Little Boys

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"Little Boys"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 4
Directed by Rob Greenberg
Written by Kourtney Kang
Cinematography by Christian La Fountaine
Production code 3ALH04
Original air date October 15, 2007
Guest actors

Brad Rowe (George)
Janet Varney (Stacey)
Nicholas Roget-King (Doug)
Pamela Darling (4 year old Katie)
Deanna Russo (Brooke)

Season 3 episodes

"Little Boys" is the fourth episode in the third season of the television series How I Met Your Mother and 48th overall. It originally aired on October 15, 2007.

Plot[edit]

Lily tells Robin she will set her up on a date with a guy named George. After she lists his good qualities, Ted points out that she has not mentioned his flaw (or as the gang call it, his "but...") though when pushed, Lily reveals that George has a son in her kindergarten class. Despite Robin's personal dislike of children, she goes on a date with George and ends up meeting his son, Doug.

After some initial hesitance and an argument about how cereal should be served, Robin and Doug actually hit it off. However, when Robin decides to break up with George before Doug becomes attached to her, Lily shows Robin a picture that Doug has drawn of his "new mommy". Despite Robin claiming otherwise, everyone else believes the woman in the picture is Robin. Lily informs Robin that if she breaks up with George, she must break up with Doug as well – Robin reluctantly agrees.

Meanwhile, Ted ridicules Barney's latest pick-up plan (a story involving snakes and an eye-patch) and the two argue about who has more "game", while, to his dismay, Marshall is classed as irrelevant. To settle the argument, Ted and Barney select a girl from the bar to see who can sleep with her first. While Ted is distracted Barney makes his move, only to be slapped in the face. Barney explains this is because he had already slept with the girl the year before and therefore, has won the bet, but Ted rules otherwise and begins his pick-up attempt and succeeds.

Ted and Stacey, the girl from the bar, have begun dating so he gloats to Barney about winning the bet. However, Barney makes Ted uncomfortable with thoughts that Barney has already been with Stacey and Ted breaks up with Stacey, admitting to Barney and Marshall that he was unable to get past the thought of her and Barney together. Barney reveals that he had not slept with Stacey at all; on the night of the bet, he asked Stacey to slap him to make it appear as though she hated him to set up the entire ruse that they had slept together. As Ted gloated his dates with Stacey, Barney learned various details about Stacey's life so that he could be there for her when she broke up with Ted. However, one month later, he finds himself bored and frustrated for agreeing to Stacey's request to take things slowly since her experience with Ted.

Robin goes to see Doug and takes advantage of the fact that he has never been dumped before by using "every cliché in the book" but she is interrupted by the arrival of George's new girlfriend, Brooke, whom she realises is actually the woman in Doug's drawing. Lily tries to comfort Robin after her breakup, but cannot believe she was dumped by a six year old. Robin claims she is done with kids but Future Ted narrates that she would eventually make her peace with kids and go on to appear in some important works of art – pictures drawn by his kids of themselves with "Aunt Robin".

Music[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Marshall says "If we were friends with Garfield, we wouldn't set him up on a date with Mondays", referring to the comic strip Garfield, created by Jim Davis.
  • Marshall considers it a character flaw that Robin doesn't like the baseball film Field of Dreams.[2]
  • When Robin sees Doug for the first time, she says "It's here, Lily. It's looking at me.", a reference to Ghostbusters, when Venkman first spots Slimer.
  • In one scene, Ted says that what Barney said to him was 'stuck in his head like a Chumbawamba song'. Marshall then asks which Chumbawumba song, to no reply. This is a reference to the British Pop group Chumbawamba, who have achieved chart success with only one song, 1997's "Tubthumping".
  • Barney says to Marshall that his idea of game is "slapping on a Dr. Seuss' hat and flashing two tickets to a Spin Doctors concert".
  • Doug speaks to Robin in Morse Code.

Continuity[edit]

Doug was previously seen in class talking to Marshall in Monday Night Football.

Critical response [edit]

Donna Bowman of The AV Club rated the episode C-. She complains the episode has a Friends-esque pair of premise and is "executed with a tin ear and slack discipline"[3] a criticism she even reiterates the following week.[4]

Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode 8.5 out of 10.[2]

References [edit]

  1. ^ The Blakes on Myspace
  2. ^ a b Staci Krause (2007-10-16). "How I Met Your Mother: "Little Boys" Review. Robin gets her heart broke and Barney shows 'game'.". IGN (News Corporation). Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. ^ Donna Bowman (2007-11-15). "How I Met Your Mother "Little Boys"". The AV Club. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  4. ^ Donna Bowman (2007-11-22). "How I Met Your Mother "How I Met Everyone Else"". The AV Club. Retrieved 2010-04-04. "The team was responsible for some of the best episodes of the first and second seasons, but also for last week's limp, tin-eared "Little Boys"." 

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