I was disappointed with how the green dress story came to be. The whole points system between Ted and Barney was really contrived from the get-go. (Why were they even keeping points in the first place??) I think the writers could have done a littler more with Barney and Lily in this episode. After all, around this time Lily is supposed to be having some pregnancy body issues. Just that fact that there wasn't even a slight nod to that shows that the writers were completely lost and just crapped this storyline out at the eleventh hour.
With that said, I always liked those moments of "but we'll get to that later." Maybe because I'm starting to heartily dislike the show, but they have always given me something to look forward to and a reason to keep watching. I can't believe I'm saying this, but even when the explanation is an obvious last-minute throw-together, I still feel that nostalgia and connection that I've felt in a few episodes way back when. I admired the way the writers have kept true to how a father would talk to his kids: such as "eating sandwiches", glossing over some of the sexual parts, and saying, "But we'll get to that later."
That's why I'm just trying to appreciate the show as a whole and covering my ears and singing during the bad parts. HIMYM has too good a concept for me to just criticize and abandon because of downhill script writing.
As for the times when the pay-off was pretty good: the goat storyline. What I liked most about how Future Ted brought up the goat is that it wasn't so much about "How the f- is there a goat in the bathroom?" as it was "What is going to happen between Robin and Ted that will result in Robin living with him next year?" In that sense, you didn't really care about the "pay-off" because you just wanted to know "why" not "how".
So, back with the green dress, I think it's better if we go back to that "Mermaid Theory" episode and realize that the whole bit with the allusion to the future was for the sake of showing us that in the near future, Lily will finally get pregnant--not so much that Ted will be wearing a dress. In that sense, the green dress bit would have gone down earlier in the pregnancy (or I guess earlier in the third trimester).
This wasn't one of Season 7's best in my opinion, but I liked Barney's explanation for his actions at the ending. But in the words of Bob Saget, "we'll get to that later." Robin's career has taken off but people at the station, like the security guard, still don't recognize her. So she's a little bummed when she's in a helicopter doing the lousy traffic report. However, she gets the recognition she deserves when she successfully lands the copter when the pilot has a stroke. Lily has another crazy sex dream but won't tell an infuriated Marshall, until he "finds out" it's Ranjit. (Nice to see Ranjit again, by the way) And in the A plot, once Ted has moved into his new apartment, Barney wants him out making the most of every night. After some crazy events unfold, Ted wants an explanation. After bragging about his girlfriend being a stripper, Barney collapses and admits it's not a good thing. And by that he means he doesn't like Quinn out every night at the club doing who knows what on who knows who. It freaks him out but Ted is there to comfort him and overall it's still a decent episode as we get to see Barney's sensitive side.
I'm not going to lie, pretty much the entire reason I was hyped for this episode, was because it was the episode where Ted finally wore that green dress. When I saw the summery, I expected Ted and Barney to compete in who could come up with a more Legendary night. I loved all the crazy things that Barney kept trying to get Ted to do. Another highlight of the episode, for me, was the Robin storyline. She finally becomes famous, though, not quite how she wanted. One of the best parts of the episode was when everyone's storylines just kindof stopped, while everyone waited to see what happened to Robin. The part that wowed me at the end of it, was when she called everyone to tell her she was alight, execpt for Ted, that kinda blew me back a bit. The only big downside of the episode was the Lily and Marshall storyline. I feel like it should've been more about the Lily and Barney fight, and less about the whole sex dream plotline, that plot could've fit in any other episode, and would've done better, in my opinion. Although, I do understand that they were probably trying to setup for Marshall's freakout in the next episode, but I just feel that it shouldn't have been put in an episode where its already been established that Lily was doing something else.
Another thing, that bothered me, was throughout the season, they have made references of Barney still thinking that Lily is hot, even while she was pregnant, like the sextape storyline from earlier this season. I really felt like they were setting up for this fight of Barney not thinking she's "hot" anymore. That whole part of MArshall and Lily just felt so out of place. Lets just hope that the remaining episodes are a little more on track.