How I Met Your Mother "The Bro Mitzvah" Review: Do Barney and Robin Belong Together?

How I Met Your Mother S08E22: "The Bro Mitzvah"

With How I Met Your Mother’s eighth season down to its final few episodes, you might expect the show to start addressing some of the questions we've been pondering for years. Who’s The Mother? How does she meet Ted? When will Marshall deliver the final blows of the Slap Bet? “The Bro Mitzvah” skipped those questions, instead focusing on Barney’s bachelor party while further illuminating a much more serious question: Do Barney and Robin belong together?

In an episode that played out like a weird mashup of the Season 2 episodes “Atlantic City” and “Bachelor Party,” “The Bro Mitzvah” showed us what a bachelor party planned by Ted and Marshall would look like. A cheap hotel outside of Atlantic City, a clown who could make balloon hats, An Inconvenient Truth on DVD, Ralph Macchio (who Barney vehemently believes played the villain in The Karate Kid)… oh, and Barney’s former fiance Quinn as the night’s featured stripper. For most of the episode, it appeared that Ted had completely Mosby’d the the event.

And while Barney was having a miserable time, Robin was stuck having dinner with Loretta, Barney’s mother. Barney was initially supposed to join them, but gleefully missed the meal when Marshall and Ted kidnapped him for the aforementioned bachelor party. Through Robin’s increasingly angry phone calls to Barney, we learned that things was not going well.

After talking to Robin one last time on the phone, Barney decided to call off the bachelor party and head home. That plan was derailed when Macchio started egging Barney on over the fact that he hadn’t gambled during the party, despite being just minutes away from Atlantic City. Barney had already made it crystal clear that he hated Macchio, so there was no way he was going to let the star of The Karate Kid mock him when it came to gambling. Thanks to a dangerous U-turn (aren’t all U-turns on TV dangerous?), the gang ended up at a casino, with Barney poised to play the very confusing Chinese game we last saw during Season 2’s “Atlantic City.” Unlike last time, when Barney won enough money to pay for Marshall and Lily to be married by a boat captain, he lost. Twice.

Down $85,000 ($5,000 of which Robin had given to Barney to pay for their caterer deposit), Barney returned to New York. During the drive back, things soured further, with Lily realizing that Marshall was missing (Barney had used him as credit with those Chinese mobsters) and Ted telling Barney that the groom-to-be was only concerned about himself. Ted stormed into the apartment building, with Robin intercepting Barney outside. Robin’s teary horror story of her dinner with Loretta was interrupted by Quinn approaching Barney for payment. For Robin, this was the final straw, and she threw her engagement ring back at Barney before leaving him.

By the looks of things, this was the night Barney’s life completely fell apart.

Well, this is HIMYM, and we’ve been taught to never fully accept things the way they may seem. A quick flashback revealed that the gang had grown tired of Barney telling them that they could never pull off the bachelor party of his dreams. Recognizing that Barney lived every night as if it were the best night of his life, Robin decided they needed to give him the opposite if they really wanted to give him a legendary bachelor party. So Robin took inspiration from Barney’s playbook and devised “The Barney,” a play that would leave her fiance feeling as if he'd experienced the worst night of his life. As it turned out, everyone— the gang, Quinn, Macchio, the Chinese mobsters, Barney’s mom, the clown—was in on the play. When Barney learned the truth, he was thrilled.

Joke-wise, “The Bro Mitvah” was another enjoyable episode, and while I won’t harp on the whole “did it advance the mythology?” argument, I will ask whether or not the HIMYM writers need to keep poking at Barney and Robin’s relationship. Over the course of their engagement, we’ve seen Robin disgusted that Barney would put her through a final play in order to get her to say “yes,” we've learned that Barney held onto the real Playbook, we've watched the couple argue over whether or not they should sell Barney’s bachelor pad apartment, and we've seen Ted issue a stern warning to Barney that Barney shouldn’t keep pushing Robin’s boundaries of coolness. After watching Barney and Robin spend seasons upon seasons trying to rekindle, why is the show so keen on making us question whether or not they're right for each other? Or, even more drastically, whether or not this marriage is even going to happen?

