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How I Met Your Mother Review: Was It Gouda For You?

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How I Met Your Mother was back with a new episode this week, as the gang was all a buzz at Lily and Marshall's house warming party.

Well before the first guest arrived, Lily and Marshall sat her dad down to implore him not to wreck all the hard work she put into preparing their big event. Mickey's foray into apiculture was a real bee in Lily's bonnet, but also showed a funny parallel between her father and Marshall.

Mickey's bee puns were rather reminiscent of Marshall's fish name routine from "Old King Clancy." What seemed to be a similarity in senses of humor was yet another example of how women tend to marry men like their fathers and vice versa, as we saw how alike Lily and Marshall's mother were last season around the time Marvin Sr. passed away.

Arguing with Marshall's Boss

For a half-hour episode, primarily consisting of a series of interlinked events that unfolded within a five-minute window of time, "The Burning Beekeeper" was filled with the brand of scenes and dialogue fans of the show have coveted all season long. This is not to say we have been denied such up until now, but tonight's installment was superbly scripted and will no doubt go down as one of the most memorable of the season - if not the entire series. 

I'm sure there were those naysayers who would have admonished Lily for even thinking about throwing such a big party while fully pregnant, while others may have been critical of Marshall for being so self-involved with his work issues that he did little to take some pressure off his wife's back, but don't forget these are the Eriksens we're talking about here.

Lily was very excited about the cheese she purchased on the Internet and Marshall did his part to spread the word about the inbound hors d'oeuvres, such as when he told Ted "don't slept on the gouda." They always have each other's back. 

Barney, despite a belly full of vegan spring rolls, dug deep into his bag of aliases and pulled out Secret Agent Gary Powers, famed CIA U-2 spy plane pilot. He may have been out of his flight gear, but was nonetheless suited up and slaying it with Hung's Rebecca Creskoff, the cat-crazy, cheese knife-wielding divorcee. 

It's not often you see Barney upstaged, but when it does occur, more than not it's Robin who seems to take the spotlight. Tonight was arguably one of those episodes as she shared memorable scenes with Marshall, Barney and Ted. She brought the "Ha" with outbursts like the one about the Thin Mint-less Girl Scout, but also delivered the "Aw" moment when she and Ted put an end to their dispute and complimented each other's unique personality traits. 

Now don't get me wrong, nobody puts Barney in the corner, no matter how great a performance they might deliver. Case in point: this week's funniest line came from none other than "Jack Package" telling Robin about the gender of men's junk. I must have rewound the part where he said "come on Robin, it's my penis we're talkin' about" 20 times, each time laughing harder than the last. I highly recommend trying it at home if you have the episode recorded. 

Some of my other favorite moments included, the Sun Tzu misquotes, Robin's anger over the absence of spicy mustard for the pigs in a blanket and Mickey warning her about standing in his snack track. Also amazing was the reason behind Ted and Robin's fight. Robin yelling at the old woman while she fought for the last Zabar's kugel reminded me of when Jerry Seinfeld stole the Schnitzer's marble rye from the elderly woman.  

I'll cut myself off here as I am very eager to hear if you all enjoyed the episode as much as I did. Be sure to check out the memorable quotes list, too, as there were plenty to commit to memory. 

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Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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    weird, isnt it. Robin and Kevin are a couple. Lily and Marshall have a Housewarming Party and he isnt there... I loved this ep. but i missed some story telling. I mean RObin and Barney - all good now? etc ...

    C-f-ohara

    Maybe my elation from Sunday's Super Bowl victory carried over and clouded my judgement, but I'm going to stick to my guns here. I love the differing opinions though. They all serve to halp keep me honsts and clear eyed. I do agree with most of you that Chris Elliot is the character equivalent of nails on a chalkboard but until recently he has been a neccesary evil at times, but I agree he has overstayed his welcome. In his defense I feel he is pretty much typecasted in these kind of roles. Good point about Kevin not being there "M", or not even a mention of him.

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    I like the premise (showing room by room falling apart in five minutes), but this episode really needed to advance the plot. Hopefully next week we'll see some real story arcs.

    Eagleone

    Over the years, the ensemble casts should be nominated for a SAG Awards !

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    I thought this was the worst episode in the history of HIMYM. It wasn't even funny.

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    Please, vote for Barney/Robin!http://uk.eonline.com/news/wat...

    Wolfshades

    Very sorry Chris but I too disagree with your praise for this episode. I actually really enjoyed all of them this season, except for this one. It felt way too scattered, disconnected. Perhaps that's the fault of the story's presentation, as it back skipped each scene. Sometimes it can work (like, in a very long movie). This time it didn't The Chris Elliott character is uncomfortable to watch, almost always. I get the sense he's re-hashing every character he has ever played. He might actually be a good actor, but I can't determine that from the evidence so far. I gave it 4 stars because the writing has been so great in earlier episodes.

    Childish-gambino

    sorry but i gotta utterly disagree with the reviewer. This episode felt more like filler to me. I thought that the multiple timeline bit was phoned-in and wasnt that great. And i didntg think that the stories within the timelines were that great either. To put it simply it was AVERAGE.....at best. Which is why i was shocked by such a raving review/rating
    I dont think this episode was really that memorable and just from this season alone i think that Ducky Tie and Tick Tick Tick are EASILY enormously better than this filler episode.
    And I have been a fan since season 1 too, but i will freely admit that after season 3 imho the quality/awesomeness of this show did start to slowly go down. BUT I will say that overall i think this season has been on an upward trend back to its original awesomeness.

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    Why was Kevin not in this episode? Aren't he and Robin still together? They had tonnes of random people in the back and Marshall's boss at the housewarming party but not Lily's best friend's boyfriend?

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    I too am not a big fan of Christ Elliott... He drags down the show.