How I Met Your Mother 7.5: “Field Trip” Review

Alright HIMYM fans, so sorry for no review last week. Overall, I thought ‘The Stinson Missile Crisis’was an average How I Met Your Mother episode… not too exciting with a few laugh out loud moments but it was purposeful l in introducing Robin’s therapist/love interest Kevin (Kal Penn)

Last night’s ‘Field Trip’was similar. There was a whole lot of plot development but it never really grabbed me the way the really good episodes of HIMYM does.

After Kevin tells Robin, he can no longer be her therapist because of his attraction to her, they share a series of breakfasts and then finally a real date. While everyone (see ‘Pollster!’) thinks this new relationship is creepy, Robin is determined to let herself be happy and after a quick turn as his ‘therapist’they decide to continue their relationship. While I like the idea of Robin and Kevin (mostly because I love Kal Penn), I can’t help but feel like every relationship Robin has and Barney too for that matter is just stalling until they get together. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but we’ll have to see how this relationship (Robin and Kevin) progresses.

Meanwhile Ted takes his students on a disastrous field trip which leads to Barney’s ‘Ewok’presentation and using Ted’s students as the best focus group ever. One of my favorite bits in the the episode had to be using Ted’s class as ‘Pollster’for all the debates Barney and Ted have ever had including ‘Jacob vs. Edward… James Olmos.’I mean really how perfect was that sample group? They could have done research studies!

Barney’s Ewok presentation was spurred by Nora’s declaration that she hates the ewoks in Return of the Jedi. In an amusing scene and power point I’d love to see, Barney describes the ‘Ewok’line. According to the line you only hate ewoks if you were at least 10 on May 25, 1973 therefore Nora must be lying about her age. (She’s not since she only just saw the Star Wars movies last year.) Seems Barney is just trying to find reasons to run away from his successful relationship.

It was nice to see Marshall passionate about his new job. Seeing him upset when he discovers his boss Garrison Cootes (Martin Short) has given up on the earth and celebrates a non-victory against Gruber Pharmaceuticals with three cakes. Initially resigning to this idea, he marches into Cootes’office and declares they cannot give up after seeing his new baby’s sonogram. They’re going to ‘war’and as Future Ted tells us they’re going to save the world.

Additional thoughts

  • Marshall’s family edited speech was done nicely.
  • Anyone else detect some jealously when Barney met Kevin?!?
  • I want to see Alyson Hanningan doing more as Lily. She seems to be just the pregnant one right now.

Quips of the night:

  • ‘Bro, you’re killing it today.’ Robin to Kevin re: psychoanalyzing her perfectly, complete with fist pump explosion.
  • ‘It’s like watching The Breakfast Club on TBS.’ Barney re: Marshall’s edited speech
  • ‘I’m not going to die. I bought an old mine shaft in Colorado. I spent the last 6 months filling it with can goods, assault rifles and all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights.’ Garrison Cootz Re: the world ending
Do you think Robin’s new relationship is creepy? Is Barney going to sabotage his own relationship? Most importantly, How do you feel about the Ewoks? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Arlyn

    Btw, it should be 1983, not '73, since that was the year Return of the Jedi was released, which featured the Ewoks in question. Didn't really catch if they made a mistake on the show as well though…

    • Asia

      No the date is right. Barney mentioned something about how fans of Star Wars were split into two groups those who like Ewoks and those who didn't. Anyone was ten at the time the movie came out didn't like Ewoks.

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