Episode 21 - Romeward Bound
16 April 2013
Synopsis: The Captain announces that he's moving to Rome for a year and wants Lily to go with him. She says no, assuming that Marshall won't want to uproot his existence. Meanwhile Barney and Robin's wedding planner has a ridiculous body that he and Ted are desperate to see.
The Good: The subtitles bit was pretty sweet. Marshall uses his one sentence of Italian to communicate his faith in his relationship with Lily. Awww.
The Bad: It's a shame we had to swallow the idea that he'd been lying to her for months. He claims it's because he didn't want her to see him as a failure which is ridiculous given all they've been through together. I genuinely struggle to imagine the person who laughed at the pun related excuses Marshall gave for ending their phone calls. And of course it's beyond dumb to accept that he sat in an office eating burgers and drinking beer for months. I assume Marshall and Lily go to Rome after the wedding and it won't affect the show much next season (e.g. they come back immediately or within a few eps).
The point of the ridonculous body story was clearly to sow some potential dissension between Robin and Barney leading up to the wedding. That's fine on a basic level but it meant we had to sit through a really dull story in the meantime. It's also the second time this season that a major plot about Ted being ready to get married was followed by him being a pathetic single guy again.
Comic Highlight: There was some choice bad comedy here. I appreciated the truth at the core of the body gags that a happily married man can say things to single women that don't seem creepy and that set up a good test for Barney.
How I rate your episode: A lot of crappy stuff to move the plot forward. A harsh but not inaccurate description of the whole show since season two.
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