About Last Night... HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, GOSSIP GIRL, CASTLE and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


December 6, 2011 by  

Apparently Monday night’s television was a platform for potentially revisiting the ghosts of relationships past, and some shows did it better than others.

Let’s talk about last night’s TV!

I have incredibly mixed feelings about what went down on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Something felt off about the episode from the start, and the eventual reveal that the “kids” Robin was talking to were imaginary (as she moped on a NYC park bench) felt almost cheap. I wish HIMYM had shown enough faith in the audience to just let the episode play out in real time so we could mourn the news that Robin couldn’t have kids alongside her. Instead, I spent the episode wondering what was real, what wasn’t and what game the show was playing on us by straight-out saying Robin and Barney had kids together. I do wonder if Robin eventually had kids, because when Ted narrated what Robin eventually did, he never said if she had kids….just that she was never alone. (Oh, and HIMYM, back away from revisiting Ted/Robin for the 42,108 time. Seriously. His AC/DC Christmas set-up was awesome, but let them just stay friends this time around.)

I know it’s probably not the case, but this “let’s take down Gossip Girl” mission on GOSSIP GIRL feels like it should be a final season sort of ordeal. What better way to go full-circle with the series than to take down its namesake character? As for what happened in Monday’s episode, while I have no doubt Chuck and Blair will survive, I don’t have the same certainty about Blair’s unborn kid. (And GOSSIP GIRL, please, no, with the Dan and Serena redux.)

HART OF DIXIE seemed to douse the Lavon/Lemon and Zoe/George flames last night, so it’ll be interesting to see how long that lasts. George seems content to stay with Lemon, but it seems like she’s cracking a bit. Should we bet she ends their engagement? (Also, Meredith Monroe is playing Jamie King’s mother?!)

For as much as CASTLE was hyped as a Beckett and Castle hour, the episode (for me) equally reminded us that while Esposito and Ryan are often overshadowed by our dynamic duo, they are just as competent at solving cases. Given all the hype for this episode, I’m really curious to hear what fans thought of it. I think Stana Katic (Beckett) was spot-on about how this could be a look at them being married, but beyond that (and aside from the physical hijinks), it felt like any other episode. (Except now I want a pet tiger.)

The ACAs were…interesting. Perfectly pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.

What did you think of last night’s TV?

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8 Responses to “About Last Night… HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, GOSSIP GIRL, CASTLE and More”

  1. Zoot on December 6th, 2011 1:19 pm

    BAH. Hated HIMYM because it felt like a cheap ploy from the get-go when we found out Robin wasn’t even pregnant. I spent all last week hypothesizing how this would pan out. Then they took it away! But the teased us with the kids she was talking to…and then took that away. BLAH.

    I love ‘Castle’ and thought it was just your typical strong episode. Nothing extreme in either direction. I do always like that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’ve given up on so many procedurals because I feel like they try to hard to be “real” when ‘Castle’ simply tries to be entertaining.

  2. jayme on December 6th, 2011 1:42 pm

    “I do wonder if Robin eventually had kids, because when Ted narrated what Robin eventually did, he never said if she had kids”

    – Ted actually did address this, it was his first comment, that Robin never was a “pole vaulter” which Robin used this episode as a euphemism for being a mother, and since ultimately Future Ted is narrating this ( despite Robin’s fake narrating to her fake children) he clearly meant that she never gave birth to a baby. What I find most interesting and I haven’t yet seen anyone comment on is that when Robin is narrating to her fake kids, she refers to Barney as their father, which says to me that she thought if she were to ever actually have kids, they would be Barney’s kids.

  3. Joy on December 6th, 2011 2:05 pm

    Every time I think Castle can’t get anymore creative – in the good sense of the word – they write something like Cuffed. I mean, there was alot of speculation of something really gruesome being part of the plot. Something along the lines of “Saw” or dealing with human trafficking. NO ONE was expecting a TIGER – and it worked! Exotic pet trafficking! There actually was a story about this tiger issue a while ago on one of the cable enviromental shows. Now, if ABC would get their programming together…launching an unknown game show as a lead-in? Seriously, what’s the thinking?Shouldn’t they at least wait until the regular shows are on hiatus? That’s when viewers are looking for new content.

  4. Kath (canakatydid) on December 6th, 2011 4:41 pm

    Hart of Dixie continues to both warm and break my heart…and despite what the show is trying to tell me, I want George to be the odd man out so it can be WadeZoe and LavonLemon all the way.

    HIMYM was…uh, strange. I loved what Ted did but also hope that it was a way to strengthen his friendship with Robin and not start them back on the road to romance! (PS Did you see Marshall’s Christmas pink flamingo lawn ornament?! I own one just like it!!)

    Castle was good but, for me, a wee bit disappointing. There was great Caskett teasing and tension but nothing as special as the hype lead me to believe. Having said that the tiger surprise was a great one and inenjoyed the case of the week plot and, as always Ryan & Esposito (and Fillion giving good face!).

  5. Laura on December 6th, 2011 5:10 pm

    I loved castle last night but I was expecting a better episode to be honest. It was a missed opportunity to deal with their secrets and their feelings in a deeper way .
    But also I´m having a big problem with Nathan´look this season (he looks really bad , not just the extra weight , he looks old and tired, he doesn´t look 40 but 50), it´s getting really distracting.

  6. El on December 6th, 2011 5:34 pm

    LIked HIMYM but hope Ted and Robin don’t go there again. I love them as friends.

    Really enjoyed Castle. I like that the entire team was involved and loved the Tiger. They have had a number of very emotional episodes this season so I enjoyed this one because it was light. Castle is just a very entertaining show.
    We will get all the episodes about their secrets, etc. AM does not forget or rewrite history. He tells his story and does not leave out chapters.

  7. Simone on January 20th, 2012 9:25 pm

    I picked up on the Meredith Monroe/Jaime King thing too. Meredith always looks very young for her age; I even felt weirded out by her being the wife on that creepy FBI show with Greg from Dharma and Greg (yeah, could I be any more oblique? 😉 )

    I also think Jaime King is pretty but has looked a little eye crinkly for her age for a long time.

    Sure – she’s Lemon’s mom – if she was *11* when she had her. That’s their age gap.

    I think they look more like sisters than Lemon and the girl playin gthe sister who looks A LOT younger than King….

  8. Simone on January 20th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Oh, and wow – so Lemon’s dad Tim Matheson right? He was born in 47 and her mom Monroe was born in 68. Nice casting.

    And she was born in 79 but her sister was born 96.

    Interesting casting.

    I love how TV seems to love single twenty year old and thiry year olds…but parents of teens and tweny somethings are only acceptable if played by actors who look super young and are palying characters who had their kids very young (Gilmore Girls, Weeds).

    Modern Family had a funny like this too…because I think the Claire character supposedly went to college, worked for a while…but in the En Garde episode, they say it was 21 years ago when she and Mitchell broke up their skating duo (and he was 11 and she was 13 at the time).

    So…she is 34. They also say she and Phil have been married for 16 years (season one). Yep. And Hayley (in season one) is a sophomore – so 15 or 16 years old.

    Pretty amazing that Claire is 34, went to college, worked, met Phil and has a 16 year old daughter!!!