How I Met Your Mother: Atlantic City
Actually, AC, while not the "Shangri-La" that Las Vegas is, isn't as horrific as TV writers would lead you to believe. But it was a good backdrop for tonight's rare one-story episode.
So...Marshall and Lilly are back together. Like I said last week, it would have been nice for them to explore them trying to co-exist as friends in the group for a little while longer, but the deed is done. Now, they're starting to talk about marriage again; Marshall even makes Lilly get down on a knee and propose all formal-like. But instead of getting up in front of Marshall's family, who still might be a little miffed at Lilly for leaving him, they decide to elope in Atantic City.
At this point I was thinking, "Hey, wait a minute! You just can't elope in AC like you can in Vegas!" And I was right, as Marshall and Lilly found out. So the adventure begins: standing on line at the courthouse, waiting for a judge to come out of the bathroom waive the waiting period, trying to find a sea captain to marry them in international waters.
Really, all of that was kind of on the lame side. It was the little things surrounding the wedding search that were funny: Robin's bikini "bridesmaid shirt" and visor, both of which drove Ted wild (he loved her shirtboobs); the fact that Barney found a veil from a woman who he knew wasn't going to use it; the 18-minute bachelor party (Robin: "Does it smell like strippers in here?"); the supposed aging of the gang as they waited for the judge, only to see that five seniors dressed like them swiped the group's seats. All of it was good.
And it was also good to see that Barney had... uh... a little gambling problem. But it wasn't craps and blackjack he was addicted to; it was a weird Chinese game that involved cards, tiles, jellybeans, and a wheel of fortune. It was also the Best Barneyism of the week. What was the name of the game he was playing with all of his old Chinese gambling buddies? Ching-hisabuching? I'm sure it was made up by Carter and Craig. But I do like the fact that Marshall somehow was able to figure the game out by just watching it. "Split the tiles and go for the jellybean," he tells Barney (or something like that). Man, if he's half as good at practicing law as he is at figuring out wacky Asian card games, all of his opponents in court better watch out.
Second best Barneyism: "AC... always in decline, never hitting bottom."
Luckily, Marshall and Lilly came to their senses and didn't get married. And Robin, bless her heart, is starting to waver on her "never wanting to get married" stance, which is good for Ted. Right now, I like the two of them as they are; the longer we wait for them to continue to explore what seems like a doomed relationship, the better.
A couple of items:
- Ted's the project manager of that building now. He's on his way.
- At Robin's crappy news station, they don't care if the cameraman reads the news. Sounds like the local news channel here in Jersey.
- Never understood the appeal of keno. But Barney likes it; he kept checking a card in his pocket as the wedding chapel lady kept calling out numbers.
- Seeing everyone get a pedicure was also a lot of fun.