HIMYM: When Will the Last Slap Strike?

The slap counter is at 4. On last night's How I Met Your Mother, Marshall bequeathed the fourth slap of the five he gets to use on Barney to Ted and Robin. It was Thanksgiving at Marshall and Lily's place, their first one in their own apartment, so it was natural that physical violence should be a part of the celebration. It was especially fitting that the fourth slap was ultimately administered by Marshall, just when Barney thought he was safe. Now that there is only one slap left, it feels like an epoch is winding down. Back when there were multiple slaps left to be administered, everything felt carefree—slaps were plentiful and therefore not that important. But with one free slap left, it takes on a great significance. The final slap needs to be the most psychologically and physically devastating, and the most memorable. The fifth slap should be the impetus for Ted meeting his mother your mother his wife.

I don't yet know how this will happen. Perhaps the Mother witnesses Marshall slap Barney and comes to his defense, perhaps she is a doctor (as well as a business student at Columbia, with a yellow umbrella, who got drunk on St. Patrick's Day, and all the other pointless hints that we've been given over the years that will never possibly all fit together) and puts Barney's brain back in his skull after Marshall slaps it out. Whatever, I'm just thinking big picture, the writers can take it from here. If the last slap doesn't have some unifying significance, then all will be for naught. Sure, slapping people is funny. But it's also mean. And you shouldn't do it, unless it can help your friend finally end his story and get his poor kids off the couch they've been sitting on for the last four and a half years.

How do you think the fifth and final slap should go down?

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However Marshall'dan arrived. Lily was still very much surprised could not hit
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i hope the last slap occurs towards the end of the last episode of the show
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hanging out for the doppelgangers. lily's was awesome, as was marshall's.
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What about the slap bet game song?
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i'm a little sad we didn't get a song after this one. last slapsgiving's song was great. though the build up here almost makes up for it. Third Slap is still a little better though.
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i dont like this article by conor...the slap is very important in the storyline...and although u seem to be showing its significance,we can all see that u r mocking it and the show....y r u talking bout the end of the show...never do that...it hurts
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I got really sad when I realised there was only one slap left. It's end of an era.
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Why wouldn't it be worth a blog? HIMYM is a great show and the slap bet is one of its best known running gags. I think the first Slapsgiving one was the best thus far... I sincerely hope they find a way to top it.
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I bet it will be Barney over seeing Ted's wedding and as he says you may now kiss the bride, Marshal (as the best man) slaps him for 5.
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Was this really worth a blog?
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it will be hard to top last night slapsgiving blind sided slap. how ever they do it i think Barney should end up in the ER with a minor concussion, dont get me wrong i love Barney, but that would be Legen....... wait for it..........Dary!!!
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