Tuesday, February 25, 2014
How I Met Your Mother 9x18: Rally
I don't know. Maybe it was the Olympics-induced break, or the fact that this episode addressed a plot point I'd assumed the show would ignore (Barney being ridiculously hung over the day of his wedding), or the novelty of seeing the entire cast together after so much time spent fractured this season, or just the casual lesbianism, but I enjoyed it. It wasn't the funniest episode, nor the most groundbreaking or revelatory, but I chuckled a few times and didn't actively dislike the characters throughout. A little cartoon-y and over-the-top at times (as many episode this season have been), but as far as Farhampton-centric episodes go, this wasn't bad.
I appreciated that the whole "Weekend at Barney's" thing ended up being a story they told Barney and not a depiction of actual events, though once you think about it, it was kind of a dick move on Barney's part that he was so hung over he cancelled the wedding pictures. So, like, they just aren't going to have wedding pictures then?
I could have done without most of the "bacon is awesome" business (not because bacon isn't awesome, but because proclaiming it as such is such an outdated pop culture meme at this point), but Ted naively being duped into eating healthy by his mom was amusing, as was his offhand declaration later that bacon would go really well on one of his mom's LT sandwiches.
One thing NOT addressed is that Robin and Ted (and frankly, Lily and Marshall as well) have been up all night, and must be exhausted. I suppose they could be riding on adrenaline at this point (especially Robin), but still.
Didn't Barney and Robin's dad bond over laser tag last season? I mean, ruining the wedding pictures probably still deserves a kick in the balls, but the whole "I like you now" fabrication in the Weekend at Barney's story probably should have been unnecessary.
Are we to assume from their flashforward that Robin and Barney end up with a kid (based on their casual "every time" when the baby starts crying), even though the baby in the episode belonged to the woman whose room they broke into, or was that remark just supposed to be part of the joke (ie they're so hungover they not only think the crying kid is there's but that they have a kid who cries whenever they're hungover even though they don't)?
Reversing the Lily/Robin attraction dynamic was a nice way of (presumably) tying a bow on that running thread for the series.
This episode revealed that Marshall's "Big Fudge" nickname (mentioned periodically in previous episodes) comes from the eight pound block of fudge he ate in twelve minutes after learning he got into law school. Tantrum has appeared before as well.
Speaking of which, I loved Marshall and Ted's "throw a tantrum" joke because it's exactly the kind of awful joke I would make.
Future Marshall drunkenly vowing to make Batman work harder also made me chuckle.