How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 9

Slapsgiving

11
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2007 on CBS
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  • I expected a lot more from an episode with "slap" in its title.

    7.5
    I was excited about this episode, and it let me down. The slap bet is one of the most inventive sitcom devices I've seen, and the previous two slaps impressed me to no end. This time around, we were told what would happen and when, which created some of the episode's best comedic moments (Barney anticipating the slap), but ultimately took the genius out of the actual slapping moment. After Lily's ban went into effect, the slap was doomed whether or not she decided later to allow it.

    The rest of the episode didn't have a lot to offer either. The Bob gimmick didn't have a lot of momentum, and Robin and Ted's story was practically humor-free. I'd rather see the relationship stories told through a comedic lens.

    I suppose the song was all right...but I've come to expect more from this series. I'm hoping the next episode, and the next slap, will be better.
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