From what we've seen in “The Bro Mitvah” and “The Final Page,” Barney and Robin don't have much trouble hurting each other. And not just kind of hurting each other, but really, really doing some serious emotional damage. It’s one thing to plan elaborate schemes to surprise your partner, but the game Barney and Robin have been playing is a dangerous one. How can these two build a marriage based on trust when they now have this history?

There are two episodes left this season—"Something Old" and "Something New"—and nowhere in either synopsis is there any talk of plot points that take place after Barney and Robin get married. Either we won’t actually see what happens after the wedding during Season 8, or the wedding never happens. In “Band or DJ?” we saw Robin dancing with her father at what we assumed was her wedding reception. What if Barney and Robin call off the wedding at the last second, decide to remain friends, and enjoy the reception they already paid for? Maybe I’m pulling at the conspiracy strings too much here, but what does HIMYM gain from the way its writers have portrayed Robin and Barney’s relationship?



NOTES & QUOTES

– Barney laughing at the idea of Robin throwing a successful bachelor party ignored a key part of the show’s history: Barney and Robin have always been compatible, since she was usually a better bro than Marshall or Ted. She should be able to throw an awesome bachelor party.

– Adding fuel to the fire that is my questioning of Barney and Robin's future, throwing Quinn back in the mix was an interesting turn of events. Did the repeated mention of Barney being engaged to another woman just ten months ago hint that his engagement to Robin also wouldn’t last?

– I’ve never seen An Inconvenient Truth. How drunk would you get if you chugged a beer every time Al Gore said “catastrophic”? 

– Quinn in a flashback after hearing the ridiculous things Barney expected from his bachelor party: “There’s a good chance our engagement doesn’t work out, isn’t there?”

– “Noooo. I hate Ralph Macchio. I hate him, hate him, hate him. He’s not the Karate Kid.” During the Season 4 episode “The Stinsons,” we learned that Barney grew up believing that Macchio’s character was the villain in The Karate Kid while William Zabka was the hero.

– Robin telling Barney’s mom that she wasn’t a virgin: “My napkin ring has seen plenty of breadsticks. And a baguette. I dated a center for the Knicks.”

– Key sign that the Chinese gambling game was rigged: While Ted had no idea how the game was played, Marshall was actually pretty good at it. In “Atlantic City,” Marshall helped Barney win. If $80,000 was on the line, Marshall should've been giving Barney advice.

– Ted to Barney: “Ralph Macchio is right. You are a bozo.”

– Quinn: “Uh, I think they prefer people of bright color.”

– Quinn seeking payment from Barney: “It’s my usual fee plus I always charge on extra hundred for girl-on-clown action.”

– “You’re one of the few people in the world who actually gets the Karate Kid movie.” It turned out the annoying clown was actually William Zabka, the actor Barney believed played the hero in The Karate Kid.

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I like Barney and I like Robin, but I hate them as a couple. I think Barney cares for Robin, but I don't sense any real chemistry between them. Moreover, they tried to be a couple back in season 5 and they were miserable together. I think Robin needs to be free, independent, and traveling the world as a journalist. I think Barney and Quinn were better suited for each other, and I really hope Robin and Barney do not get married.
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I really liked this episode. To those who say it didn't push Ted's story forward, this episode NEEDED to happen! How can a show with a character like Barney about to be married NOT have a bachelor party first? And having a "real" bachelor party for Barney definitely would not live up to Barney's high expectations. The writers did an awesome job with this one! Kudos!
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i thought barney couldn't drive!
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Barney also drove Marshall to Atlantic City just before he got "needs subtitles" drunk and Lily went into labour. But I'm not sure exactly when he learned to drive...
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Good point
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Weren't Marshall and Lily supposed to be going to Rome ... or was that another silly gimmick?
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I'm almost sure that they wont get married ALMOST
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barney is awesome, robin is awesome. together they just make an even more awesome couple. its simple math. awesome +awesome= 2 x awesome
they're both screwed up so they really get each other. robin and ted could never work like that.. and no other girl could ever get barney like that. that' s just my opinion anyway..
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This season pretty much undid all the character development Barney had in the previous seasons to get him to wanting a family and a meaningful relationship. He acted more mature and reasonable in a relationship with Nora and Quinn than he does with Robin. I assume the writers are showing Barney still be Barney in this relationship with Robin means they belong together, because he doesn't have to change for Robin, since she gets him, but they really messed that up this season. The grand gesture by destroying the playbook being a fake out and Barney point blank telling Robin he is all about lies and he won't stop, but he loves her was bad.

