>How I Met Your Mother has one consistent redeeming quality—every episode manages to touch on some depressing/uplifting/soul-crushing/absurd aspect of being an urban twentysomething. Last night's episode, "Hooked," dealt with the cruelest type of unrequited love: The kind where one party keeps the other hanging on with the tease that now just isn't the best time for a relationship. Yes. We've all been there.
But, sadly, as is sometimes the case with How I Met Your Mother, "Hooked" just wasn't all that funny. It's not completely the fault of guest star Carrie Underwood, either. There were too many failed jokes, from a bizarre teacup pig subplot, to a "this is what being hooked is" montage that was repeated with each lead. Had it been done better, it would have gotten funnier with each example. Instead, it just got more annoying.
Best moment? A Barney non sequitur, obviously. Watch his history of hot girl professions below.