By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
After last week’s phenomenal performance, tonight’s episode, “Weekend at Barney’s,” was not up to par – a terrible trend that the show continually repeats.
Jeanette (Abby Elliott) goes crazy and trashes Ted’s (Josh Radnor) apartment, again. Yet, he doesn’t care because he has some weird fixation with how crazy she is for him. Unexpectedly, she decides to break up with him.
I concur with Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) for celebrating.
Not only is that crazy lady not going to be at their wedding, for Ted had planned on her being his plus one, but also she’s crazy and not even in a funny, ok way.
Jeanette’s craziness has become too much. His weird fascination with her obsession over him is disgusting. How does he suddenly realize he’s mature enough to want to get married when he’s with a girl simply because the sex is good and because she is so into him. Nonsense!
For her new job, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) takes Marshall (Jason Segel) to an art gallery opening, where he will have his last big of Skittles ever. Oh, really? Is that supposed to draw me in?
The sad thing is, this is one of the best moments of the episode.
With Ted back on the market, Barney sets out to use the playbook to get Ted a new date for the wedding. Apparently, when he burned the playbook, he only burned the ceremonial version and the executive copy still resides. A president joke?! Well done writers, only clever people such as I will get that one. High five!
Barney coaches Ted through several plays that, of course, all fail. The interaction between these two was fantastic. It was exactly like the old Ted and Barney. Ted’s performance while taking the orders was phenomenal and Barney is always top-notch. Well done, boys.
Marshall is having a hard time mixing with the people at the art show. His jokes aren’t working for some reason. Maybe it’s just because I love puns or because I love Marshall, but how could anyone not find him adorable and hilarious!
During the artist’s speech, the infamous Skittles bag opens and when it is supposed to be a moment of silence, the entire bag empties and Segel’s face is priceless.
The writers seem to undermine Segel’s comedic abilities sometimes. That scene and the entire part of the storyline would have been completely idiotic had Segel’s performance lacked. Use him more!!!!
Robin comes to talk to Barney and sees that the playbook is still intact. Obviously, she is furious and storms out. No, my babies! Make up soon!
Barney rushes after her and tells her that he won’t stop lying but under all of the lies is the only truth that he loves her – a monologue he does while performing magic tricks. NPH perfection. Only with Barney could someone say that they will lie but they love you so it’s ok and I’ll still believe it and root for their love.
Marshall’s puns and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reference got Lily to speak with the artist and possibly make a deal for The Captain. Awh, it all worked out well. Yay!
After finding Ted doing these plays, Jeanette got back together with him until she found the playbook in his apartment and went ballistic. She even puts fireworks in the playbook and destroys it for good.
Finally, Ted realizes he’s done with her – and dating, too – and decides he’ ready to get married, which Bob Saget narrates as the truth, “The first time in my life that I really meant it.”
I am overly glad we have made it to this point, but I don’t think Ted is mature enough for the relationship with The Mother yet, which will probably play out in season nine. He has continually said he was ready for marriage but continued to do stupid stuff to get women or participate in pointless relationships. He needs to show that he’s learned a lesson and has truly matured.
My guess? He will meet The Mother by the end of this season, not be mature enough for the relationship and cause some problem and the two will finally get together at the end of the ninth season. Any bets?