It's like for sake of comedy that the writers undid Barney's character development, so we can still get playbook skits and Barney hitting on women through Ted. It comes off to me that Barney/Robin episodes keep giving us reasons for why they shouldn't be together when that's not the writer's intent. This episode I agree it was meant to show Robin and Barney work and I was happy for once that Robin got Barney back for the crap he pulls, but the pranks they pull are surprisingly hurtful and test limits of their relationship. It feels weird that they have Barney treatment of Nora and Quinn feel like a god honest attempt at having him trying to clean up his act. With Robin its like he feels he doesn't have to do that because she knows him and expects her to deal with it.

I see why the writers are doing it, but the problem is they made Barney a selfish, decitful, self-serving bastard, so he should change somewhat to make a long term relatonship work, not mourn his hitting on random chicks, ding awful and inhumane ways he treats them to get in their pants, and frankly the show itself is questioning Barney with Lily and Ted expressing concern over him making such a big deal on him not changing his ways. It's like the writers are debating if they want Barney to mature to make the relationship with Robin to work or to keep him the way he is and have Robin accept it. I hope they do get married, not because I'm a fan of the pairing, but because I want the final season to focus on Ted again. Barney and Robin took over the main plot for a few season and I have no desire to see a 9th season about Barney winning Robin back, frankly its getting old.

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Robin and Barney, perhaps, won't stay together (though I doubt it), but Robin certainly won't end up with Ted either. There are simply too many clues that shows it won't happen. Robin never had a roommate who was Ted's girlfriend, she never went to college etc. It would be just too weird to simply throw away all those hints
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The reaveal very much mirrored that in "Castle"s 100th episode ... save the karate kid
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This episode proved that they are perfect for each other. The point is that they are both screwed up, but together, it works. It's why neither one can work with anyone else.
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I've never really bought Barney and Robin in relationship and I've always kind of hoped it would be Robin and Ted as in he/she/they finally realize through everything they are meant to be. But they've gone too far past that now and I don't really care who the mother is. We've spent 8?9? however many seasons getting to know the gang, how are we supposed to root for The Mother who comes in for one season? Well, that is unless of course Mother is Norma Bates then I will totally be interested.
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Way back they botched the chance that Robin could be the mother by older Ted referring to her as aunt Robin while talking to the kids, however the creators have gone on record saying this was a mistake and otherwise Robin probably would have been the mother
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Yeah I know, but in my mind no matter what Robin is the mother of those damn kids.
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I don't know why this episode hasn't worked for me. The jokes were a bit stale in my oppinion and just can't figure out why Robin actually did have dinner with Barney's mom. She could have just said she is at the restaurant while watching "My Dinner with Andre" for some believable backgraund noise.
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I loved this episode!

I don't doubt that Barney and Robin go through with the ceremony, they are not just right for each other, but they accept how wrong they can be about things. So that wasn't a worry for me in the episode.

I loved the bad bachelor party. The trip to AC with the unexplainable Chinese game of chance/jellybeans was a nice nod to Barney and his gambling. And seeing Ralph macchio as the wrong karate kid was great. And having him acting like a mirror to Barney was hilarious. And having Zabka appear as the clown was terrific. Not just because it was nice to see those two together again. But has anyone else noticed the balloon animals and hats they had Zabka "make" for them. they were great. And since he stayed in character the whole time, he must have made them, right?! I knew he became a talented Oscar nominated director, but if that doesn't work out he can always go into the kid's party business.

And having Quinn as the only stripper he wouldn't want at a bachelor party was a nice touch too.

I think it was a great episode, even without any mention of the future mom, or the move to Rome.
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Honestly, unless the show tells us otherwise, I picture divorce in Barney and Robin's future. Actually, not even that since the writers love this pairing so damn much. Realistically, though, I could picture divorce. But as much as I dislike this pairing, I know that they get hitched. This show has made that obvious. Seeing how Barney and Robin have taken over the plot, I don't believe the writers would throw all that away. A good portion of the audience would stop watching the show if they broke up, seeing how plenty care more about Barney and Robin being together than Ted finding the Mother.

