Now, I may not write that much about How I Met Your Mother anymore, but it isn't because I don't love the show and wonder about it on a regular basis. For instance, there I was watching tonight's episode and Barney was sick and his new would-be girlfriend, Nora, was there nursing him back to health.
That's all well and good, I have no problem with a girl doing everything she can to help nurse Barney back to health (even aiding him in his use of a neti pot which did make me wonder whether HIMYM's writers have been watching Cougar Town). I just have a problem with the fact that Nora was taking on this task in lieu of a second date. Imagine yourself in that situation for a moment. Here, let's do it together…
You're due to go out with someone you're just, maybe, starting a relationship with. That poor soul is looking a little ill when they show up at the restaurant. Do you a) have the date anyway; b) offer to postpone until they're feeling better; or c) go back to this person you don't know's apartment, hold their head as they vomit, point out the correct use of a pot that you shove down your nostril so that water can run from one side of your brain to the other, and generally hang out at this half-comatose person who you don't know's place?
Those would be the basic options, and I just don't feel like "c" is the greatest choice. I know that I've been off the market for years, but that doesn't seem like SOP in this day and age. Surely options "a" and "b" above are better (as, potentially is the non-basic choice, "d," which amounts to saying that you're going to postpone and then never seeing the person ever again). Isn't going to the home of someone you don't really know kind of wrong and more than a little stupid?