How I Met Your Mother Review: One Shining Moment

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Last week's Mother-centric installment was one of the show's best.

With so many episodes this season staged at The Farhampton Inn - as the hours until the wedding sluggishly continue to tick away - I feel like the inn has begun to have the same effect on fans as the Overlook Hotel had on Jack Torrance in The Shining.

Instead of the Grady twins, we were treated to a pair of Lily's who helped Marshall see what really was at the heart of their fight.

If you keep lying to me, if you keep cutting me out of decisions, if you keep using words like winning and losing when you talk about our marriage? It's not like it will happen all at once, but if you keep acting this way, little by little, you're gonna lose me.


The whole scene with the Lilys, Marshall and his late father, felt like a bizarre dream. 2006 Lily asking how many MySpace friends she now had was pretty funny. In the end though, instead of a heart felt apology, all Marshall said was how much he missed her while she was gone.

What about all the stuff ghost Lily had just gone over?

Barney probably won't remember taking Justin and Kyle under his wing, but sadly we all will. As big a fan of Tim Gunn as I am, I couldn't help but feel like he has worn out his welcome as a guest star.

I think he may have overtaken Billy Zabka with this week's cameo on How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 17. And was that final exchange with the two guys supposed to be some revelation by Barney?

Whatever you do in this life, it's not legendary, unless your friends are there to see it.


That whole segment was legen...well put it this way, I'm still waiting for it.

Ted finally let go of Robin, but that storyline has long been deflated. After all the hoops Ted jumped through to find that locket, I was shocked to not see him make any effort to jump in and recover it.

We still may in an upcoming episode and, yes, I get how it was a metaphor for him letting go of Robin, but I'm a seller of it all.  It's like how I'm still upset with Rose for dropping the "Heart of the Ocean" into the water at the end of Titanic.

After How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 16, my expectations for the remaining outings were sky high - but as I watched with disbelief as Robin floated away from Ted, my week old optimism sank like Jack Dawson.

I tried to find a few morsels to satisfy me, but was left wanting as there was very little meat on the show's funny bone this week. What did you think?


Editor Rating: 1.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (184 Votes)

Ted and Robin part was the only good in this episode. But it's the home stretch so we can cut them some slack.


Good episode. Barney teaching those 2 guys how to pick up women and giving them the playbook showed that he's letting all that go and really ready to get married. Ted and Robin talking was nice and her telling him his top 5 best and worse girlfriends was funny. In this episode Ted finally let Robin go even though he's in love with her. All the trouble Ted went through to get the necklace back I'm really surprised that he didn't jump in after it I was really expecting him to. Can't wait till the next episode.


I totally agree with you. Plus, if this episode was actually the " definitely letting go of Robin" (which I hope it is) I think it could have been better. I mean, they could have put flashbacks of the happy moments of their relationship such as: he stealing the blue french horn instead of Robin floating away like she had died or something.


I totally disagree with a 1 star rating. Ted's speech he gave to Jeanette:
"Actually, there is a word for it; its love. I'm in love with her, ok?
If you're looking for a word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting to them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, its love.
And when you love someone, you just don't stop. Ever!
Even when people roll their eyes, or call you crazy, even then. Especially then! You just don't give up. Because if I could give up..if I could just take the whole worlds advice and move on and find someone else, that wouldn't be love, that would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for. That is not what this is."
I think this is one of if not the best speech Ted has ever given.


I actually thought this was a great episode. It was really momentous and necessary to see Ted let go of Robin. I thought he had the locket with him though when he and Lilly left New York to leave for Farhampton, but I could be wrong. Or maybe he does still have it. It really would make for another great wedding gift to add to his list of amazing gifts. And it will give him the final closure he needs. I don't see what the big deal over Robin floating away was. The show always does things like that, that aren't real. I think Barney just needed to pass his wisdom along before he was ready to move forward. That was a nice moment for him as well. I doubt we'll hear much more about the Lilly and Marshall story. It seems like they're just focusing mainly on the other two couples. But I'm glad to see them move past it either way.


It didnt deserve one star at all. i think it was very good, the show is about ted and we finally saw how he let go robin


not a great episode, but its a very important story line that ted finally lets go of Robin. he has to for so many reasons. and it is appropriate that when he finally lets go, he finds their mother.
that said, last night i developed a sense that we might be in for some very weird, unexpected twist. for Ted to have all such strong feelings about Robin, as he said, they wont ever go away. i wonder if maybe something will happen down the road where that Ted and Robin will eventually end up together. perhaps one of their spouses die, or maybe her marriage to Barney doesn't happen at the end. but regardless, i think we are in for an unexpected twist. that said, the rest of the episode is a C+, and paled in comparison to last weeks, best episode ever.


If that 1 star is for the terrible quality of the scenes at the beginning or the fact that Robin literally lifted into the sky from the beach then I agree. However, if that 1 star is for anything else then no, I can't. This show is about Ted. It's his story we're following and he has so much love for Robin. She's not some failed relationship. She's a person in his life that he loves and wants to keep in his life but letting go of everything he had always hoped for him and Robin was never going to be easy. I love the story this show has taken us on and I thought it was an amazing episode.


I personally thought it was amazing. The end was a bit weird. I am assuming that was really Robin and not his imagination. Right? That is what the floating implied. But other than that, I loved the episode. Everything just worked for me. I do agree that I hope there is more discussion between Marshall and Lily though. I feel that story got a bit short shrift here.


Are u kidding me? this was one of the most heart felt episodes of this season... the speech Ted gave to Jeanette about Love for Robin sent chills down my back!

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How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 17 Quotes

Whatever you do in this life, it's not legendary, unless your friends are there to see it.


You know what's weird Stella? Not seeing Star Wars until you're 30.