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How I Met Your Mother Review: It's Just a Building

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As we countdown to a new year, we were treated to some old school caliber How I Met Your Mother this evening. First, in part one of the 2012 finale.

And then "The Final Page, Part Two" put one heck of a bow on what had to be one of the most complete nights of television this year, courtesy of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and company.

Before digging into the juicy center of the episode, I do have to trim the fat a bit. It may have been Marshall and Lily's first night away from Marvin, but aside from their great lullaby scene, what we got was much of the same overacting we have seen from these two throughout How I Met Your Mother Season 8.

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It was Ted's night to shine though and Lily's numerous unfunny references to his uneven floor did little to tarnish the brilliance of this star's performance. Ted put his stamp on the New York skyline, but more importantly he showed once again how he has been a true foundation for the friendships of those he holds dear. 

While the first half of tonight's two-parter featured many scene changes, the majority here seemed to take place in the back of the town car driven by the ever entertaining Ranjit, whose singing was spectacular.

As we continued our approach to the moment when we will finally meet the mother, Ted took stock of the last eight years and put his life into perspective for Robin and the rest of us. The GNB building is a triumph, but so are the relationships he has fortified over the better part of the last decade. For this reason, Robin heeded his request and got "the hell out of the car" like he asked, in what was one of the more moving How I Met Your Mother quotes ever. 

Without knowing it, Ted set the stage perfectly for his dear friend - and with the bases loaded Barney knocked it out of the park, penning the final page in his playbook. I'll admit I was a little surprised when Robin voiced her disapproval of Barney's Kaiser Soze moment, but that fire is what makes her so attractive. Well, that and the stunning red dress she was wearing. 

In the end, Robin said yes and I did, too, as a fan. Adding to the joy of the moment was knowing that Patrice was in on the plot from the beginning and was not hurt in any way.

On the whole, all was well with the crew from MacLaren's, as the How I Met Your Mother I have grown to love these past eight years seemed to return tonight. What did you think? 

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Queenbee94

@Miz J: when do they make it clear that robin marries don? That never even happened. They only made it clear early k. That they were going to be dating but when Don left it looked like he wasn't coming back and I don't see him returning anytime soon.

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I found Robin really annoying thiese episodes, in fact this whole season. I hope her character changes back because she was a much nicer person in previous seasons. Anyway i am surprised no-one mentioned the girl at Teds building opening. The one who didnt take her eyes off him and i am not sure but i thought i saw and heard her shout his name. I would need to watch again to be more certain. Although i would like to know if anybody saw that. If so maybe she is the mother?

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I can't get excited about Robin and Barney "ending up together" when they made it clear in an earlier season that she marries Don, her former co-anchor who took that job in Chicago. It was really beautifully written, though. And I adore Lily and Marshall, especially when they're crazy.

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The only thing that bothers me is the fact that Ted still hasn't told Robin that he let Victoria go because of her. This is, I think, to bring the Ted/Robin/Barney conflict again in the second half of this season. Also, Ted didn't actually let Robin go. Not truly because he always reserved that special spot for Robin and I don't think it'll go away until he meets the mother,. Either way this midseason finale was amazing! I cried at Step 16. Marshall and Lily had some strong moments even though the second half focused almost entirely on the triangle. Barney was still hilarious despite the jinx and definitely because of the most legendary play he has ever pulled. And Robin is slightly annoying, but she has always been a conflicted character, so at least they stayed true to her personality. I hope they keep this up until the actual finale.

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Great points Amar. Hadn't really thought of it that way. I loved the fact that Barney says "Hope" a lot in the play because nothing was guaranteed to succeed. And I partly agree that this episode makes up for the dreadful first 10 episodes. Although it explains why they had to write Robin in this manner to make this episode special. It still doesn't excuse the general lack of humor in the rest of the material so far. All that is forgiven though because this episode kicked ass and made me fall in love with HIMYM all over. Did anybody else think it was poetic to see that Ted has played a major hand in both Lily and Marshal and Barney and Robin's unions. Now can we please move on and let him get hooked with the girl of his life. God knows he deserves it!

