Episode 24 - Something New
25 May 2013
Synopsis: Marshall's mother is furious to learn that he is off to Rome without telling her. So to appease her he heads home to Minnesota for the week. Lily goes with Ted to his house which she is shocked to learn he plans on selling. He is off to Chicago to escape Robin. The latter is enjoying dinner with Barney where they decide to take vengeance on an annoying couple at the bar.
The Good: So there she is. A perfectly normal looking brunette played by a relatively unknown actress. I assume Bays and Thomas will actually let her play the part next season instead of trying to drag the wedding out with flashbacks or other gimmicks. I'm passed the point of looking forward to HIMYM but maybe next season will be a happy ending for everyone in a way which will be satisfying for the hard core audience.
I didn't mind Robin and Barney bonding over being vengeful. Their meddling seemed petty enough not to be evil.
The Bad: The repetitive jokes about Marshall's mother working against the Rome trip were a drag. And of course Marshall gets offered a new job just in time to foil the trip to Italy. I said last episode that various members of the group threaten to leave and never do every season.
I do understand the instinct to set each of the characters on a dramatic path as they all head toward the wedding. But to me there's zero emotional resonance to any of it because of the way we keep being teased about the mother. Now it seems obvious that everyone will stay put in New York and I'm not anticipating great television from the fallout. Lily being mad at Marshall has almost no appeal given that they will always be together.
Comic Highlight: I did smile at Barney being repeatedly smacked by the swinging kitchen door during dinner.
How I rate your episode: It's nice to finally meet the mother but I'm still reviewing HIMYM out of inertia. I don't think I'm adding anything to anyone's experience by pointing out what a manipulated sham the whole process has become. I may end up reviewing next season out of a sake of completeness but my time is ever stretched so I may leave a note saying it was one season too many.
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