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How I Met Your Mother Review: All the Above

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Barney has always loved making his mark in various ways, but asking Quinn to make hers on paper ahead of their wedding was anything but legendary.

On "The Pre-Nup we saw what may have been the final scenes shared between Barney and Quinn. The latter showed no lingering signs of resentment from Barney conveniently forgetting to tell her the truth about him and Robin, but when he gave her the option of signing the contract in either black or blue, Barney was lucky to emerge unharmed.

While there certainly were some funny stipulations in both Barney and Quinn's respective documents, the best part of the pre-I-do ballyhoo was the return of Arthur Hobbs (Bob Odenkirk). Breaking Bad fans could not help but think of Saul Goodman while Arthur spewed legal jargon, but in this case I don't think anyone minded. It's what he does and he does it ever so well. 

Barney's Pre-Nup

No stranger to getting her freak on, I liked the bit about Robin watching herself do the news during sex, but not as much as I loved seeing her in that Maple Leaf tank top. 

Klaus and his ferrets were a whole other brand of freak. While humorous at times, he soon wore out his welcome in my book as well. 

Lily and Marshall stepped up their game from last week, especially in the ghost toast scene, but are still not quite in midseason form yet. Lily calling the guys "bitches" gave me hope, though, that it's only a matter of time before they have a break out episode. 

Despite singing his praises earlier, the scene where Arthur turned into Dr. Phil and convinced the gang to really share why they were upset was the end of the episode in my book. There is always a certain about of turning a blind eye to dalliances from reality but all four couples turning that conference room into the Real World confessional was too much.

Let me just be clear, I am not talking about a trial separation or anything here. Tonight just felt a little forced to me and despite a solid effort from the great Barney Stinson and a lingerie filled pillow fight, the episode will still go down as one of the more forgettable of the series. 

We were left with a question, however, so let us know which couple you think will break up next and be sure to rate your favorite How I Met Your Mother quotes from this week. 

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Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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I think the episode felt weird because it was too overcrowded. We're not used to having everyone coupled up

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- cont - Also, why did Marshall and Lily suddenly reverse roles? From what I remember, Marshall was the overbearing parent to Lily's go-with-the-flow attitude in the final few episodes of Season 7. Heck, that was the whole pot device that primped up the finale. Terrible continuity...

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This episode was weird... I felt like it had the classic amazing moments (Lily's lady parts name, some of Barney's pre-nup terms, Arthur Hobbes entire appearance). But there were parts that were so absurd, they practically ruined the episode. The office couple therapy, for example, started out great but felt too contrived by the time it got to Robin and Nick. Klaus degraded from being an awesomely funny but wise character into this pathetic plot device. Although, the show within a show was quite interesting. It's an angle they haven't played in a while. Still, having the ex-fiance of your current girlfriend stay over at your place is too much of a stretch IMO. Finally, I wish they had devoted more time to Barney and Quinn. Maybe there could be mentions of Quinn's struggle with Barney and Robin's relationship to add to the tension. It just felt weird that Barney was willing to concede to everything Quinn asked up until the pre-nup that he didn't even come up with in the first place. Oh and one last thing: how did Marshall and Lily suddenly switch roles with baby Marvin? From what I remember, Marshall was the overbearing parent and Lily was the go-with-the-flow parent in the final few episodes of last season. Terrible continuity...

How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 2 Quotes

Lily: Marahall this morning you thought a ghost made your toast.
Marshall: I didn't put the bread in there, you didn't put the bread in there!

Lily lika lika, the honka honka.

Marshall
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