Quite frankly, I do not know why How I Met Your Mother keeps taking the liberty of giving us a casual week or two in between episodes, but last night’s episode was one for the books and it certainly made up for the lost time.
It hadn’t crossed my mind that Barney Stinson, the former most renowned bachelor in the history of bachelors, was due for a bachelor party. Leave it to the How I Met Your Mother crew to give him the best – and also epically the worst – bachelor party ever. The fact that Robin planned to a 'T' a catastrophic sequence of events to trick Barney into thinking his bachelor party was a huge fail made me realize even more that these two are perfect for each other.
This show has a knack for bringing in the most random assortment of characters and themes and molding them into a perfectly random episode. Last night’s episode did just that and I loved every minute of it. I will confidently say that the guest appearances by The Karate Kid stars, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, were the best things that have happened to this show in the entire series. Bold statement? Yes. True statement? Double yes.
Let me just point out that William Zabka, discreetly disguised as the clown who acted as the 'entertainment' for Barney’s bachelor party, was disturbingly creepy. I am skeptical of clowns to begin with and this one freaked me out beyond belief. A talking clown is one thing; a mute clown is a recipe for a week’s worth of nightmares and paranoia. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but seriously who likes clowns?
On a random side note, Ralph Macchio looks fantastic. The guy is 51 and still looks twenty years younger and like he is fully capable of busting out a flying roundhouse kick on command. Hats off to Ralph Macchio.
This episode also brought back Barney’s Chinese mafia friends. We will never know how this relationship came to be and it might be one of the weirdest things in this show, but it is also one of the best, in my opinion. They happily go along with Robin’s plot to trick Barney and convince him that he’s lost $80,000 gambling. Marshall and Ted argue about who would be sold to the mafia to get the money back as part of the plan, and, of course, Marshall is the chosen one. Let’s be real, Marshall is hands-down more valuable than Ted. He could easily wreck Ted in a fight, he whines less and he always makes you laugh. That’s a winner in my eyes.
Another surprise in this episode was the reappearance of Quinn as the stripper at Barney’s bachelor party. I was shocked that she agreed to go along with this plan, but then again I guess a little ex-fiancé revenge is good for the soul.
In the end, all is revealed to Barney, including William Zabka, who Barney sees as the 'real' Karate Kid. The two embrace and everyone is happy again. We’ll see how long the bliss lasts and how long it is until Ted faces some more girl woes. All I can say is that I hope that all future episodes are like last night until we meet The Mother.
Tune in Monday (maybe) at 8pm on CBS for the next episode!