How I Met Your Mother continued Monday night with “Karma” on CBS 2 in Queens. Barney continued to pursue Quinn, Robin moved into the suburbs, and Ted dealt with the empty room in his apartment.
Barney saw Quinn at the strip club one night and though he was at first unsure about dating her, thought it was destiny and actively pursued her. She conned him into paying hundreds for lap dances to convince her to date him, then had him come to the club for their date in the expensive back room. He did finally realize what was going on after watching her scam another guy.
Barney did convince Quinn he was worth giving a chance, and she bought his coffee. Things were looking up for them. While it was nice to see this other side of Barney, it doesn’t seem likely she’s his future bride, so this is just another obstacle in getting there. But perhaps she is the one he needs to be with to get to the point where he’s ready to get married.
After moving out of Ted’s, Robin stayed with Marshall and Lily, and it got weird. Robin’s journal entries were amusing, as she related what happened as If observing natives of a tribe, and it was no surprise they were waiting when she tried to sneak out. Unsurprisingly, the couple said they didn’t like Long Island but thought it was best for the baby.
This had to be the most amusing storyline of the episode, as it gave them the chance to have Lily and Marshall be overboard creepy, Robin the captive instead of guest, and the chance for the couple to admit that they wish they were back in the city. Fortunately, they have the opportunity for that last bit thanks to Ted.
Ted’s storyline was the most poignant, as he was having trouble dealing with Robin moving out. He had no idea what to do with the empty room, and Robin’s “ghost” was there to give her opinion on what he was choosing to do with the room: barbecue, woodwork, and pottery. He didn’t want to turn it into a guest room for someone who wasn’t there, and Robin said she was still there no matter how much he changed the room.
When Robin paid him a visit and told him that Marshall and Lily said Long Island wasn’t the right fit, he realized it was time to move on—and move out. He took his name off the lease and left it to Marshall and Lily, with Robin’s old room the baby’s room. Ted needed a change.
It looks like everyone’s getting to the place they need to be in their lives, and this episode showed just that. Barney’s maturing to the point where he’ll be ready to get married. Ted’s realized he needs to move on from Robin for good and part of that is moving out. He has some growing to do before he’s ready to meet his future wife. Marshall and Lily belong in the city, and this episode got them back there.
Some of the best episodes of the show have the right balance of comedy and drama sprinkled with some comedic moments. “Karma” had just that, and episodes like it are why the show is still around and will still be around next season.
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