Bagpipes – Season 5 Episode 6

    Very Funny. I really felt that Bagpipes was a great follow up to Duel Citizenship (if you missed it I really didn’t care for it overall). Despite the fact that I am still for the Robin and Barney relationship, I feel that Ted and Robin still have a lot of chemistry in scenes together. Not necessarily sexual chemistry, just that they play well off of each other. Take the first scene for instance. What a great opening, and it really set the tone for the rest of the episode.  Not just that but I love the Seinfeld effect, where all the story lines end up connecting and overlapping. It’s just good writing. 
    Ted is often a douche, but this episode he was gold. When he and and Barney were holding hands…oh my, that was funny. The whole "bagpipe" substitution was great. I love the way old Ted edits his stories for the kids. Also, was I the only one who thought Marshall was fixing to pull slap number 4 out of the bag after Barney told how he would handle the dish situation and talked about making out with Lily? I was at least happy that the slap bet made an appearance again with Ted and Marshall. I so wanna do a slap bet with someone, but I really hate being slapped.

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    Also, and I really want to hit on this since I harped about it so much on the last episode, Lily wasn’t quite as annoying this episode. Now I realize that there wasn’t as much Lily this time but still. Not only that but I fell like the married couple was shown a little more positive this time. And I simply loved Marshall’s I’m a good boyfriend speech. Now we could just get the writers to remember all the little quirky intricacies they create for each character. I love continuity, not only that but it would have been hilarious to see Robin on the ski lift in shorts, eh?
    On a side note, anyone know where you can find Alexander’s Famous Beer? It’s one of the beer labels I always see on the show. I wonder if it’s real or one just a label the props department made up… Anyway, I just felt that there was a lot good about this episode.  But enough about me, what did everyone else think?

How I Met Your Mother Music:

Legendary Lines:

Barney: 100% effective. You can’t fight if you aren’t there, that’s what Ghandi taught us.

Marshall: Call me crazy but…
Ted: Crazy.

Ted: I’m not sure you know who Ghandi is…

Ted: I welcomed them to the neighborhood, had a hard candy, nodded at a racist comment…

Not So Awesome Moments :

  • Flashbacks and continuity… I mean come on, just last episode Robin went ice skating in a skirt and short sleeves! She’s from Canada, eh?
  • Barney and Robin’s advice session with Lily and Marshall seemed a little rushed at the end.

Moments of Awesomeness:

  • Slap Bet… even thought it wasn’t slap #4 on Barney
  • Barney… what can I say, the dude know how to give a speech. I don’t even know what he is saying but NPH really can deliver.
  • Lily’s Shining Impression. 
  • Marshall’s I’m a good boyfriend speech.
  • Callbacks that work… like Lily making pancake and bacon strip for Sunday breakfast.
  • Bagpipes.

The Re-Return:

Lily and Marshall make up after their argument and "play the bagpipes"… then we see their downstairs neighbor’s reaction.

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