How I Met Your Mother Review: Say My Name

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Please don't jinx me, I have too much too say about the first half of tonight's How I Met Your Mother two-part Playbook finale. "The Final Page, Part One" had it all, including an unusually silent Barney. 

Before we get to the gang, let's discuss tonight's two guest stars:

  • Peter Gallagher, forever Sandy Cohen to this fan of The OC, did well to make me forget one of my favorite fathers of television and played Ted's obnoxious/inspiring professor well.
  • The other cameo, unlike a stalled out hacky sack, did not sit as well with me. I am a fan of Seth Green and his many talents, but all I could hear when he spoke was Chris Griffin. I also was waiting for the lawyer in Marshall to speak up and claim that check, which he and Lily were entitled to for the use of their likenesses in the Three Hackmigos business. 
An Odd Ball Old Friend

Despite two headlining guests, the best supporting performance went to Alexis Denisof, whose scenes as Sandy Rivers provided some of the night's best laughs. My favorite of which was when he gave Robin kudos for the old "fire and bang." He also won the holiday sweater award hands down. 

Getting back to the main How I Met Your Mother cast, while this season has been the pits at times, I thought tonight was a return to greatness with references such as the pit in Silence of the Lambs. Thanks to Buffalo Bill and his basket of lotion, we now have a new How I Met Your Mother term that I will most certainly use. Who would you choose as your "pit" person? 

While I have been critical of some cast members this season, Josh Radnor has picked up the slack and then some. His Yom Kippur jinx line made my list of top How I Met Your Mother quotes this week, but he also was very entertaining throughout the entire trip back to his alma mater. 

Robin missed out on the fun, but her scenes at work, like those previously mentioned with Sandy, were a holiday treat. I also never tire of her interactions/clashes with Patrice. Her Sean Connery voice sort of threw me in her pit scenes, but still were darn funny. 

Marshall and Lily were along for the ride in more ways than one, but Marshall did add some humor as he reminisced about his prom and issued warnings about settling revenge fantasies through dance. 

As we approached the half way point of the night, there was no doubt as to the best moment of Part One. After being held silent for longer than we have ever seen, Barney made up for lost time when Ted freed him of the jinx. Like Aladdin freeing Genie, Ted unshackled the show's star allowing him to reign down the funny on us all. 

Before moving on to part deux, let us know what you thought of the gang's road trip and hi-jinx


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (129 Votes)

I didn't care much for the Seth Green's cameo but the professor was good. Josh Radnor brought it big time in this ep and even in mute Barney was still Awesome!!


This one was a great episoed, from the jinx to the pit scenes and how my god I loved when Robin said "Clarice" instead of Patrice lol ! It was creative and I enjoyed the two guest stars that appeared on this episode.


The voice wasn't quite right so I understand why it threw you off, but Robin was trying for Buffalo Bill from The Silence Of The Lambs, not Sean Connery. Would love to hear her try a Scottish or British accent for real though!

Sue ann

Like leele, I was enjoying seeing Willow and Oz together again, made even more delicious by an appearance of Wesley Wyndam-Price (Alexis Denisof) on the same episode. A major Buffy/Angel reunion! Plus, Seth Green played Alyson Hanigan's boy friend, and Alexis Denisof is her real-life husband. I love that kind of ironic cross-over. (I liked the story line, too.)


I loved the episode, just want to add sth abouth Seth Green - his guest apearance was more of "Willow/Oz"-reunion, rather than just a meaningless apearance. It is just so special and great when you see a reunion of two actors that have played a couple for so long on the small screen (if there are Buffy fans they will know what I mean). I love when TV "makers" do such small but awesome things sometimes.


This episode was okay. I love that even when NPH is silent, he's one of the funniest people ever. The strength of this episode was Barney and Ted, easily. I think you're a little unfair to Seth Green LOL - I actually didn't hear Chris Griffin at all! That didn't even occur to me. I was more amazed by how freakin' ageless he is, good grief, the man still looks like a kid. I enjoyed his guest appearance.


I enjoyed this episode very much. It reminded me on the good old days when HIMYM was hilarious and legen...wait for it... DARY! I just hope they will continue in the same fashion for the rest of the season.


Great episode! It was really funny with the jinx.. but the 2nd episode was even better.. wait for it!!

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 11 Quotes

Marshall, I'm a grown ass man. I'm on my building's co-op board. When I say a pinot noir tastes luxuriously earthy with a hint of rhubarb? I'm not faking it.


This is gonna be a long jinx. Like Yom Kippur services long. The only difference is Yom Kippur's a fast and this one's gonna be a slow.