How I Met Your Mother Review: Beers In Heaven

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While Marshall struck me as a guy who prefers his burgers cooked rare, this week's How I Met Your Mother, "Tailgate," was well done. Was it one of the season's best? I don't think so, but it marked a good return from the holiday hiatus and did well to catch us up on each character.

I half expected Marshall to open his own beer on his dad's tombstone so I was glad he swallowed his pride and channeled his father's hospitable spirit toward the end of the episode. I didn't recall the sibling rivalry being so heated between him and his brothers. Nor did I remember his Marcus always being that enormous. Great Galloping Ghost, maybe the Bears would have fared better had they signed him to their roster. He was like a plaid and purple eclipse.

Also, once again, great attention to detail by the show's costume designers, who outfitted Marshall in the Fran Tarkenton for President apron. 

Grave Site Tailgating

Speaking of "tying one on," I thought the MVP of the episode was the dark horse Sandy Rivers, as she provided the best quotes this week. Whether it was referring to himself in the third person, drinking on air or counting down to "two hundred and twelve," he was a nice addition, reliable for a laugh each time the series went back to his storyline.

The same could not be said for the Enigmas of the Mystical, but it did set up the emotional surprise visit from Lily's dad. So much so that I thought it overshadowed the touching close to Marshall's tailgate. If Marshall still wants some time alone with his dad, he might want to dial up Oda Mae Brown. 

I'm still trying to decide whether Puzzles was a chute or ladder. Barney's red velvet rope earned him a Slappy New Year, but he and Ted harmonizing was applause worthy. As was their reluctance to take any pointers from Kevin with regard to the bar. Robin was smart though to listen to Kevin's sound advice about going back on air, but did anyone else cringe when he toasted "that's my girl," while sitting next to two of Robin's former flames? 

All in all, a solid return and positive start to 2012 by the writers. I was happy to see the only ball dropped this week was in Times Square. 

P.S. Did we ever find out why the hats were wet? Please help a HIMYM-brother out if we did.


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of course marcus is huge. Marshall is a behemoth himself, and he says in one episode that he's the runt of the family. For God's sake, he's only six-four!! and in season one's 'Belly Full of Turkey", when Lily is disagreeing with the Eriksens that St Cloud isn't necessary a better place than NYC tgo bring up kids in. She goes,"We grew up in New York and turned out just fine! We grew to a normal size and then stopped!" at this point she pointedly looks at Marcus. Another time, she calls them all mayonnaise guzzling giants.


of course Marcus is huge. Remember when Marshall says that he's the runt of the family? For


Of course Marcus is enormous. Remember this one time when Marshall wistfully mentions being the "runt of the family"? For God's sake, he's only six-four!! LOL... and in "Belly Full of Turkey" in season one where Lily is disagreeing with the Eriksens that St Cloud is a better place to bring up kids than NYC. She goes," We grew up there and we turned out just fine. I mean we grew to a normal size and then stopped" and she e


This season is awful, and this episode wasn't refreshing at all. The show has totally lost its way. It's called "How I Met Your Mother", not "How Marshall and Lily Got Pregnant and Moved To Long Island" it's not called "How Robin Dated A Boring Dude" and it's definitely not called "How Barney Turned Into a Boring Nobody". We've seen almost zero progress in regards to Teds future wife. This show has always maintained its focus on Teds life primarily and the rest of the cast secondarily. They were able to develop the other characters and their lives and still keep the main story in progress. In this season, Ted may as well not exist. I'm bored, and lately it has been a chore just to watch this show. Before each episode I hope that the writers turn around the awful downfall that is this season with a breathe of fresh air, But since mid-November, I've been able to sniff out the garbage episodes in sub-5 minutes. Its awful, the show either needs to turn around and fast, or end.


A porvocavtie insight! Just what we need!


I really liked that episode, it had me in tears at the end :)
But WTF why are they on hiatus AGAIN??? Ok, just for a week but... come on, is that really necessary? All of these TV hiatuses are starting to piss me off. Like seriously.


Oops my computer glitched. Anyways, I always felt that the characters would grow and change and I love it!


The show is supposed to be a journey. I appreciate how the writers recognize that just like life, that people change. I loved Barney's early beginnings but I think I would be tired of him staying the same and it if that happened in real life it would be sad. Do you honestly think that Old Ted would still be friends with someone like Barney in the beginning, let alone have his kids call him Uncle Barney? I always felt the

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Don’t get me wrong…I'm all for the return of some Barneyisms but I don't think his character has been any less amazing without them. We all have had catch phrases and gestures that have come and gone. The chest bump has been replaced by the hip bump in sports. People don't say "boss" or "bitchin" like they used to. One of the reasons I loved Barney from the jump though was his rededication to the High Five so he may dust off some favorites eventually, but he is a renaissance man and forever changing his game while holding true to things like his attire. Makes me sad to read comments from those who say the show annoys them or doesn't make them laugh anymore. I think it is still the best of its kind on TV and with the outside success of some of its characters we are lucky to still have the whole gang together.

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Jay...I got the reference but TY for the comment. I too was born in 1978. One of the show’s writers was a classmate of mine. I totally relate to many things they reference like you do. I love how the show often makes me conjure up memories from childhood and adolescence. I just thought the examples could have been a bit funnier with regard to Enigmas/Mysteries. But perhaps I was too harsh as it was a great reference. I always wanted those books along with the Bob Villa home repair ones too.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 13 Quotes

So as the countdown to two hundred and twelve continues, a quick warning America.

Sandy Rivers

She's my everything Robin, my sun, my stars, my oxygen. Plus she likes it fast and dirty and that's the way Sandy rides!

Sandy Rivers