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"Last Time In New York"/S9E3

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

By Dhruv Rao

How many of you have a bucket list? It is something extremely poignant when your mind signals that it's time to leave. Ted's leaving to Chicago, and we all know that this bombshell might even ruin their friendship. However, maybe the episode's cliff-hanger could either: Barney saw Ted and Robin at the carousel. And that's where I want to take a moment to applause the writers of HIMYM for this episode:

Not only was the episode funny, it moved the plot in an unseen direction. That's been HIMYM's signature style ever since, and I'm glad that they haven't lost track of it. The wedding humor combined with the regular jokes on the show brings this season to heights I wasn't even thinking of after the eighth season. With dramatic peaks, integrated with comical peaks, this episode is the start of what seems to be the last and most beautiful arc of HIMYM we've ever seen.

The old-folk jokes came along in frequent doses: no problem there. The writing here is so nifty and fleet that the drama and comedy take turns in entertaining that jaundiced eye who now writes this very sentence. Moreover, this episode went by very quickly, with classic HIMYM interjections everywhere. Ted's still douchy; Lily can still say You Son of a Beeeech; Marshall still hates the Packers, and Barney and Robin are still perfect for each other. 

This episode didn't have a Mother-scene, but I wouldn't be too critical on that point. An overuse of Cristin may lead to us finding her boring by the end of this season. The writers have prepared so heavily for this last season that we don't feel so excruciated when one day might last up an octave of episodes. The writers are flexible with time ever since season six, and this season will culminate those time-travelling anecdotes into a wedding, maybe a second one at the end of the season. The critical point I would point out would be the overuse of the old-folk jokes at times, which made the writing's purpose vague at various intervals. 

However, in the balance of comedy and drama, the episode was certainly not unfocused. When the gravity of a situation had to be maintained, the writers kept it up, just like the last scene. When they felt that the drama had made the episode a bit dear to digest, they made the dialogues float with one-liners that moved the episode forward. Ted's Waldo costume, Marshall's hatred for Wisconsin, and Daphne and Lily's new blooming friendship made the episode seem more natural than a sitcom. The intricacies of directing a sitcom I am currently unaware of, but the writers of HIMYM are teaching me as they let go of the show in a similar way to Ted trying to let go of Robin.

Grade: A-

Categories: How I Met Your Mother

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