Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How I Met Your Mother 7.15 - The Burning Beekeeper



How I Met Your Mother 7.15 - The Burning Beekeeper


Brief Summary

Told in 5-minute intervals by room, Future Ted describes Marshall and Lily's housewarming party. Simultaneous events include Ted and Robin arguing about her abrassive behavior, Marshall getting upset at having to work late, Marshall's boss getting upset that someone ate all the vegan spring rolls, Lily's father keeping bees in the basement, mice getting all over Lily's special cheese, and Barney debating whether or not to sleep with their crazy neighbor.


What I Liked and Disliked

I appreciated a "structure" episode, as they're called, since we haven't had one in a while. However, although the events did all come together, nothing seemed all that important, or even much of a misunderstanding. The first act was incredibly hard to follow, since it featured lots of snippets of conversations. From the second act onward things made more sense, and although there were some hanging questions at each ad break (who was in the burning beekeeper suit if Mickey was in the dining room?) they were all pretty easy to figure out. (Obviously it was Mr. Cootes, since he was the only one in the kitchen.) Everything was resolved fairly quickly and easily.


One big plus on this one was that the whole gang was together for a change, even if they didn't interact with each other much. I think less story could have been given to Lily's father and the bees and Mr. Cootes and his freakout over the lack of vegan food and making Marshall work late, and more time could have been spent on the conversations between the characters.


Things that were funny were Ted recalling that he was "more of a kicker" when he and Mr. Cootes were about to get into a fight, Marshall urging everyone to eat the Gouda, and Barney proceeding to drink just about everyone's glass of wine as he moved through the rooms.

Twists and Turns

We'll just breakdown the mysteries from each room:

Mr. Cootes was the burning beekeeper: he tried on the suit in the kitchen, went to take Robin's food out of the oven, and caught fire because Mickey had dowsed the suit in kerosene on Barney's suggestion.

Lily was the one that screamed in the kitchen, because mice had gotten on her special cheese.

Barney ate all the spring rolls, and blamed Ted.

Ted and Robin were arguing about her being rude to someone at the store.

Observations

Someone mentioned that when they say the party was "two weeks later," did that mean that this episode actually takes place in the future? I don't think so, personally, but it might explain why Kevin isn't there. He's been around at all the other gang events lately, I don't see why he wouldn't be there, too. He wasn't even mentioned.

Barney is regressing, a lot. One could argue he's just using his womanizing as a shield, but damn, you think he would wise up enough not to sleep with a coo-coo bird like the neighbor.

Seriously, what was up with Robin's pants? They were like cartoonishly blue. She used to dress so nicely!


Overall

Much more entertaining than the previous two episodes, but it still just feels like filler. There wasn't any character developement, there were no big problems, and it wasn't even that funny. I saw someone compare it to an episode of The Big Bang Theory, and that's exactly what it felt like. An entertaining little story, but nothing happened. There was no reason this episode couldn't have been completely skipped over, which is sad.

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