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How I Met Your Mother Review: Lone Wolves

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Another How I Met Your Mother episode has come and gone without an appearance of the mother.  

The countdown to the wedding continued, but the focus switched to Marshall and Lily, as the road warrior had to call in some favors from his friends to try and keep Lily from reading Daphne's text.

Marshall's Mission

How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 7 started off slow, with the reenactment of the ghost in Room 13 falling flat.

From there, though, we got some pretty good stuff when Ted, Barney and Robin were called into action to settle their debt to Marshall. The flashback of when Robin called Marshall for a favor was my favorite.

The whole Night Falcon scene was so absurd, I had to laugh, as Robin fell into Marshall's arms and ran away in that purple unitard. 

Robin ordering room service to Lily's room and sneaking in under the cart was also a great move. Barney's plan to make his way through the air ducts like the bad guy in Die Hard was my favorite strategy, however, as we were reminded about his odd take on movies.

The soon-to-be married couple struggled a bit with their lone wolf identities, but came to the realization that they could work just as well together once married.

Barney: We're gonna make a great team. We just need some practice.
Robin: Yeah let's prove that we believe in marriage by workin together to help Marshall hide something from his wife!

When it came to the actual execution of the mission, Ted calling in a No Questions Asked of his own with Lily, was a great twist. Marshall's flashback to some of the times he could have kept something from Lily was pretty good. My favorite of which was when he took apart the TV and made a robot.

I'm pretty sure there has been at least one time when Marshall has tried to sneak something past Lily, but you had to applaud his honesty tonight as he came clean about taking the new job.

Where I think he could have done better was how he made his confession. He definitely was sorry for taking the job without telling her, but he didn't leave much room for discussion about it. He told Lily they were staying in New York with an "and that's final" kind of tone, didn't he? 

Marshall's arrival will surely bring a hate storm down on the Farhamton Inn. Maybe Uncle Ted will take Marvin for a stroll while Mommy and Daddy sort things out and perhaps run into the mother when he does.  

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    I'm hoping that the next episode redeems this season. With Ted and Cassie going to the 'very romantic' lighthouse in the episode, we might just have a flash forward to his proposal to the Mother.

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    @ WP

    Wow...Great call!!!

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    The writing has made a turn for the worse in the last 3 seasons. No longer witty - just cheesy.

    Fifty

    I failed to see how a wedding weekend would made to be interesting. Of course it worked in American Pie: American Wedding movie, but it's a big stretch trying for small screen.
    As Jim said it would've been better to stick with the normal routine and slip in the wedding at the latter part of the season.

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    I wouldn't necessarily call it a cash grab, but it is a painful gimmick, which is failing right now. The writers probably thought they could do something innovative with the them, but I don't think there's enough material to keep things interesting for an entire season.

    Although I enjoyed this episode, this season hasn't been consistent so far, either in writing or story progression.

    I hope they make things interesting soon enough though.

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    This whole drawn out "wedding" season just seems like one big cash grab. The whole wedding weekend should have been about 3 episodes at the end of last season and that should have been the end of the show. They are just trying too desperately to fill up an entire season's worth of shows here and stretching the quality too thin.

    Fifty

    Not good enough!!! Simple as that. Predictable..We all knew that Marshall will tell the truth to Lily....Duh.... Very disappointing episode.

    Marissa

    This was a funny episode. My favorite was Robins no questions asked. I would really like to know who those woman chasing Robin were and well what they were doing and like Marshall what were in those darts they shot him with. If they made that an episode I think it would be pretty funny but the little clips of stuff that happens in their lives that we don't see totally are some of the things that make the show funny. I can't wait to see what happens with Marshall and Lilly it should be interesting cause at the end of this one she wanted to kill him. Can't wait till the next episode.

    Komal

    Some funny moments but a weak episode overall. It seems like devoting one season to only the wedding boxed in the storyline a little. I'm waiting for something to happen with Ted (and the Mother?) instead of keeping him as the poor, lonely single guy. We've seen enough of the that in the last 8 seasons, it's time for his HEA.

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    Yeah Ted isn't going to meet the mother until after the wedding is done, when he's reading that book at the train station, waiting for the train. She was in the same area as them but she's leaving on the same train as Ted. I had read the wedding won't be until the end of the season, so I doubt we will get to see much interaction at all between Ted and the mother. They did say though that yes, we will get to see her meet everyone else before him. They said she will be on the next episode.

    Aside from that, I thought this episode was really funny. Probably the funniest one of the season. They really do work the best when they're all together. I loved all their theatricality of trying to delete that message, and it was a great use of flashbacks. I can't wait until Marshall gets there so the whole gang can be together. Sherri Shephard said she only filmed 7 episodes, so hopefully soon...

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    Yeah Ted isn't going to meet the mother until after the wedding is done, when he's reading that book at the train station, waiting for the train. She was in the same area as them but she's leaving on the same train as Ted. I had read the wedding won't be until the end of the season, so I doubt we will get to see much interaction at all between Ted and the mother. They did say though that yes, we will get to see her meet everyone else before him. They said she will be on the next episode.

    Aside from that, I thought this episode was really funny. Probably the funniest one of the season. They really do work the best when they're all together. I loved all their theatricality of trying to delete that message, and it was a great use of flashbacks. I can't wait until Marshall gets there so the whole gang can be together. Sherri Shephard said she only filmed 7 episodes, so hopefully soon...




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