There was so much wrong with this episode – it was dull, it was largely unfunny, it was predictable (to a point) and it was repetitive. The running ‘joke’ about old people being like zombies who are drawn to anyone who says Mandy Patinkin made us smirk the first time but, as the episode progressed, became somewhat of a thorn in our side.
The main problem with having an entire season devoted to one weekend is, of course, that you have to write 12 hours of funny material, all largely set in one location and with a very limited pool to draw from. Yeah, weddings can be hilarious. But are they twelve hours of hilarious? That seems unlikely. If we’re honest, we didn’t think the cracks would appear this early. We’re hoping it’s just an early slip and not an indication of the way the rest of the season will unfold.
There were a few nice moments, mostly relating to Ted’s New York bucket list (and are we the only ones who had completely forgotten he was moving to Chicago?) – saying goodbye to the Empire State was comical, but also a little sad for Ted. Our favorite was, without a doubt, him fixing the graffiti (Grammar Nazis of the world, unite!). No Mother appearances at all this week, almost negating the point of this ‘few hours at a time’ approach.
But one thing gave us a little hope for next week, and made us think that maybe, just maybe, this may have been a one-time slip – the final scene of the episode showed Ted finally stop avoiding Barney (though we hadn’t really been aware he was), prompting Barney to drop this bomb: “I saw you and Robin at the carousel.” Uh-oh… – K
Quoteworthy: “You wrote down all these things to say goodbye to, but so many of them are good things. Why not just say goodbye to the bad things? Say goodbye to all the times you felt lost, to all the times it was a no instead of a yes, to all the scrapes and bruises, to all the heartache. Say goodbye to all the things you really want to do for the last time. But don’t go have one last scotch with Barney. Have the first scotch toasting Barney’s new life because that’s a good thing, and the good things will always be here waiting for you.” – Lily