Another week, another wheel-spinning episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”
Another moment where Barney and Robin come to know one another better that would have played a lot better if it were 48 weeks before the wedding instead of 48 hours, and another story — that’s two in the first seven episodes — about Marshall worrying if Lily will see an electronic message about him taking the judgeship that was sent by someone else.
The broad outlines of “No Questions Asked” were pretty much the same as the four episodes that came before it. A couple of specifics, though, helped redeem the episode at least to a small degree:
– The specifics of the No Questions Asked flashbacks, aside from Barney’s Macy’s emergency, were all pretty solid. The standout, by a good distance, was Robin’s alter ego the Night Falcon. I don’t really buy into the scattered talk of a “HIMYM” spinoff, but if it’s Cobie Smulders as a(nother) costumed hero, I’m in.
– Marshall finally fessed up to taking the judgeship without first talking it through with Lily, and her righteous anger is entirely deserved. “I don’t believe in ghosts, and I don’t know if anyone died in our room. But someone’s going to,” she warns him. She is not wrong.
The Mother returns next week, and the show is promising a big episode for her and Ted. Fingers crossed.
What did you think of “HIMYM” this week?