This week, we witnessed a night fans of How I Met Your Mother have both looked forward to and dreaded.
Barney's bachelor party would of course be legendary, but it also would be one of the last nights he would "suit up" as a single bro. Sadly, "The Bro Mitzvah," was more of a Bro Bris, as it came up a little short.
The acting across the board was disappointing, as the character's timing and delivery seemed off and often forced.
Then, of course, we learned the entire night was all an elaborate ruse orchestrated by Robin. The idea of giving Barney the worst evening ever was clever, if not a nod to 1997's The Game starring Michael Douglas. Now, could the poor performances from earlier in the episode all be explained away because it was all supposed to be fake and artificial?
While I wanted to sweep the leg on this episode for most of its duration, a guest appearance by William Zabka was one of my favorite moments of the season. Even if we have heard The Karate Kid was based on the wrong fighter theory before.
I didn't include Ralph Maccio because he never really waxed on. He reminded me of a Saturday Night Live host, reading lines off a teleprompter. Lily's flirtations also fell flat, save for her great Tiger Beat reference. I didn't really care for the early scenes with Robin and Loretta Stinson either, but when they started discussing Robin's napkin ring, things got interesting.
Robin: I'm not a virgin! My napkin ring has seen plenty of breadsticks and one baguette. I dated a center from the Knicks.
The return of Quinn was too ridiculous to accept, but a valuable lesson was learned. Be sure to always vet the stripper!
The delivery missed its mark at times, but Robin's ultimate prank was yet another sign of how awesome she is. Barney loved his bachelor party in the end, but would you feel the same if it happened to you?