How I Met Your Mother: The “Playing the Bagpipes” Euphemism. Ted tells sex stories to his kids. A lot.
We’re really supposed to believe that Ted all of a sudden feels it’s inappropriate to talk about sex to his children? Remember the episode where the Lily made the 50 Reasons to Have Sex list? Well, we do. It was called “The Naked Man,” and the moral of that story was clothes are the only thing keeping two adults from getting it on. Or what about the listing of Canadian Sex positions in “Old King Clancy?” That episode even had an internet tie with http://www.canadiansexacts.org. (Just because the site doesn’t work any more doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten, HIMYM writers!) We could go on and on…
Honestly, we’d forgive this mistake if the “bagpipe” euphemism was either appropriate or funny. “Eating sandwiches” works for “smoking marijuana” because the phrases have roughly the same syllables and watching them pass sandwiches to each other is funny. “Grinch” works for “c*@!” for the same reasons. “Shut the bagpipes up!” does not work.
Also, another error. (Not continuity, just the lazy type). Check out the photo above. The picture of Marshall and Lily’s wedding does not belong in Barney’s fantasy. Shape up, HIMYM, we’re watching. Closely.