Last Cigarette Ever: Season 5 Episode 11 Review

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    I may be starting with the end but there is always something alluring and exciting about the little bits of future and glimpses of how much is still involved in the telling of the story of how he met his future wife and “the mother” (do we really wanna debate hopes and theories here…please say no, I’ll do another post for that). And it kind of makes me wonder if when Ted really quits smoking is two weeks into dating the mother, and it’s important for Lily (when she starts trying to get pregnant) and Marshall (day his son was born), then will Barney’s and Robin’s be important or are they just random and insignificant dates? FYI, Robin quits smoking in June of 2013 and Barney quits in March of 2017. Still, it seems like all we get are glimpses…glimpses and not a lot of actual finding the mother. Still, it’s funny so I’m pretty happy.

    It’s nice for Marshall to get more of a story tonight, I’m still hoping for a good Marshall and Lily centered episode. I know we have had mentions of smoking before from Robin and Lily at the end of Season 2, remember the first lie of Marshall and Lily’s marriage? It’s pretty ironic/comical that Marshall was the one trying to hide it now. The nicotine fits from everyone are hilarious, though it is really cool that it brought about the first time everyone watched Robin’s morning show…well at least they watched some of it.

     And I know it’s just a fantasy sequence when Marshall goes back to see his younger self, but it seems like there have been a lot of references to time travel this season. Just so we don’t become LOST…I mean there are some out there theories about the show, but there is a limit right?

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The Window: Season 5 Episode 10 Discussion

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    I thought this episode was pretty well written and executed. I realize sometimes many reviews get really technical and overanalyze, but at the end of the day my recaps can be boiled down to 1 point. Did it make me laugh. And tonight it did.

    Ted was completely Ted tonight. His pursuit of Maggie was from start to finish caught up in who Ted is at heart. I loved the way he had her neighbor call him as soon as the window opened, and the moment when his class show their love for Architecture by all raising their hands because they really DO want to hear about it for an hour. Especially, when he realizes how cool Maggie’s love story was and decides (again) that’s really what he wants in his life.

   Marshall was phenomenal tonight. I echo a lot of his sentiments. I do still wish I could dunk a basketball. And the call backs are always good. Lily’s nymphomania is always brought up at the funniest moments.  The basketball court scene had to be one of my favorite Marshall and Lily moments of the series. The closing scene (what I call the Re-Return) was so very funny. I got really excited when I first noticed old Marshall in the background. Even then, the whole premise of the Marshall not fulfilling his original expectations and being the corporate sellout all being ok because of his love for his wife was great. I love how she really his his life. Maybe I’m just a softie for that kind of portrayal of marriage, becasue it’s true for a lot of us. I just love good Lily and Marshall subplots.

    Barney in the overalls and Robin’s frustration at not being able to keep Jim’s mind off of Maggie was played very well. Both had funny scenes. I’ll even admit that the writers had me at the end. I thought that Barney was really fixing to open up to Ted about “where he was” and how much he really did miss Robin and having a relationship…then, same old Barney. Very funny all over.

    I’m always curious if anyone else had some favorite lines or moments that I didn’t mention. If so leave them below. I also left a few unanswered (in my mind) questions below the jump…some people don’t like too may spoilers.

    What did everyone else think?

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