THE GOOD: On the news that their favorite Chicago Pizza haunt is closing down, Marshall and Ted decide to
acquire the joint’s old Frogger Machine re-live their college days (complete with HIMYM’s trademark flashbacks) fuelled solely on Tantrum! (the original Red Bull) by driving twenty-two hours from New York for one last slice. Both funny and relatable (okay, perhaps not that relatable, although I been known to wait for over an hour and a half for a hot dog from Pink’s (overrated!), a burger from New York’s hallowed Shake Shack (totally worth it!) and a succulent original glazed when Krispy Kreme first came to Canada) Ted and Marshall’s excellent adventure was surprisingly enough the highlight of the episode (Lily, not so much, but more on that later.)
THE BAD: As much as I’m sorry (or as us Canucks apparently say it, “sore-ee”) to say this, Robin (and by extension Barney) have become a victim of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s penchant for going to the everything-about-Canada-is-funny-well (or once again, everything-aBOOT-Canada-is-funny-well) one too many times. Seriously. Last night was the proverbial straw that broke the
camels Mountie’s back as what was once a funny and original gag sprinkled throughout the occasional episode officially became a lazy go-to device for the writer’s to get a quick laugh. Yes Canada’s money may look like it’s from a board game, and sure we take our hockey a little too seriously — but as Barney was quick to discover thanks to the much-deserved pummelling that was brought down upon him in an accurately re-created Tim Hortons — his crutches and world-class medical care were free! (Three cheers for free health care!)
THE UGLY: What has happened to Lily Aldren? The girl who at one point could drink and eat with the best of them and would never dare encroach on a bro-mantic road trip has turned into an annoying and manipulative wife. What’s worse, she is bringing Marshall down with her.