No, the show's beloved "Swarkles" is going to make it down the aisle and live together "awesomely" ever after because clearly their "awesomeness" and "chemistry" *prove* that they're gonna work in the end. I don't like "Swarkles," and I would prefer Robin with some other decent guy who can handle her *and* not treat their relationship as a joke, which is what Barney does.

Barney has changed to the point of wanting to marry someone, but I believe that this episode has shown that he hasn't changed much at all and that he can't really handle a long-term relationship. It has gotten to the point where I call Barney a jackass at least once with each episode that comes out. The fact that Robin continues to put up with it all baffles me. (I don't buy the "she loves him" bull as the only reason. She no longer has self-respect, and I find it hard to believe that old Robin would put up with that, no matter how much she loved the guy.)

**TL;DR: No, I don't believe that they belong together, but this wedding is happening. Even if it doesn't happen at the season finale (which I doubt), it's going to happen. "Swarkles" is happening, there's no denying it.
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I didn't like this episode. I can easily overlook the "it doesn't bring the story forward" if the episodes are good, but this one wasn't, it felt OTT in the performances (lessening the twist) and I thought the laughter track was too loud and was liberally used, which became off putting. I do think the "less is more" rule would be apt for this episode.
But Lily was funny when with Ralph Machio
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I really liked this episode especially when Billy Zabka came out--I lost my mind because it was such a good twist.
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Despite the titles of the two episodes, I'm also starting to get the impression that they won't contain a wedding either. They seem to be leading up to it but are mostly about Marshall/Lily and Rome. I'm beginning to wonder if they are going to drag it out well into last season and/or slow down next season to take place within the exact 45 days Ted was talking about.
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i thought that marshall and lily are going to rome
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The move is in the summer, so it will be after the wedding. And since there is a good chance the wedding rehearsal/ceremony/reception is going to last the whole of next season, the move would just be on the horizon from the story telling pint. Never seen, just something they are making plans for.
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thanks....... i didn't know that
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First I've heard of this idea. Worst idea ever.
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I agree that Robin and Barney are comfortable and compatible enough with each other at this point that those sorts of pranks aren't only forgiven, but expected. They're a high-energy couple; if they didn't let off steam with pranks like these, that's when they would be in trouble. This close to the end, I don't see Robin and Barney falling apart. If the death theories hold, these two breaking up would leave the show with too heavy an ending. But time will tell.
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Call me crazy, but I actually believe this is one of those things that prove that Barney and Robin are meant to be together. Besides their awesomeness levels match, they play the same games and even if there have been a few inconsistences -specially in Robin behavior- I think it's what makes them perfect for each other or least not suitable for anyone else.
The episode was fun. Not one of HIMYM's best but it was entertaining. I thought adding Quinn into the mix was a great twist. It was nice to see her and it was nice that despite their history her role was clear and she helped from the start. Nothing about old feelings coming to the surface or anything like that. I appreciated that they make that part of Barney and Robin's relationship quite solid.
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I have to agree - I thought this was a sign that Robin understands Barney more than we give her credit for, and vice versa. They will never have a conventional relationship, but we have seen throughout the show that neither of them enjoy that anyway. I think this only strengthened their relationship, and I would be pissed if the writers broke them up again!
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Yeah, it's like conventional bores them so that's why they get each other.
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This show has lost the plot
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Macchio is pronounced in the wrong way. It's not Maccio but Macchio! Italian style! ch is pronounced as the letter K.
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If they don't end up together, then The Final Page, one of the best episodes of the show, loses all of its credibility.
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Awesome episode - Barney and Robin are absolutely perfect for each other. Anyone who actually thinks that this wedding is not going to happen is fooling themselves. Stop believing the conspiracy theories, everyone!
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I disagree. I think it seems forced that they are together. Barney has better chemistry with Quinn. There was far more potential there. Also tired of the cliche eventual pairing of stars on shows like this, so that further fuels that forced nature of their relationship. I do think they have a really good friendship, but it should have been left at that.
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Doesn't it bother anyone how Robin's prank was simply cruel. She put a man through tremendous pain. HE THOUGHT SHE LEFT HIM! How insanely cruel is that just for a joke. On top of that he thought to have lost 85 thousand dollars and argued severely with his closest friends...

