How I Met Your Mother Review: Worst Night Ever

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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. 

Barney's Bachelor Party

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? 


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (139 Votes)

I just now got to watch this episode and like all of the other comments, I have to disagree. I loved this episode and it was one of the funniest this season. The bachelor party was perfect for Barney. Yes it felt a little familiar because they did something similar on Castle not too long ago, but the stories were different and they are different shows. I highly enjoyed this episode. Why is bad that they bring up something that has been mentioned before? The Karate Kid thing was a great flashback to the episode where Barney and the gang helped pack up his childhood home.


(Almost) COMPLETELY agree with the review. The acting was forced, the flirting was a disaster, and what I disagree - his mother was rude and simply vulgar, not funny. And one more thing - they make childish deals with mafia?
As noted in one commentary - when did he learn how to drive? (He was driving before, but still)


This was a good episode. NPH was at his A game on this episode and really enjoyed how he hated Ralph Maccio. Only thing I agree about this review is that my favorite part too was the introduction of William Zabka. Of-course we all know that Allyson Hannigan can't pull off acting as sex crazy. She's better when being the teacher for the group. Apart from Marshall's hand losing scene this was a good episode.


Very good episode! Top notch compared with the rest of this season.


Very good episode!!!!! Very well done, compared to previous episodes this season!


I have a question! When the hell did Barney learn how to drive?! I thought he didn't know how. Remember the episode in which Marshall has to give up his car! Barney could not drive! Have I missed something?


i thought it was very funny and it was good


I loved this episode!


I gave it 5 stars, it was one of the funniest episodes of the season. Hilarious stuff.


It was okay. I saw it coming from the moment they checked into the hotel; I knew it was a ruse. Knew Robin was in on it as soon as Quinn walked out of the car and went next to her. I don't know - I think I'm underwhelmed mostly because we got the same idea on Castle a few weeks ago and it was much slicker. Dr Horrible and Captain Hammer even had the same reactions to the reveal. I just want to know what Ralph Macchio eats. Goodness, he looks 30...he's 51!!

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 22 Quotes

Here he is. Just as hot as when his Tiger Beat photo spread gave a young girl the courage to explore the suddenly unfamiliar topography of her changing body...The Karate Kid!


You are so funny. What's gotten into you? Oh that's right, nothing, ever.

Loretta Stinson