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How I Met Your Mother Review: Canuckin' Nuts

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How i Met Your Mother kicked off its final season this week, as the gang set a course for Farhampton and the big wedding between Robin and Barney.

On "The Locket," the first half of the two-episode premiere, fans piled into the car with Ted and Lily. Even before Ted put on the driving gloves, Lily must have known she was in for some vintage Mosby moments. Lucky for us, she found an alternate route and boarded the same train as the mother.

I loved the way the two future friends met. Ted's wife definitely would be someone who would ask if a fellow passenger was okay after seeing her distraught. I also liked how she tried to lighten the mood by joking about the cookies.

Barney and Robin Kiss

The more I got to see the mother, as she spoke with Lily, the more I started to see her looks as a blend of both Lily and Robin. Did anyone else observe that? Either way, I adored seeing how Lily and her met. Hopefully there will be a story to go along with how each of the friends are introduced to the mother, leading up to the eventual moment with Ted.

The other highlight of the episode was Barney and Robin's ride with Ranjit. Calling attention to, and naming, the phenomenon that is the Wedding Wild Card is the brand of writing that has made this show a success for so many seasons. Taking the scene to the next level of funny, though, was the realization by Robin and Barney that there was a chance they might be related. Barney and Robin have great chemistry but they were equally enjoyable as they struggled to digest the chance of incest. 

With the mystery of Cousin Mitch cleared up, Barney was able to confidently speak about the wedding again and delivered probably the best scene of the episode with the following exchange. 

Barney: Our wedding is gonna be legendary.
Robin: No wait for it?
Barney: I've got you, I don't have to wait for it anymore. | permalink

If there was a weak link to the episode, it was Marshall's storyline. Guest star Sherri Shepherd was given few good lines to show off her talent. The whole Pilates conversation was a stretch (pun intended). I did love that Marshall's mom still had a dial up modem though. That was a great touch. 

As we rolled into the second half, "Coming Back" introduced us to Curtis, the overly opinionated hotel desk clerk played by Roger Bart of Revenge. The employee of the month award, however, goes to bartender Linus for his committed effort to giving Lily the Kennedy Package. It was thanks to his cocktail competence that Lily let loose the news about James' divorce and produced my biggest laugh of the night. Thankfully Barney was able to take the news in stride and quash any concern Robin had.

Barney: No Robin, I am not going to a strip club, especially right now. Can you imagine the day shift at the Crab Shed? | permalink

The honeymoon suite he had set up for his brother was hilariously over the top, in typical Barney fashion, but also a truly thoughtful gesture. I also enjoyed the flashback to the origin of the Stinson curse in Russia. Did anyone else think the part when James introduced his partner in the carriage as just his platonic friend from work was a little shot fired by the writers at Russia's president Vladimir Putin and his policies toward gays?

Marshall's arc improved in the second half as Daphne returned with the car seat and showed:

When you believe in people, people come through. | permalink

Lastly, the scene where Ted and the mother sat next to single Ted was just great. Their interaction was so natural and genuine, complete with her teasing Ted about how he probably had been showboating while doing the crossword. It was one of many well written scenes that really focused on the characters we have grown to love and care about. I, of course, am looking forward to seeing the Ring Bear, but also some more intimate moments like we saw tonight. I also really hope Ted doesn't manage to throw a wrench into the wedding plans, but I feel like that is inevitable still.

What did you think? 

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So I was worried, who they would get to play well with the gang. I have to say the casting came through. its in her eyes. She holds her own with them. Don't forget she won't just be marrying Ted, she will be marrying them all. What happened to wedding day, not weekends. This wedding is going to go on forever. Finally, she fits Ted with all his querks. His previous girlfriends were too fiesty, too sophisticated, too sheek or just too much. Ted doesn't quite fit in but that is what we enjoy about him. His wife should have the same essence.

Egrey

i cant believe this is gonna be their last season. so we know everyone's gonna give it their all.
the mother and lily meeting was very comedic. the flashback thing from ted when he's talking to his wife shredded my heart. and the barney robin feels. they complete each other and they dont have to wait anymore because theyve got each other. looking forward to this season and its sad to see that its the last.

Fifty

Mother in train said she got a great idea about a book when Lily mentioned lonely and unicorns. Possibly hinting at J.K Rowling, who had the idea of Harry Potter in a train.
Second Barney mention that Joffrey, in Game of Thrones has mother and father who are siblings, LOL nicely written by writers.
Loved Ted and the Hotel Receptionist scenes. I think he is the same guy who played the nerdy government agent in Harold and Kumar 2nd movie.

Marissa

I really liked the episode. I thought pretty much the whole thing was funny. It was cool that Lilly was the first to meet the mother and I loved there entire time together they were great. I can't wait for the rest if the season. I hope we get to see each of the othe characters first interaction with the mother. I can't wait till the next episode.

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joyeful, Agree on the scenes in the limo. It wasn't just Barney and Robin that felt like throwing up. Really? That scene where they come close together only to be repulsed. The only saving grace was that it produced a great quote when Barney says he doesn't have to wait for it anymore. That was really romantic. My favorite part was the Lily and The Mother (didn't catch a name). It was just sweet that Lily, who's always looked out for Ted, is the first person to become friends with The Mother. It was really nice of the writers to make that happen even before Ted knew she existed. I found that angle to be really nice, what with the commonalities they share. The scenes with Marshall and Sherri Sheperd were also nice. But I guess most of us knew that she would come through at the very end. Overall, a great start to the season.

Joyeful

I think we had completely different thoughts on the premiere save for the last scene with Ted and the Mother. Like you, I loved that scene. Not only did we get to see a sharp contrast between present Ted and future Ted, we got to see the amazing chemistry between the two. I LOVE that they're showing us their relationship through flash-forwards; that way we get to see some of it. I was so afraid that the show was going to end only allowing us to see when they met! As for the rest - I enjoyed Marshall with Sherri Shepherd. HATED the scenes in the limo with Barney and Robin (really - that we-might-be-related storyline was ridiculous and unnecessary). Lily with the Mother would be my second fave part of the episode. Welcomed the return of Wayne Brady, and really liked the divorce storyline. As a single woman - I can totally relate to Ted at the hotel. If I had a dollar for every person who talked to me like Curtis did!! Geez LOL

Fortyseven

It's...poor. I'll check in for the finale.

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Oh god! I cant believe this is the last season!!! It really hit me when the theme song started playing.. man, im really going to miss this show..
I was so excited when Ted gifted Robyn the group photo instead of the necklace..
so far im really liking the Mother

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I think this was a great start to the season. As much as everything was spot on, I also admired the great soundtrack this show has. It really fits the emotions and builds the scenes into something dynamic. I love it. Props to the Music Supervisor.
All in all, it was a great start. Im looking forward now. :D