How I Met Your Mother: Shame On Ted Mosby!

I said I was a fan of How I Met Your Mother and I am, but there just hasn’t been anything on the show this season that would compel me to write about it.  Tiny moments for Swarkles (Swarley and Robin Sparkles…I saw that somewhere, cutest thing ever), but the show has already been renewed for two more seasons.  I’ve said it before, there is no reason to rush these things.  Done properly, it’s more fun to watch a ‘ship build slowly, and it gives the writers plenty of time to make it seem natural instead of slapped together sitcom-style.

But this isn’t about Swarkles.

Last night’s episode “Landmarks” was centered around the final end of Ted-and-Zoey, never a favorite of mine.  I didn’t like the fact that their relationship dissolved a marriage, even a weird one, and the idea that Ted would choose some tail over the chance at his dream job seemed all wrong.  Is he so desperate for marriage that he’d trade everything else about himself for a shot up the aisle?  I guess it is refreshing to see a male character act this way for once.  I’m sure Steven Moffat would find him incredibly unrealistic.

Snarky, unrelated comments aside, I’ll come to the point:  I get that Ted might throw his own career away for the chance at a relationship, but the fact that he was willing to let Barney lose his job just threw me for a loop.  I know that when the show started, Barney was the shallow friend and Ted never seemed sure he wanted to keep him around, but over the years I think he’s proven himself to all of them.  He’s the one who made sure that Lily and Marshall got back together after their short-lived break-up; he’s the one who made sure Robin got a new job so she wouldn’t have to move back to Canada; and he’s also the one who got hit by a bus running to reach Ted’s side when he’d been in a car accident.  Even the other characters didn’t freak out on Ted for his sheer selfishness and that struck me as insane.  It seems like the group, with the exception of Robin, still treats Barney like they’re doing him a favor by letting him hang around.

Don’t agree?  Let’s say you’re Barney.  You stake your reputation on the line to get your down-on-his-luck friend the job he’s always wanted, because you won’t allow him to give up on himself.  Not your style; shouldn’t be his.  You do this despite the fact that the last time you tried to help this friend get a job he misjudged his client so badly that he was fired.  Now you find out that he’s planning to illogically betray the project so his new girlfriend will keep liking him, and if he does this you lose your job.  No need to freak out, though, because naturally your friend won’t jeopardize your career for his however-many-months-old relationship, right?  I mean…that would be crazy.

I guess that makes Ted crazy, because he calmly decided to stay his course.  In fact, when he finally does change his mind, it has nothing to do with Barney; he just remembered that turning down the chance to design a building in NYC would be brutally idiotic.  So, I guess Barney should be thankful that Ted’s one self-interest overcame his other self-interest.  I wonder if Hallmark makes a card for that.

I guess it sounds like I’m taking this pretty seriously, but this little show has become a favorite of mine.  I think all four actors have hit their stride by now, outdoing each other with some fantastic delivery.  I guess this is more of a writing complaint then, because I really didn’t like this new side to Ted’s character.  By the time Zoey delivers her betrayal-smack-down, I wasn’t even rooting for him.

Somehow after all this time, Ted still doesn’t treat Barney as a best friend…or even just a close one.  In season 1, it made sense because nobody knew that Barney had a soul.  But season 6?

Not cool, Ted.   Not cool.

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5 Comments »

  1. tron Said:

    totally agree, I believe that barney is the most loyal friend in the show. He constantly sticks his neck out to help the others and is never shown the same respect. He got jobs for ted, marshall, and robin, and was betrayed by marshall when he went to work for Zoey and almost so by ted. I think its bad writing that Barney never brings this up and doesn’t call them out. You are exactly right that the other characters other than robin treat him like an annoying little brother. Overall, the other 4 characters are much more selfish than I used to think they were.

  2. Oscar Wilde Said:

    Barney:
    Won “Prize is Right” and gave all the prices to Lily and Marshall.(Marly)
    Paid for Marshall and Lily vacations.
    Flew all the way to SF and bought Lily a plane ticket.
    Got Ted two jobs, two DREAM JOBS.
    Got Robin a job.
    Gave easily 100,000 to charity (Price of Diamond Suit).
    Never bitched about his family.
    Support his half-brother gay marriage.
    Gave Ted his hoop (aka childhood).
    Openly admits he dates bimbos.
    Gave Ted the button to demolish the Arcadium.
    Bought tickets for Wrestlers vs Robots.

    Ted:
    Self-centered entitled prick.
    Cries about the decisions of her mother.
    Only character with functional parents yet bitches about them all the time.
    Gets mad when Barney bangs Robin, when he is openly back-stabbing him for any girl she finds.
    Destroyed at least 3 of his High-school friend’s weddings just because he was left at the altar.
    Douche who wants to talk philosophically at the bar, like seriously. Join a book club.
    Fought Lily and Marshall for a stupid apartment.
    Breaks awesome girls hearths for stupid reasons.
    When Lily is back Ted cries like he was part of it. He didn’t even contacted her like Barney.

    Then again, my theory is that Barney is the hero.
    It’s hinted numerous times, when Barney says the Daniel is the antagonist in Karate Kid and how Ted is portrayed in Karate Kid. To be honest, I’m happy he was left at the altar.

  3. Oscar Wilde Said:

    Weeding Bride*

  4. Pedro Said:

    I totally agree with you.

    Zoey was totally selfish jeopardizing Ted’s and Barney’s career for the building. I know she said that the building was part of her identity and she had important memories from it, but keep that building at any cost? was that worthy?

    The relationship was insane, how can you date the person who is against you? your job? your career? your dreams?

    If Zoey was selfish Ted was a totally idiot. He was ready to give up his dream job and make one of his best friends, which i agree is totally putting down by him, unemployed just to satisfy the whim of a girlfriend. Worse, being this girlfriend a person with whom he argue all the time? Even for little things, like pizza toppings?

    It’s not about choosing between a friend or a girlfriend, or between love or work, it’s about to commit to one person who would choose nostalgia over you!

    But i even got upset with Ted’s friends, because no one of them had the guts to rebuke Ted. They tried to warn him, specially Robin, but I think they should have been more energic with Ted, because this Archadian issue was very stressing for everyone, and the root of the problem was just a selfish, unoccupied and probably rich, or financially stable from a former marriage, crazy woman.

    Sorry for the writing mistakes, my first language is Portuguese.

  5. xyyx77 Said:

    can’t agree more. Ted is totally selfish. Not only in this episode, but everywhere like taking his new dates to their intimate event and talking about “she might be the one” thing is just so annoying. I actually have a feeling that he just want to hookup though.


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