How I Met Your Mother midseason finale: WTF?

Before How I Met Your Mother season 7 premiered, the executive producers of the show made it very clear that this season is Robin’s season, and that Cobie Smulders deserves to get an Emmy nod for it. This made me, and a lot of people, very hopeful. Cobie Smulders was so underused on the show for the past few seasons, and season 7 was definitely the time for her to shine.

Through the first few episodes, I didn’t really get why the execs had said that. Robin’s storyline was barely advancing: She was in love with Barney & then decided to date another guy, Kevin. What’s new about that? Nothing.

In episode 9, though, they made her cheat with Barney on Kevin after they showed us a flashback of them kissing in the summer. And Episode 10 ended with Robin telling Barney she was pregnant. I was shocked. I stayed still after episode 10 ended for like 2 minutes trying to comprehend what just happened. She was pregnant? Robin? The only character on the show who’s adamantly against having kids? Things were getting thrilling for Robin and I liked that.

I was intrigued, as were millions (the episode after Robin told Barney she was pregnant became the most watched episode in 2 years with 11.7 million viewers.) The writers promoted the episode intensely with interviews and previews that made all of the fans go insane. They talked about the paternity issue and how Robin’s going to deal with her pregnancy. I was excited.

The next episode started with Robin talking to her kids the same way Ted talks to his kids about his past; she had brunette girl and a blonde boy. I squealed so hard, I think one of the neighbors screamed at me to shut up. Not only did she have kids, but Barney was the father. I smiled throughout the first half of the episode, and then the bombshells started dropping.

Robin’s not pregnant.

Well, okay. I was surprised, of course. The writers were promoting the episode through Robin’s pregnancy only, so I felt betrayed, but the dance number Robin and Barney did after they learned she wasn’t really pregnant cheered me up and all was good again.

In a few minutes, another bombshell dropped: Robin can’t have kids… EVER.

Uhm, what??!

This is not the first time the show has tackled a sad issue. Remember when Marshall’s dad died? But THIS was too much. How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom. It’s supposed to make viewers laugh with and at the characters. It’s supposed to make them giggle throughout the episode – not cry.

It turns out the kids Robin was talking to weren’t real. She was just imagining them. I wept like a child from that scene on.  When Ted cheered Robin up (even though he didn’t know why she was upset in the first place) by Christmas lighting up his apartment to “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC (A band Robin thinks is bad-ass), my heart hurt so much, it broke. THAT scene, though, should definitely get Cobie Smulders an Emmy. She cried so hard, I forgot she was acting. But that the thing is, if she is to get nominated for an Emmy, it would be for Comedy, and this scene was not comedic at all.

To make things worse, at the end of the episode, Ted’s voice-over clarified that Robin will never EVER have kids – she will not adopt, or get a surrogate, or anything.

Yes, I was very glad that Cobie Smulders got an episode that revolved around her with a solid storyline. And yes, I want her to get an Emmy for her role, but not like this.

I still don’t get why they did that. Why would they destroy a character like that … on a comedy? The show is going to take a very dramatic turn after it returns from its hiatus (the return date has not been determined yet). And the writers said the second half of the season will deal with Robin accepting her brutal reality, telling her friends about it, and with her getting closer to Ted, she is a very special person in his life, after all.

What?? You can’t build up the first 12 episodes of the season on Barney & Robin and then simply move on to Ted/Robin & Barney/a new character played by Becki Newton.

Obviously, I’m very pissed.

What did you guys think of the Robin storyline in the mid-season finale? Do you think the writers went too far?

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  • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

    It’s funny that you write this because, as I’ve told you, I’ve been thinking about how comedies don’t actually need to be funny all the time — especially HIMYM, which is never scared to go into that territory of drama. Cobie does deserve an Emmy, regardless if it’s in comedy. Those Glee kids get nominated all the time, and those episodes are hardly comedies, I’d say. The point is that the show is a comedy and she excelled in a comedy show — by doing everything in this episode. She was nervous, happy, sad, and so on, basically comedic and dramatic.

    And as for the kids fake out thing, it was kind of annoying but I’m used to it by now.

    • Jesss

      But Glee is a drama, not a comedy. Sure theres some jokes every now and again, but the show it’s self isn’t a sitcom.

      • http://nowhitenoise.com/ Michael Collado

        Which was my point…

  • Julian

    I personally think the last HIMYM episode was one of the best episode of the series. It was funny and and it was tragic. I don’t think they went too far, it’s to soon to say that. Drama in comedies are not something we’re not used to. I remember when Chandler and Monica found out they couldn’t have kids together and it broke my heart, but it was all good by the end.

  • Bokamp22

    I could not believe they did not air an episode last monday. I came home to relax and enjoy my favorite show, which obviously wasn’t on. I wish they would have aired an old episode(maybe the scuba diver) or any other epicly funny episode they possess in their arsenol. As a Huge fan I was disapointed. But i’m not at all put off. This is The best show on television, bar none, comedy, drama etc. I just think the show could’ve went on… As I hope it does for many more years. LOVE IT! Btw Cobie does deserve an emmy, as does the rest of the cast…

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      Yeah, after such a downer Holiday episode it would have been nice to have a rerun of a previous Holiday episode or something but nope. I understand, they wanted to keep momentum with the new episodes that aired anyway, however.

  • HIMYM111

    i so pissed of too!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefuly they will create a twist :/ like she will use IVF they havent deined that one :D fingers crossed…

  • Lily

    I’m sorry but why do you think the character is so destroyed? Obviously it’s a ridiculously hard reality to face as a woman, but Robin is an awesome character, whether she can have kids or not. This just means that the show will be going in another direction.

  • ClumsyHibz

    I guess you’re right about Cobie. She definitely gave her all in this episode. But I was definitely disappointed with the storyline, but knowing How I Met Your Mother, that’s nothing new. They kind of have a habit creating the unexpected.