How I Met Your Mother Review: Misery Business

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If "Karma" was a stripper, who at the halfway point asked me if I wanted a dance, I would have said no.

By the end, though, I would have been running to the ATM so I could take it to the Champagne Room. Indeed, what started off slowly finished with fanfare the likes of which you only get from putting sparklers in your desert.

While someone needs to tell Marshall and Lily to stop raiding Sue Sylvester's closet, I loved all the mundane East Meadow activities, walking poles included. I'm such a fan of when Marshall geeks out about stuff - like the way he did tonight when talking about the Dutch Masters on bottle caps and their bowling team, the Alley Cats. The show's creepy attempts to prevent Robin from leaving reminded me of the movie Misery, complete with Lily brandishing the sledge hammer over Robin when she awoke.

I did, however, fee like there were some other movie references in there that I missed. Maybe you all can help me out there.  

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I did have a bone to pick with Robin, however, for her hating on menus with pictures of the food on them. I grew up a huge fan of Friendly's and one of the best parts were the pictures its menus featured of their amazing grilled cheeses and sundaes. I'm hungry right now just thinking about it.

Quinn left a bitter taste in my mouth initially, as did all the textbook lines she was feeding our oblivious Barney. When Barney told her how he had tried to change, only to have her say he had it right before, however, I felt a slight pulse return to their potential relationship. Those faint beats of possibility turned into a bass drum of excitement when he sarcastically turned Quinn's own lines on her in the coffee shop and she finally asked him to sit down. At last she saw past the guy in the suit with the big bank roll. I'm very interested to see where this one goes.

Nothing had me more pumped, though, than the way Ted said goodbye to the apartment and Robin's room by turning it into a nursery for Marshall and Lily.

Despite the inaccuracy of Ted's line about ghosts (traditionally, ghosts don't move on until they are finally at peace, not the other way around) tonight's ending was one of those great How I Met your Mother moments you never forget, like when Lily and Marshall found out they were pregnant.  After seemingly idling in neutral for so long, our beloved show is back in gear and on the road to somewhere great.


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (155 Votes)
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As far as the Ted part i just think we are way to far into the series for them to be giving us these faux omnipotent "I was finally free to meet your mother." If this happened in one of the first few seasons i would have been fine with it. But seeing how there is only like 1.5 seasons left i think they need to start giving more tangible clues for the mother/first meeting. Dont get me wrong most of the time I couldn't care less about the mother and just enjoyed the HIMYM ride. Either dont mention the mother or give a "REAL" clue no more of this all-knowing "I was ready" crap

C f ohara

"Justin" sorry for the apparent typos. Any such have been since corrected. Some times in my haste to get these reviews posted, so that you all can comment on them, I miss some typos in my proofreading. Spell check as we all know is not without its flaws. There are typos in every publication out there from time to time. I hope you can look past ours and let us know what you thought about the episode next time.


I though Ted was great tonight I wonder where he going to live maybe in the house he bought make sense with next season being the last season


just going to say it, barney already knows a stripper called karma, who is in vegas. Sloppy how i met your mother!


I always come here to read the reviews for each new episode I watch but I couldn't help but notice how many spelling errors there are. Don't these things get spell checked and edited before posting.


Personally loved this episode. The Barney and Quinn storyline was great and of course she's the kind of girl Barney would end up falling for. She knows all his tricks and if anything, she can better him at them, love it. Such a great review and menu's with pictures are the best. When you have a menu without pictures we're all just crossing our fingers and hoping for the best in truth anyway. Completely agree with your ending statement where it seems like the show has got back into gear again. :)


great episode. i just didnt like Barney-Quinn storyline


This episode was mostly a big ball of stupid and lame.


That's alright and I know what you mean about the definition of irony being misunderstood as I call people up on it all the time. The only reason I stated it was a little ironic was due to the fact you forgot a detail about something you were claiming was unforgettable. I realise it's not fully ironic but there is definitely a hint of irony surrounding it.

C f ohara

"Broseph" TY for the kind words on the reviews. As for the irony of my examples of thos great moments the show has offered up, let me first off thank you for calling my attention to them because I realized I mistyped the one about Marshall and Lily. I've since fixed it. Not sure the previous or the amended examples though were necessarily "ironic."
I blame Alanis Morissette for confusing the meaning of the word for so many.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 18 Quotes

Lily: You'll be playing with two charter members of the East Meadow Alley Cats.
Marshall: We're a hot dog eating team with a bowling problem.

When did I become such a gooey romantic?