How I Met Your Mother, 9x22, "The End of the Aisle"
This was their last chance to make up for like six years of increasingly torturous Ted/Robin subplots. Did they do it? Read on to find out.
Answer: not really. Are you telling me that essentially all it took for Ted to get over Robin was her saying, "Here, have me?" Like maybe the only reason he wanted her so bad was because he couldn't have her? Selfish jackass. (I really wanted to parody-title this post "Only know you don't love her when you let her go") Also, pretty sure we learned this lesson and put it to bed in season 5 when she moved in with Don. I saw no need for Ted to have a ~Grand Realization~ about the nature of love. What I did see were some pretentious showrunners saying I Am Going To Make A Profound Statement About Love That Really Makes People Think. Actually, you know how I was never mad about Lost, like so many people were at the end? THIS IS MY LOST.
Not that I particularly loved them striking the painful nail on the head about how the nicest things Barney's ever done for Robin (engagement, rehearsal dinner) were based on lies. (I did, however, somehow love, "Everything is 'legendary.' You know what legendary means? Not real. The man's INITIALS are B.S.!"). And their attempt to make up for that was "love doesn't make sense"? False. Love usually makes sense. When it doesn't, it tends to end a few years down the road.
Also, I thought it was weird that they claimed Lily & Marshall had broken their vow of "keeping the romantic spark alive." Like...you've watched this show, right?
But on the bright side...the second half of the episode turned a corner. I enjoyed Marshall & Lily's cute vow renewal. I loved Robin's mad dash after deviously locking Ted in the room. Robin's wedding dress is BEAUTIFUL -- I love the band of sparkly stones around the midriff -- and I wish we'd gotten to see it in more episodes. Her hair, veil, earrings, necklace, and makeup are all exceptional, too.
The way Robn met the Mother? A+. I liked both the sentimentality and the humor of it. Then, Barney's pre-wedding vow about honesty instantly made up for all the lies. Aw! Same goes for the pre-wedding kiss. (And the actual wedding kiss, but I'm getting ahead of myself.)
* THE FINAL SLAP. THAT WAS SO PERFECT. AWWW! Not gonna lie, I actually got more misty-eyed at Barney's awed hope in "the slap bet is...over?" than I did at the wedding itself.
* Also, the three guys in their sharp-looking tuxes at the altar was really satisfying, visually. The Three Amigos. Always there for each other, one way or the other, all of whom have grown into upstanding, mature adults (mostly) (Ted is almost there is he swears) (and OK, Marshall only had like 5% more growing to do from the beginning of the show). It felt like the first of many goodbyes.
* The really pretty song, which I know I know but can't remember the name of right now.
* TREVOR THE TINY AND ADORABLE BABY RING BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Barney nixing the Flower Girl-rilla, lmao.
* And the look Marshall and Lily gave each other at the altar. That was lovely.
Best Part of the First Half of the Episode:
Robin: Last year, when you helped Victoria escape this church and climb down this drainpipe, how hard was it?
Ted: Extremely hard.
Robin: OK, so that means super easy. Thanks.