Normally,after anyHIMYMepisode with a forward-looking glimpse with the Mother,I'd be craning my neck and straining my eyes for clues,doing story-line math to the best of my not-very-mathematically inclined abilities.(We saw her and Ted on New Year's Day,and she was wearing her rings,and the kids looked about five,so that means...)
But no.Last night,all my puzzlement was reserved for a single Barney and Robin scene: the hangover flashback where they wake up in 2016,in Buenos Aires,the worse for the wear,and are confronted by a screaming baby in a playpen.A few moments later,the punchline kicks in: iI's not their baby,and the kid's rightful mother comes screaming into the room.
Now,I know we've talked at length about whether the show will stick to Robin's no-kids fate or pull a trap-door reversal somehow.Some of us can't help but want children for her and Barney;others feel it would be a betrayal to the character to give her a couple of babies.
I'm honestly conflicted on the issue—but what I really want to know is,what were the writers trying to tell us with this joke?Let's assess: Yes,they love an absurd,over-the-top gag—sub any other two characters in there,and I'd never question that the baby was a rando joke,nothing more.
The writers also love a little misdirect—but you have to admit,this is a strange area to plumb for one.Robin's thought process and medical revelations regarding children have always been in that small file of things the show consistently treats with solemnity;to take a relatively low-impact jab at it seems a little out of character for them.Plus,isn't it just as plausible that the actual joke could be that Barney and Robin's real baby is down the hall,in another room—as opposed to them not having a baby at all?
It's just too soon to call whether their groaning,seasoned-parent responses to that baby's wails hints at a major bombshell,or simply the beats of a bit.But it's officially got me thinking that westillhaven't heard the last word on the whole issue of Robin and kids.
How did you take the whole thing?