I know it's a sitcom, but this thing just reminded me of how INHUMANELY cruel Barney was with his whole proposal to Robin. I actually can't understand how people thought it was the best episode ever or something. No matter how thought through was the several episode arc, no matter the reasoning, no matter the noble intentions, what Barney did with that proposal embarrassed, hurt tremendously and even mocked Robin. That's irredeemable in my eyes. Imagine being played like that for weeks by the person you love the most, you would feel beyond humiliated and stupid.

Anyway, enough of this.. Show us the friggin' mother and let's get it over with.
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I thought I was the only one who thought that proposal was horrible!! A proposal built on lies. Then Barney later tells Robin he lies that is who he is and she just accepts it?!? I don't like Robin and Barney as a couple.
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please...take it easy..
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The frustration came more from the fact that nobody else seemed to have the same issue as I had. But the whole issue itself for me was like "That's not real at all. Stupid show. But gotta wait to see how it ends". I was just really surprised when I saw no one complaining about the whole thing.

I'm sorry I yelled at you.
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You're not the only one, bicelis. I agree with everything you wrote, but I just didn't feel it was worth the time and energy writing about it.
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Barney is a bad person, there is nothing redeeming about his character anymore, he is a joke, a gag, and nothing more. When he says Robin doesn't have the skills to plan his bachelor party, he proves he is incapable of change. He is a bad friend who is more selfish and demanding than he was when we first met him. He is presented as a sociopath who thinks the cruel, bullying "Johnny" character is The Karate Kid is the good guy. It bums me out that the writers have the others on the show perceive him as worthwhile when he's now an shallow parody of a character that was already a parody.

Anyway, that aside, this was a fun episode on its own, and William Zabka's reveal as the clown was great stuff. The B-story with Robin & Barney's mom was unnecessary and a bit grotesque, and pointless since it was a sham to begin with, but whatever. It was also clever having child star Ralph Macchio, similar to child star Neil Patrick Harris, play himself as similar to Barney.

Aside from Barney's awfulness, the lack of movement on the Ted storyline was the thing dragging this episode for me and keeping it from being better.
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I agree so much. It's astonishing how the writers turned around any character development they had in Barney. It was great to see him change during the time he was with Quinn but this season somehow made him more shallow than he ever was. And you could say the same about Ted.
For the last couple of seasons this show has really felt like every episode is written by different people who don't interact much with each other.
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"There are two episodes left this season—"Something Old" and "Something New"—and nowhere in either synopsis is there any talk of plot points that take place after Barney and Robin get married. Either we won’t actually see what happens after the wedding during Season 8, or the wedding never happens...What if Barney and Robin call off the wedding at the last second..."

Ok, Why? Why do people insist on breaking up Barney and Robin. It's done, they're getting married. Ted will find the mother (who is not Robin). Chemistry is Chemistry this episode reinforced that. In fact when the reveal went down there was a quick shot of Ted dejectedly realizing that fact.

It's people speculating a break up that keep inciting the Ted still wants Robin episodes! I ain't got time for that!
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Tbh it became kinda obvious that Ted and Marshal were up to something because even those 2 couldn't be that lame when planning a bachelor party. I'm getting a little tired of the whole Robin & Barney thing I mean they're together and are compatible, why keep trying to make us question whether or not they are suitable for each other? Still a good episode.
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this has always been my problem with robin and barney is how bad they are as a couple, like they;ll kill each other if they stay together too long bad. i know i;m in the wrong on this, because while barney and robin have a lot of things in common, robin also has expectations of barney that aren;t outrageous for anyone else on the planet but that barney is seemingly fundamentally incapable of fulfilling. and i really hope that glee is the only show that has a wedding episode where there isn;t a wedding, but while it seems robin and barney get married, i;d be very surprised if they stayed married
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Don't think the wrap-up of the episode made up for what were somewhat painful events, not only for Barney but for the viewer.
I did enjoy seeing Ralph Macchio, who does not seem to age. Otherwise the humor was forced.

