'How I Met Your Mother' and the Slap of a Million Exploding Suns

The first 2014 episode of "How I Met Your Mother" did not advance the wedding-weekend story in any way. In fact, in terms of time on the wedding weekend, probably no more than 10 minutes elapsed.And it was really funny stuff. "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra"* was a love-slap to long-time fans of the show, telling the story of the fourth slap in Barney and Marshall's bet. Callbacks aplenty -- including a passel of cameos by exes of Barney's -- and a story that unfolded almost entirely in flashback made this "HIMYM" feel more like vintage "HIMYM" than most episodes in the past season or two have.(*The title is a takeoff on "Appointment in Samarra," a classic story about a man who sees Death and then goes to great lengths to avoid him. Death tells another character he was just surprised to see him, since he has an appointment with him in Samarra the next...



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