I thought we were done with Zoey, I really did. After she and Ted broke up last week, I figured we'd seen the last of her, but then came "Challenge Accepted", which spent nearly an entire episode lingering on her, when we already know she's not the mother, and has no connection to the mother, and I just don't care about her anymore.
In fact, this episode seemed to be entirely about lingering plot threads, and wasted about 18 minutes of our time messing around with them before getting to the last three minutes of the episode that served to set up all the major themes of Season 7.
So, here's what we learned:
- Lily's pregnant, which was the cause of the profuse vomiting that dominated the episode and made for a terrible recurring joke
- Barney is the groom at the mystery future wedding shown multiple times throughout this season, though we still don't know the bride. Is it Nora, who came back into Barney's life at the end of the episode, or Robin, who seemed to be sad about that because of her feelings for Barney, which bubbled back up because of the whole Ted and Zoey thing.
- Zoey isn't the mother (duh), and neither is the random blonde girl who got the orchid, leading to one of future Ted's annoying "and that's how I met your mother... NOT" jokes.
I could live with the show being coy about its major plot developments on a regular basis if it were consistently funny, but it stopped being that about two seasons ago. It's not entirely unfunny either, it's just that some episodes work and some don't, and the only consistency you can count on from the show is that major developments in the characters' lives will happen at a snail's pace. And I'm no longer sure that's worth dealing with 24 times a year.
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