Tuesday, January 21, 2014
How I Met Your Mother 9x15: Unpause
Moreso than any other except maybe the season premiere, this felt very much like a "final season" episode, harkening back as it did to Barney's origin and the season one/two break-up of Lily & Marshall even while it presented a flashforward look at the birth of Ted's second child. "What Barney does for a living" isn't one of those questions that I've been dying to have answered, but I nevertheless appreciate the effort, particularly since it amounted to more than just the "please" acronym gag and tied in with Barney's overall character arc (both in terms of his growth and his propensity for con games). Meanwhile, the pseudo-cliffhangery "Lily leaving in the middle of the night" plot is a bit of a false-starter (given that we know she comes back), but it's an effective way to use the show's history to move the characters forward even while it adds to the retrospective feel of the final season.
Hey, Ted's kids have names! His daughter is Penny (presumably named after the lucky penny that kept him from leaving New York and ultimately allowed him to meet the Mother) and his son is Luke (after Skywalker, presumably).
As pleased as I was to see more of Ted and the Mother together, I'm not quite sure how the birth of their second child ties in thematically with the present day events of this episode. I get the idea that Luke is the rare exception to Ted's mom's "nothing good happens after 2 AM" rule, and that the bulk of the episode in the present took place after 2 AM, but otherwise I'm not sure why that exception needed to be attached to this particular story.
Robin finally got an honest answer to her ring bearer question after several comical interruptions, but in between the last interruption and her actually getting an answer, there were a ton of other questions asked, so her early exasperation seemed a little put-on.
Also, it should be noted that the way she phrased the question when she finally got an answer only confirmed there would be a ring-bearer. It didn't speak at all to whether or not there would also be a ring bear.
It would be nice if Barney's honest answer to Ted's question about getting married would put an end to Ted's feelings for Robin, but I have a feeling we've got a few more turns on that merry-go-round left.
Of all the things said during Marshall and Lily's fight, I think the certain and almost offhanded way Marshall referred to Lily's art career as a hobby stung the most - you could tell that was something he's long thought and just never said before.
And, for the record, Marshall is being a complete ass about the situation, but he's being a realistic ass, and I appreciate that. He was wrong to bring up San Fransisco, but Lily backed him into a corner, would barely let him speak, so he went nuclear. Not the best tactic, but one I can see an actual person in that situation doing. As uncomfortable as it was to watch at times, it was one of the most realistic TV couple fights I've ever seen.
I assume that was Ranjit that picked up Lily at the end? I'm not sure if we're supposed to be questioning it or just assume as much, but I can't think of who else it would be. He's also in Farhampton, so he'd be close enough to get her that quickly.
Dr. Bitz is probably right that the fight in this episode should have happened before all the slapbet shenanigans in the previous one, though I suppose it'll depend on how this "Lily leaving" story plays out - it may just be that the ramifications of the fight would have pushed the slapbet story out too far and the writers decided to wedge it in, however awkwardly, beforehand.
Marvin being with a sitter is pretty sitcom-y (what sitter? Did they hire one just to have on hand for the wedding weekend?) but I kudos to the show for making an effort to establish where he is, something a lot of shows wouldn't bother to do.
Also, that elevator joke is fantastic. I couldn't totally see myself adapting it when I have kids.
Learning that Robin comes from wealth (six thousand Canadian craploads) wasn't exactly a revelation, but it fits with what we've seen of her lifestyle and upbringing. It's the kind of thing that, if never established, I would have just chalked up her big family home and whatnot to her being a character in a sitcom (where money doesn't mean what it does in the real world), but having been established, it makes sense.
Man, these people are going to be exhausted at the wedding - it's a wonder Barney won't just sleep through it, especially given how drunk he got (though this is hardly the first TV show to have its character out partying to an unrealistic hour the night before a wedding).