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"How I Met Your Mother" Episode 2: The pre-nup

Make-ups and break-ups and pre-nups, oh my.

Last night’s “How I Met Your Mother” gave us a refreshing wake-up call from the hopeful, romantic and love induced haze of last week’s episode. The mother is still a Jane Doe, Ted is still with Victoria — I still stand by my opinion that this relationship is on its last energy pill — and Barney is no longer engaged to Quinn.

Yup, you heard me. Barney and Quinn are done. Over. Finito.

Admittedly, when Ted told us that either he and Victoria, Barney and Quinn or Robin and Nick were going to break up by the end of the episode, I was ready to gather all the money in my bank account (albeit this is a meager quantity) and invest it into my belief that Ted and Victoria were as over as Justin Guarini’s singing career.

In retrospect, I should have concluded that any relationship anchored by the devotion of so much time and energy into a pre-nup is probably not going to survive. Nevertheless, Barney’s pre-nup is legend-wait-for-it-dary. And by that I mean it shows that Barney is still the same misogynistic, sex-crazed womanizer we have known and loved since Season 1.  I don’t hate it.

Not surprisingly, Quinn is angry at the suggestions that she pay $2000 every time she gains a pound at a weekly weigh in, that her parents can visit whenever they want as long as they are in an urn and that she have pillow fights in front of Barney with her scantily clad lady friends, to name a few. Quinn, the feminist in me is slapping your wrist for not dumping Barney on the spot. However, your dude is hilarious and you’re lucky that Barney Stinson pulled you out of the strip club.

Before I move on, I would like to emphasize my satisfaction with Barney choosing Robin in the long run, but I have to say that Quinn is just really pretty. Like really pretty.

Screenshots by Kara Weeks

On that note, let’s move on to Robin. She is still with Nick and I don’t know how I feel about that yet, but we now know that Robin gets turned on while watching herself on the news during sex and this is awesome/weird/hilarious.

Lily and Marshall are still dealing with parenthood and are not bringing much to the table in terms of comedic relief other than their brief argument about Marshall manhandling their baby, which provoked Lily’s demon eyes. These are actually scary.  Anyway, they make up. Cue sentimental music.

Ted and Victoria are still together…that’s all I got for these two.

I was also happy to see two side characters come back this episode:

1)   Klaus. Ted is an idiot and tells Klaus, who lost his job and home, that he can stay in Ted’s apartment for the time being. This is a horrible idea, but Klaus is weirder than we thought and walks around naked making things really awkward. I can dig it.

2)   Arthur Hobbs, Barney’s volatile boss from Goliath National Bank who needs anger management classes and has a soft spot/over-the-top obsession with his dog Tugboat. I like him because I love my dog this much too.

That’s all I got for this week’s episode. Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS for Episode 3!

P.S.  I really think that Klaus sounds like Stewie from “Family Guy".

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