How I Met Your Mother Review: Misery Business

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If "Karma" was a stripper, who at the halfway point asked me if I wanted a dance, I would have said no.

By the end, though, I would have been running to the ATM so I could take it to the Champagne Room. Indeed, what started off slowly finished with fanfare the likes of which you only get from putting sparklers in your desert.

While someone needs to tell Marshall and Lily to stop raiding Sue Sylvester's closet, I loved all the mundane East Meadow activities, walking poles included. I'm such a fan of when Marshall geeks out about stuff - like the way he did tonight when talking about the Dutch Masters on bottle caps and their bowling team, the Alley Cats. The show's creepy attempts to prevent Robin from leaving reminded me of the movie Misery, complete with Lily brandishing the sledge hammer over Robin when she awoke.

I did, however, fee like there were some other movie references in there that I missed. Maybe you all can help me out there.  

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I did have a bone to pick with Robin, however, for her hating on menus with pictures of the food on them. I grew up a huge fan of Friendly's and one of the best parts were the pictures its menus featured of their amazing grilled cheeses and sundaes. I'm hungry right now just thinking about it.

Quinn left a bitter taste in my mouth initially, as did all the textbook lines she was feeding our oblivious Barney. When Barney told her how he had tried to change, only to have her say he had it right before, however, I felt a slight pulse return to their potential relationship. Those faint beats of possibility turned into a bass drum of excitement when he sarcastically turned Quinn's own lines on her in the coffee shop and she finally asked him to sit down. At last she saw past the guy in the suit with the big bank roll. I'm very interested to see where this one goes.

Nothing had me more pumped, though, than the way Ted said goodbye to the apartment and Robin's room by turning it into a nursery for Marshall and Lily.

Despite the inaccuracy of Ted's line about ghosts (traditionally, ghosts don't move on until they are finally at peace, not the other way around) tonight's ending was one of those great How I Met your Mother moments you never forget, like when Lily and Marshall found out they were pregnant.  After seemingly idling in neutral for so long, our beloved show is back in gear and on the road to somewhere great.


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (155 Votes)

I will say I loved this one but I will Say I think Quinn is going to be the women that will kick Barney in his balls and make him want the real thing, I think that means He will end up marrying Robin, Caz It would be a little lame if we Started with Ted telling his kids how He met Robin, without her being Barneys wife, that is where he met the mother,


robin and barney = perfect
nora and barney = cute and awesome
quinn and barney = NO NO NO NO


I think the idea was that Karma's a bitch and that what Barney did to other women is coming back to bite him in ass.


I know that Quinn and Barney will not be the endgame, but Becki Newton has a lot more chemistry with Neil Patrick Harris than Cobie Smulders does. I'm sorry, but I don't have a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see Newton and Harris together, especially when their characters are being serious.


To all of the, the writers have gotten sloppy for naming the stripper karma when there was a karma in the episode the bracket, it is not outside of the realm of possibilities for there to be multiple strippers in new yourk- or even the world, named karma. Just saying....


I liked this episode. I wonder if Ted is now going to move into the house he purchased for his future family now, or if he will forget about that and struggle to find another apartment. Ted did deserve change though! I feel this season has been really solid, at least for me. We are getting significant steps in Ted meeting his wife (him completely closing off ties with Robin, telling us the next woman he will say "I Love You" to is his wife, etc...). And significant steps in Robin's life (her being infertile), Marshall+Lily (their son), and Barney (getting married)! The one thing not solid for me though is Barney. We have this struggling to commit Barney who bounces back from "committed" to "player" in an instant. If he really is getting married...Wow... but we do know he does have "love triange" doubts at his wedding so who knows.


Loved the end of the show a definitive 'awww' moment! Really dont Quinn/Karma Barney story line. I think along with most everyone else that he is going to end up marrying Robin. Hopefully we get more clues for the 'first meeting the mother moment' totally wanted more of those since the field of yellow umbrellas !


I don't like Quinn, but that's because I just can't see Barney settling down with a stripper (or even ex-stripper). I just feel like Quinn is another Kevin, I couldn't stand Kevin and Robin together, they didn't have any chemistry and I just couldn't feel like there was anything there, and I have that same feeling about Quinn and Barney. I truly hope Robin and Barney end up together, because I think their chemistry on the show has been the best out of anyone they have both slept with / dated in all the seasons. Also, thank you Ted, for growing a pair, letting go of that Robin dream (Which will never happen) and finally moving on with your life, it was getting a little bit old.


The furniture falling apart was just hilarious! Great episode! Not the biggest fan of Quinn/ Karma.


Pretty good episode. The Marshall and Lily part didn't really appeal to me until the end but it was sweet. And their scenes with Robin definitely provided most of the humor for the episode. It was good too see Robin in a much lighter position this week because lately it's been pretty heavy stuff for her. So the "Dear Diary" scenes paired with that final scene between her and Ted provided a good balance for the episode. I'm definitely looking forward to what goes on between Barney and Quinn from here. I'm still a firm believer that Robin is Barney's bride but the way they've played out these flirtations between Barney and Quinn definitely makes the pairing interesting. And as for Ted, I'm glad he's moving on. Maybe he'll go and start the renovations of his house or something. Who knows? Endless possibilities again and that's exciting.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 18 Quotes

Lily: You'll be playing with two charter members of the East Meadow Alley Cats.
Marshall: We're a hot dog eating team with a bowling problem.

When did I become such a gooey romantic?