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@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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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^^
The proposal was sweet and didn't seem at all out of place with Barney narrating, but what really brought it home was Barney openly allowing for his plan to fail if Ted wasn't ready to let go of Robin and if Robin said no. Though it was a crazy plan, veiled by "The Playbook" medium was the fact that every step in the plan required Barney to go out of his previous "bro" comfort zone. Whether it was opening himself up to rejection, confessing his love, burning The Playbook, et al, Barney was exposed to potential failure. So Ted's speech about "making an ass of yourself" ended up being as much for Barney as it was for Robin (and for himself). Plus, any knot in your stomach of guilt over Patrice being hurt was gone when it was explained that she was in on the plan from the start.
Brilliant resolution, and it was SO Barney-ish!
@katrina i agree i am not gonna lie tears fell at it! it was so barney that it was really th only way i could accept how they used quinn to drop her.
I thought this episode was one of the best ones this season. It felt complete and well thought out.
1. I'm SO GLAD Patrice wasn't just an innocent bystander. I hated the fact that she was just a stand in, so I felt much better knowing that she was on the inside. Awesome Patrice!!
2. I'm SO GLAD Robin got mad to start with. Because, I mean, if this were anyone other than Barney Stinson, that level of manipulation should make her run for the hills.
3. I'm SO GLAD Ted told Robin. I was really not wanting to go back the whole Ted/Robin route. Now, can we find Ted someone nice, please?
4. Totally agree with the Marshall/Lily overacting. That scene where they sang the lullabye into the phone at the party actually made me groan.
5. Ranjit is awesome LOL
my show is back!!
im in tears. Robin was stunning in this episode! i loved her dress!!
Well, I didn't like the first half of this secon installment tonight. I thought it was going kind of slow and when the they packed out Ted's feelings for Robin I just thought - NOT AGAIN! I thought we were done with that once and for all. But I think they did a nice job putting all pieces together at the end of the episode. So tonight partially managed to make up for the very unsatisfying lackluster rest of this season. I am happy that Barney and Robin are back together, I just hope they won't split them apart again, that would be really lame.
Can't wait for next year !!
I loved it. This episode more than made up for the lamer ones this season - as well as the overacting by Lilly and Marshall as you mentioned.
Barney's a class act isn't he? He even made sure his plan incorporated a fail-safe to ensure his best friend was on board with it all. Makes me wonder if we'll see Ted get the jinx-punishment that's coming to him though. :)
This episode was amazing, parts one and two. Barney proposal was the best thing ever and the mention of Ted letting go of Robin making him the Best Bro Ever. The smirk on Barneys face knowing that she would say yes to the proposal.
and here it is!
Tears!! at the end of the episode. It was unbelievably amazing.
they all grew and it's not just a building, it was their lives.
Great episode to leave us waiting for next year
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