As it’s seeming more and more likely that Ted isn’t going to meet The Mother until close to the end of this year’s season (and series?) finale, let’s focus on the How I Met Your Mother couples who are actually getting some action. Like Barney/Robin! When these two first got together a couple seasons ago, CBS tried to make “BRo Love” happen, but I much prefer the fans’ nickname: “Swarkles.” Yep, another example of how Tumblr knows best when it comes to OTPs.
8×02 “The Pre-Nup” wasn’t extraordinary by any means, mostly because it was crippled by the general cheesiness that this show has fallen into. What used to separate HIMYM from other sitcoms was its inventive twists on singles in New York City; after eight years, the “quirky” plots have gone from creatively weird (i.e., Robin Sparkles) to the stereotypical men-vs.-women bullshit. So it’s not really worth recapping the main plot, which was that Barney acts like a total douche by drawing up an unreasonable pre-nup for Quinn that involves “weekly visits” to her lady parts and fantasies about her pillow fighting with her sister-wives. Seriously, I don’t know how the creators expect us to take Barney seriously in his emotional moments when this is his main mode.
Still, where the show is smart is where it explores the group dynamic: The pre-nup prompts the other couples — Ted/Victoria, Robin/Nick, and Marshall/Lily – to contemplate what they would change about each other. And, as Future Ted tells us, by the next morning one of these couples will have broken up. Well, he amends, not Marshall/Lily, but one of the other three pairs.
Side note: How great was Marshall’s bit about the toast? One of the episode’s few funny bits.
This mini-mystery, which really only lasted a few scenes, was a flicker of classic HIMYM. I was sure that the writers were going to sacrifice Nick, which would’ve been a shame since we’ve gotten to see so little of Michael Trucco‘s comedic timing.
Then again, Joe Manganiello tweeted yesterday that he just had his first table read as his returning character Brad! When we last saw him, Robin went out on a date with him to rile up Barney when they were first together… so if Brad is coming back as early as 8×03, that could spell trouble for Nick.
It’s clear that Nick and Robin are just in it for the sex, but it’s fun to see Robin goofing off with a hot guy after last season’s intense revelation that she can’t have children. And even though the writers keep giving Robin more ridiculous quirks, I found it kind of funny and still in-character that she gets turned on watching herself on the news while having sex… and even more so that Past Robin winks to Future Robin while recording the broadcast.
But while Nick was in a Scherbatsky sandwich, the couple we least expected to break up did: Barney and Quinn realized that they simply don’t trust each other. As fun as Becki Newton is, I never saw Quinn as any sort of match for Barney. I’m glad that the writers acknowledged that they simply couldn’t trust each other.
But lest you think we’ll have to suffer through another season of Barney using his ridiculous pick-up schemes on unsuspecting women, we get this great ending moment: He’s at MacLaren’s telling Ted and Marshall, “My single life is gonna be legen — wait for it –”
Then suddenly we cut to “a little ways down the road” and Barney is telling his assorted lawyer buddies, “– dary! My wedding is going to be legendary.” No pre-nup this time, and look! It’s Robin, come to get lunch with Barney and share a sweet kiss.
Yep, had to include it again. Because as good as double Robin is, double Swarkles is even better.