'How I Met Your Mother': 'The Slutty Pumpkin' and the Worst Line Ever

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On the latest episode of "How I Met Your Mother," "The Slutty Pumpkin Returns," there was a glimmer of hope that maybe Ted may finally have found the mother we were all hoping he would. Katie Holmes guest starred as some costumed party goer who Ted met 10 years ago and has been in hot pursuit of ever since. Of course he only thinks of her when the black and orange come out. Ted must be a very visual learner.

Anyway, the Slutty Pumpkin in question was found again on a lark and Ted comes face to face with Mrs. Cruise-Holmes. She knows right away when they met (people on TV shows have pretty impeccable memories) and they get right back to getting familiar. Of course there had to be a rift and Ted can't seem to get his big noggin around the Katie Holmes character in any kind of a smooth way. This leads to the worst line ever uttered in a sitcom.

When Ted was talking about his obvious physical attraction to the Katie Holmes character, that made sense. Of course, how could it not. But I'm sorry, when you are in your late 20s or even your early 30s and you are trying to find a mate, you just don't give things so much thought. Especially when we are talking about Katie Holmes as the "Slutty Pumpkin" you have been looking for over the last 10 years!

The bad line happens when Ted is approached by his "younger self." This younger self asks him why he is not falling all over himself to disrobe; present day Ted says, "I just don't feel any intimacy with her." That line is one of the lamest I have ever heard come from the mouth of a guy ever. I mean, maybe if it were a rift between Marshall and Lily (who have been together forever), then maybe "not feeling intimacy" would be a legitimate grievance to have. But when you are the perpetually single guy that is Ted, you cannot be so picky. Especially when we are talking about Katie Holmes!

So the whole "search for the mom" thing is really starting to lack the punch it once had. It used to be romantic, it used to seem wistful; now it just seems lazy, or like the writers are desperately trying to milk this series for everything it is worth.

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