ultimately, wound up right back where we started.  That's the joy of the Barney character – he is not a very good person, but he's come to terms with it and makes no apologies for his behavior (except for one moment tonight, which ended up being misleading).  The reason why How I Met Your Mother can't focus more on Barney is that he doesn't learn anything.  Sitcoms tell moral tales with definite arcs; Barney is more or less arc-less.  Which is why tonight's How I Met Your Mother episode felt abbreviated, the ending meaningless, although I'm glad the writers gave a Barney-centric episode a shot. 

The plot of the episode cleverly ties in CBS's March Madness coverage.  Barney is being followed by a stalker, who secretly warns Barney's female prey of his womanizing ways.  Barney, in an attempt to find out who exactly would feel so wronged by him that they would do such a thing, makes a 64-woman bracket of all the women he has slept with and now may have a vendetta against him.  A night is spent discussing the match-ups until a final four of wronged women is left.  He and Lily search for these women to find out who the stalker is.

Enough for the plot.  All you need to know is that by the end of the episode nothing is resolved, and Barney is unchanged.  This is pretty atypical for a sitcom, even one as original as How I Met Your Mother.   But, since it was an episode centered around Barney, I'm glad nothing was resolved and I'm glad Barney didn't learn anything.  Barney doesn't learn lessons. 

Anyway, this wasn't a great episode, but it had some moments.  Barney pretending to be going blind in the museum cracked me up.  And, man, two years ago I never would have believed I'd say this, but Robin keeps on stealing scenes.  She's getting about as good a laughs per line (lpl) ratio as Barney these days.  

However, the best part of the episode was probably the very last scene, which finally gave a nod to Doogie Howser, M.D. in hilarious fashion.  I'm awesome, indeed.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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