How I Met Your Mother-Last Time in New York-Josh Radnor

If last week’s How I Met Your Mother was surprising, Monday’s was a predictable let down. “Last Time in New York” signaled the final trip to the city for one of the gang, but the Big Apple deserved better. It’s not where they went wrong that worries us, it’s how long they’ll keep going in this direction.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Craig Gerard and Matthew Zinman
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Sherri Shepard, Wayne Brady, Lou Cutell, Marjorie Lovett, Robert Belushi, Joie Magidow, Jonathan Craig Williams, Jason Boggs, Ramon Hilario, Cynthia Murell

Episode Title: “Last Time in New York”

Barney and Robin search for somewhere to be alone while Ted and Lily put New York behind Teddy Westside.

The Good:

  •  Mouth Words Memory Time: The last seconds of this story saved Lily’s quest to nag Ted into revealing he’s moving to Chicago after the wedding. It could have been funny. Her discovery of his list of things to do in New York before leaving could have prompted a quick trip back to the city for a hilarious list of hijinks. It would have been infinitely funnier than watching Ted tell off his upstairs neighbor. Instead, the only thing left was having a glass of 30-year-old scotch with Barney. Without Lily‘s mind-numbing harassment, Ted wouldn’t have approached Barney so the groom could utter the last and most intriguing line of the episode: “I saw you and Robin at the carousel.”

The So-So:

  • The Quickie: To assure themselves they won’t become old and sexless, Barney and Robin rush around the Inn searching for a place to have one last romp. Unfortunately, they were grossed out by walking in on the 60 year married couple that inspired their fear in the first place. Only a few things mattered during their fruitless search. The first being the words that attract the elderly—Mandy Patinkin, buffet and 60 Minutes. Robin and Barney refer to each other as R Train and B Nasty, which is awesome. Another snapshot of Wayne Brady is a great one; watching him sacrifice himself for the horny nearly-newlyweds was rewarding. The most important and least dealt with was the possibility that Barney is bringing a ring bear to the ceremony instead of the traditional ring bearer. Even though it will probably never happen it’s fun to think about.

The Bad:

  • A Viking in Green Bay: It’s obvious that Marshall’s journey to the wedding is due to whatever’s keeping Jason Segel from filming with everyone else. The writers could work a little harder to tie his trip in with the rest of the plot. The secret sword fights were his only anchor. Lily’s discovery of his and Ted’s reprisal of the great clash in The Princess Bridesent his Viking heart to the center of Packer town and forced a cheese-head atop his body. It was nowhere near as funny as the old-time swimming costume Lily guilted Ted into. What’s worse is during Daphne and Marshall’s extended visit to the Packer store, baby Marvin was nowhere to be found. Either they left the baby in the car, hired an invisible babysitter, or the writers forgot they had a kid.

Overall:

“Last Time in New York” lacked the hijinks the title inferred. Continuously referencing The Princess Bride—in the laziest way possible—isn’t enough to make this a quality episode. Talking to the Empire State Building should have been one of the many weird things Ted admitted to Lily. Perhaps next week Ted and Barney’s man to man chat will spice things up.

Rating: 6.5/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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