I have been a faithful viewer but am more than ready for the series to come to a conclusion. I hope that they use next season wisely to give the loyal viewers an excellent sendoff.
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An okay episode, not great but not god awful. I give it a B- only because they had Ralph Macchio and William Zabka from the Karate Kid. If they weren't there then I would have to give it a C-. I thought this episode could have been really terrific ( I mean come on its BARNEY'S bachelor party!) but they dropped the ball. It was cute that they decided to use one of Barney's ploys (the Playbook) against him, but I could see it coming a mile away. Ted and Marshall aren't THAT incompetent when it comes to knowing what Barney likes. I do agree with others that this was just to show how compatible Robin and Barney are. I still DON'T like them together, but I do see the similarities in their personalities. (My dislike for them as a couple is because I see absolutely NO CHEMISTRY between them whatsoever no matter what anyone says).

Two episodes left and still no movement on the Ted-Mother front. Not surprising, this show stopped being about them about four years ago. I wish we could have gotten some follow up to the last episode after the conversation between Ted and Barney.
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Why does everyone keep complaining about there being "no movement on the Ted-Mother front"? We know where he is going to meet her. Until the wedding episodes, there isn't going to be any movement.
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Yeah we know he meets her at Barney's wedding, we've known that for a couple years, doesn't mean they couldn't sprinkle more information in about her throughout this season instead of focusing on Barney and Robin getting married. My "complaint" (although it was more of a comment than a complaint) is not that we haven't met the mother but the fact that ALL of the focus on this show for the past few years has been on others (Marshall and Lily trying and then having a baby, Barney and Robin going back and forth on their feelings/relationship, Barney meeting and reconnecting with his dad, Lily and Marshall getting a house in the suburbs then moving back into the city, Robin starting a new job, etc). And while I understand the notion that it is about the journey and not about seeing them together, the fact that there has been little to NO development with Ted, the MAIN character, is sad and pathetic. If this had been the final year of this show it would have been a slap in the face to the fans that we had to watch a whole year of Barney and Robin getting back together and planning their wedding as opposed to seeing the woman who would become the mother to Ted's children. I read on a blog, not sure if it was here or IMDB, but someone suggested that this year they could have shown us (the audience) bits of the life of the mother, and the path that led her to meeting Ted at the wedding. It wouldn't be whole episodes dedicated to her, but while we are seeing the gang and their usual shenanigans, we could also see the mother in one of her daily routines. They wouldn't even have to show her face, they can just show someone doing random things, like practicing with her band, or doing something that Ted has mentioned about her over the years, or maybe even showing us things Ted hasn't mentioned but are things that we (the audience) know Ted would love (like the mother watching a Star Wars marathon or being interested in architecture).
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That meeting was spoiled in a needlessly stupid way, which should have kept that as a surprise for us, let alone Ted, where we discover her along with him. It's made everything since uninteresting and/or anti-climactic.
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I still like Robin and Ted best together those two just have great chemistry. I still hope she's the wife and the mother of the kids lol. I know deep down she's probably not but be nice.
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She's definitly not. When speaking to the kids, old Ted refers to her as aunt Robin
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I loved this episode. I think it proved just how much Barney and Robin understand one another.
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While I can understand part of the reviewer's overall sentiment: that too much of this late-season is being spent on "Will Robin + Barney work" concept...

This episode wasn't that. Sure, the writers made it SEEM like that but overall it was about them pulling an INCRE - wait for it - DIBLE prank on him. As well as truly giving him a bachelor party that he'll always remember.

Robin was right: when the guy spent almost every night of his adult life in a semi-bachelor-party, how "special" is it going to be for them to take him to a bar with strippers and such.

