This episode was another surprisingly enjoyable one, and it was actually one of the funniest episodes of the season! Some really hilarious plots, especially with Ted's items being stolen everywhere. It was ubiquitous - everything seemed to be his!
Barney's hiding places were great! I really love the character of Patricae, and particularly Robin's inteeactions with her.
As a person who has been expecting less and less of this show I was extremely surprised of how much I liked this episode. I thought this was near perfect episode... I loved the 'Property of Ted Mosby' labels and the dramatic sound effects that came with them. I loved Robin's obsession with Barney and Patrice. I loved Ted in his red cowboy boots! The extremely disturbing 'Family with Benefits' comment.
Not necessarily the best episode of this season but this weeks episode had great laughs, mainly from the second-half onwards. Ted being surprised to see his stuff with everyone was hilarious. It was shocking to see that Barney burnt 'The Playbook'. The book was so sacred to him. The techniques he used to hide it were a testament to this. Well, atleast he still has his 'Bro Code'. LOL.
I have to disagree completely with AriSky's review. This episode was only JUST shy of the early HIMYM days. From Ms. Eriksson ending up with Mr. Aldrin, which is absolutely hilarious to even think about, to Robin, Ted and Lilly TRYING to spy on Barney, with him knowing about it, this whole episode was fantastic.
The only reason I gave it an 8.5 instead of a 10 was that the episode felt forced - Like the writers tried to do too much in the space of one episode.
While repetition of themes can be a big hit for comedy, it did NOT work for HIMYM tonight. It was too easy to have Ted's things strewn about the lives of his friends. It got old before it got off the ground.
It also seemed like everything in this episode was beyond predictable. Even before Marshall's mother arrived (which she just sorta came out of nowhere), I knew she would end up with Lily's dad. And family with benefits is a no. Just no. Robin was so desperately against Barney and Patrice that the Intervention was easy to call. And Barney was so un-Barney-ly normal it didn't even seem like NPH needed to be there.
We didn't get any character development on Barney from last week. We didn't get any story progression on Ted. Lily and Marshall's story was unnecessary. Robin was so "overcorrected" that I wanted to stop watching. This was a horrible episode. I can only hope that they're showing Robin hit rock bottom (Because she didn't already last week?) so she can start to climb again.
Man, this show is totally losing it. It's getting worse by the minute. The jokes on season 8 are so lame, the character development so poor and the plot twists so hard to believe and desperate. I almost closed turned the TV off half way through the episode as it was so boring and even annoying. The writers really are stretching it too much; they should cut the crap, tell us who the mother is (we hardly heard about any of Ted's girlfriends finish Robin and Barney's story, and finish the series before they totally ruin what used to be a great show! :(