'How I Met Your Mother' Bad News Episode: What's With the Numbers?

How I met Your mother
I spy number 43!
Other than bawling my eyes out at the end of last night's "Bad News" episode of How I Met Your Mother (I'll save you the spoiler until after the jump but oh.my.god.), the only other major thing that I took away from what should have been an amazing episode was a countdown.

Seriously, what was up with the numbers?

You may not have noticed it, but between the scenes of Lily and Marshall's visits to the Barney doppelganger/gynecologist and Robin starting her new job, there were carefully placed numbers counting down from 50-1. And it bugged the hell out of me!

It distracted from both the humor and the emotional impact of realistic issues that this show usually blends so perfectly together. Instead of worrying along with Lily and Marshall about their infertility issues, all I could see was a big fat 43.

**Spoiler Alert**


And if you saw the episode, you know what the numbers were ultimately counting down to -- Marshall's dad's death and perhaps one of the most heart-tugging moments on HIMYM to date. Still, I felt like this cutesy Easter Egg gimmick cheapened the emotional moment. It was a fun game up until WHAM! You're hit with that news. 

Of course you can argue the deeper meanings behind it, like how you can count down scheduled events in life -- days until graduation, months of pregnancy -- but there is no way of knowing when the unscheduled, yet just as life-altering events will take place, or maybe it's a metaphor for how our life is limited. Whatever the reasoning, instead of paying attention to what was going on in the scenes, you found yourself looking around for the numbers. There were times when I actually rewound if I missed one (crap, where was #15?!). For an episode that had so much going on in it, this was not the ideal one to try this gimmick out on.

Did you watch last night's episode? Did you catch the countdown? If so, did it distract your from the episode?


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