So they pretty much gave him the anti-matter version of a bachelor party and then surprised him at the end with his Karate Kid idol.
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I loved it! It was pretty cool to see Daniel-san & Johnny Lawrence together again LOL!!!
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Loved the clown reveal at the end! Johnny in full Cobra Kai Dojo outfit! It was Legen... wait for it... dary!
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I think Barney and Robin belong together from this episode. The only thing that made me possibly doubt them staying together was when Ted tries to tell Barney to be careful and that Robin is not as cool as Barney thinks she is and that he's not acting like a guy who is getting married soon
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I think what the writers were trying to get across, is that Barney and Robin were made for each other. The marriage is gonna happen and it's gonna last.
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Total filler episode with recycled ideas, and worst of all: Marshall is still alive.
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WOW! thats harsh
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Well he is isn't he, or did I miss something?
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Marshall is alive. I just meant that it was harsh wanting him dead
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You know your show is in trouble when a clip show episode (Castle) is better than your last two episodes (and a fair bit of your last few seasons). I honestly did not think it was possible to write something worse than Romeward Bound, but I guess I was wrong.

Seriously, was there a mass writer exodus we did not hear about or is it because now that they know they have a 9th season they had to rush some filler episodes? This episode felt like they got writers who were told that HIMYM is a smart show and explained the plots of episodes like The Playbook, Final Page, Countdown, Time Traveler, any episode where Barney, Lily, Ted and Marshal have not been Homerized and told to write an episode. Everything about this episode was just awkward and predictable and showcases the worst parts that is HIMYM.
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Like so many shows on TV right now, I will continue to watch because I've come this far. If I get more than 1 laugh an episode these days I'm thrilled.
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Hmmm, this episode had some highs and some BIG lows for me.

I thought it was a fun idea that Barney's bachelor party was a play. I love when they roll the playbook music and explain the plays.

However, I hated the play. How mean is too mean? I feel like this was. I thought it almost would have made a more interesting episode if Barney would have been upset when they had their big reveal. He was just okay with it? As I'm rewatching (thanks netflix) the series I miss the real episodes where the characters felt real, and the situations felt relatable. And most importantly to me it felt like the characters could be your friends. Season 8 - has just ripped this away..... which is disappointing because episode 1 from this season showed such promise.

I am a Barney and Robin fan, but for me this made me less of a fan of EVERYONE. With some very subtle changes this episode could have been a lot better.

But in all this, I have to shame the writers not the actors. I think the actors of this show always do their best, like NPH ability to look heartbroken then going to "awesome" is amazing.... and the highest high... did anyone else thing that Jason S. looked good in this episode... like REAL good? Man I feel like he is again well, I'm school girl crushing on him all over again. And as always he saves episodes for me for his subtle but hillarious moments. (When he looked at Ted in the casino during the 'real' version)

Anyway, this all being said, I'll happily rewatch the series, and am okay that season 8 isn't on netflix yet.

I'm interested to see what happens to see if I can get drawn back into these characters - but I'm not so sure it can happen....

*Also, Inconvient Truth game, LOL you would be plastered 10 minutes in.
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i don't think this episode showed us that barney and robin are not meant together at all. I don't think the episode was that great but i liked it. i loved the part where they took barney's hand off
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You mean Marshall's hand?
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Hahaha yeah thanks didn't notice :p i think it was a tribute to

*Spoiler alert for Game Of Thrones*


Jaime :p
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When it comes to a sitcom or really just TV, I try not to think too much about it because then it wouldn't make sense. Yeah, in real life, Barney and Robin have way too much emotionally damaging baggage to probably build a successful marriage with. But this isn't real life and I'm going to go with what the other commentators have said -- this episode only reinforces their compatibility.

It's a bit like Gossip Girl's Chuck and Blair -- they did far worse to each other and still they managed to have what seems like a good marriage by the end of the series...
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I don't really see why you believe this episode would push Barney and Robin further apart. For me, it proved that they are definitely made for each other, because they get each other, they know what the other would appreciate. Overall, I found the episode quite awesome. At the beginning, I was a little bored, didn't see the point of it. But when they revealed "The Barney", I was pleasantly suprised. And from that point, everything was hilarious. Love the come back of the chinese game. I think this is the greatest episode of the season.
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This was one of my favorite episodes of season 8. It was funny, and Barney deserved it, plus he loved it! Since when he is talking to the kids in Season 3, 4, 5, etc... he refers to them as Uncle Barney and your Aunt Robin... I'm pretty sure there going to end up together
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Misinterpretation? This episode only reinforced that Barney and Robin belong together.
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