Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This episode features Ted planning out ways to connect with Robin, a woman he just met, all the while coming off as "casual". He treats it like a game, not knowing yet that it is him being played.
We see him again at his planning ways, attempting to control the way in which the evening will unfold. Ted creates hypothetical scenarios in his mind that demand hypothetical responses with varying results. Even when the evening does not go anywhere near as planned, he plans for a second chance, and then plans for a third chance.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. - Proverbs 19:21
Ted hosting this party forced him to be, to some degree, intentional, which ultimately in this episode lead him to stop treating this as a "game" and take it more, y'know, seriously.
Is it wrong getting to know someone in group contexts? I don't think so. Where Ted failed was that he relied too heavily on his own purposes, creating a ruse and not being honest with himself or others. The right thing to do came at the end, when he told Robin the truth and made his intentions known to her.
The episode concludes with Ted and Robin establishing their friendship and Ted asking one simple question: How is someone supposed to find the love of his life? I mean, where do you begin? I would suggest beginning with Jesus.