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How I Met Your Mother

December 6, 2011 by staff 

How I Met Your Mother, Proving once again that How I Met Your Mother can be as much a drama as it is a comedy, the episode tackled Robin’s views on pregnancy and ended up turning into a story about how life can sometimes be a kick in the face.

Just a couple of weeks back, I was griping about the overuse of surprise pregnancies and “who’s the father” mysteries in TV shows, using How I Met Your Mother as an example, as it was recently revealed that Robin was (or might be) pregnant, and there were two options for the father in the equation, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and her boyfriend Kevin (Kal Penn). The series proved me wrong last night when it was not only revealed that Barney would have most definitely been the father, as Robin had not slept with Kevin yet, but that Robin was not actually pregnant. The news that she wasn’t carrying Barney’s child came after Robin panicked at the thought of giving up her independence in exchange for becoming a mother. And then she found out, not only was she not pregnant, but she’s unlikely to be able to have children at all.

As all of this is playing out, Robin was narrating the story to her own children, much in the way that Ted does each episode as part of the “How I Met Your Mother” format. Following the reveal of Robin’s infertility, her imaginary children disappear and the rest of the episode rides out on Robin’s quiet disappointment.

At its core, How I Met Your Mother is a show about friendship. This is why I tune in. I’m more or less indifferent over how Ted met his kids’ mother, though I expect the story will inevitably be resolved some day.

Given how close Robin is with her friends, we might have expected her to explain her situation and the resulting surprising disappointment that came with it, to Ted, Marshall, Lily and Barney, but she didn’t. Instead, she made up a story about learning she’d never be an Olympic pole-vaulter to justify her bad mood. When faced with a onesie with a red Canadian maple leaf, she could barely keep from crying. Neither could I, frankly. It’s hard enough that she’s facing the reality that bearing children is never going to be an option for her, but factor in the fact that two of her closest friends are celebrating the impending arrival of their own child and her sadness is certainly understandable.

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