How I Met Your Mother Recap: Same Auld Story

Maybe we’re speaking strictly from the perspective of recapper here, but did this episode need to exist? And, more important, did it need to air on what was technically a holiday, CBS? Looks like creators Bays and Thomas were just as lazy as we felt: "Tailgate" recycled memorable material from older episodes for this completely forgettable one, at times playing on emotional subplots of yore to mawkish ends. Having Marshall narrate — to his late father, from his grave site — the story of how the gang rang in 2012 turned out to be totally manipulative, which might not have been the case if the story itself wasn’t so hastily threaded together.

When MacLaren’s is too crowded and overpriced, Ted and Barney decide to open Puzzles, their randomly conceived bar from season four’s "Three Days of Snow" — a plus for us since we don’t let too many recaps pass without raving about that episode. But as you probably recall, they basically did open Puzzles then, and after entertaining an entire marching band, they seemed to lose interest in the enterprise. So everything that happened in this revisited subplot, including the cutesy theme song, felt pro forma. Even the signage, which ripped off the Cheers logo, was reminiscent of the parting gimmick in "Swarley." Anyway, the patrons puke and destroy stuff, the boys break their promise never to raise prices, and Doug from "The Fight" shows up primarily to remind us that Doug was briefly a pivotal character, as if we’d mistake general continuity for a good episode. Read More...


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