Having seen enough disappointing sequels over the course of our lifetime, the number ‘2’ in last night’s HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER episode title (“Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”) should have been the tip off. But alas, this TV Addict was far too blinded by the impending awesomeness of the ‘slap bet’ to see it coming. Unfortunately, not even the the return of the slap could save this turkey.
Seriously. From the episode starting off on the highly unbelievable note that had Ted and Robin rescuing Marshall’s M.I.A Turkey from a New York Taxi Cab like a needle in a haystack, to the mysterious appearance of Lily’s here-to-unforeseen father (played by special guest star Chris Elliott!) which once again transformed Marshall’s formerly adorable and cooler better-half into a grating and angry caricature, the episode’s only redeeming quality came courtesy of Jason Segel’s Marshall, who in the spirit of the holidays bequeathed his fourth slap to Ted and Robin, only to take it upon himself to seize the day (or in the parlance of the episode, “Slape Diem!”) and unleash the slap after the former lovers spent the better part of the episode arguing over who would have the pleasure of bestowing the fourth slap on a very nervous Barney Stinson.
Agree, disagree, slap away.