Okay, so I gave the episode an A because, as a stand-alone it was supremely funny, messed with time just the way we like it, and they spoiled us with websites, to boot (seriously, Google "Lorenzo Von Matterhorn"). And, I really liked the painful admissions between Barney and Robin. Personally, I think Barney was lying with the truth, there, and he is really smarting over their breakup and doesn't really know what to do. But, whatever. When I look at this as a greater part of the whole, though, I'm still dissatisfied, in that one of the things I didn't like about the execution of the Barney/Robin romance is that they took over the whole show. Despite my depression last week, I was happy that we could finally get back to How I Met Your Mother. Instead, we got another amusing installment in The Secret Life of Walter "Barney Stinson" Mitty. Also, I'm a little miffed that everyone (particularly Barney and Lily) were able to boost Barney to Claire, right in front of Robin, after Robin admitted that she's still coming to terms with the breakup. It seemed cold. One of the things I've most enjoyed about this series is the genuine friendship of the characters. Sure they enjoy mocking one another, but when one of them is hurt, I expect the rest to at least try to be sensitive. That said, I enjoyed the heck out of this episode. It was so well done, and so very fun. Welcome back, Show. I missed you.
Next week, tune in for "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap." Need I say more? In the meantime, don't drink that! I saw some guy slip something in it. Instead, come on over to the forums. We only have beer, and TWoP Barnes uncaps it right in front of you.
Look for the SCUBA Diver, the Lorenzo Von Matterhorn and MILSWANCA to eventually make their way into the HIMYM Dictionary! Sorry, we can't keep up with this show's crazy new slang.
Cindy McLennan is tearful mess of sentiment and glurge. Slap her out of it in e-mail at CynthiaMcLennan[at]gmail.com or by following her on Twitter.