Wow! THAT was a hell of an episode! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
What Was Good
Well, the jokes were all spot-on funny. I loved Barney’s gradual Canadian accent, for starters. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The Robin-turns-into-Alanis-Morissette thing was HYSTERICAL. Doubly so with the Dave Coulier jokes. Which then got compounded by the Bob Saget voiceover! And they even got the guy who used to do VH1 Behind the Stars!! (By the way, I’ve seen Much Music — in the States. It happened on this weird Channel 7 in Philly back in the early 90s…but I digress.) All the Canadian stars were hysterical, too. I particularly loved Geddy Lee’s appearance, but that’s because I’m a Rush fan.
What?! They’re really talented!! Shut up.
Anyway, I loved all that stuff. A good friend of mine is a HUGE Alanis Morissette fan, and although she doesn’t regularly watch the show, I told her she HAS to watch this one. I laughed out loud several times. The 90s video and the prediction of a creepy naked old guy had me rolling. I’ve seen other videos that, in many respects, I’d consider more “90s,” but that one was up there.
On the Ted front, I like the direction they’re taking him, but we’ll get to that more in the longer discussion. Lastly, overall, I felt this episode continues the solid balance of stories among the characters, although Lily and Marshall were a little under-used. Still, the debunking of how they met and Lily’s montage of door-knocking was awesome.
What Was Not As Good
I already mentioned that Lily and Marshall felt a bit underused. I’m also a little conflicted on the balance between the Ted and Robin/Barney storyline. Both seemed to be competing for the time, and there was no clear “A” and “B” story. Both could’ve been “A” stories for their importance to the overall arc, but “B” stories in terms of how much time each was given. Still, I get the scheduling issues involved here. I wanted to see more of each, story but I also recognize we’re running short of time this season. Also, I really DON’T like Ted’s new girl, Jeanette. But that’s to be expected, I suppose. I don’t think you’re supposed to like her. So, good job on that, I guess? I hope she doesn’t last more than 3-4 episodes.
General Discussion (feel free to salute)
So, first, I hear some folks saying this was the best episode EVAR in the history of the show and…yeah, I’m just gonna nip that one in the bud. Nope. Not THE best but it was up there, I’ll grant you. Still, the original Slapsgiving? The original Robin Sparkles? The episode with the funeral for Marshall’s father?! Come on people, we’ve seen way better across the board. So, definitely a good one, but not THE best episode. Let’s keep it in perspective.
Second, the Robin and Barney thing. I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, I get that they have to get to the damn church already. On the other, I think this episode did a good job of showing how, for as much as they know each other, there’s still a LOT they don’t know. We’ve seen plenty about Robin’s dad, but not heard a ton about her mom — and the one guy who talked about all the problems with Barney saying SURE he’d heard about them (and obviously hadn’t) really highlighted this point. I’ll say that this does help lay the groundwork for much of the legitimate doubt these two will have, though. I suppose that’s a good thing. I always expected that their doubts would be just silly cold feet kinda stuff, but this is legit and they’re taking a risk. I still think they’ll make a great couple over time (or can, assuming they can explain away the whole Exploding Meatball Sub no-rings-in-the-flash-forwardto-2021 thing), but anyway, yeah, this could get interesting.
Also getting interesting is Ted’s situation. Seriously, dude, WHAT are you thinking? Actually, don’t answer that. I know what you’re thinking. It’s nice to be adored. At least initially. Particularly for a guy like Ted who still holds out hope for “destiny” (and is willing to manufacture it at times), I get why someone’s interest in him to this degree would at least be attractive at the outset. But dude, she’s got the crazy eyes. We all know it. But hey, maybe this will convince Ted stop trying to force destiny, and that’ll be a good thing. Here’s hoping they make the most of Jeanette’s lunacy. Anyone wanna lay odds on us hearing the line “I’m not gonna be IGNORED, Ted”? Oh, and a friend of mine pointed out that, if you look in the background in Jeanette’s apartment, in the final scene with her and Ted, there are these ceramic facial features hung up on the wall (nose, mouth, ears). She thought they looks suspiciously like Ted’s nose…and mouth…and ears….hmmmm….. The episode is up on CBS’ website, so you can go have a look for yourselves. I did, and I think my friend might be on to something.
And I guess Marshall has a VCR, since Ted’s was destroyed, but Barney’s VHS copy of the Robin Daggers story. I suppose this makes sense if you consider the tape collection Marshall and Lily have…
Oh, one final housekeeping note:
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