This is what I have always loved about this show. The big sentimental moments always strike the perfect cord because I have fallen in love with these characters. And the actors knock it out of the park every time. There are so many comedies that can’t pull off the serious episodes. HIMYM has never been one of them because the cast is so terrific. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, then stop reading now because you don’t want to be spoiled for this episode. But you better come back and finish reading the post!!!!!!
Just to quickly touch on the Marshall/Scott thing…it was funny and fine but since the other story in the show was so much bigger, I really don’t want to spend much time on this. Marshall was looking to really decorate the new house (Clark Griswold style) and a kid in the neighbor came by to “help” him. He trapped Marshall on the roof and used his house as his own personal party palace. Nice little asshole. It also led to a funny back and forth with Robin and Marshall about Manheim Steamroller vs. AC/DC for Christmas music! But let’s get to what we really want to talk about, shall we?
Last week, we were left with a pretty big cliffhanger…Robin told Barney she was pregnant. At first, I wasn’t’ thrilled about this turn of events. But this will teach me to never doubt the writers of the show again. Because this storyline is sooooo much better than I could have expected, even if it is much sadder. There were many bombs dropped in the episode. The first being that if Robin is pregnant (she hadn’t taken a test or seen the doctor…she was just late and she’s never late, which is a point of pride for her) the baby is Barney’s because she and Kevin hadn’t slept together yet. Barney was pretty happy about this and pretty supportive. But they agreed to keep it quiet until they knew for sure.
They go to the doctor and they get the news they were hoping for….Robin is not pregnant and a hugely funny dance ensues. Later we see Robin celebrating with scotch and a cigar when the doctor calls and asks her to come back in. At this point, I thought they were going to tell her they made a mistake and she really was pregnant, but a bigger twist happened….Robin was told she could never have children. What was an even BIGGER twist, was Robin’s reaction. She was devastated. She decided not to tell anyone because of how they would treat her and react to the situation (and it was hilarious and so true at the same time!) So Robin instead told them that she couldn’t be a pole vaulter and that’s why she is so upset.
When going with Lily to the baby store, Lily knows there is really something wrong with Robin and asks her again what has her so upset. Robin proceeds to tell her about how she never wanted to be a pole vaulter, ever. But now being told you don’t have the choice, you can’t be a pole vaulter vs. making the conscious choice to not be a pole vaulter is very different. At least when it’s your choice, you can always change it should you want to. When it’s not an option, the choice is taken away. It was very emotional to watch because I’ve had so many friends either have issues with getting pregnant or told they can never have children. It’s brutal.
Back at her apartment, Ted can also tell that something real is upsetting Robin and it has nothing to do with pole vaulting, but Robin refuses to tell him. Ted tries to offer to have her go back to Cleveland with him for Christmas but she wants to be in New York. He keeps pushing and she wants to know why and he tells her because it’s his job to make her feel better. It’s moments like this I remember why I liked Ted after all (even if he has been a royal douche the last few seasons.) It’s because that guy is a really good friend when it counts. He is always there when one of them really needs him and I really respect that about his character. When Robin thinks she’s all by herself for Christmas and comes back to the apartment, she can’t turn on the lights. That’s because all the lights are tied into Christmas lights all over the apartment and all over a big tree with AC/DC blasting to the pattern of the blinking lights! Ted comes out from the kitchen and tells Robin, he doesn’t need to know what’s wrong. He just knows she needs to feel better and that will always be his job no matter what. He will always take care of her. She bursts into tears (as do I) and hugs him.
While all this was going on, Robin was talking to her future children (like future Ted does every episode.) And she refers to Barney as their father the entire time she is talking to them…..interesting!!! But what was even more telling (and sad) was that in the end, they were just a mirage. They don’t exist. Now I don’t know if that is foreshadowing on both fronts but it broke my heart. You see Robin sitting by herself in a park staring off at a picture of a family that she will never have. On a side note, where the hell was Kevin? In her voice over, you hear her talking about being alone at Christmas in NYC. Why? Shouldn’t Kevin have been with her? It didn’t make any sense.
So what do you make of all this? I still think that it means that Robin and Barney end up together. But now I’m starting to think that is more my wishful thinking. It’s also very possible that Robin doesn’t end up with anyone. At the end of episode when future Ted is telling his kids about Robin, he talks about her professional accomplishments and how she travelled the world and even became a bull fighter (can’t wait to hear that story.) But he never mentions a husband or family. Does that mean Robin lives up to what she has always said? That she doesn’t want to be married or have kids? It’s very possible. The writers have always made a point to make sure that we as an audience are reminded of that fact. You can take it one of two ways….that it’s true and that’s what happens for Robin or she has never wanted it but she changes her mind and it happens anyway. I’m not sure. Now just because Ted didn’t mention a husband or family doesn’t mean that’s not how Robin’s life turns out. I just found it interesting that it was not mentioned in his description of how her life is in the future. I could be reading WAAAAY too much into it. But this episode really gave us a lot to think about. And I would like to give kudos to Josh Radnor and Colbie Smulders for amazing performances in this episode.
I really want to hear from you about this episode, so please inundate my comments section with your thoughts!