How I Met Your Mother

Season 7 Episode 13

Tailgate

5
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall tailgates at his father's grave to keep a tradition alive. Ted and Barney start their own bar. Robin's pressed into service when Sandy is too drunk to be on the air.

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  • Not a great episode, but not too bad either.

    9.0
    This was a pretty average-ish episode, but it did have some good moments. Liliy and her father was interesting, as was Marshall with his and Robin with her interesting NYE.



    Ted and Barney's bar 'Puazzles' was hilarious! Some really great scenes there!



    But in terms of the storyline, I don't feeel as though we went anywhere. I hope that there is some improvement next week, but this was not a bad episode at all.



    Can't wait for more Mother! ;Dmoreless
  • nice episode in this season

    8.5
    ted n barney finally opened thr bar.. robin's part is also very good...
  • Tailgate

    9.5
    That. Was. Good. And had me nearly in tears in the final moments. After the downer of the previous episode, I was kind of expecting a really overtly cheerful one to 'make up' for it. This episode was definitely more up-beat, but it is hard to look past some of the sad yet sweet parts.



    For once I was happy with all of the story lines. Sure Barney and Ted's bar was always going to end as it did (pretty much as their previous similar adventure did), but it was entertaining, what with the song, Barney being Barney, and their general naivety. For the 'secondary' plot (in this more the tertiary in my opinion, with the other two being sort of tied for the main plot), it was interesting and I wasn't as tired of it as I usually get.



    In many ways Robin's plot was also 'secondary', but it likely has huge implications for her further down the track (just me picking up on the not very subtle hints the show gave ;)). Her final message on air about her 2011 was fitting and a good way to at least temporarily tie up the last episode and her.



    Marshall's story had most of the emotional part of the episode, what with his narration of it (sort of) as he is trying to reconnect with his passed away dad and the tie in with Lily and her father. There was quite a bit going on in this part, but as a viewer I wasn't really lost and kind of liked how it all tied together (also liked the way the topic of religion was kind of metaphorised (I'm sure that is a word...) throughout their part. Well done, I thought.



    All in all the only thing I didn't really like was all the interruptions Marshall was putting up with. Sure they were for comic effect, but I think I am a tad too impatient for them.moreless
  • Ted and Barney open their own bar, Marshall visits his dad's gravestone, and thanks to her drunk boss, Robin gets her chance to shine.

    9.5
    I thought this was one of Season 7's best. For once, I was fan of all the characters' storylines and subplots starting with Ted and Barney's dream of opening their own bar. This is after McLaren's is overcrowded on New Year's Eve and beer prices are skyrocketing. When they flashbacked to when they first thought of the idea, I loved when Barney threw the Monopoly game board up in the air. And then the name, Puzzles. Why's it called that? That's the puzzle! Random, but Neil Patrick Harris never fails to disappoint. Things get out of hand and Ted and Barney find themselves with the same problem: they have to higher their prices from it's original mark: $2 to over $10. Meanwhile, the whole story's being narrated by Marshall for a change, as he's telling his dead father at his gravestone his adventurous New Year's Eve. He tells of how Lily admits she's been saddened by her father's lack of making her believe in anything. At this time, other visitors in the cemetery interrupt Marshall's time. He tries to watch the Vikings game, too, while having to sacrifice some of his drinks and burgers. However, his flashback to one of his father's tailgates was touching and opened his eyes to his fellow cemetery visitors. Meanwhile, Robin gets her chance to shine as the new year starts when her boss is a mess, dealing with issues with his relationship. Overall, "beastmode" episode.moreless
Will Sasso

Will Sasso

Doug

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kevin

Recurring Role

Alexis Denisof

Alexis Denisof

Sandy Rivers

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