How I Met Your Mother: Season 6, Episode 11

The Mermaid Theory (6 Dec. 2010)

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Ted goes on a boating trip with Zoey's husband, "The Captain." Menawhile, Barney's "Mermaid Theory" prevents Marshal from having a nice dinner with Robin, and the narrator tries to recall the details of a fight between Lily and Barney.

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Since no one else in the group can make it, Zoey and Ted are going out to a function by themselves. Lily sees this "date" as dangerous territory for the two of them since Zoey is a married woman, and they all think Zoey's husband, George van Smoot who Zoey and by association the gang call "The Captain", has a sinister air about him. It becomes even more awkward for Ted when Zoey lies to the Captain, she telling him that she is out with "friends" plural. Lily believes the only way for Ted's friendship with Zoey to continue is if he includes the Captain in their outings. But when Zoey can't make the planned outing - a sailing trip - Ted is afraid for his life having to spend 6 long hours alone with the Captain in open water. Meanwhile, Robin and Marshall, who realize they never spend time alone together, decide to go out to dinner without the others. Their evening could not be more awkward, which they both realize. Marshall attributes the awkwardness and the two of them never spending ... Written by Huggo

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Within the episode Zoey (who is married to the Captain) answers her phone by saying 'Ahoy'. It is implied that the captain makes her say this, however, Alexander Graham Bell (the man who patented the telephone) originally suggested that people answer the telephone by saying 'Ahoy' See more »

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Lily Aldrin: Whenever we're alone you spend the entire time undressing me with your eyes, you even take off my shoes.
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Where Was Bob Saget??
26 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bob Saget didn't do the voice over for this episode, and as a result this episode feels disjointed.

Plot In A Paragtaph: Ted feels awkward hanging about with Zoe, so he tries to befriend her husband "The Captain", who invites him to go for a moonlit ride on his boat, meanwhile Robin and Marshall try to spend some time alone together, while Barney and Lilly fall out.

Normally any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson front and centre, automatically raises the quality of the episode. Sadly this is not the case here, as his storyline is very silly.

I'm disappointed Zoe keeps coming back, and the show is obviously leading towards her being a love interest for Ted. I didn't think I'd dislike a love interest for Ted, as much as I disliked Stella. But Zoe is ridiculously annoying. Nobody for me has topped Victoria (the delightful Ashley Williams) from season 1.


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