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Marshal and Lily's quirks made for the kind of humor only they are capable of. Robin's shouting at Patrice was way over-the-top and I am glad that it is going to stop. It also demonstrated why she's such a difficult character to live with and why Barney might be the perfect guy for that. But most importantly, the second half proved why most of the show's best material comes when Barney is at the center of it all. The Robin was a brilliant moment in the series as a whole. It also finally gave life to a season which appeared doomed to go down in history as one of the worst in sitcom history. All in all, I am willing to forgive the writers for the disastrous first 10 episodes if this is the kind of writing they're going to give us. I am still wondering how the wedding will pan out given Ted has already noted that there some issues with that. It is going to be interesting to see where they take the characters from here. And I cannot wait for it!

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I was crying so much when Barney proposed. That was the perfect story. I knew he was up to something, but I didn't know what. I was kind of upset that on Ted's BIGGEST night, something he's been working toward all these years, his closest friends were off doing their own thing and he was there by himself. Maybe it makes for good TV but in real life that's totally rotten.

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Absolutely agree with the review. I was telling my friend just the other day that Season 8 of HIMYM demonstrates how completely out-of-touch the writers are with the characters. But they truly came back with a bang in this episode. The first half was just build-up, made better due to Seth Green's involvement. But even in that half, we saw glimpses of the kind of writing that HIMYM used to be capable of, with the interesting look into the pit people form for themselves. The second half was HIMYM at its very best. It demonstrated the kind of episodes we used to get when the show was in its heyday. It also showed the kind of quality writing the writers are still capable of but are willing to provide for some unknown reason. One thing I loved was how it used the the best attributes of each character effectively. Ted's selflessness made him finally let go of Robin, which means we can probably begin getting a look at the "Mother". Most of us always knew that Ted would do the right thing. Marshal and Lily's quirks made for the kind of humor only they are capable of. Robin's shouting at Patrice was way over-the-top and I am glad that it is going to stop. It also demonstrated why she's such a difficult character to live with and why Barney might be the perfect guy for that. But most importantly, the second half proved why most of the show's best material comes when Barney is at the center of it all. The Robin was a brilliant moment in the series as a whole. It also finally gave life to a season which appeared doomed to go down in history as one of the worst in sitcom history. All in all, I am willing to forgive the writers for the disastrous first 10 episodes if this is the kind of writing they're going to give us. I am still wondering how the wedding will pan out given Ted has already noted that there some issues with that. It is going to be interesting to see where they take the characters from here. And I cannot wait for it!

Soapjunk

Ohmy, i did NOT see that coming! The Robin is a EPIC move, brava! As a major robin/barney fan i am sooo excited fot the new year!

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Gosh I loved it so much! It's never good to have high expectations but hell I got everything I wanted! Though I wasn't surprised about "the Robin" It was clear to me since Barney didn't react on Robin's advances and I knew Patrice would be on board because well...she really loves Robin=)(Also calling the episode "The last page" gave some hints^^) I was really touched how Barney made Ted part of his plan. It shows how much he cares for Ted giving him this choice and chance to let Robin go. And I got really teary eyed about the Ted/Robin scene and then again when Barney proposed to Robin. It was just perfection. There should be more shows about beautiful friendships. I mean I love shipping and Robin and Barney belong together but what these five people feel for each other is just special. I wanna watch their life forever^^

How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 12 Quotes

Ted: I need to grow up. Oh by the way I'm breaking a jinx swear here so don't tell Barney or he gets to whack me in the nuts three times with a whiffle ball bat.
Marshall: Sure, pretty standard.

Lily: Okay but hurry, or I'm gonna start doing number eleven on my own.
Marshall: You can do that by yourself?
Lily: Pilates bitch!

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