Well, that was disappointing. Tonight, we get recycled plots, and a man-child masquerading as Marshall.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Lily and Marshall
have a big art gallery opening, and Marshal is tres concerned about the
lack of food, so he buys a gigantic bag of Skittles(“The last bag your
Uncle Marshall would ever buy,” Ted intones ominously). Marshall then
proceeds to sit on several expensive pieces of art, and make terrible
puns with artist’s names in the guise of ‘being outgoing.’ This plot
was soooo boring. I don’t even know what to say about it. And then
Marshall dropped his entire bag of Skittles on the floor(one Skittle at a
time) during a moment of silence for the artist’s dead grandmother.
Instead of, you know, attempting to assuage the flow of Skittles,
Marshall stood there as everyone in the gallery glowered at him for the
entire minute it took. It honestly feels like a character
assassination, and for the writers to do that to the best character on
the show is just wrong.
In other news, Ted and Jeanette are still together, and he put her on his RSVP to Robin and Barney’s wedding
invite. When they break up again(due to a spam e-mail from a
girly-sounding spam-bot), Barney decides to help Ted find a new plus one
by bringing out the Playbook.
“But that was destroyed eight episodes ago,” you may say!
Of course, recycling plot from previous episodes(even if they are from the same season show) is
now par for the course, so we get to see playbook antics again, yay.
Barney makes a command center at Ted’s house, and gives Ted an earbud
so he can direct all of Ted’s words. The plays are terrible, as usual,
but when Robin comes back and finds the Playbook, Barney has to book it
after her to get her back. The second Barney takes his leave, Jeanette
find Ted, and gives him a big...kiss on the lips, so he brings her back
to his apartment, intent on getting back together. It’s too bad, then,
that Barney left the Playbook on Ted’s couch.
Which Jeanette finds.
immediately begins trashing Ted’s apartment again. Ted ends up on the
sidewalk with the gang, and Jeanette threatening to blow up the Playbook
with the fireworks she found. Barney tells her to do it, and the whole
thing goes up in flames, and Ted is ready to settle down for realsies,
cause all the other times he’s settled down with a long term girlfriend
were not him being an anti-commitmentaphobe.
Oh, and Barney got Robin back by telling her he’s a lying liar who lies, but he really REALLY loves her, so it’s cool.
episode was kind of the antithesis of funny. Even the laugh track
wasn’t really into it at all. Even if there are few laughs, a sitcom
can be good if it has character development. It’s too bad that all of
the ‘character development’ this episode consisted either of
regression(Marshall) or things that have happened a million times before
in an ugly new wrapping(Ted, Robin and Barney). Lily got the shaft,
she had no development whatsoever, and she wasn’t even funny. I just
wish I wasn’t so invested in who the mother was, so I could drop this
show like it really deserves to be dropped.
I got one funny line for you:
Ted, on one of Barney’s ‘one rules’: “Lebanese girls sprint to third base, and then stay there?”